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Meet the new DROIDs: DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX and DROID mini

0. phoneArena posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:16

Do you remember the original Motorola DROID? That was the smartphone that managed to get that whole Android thing going. Mainly thanks to Verizon's marketing dough and the fact that it was the first Android model that was more or less usable, the DROID started a revolution of epic proportions that eventually changed the whole industry landscape...

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posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:17 6

1. Mass88 (Posts: 58; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

Nice to see the front of the devices are clean; no Moto logo, or a Verizon logo

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 12:18

9. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

I think we have Google to thank for that. I remember reading somewhere that they were pushing to have at least the front clean of branding -- and I really appreciate that.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:42 3

2. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Interesting to see Motorola going back to physical buttons, especially when the X won't have them.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:43

3. HASHTAG (unregistered)

Stock Android?

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:46

4. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

"Close" to stock.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:48

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

they kind of killed the Circles widget for me. i was hoping they'd go even more minimal with the look not the other way around...

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:55 1

7. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Droids have never exactly been minimalist. Just look at the back of this phone: in addition to the busy cross-hatchet pattern Even their ads feature tons of moving robot arms and such. The X looks to be the reverse side of Moto's coin.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 12:04

8. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Sorry, PA's "The server is undergoing scheduled maintenance and will be up as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience!" screwed up my post right in the middle (while for some reason saving my changes). What I was going to say was "in addition the the cross-hatched pattern, the Ultra adds a rectangular plate to the camera, a "Droid" logo, the obvious "M" logo, and a "Verizon" logo.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 11:47

5. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

This x8 SoC is very interesting to me. It sounds like they're moving some of Google Now's dependencies on-board with the contextual computing and natural language processor. I guess it could be to use functions like setting alarms, schedules, calling people etc. without needing an LTE connection, or maybe to save data. What with this being speculation and all I could be jumping the gun here though...

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 12:39

10. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)

No red maxx is a deal breaker for me.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 13:43 4

11. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I think the $300 on contract price for the MAXX is bogus (and for the previous generations too). The battery is the only feature on this phone that is ahead of other flagships. All the other features: screen size, resolution, processor, camera, etc. are either the same or behind the other flagship offerings. Now, if I was the getting that battery & everything else was on equal footing or better, the price would be worth it, but it's not. The battery alone doesn't justify the premium price in my opinion. What it should be:

MAXX: $200 on contract
Ultra: $150 on contract
Mini: $100 on contract

I think the Mini is the best deal (similar to the M last year) because unlike other "minis" out there, you're getting mostly the same internals. In this case, you're even getting the same screen resolution which results in a higher ppi. Charging more for less...I guess that's the Verizon difference.

posted on 23 Jul 2013, 22:02

12. najib1312 (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 May 2013)

I hate to see the Glossy Finish in these devices. Why can't they just stay on with their Awesome premuim-looking aluminium kevlar?

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