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DROID ULTRA Unboxing and Tour

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With the Moto X review out of the way, it’s time to focus in on Motorola’s other offerings through Verizon, the new DROID family. First up is the DROID ULTRA, which arrived in review-unit-form from Big Red this morning. We’ll hopefully have the MAXX early next week, but for now, it’s all about the thinner brother from the same Chicago-based mother. 

In terms of specs, the DROID ULTRA is almost identical to the Moto X (and the other new DROIDs), except that it features a 5-inch display, a glossy back finish, capacitive navigation buttons, and is incredibly thin. But on paper, most of the internals match up since it features a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with X8 Mobile Computing, 2GB RAM, 16GB on-board storage, no microSD slot, 4G LTE, and mostly stock Android 4.2.2. The ULTRA will be available in three colors:  white, red and black (which I have here).

But on the software front, the ULTRA matches the Moto X blow-for-blow (has Touchless Control, Active Display, etc.), while also including a DROID Zap sharing app and the Command Center 3-circle battery widget.

Our full review, comparisons, and feature highlights will arrive soon – for now, here is an unboxing.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/gallimichael Michael G. Galli

    This video was cringe worthy. Do your research before the camera rolls, you look lame not knowing if it “set up” or not, where the SIM card is, etc.

    And yes, they do boot that fast. Just what an epically crappy video.

  • dmagicp

    I remember when I got my first smartphone. Data packages were 30 bucks a month for unlimited. Everything was 3G. I couldn’t go through 2 GBs of data if I tried, even with unlimited. I remember purposely streaming music like crazy all day long, surfing the net watching online videos, and the most I could muster was like 1.3 GB. Remember when Verizon kept going back and forth about if you upgraded your phone you would lose unlimited? I got suckered into losing my unlimited by listening to a Verizon Rep, and as a result, they gave me 4 GB instead of 2 GB. (they came out with a promotion right after that offering double data for a limited time.) I was still pissed, but I figured that I would probably never go over 2 GB anyway based on my previous experience. Fast forward to today, and I am frequently at my 4 GB limit at the end of the month, even with full Wi-Fi service at work and at home. What happened? It seems like our devices drink Data like a V8 engine on a sports car.

    • Rob Schoenfeld

      And you walked ten miles to school both ways in the snow with know shoes. Someone call the WAAAAMBULENCE.

      • dmagicp

        You’re an idiot. I bought my first smartphone 4 years ago.

        • Rob Schoenfeld

          45 bucks a month
          349 Nexus 4
          Unlimited ATT HSPA+ Not LTE but still damn fast.

          So whats the problem sir? And I’m the idiot?

  • Kent Benwell

    Am I missing something because it seems like this has everything the moto x has plus a bigger screen, for the same price. Yet the X is the one that’s super hyped, why is that?
    Yes, you can customize the moto x but not on Verizon so that doesn’t matter in comparison to the Ultra.

    • sandbag747

      The Droid series phones are only on Verizon though so it makes more sense for Motorola to advertise the Moto X because there are more sales to be made from it, meanwhile it is up to Verizon to advertise Droids

  • andyandroid

    why do people still buy cheap POS motorola phones . they never last , one drop kills most , their ugly , ppfffttt nexus is the only way to go .

    • sandbag747

      My Razr has been dropped more times than you have and it works perfectly

  • Alan

    Why did they make it have an ugly shine? It looks gaudy and cheap.

    • sandbag747

      The Maxx looks a lot better

  • ddub

    I know this is completely from left field, but every time someone says, “the Droid Eye,” my dirty mind substitutes that term with “Whispering Eye.” Damn you Christopher Mintz-Plasse in “Role Models!” I have been corrupted!

  • Vaughn Hochhalter

    Cloud storage would be fine if I could access the cloud at anytime. Remember there actually places here in the US that you don’t always have a 3g/4g signal or wifi. Also I like to have my media on a removeable card so if I damage my phone everything isn’t stored internally. Drop your nexus device while you are taking pictures while hiking, too bad. First, you can’t retrieve your pictures when the device will not turn on. Second, no signal, no upload of pictures.

