Expert Review of Maxx AX9Z Race White
Maxx is another new entrant in the smartphone market as the mobile world expands bigger than ever before. However, unlike many other companies like Lava, Celkon or iBall, Maxx has been adopting an aggressive marketing strategy by jumping into the main stream products from the word go. They have introduced some budget Android-less devices but not shying away from the Phablet segment, with Maxx AX9Z Race being their second venture on the road. With a huge 3-inch display, the Maxx AX9Z Race offers a screen resolution of 960 by 540pixels that is not the best ones we have seen for display. The smartphone comes with a length of 148.5mm, breadth of 78mm and height of 10.5mm. The battery is a 2300mAh standard lithium-ion that is not better than another Phablet with a smaller screen size. This is not good news as far as long usage of the device is concerned, and the same is apparent in the performance as well, with a talk time of up to 5 hours along with a standby time of up to 300 hours, which is a sharp drop from the 500 hours offered by Maxx AX8 Race. The camera is 8 megapixels and the pictures produced are no doubt clear and bright, but a number of high profile smartphones with the same strength offer much better results. The 2-megapixel VGA camera is certainly something we did not expect, as it provides a powerful means to make video calls along with getting some face time. Bluetooth is provided with EDR whereas, USB port stands firm with the smartphone as well, for data exchange purpose. Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hot spot is a great combo for internet along with GPRS and WAP browser. Although, internet is fast but we have seen faster, and the 5.3inches display does make it easier for the user to get a better finger grip over small icons. The Maxx AX9Z Race runs on the 1.2GHz dual core processor as far as the hardware is concerned, and on the Android Jelly Bean operating system as far as the software is concerned. It has a built-in memory of 4GB and a scalable external memory of 32GB. The Phablet also provides support for Dual SIM to accommodate two GSM numbers at the same time, whereas for entertainment, there is music and the video player. The 3G compatible device has a lot of other apps such as Google Play Store, Facebook, Twitter, Calendar, Calculator, Clock and Notes.
User Interface and UI functionality
Maxx AX9Z Race offers a massive 5.3-inch TFT capacitive touch screen. The display is only slightly smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Note2. The resolution though is quite low with 960 by 540pixels. The screen is responsive and smooth even while accessing multiple applications.
Maxx AX9Z Race comes with a music player that can be used for listening to personally selected songs, while video player is available for watching videos. It is certainly fun to watch videos on the huge 5.3-inch display with minimum reflection from the corners. Also, FM radio can be used for listening to songs on radios.
Pictures and Video quality
The 8-megapixel camera located at the back of the Maxx AX9Z Race, allows the user to capture some beautiful shots at a resolution of 3264 by 2448pixels. The 2 megapixel secondary camera is also dominant application to have especially, when one wants to make video phone calls.
The Maxx AX9Z Race has the Wi-Fi facility for faster surfing the web. The speed slows down in case of Facebook and YouTube where heavy buffering is required. Online Blogs and articles are clearly visible with such a huge display.
Internal and External Memory
Maxx AX9Z Race provides a 4GB internal memory, which would be adequate on most days. For those who prefer an even bigger data collection of songs, games, images and videos or even movies, can use the services of a microSD card slot that can enhance the external memory of the device up to 32GB.
Applications and Gaming
Maxx AX9Z Race has a big collection of games and playing touch screen games on the huge display is just too much fun. Although games that require medium level resolution work fine, the heavy ones are difficult to run with lot of sluggish behavior.
Maxx AX9Z Race has a 2300mAh standard lithium-ion battery, which in isolation is a decent power backup on any day. However, when one considers the magnitude of the kind of apps that the device would have to undergo, the given power supply would just not be enough. Talking numbers, Maxx AX9Z Race provides a talk time of up to 5hours along with a standby time of up to 300hours.
Maxx AX9Z Race has the Bluetooth, USB port and GPRS when it comes to basic connectivity features. For web access, apart from the GPRS mentioned above, there is WAP browser and the Wi-Fi facility. Wi-Fi hot spot's presence means that the user can get a taste of the Wi-Fi tethering for an economical price.
The Maxx AX9Z Race when compared to Maxx AX8 Race has a bigger screen with 5.3inches for the former and 5inches for the latter. Maxx AX9Z Race has a dual core processor whereas the Maxx AX8 Race has a single core processor. The camera department is same for both the devices with an 8 megapixel primary camera and a 2 megapixel secondary camera. The operating system is much superior with Maxx AX9Z Race, as it runs on the Android Jelly Bean as compared to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich for Maxx AX8 Race. The battery strength is 2300mAh for both the smartphones.