Verizon and Motorola partnered together yet again this year, giving us two devices in the DROID lineup for the holiday shopping season. We have the Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2.The Maxx 2 is more of a niche offering designed to maximize battery life, while still offering an adequate specs sheet.
The DROID Maxx 2 employs the same design style as the DROID Turbo 2, but it doesn’t get treated to the same level of customization courtesy of Moto Maker. Instead, the handset is available in two primary colors, black or white.it has a smaller footprint that makes it look just a smidgen more compact. However, there’s strangely no change to its weight whatsoever, tipping the scales at 169 grams just like the Turbo 2. While it shares the same thicker metal trim bezel, the arch with its casing is more uniform offering slightly better ergonomics. And just like the DROID Turbo 2, it sees the same water repellent construction to keep it safeguarded against minor spills, splashes, or light rain.One might think it’s packing dual front-firing speakers like the Moto X Pure Edition, but it’s actually just a single speaker below the display that’s used for music output while the other is the earpiece.
The motorola DROID Maxx 2 have 5.5-inch screen.It have a beautiful HD LCD display on the front of the Droid Maxx 2.It does not consist of Motorola’s shatter-proof technology but its Gorilla Glass 3 should hold up as well as most 2015 flagships.While QHD is quickly becoming the standard in higher-end phones, FHD is a common resolution for mid-tier devices, and so the inclusion of a 1080p display here makes a lot of sense.It’s interesting to see Motorola going with LCD technology, though, as one of their biggest features is Moto Display. This capability showcases notifications over a black background, which saves energy in the case of AMOLED screens. his is a more affordable handset, and some sacrifices had to be made.
The Droid Maxx 2 houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, backed by an Adreno GPU and 2 GB of RAM and the Adreno 405 GPU. This, naturally, delivers ample performance for basic tasks such as navigation through the interface, running apps, and switching between them without much delay so on the surface, it’s more than effective. And though it only comes with 16 GB of internal storage, users do have access to a micro SD card slot capable of handling 128 GB cards.It runs very smoothly while performing most tasks and handles multi-tasking with no hesitation. It may fall short of your needs if you are a heavy gamer, but for the most part it delivers pretty fast performance.Combining its 1080p screen and snappy general performance, on top of its LTE speeds, it makes for a wonderful web surfing experience. Pages are rendered properly without much wait, while navigational controls such as kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming all happen with ease.Exclusive to Verizon, the DROID Maxx 2 comes armed with the usual CDMA radios that are necessary for it to ride on Big Red’s network here in the US. Just like nearly all Verizon offered devices nowadays, the DROID Maxx 2 is also a world phone because it’s accompanied with radios to make it compatible to work on the wealth of GSM networks internationally – albeit, it’s only greeted to LTE Cat 3 speeds. Besides that, it comes with all of the usual connectivity features found on any high-end phone. That listing consists of aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 ab/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC.
The gallery app is a familiar one, not only does it arrange content in the usual album listing.it’s nonetheless a nice addition that brings forth a little bit of dynamics to the package.it’s no shock that the Google Play Music app is the music player of choice. Naturally, it functions in the capacity we all know and love.The DROID Maxx 2 only features a single speaker for music output, but there’s nothing diminished here with its quality because it musters up the same 75.5 dB output as the DROID Turbo 2. And with that, it’s backed by substance and authority to give it a commanding presence.All sorts of video play smoothly and effortlessly, while its generous sized screen and forward facing speaker makes it an ideal choice for the occasion. Certainly, it’s effective for the task at hand, but the only missing thing that would solidify its package is just a multi-tasking aspect that would permit us to do something else simultaneously.
One of Motorola’s main lures is their near vanilla Android experience, which is something the DROID Maxx 2 inherits from previous generations.The DROID Maxx 2 is running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is a little disappointing considering Marshmallow is starting to spread out to some devices. Android 6.0 is starting to become something we expect out of new phones, given that it came out of the box with the HTC One A9. Sure, there is the promise of an update coming, but you know how things go with Verizon. We might have to wait longer than expected.You can expect the same Material Design look; from the pull-down menu to the settings and recent apps.Motorola phones are interesting, because people praise their stock feel, but they also love their customizations. The Droid Maxx 2 may have slightly less features than other Moto handsets, but it’s still worth a look. Moto Display is still there, but since there are no movement sensors in the front, and so you can’t wave your hand over the phone to activate it.Moto Voice also makes sure you can access content without having to touch the phone. It’s similar to the “OK, Google” command, but you can program it to listen to any phrase of your choice.
Volume is never an issue with this DROID.Using it in noisy conditions poses no problem. Still, there’s the matter of voice quality. Listening through the earpiece, voices are tough to decipher because of the crackly tone that accompanies them. Oppositely, however, it’s an easier time for our callers because voices have a concise, pleasant, and clear tone to them.
The DROID Maxx 2 sports a 21 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front shooter. Photos are consistently great, producing substantial amounts of detail, while keeping colors bright and vibrant.The camera found on the Maxx 2 is pretty decent.Many photos turn out fine without using any HDR mode, but when the device was set to Auto HDR.As it goes with other phones, shooting in low-light scenarios will result in a significant quality degradation. The 5 MP front-facing camera has a wider angle lens, which does create really nice looking selfies with a good amount of detail.The DROID Maxx 2 are among the best Motorola has ever made.
Inside the DROID Maxx 2 is a 3,630mAh battery.Having a large battery is great.Battery life on the Maxx 2 is excellent. It’s seriously long-lasting, which reverts the attention away from the DROID Turbo 2. Over in the recharge time, it’s not as quick as its sibling, but its 105 minute tally to get back to full capacity is still fairly quick. Unlike the DROID Turbo 2, there’s no wireless charging here.
The DROID Maxx 2 lands somewhere right in the middle of the smartphone landscape. It features a 5.5″ Full HD LCD display, Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 21MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 16GB of onboard storage, microSD card support for up to 128GB of expandable storage, and the large 3,630 mAh battery. The Snapdragon 615 and 2GB of RAM are a deal breaker for me.The device also lacks a fingerprint reader, something we are seeing on nearly all flagship devices in late 2015.
Performance is extremely sluggish at times, the camera is a major step backwards from other devices, and frankly, there are much better options currently on the market.In the specs department, there’s nothing that would invoke awe or attraction when we look at the DROID Maxx 2 it’s clearly in the mid-range category.If you’re content with the one-day battery life, there are several options out there that make for great arguments.One of them is DROID Maxx 2.