    • AHoL2206

      g+ instant upload…….duh

  • Mitch Joa

    Unless they just put capacitive buttons on there to use up that chin space, it seems like having on screens would have made the bezels pretty darn tiny on all sides

  • stavros

    Worst unboxing ever.What a noob!!Without offence.Are they paying u for this?With real money??U just don’t have it.This is not a serious professional presentation of a product

    • Mike

      You’re an idiot

  • anon

    Still wondering if they’ll do a car and bedside dock for the Droid Ultra/Maxx. The second they say they’re going to, I order the MAXX. No news yet, though.

  • chris420o

    How thin is this compared to the original razr…i actually loved how that phone felt in hand bc it was so thin….i mean super wide but the thiness was nice…still shame they went with physical button layout…and since this is the same as the moto x couldnt the moto x theoretically get that widget? or is it a dif launcher that allows it like it was on the hds

  • Jackski

    can those stock wallpapers come up already?

  • jnt

    So the Kevlar is under that crazy glossy finish?

    And for some reason Chrome isn’t loading hardly anything on DL today… Disqus, photo “popups”, etc. Not sure what’s going on, but FF is fine.

  • hackthis02

    I’m sorry, I can’t get past those hardware buttons.

  • Scott Huddleston

    Very nice looking phone. Will it scratch easily?

  • paul_cus

    Yay, Chicago.

  • Tyler Vogt

    It always makes me so nervous when you do reviews and you place the phone face down on that rock/stone thing. I’m sure it’s been answered before but why do you always take review pictures there?

  • Bryant Tran

    Does the free Google Music promotion works for existing users? Would we get a discount on our existing subscription? Would we not get anything at all? And if we do get a discount would the price revert to the the $7.99 pricing for early subscribers or would we be complete our promotional period with the $9.99 pricing?

  • Brady Wassam

    My next phone!

  • DanielP

    Please try the camera and report if its better/different than the moto X.

    I want to be hopeful! if the results are good I’ll get the maxx

  • EC8CH

    Amazon bloat confirmed!

  • Tom Luley

    So since this is so similar to the Moto X, the real reason that Kellen is using the Moto X is because it is white and the form factor. Who would have thought Kellen wants a white phone!?!?!

    • C C

      moto x software is much closer to stock than the droids … also, imo, droids are some of the ugliest phones made … moto x looks better in black, white, or whatever other color

      • Jordan Webb

        Software’s the same, unless you include the two extra installed apks for Zap and Command Center widget…

  • RoadsterHD1

    Has Google, Moto, or Verizon mentioned when the new Droids will get 4.3?

    • EC8CH

      soon

      :-P

  • MichaelFranz

    no logo on front….+1 for that

  • Billy Buttons

    I know this is a tired point but it really seems like Motorola releases too many phones. I understand the purposes of these three and the Moto X, but I’d never feel confident walking home with one of these for fear of a re-release 1-2 months later. It makes it worse when they come out at the exact same price. I understand it’s a fast moving market but their minor upgrades to phones aimed at the same market is irritating. Just release a small number of key phones and market/support the hell out of those.

    • LiterofCola

      Tell that to Samsung.

      • Billy Buttons

        One phone per market-audience (mini, regular, extra large, active) per year should be enough. Less fragmentation, more support, etc.

  • C-Law

    Do the new droids have the second lte antenna like the Moto x?

    • SchwannyT

      Ya I want to know this too (and also the Maxx cause that is what I’m looking at)

    • kixofmyg0t

      Yes they do.

  • mcdonsco

    Can you please test (extensively) the mobile hotspot on it? EVERY moto phone I’ve owned since the RAZR (RAZR, RAZR MAXX, RAZR MAXX HD) has not been able to properly function with mobile hotspot…And it wasn’t just my phones, I have friends with these phones as well and tested theirs, SAME PROBLEM.

    Devices can connect to the mobile hotspot on them but then can’t connect to the internet MOST of the time…Sometimes they can, but its so slow it’s absurd and RARELY, they do work fine…but it was incredibly rare.

    I want to go back to Moto on the MAXX but not if mobile hotspot still doesn’t work as I need to use it every day.

