Reception was great. I returned the M just due to that reason. When both were on the desk, both had signal around -77. When picked up, the M dropped to -88, while the Maxx HD only dropped to -79. Hardly a drop at all and I was gripping it too, just to make sure.
It's not about gaming, or forgetting to charge. It's about the way things 'usedta'.
'Usedta' be that my phone needed charging once every 3 days. That was the Sanyo SCP-5000, one of the first full color phones on Sprint. Now mind you, that was before 4G and even 3G. But my point is, battery technology is the one thing that manufacturers have neglected from then to now. We have seen Nextel phones that lasted nearly a week, and now we're at the point of phones like the Thunderbolt where you're lucky to go 5 hours with moderate use. That's not acceptable.
After having used the MAXX for over a year, I can safely say that I will never settle for a phone that can't go AT LEAST 12 hours with HEAVY usage and still have power when I get home.
To put it in perspective, I leave my house at 7:30-ish every day. I turn Hotspot on and leave it on (4G is strong in this area). I connect my Nexus 7 to it. That tablet is in my hand and in constant use throughout the day, whether using Google Nav or Sky.FM or email or whatever. At work I connect my Kindle Fire to the Hotspot and it streams Sky.FM for at least 3 hours. The phone itself is on push personal and push corporate emails, location is left on just because. I just drop it in my pocket and forget about it.
I get home around 5-6pm, I've still got 20% power left.
So you figure nearly 12 hours of juice and that's with the most extreme of data usage. Essentially it's a super powered mobile hotspot that, unlike the Jetpacks, gets to abuse Verizon's unlimited data offering.
The MAXX has no peer. Not even the RAZR HD with its admittedly substantial battery bump can compete.
With the exception of the maxx not being out for a year I'm 100% on board with your statement.Originally Posted by revelated
The maxx loves to be abused, period.
The "m" impressed me more the the HD just idk.
IMO why wouldn't you pay a small premium for a simply incredible battery?
As others have stated, it is not about not having to charge your phone every night. It is about not worrying AT ALL that your phone won't make it through the day no matter how you use it.
It's a small pleasure to not have to bother turning off GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, or plug in the phone when you get down to 30% just in case you won't make it home, or turn down the screen brightness to avoid draining it, or avoid running CPU hungry apps when your charge is low, or . . .
I consider the small premium well worth it.