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)
Verizon updated their DROID DNA support page recently, detailing a yet-to-be-announced software update that will include Android 4.2 and Sense 5. In the support page, we are seeing evidence of the arrival of BlinkFeed, a new gallery app with video highlights, new 4.2 quick toggles in the notification bar, smart dialer, updated People app, and a new calendar. This update helps bring your DNA into HTC One software territory, you just can’t snap Zoes. (more…)
If you own a Moto X on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or US Cellular (Rogers too), you can root your device with a simple app created by Justin Case, called MotoRoot. If you don’t own a Moto X, and instead decided upon the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, or Mini, you too can root your device with a simple 1-click app. (more…)
Sorry for the wait, but here is our look at the DROID MAXX. After having already reviewed the DROID ULTRA, you should be able to get a general sense of what to expect if you plan on purchasing this device. The only differences between the MAXX and the ULTRA are the battery, bit of thickness that comes with it, and a matte finish over the ULTRA’s glossy exterior. The ULTRA features a 2,130mAh battery and is 7.2mm thin, while the MAXX sports a beefy 3,500mAh battery and measures in at 8.5mm. Other than that, the phones’ processors, display, camera, software and everything else are identical.
Again, for a deeper look at this phone’s software features and everything else besides overall feel and battery, check out our ULTRA review and Moto X review.
Let’s break it down and see if the MAXX will get you through a day’s hard work. (more…)
Because I’m impatient, and grew sick of waiting for Motorola to release the official PowerDock for the Moto X, I went ahead and ordered a similar dock made by Griffin that was built specifically for its half-robotic DROID brothers on Verizon. This is the DROID PowerDock, that while being made by the same company, is still strikingly different than the modern, minimal design we are expecting to see with the official dock for the Moto X. It has definitely been DROID-ified with a boxy, all-black exterior. (more…)
When Motorola announced its new line of DROID phones for Verizon – the ULTRA, Maxx, and Mini – they mentioned a special promo that would give new owners of each device a free 6-month subscription to Google’s All Access music service. Now that each device has been released, we’re hearing from a handful of owners (mostly of the MAXX) who are trying to receive the free 6-month offer and failing. In fact, they aren’t finding the offer anywhere other than in listings on Verizon’s page for each phone. So how can you get the free 6 months? (more…)
Shortly after T-Mobile (JUMP!) and AT&T (Next) revealed new upgrade-often, monthly payment plans, Verizon joined the party with Edge. We’ve already compared all three, essentially coming to the conclusion that the options from AT&T and Verizon are nothing short of rip-offs that double charge you for the same device, while T-Mobile’s is at least a somewhat fair choice. But no matter what we think, Edge (which is now live) is an option for those who want to upgrade often and also do not want to have to pay an upfront down payment. Edge will allow customers in good standing the chance to get a phone at a relatively low monthly price and zero down, other than the activation fee and first month’s payment. (more…)
Earlier in the week, we were joking about the death of the QWERTY keyboard after seeing LG’s new low-tier slideout device called the Enact. We even wondered during the DL Show if there was a chance that we would ever see a DROID 5 since it has been well over a year since the DROID 4 made its debut. And what do you know, before the weekend could even arrive pictures of a new QWERTY device made by Motorola and headed to Verizon has made an appearance. (more…)