Ok, I've got a Note 3. It's got an awesome screen, good battery life, a built in stylus, and is pretty fast. It also gets horrible reception, has touch wiz, and a locked bootloader. The horrible reception is my main issue with it. I've gone to Verizon and they sent me a new SIM card. It helped slightly, but not tons. I've owned several Motorola phones over the years (OG RZR, two OG Droids, Droid X, and Droid X2) and never had any reception issues with any of them. When I moved from a two year oil Droid to the Galaxy Nexus I noticed that the Droid had better reception (this was before my area had 4G so it was a pretty even comparison). I've read up on these issues and it seems that I'm not the only one who's had these problems, more so that Samsung's phones in general are near the back of the pack in terms of reception. Now I've convinced myself to get rid of the Note and get something that actually does what any phone should be able to do, call and text. I just about had my mind made up to get a Moto X, but then I realized that I could get the MAXX and have the same processor and radios but with a bigger screen and battery. I've read a lot of reviews, and tried to do as much research as I can to make a good decision before purchasing my next phone. Most of the Maxx reviews spoke very highly of the performance of the phone, especially since it debuted with a slightly dated processor, and few really had anything bad to say about the phone outside of the lackluster camera and steep on contract price. I am not an avid photographer. If the camera can take the occasional picture and I can tall what the picture was of I'll be satisfied. Also, I'll be getting the phone used and at a fair price, selling the Note 3, and actually putting money in my pocket. So here are my questions: How's the reception on your phone? Have you had any issues with your phone? Do you think I'm and idiot for wanting to "downgrade" phone?