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DROID MAXX Developer Edition Available as Well for $649

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Lost in the excitement/confusion/price-shock of the release of the Moto X Developer Editions, we thought we should also point out that a DROID MAXX Developer Edition is available as well, unlockable bootloader included. At $649, and with the same massive 3,500mAh battery that is included in the carrier-locked DROID MAXX, this is actually a semi-decent price. The Moto X Dev Edition with a smaller battery and slightly smaller screen is the exact same price.

If you’d like to go slightly more-pixelated bigger screen, with kevlar backing and capacitive navigation buttons, you now have an option.

Links:  DROID MAXX Developer Edition (Verizon)

Cheers Jay!

  • robertlwalters

    Does OTA come from Motorola or Verizon on the dev edition?

  • Chester

    It’s now back available (10:45 EDT, 9/23/13). Just ordered mine, with free 2-day shipping, listed as in-stock.

  • Justin Payne

    @Kellex forgive me for asking a dumb question, but can anyone tell me whether the X has any noticeable advantage over the Maxx due to the X’s “dual LTE antennas”?

  • Guest

    It is NOT available!

  • Karl Wallenda

    As far as the Droid Maxx “developer edition” being available, this is untrue. It cannot be purchased now (9-20), and when I contacted Motorola, I was informed that they have no information as to when it would be available.

  • Malcolm Love

    UGH. I just got my MAXX. Anyone know if it’s possible for me to exchange mine for a dev edition? Judging from this I have to buy the dev edition directly from Moto, so I’m guessing no… >.<

    • Tojen1981

      There should be a return policy if you bought it from Verizon. Might just need to pay a restocking fee.

  • Tod Cox

    Any place that has a list of Developer/GPE phones available on Verizon. Unfortunately I can’t switch carriers and I am sick of Verizon’s locked down phones.

  • Paul Hansen

    I love the flaming that goes on about this device. There’s obviously demand for it since it sold out in ~3 hours. I don’t know how many pieces they had but it should lay to rest the “who would ever want this” arguments… I have the non-dev edition which will be returned today and I’ll use my GS4 til this gets back in stock (bleh). I’ve been blown away by how good this thing is and can’t wait to have the unlocked version in my hands.

  • Armorthane

    Looks like it’s already out of stock. 🙁

  • Brian Lemert

    I was able to order… finally. It came up the first time and said unavailable, the second time it went through. This was around 4:30Est

  • ajftl250

    does anyone knows if this comes unlocked ? Att or tmo lte bands ?

  • SuperDave

    Isn’t the Moto X screen 4.7 inches, subtract the onscreen buttons and we are now 4.4 inches usable display. The Maxx is 5 inches usable and has a larger battery. Anything less than a Maxx is an iPhone.

    • chris420o

      lolllll the onscreen button less screen argument to justify purchases from companies ruining what android should be…always makes me lol

  • the3dolla

    Ugh, tried to order through Chrome, IE and Firefox, none work and say that the item in my cart is unavailable. I was already hesitating on pulling the trigger, looks like I’ll save some money and have to bear with my Razr Maxx for now.

  • I’ve been using this phone and I love it. It’s worth the price to me.

  • Randy Rowland

    On this page, the MotoX is the only one that has “Add to cart” on it.

  • Randy Rowland

    Anyone else having issues buying it? Everytime I go to place my order after putting in my shipping and billing information and it’s about to finalize, I get “Some items in your cart are no longer available.”

  • Nathaniel Newman

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S4. No more Motorola, No more!

    • Stangerdude

      I had the OG and loved it. Then i went Samsung and was quite disappointed…(G NEX) Sammy never again, ever ever

      • Paul Hansen

        Same. I gave them 2 chances. Gnex and GS4 and neither really blew me away. Don’t get me wrong. The GS4 was a decent device but the Motos past and present blow it away in call clarity/reception/build quality for those who… you know… talk on their phones… They may not blow away the specs page of LG/Samsung but they put more time/effort into reliability/functionality it seems.

  • Guest

    Someone knows who is Derrick Stonington?

  • JoeTi

    Wow. Very interested. I decided a couple weeks back not to upgrade my aging GNex andinstead bought a 3800ma battery. Pretty happy with the 10-16 hours I get NOW but a Dev Edition sounds interesting. I’ll probably wait until the Nexus 5 is announced to make a decision since it may involve leaving VZW after 12 years of great service…

  • Tyler Rynberg

    Why couldn’t they have done this last year with the RAZR HD MAXX? Oh well, thanks to drbliss, we have unlocked bootloaders anyway.

    BTW, I’m very glad I got my HD MAXX as I see this phone as a step down (no SD, capacitive buttons, too big).

