I would also encourage anyone debating between these two phones to handle both in person.
Motorola Phones: Moto X vs Droid Maxx
I bought the Droid Maxx on launch day and later that week stopped in the AT&T store to do a side by side comparison with the Moto X.
The white Moto X I handled felt a little cheap in the hand – that is subjective though. I personally like the feel of the Droid in terms of build quality – it feels really solid and I think the kevlar/soft touch will be durable. AT&T had quite the security device on the Moto X so I can’t really comment on the comfort of using the device, but I imagine the Moto X has the edge.
With that said, I really like the 5 inch screen on the Droid Maxx. When you factor in the off-screen capacitive buttons (versus on-screen for Moto X) there is quite a large difference in the size of the screen. I don’t know the exact measurements but on-screen buttons cut a good bit off the screen. I am coming from an iPhone 5 and I really like the 5 inch screen size versus the 4.7 on the Moto X.
I am sure the battery life is good on the Moto X (based on the reviews) but having a device that simply won’t run out of battery even with heavy use in a single day is really liberating. Even David said in his review that it lasted 1.5 days for him. I rarely end the day with less than 50% battery with moderate use. It also charges very quickly. Coming from an iPhone 5 it is a game changer – when traveling I would regularly deal with a dead battery towards the end of the day. Based on my usage of the Droid Maxx I don’t see that being a problem anymore. I am not aware of any current phone that will beat the Droid Maxx in this area.
In terms of bloatware – the Moto X on Verizon is released tomorrow but I would expect the same bloatware. Even if it is a little different it is nearly stock Android – easy to disable the few things Verizon puts on there. Only thing I couldn’t disable was the Verizon Backup Manager (for contacts) – and from what I can tell it isn’t a resource hog. If you just can’t bear getting a device that yells DROID when you boot it up you should get the Moto X though – no way to disable that (without rooting – which is not possible yet) and it does indeed yell the DROID name as it boots. It won’t make the noise if it was in silent/vibrate mode when it last shut down though.
Everything else about the phones is exactly the same – both are great devices. I love the new Moto features. Using the active notifications all the time – they are super useful. Taking the device out of your pocket lets you easily unlock the device without hitting the power button. Flick to activate the camera is great as well. Moto assist is excellent too. Simply great features. Actually using the phone is a joy – I imagine the same experience on the Moto X exists.
Moto X – smaller device profile/screen, different build/design (subjective), no DROID boot-up sound, on-screen buttons, good battery life, and cheaper ($199 for 16gb/$249 for 32gb).
Droid Maxx – bigger device profile/screen, different build/design (subjective), DROID boot-up sound, off screen capacitive buttons, excellent battery life, wireless charging, and slightly more expensive ($299 for 32gb).
*Not sure you can even get a 32gb model on Verizon for the Moto X initially – we will see tomorrow. If you are tied to Verizon and want a phone now, this is another plus in the Droid Maxx column. Also, in terms of design if you had to compare the Droid Maxx to a fully customized (by you) Moto X that would add a substantial plus in the Moto X design column… but alas it will be months before that comes to Verizon.
Written by Finderw