July 2nd 2013 8:34 am

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A phone that doesn't need to exist

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The Motorola Droid Ultra is a good phone, but it's a mid-range device that's priced too high and doesn't offer any benefits that you won't already find on the Moto X.

Critic reviews

7.5
15 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.5
  • Display
    7.8
  • Battery life
    7.8
  • Camera
    6.4
  • Ease of use
  • Design and form factor
    6.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.7
  • Media support
  • Durability
    7.2
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.2

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User reviews

9.0
2 reviews
8.0
Engadget Aug 23, 2013

Of the four handsets released by Motorola this month, this one is by far the most uninteresting and, more importantly, the least likely to tempt potential buyers. It's ironic, perhaps, that such a fate would befall a phone called the Ultra.

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8.0
CNET Aug 20, 2013

After taking a deep dive into all of the Motorola Droid Ultra's features and abilities, I was left wondering why someone wouldn't choose the Droid Maxx over this device. Honestly I can't think of a valid reason, other than perhaps if you have a particular fetish for extremely thin smartphones.

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7.0
Computerworld Aug 20, 2013

To be sure, the phone has a lot of positive qualities -- mainly those that it shares with the Moto X. The Droid Ultra is a strong performer with a great display, intuitive interface and genuinely compelling features you won't find on competing devices.

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6.0
PC Mag Aug 30, 2013

The Droid Ultra works fine, but it's the weakest entrant in the recent litter of Motorola phones. More appealing options abound.

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8.0
SlashGear Aug 20, 2013

As a smartphone that’s well and away worth more than the sum of its specifications, DROID Ultra is every bit the competitor for top-tier smartphone it was meant to be, as delivered by what’s now very obviously (title and all) Motorola, a Google company.

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6.0
TechHive Aug 22, 2013

This phone is so mediocre that I have to wonder whether Motorola purposefully created a bland smartphone to make the choice between this and the Moto X that much easier.

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9.0
phoneArena Aug 19, 2013

When it comes right down to it, the Motorola DROID Ultra is not only a nice improvement from last year’s DROID RAZR HD, it can also be thought of as the big brother to the Moto X.

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8.0
TechRadar Aug 20, 2013

The Droid Ultra is a solid Android smartphone that offers a pretty good user experience. It needs a little work here and there, especially with the camera, but there are no real deal-breakers with this smartphone.

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8.0
Phone Scoop Aug 22, 2013

The Motorola Droid Ultra is a good effort that gets solid marks on most of the basics. There are few phones that offer as thin a profile and as large a screen as the Ultra.

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7.0
Android Central Aug 23, 2013

After an exhaustive review, and with all of the great parts of the Droid Ultra in mind, we're still completely confused as to why this phone exists aside from filling a middle price point in Verizon's 2013 Droid lineup.

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9.0
Gadget Review Oct 1, 2013

Save for a rather lackluster design, the Droid Ultra is an all together strong performer in all categories. Unlike the Galaxy S4, which really turned out to be evolutionary, the Droid Ultra from Motorola is in fact revolutionary thanks to it’s always listening feature and active notifications.

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8.0
Android Community Aug 21, 2013

Motorola has done an excellent job overall with this phone, the near stock experience embodied with Google Now. The phone is solid all around, even with a dual-core processor under the hood.

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8.0
HotHardware Dec 6, 2013

Ultimately, if you’re torn between the Droid Ultra and Moto X, you’ll have to decide which of the minor differences between the phones matter most to you.

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7.0
DroidLife Aug 21, 2013

In the end, I’d rate the DROID ULTRA at somewhere in the “good” range. It’s not great, it’s not terrible, and it probably wouldn’t make my top 5 list of phones.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jul 23, 2013

What the Ultra's design does have going for it, though, is an extra-thin profile. At 7.18mm, it's already being touted as the "thinnest 4G LTE smartphone available."

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Laptop Magazine Jul 23, 2013

The Droid Ultra is super thin at 7.18 millimeters (.28 inches) and sports a cool Ferrari red glossy coating on the back. Don't worry, it’s made of tough and made of Kevlar. The 3D weave pattern on the back really pops. The phone is so thin that the volume control doubles as SIM card tray.

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Gizmodo Jul 23, 2013

The Droid Ultra is a 4G LTE smartphone. It's $200, has a five-inch HD display, a 10-megapixel camera on the back and a high-gloss sports car-like red or black finish. It's 7.18 mm thin, making it the thinnest Droid smartphone available. It's thin and light and very similar to the MAXX in feel as...

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CNET Jul 23, 2013

hough it lacks the promised 48 hours of battery life of its sibling, or the compact size of the Droid Mini, the midrange Ultra is supposed to deliver a very respectable 28 hours of battery life in a trim design.

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Pocket-Lint Jul 23, 2013

The Ultra and Maxx are very similar in appearance, both boasting Kevlar shells in different color options. The Ultra has a red finish, whereas the Maxx has a black finish. Both devices also sport a 10-megapixel camera.

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Phandroid Jul 23, 2013

Motorola has made some pretty interesting advancements in the software department, with quick photo captures, hands-free use, wireless photo sharing and more adding to the overall experience.

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Android Central Jul 23, 2013

Think of it as the Moto Droid for the masses, and the one that will carry the most appeal to the average consumer. Being the thinnest smartphone available will help, as will the new "3D" design and the consumer facing features.

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BGR Jul 23, 2013

Google’s influence at Motorola is visible in the design of the new Droids, which are incredibly slim and compact despite their impressive battery life. The Ultra is the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone on the market in fact, measuring a mere 7.18mm thick.

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9.0
Mkemrtn Mkemrtn

Purchased over two months ago and couldn't be happier! Easily the best smart phone (out of many) that I've ever owned! Choose this one over the moto x because of the larger screen and off screen keys, which makes the screen even larger still! Decided against the droid maxx to save some cash and a...

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9.0
Jsaintours Jsaintours

Very underrated phone. Perfect example why specs on paper don't mean as much as real world use. Don't let the mid range specs scare you away from this phone. Performs just as good as an other "high" end android phone I have used.

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