Motorola Droid Ultra Review: Ultra Thin LTE Smartphone - HotHardware

Motorola Droid Ultra Review: Ultra Thin LTE Smartphone

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When considering the physical design of a smartphone, there’s one key dimension that often matters most to the majority of users: thickness. No one wants to carry around a thick, clunky smartphone. Manufacturers realize thin devices sell, which is why it seems every time we turn around they’re constantly fighting for the title of thinnest device.

The current title-holder is the Motorola Droid Ultra, which is billed as the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. It measures just 0.28 inches thick and is available exclusively through Verizon Wireless. The Droid Ultra was announced alongside the Droid Maxx and the Droid Mini. Falling in the middle of this trio, the Droid Ultra has a lot to offer especially given its current price tag of $99.99 after discounts and with a contract.

Another popular Motorola phone, the made-in America Moto X, also launched about the same time as the Droid Ultra. While these two phones have very similar hardware specifications, their exterior styling is noticeably different. 

In addition to a thin design, the Droid Ultra features a 5-inch HD display and a Kevlar-based unibody frame. The phone is available in red and black. Before we dive in to the full hands-on review, let’s take a closer look at exactly what the Motorola Droid Ultra has to offer:

Motorola Droid Ultra
Specifications & Features

Processor
Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System (1.7 GHz dual–core application processor, 400 MHz quad–core GPU, natural language processor, contextual computing processor), Power/Audio Management: PM8921
Memory
16GB on board memory + 2GB RAM
Operating System
Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
Display
5.0” edge–to–edge Super AMOLED display
1280 x 720 Screen Resolution
Camera & Multimedia
10MP RGBC camera with quick capture
1080p HD Video capture, up to 60FPS
2MP Full HD Recording Front Facing Camera
3.5mm Audio Jack
Wireless
LTE, CDMA/1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz)
Global Network: EDGE/GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSPA/UMTS( 850/900/1900/2100), HSDPA 42.2 Mbps (Category 20), HSUPA 5.76 Mbps

Bluetooth 4.0
Mobile Hotspot – Connect up to 8 Wi–Fi enabled devices in 4G or 5 in 3G
Wi–Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4GHz and 5GHz Capable
aGPS
Size
5.41 x 2.80  x 0.28 inches
4.94 ounces
Battery
2130 mAh Li–Ion
Usage Time: Up to 28 hours
Standby Time: Up to 13 days
Availability
Verizon Wireless
Price
$99.99 after discounts and with a contract
 
The Motorola Droid Ultra's specifications read very much like the Moto X's, which is to say the device falls somewhere in the upper, mid-range of the current smartphone market. As we've mentioned, it's thinness and form factor are what differentiate the Droid Ultra.

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Overall a decent device, though I'm not sure there's enough to stand out in a crowded field. Lack of a microSD card slot is a bummer.

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The lack of MicroSD card slot on a bunch of high-end smartphones is really a dealbreaker for me. Some people just ain't about that streaming life.

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With a smartphone, for me anyway, it's not as big of a deal. On a tablet, it's a must have I think.

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Aesthetically not appealing to me. Moto X on the other hand..

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