Motorola DROID Ultra

78
Engadget
Score
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Motorola Droid Ultra review: a phone that doesn't need to exist

Summary

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.

Pros
  • Solid performance for a mid-range phone
  • Great firmware and useful features
  • Impressive battery life
Cons
  • Priced too high
  • Fingerprint magnet
  • Feels redundant on Verizon's lineup
Motorola Droid Ultra review: a phone that doesn't need to exist

After roughly nine months of almost complete radio silence, Google-owned Motorola suddenly sprang into action by announcing four devices in the space of eight days. The lineup of new smartphones included the much-hyped Moto X and a fresh crop of Droid-branded handsets for Verizon. Interestingly enough, this quadruplet shares many of the same specs; aside from exterior design, screen and battery size, there's very little to distinguish Motorola's latest offerings. The first out of the gate is the Droid Ultra, a 5-inch 720p model wrapped in Kevlar. All told, it's more of a mid-range phone, though its on-contract price of $200 would suggest otherwise.

The Droid Ultra is arguably the closest cousin to the Moto X, and because the two have basically the same specs and price, we've been scratching our heads trying to figure out why Motorola needed to make both. Still, we did our due diligence in giving the Ultra the full review treatment. How does it differentiate from Moto's flagship, and does it hold any sort of advantage? Is the device worth paying $200 and agreeing to a two-year contract? Read on as we answer these questions and more.

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Scores

Engadget

78
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.7
Display
7.6
Battery life
7.9
Camera
6.4
Design and form factor
6.3
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Specs

DROID

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches
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Specs

DROID

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches
View Full Specs
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