    I just can’t believe they have had a non-functioning mobile hotspot for this long; hoping that has now ended!

    • mcdonsco

      Does no one here use mobile hotspot on moto devices (specifically RAZR line devices)? I always seem to be alone in this complaint, but EVERY one of these phones I’ve ever touched (mine, friends, family etc) has the SAME EXACT PROBLEM.

  • Jordan Webb

    I’m actually excited for these reviews. More so than the Motox, strangely enough.

  • Mike

    Ugly phone. I’d go with the Maxx this one is pointless

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    While we all know the Ultra is really an updated RAZR in a new shiny suit, I am surprised to see that they didn’t even bother to change the box from the RAZR.

    • breadable

      That glossy chin really reminds me of the Bionic

  • RoadsterHD1

    Kellex can you please plug in a USB thumb drive to the mini usb port and see if you can see the drive. Also please tell us if it has HDMI out with an adaptor from the mini usb. Also, I know it doesn’t mean much anymore but just for fun do some benchmark testing. Compare it to the MOTO X. Thanks

  • beat it kook

    Yay the droid ultra! Said no one on this site ever…. Should have just been maxxx and mini

  • loony2nz

    Just finished watching the video. wow..the droid is so much larger than the Moto X. I really don’t want anything larger than my GNex.

    I was hoping the Droid ultra/maxx would be close in size to the GNex just with tight bezels.

    Looks like the Moto X is closer to the GNex size.

    • loony2nz

      Voted down? really?

      • LiterofCola

        It was before your edit… i plus one’d ya

    • C-Law

      you forgot moto x mesurements
      moto x: 5.09in(h) x 2.47in(w) x 0.41in(d at thickest point) @ 4.59oz

      I think I prefer the moto x overall. I’m not excited about the width or height of the maxx. My gnex and s3 felt just right. My current note 2 is way too big. So if I could get a phone with a hair larger display than the gnex but in a smaller body, how can I say no!?

      • Guest

        but, wouldn’t you consider the droid ultra/maxx just a hair larger than
        the GNex? I know I do and that’s why I’m gonna drop 7 benjamins on it
        next week (i hope next week)

        • C-Law

          yeah that’s true and I think basically I’m just gonna have to hold both next to each other at the store to decide for sure. I have to buy off contract and probably used on swappa because of my unlimited data so I’ll have plenty of time for full reviews to come out and to see where the devs go which will be a big factor too. These phones are on 4.2.2 and 4.3 is already out. Of course if you were to throw a 4.3 rom on these phones, you’d lose the best moto features so I’d like to see what devs will able to do about things like that first. Ideally to me, cm10.2 for these phones would come out with those extra moto apps or they could be easily side loaded back.

      • Alex

        How long did it take for the novelty of the big screen to wear off? It seems very appealing for watching netflix, HBO Go, surfing the net etc, but at the end of the day I realize you’ll have to walk around with a monstrous phone. I imagine sending a quick text in a bar/club would become an ordeal.

        Still considering the note 3 though.

        • C-Law

          Well I’ve only had the Note 2 for a week so I’d say the size got to me really quick. It’s great at home and with friends but sometimes I want to write a quick txt with one hand it’s fairly difficult. I use swype or swiftkey and it helps but sometimes you think you may drop the phone when you swype to the far side of the phone and my hand has to shimmy the phone up and down a lot for one handed operation. I installed cm10.1 right away and added the stock nav bar/soft keys to the bottom of the display and that helps to shrink the screen a little so I can navigate easier one handed. Also, trying to txt while driving is very uncomfortable bc of all the shimmying and trying to swype over the whole screen all one handed and trying to then fix words that were entered wrong. I’ve watched a few youtube videos on here and they looked great but I havn’t watched any netflix on it yet because I bought a few chromecasts at best buy when they came out so I normally just send the video to the nearest tv if I wanna watch something on netflix. The internet is great on it and I thought it would solve my problem with always thinking the screen is too small but I honestly don’t really see a difference between surfing on the note2 and the s3. I sold my N7 bc it still seemed too small and the new N7 is awesome and so much better than the last(my gf bought one) but I think my ultimate solution will be to get a smaller phone like the moto x and suplement that with the new N10 when it comes out for if I feel I need a bigger screen sometimes.

