Motorola Droid Maxx Vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Display, Hardware, Specs Comparison

Heidi Speare September 10, 2013 1

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Today we compare the specs and features of the Motorola Droid Maxx in a one on one battle against those of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (I9500). Both these smartphones are next-gen high-end devices and are considered to be among the best available in the market today.
The Motorola Droid Maxx is the flagship level smartphone from Motorola whereas the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the company’s flagship device and also one of the most popular and selling devices.
Let us compare the specs and features of these smartphones in an attempt to find out the better between the two.

Motorola Droid Maxx

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Samsung Galaxy S4 (I9500)

Galaxy S4s

DISPLAY
The Motorola Droid Maxx has a 5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and 294ppi pixel density. The display has Corning Gorilla Glass protection and supports 16M colors.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a pixel density of 441 ppi. The display on the smartphone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

HARDWARE
The Motorola Droid Maxx is based on Motorola’s X8 architecture that intends to ‘divide and conquer’ as Motorola likes to say it. The Motorola X8 has 4 graphics processor cores for stunning clarity, 2 application processor cores for swift action and 2 low-power cores. The Droid Maxx has the Qualcomm snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and is powered by a 1.7Ghz Krait dual-core processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped with the Exynos 5 chipset. The device is powered by a 1.6GHz Cortex-A15 processor and a 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor, PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

OPERATING SYSTEM
The Motorola Droid Maxx runs on one of the latest versions of Android, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box. The device provides you an almost stock user interface allowing you to get a taste of pure Android experience.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box and has Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of it.
The Motorola Droid Maxx and Samsung Galaxy S4 are next-gen devices; hence they are both eligible for the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as well as Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie updates. But the official availability dates might differ.

STORAGE
The Motorola Droid Maxx offers 32GB of internal storage but there is no microSD card for storage expansion. Hence from the start to the end, 32GB is what you have.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with 16, 32 and 64GB of internal storage, and consumers are free to choose the version they like. Each of these variants also provides microSD card support up to 64GB, hence storage expansion and therefore storage capacity will never be a problem on the Galaxy S4.

CAMERA
The Motorola Droid Maxx has a 10MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash. The camera features include full HD video recording, touch focus, geo-tagging and face detection. The device also has a 2MP front camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera. The primary camera comes with features like autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR and more.

BATTERY
This is one area where the Samsung Galaxy S4 is nowhere near the Motorola Droid Maxx. The Droid Maxx has a much better battery backup, battery capacity and overall run time.
The Motorola Droid Maxx has a massive 3500mAh Li-Ion battery. This is one of the best battery capacities offered by any next-gen smartphone available in the market today. Statistics say that the device is capable of providing up to 48 hours of talk time and 600 hours of stand by.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a decent 2600mAh Li-Ion battery, which when compared to the Droid Maxx falls short by 900mAh. This battery is able to provide talk time of up to 17 hours on 3G and a stand by time of up to 370 hours.

DIMENSIONS
The dimensions of the Motorola Droid Maxx are 137.5 x 71.2 x 8.5 mm whereas the dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 are 136.9 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm.

WEIGHT
The Motorola Droid Maxx weighs about 167 grams whereas the Samsung Galaxy S4 weighs just 130 grams.

CONCLUSION
As mentioned at the start, the Motorola Droid Maxx and Samsung Galaxy S4 are both flagship level smartphones. The battle has definitely been a tough one; the Droid Maxx is definitely superior in terms of battery backup and has a much better body that has been made out of Kevlar.
But the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been the consumer favorite, plus it is a smartphone available in a number of countries all around the world. The device is light, and most importantly comes with 1080p full HD display, a feature desired by a majority of consumers. The Galaxy S4 also provides huge amounts of storage space and comes with a number of unique gestures that allow you to use the device in innovative ways.
So the bottom line is, if you want a smartphone that is easily available everywhere, has tons of accessories and gives you a unique experience, then the Galaxy S4 is the winner.
But if you are looking out for a smartphone that can go for days on end without a recharge, provides you a 720p resolution, and is made up of a material that makes the device strong and robust, then the Motorola Droid Maxx is the winner.
Here is a specifications chart of the Motorola Droid Maxx and Samsung Galaxy S4:

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