As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received Motorola Droid Maxx from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.
I wonder on a pretty regular basis how I ever survived without a smart phone. If I reach into my pocket and don’t find my phone there, I can literally feel the onset of a panic attack. It’s not just a device used to call someone. It’s my connection to the world.
You may think it’s weird, but I rarely use my phone to actually talk to anyone anymore. I mainly use a phone for e-mail, social networking, entertainment, taking pictures and to Google any question I have about anything at any given moment.
I love to download apps that I think may be useful to me. I give an app a week or two to see if I’ll actually use it. If not, the app goes directly to Uninstall. No need to keep it clogging up my device. Anytime I get a new mobile device, it’s like starting over with a clean slate. I make it my own by adding my favorite apps.
What are some of the first apps I put on a new phone? Facebook and Twitter don’t count. Those are a given. I’ll list some of my favorite free apps at the end of the post. Scroll on down now if you can’t wait to check it out.
I recently got a Motorola Droid Maxx 4G LTE smartphone. I must admit that I am a fan of larger phones like this one, even though they don’t fit quite as easily into my pocket as smaller phones do.
Dimensions: 5.41”(H) x 2.80”(W) x 0.34”(D) inches
Weight: 5.86 ounces
The Droid Maxx is slim, lightweight and has a super sleek body design. Things like phone size and weight don’t really matter all that much to me because I end up putting my phones in a bulky yet uber-protective Otterbox case anyway.
The Droid Maxx has awesome features that easily give me many reasons to love it:
The battery lasts a LONG time. My past phones trained me to plug them in no less than once per day. The Droid Maxx is not nearly as needy. I can’t believe how often I DON’T have to charge this phone. The Droid Maxx can last up to 48 hours on a single charge (depending on usage).
Rumor has it that the Droid Maxx can even charge wirelessly! (That’s a totally true rumor, by the way.)
Generous Screen Size. I love the 5-inch display screen size. It’s perfect for people like me who use their phones for everything from e-mail to web surfing and entertainment. The Droid Maxx’s screen makes working on my phone much easier. It’s also a nice size for gaming and watching shows.
Durability. The back of the Droid Maxx is made of Kevlar. That’s the stuff body armor is made out of! This phone isn’t kidding around. Motorola must know my kids use my phone. And drop it. Often. In addition to the Kevlar, the Droid Maxx uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect against scratches.
10MP camera. I’ll talk about the 10MP camera and all the cool photo sharing features in another blog post. But there’s a lot to love about those, too. Anyone who uses their phone as a primary camera will want to stay tuned.
At a recent #VZWBuzz Twitter chat, I read an ingenius idea on a tweet from @Robynsworld.
— Robyn Wright (@RobynsWorld) January 3, 2014
This Droid Maxx’s charger and cord was my first washi tape victim. It’s worked out great so far. The colorful tape makes it much easier to identify my cords. By the way, every Friday at 3pm EST there is an hour of Verizon Twitter chat awesomeness when you follow hashtag #VZWBuzz. Feel free to join the convo anytime! I learn all sorts of useful tech info every time I attend.
So….on to that list of my favorite free apps available at Google Play. I’m listing these in no particular order.
Flipboard. I love this app. My husband used to give me a hard time about not knowing what was going on in current world events. Hello!?!?! Like I have time to watch the news every day! Flipboard is a magazine style way for me to get the news right on my Droid Maxx. I select the topics I like and voila, all the stuff I really care to read about is right there.
WebMD. This is a great free app for anyone, especially parents and hypochondriacs who love to self-diagnose (that would be me). The app lets you look up illnesses by symptoms and more. This is a very helpful app and it doesn’t cost a penny.
Cozi. This could very well end up being the key to any busy mom’s survival. Schedule every member of your family’s important events on a shared calendar. No excuses for missed appointments anymore. Plus, make and share grocery lists so you can send your husband to the store. Or simply to remind yourself what you actually went in to the store to buy.
Accuweather. This winter’s bipolar weather drove me nuts. One day it was snowing and freezing, the next day warm and sunny. I never knew what to expect. So I downloaded Accuweather and have been enjoying accurate weather reports ever since.
Big Oven. The dreaded question “What’s for dinner, Mom?” can be answered. With a free app! Access 250,000+ recipes.
I have many other favorite free apps, but these are some of the first ones I downloaded to my Droid Maxx. This phone gets a glowing review from me for battery performance and durable design. I’m looking forward to learning more about what the 10MP camera can do. I hope you’ll be back for the next installment of my Motorola Droid Maxx review.
What are some of the first apps you download to a new mobile device? What features do you like most about the Motorola Droid Maxx?