    • chris420o

      loving my droid hd with carbon…minus the camera flash and the few hangs i get

  • SewWhat

    OK.. Looking at the “unlocking the bootloader overview and warnings” page … https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/standalone/bootloader/unlock-your-device-a

    Toward the bottom.. what exactly does this mean.
    “Unlocking your bootloader will not change your device subsidy lock status”

    • Detonation

      That’s in regards to carrier/sim locking, doesn’t really apply to Verizon. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIM_lock

    • JohnThackr

      It is typical for phones sold by a carrier subsidized with a contract to be locked to only work with that carrier until at least the contract term is up. (AT&T does this.) Motorola is reminding people that unlocking a bootloader is not the same thing as unlocking the SIM lock that causes the phone to only work with the carrier that subsidized the phone. It applies less to Verizon since Verizon’s frequency bands and air interfaces are different from many other carriers (and their non LTE phones do not contain a SIM at all), so locking is not the primary way that Verizon phones are unable to work on other carriers.

      With many Android phones, such locking can be defeated via rooting (though the lock may return after a factory reset), but, again, not by bootloader unlocking alone, as Motorola is saying.

  • socarwolverine

    Honest question, if these are already rooted, why is an unlocked bootloader necessary? What additional benefit do you get over a locked bootloader MAXX?

    • flosserelli

      An unlocked bootloader lets you flash custom roms & kernels. If you have no interest in those, then you have no need for an unlocked botloader.

  • Pakmann2k

    I will be honest, I like both this phone as well as the Moto X. The only reason I would choose a Moto X over this device is accessories and hardware support. With the Moto X being launched as a flagship device across multiple carriers, everything for the phone will be plentiful and cheap. Docks, cases, covers, skins, custom parts, you name it, it will flood the market like the millions of products for the iPhone. The Droid will get the standard desk dock, car dock, and some cases but I wouldn’t expect much else. Also, I would guess that replacement parts: screens, digitizers, batteries, and even the bodies of the Moto X will become very affordable in the next year. Replacement LCD with digitizer for an iPhone is $20. Replacement LCD with Digitizer for a Gnex, $150. Why? Because the iPhone is widely adopted while the Gnex was more of a niche product. I would expect the Maxx to be right on par with the Gnex over the long run in the aftermarket world. If this is not important to you, go get you some MAXX DE.

  • J Dub

    Why would anyone buy this over a half as cheap Nexus?

    • NorCalGuy

      Because the nexus is no longer avaible for sale and the big factor is they don’t work on Vz and this phone does… O ya and most people who buy this phone are looking at that huge batt mainly.something the nexus lacks

    • flosserelli

      The people considering this phone (Verizon customers) don’t have the option of a Nexus.

  • jrshermz

    Just got my VZW G2 yesterday at full price. Should return for this beast.

    • Mike Hilal

      The G2 runs circles around this, processor/GPU/Screen wise. And will last just as long on battery.

      • guesswhat

        just that it has crapware all over it no usefull features and will be laggy not as smooth as moto x or droid maxx ..

        • A.J.

          Wrong, I picked the G2 over the X because it flew and there was no lag whatsoever and I have yet to see any lag. I was seriously considering all options before I picked the G2 and I still picked the G2 and I’m happy that i did.

          • Detonation

            have you gamed on it yet? people are saying it gets real hot and thermal throttles the cpu/gpu, making it lag

          • A.J.

            Yeah, I have gamed on it. I’m not a huge gamer on my phone though, I save that for my tablet. The games I do play on it though do not cause the phone to get any hotter than the Galaxy Nexus and I’ve not noticed any lag. I guess it may depend on the game.

          • Stangerdude

            that’s not saying much…it felt like my Galaxy Nexus was always burning a hole in my pocket…literally. I’m lovin’ my Maxx. now I’m wondering if i can take this locked one back and pick up an unlocked one on an EDGE plan.

      • JoeTi

        ^What he said plus better screen and camera, but G2 stock ui is not as pure and I would bet the updates come in much slower than the droid maxx. Maxx x8 cpu will not feel any slower than the G2 so not sure how you factor that into the assessment. Pick your poison.

    • flosserelli

      “Beast”? The only thing beastly about the Maxx is the battery. The G2 owns it in every other aspect.

      • Detonation

        LG’s UI is terrible though, I didn’t think you could get much worse than TouchWiz, but LG’s is like TW on steroids.

        • flosserelli

          That is why there is a market for 3rd party launchers. I absolutely hated Touchwiz on my Note 2 and S3, but Nova Launcher fixed that.

          • Greyhame

            That helps with the UI, but what about the UX? That you’re stuck with no matter what.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            Which is what people really need to ask themselves. Can you see yourself getting bored with all the specs? It’s new hardware, but you interact with it the same way u did a G1 (Dream).