          • Alex

            Thanks for the input! I think you’re on to something. As much as I’d like to solve the phone and tablet problem with one device, the main purpose of a smartphone is portability. With that in mind, I may do the exact same thing you are. Moto X for amazing form factor and one handed use, and a large tablet for media at home.

  • GoBlue

    Am I the only one that doesn’t care about how thick the phone is? It seems like 1 mm here or there won’t really make a difference.

    • DoShe

      You’re from Michigan. Of course you don’t care about size.

      • LiterofCola

        I lol’d

    • EdubE24

      Now you’re sounding like Rich Rodriguez!!

    • DCABuckeye

      Win something!

  • C-Law

    I was considering the Maxx and the Moto x but after seeing how much taller the ultra is to the Moto x, I’ll be getting the Moto x for sure

    • loony2nz

      I did the size due diligence above. Hopefully that’ll help your decision.

      • C-Law

        you forgot the moto x specs though so I added them in a reply. Moto X still seems like the best choice for me.

  • Sporttster

    The phone with no reason to exist. Doesn’t the X pretty much fill this spot?? Don’t understand Googlerola. Not sure who’d want this phone when the Maxx has a huge batt. If you want a smaller phone, go with the mini-me.

    • RoadsterHD1

      I agree, making an Ultra just does not make sense. Maybe cause it comes in red, its thin and its for the girls. It’s pretty……
      Not for me I’m getting the MAXX it just makes more sense. My cloud storage is already set up with my Sit-Coms and pix. I’ll only keep a movie or two on board. I’m hoping we can plug in a USB thumb drive and it activate it like the Sammy’s phones, so all I have to do is plug in my 64gig drive and have more files available.

      • hkklife

        Those retarded dongles hanging off of a fragile microUSB port are no replacement for 64GB internal storage or a microSD slot in this age of tiered/throttled data and LTE speeds that are dropping daily with each new customer added.

        • RoadsterHD1

          I have solid adaptor with no cables. And you are right however but this is an alternative.

        • RoadsterHD1

          I have 2,000 or more pictures and hundreds of videos, tons of data files. It just makes sense not to have all of this on my phone. A USB is a good way to look at them when I have to and then keep them safe in my wallet, and the cloud.

        • Sporttster

          Agreed. It’s pretty obvious these companies are pushing their customers to go cloud so they can charge for it plus the data fees. I would think Congress could look into this. Take away sd, force customers to pay to access their data…..hmmm…..

      • Mitch Joa

        Referring to OTG?

        • RoadsterHD1

          OTG?

          • Mitch Joa

            USB on the go adapter.

          • RoadsterHD1

            :) OK, yes you’re right. If fact I’m thinking for the car dock there has to be a lever to connect to the usb once in the cradle. For charging right? Anyway instead of flipping the lever over, just plug in my usb adaptor and usb and watch movies from the external 64 gig drive. The battery is no longer an issue.

  • aQuickBit

    I kind of like the DROID label on the back. Thinking about it, I wish Verizon had used that since the early days instead of their logos. Kind of let the Droid brand speak for itself like other brands do (and it being exclusive to Verizon, you would know that is the carrier). Unless they don’t have faith in their own brand….

  • RoadsterHD1

    This is “DROID- life” right? Why does it seem like the DROID brand is so disliked? Even Kellex seems to dismiss a DROID in his review as though they were nothing. If this is the case change the name to Galaxy Life. WTF

    • LiterofCola

      ….. and it begins.

      • RoadsterHD1

        RIGHT?

  • tomn1ce
    • LiterofCola

      Yeah off contact

      • tomn1ce

        It’s obvious we already knew the price on contract….

    • breadable

      My total guess then is that the Moto X will have to fall around $650 off contract at Verizon as to not steal Droid sales.

      And hopefully it’ll be less through Google Play or Motorola.

      Not wanting to give up unlimited data, I’m thinking it;s a Maxx for me.. or wait some more

      • tomn1ce

        I doubt that it would be less through Google Play or through Motorola….

