I have the MAXX with the Steinheil Ultra Fine screen protector, this one is anti-glare and anti-finger print. I keep my brightness down at 11% and have a Beautiful Widget Toggle for screen brightness that will up it to 100% with one push. So when I go outside I hit that, I don't use auto-dim on any phones. So with it at 100 it is "fairly" readable for the most part. Still not ideal but manageable, the sun is bright not much to be done about it.
As far as the GPS on the MAXX, if you always keep it enabled it locks on pretty quick. I don't do that, I again have a Beautiful Widget Toggle that takes me to the GPS menu and turn it on from there. So when you do that it can take a few seconds to lock, but once it does you are good.
I am sitting in my office spinning my phone around and the whole map is moving right along with me. Works great.
New to forums just got a Razr Maxx after having a Nexus for two weeks. I can say with complete unbiased honesty based on my real world use that, with the exception of the screen, the Nexus is absolute junk compared to the Maxx. To answer your question, the GPS would take up to 45 seconds to get a lock, regardless of which kernel or radio I was using, and if you were within pi$$ing distance of a building, forget about it.
I woulda never guessed the RAZR screen would be better outside since they're both Amoled. I know my RAZR is nice outside. I never really tested it on the G Nex I had. I do know my RAZR did seem brighter and had less blue tint than my G Nex. I stopped using auto brightness when I had my Droid X1 in 2010. So I compared both the RAZR and G Nex on max brightness.
Maybe one day I can get the Maxx and participate in battery related topics...
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This post was EXACTLY what i needed to see. I'm in the exact same predicament (DroidX ready for upgrade) and was stuck between the MAXX & GNex. Thanks for all of the opinions on here I've finally made up my mind to go with the MAXX !! I wanted to wait until the new models come out in a few months but my battery is beat to hell (no more than 45 minutes on a charge ) thanks to all the streaming I do and overcharging as a result. I have to keep my juice pack on hand at all times in case of emergency, which really blows. I had already pretty much decided on the MAXX for battery life reasons obviously, but I can't in good conscience buy a new phone without looking at what other wonderful goodies are on the market ATM.
My buddy has the RAZR and that seems to work pretty awesome, but I haven't had much playtime with it. Motorola's antennas have done me good in the past with this phone so the only things I was struggling with was the screen viewability and responsivness between processors which doesn't seem to be a large difference at all when looking at the battery length of the MAXX. I wish Moto would fix up their crappy MOTOBLUR UI though. I was hoping to go with an HTC this go around as I love Sense UI, but the Galaxy Nexus can't touch the battery life to make it worth it for me.
Anyone have any good references for rooting my soon to be new toy? I haven't done much with my X because I was always worried about bricking it with Motorola's bootloader lockdown, but I'd like to dable just for experience unless it's advised against?
Anyways, thanks for the help guys! After a night of countless video comparissons and spec sheets, i've come to the conclusion that the MAXX is right for me to replace my dying DroidX.
Droid X running Gingerbread 2.3.4 v4.5.621 (Kernel v188.8.131.52)
You will not be disappointed with the Maxx. I just heard another thumbs down for the Gnex. Friend got hers about a month ago after having the og Droid. She was in-love with it and showing off all the great things on her new Gnex when she first got it. Yesterday she was telling me how she hates it, the worst phone she's ever had, can't keep a phone call, gets dropped signal all the time, camera was horrible and now no longer works and has spent the last week arguing w Verizon to let her get a different phone. I told her to just keep getting refurbished Gnex-es until she gets one that works the way it is supposed to or until they give up and let her get a different phone. And to think I almost got a Gnex myself. Love my Maxx!
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