Interface and Functionality


One area where the Motorola DROID Ultra and Moto X are nearly identical is with the user interface, as both come running pretty close to stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. But Motorola does include some of its own software integration, such as the Touchless Control, which is voice recognition with the Google Now experience, Motorola Assist, Droid Zap for sharing images and videos to other nearby phones, Motorola Migrate to transfer setting from your old phone to your new phone, and Wireless Display. You can read more in-depth details about those features here.



Exclusive to the Moto X, owners are treated to an extra 50GB of free storage for 2 years courtesy of Google Drive, which is especially handy considering there’s only 16GB of internal storage on the smartphone.

Processor and Memory


As brothers, the DROID Ultra and Moto X both come equipped with Motorola’s X8 Mobile Computing System. This combines a modified 1.7 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 application processor, 400 MHz quad-core graphics processor, a natural language processing core, and a contextual computing core with 2GB of RAM.

As you can see from the benchmark results, both the DROID Ultra and Moto X are nearly identical, though other quad-core phones, such as the LG G2 does gain an edge with application processing benchmarks.

But in daily use, both Motorola phones feel plenty quick for scrolling between home screens, opening and running apps, and multitasking. For storage, both devices come with 16GB of internal storage, of which only 9GB is available out of the box, as they lack a microSD memory card slot.

Quadrant Higher is better
Motorola DROID Ultra 8609
Motorola Moto X 8509
AnTuTu Higher is better
Motorola DROID Ultra 19384
Motorola Moto X 18483
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps) Higher is better
Motorola DROID Ultra 53
Motorola Moto X 54
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Motorola DROID Ultra 768
Motorola Moto X 749
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
Motorola DROID Ultra 2455
Motorola Moto X 2412


Internet and connectivity


With the Motorola DROID Ultra and Moto X being close to stock Android, they both only come with the Google Chrome web browser pre-loaded, but this is not an issue, as it is easy to use and web pages are properly rendered. Though you can always install a different browser app if you want. But the advantage here goes to the DROID Ultra with its larger display and separate capacitive buttons, as you get a full 5” browser screen, as the Moto X gives you only about a 4.4” browser screen due to the on-screen buttons located on the right side.


When using the SppedTest.net app, we were able to get between 20-25 Mbps downloads and 10-15 Mbps uploads depending on the area, time of day, and signal strength. And since both devices are Global Roaming ready, they can also be used in other countries with EDGE/GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), HSPA/UMTS (850/900/1900/2100MHz), supporting HSDPA 42.2 Mbps (Category 20) and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps speeds.

Other connectivity includes Wi-Fi 802.11ac/ a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, and NFC.

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5 Comments

1. Knicknevin

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

Honestly...these phones have very little difference... why is there a comparison? This article seems quite repetitive...

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Haha.. they both lose

3. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

No contest. Moto X has the more comfortable design and sharper screen. Otherwise it's the same phone. Now bring the 32 GB version to all carriers and bring the price in line with the competition. Don't let the Droids drag down your flagship, Moto!

4. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

This comparison would've made more sense if it was done with the updated camera software on the Moto X.

5. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

LOL What the Crap?! It's the same damn phone unless you have a 32 GB version, except for the fact that the Ultra has a bigger screen and the "Call my Droid" Verizon feature...

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