  • rice22312

    Hardware customization Sucks! Because I love to use cases and screen protectors.

  • loony2nz

    no headphones? why not? seems to be a necessity with what everyone else is packaging in with their devices.

    • paul_cus

      Because carriers don’t like to include headphones anymore.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson
  • jaredgreenwald

    why anyone would go with this over the MAXX is beyond me

    • Paul Hansen

      Non-heavy users that want a lighter package? I agree though. The price difference matters to some as well.

      • jaredgreenwald

        Even then, the bigger battery and more storage should be enough reason to justify the price difference. I wish there was a 16G MAXX. I find myself not using all that much storage on my devices.w

        • Sporttster

          I wish there was a 64gb version. I might be interested then. No sd slot killed this phone for me…

      • aQuickBit

        Then why wouldn’t they go for the Droid Mini? They would have to sacrifice on screen size, but they get wireless charging and a few other features that seem like a better bang for your buck.

    • dizel123

      I want a 5″ screen but I have a $200 budget…what is so difficult to understand about that?

  • Godzilla

    Wow that gloss, we need matte black next time

    • Payaso

      Bionic! Everyone, I’d like to introduce you to Godzilla…the guy that used to be known as Bionic. He promises to no longer talk about future devices and his lover, Sarge.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Did you trace the IP or something?

        • Payaso

          I won’t divulge how…but an easy way is to look at his comment history. He’s given clues that he is Bionic…just under this new username.

        • Justin W

          Also, this account’s first comment was 16 days ago, which is conveniently when Bionic’s last comment was. He also comments much like Bionic.

      • kixofmyg0t

        I think you’re right.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Unfortunately, the only matte finish one is the Maxx, so no option there for those who want the Ultra.

      • Detonation

        Which should be no one

    • Ej McCarty

      shutup bionic you’re gay

    • jbc224

      Go back to hiding, Bionic. Though you may no longer post b.s. rumors, you’re still annoying.

  • Mark Schleupner

    Why, Why, Why, do phone manufacturers continue to make high-end phones with 16GB storage and no SD card slot?!? After the operating system, there’s what 11-12 GB of storage capacity? Add some music and games are put on, there’s not much room left for HD pictures and video taken by the camera. There should be a MINIMUM 32GB of storage if there’s no SD card slot – 64GB could be an option!

    • Paul Hansen

      Because they want you to store your porn in the cloud. Realistically though, they want you to purchase movies etc and stream them through G Play. ~10GB of storage for apps/pics is plenty for the “average man” but obviously those of us here on this site aren’t average.

      • Dorian Brooks

        THIS!!!! Put it in the cloud. Spend more money on their overpriced data services.

        Only way around is full retail for those still rocking unlimited data.

        sidenote: I’ve become quite proficient at finding free to the public Wi-Fi as of late.

        • Dan

          The carriers really need to get a grip on reality. With everything being pushed to the cloud they need to make data more affordable. It feels like a slap in the face paying $50 a month for 5 measley GB when $50 a month nets me fast Verizon fios internet with zero datacap.

          • Lucky Armpit

            I agree but there’s no way in hell they’re going to make data more affordable. It’s a vicious circle… phones with paltry internal storage means you have to keep things in the cloud which means you use more data which means the carriers continue to make money hand over fist.

          • Dorian Brooks

            The sad thing is 4G (or faux G. let’s not get on that topic) cost LESS to deploy & maintain than 3G. So Verizon would still make more money even if they had kept $50 unlimited data.

          • Jeff C

            maybe Samsung is in cahoots with them all! since theyre the only “big” manufacturer that offers an SD card slot

        • Jon

          People won’t store much in the cloud with data being so expensive. Public WiFi is often too slow and not wide spread enough or at least here in Los Angeles.

          • Dorian Brooks

            I guess it does depends on the individual in the end. I live in Houston, Tx. On my DInc2 & Razr Mini it was no problem for me to kill 6-8GB/month. Once I moved to the DNA I was worried about having only 16GB of storage. The irony is not only did it force me to really use cloud storage (Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, SugarSync, & Google Drive)but rely on Wi-Fi more.

