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DROID-a-Palooza: A Recap of Today’s Motorola and Verizon Announcements

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What a day, eh? Motorola and Verizon have given us three new DROID offerings in various shapes, sizes, and textures. We’ll have much more in-depth looks at each over the coming weeks as review units become available, but we thought this recap of today’s events would help fill up your time. We also wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss anything.

And don’t forget that we’ll be on hand for Google’s breakfast tomorrow at 9AM Pacific.

  • marklugtu1302

    Haven’t read any info in why they chose to use 720p resolution but im assuming if they want the user experience of the moto phones to be higher than others and they wanted their phones to be energy efficient, they will use a the necessary specs that can stand up against the test of tim.. i mean if you will have a 1080p phone with a quad core processor but ur phone only has 10 hours a day, can you enjoy all the features and the gimmicks others do offer?.. you feel me?.. its about efficiency and high user experience.. at first i was also highly doubtful when I saw the spec sheet but if you will think it all over again and realize what’s more important to you,, well you can have a better judgement on these.phonea.. what hurts is the lack of storage space and the pricing… hope they will change at least the pricing of the phones..

  • Rbronto

    These phones should’ve been $99, $149.99, $199.99. Anyway, does anyone know if the Moto X customization is a one time thing, like you order it that way and that’s it, or will you be able to buy several shells and switch them out. If they don’t mention that on Aug 1st I’m trusting Droid Life staff to find out. Thanks!

  • cjohn4043

    So excited for the Verizon apps!! -said no one ever.

  • Jeremy Gross

    im complaining THERE IS NO EFFFING MICRO SD AND NO BIG STORAGE OPTIONS! I WAS SO EXCITED FOR THIS PHONE UNTIL THIS CRAP COMES UP!

    • LiterofCola

      posted it twice?

  • Droid5621

    V’s l you dumb f**** complaining about 1080 P Vs720 P it’s a damn phone its nothing special its still just a phone if you don’t like the pixels can get a different damn phone stop crying and complaining it’s not for you to buy it for other people to give a s***

    • Albert Reyna

      lol XD

      • LiterofCola

        he’s mad

  • DroidzFX

    The question:

    MAXX is $700 and locked bootloader or

    MotoX hopefully $300 and unlocked bootloader.

    Only time will tell but the price of the MotoX is going to dictate which one I get.

    • Charlie R.

      I still say there’s no way Verizon releases their Moto X variant anytime soon, if at all. They aren’t going to have anything undercut these new Droid phones. And if they do release it, it won’t be reasonably priced.

      • needa

        verizon leak showed the motox sales date of aug 28th. i also wonder how they will be pricing it.

        • Charlie R.

          Dates are always subject to change, and can never be trusted. Just look at all the dates that “leaked” for these new Droid phones. I don’t think a single one of them were right.

          • needa

            i cant argue with that.

  • noty

    720p screen, no thanks. Capacitive buttons from a now Google-owned company, no thanks. Locked bootloader in 2013, no thanks. Bloatware everywhere, no thanks.

    • LiterofCola

      Complaints from people that don’t matter, no thanks.

      • noty

        I wasn’t aware potential consumers didn’t matter.
        Idiots who reply and contributed nothing but fanboyism, see above. Trolls who can’t keep their mouth shut, see above. Likely to reply because he is too petty to keep his mouth shut, see above. Likely to use some similar analogy due to lack of creativity in attempt to “come back,” see above. Likely to never read these comments again because you aren’t worth my time, see here.

        • Mike

          Literofcola is pretty dumb, he thought installing nova launcher was hacking your phone.

          • LiterofCola

            Yep, I’ll take that one….you’re still a moron

        • James Hill

          @84bf1e7eae01b27ed7605923a45a6678:disqus , don’t worry about LoC, he just a Troll.

          • LiterofCola

            Awww not nice. By the way, I’ve been here for a while, just because I have a different opinion than yours doesn’t mean I’m a troll.

        • LiterofCola

          U mad? See Above :)

  • Qwerty

    Still concerned about an issue the last article highlighted: Moto X pricing. I’m praying to all supreme beings of every religion that it would be $300 dollars off contract, but the way Verizon has priced the Razr M and now Droid Mini when signing up for a 2 year contract worries me. The only solace I find is that for some reason Verizon decided to hike the prices up for these because their Droid devices and essentially are exclusive to Verizon, regardless of specifications. Since it’s pretty much been confirmed the big four wireless companies will receive this device, it wouldn’t make much sense to price them differently off contract. How can a company like T-Mobile justify offering the Nexus 4 for like $99 on contract and offer a similarly-spec’d Moto X for $200-$300 on contract?

    • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

      The Moto X is not the Droid you’re looking for. Get this.

      • moew

        X is probably going to be prepaid for that price. VZW won’t move on their pricing unless someone else does or they find a better way of extracting more money from people.

        Again, X = PREPAID IMHO NS TM

  • JoYu

    Why is everyone complaining about the 720p display? If I can’t tell the difference between a 720p vs 1080p 52″ plasma (by the same manufacturer, same class) at a few feet I sure as hell don’t care if my smartphone has 1080p. I prefer 720p leaving the cores to do other work and hopefully better battery life.

    Someone enlighten me please.

    Thanks,
    JoYu

    • Qwerty

      Some people will tell you they do notice the difference between a 720p screen and a 1080p screen. Others simply want it because its what’s on the latest and greatest devices. It’s just their preference and nothing more, really.

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      If you can’t see the difference between 720p and 1080p on a 52″ TV then something is wrong with your eyes. I can see the difference between 720p and 1080p phone displays relatively easily, you just need to look at small text typically found on websites.

      • JoYu

        It’s hard to make the comparison directly, they add other features to most 1080p TVs since they are on the higher more expensive models, and if they use different upscalers then forget it. Not to mention different TV technologies (LCD/Plasma/LED) etc.

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      • michael arazan

        I have a GNex, and you can switch between 720 and 1080 in recording video, you can definitely see a difference.

        A great way to do a test to see the difference is to record in HD between the two settings on your phone’s video record with a computer monitor in the background and you can visually see the faster cycling in the video of 1080 and see it slower with 720 with the flashing of the monitor screen when it’s on.

    • resinfo

      Writing the resolution like that is the amount of pixels per line. In this case 720 pixel rows vs 1080 pixel rows. If you can’t tell the difference between 1080p and 720p, then perhaps you’d enjoy living in the past with phones that used 480p? Surely you can’t tell the difference. Especially when it comes to things like HD videos. I’m sure you won’t mind 1080p being downscaled to 720p because who cares, you got some extra battery life and can’t tell the difference apparently.

      • JoYu

        I’m a Electrical Engineer in the video industry so I might just know what 720p stands for.

        The difference between 480p and 720p at the screen size/distance cell phones are used can be seen readily, but there is a point where the pixels are small enough you are not going to see the difference.

      • LiterofCola

        Nice try.

        • James Hill

          Yeah.

      • Jonathan Paul

        I am on a friends computer. I signed in just to downvote.

        —you bitch like my mom does

    • moew

      IMHO it’s more about the ppi as people call it, not the resolution.

      I’d gladly take 720p on a 5″ screen at 440+ ppi.

      • James Hill

        That makes no sense.

        • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

          yea 1080p at 5″ is 440ppi

    • Jeremy Gross

      im complaining THERE IS NO EFFFING MICRO SD AND NO BIG STORAGE OPTIONS! I WAS SO EXCITED FOR THIS PHONE UNTIL THIS CRAP COMES UP

    • john

      if you can’t see any differences between 720 and 1080 on a phone then so be it, but if you can’t see the different between 720 and 1080 on a 52″ tv …it’s time to pack it up…old man…or…ma’am.

    • Lucky Armpit

      I feel the same way. I can barely tell the difference between a 720p show and a 1080i show on my 1080p 58″ plasma TV. And I can tell you that there’s nothing wrong with my eyes. These are minor details that are based on individual preference, IMO. It’s like whether a car has 240 HP vs. 245 HP. You’ll never notice the difference.

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    • j

      Because you can see the difference between 720p and 1080p on a 52″ plasma depending on your viewing distance (10ft or closer). And you can also see the difference on a 5″ screen.
      Perhaps YOU can’t, but those with better vision, myself included, absolutely can.

  • LiterofCola

    Have to give you props, even though you weren’t in NYC, you covered the f*** outta this.

  • Marcus Schoen

    Enough of this, bring me the X!

    • LiterofCola

      No

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Massive wins.