I have to agree... I especially with the camera remarks... The camera is very disappointing to me as I have a 2 year old running around the house and when I try to take a picture, even in decent lighting, it comes out super dark. I don't necessarily think it's hardware though, as it initially looks fine, but the auto focus kicks in almost immediately and drains all the light out of the shot. But, all in all, it beats the HD camera (with it's 15 second delay)
Other than the camera, I find this device to be excellent... And I'm coming from S4 and Note 2. I would have to say, benchmarks are lower than the S4 definitely, but in usage, the S4 has little stuttery lag spots that I have not seen on the Maxx. I am now wondering if I should go back to the S4 or listen to Nitro and get the One, lol
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You hit the nail on the head. This phone runs amazingly smooth...BUT... a few big "buts" in there for me (like the camera, and voice controls). But I might also be checking out a Verizon HTC One at the moment (had one on Tmobile when it first came out for a brief stint). I forgot how awesome this phone is.
I'm coming from the perspective of a heavy S4 user as well. I'll tell you now that you'll constantly be disappointed in the pictures if you have a 2 year old. Mine are 5.5, 4.5, and 22 months, and every single time I tried a Moto device over the past 2 years I ended up returning / exchanging b/c a big part of my life is catching photos/vids of those kiddos - it's a very important feature for me. It's not for everybody obviously.
The irony is that the One does better than the Maxx in almost every scenario, despite the Maxx having similar technology and being 10mp. The One is a very consistent experience with some cool features alongside quality photos. But the S4's camera is still the best IMHO when it comes to pure picture quality. I'm sure with the kiddos you'd be happy with either the One or S4.
The One's bootloader is currently unlockable and rootable - we'll see how long Verizon allows that to stay in place. No S-Off yet, but for the first day on a new phone on Verizon, that's a good start!
I'm VERY tempted to stick with the One for awhile. I love the S4, but the One is such a simple / clean experience. It runs like the Maxx, with more features and a better camera. Plus it's just a nice looking phone...
But because of the camera and the fact that I've come to believe the "ok google now" thing is a bit gimmicky and not so useful in most scenarios, I'll be putting my Maxx up for sale tonight most likely (can't exchange again at VZW...).