          • Detonation

            The launcher is only one piece though. The skin is integrated throughout the entire OS.

          • New_Guy

            Nova on my Note 2 now and i must say that it is the supreme launcher in the market. Paid for the pro version just to support the Dev (and to unlock the tablet screen transitions). Loving it!

      • JoeTi

        Screen, camera, and newest processor is what the LG has going for it. But the speed of the ui, GPU (and “gaming”), Ram/battery/wi-charging/size should be the same. Touch and feel, bloatware, speed of updates favors the Moto Maxx. Anyone else see it differently?

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        Why would you get the g2 over another s800 (common) 1080p screen (common) great camera experience (becoming common) phone, like the nexus 5 or z1 or note3? Why would you get the nexus 5 or note 3 over the g2 yields different answers. Why would you get the maxx > g2? Touchless control is in a category of its own. And everyone will want to replicate it, does the g2 have the ability replicate it with the same battery life? in other words, we see the future is headed for voice control (xbox one, google now), is the g2 still future proof for that? Is that something you see yourself wanting? ois is sweet tho. Only thing missing from the moto x are physical ois and better picture quality. It would have been a 2 year keeper. Cheers to 4.3 and future proof phones

      • LiterofCola

        Terrible UI, cheap looking, horrible buttons on the back. But then again, these are opinions.

  • JT3

    I honestly love how the carriers scream about how they must lock bootloaders “for the safety and security” of their networks, but then turn around and offer developer editions.

    • Pakmann2k

      Totally agree. The networks claim that the hackers and whatnot could comprimise the safety and security of their networks but then turn around and say, “well, I suppose we can take that chance if you pay more for your device.” As if those evil doers wouldn’t be willing to pay the premium.

    • flosserelli

      Bootloaders have nothing to do with the security of their network. Unlocked bootloaders affect the security of the individual *device* but not the entire network. It’s just another bullshiat excuse for Verizon to piss on your parade.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Can we get some kitkat rumors/leaks? I’m dying for details and will be surprised if they keep this under wrap until launch.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Am I to understand there is a GS4 Dev Edition for Verizon?
    How is the ROM selection for these developer devices on vzw?

  • Faber

    Oh! Oh!…. Oh yeah, I don’t care….

  • Jackson

    I dunno why you guys don’t like this phone. To me, the Maxx is well made, has a good feel in hand, screen is still great (I personally can’t see the pixelation), has all the same great features as the Moto X, AND has a massive battery.

    I understand that it sucks it’s only on Verizon, but the phone is great and is a great price here for the Dev edition!

    • htowngtr

      I think its great for $650 vs a moto x at the same price.

      Moto X’s big selling point over the Maxx is the physical size and feel in the hand. Otherwise IMO it’s maxx all the way.

      • Kanaga Deepan N

        Esp with lack of customization option…

      • LiterofCola

        I guess it’s a matter of opinion, some including myself feel that the X is too small in hand. (That’s not what she said)

    • NorCalGuy

      I don’t know why ppl have to dig at the screen I held it as close to my eye as possible and I couldn’t see any! So unless these people are using a magnifying glass to look at their screen it just seems like that’s the only thing they can hate on because that phone is SWEET!

      • schlanz

        It’s a great screen even at 720p. The .3 inch difference between it and the Moto X is not going to make a lick of a difference to the naked eye.

    • Sporttster

      Well, it doesn’t have a sd card slot and it doesn’t have HDMI out capability. Those are needs for me. I would buy it otherwise…..

      • Seiga

        Ok.. not to be the downer to this.. but that shouldn’t stop you. It doesn’t have HDMI, but it does have Miracast built in as well as Chromecast.

        SD Card slot? I find it hard to even fill 32 GB on a phone. Yes, I use cloud storage as well, but really that’s all you need. If you don’t back up your physical drive and your device goes FUBAR, you’re screwed. Cloud storage has backup of backups.

        • Sporttster

          I use DishAnywhere app that allows me to watch anything from my Dish DVR on my phone and out it to a TV. I can do this via HDMI out on my current Razr Maxx. Can I do this on this phone?? DIsh app doesn’t support Chromecasting, so???

          • okpud

            If you get a Miracast adapter, you can. Netgear Push2TV. Basically, it is WiFi Direct for screen/audio mirroring. I’ve got a Maxx and a Push2TV I do this with as I was in the same boat w/ no direct HDMI support on the Maxx.

    • MasterEthan

      No on screen buttons is what gets me most.

    • schlanz


      It’s the best Moto device out, no contest.

    • Kanaga Deepan N

      Can this DroidMAXX be used in GSM networks in Europe or Asia???

