Motorola Droid Ultra: To Buy or Not To Buy, is the Question

September 23, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

When Motorola announced its Droid Ultra, it came as a surprise to everyone out there, as the device had little reason to exist. Compared with its siblings like Moto X , Droid Maxx and Droid Mini, the Ultra came across as the weakest in the family.

But then Moto thought otherwise. That makes it imperative to go forth and check out what Motorola has been offering as awesome in its Droid Ultra handset.

The Droid Ultra cost $200 on a year’s contract, which is the same price for the much hyped Moto X too. The core attraction of the Droid Ultra is its big, massive 5-inch OLED screen that comes with a 720p resolution (1,280 x 720 pixels).


The screen looks fine and the highest-contrast display produces vibrant colors and gives all most every simple detail in photos, text documents and web sites. Viewing angles are also good.

The handset has a large, wide frame; measures 5.41 x 2.80 x 0.28 inches (HWD) and weighs just 4.94 ounces.

The Droid Ultra boasts a Kevlar unibody, with curved edges. The body is covered with a glossy plastic shell. Obviously, this plastic surface is prone to fingerprints. Although the device sports smooth, rounded edges and corners, you may feel it difficult to hold the device with your sweaty palm.

Meanwhile, the device feels downward slippery. But don’t worry, as per the manufacturer, the device’s Kevlar unibody can protect the device, in case you drop it.

Surprisingly, the Droid Ultra is a good-looking handset. On the top of the device, you can see speakers and the main 10-megapixels camera with an LED Flash. A 2-megapixel front camera is also placed above the display for self-portraits and video chatting.


Other physical buttons are the power key and volume rocker that are provided on the right edge of the device. There’s no microSD card slot, and also you can’t replace the battery.

A microUSB input is provided at the bottom of the device and a 3.5mm headphone jack is placed on the top. The Droid Ultra also supports tiny nano-SIM cards.

On the hardware front, the Droid Ultra is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU along with a 2GB of RAM. On storage, the device has 16 GB of memory, and as we mentioned earlier, the handset doesn’t support microSD card slot. The Ultra runs Android operating system Jelly Bean version 4.2.2 and will be available through Verizon network.

Overall, the Droid Ultra feels and looks superior to many other plastic bodied phones in the market. Folks at Moto might swear by the device and give you many reasons as to why you should go for it.

But, we won’t recommend the Ultra for you, because at this range, you can get many other better choices like HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Droid Maxx.

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