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Verizon's Motorola DROID Ultra sells out on Best Buy's website

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Verizon's Motorola DROID Ultra sells out on Best Buy's website
Any worries that Motorola's new updated DROID flagship might not be able to compete with other high-end phones were dissipated a bit with the news that the Motorola DROID Ultra has sold out at Best Buy's website. The next evolution of the line that kicked off Androidmania is up against a number of high-end Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z. In addition, Verizon customers will be able to purchase the HTC One in just two days. And the day after that, the Motorola Moto X will launch on Verizon. So in light of all of this competition, the sell out on Best Buy's site has to be considered a good start for the phone.

The Motorola DROID Ultra is $199.99 with a signed two-year contract and some have been critical of the manufacturer's decision to go with a 5 inch screen with 720x 1280 resolution. That results in a 294ppi pixel density which is not awful, but is certainly well below the 440ppi figure that 5 inch models with a Full HD (1080 x 1920) resolution offer. Another complaint involves the lack of a microSD slot on the handset which means buyers are stuck with the 16GB of native storage on the device.

As of Tuesday evening, the phone is still available from Verizon's website, but from Big Red, the device could ship as late as August 27th. If you don't mind paying an extra $100, you can pick up the Motorola DROID MAXX which has the same specs as the DROID Ultra but has a higher capacity 3500mAh battery which allows you to go 48 hours between charges. The DROID MAXX also gives you 32GB of native storage and is still available from Best Buy's site.

The Motorola DROID ULTRA sells out online at Best Buy

The Motorola DROID ULTRA sells out online at Best Buy

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posted on 20 Aug 2013, 20:44 3

1. Scott93274 (Posts: 5400; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Well, that's exciting news for Motorola. I'm going to have to pass on the Ultra, Not enough battery life for me. Maxx all the way!!!

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 21:09 5

2. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

i cant see why anyone would not get the max over the ultra, the maxx is guaranteed to give you awesome battery life and its barely any ''thicker'' than the ultra. i know its $100 more but imo that peace of mind with the battery is worth it and if you honestly cant afford the $299 price at the time i think its worth waiting abit and save up that extra $100 as in the long term its better value.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 22:20 2

3. Jklaz (Posts: 159; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)

Plus the extra storage. I've been contemplating the MAXX

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 09:30 3

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

Yeah, I have to give Motorola a little credit here. Apple gives you an extra 16GB of memory for your $100. Motorola gives you an extra 16GB of memory & a HUGE battery. Have to appreciate the value.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 19:45

13. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

imo the only thing am dissapointed by is the lack of 1080p, not really bothered that its not quad core or anything..i really do think in a 5'' display 1080p does make a difference, i persoanlly think screens with 5" and above should be 1080p because anything less then the ppi goes below 300 where pixels are noticable.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 23:23

14. Scott93274 (Posts: 5400; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I guess I'm the only one who's not bothered by the lower display resolution. From what I've seen, the quality of the image is great, talking specifically in terms of color. I can't say anything about the clarity of the picture as I have not seen the phone in person. But I guess I can turn a blind eye to that as everything else about the phone is exactly what I'm looking for.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 22:54 2

4. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

So Verizon done huh? T-Mobile people need to shut up and put up better coverage

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 22:58

5. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

Man, i feel sorry for all the suckers who bought these lame droid phones. Lets be honest

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 01:30 1

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

What's lame about them? And if you say "specs" I swear you will become my next Steve Ballmer.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 15:17

11. SupermanayrB (Posts: 1033; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

He just trolled & said that. He could care less. I've always been a fan of Motorola so the 8.7 rating phonearena gave is just an opinion. I'll decide for myself when the phone is available for me to look at.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 06:34 1

8. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

I agree.

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 01:52

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

when it comes to the new Motorola devices it's either X or MAXX for me and i'm leaning more towards the X...

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 09:28 2

9. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I don't see why anyone would choose the Ultra over either the more comfortable Moto X or better equipped Maxx. The slightly lower price isn't worth the limitations. The Maxx has twice the memory, twice the battery life, wireless charging, and that nice matte woven Kevlar body. Definitely worth it to me.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 15:23

15. lolrus (Posts: 29; Member since: 18 May 2013)

I'm planning to get the Maxx. Not available to employees yet for some reason though

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 17:47 1

12. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)

I got my Red Ultra in the mail yesterday and I absolutely love it. The speeds are phenomenal, we did tests at Verizon(my employer)and the phone decimated the S4, and the HTC One. The screen isn't 1080p, but the picture is sharp, and the colors are still very vibrant. The touchless features work almost flawlessly, and only respond to my voice command as advertised. On my first trip to work Motorola Assist kicked in as promised and offered for me to customize my options for safer commutes. I opted for the Ultra because I use dropbox for everything and didn't need the extra storage. The battery life would be nice, but the phone gets me through a full day and that's all I ask.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 15:24

16. lolrus (Posts: 29; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Do you have a salesmaker plan just like the indirect agents? The new Moto phones aren't on my upgrade list for some reason, was holding out for the Maxx.

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