"Best smartphone on Verizon to date"4.5 starson by okpud
Pros: Extra long battery life
Excellent voice quality
Bluetooth Trusted Devices
Wireless Charging (Qi)
Miracast wireless display/audio mirroring
Gesture control to activate camera
Cons: No HDMI or MHL out
Poor Miracast performance when connected to a bluetooth device
Some Bluetooth A2DP streaming problems w/ older devices
No USB fast charge option
Summary: Simply put, this is currently the best smartphone offered by Verizon. You get all the great features of the Moto X, like Active Display and "always on" voice commands, with better battery life and wireless charging. This is my fifth Android phone on Verizon and I am very happy with it.A couple of other notes I forgot to mention:
I am averaging a full two days between charges with moderate usage. Performance is excellent with the latest technology in CPU/GPU cores used by the X8 computing system. 4 general purpose CPU cores are just not needed to keep this phone very fast and responsive. No lag at all and very smooth graphics, unlike most every other smartphone I have owned. Motorola focus on usability features over a bunch of gimmicks in this design. Cases in point:
Active Display blows away all other notification systems out there, like blinking LEDs
Voice Commands are easy to use while driving and keep your eyes on the road
Trusted Bluetooth device list allows my phone to stay unlocked when connected to device like my car or home phone system. For me, this is great since I use my phone for business and keep a secure lock screen enabled. When in a "trusted area" around my BT devices, my phone stays unlocked. Leave the area, and it automatically locks again.
So far, I only have a few cons with this device. The lack of a dedicated HDMI or MHL port for video out is a bit of a loss for me. Miracast is fine, but only a few devices support it today whereas every hotel I travel to have HDMI inputs available on the in room TVs. Also, Miracast performance on my home TV tends to stutter if BT is left on (digging through the MAXX's manual, I finally found a warning about this). Streaming audio over BT (A2DP) is problematic with some of my older BT receivers. New ones work fine, but older devices support A2DP tend to stutter and skip when connect to the MAXX (but not other Android devices, like my Nexus 10 tablet). I expect this will probably be address with a later ROM update. Lastly, I really wish Mot would have added a "fast charge" option for charging over USB when connect to a computer. Since it doesn't, you'll only be able to charge at 500mA unless you connect to a dedicated USB charger vs. a computer. Several of my other Android device support this feature so you can get a full 1000mA+ of charging off a computer port when a data connection is not required.
All-in-all, though, this is a solid device that I would highly recommend to those in the market for a new smartphone.
Updated on Aug 29, 2013
The MAXX is Global Ready and SIM unlocked. This is great since I travel to Europe and keep a prepaid SIM for international use. Just replace the Verizon nano-SIM with a new one and you are good to go with most global GSM/HSDPA providers. It even works with a AT&T SIM, but only for their 3G network (no LTE on AT&T due to their different frequency bands from Verizon).
If you use Chrome as your Internet browser, Motorola Connect is a great plugin that works with the new Verizon Droid Mini/Ultra/MAXX lineup + the Moto X. Now I don't have to pull my phone out of my pocket read/send TXT messages or see who's calling. It pops right up in my Chrome browser and is easy to use.