Best Verizon phones

8. Droid Maxx - the battery behemoth

Verizon has recruited all kinds of manufacturers to make handsets with the Droid name. It's Big Red's private brand, from the HTC's Droid DNA to last year's Motorola offerings like the Droid Razr Maxx HDand the Droid Razr M.

Next to the Droid Ultra and the Droid Mini, the Droid Maxx is the flagship of the three new Verizon Droids. A black 32GB model goes for $199 with contract.

Why you want it

Exceptional battery life. No other phone short of a monstrosity like the Galaxy Note 3 can match the Maxx's charge performance. If you need a phone where battery life will never be a concern, and don't want to haul around a monstrous device, the Maxx is the answer.

It's practically stock Android, with a few cool extras. Motorola has really scaled back its UI, to the point where the Droid Maxx is almost unadulterated Android. The only big additions are hands free voice recognition features like you'd find on the Moto X.

That Kevlar body is durable and feels great. The body of the Maxx is rubberized and has great grip. While it can scuff, it won't crack or chip like metal or even plastic-bodied phone.

Why you may not want it

The camera isn't great. The Maxx is in a similar boat to the Moto X. Its camera is being patched to improve its performance. In our review, we found it to be an unreliable snapper.

Dual-core processor and 720p screen. On the Moto X, specs like this were easier to forgive. They helped it to achieve great battery life without the room for a huge cell. However, the Maxx has a huge cell, hence the large frame, and Motorola still opted for internals that may not age so well. Also, its screen is considerably larger than the Moto X's, so its lower resolution is more noticeable.