Can the DROID MAXX, Ultra and Mini breath life back into the DROID series?
But can they pull it off? Samsung is the undisputed king of this lucrative market, while HTC is the only other company that still manages to turn a profit (albeit it being miniscule). Well, things sure look pretty dire for all other manufacturers trying to make money by selling Android phones, including the now Google-owned Motorola Mobility.
Our question for you today is if the new Kevlar-powered models actually have what it takes to disturb the status quo. Armed with almost-cutting-edge 5" 720p displays, pseudo-octa-core chipsets and and a near-stock Android build, could the Motorola DROID MAXX, Ultra and Mini bring Motorola back on its feet and ressurect the once mighty DROID brand, considering the heated competition and the general lack of space in the Android market?
Cast your enthusiastic votes in the poll below and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments, guys!
2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2952; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
The Trio are superb right now on paper!
Still have to wait for the review for official performance but i'm excited.
I think the Droid Mini will sell like hot cakes if priced right.
3. Ruckus (Posts: 276; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Once again it's Motorola.. Failure will surely follow.
5. JDogg5281 (Posts: 40; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
I think it would have a bigger impact on the market if they had the phones on the big 4 networks. Not just verizon.
6. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Wait... 5" 720 AMOLED? If that's a PenTile AMOLED, isn't this a *worse* resolution than the Razr HD and Galaxy S3?
12. kanagadeepan (Posts: 517; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Its NON-PENTILE one... 100% confirmed... So atleast its better than MaxxHD, S3 (both pentile 720p), Note2 screens (non-pentile but lower ppi)...
13. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Thanks. I just found the same info here. That does help. I like OLED screens, but everything over 4.3" has been some sort of PenTile or other, whether it's in a Samsung, Nokia, or Motorola. Even the Note 2 isn't a traditional stripe. I had been hoping for a 5" 1080 screen, but Samsung isn't letting anything but the SGS4 have that bit of AMOLED tech yet.
19. Jillxz (Posts: 108; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
They won't put the Droid on other networks because Verizon is paying for the use of the "DROID" name.
7. Captain_Doug (Posts: 728; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Nope. I'm not interested in a contract or a $600 phone. A $350 Moto X with no contract is a no brainer.
9. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Depends on your provider. If you're on Verizon or AT&T, you're better off with a discounted phone and a contract. You pay for the subsidy over the life of your contract, they just don't tell you that.
10. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)
I feel like they got the big parts of what makes a flagship phone in 2013 but they missed crucial other flagship specs like only having 296 ppi and the lack of wireless AC.
11. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The only thing that would make 296 ppi acceptable in 2013 is if this is NOT a PenTile array. I'm hoping it's more like the Note II's S-stripe.
14. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 569; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Not at all excited, mostly 2012 specs, nothing that would make me drop my GS4 for. The phones are very pretty looking though, but no, not at all exciting.
15. livyatan (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
Ray, do your homework before you write, please.
LG, Huawei and ZTE all have profits from android phone bussines..so, basically ALL top five Android manufacturers are profitable.
16. Mizraab (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
I love the design but Dual Core? seriously? Companies are releasing Quad Cores these days. I would love to buy a Motorol Quad Core phone because Motorol makes the best long life battery fones.
20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3269; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Technically it is quad core, it's just 2 of the 4 cores are dedicated to contextual computing and natural language processing.
It's not like you'll really notice a difference. CPU power is negligible now, all we really need is a powerful GPU to push intensive gaming on high resolution displays, which the new Droid series delivers.
17. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 881; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
I dont have Verizon, but I think that this is a good thing for them. I knew that adding the iPhone to their lineup would be a mistake and sure enough it was!! The Droid lineup has been the backbone of Verizon for a while now and these phones shouldnt disappoint Verizon users..............lets hope so!!
18. roscuthiii (Posts: 1602; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Like many consumer successes (and failures) I think it's going to come down to the marketing.
If Verizon gives us more of those abstract CGI razzle-dazzle commercials that don't tell us anything about the phones, then yeah... probably won't do blockbuster numbers.
21. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 61; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
They all look the same.
God, worse than samsung because they only release like 3 devices a year