Can the DROID MAXX, Ultra and Mini breath life back into the DROID series?

Can the DROID MAXX, Ultra and Mini breath life back into the DROID series?
So, the new DROID squad is here, and it consists of three exciting handsets - the DROID MAXX, Ultra and Mini. Spread across three market segments, the new smartphones are a sound move aiming to reestablish Motorola and the DROID brand on the busy Android scene once again.

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!

Can the DROID MAXX, Ultra and Mini breath life back into the DROID series?

Yes, the new phones are amazing!
57.2%
No, I'm not excited.
42.8%

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21 Comments

1. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

No red maxx is a deal breaker for me.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Patience pays...

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Once again it's Motorola.. Failure will surely follow.

5. JDogg5281

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 09, 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: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 1267; Member since: Jan 24, 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: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 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: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

8. fuhrer

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

finger cross

10. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 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: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 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: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 26; Member since: Jul 23, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

They all look the same. God, worse than samsung because they only release like 3 devices a year

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