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Motorola DROID Ultra

78
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

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
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Scores

Engadget

78
 

User Reviews

90
Mkemrtn
Purchased over two months ago and couldn't be happier! Easily the best smart...read more
90
Jsaintours
Very underrated phone. Perfect example why specs on paper don't mean as much...read more
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Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Model

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Standby time (max)
28 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (2130 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (10 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp, Dun, Hid, Opp, Bpp, Pan)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Wmv) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Cdma, Lte (Gsm, Edge) (Umts, Hsdpa, Hsupa) (EV-DO rA)

Display

Screen size
5 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.7 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
PictBridge
No
Ruggedized
No