Motorola DROID Ultra

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The Motorola DROID Ultra currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

The DROID Ultra is one of the latest offerings from Motorola. It’s peppy dual-core processor and 5-inch AMOLED display offer plenty of power and beautiful visuals. However, there is one potential problem. Brad Molen of Engadget summed it up best when he said “...we simply can't think of a reason why the Ultra should co-exist with the X at the exact same price.”

Much like the Moto X, the DROID Ultra is solid, fast, takes respectable pictures, supports the latest technologies and has a bountiful battery life. This is largely because it has almost identical hardware apart from slightly larger screen and a different shell. For a slightly larger investment, the DROID MAXX offers all of this plus more storage and wireless charging.

The DROID Ultra is, in both pricing and features, a mid-tier phone. Is this a problem? Depends on your use for the phone. However, Cory Gunther of Android Community sums things up nicely in his review, stating “Yes we’ll see 8-core phones soon, but that’s overkill, to be honest, and this DROID Ultra will have enough power to make 99% of consumers plenty happy. Nuff said.”

The Good: Minimal interface changes from stock Android, all-day battery life, comfortable grip and a large screen.

The Bad: Prone to fingerprints and grime, no microSD support, lack of camera options and poor visibility in direct lighting.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
10+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Brighthand

The Motorola Droid Ultra is a good phone, bottom line. It's fast, stable, and sports excellent software with fun features. It's also wonderfully designed, with only its glossy build providing pause for consideration. However, the smudge fingerprint magnetism is easily remedied with a case, which wil...

- Jamison Cush, Brighthand
Android Police

The DROID Ultra is an okay phone. The nearly-stock software is fantastic, and shows hints of greatness in Touchless Control and Active Notifications. It's also both the most sturdy and the thinnest phone I've ever used, which certainly appeals to many potential buyers. Motorola's typically excellent...

- Jeremiah Rice, Android Police
Engadget

The Motorola Droid Ultra is a great mid-range phone with lots of compelling features that many potential buyers will find interesting. It does have its negatives, though -- this is essentially a Moto X riddled with Verizon branding, a glossy and fingerprint-prone finish and a nonsensical price. But...

- Brad Molen, Engadget
Tech Hive

The Motorola Droid Ultra may have all the same features and specs as the Moto X, but the phone lacks the personality it needs to differentiate itself from the crowd.

- Armando Rodriguez, Tech Hive
Phone Scoop

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Motorola released the DROID Ultra on August 20, 2013.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola DROID Ultra user manual here.


Motorola backs up the DROID Ultra with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5"

The Motorola DROID Ultra's screen size is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7 GHz

There is a Motorola X8 Dual core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
10+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 10+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2130mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2130 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 13 days standby time, 336 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

DROID Ultra Specs

Overview
Release date August 20, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor Motorola X8 Dual core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.54 W/kg
Body: 0.32 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2130 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 336 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 13 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 7.1 x 0.7 cm (5.4 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 140 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, Real Audio, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Hangouts, Google Drive, Play Store, Google+, YouTube, Quickoffice)
Included Software / Apps -
More
Additional comments - Has built-in Barometer
- Last for 28 hours of mixed usage
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Critic Reviews


Brighthand

It's fast, stable, and sports excellent software with fun features

from Brighthand

The Motorola Droid Ultra is a good phone, bottom line. It's fast, stable, and sports excellent software with fun features. It's also wonderfully designed, with only its glossy build providing pause for consideration. However, the smudge fingerprint magnetism is easily remedied with a case, which...More

The Motorola Droid Ultra is a good phone, bottom line. It's fast, stable, and sports excellent software with fun features. It's also wonderfully designed, with only its glossy build providing pause for consideration. However, the smudge fingerprint magnetism is easily remedied with a case, which will unfortunately also hide its excellent shape.

Read full review

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Android Police

A decent phone In search of an audience

from Android Police

The DROID Ultra is an okay phone. The nearly-stock software is fantastic, and shows hints of greatness in Touchless Control and Active Notifications. It's also both the most sturdy and the thinnest phone I've ever used, which certainly appeals to many potential buyers. Motorola's typically excell...More

The DROID Ultra is an okay phone. The nearly-stock software is fantastic, and shows hints of greatness in Touchless Control and Active Notifications. It's also both the most sturdy and the thinnest phone I've ever used, which certainly appeals to many potential buyers. Motorola's typically excellent radio technology is on display, and while the camera, screen, and silicon aren't the best in the world, they get the job done.