  • mecevans

    Just paid around $700 for my non dev maxx at verizon yesterday! Returning this mofo and getting the unlocked version!!!!

    • Aj Walter

      Lol yep me too.

    • beng8686

      What is the grace period we can return full price Maxx?

      • chris125

        14 days

        • Detonation

          +$35 restocking fee

          • flosserelli

            Which is pure bullshiat, but that’s typical Verizon for you.

          • Detonation

            At least this fee makes sense, since once you return it they can’t sell it as new anymore. The $30 “upgrade” fee is pure greed though.

          • RoboCop

            no restock fee at Best Buy

          • Detonation

            Price is $50 more full retail at BB though

    • Sheena Romero

      Where can you get the unlocked version?

  • Qwerty

    Dammit… I had settled on getting the Moto X dev edition and now I don’t know….

  • Detonation

    “Unlocking your bootloader is not for the faint of heart. Unlocking your device and installing your own software might cause the device to stop working, disable important features and functionality, and even make the device unsafe to the point of causing you harm.”

    Oh really?

    • King Lo

      Overclock the processor remove temperature safeguards for the battery. Got a little bomb just waiting for you to play candy crush a little too long.

      • Reginald Jefferson

        More proof that Candy Crush is bad for you O_O

      • Raven

        Can you actually remove the temperature throttling? I thought that was a hardware “feature”.

        • kixofmyg0t

          You sure can. In fact the kernel I have installed on my 2013 Nexus 7 has different options for thermal throttling.

          it’s just a couple lines of code away from being a bomb.

          • michael arazan

            So that’s how the Colorado wild fires started

  • faganm24

    I don’t know why people are freaking out about this price (Both DROID Maxx and Moto X). It is inline with everything we have already seen. Verizon sells this for $599.99 for 16 GB. I don’t know if they have a 32GB version, but AT&T has a $50 upcharge for the storage bump. I agree that it is too expensive, but it is not a surprise.

  • Dan D

    Can this be used on GSM networks?

    • rabidhunter

      Kellex has taken the SIM from GSM Networks on the regular DROID Ultra/Maxx and it worked fine. It got HSPA on ATT and 4G on T-Mo.

    • okpud

      Yes, even the locked version works with GSM nano SIMs on other carriers. I have a Maxx and tried this myself. It only has Verizon LTE frequencies, though. Here are the supported network types/frequencies: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100, CDMA 800/1900, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, LTE Band 04/13, HSDPA 42.2 Mbps (Category 14), HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, CDMA EV-DO Release A, GPRS Class 12

  • thedonxr

    Question is:
    Bigger batter Bigger screen but dem buttons or
    Smaller Battery Smaller screen and On screen way it was meant to be buttons…

  • Droidzilla


    Oh, sorry; I meant to type WHAT?

  • Rob Cossin

    I should buy two, one for me, one for BALDWINGUY77.

  • Lou_C

    I had a momentary case of buyer’s remorse when I saw this immediately after buying the X, but ultimately I think the dev community will embrace the X much more than the MAXX. Though the bigger battery would be nice.

    • htowngtr

      From what I can tell it’s the same thing. The droid line has same X8 architecture and root apps are apparently cross-platform.

      • Pakmann2k

        I tend to agree but not knowing anything about programming, I wonder how much tweaking is needed to build a ROM with on-screen buttons versus hardware buttons. If it is much more difficult than I can see the MAXX being left behind a bit.

        • htowngtr

          It’s the same thing.


          jcase’s “pwnmymoto” root app is across all moto x, ultra, mini, and maxx phones

          • Pakmann2k

            Thanks, always been curious about that.

        • Danny Blaney

          actually the onscreen buttons vs hardware buttons is just a single line in the build.prop file.

  • Greg Morgan

    Look at Verizon being supportive of the dev community! /s

    • Eric

      That’ll be the day!

  • NexusPhan69

    “If you’d like to go slightly more-pixelated bigger screen, with kevlar backing and capacitive navigation buttons, you now have an option.”

    Was that a condescending tone towards all the people who pointed this out in the comments of the Moto X dev addition article? Come on Kellex the Moto X is overpriced. At least get the bigger screen and bigger battery if you’re gonna spend that much and still be stuck on Verizon.

    Edit: GIF fail again. That’s Ruxin from The League talking to Antonio Gates.

  • htowngtr

    Now that’s a better deal for the same price, honestly. I love my moto X but the maxx has more battery, wireless charging, same architecture, etc. It definitely is bigger though.

    • MichaelFranz

      agreed, i would rather pay $649 for this then moto x. If anything they should of charged $50-$100 less for moto x just because of this screen size and battery size. I know the screen isnt that much bigger but it still markets that way