Motorola DROID Ultra vs Motorola Moto X
The camera interface is minimalistic in its nature with some basic settings and lack of fancy color effects/modes. Swiping over to the right will pull over a dial on the left that allows some user options for HDR, flash, tap to focus, slow motion video, panorama, geo-tag, shutter tone, and quick capture – which allows you to quickly launch the camera just by flipping it in your hand twice – though we did notice that it sometimes didn’t work all that well. There is also continuous burst shooting, all you have to do is press-and-hold on the screen for it to take one picture after another.
Both devices also make use of the company’s new 10MP Clear Pixel sensor, which adds a clear pixel to the standard RGB, which is said to allow up to 75% more light to enter in.
During the week that we tested both units together, everyday was cloudy and overcast, which is less than ideal, but then lighting conditions aren’t always ideal when you want to take a picture. In all honestly, we weren’t impressed by the image quality on the DROID Ultra or Moto X, as colors looked dull and lifeless, and even though there was plenty of detail, images looked generally soft, instead of sharp and crisp. Indoor shots fared even worse, as there was plenty of grain visible, and color reproduction was not accurate. When using the LED Flash, the image had plenty of light, but also had a green-hue to it.
Videos are recorded at 1080p resolution at 30fps and with a data rate of 17 Mbps, allowing for smooth playback without any jittering effect. Even though videos look passable for the most part, we did notice that when going between bright and dark areas, it does take a few seconds for the exposure to readjust, and the focusing can take a couple seconds as well. Sound quality is average, as it’s captured in 2ch stereo with a bit rate of 128 kbps and a 48 kHz sampling rate.
Again, with both phones being almost stock Android, the gallery app is straight forward and easy to use without any unnecessary clutter. All pictures and videos are shown in a thumbnail view, based on their file directory. But there are still some built-in picture adjustments available, such as color effect, borders, and cropping.
When it comes to video playback, there are no surprises here, as it can play pretty much any file you can though at it, including MPEG4, H.264/263, DivX and Xvid. But once again the DROID Ultra’s larger 5” display is more pleasing to view.
The standard Google Play Music app can access your stored music files, allows for purchasing of songs and albums, and don’t forget about the All Access subscription feature. The small micro-dots next to the camera is where the speaker is located, and even though it may not look like much, it is capable of being quite loud and producing some nice full tones on both devices. Still, we’d recommend using a pair of wired earbuds for a better quality music experience.