Update: One commenter noticed that the new colors of the DROID MAXX have 16GB of storage, not 32GB like the original matte version. For shame, Verizon/Moto, especially since the MAXX has no microSD card slot. Thanks, Jason Stanton!

When Verizon launched the latest generation of Motorola DROID phones back in August, the long-lasting DROID MAXX was only offered in a matte black color. It seems a little belated, but as of today Verizon is selling the Moto flagship in two new color options: glossy red, and matte black with new silver trim on the speaker grille, Motorola badge, power button, and volume rocker. Both of them use the same Kevlar body as the original model, but the red version uses the reflective coating previously seen on the DROID Ultra and DROID Mini.

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As someone who's used the matte DROID MAXX as his daily driver phone for six months, I've got to say I prefer the less flashy finish of the standard model. Not only is it less prone to pick up fingerprints, it's a bit more grippy in your hand, making the large phone easier to hold. For a direct comparison of the two styles, check out David Ruddock's review of the DROID MAXX (matte) and DROID Mini (glossy) from last year. The basic matte black and glossy red phones use black speaker panels and buttons.

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Other than the cosmetic additions there don't appear to be any changes to the basic DROID MAXX design. So far Verizon seems to be the only place to pick up the new colors - it may take a few weeks for other retailers to offer them. At the moment the DROID MAXX is $100 with a new 2-year contract or $500 contract-free.

Source: Verizon

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Ray Sunghwa Woo

    I see what you did there, Verizon.
    Change the color of the phone that is almost 1 year old.
    Sells the "All New Red Droid Maxx" for $100 with 2 year contract.

  • Jason Stanton

    I have the employee edition one, which came out as the high glossy finish like the Ultra. It is a little less grippy but it feels completely different. I've been using a case on mine just because it feels way more secure that way.
    Added: One thing you missed from the official presser is that these are 16 GB versions. The normal Matte finish ones and the Verizon Employee edition are 32 GB

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      Ah, thanks. I'll add it in.

  • droid4lif3

    Fuck Verizon! (In the hounds voice)

  • Xyriin

    16 GB is abysmal. Seriously, 32 GB needs to be the minimum for mid to top tier phone with 64 GB being an option if there is no micro SD available. OEMs are partitioning more of the space for the system and apps aren't getting smaller. I'm fine with no micro SD on the phone IF and only if the internal storage is large enough.

  • yankeesusa

    Only verizon would stoop this low.

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  • Daniel

    Ugh, the matte finish was so much nicer on the Maxx, and also cutting storage without a MicroSD slot is a deal breaker, though imo, not having a microSD slot is already a deal breaker anyway

  • JG

    I really hope their releasing new colors for this phone now isn't a sign there won't be any 2014 model coming... I would assume if one were to be comming it shouldn't be more than a few months away (X+1 is scheduled for summer release & the Maxx wasn't that far behind the X).... I was really looking forward to upgrading to the Maxx (2014) DE for my next phone this summer.... Getting near AOSP, quick upgrades, etc...

  • cd

    Almost bought one yesterday until i found out about the less storage....

    • cd

      The maxx its the only phone i know of with the battery life i want. :/