DROID MAXX and Ultra ship dates pushed back to August 27th
0. phoneArena 13 Aug 2013, 13:09 posted on
If you are in the market for a new Verizon Motorola DROID MAXX or a DROID Ultra and you haven't pre-ordered yet, you may have to wait a bit longer for your device. The ship date for the devices has changed on the Verizon pre-order pages, and now instead of the original August 20th release date, if you pre-order your device won't be shipping until August 27th...
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1. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Good sign. I'd like to see Motorola selling well, even if it's the Droid line. I'm waiting to test one in a VZW store, feel the size and see how that 5" 720p AMOLED RGB screen look before I buy.
2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4625; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Talking about Moto X, you should consider that Moto X is more for average user than for tech enthusiast. Since Moto X is mid-range device. :)
3. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Oh, don't you start. ;)
The Moto X is for average users, just like Samsung markets the Galaxy S4 for average users. So you see, they're competing flagships. Except at Verizon, where the larger/thinner Droid Ultra and larger/awesomely-powered Maxx are tops.
4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4625; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Oh, don't you start. ;)"
No, I'm telling you, you will be disappointed if you buy Moto X. I'm telling you, don't do that! :D
5. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Hmm, yeah, it's a bit small. Guess I'll look at the Droid Ultra. But wait, it's only available in a 16 GB with no microSD... ah, but the Droid Maxx has 32 GB. And a massive battery. I'll take it!
17. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You do realize that the main specs which everyone claims make the Moto X midrange, its screen resolution and processor, are identical in the DROID line? The main differences the DROID line offer are size, materials, and in the MAXX's case, battery and storage capacity.
Incidentally, I'm pretty much settled on going for the Maxx, because of the battery and storage. If it weren't for that, I probably would go with the Moto X because it is beautifully compact for its screen size.
19. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4625; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
And just because it is one of the phones which you considering to buy, Moto X automatically becomes as an "High-end" device, right? :D
23. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
No, "just because" it introduces new and different ways of executing notifications and activating voice commands, in addition to other very good software, and "just because" it has the innovative processor to back that software up without sacrificing battery life, it becomes a "high end" device.
But if you want to think that your precious quad core processor automatically makes the S4 and other devices a hundred times better, go right ahead.
7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3661; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I'm deciding between the Droid Mini and the Ultra. More dense LCD screen with a smaller profile, or a larger AMOLED screen with a slimmer profile? I'm torn between the two.
10. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Not yet. I don't know if they will be or not, but Motorola has sold the Razr and Razr HD in Europe, so they might sell a Razr Ultra too.
14. _Bone_ (Posts: 2067; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Seriously, they have a winner on their hand with the MAXX, seems odd why they would not push for a major release. The Droid line-up is more exciting than the Moto X IMO.
15. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
They're going for the mass market (women and men equally, current iPhone and Galaxy S owners) with the Moto X. The Maxx continues the Droid industrial design. It's a two-pronged approach. Also, they probably have a multi-year exclusivity deal (5 years?) with Verizon on the Droid line. They're focusing all that Google marketing cash flow on the X and letting Verizon sell the Droids.
8. Brewski (Posts: 109; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)
I forget, does the Maxx have the clear pixel like the Moto X?
9. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Internal hardware is identical except for the screen size, which is a 5" AMOLED RGB on the Ultra/Maxx and 4.7" AMOLED RGB on the Moto X. The RGBC camera, X8 processors, and memory are identical. The software is similar, but the Droids have the old circles widgets, and the Moto X is slightly closer to stock.
12. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The GPU is the same. Both use the X8 system with the Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core and Adreno 320 quad-core. It makes sense for Motorola to use the same chips across the board. Hopefully they'll get updated on similar schedules too.
13. BattleBrat (Posts: 888; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Sorry Moto, going with the iPhone 5S this time around. You've forsaken specs, and although it hums along with its dual processor on Jellybean, how's it going to run two android versions from now? My RAZR ran great on GB and ICS, but she's choking to death on a lack of RAM, yes I have Autokiller, I know all the tricks, she's just getting old, and the RAZR was top specd when released. How's a phone like the Ultra gonna be in two years? I don't wanna think about it. My 4S is still as zippy as when I got it, so iPhone 5s it is. But I'm not leaving Android, for I have a Tmobile line too, I'm getting the top specd Honami instead....
16. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
How is any phone released this year going to handle Android 6.0? Who knows? I think Motorola did everything they could to balance performance and battery life. No, they didn't trump the major players (Samsung and HTC), but they're no worse performance wise.
And if iPhone history is any indication, your iPhone 5S may not get everything iOS 9 has to offer. It's industry-wide planned obsolescence.
18. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Fu.ckin' seriously? No phone that started out on GB made the transition to 4.0 and beyond very well. You do what you want, but I am tired of the specs argument.
And in two years we'll see how the current Droids stack up with their supposedly inferior specs.
20. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4625; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I agree with you, better wait for Sony i1 (a.k.a. Honami). :)
21. VZWuser76 (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
First, Android 5.0 (KLP) is supposed to be engineered to work better with lower end specs.
Second, the 8x chip still runs with phones like the S4 and HTC One, probably due to the oem skins, but stays with them never the less.
Third, how many carriers or OEMs push updates after the first year to year and a half? The Nexus are the only ones that can claim that.
22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4625; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"First, Android 5.0 (KLP) is supposed to be engineered to work better with lower end specs."
If it will work well with lower specs, then it should work even better with high specs. ;)
24. ollienightly (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
oh if only that higher specs don't burn themselves alive :p
s800 and exynos octa are running @ 1ghz. wake up people! aside from better gpus, the almighty new soc has nothing over the good old 8960pro or 4412
26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4625; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Snapdragon 800 is running up to 2.3 GHz.
27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4625; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
End you are wrong, they have a difference and CPU frequency is not the only difference.
25. VZWuser76 (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Devices with bleeding edge specs also usually have worse battery life. The difference between 720p & 1080p on a 4.7" screen would be negligible, but being full RGB over pentile would. The optimization done on this phone is letting the dual core (main cores) run with the quad cores on the S4 & One. Work smarter, not harder. It makes more sense to optimize the hardware for smooth running rather than try to brute force it. But that takes time.
29. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
It's all empty talk right now. It doesn't matter what the hands-on reviewers here or at CNet or PCWorld say. We'll truly see when customers have the Moto X, Droid Maxx, and G2 in hand.