Motorola DROID Ultra Review
Motorola DROID Ultra truly shines. We made several calls over the course of a few days, and all voices on our end were clear and natural sounding – as close to using a land-line. People that we called also said we sounded clear on their end, without any static or distortion. Volume was also good, as when turning it up all the way we could still hear callers while we were in a noisy environment. Signal reception was also respectable at -89dBm for 1x voice, and -101dBm for 4G LTE data.
Due to the thinness of the DROID Ultra, the battery has been reduced to 2130 mAh, while the DROID RAZR HD came with a slightly larger 2530mAh battery. Because of this, during our testing we were only able to get 13 hours of continuous talk time, while the DROID RAZR HD was a bit over 14 hours of talk time. Still, for mixed usage you can get about 2 days on the DROID Ultra, but this depends on how much you are using the device, which apps are running, and how much talk time there is. But if you are a power-user and want the maximum battery capacity available, then you should look at the DROID MAXX, as it comes with an impressive 3500mAh battery, which is a nice increase over the 3300mAh battery on the DROID RAZR MAXX HD.
Coming in at $199.99 with a 2-year contract, the DROID Ultra has a lot to offer, especially if you are looking for a device running as close to stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean as possible, while still offering some extra “Motorola perks” such as the Active Display, Touchless Controls, and Motorola Assist. Since the DROID Ultra has a Kevlar body, it should hold-up better than other plastic-polymer based phones, though keep in mind that the glossy back will always look smudged with fingerprints. As we mentioned earlier, the 5” Super AMOLED 720p display does a nice job, but at this point it is a step behind the competition with sharper 1080p displays.
When it comes right down to it, the Motorola DROID Ultra is not only a nice improvement from last year’s DROID RAZR HD, it can also be thought of as the big brother to the Moto X.
Software version on the reviewed unit:
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Baseband version: MSM8960PRO_BP_2323.011.75.00R
Kernel version: 3.4.42-gfd1a699-00151gc170e6f
Build date: Tue Aug 6 18:39:38 CDT 2013
Build number: 12.9.0Q2.X-160-OBK_TA-14-7
- Good build quality using Kevlar construction
- Close to stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with exclusive Motorola apps
- Excellent call quality
- Glossy back is a fingerprint magnet
- No expandable storage
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- Hardware Motorola X8, 2GB RAM
- Storage 16GB,
- Battery 2130 mAh