            Now I will admit it takes a bit of trickery & time to set up (5) five cloud acct. I just compartmentalize them by subjects. Plus they are all free accts. *I know I’ll have to buy storage sooner or later*

            Now on the Wi-Fi front I didn’t realize so many places had it available for free. The obvious library & Starbucks. Then Malls, Grocery stores, fast food chains, certain types of theaters. Only place so far is Wal-Mart & cinema theaters. I guess I’m fortunate about speeds because other people must not know about their availability to use em.

            Though in the end I’m still a supporter of capless data & more reasonable fees. I only learned like most of us…. When we are forced to.

          • michael arazan

            Dorian, do you have google Fiber or have used it there yet? And if you do/ have, what are your upload and download speeds via wifi?

      • MicroNix

        While *Google* wants you to store everything in the cloud, *device manufacturers* shouldn’t care. As megapixels go up in cameras and create larger files, the internal memory should be *growing* not shrinking. As unlimited data plans wither and die, the ability to store more on your device should be a given priority, not the other way around. Its my device and if I want more memory in it (just like a PC) there should be no objections to it. Since device manufacturers charge an outrageous amount of money to go from a 16GB device to 32GB device which is so inflated over their actual cost, they should be jumping at the opportunity to collect more cash. It doesn’t make sense.

      • David

        Then why do they not provide unlimited data plans?

        • Paul Hansen

          Because Google isn’t a carrier yet :-P VZW and Google pretty obviously don’t care for each other too much.

    • LiterofCola

      The Maxx has 32gb internal storage, but I know what you mean.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      Completely with you. I travel overseas frequently and my phone becomes my pocket multi-media player / camera. Removable storage or at least 32gigs is a mandatory thing for me. Once loaded with music and entertainment, you are screwed if you try and shoot some video and snap some pics when you are out of network and have no wifi to upload with.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Idk about other phones, but i think this one comes with 50 gb of drive for 2 years. not that my data plans lets me freely explore my content. Has anyone ever thought about what’s going to happen to data plans with VOLTE?

    • RoadsterHD1

      Set up your Cloud.

      • Mark Schleupner

        The problem with that is that I would have to stream music and video and I would have to use data to do that because the times I would use the phone for music or videos, I would not be around wifi. I just won’t buy a phone that has 16GB of storage and no SD slot. This ruled out the Droid DNA, which I really liked. I’ll probably go with the Galaxy Note III.

        • RoadsterHD1

          I agree, making an Ultra just does not make sense. Maybe cause it comes in red, its thin and its for the girls. It’s pretty……
          Not for me I’m getting the MAXX it just makes more sense. My cloud storage is already set up with my Sit-Coms and pix. I’ll only keep a movie or two on board. I’m hoping we can plug in a USB thumb drive and it activate it like the Sammy’s phones, so all I have to do is plug in my 64gig drive and have more files available.

      • RoadsterHD1

        This makes sense if you still have unlimited data like me.

      • iH8sns

        Some of us commute on subways…

        • RoadsterHD1

          Use a USB and a USB to mini usb adaptor. No wire type

          • iH8sns

            Well yea that would work but it would be extremely inconvenient. A better solution would be one of those wireless flash drives. still I don’t want more crap in my pockets and I can’t be fumbling around with stuff while shoulder to shoulder. Personally, I’m good with 32gb but I don’t see what’s so hard about offering 64gb variants. Even just make them online only and charge a bunch. People will buy them.

    • mcdonsco

      Eventually the only storage on a phone will be what the OS resides on with some room to spare for updates; everything else will be cloud.

      I hate it too, but they are a business trying to make a buck, however with this, I’d say it’s shady. It is however becoming an industry standard, slowly but surely.

      This said, 32GB’s (MAXX) is more than enough for me; just still in shock that for the first time Motorola has ditched the MicroSD slot; guess we have Google to thank for that.

      • MicroNix

        And how are the *device manufacturers* making a buck on cloud storage? THEY would be making more money by soaking you another $50 for an additional 16GB of storage! Eventually, whoever puts enough storage on their devices are going to be the ones to live on. Not the other way around…not with the way data plans are going.