Read full review

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Engadget

A phone that doesn't need to exist

from Engadget

The Motorola Droid Ultra is a great mid-range phone with lots of compelling features that many potential buyers will find interesting. It does have its negatives, though -- this is essentially a Moto X riddled with Verizon branding, a glossy and fingerprint-prone finish and a nonsensical price. B...More

The Motorola Droid Ultra is a great mid-range phone with lots of compelling features that many potential buyers will find interesting. It does have its negatives, though -- this is essentially a Moto X riddled with Verizon branding, a glossy and fingerprint-prone finish and a nonsensical price. But therein lies the problem: we simply can't think of a reason why the Ultra should co-exist with the X at the exact same price.

Read full review

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Tech Hive

The Motorola Droid Ultra is ultra-average

from Tech Hive

The Motorola Droid Ultra may have all the same features and specs as the Moto X, but the phone lacks the personality it needs to differentiate itself from the crowd.

Read full review

The Motorola Droid Ultra may have all the same features and specs as the Moto X, but the phone lacks the personality it needs to differentiate itself from the crowd.

Read full review

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Phone Scoop

It's a solid effort from Motorola, but doesn't earn top marks across the board

from Phone Scoop

The Motorola Droid Ultra is a good effort that gets solid marks on most of the basics. There are few phones that offer as thin a profile and as large a screen as the Ultra. The device locks onto Verizon's network well, and offers great voice performance. I wish battery life were a bit better, but...More

The Motorola Droid Ultra is a good effort that gets solid marks on most of the basics. There are few phones that offer as thin a profile and as large a screen as the Ultra. The device locks onto Verizon's network well, and offers great voice performance. I wish battery life were a bit better, but it still manages to get through most of a solid working day. It's a bummer that the battery cannot be accessed, and that the Ultra doesn't support expandable memory.

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Android Community

With a 5-inch screen, tons of neat features, all-day battery life, and a solid camera the ULTRA is well rounded

from Android Community

So what do we think of the Motorola DROID ULTRA? Well, we like it. Motorola has done an excellent job overall with this phone, the near stock experience embodied with Google Now. The phone is solid all around, even with a dual-core processor under the hood. It’s clear Google and Motorola wi...More

So what do we think of the Motorola DROID ULTRA? Well, we like it. Motorola has done an excellent job overall with this phone, the near stock experience embodied with Google Now. The phone is solid all around, even with a dual-core processor under the hood. It’s clear Google and Motorola will continue this context ecosystem moving forward.

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Droid Life

The ULTRA is certainly a well built piece of technology

from Droid Life

The ULTRA is certainly a well built piece of technology. It’s just that I prefer to go without the high-gloss coating, capacitive buttons, kevlar designs, and extra-large hardware footprint that isn’t pleasant to hold in hand.

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The ULTRA is certainly a well built piece of technology. It’s just that I prefer to go without the high-gloss coating, capacitive buttons, kevlar designs, and extra-large hardware footprint that isn’t pleasant to hold in hand.

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Computerworld

Bigger, but not necessarily better

from Computerworld

Motorola's Droid Ultra is a strange phone to wrap your head around. It has a great deal in common with the Moto X but then veers from it in vexing ways.

To be sure, the phone has a lot of positive qualities -- mainly those that it shares with the Moto X. The Droid Ultra is a strong performer with a great display, intuitive interface and genuinely compelling features you won't find on competing devices...

More

Motorola's Droid Ultra is a strange phone to wrap your head around. It has a great deal in common with the Moto X but then veers from it in vexing ways.

To be sure, the phone has a lot of positive qualities -- mainly those that it shares with the Moto X. The Droid Ultra is a strong performer with a great display, intuitive interface and genuinely compelling features you won't find on competing devices.

But the phone also has an unattractive and uninspired design, along with capacitive buttons that create awkward usage scenarios. Comparatively speaking, those things take a serious toll on the user experience.

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SlashGear

A 5-inch display-toting version of everything the Moto X is, without the customization suite

from SlashGear

As a smartphone that’s well and away worth more than the sum of its specifications, DROID Ultra is every bit the competitor for top-tier smartphone it was meant to be, as delivered by what’s now very obviously (title and all) Motorola, a Google company.

Read full review

As a smartphone that’s well and away worth more than the sum of its specifications, DROID Ultra is every bit the competitor for top-tier smartphone it was meant to be, as delivered by what’s now very obviously (title and all) Motorola, a Google company.

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Cnet

The thinnest smartphone on the block

from Cnet

The superthin Motorola Droid Ultra has a lovely, large screen and takes pleasing pictures. The phone also has long battery life and offers slick tricks such as advanced voice commands and screen-based notifications.

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The superthin Motorola Droid Ultra has a lovely, large screen and takes pleasing pictures. The phone also has long battery life and offers slick tricks such as advanced voice commands and screen-based notifications.

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