        • mcdonsco

          you don’t think companies like verizon influence manufacturers on designs by making deals with them so they can rake in more data charges? I’d be willing to bet they are getting far more for NOT including large storage capacities in the device from the carriers than they ever would from consumers paying, as you mention, say $50 for 16gb more.

    • Lucky Armpit

      What worries me is the way the internal storage is going to be divided up… the Razr Maxx has 16GB internal but it’s divided into 8GB/8GB. One side is “reserved” for the OS and untouchable by the user and the other part is for the user. So basically that means I have 8GB available. If that’s how Moto chops up the internal storage of the Ultra/Maxx, I’m going to have to get something else.

      • lss

        I think it was originally divided up this way due to the fact it started with Android Gingerbread.

        • Lucky Armpit

          Good info, thanks. Hope that’s the case with the Ultra/Maxx/X, i.e. not chopped upl

    • dmagicp

      Because the carriers are pushing for you to use your data for cloud storage. If you are dependent on the cloud, you will then subscribe to higher data tiers and thus spend more money which enhances their bottom line. I know that people aren’t going to want to hear this, but Google is also pushing for cloud services, and that is why the Nexus devices don’t have SD cards.

    • coip

      Stick it to them: Get a Nokia Lumia 1020 or 928. Both have 32GB internal, plus 7GB of cloud storage, better cameras, a smoother OS, and Halo: Spartan Assault. It’s a no-brainer. The 928 especially is currently free at Verizon. Hell of a deal for what you get.

    • Rob Schoenfeld

      Agree with space sizes being to small. 16 gig is nothing when companies like Sammy, and LG bloatware them up. However sd cards suck Google no longer supports them and the half oem implementations makes them useless.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    5 inch screens without the on screen nav bar. Slightly taller than moto x and thinner. The Maxx is a low-key winner. I know this is the ultra.

    • GoBlue

      Who cares about thinness anymore? Seems like a marketing comparison now…

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        who cares about how it feels in your hand? Is that what you asked me? lol

        • GoBlue

          No- compare the Droid Ultra to the Moto X. The Moto X, based on reviews, is awesome in your hand. However, it is by all means thicker than the Ultra. If this is the case, why even compare thickness of the phones? It doesn’t matter anymore.

      • LiterofCola

        Most people don’t want to hold a brick to their face. Thin will always be in.

        • GoBlue

          Yea because 1 mm thicker totally means a brick.

          • LiterofCola

            You didn’t mention anything about any millimeters, you asked a general question about smartphones being thin.

  • Mitch Joa

    Dat gloss.

  • EC8CH

    Glossy Phone is Glossy

    • Tyler Durden

      so shiny and pretty

    • asfpjopfj

      Glossy=Gay

      • James_75

        Glossy=Straight. See how dumb we sound? Or did you mean happy?

        • asfpjopfj

          Glossy=Lesbian

          • tomn1ce

            Glossy=whatever you want it to be -_-

      • Tyler Durden

        I forgot we live in a country where people use this term to descirbe something they don’t like.

      • ToddAwesome

        don’t be queer.

    • Dan

      Exactly! The phone wouldn’t look all that bad without that horrendous shine.

  • rice22312

    We want dogfight: Droid Ultra vs Xperia Z Ultra vs iPhone 4s vs OG Droid vs iPhone 5 vs Lumia 1020 vs T-mobile G1 vs Nokia 6230 vs Motorola RAZR V3!???

    • TuckandRoll84

      Don’t forget the Gnex

    • Hothfox

      A handful of these phones don’t belong in the same fight. The OG Droid? Do you really expect it to compare equally to the Droid Ultra?

      • TuckandRoll84

        Who cares about equality?

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        Handicap the fight so the contendors are versus their counterparts at their peak. Basically, see how “revolutionary” they are for their time.

      • Jordan Webb

        At least it’s still a smartphone. The RAZR v3 is a dumbphone.

    • tomn1ce

      You’re on the wrong site…..go to the dog pound for that…

  • normmcgarry

    I feel like a keyboard should slide out.