Motorola and Verizon recently unveiled the new Motorola Droid series of smartphones that were designed and developed by Motorola after Google took over.
At the official event, Motorola unveiled three new smartphones – the Motorola Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra and the Droid Mini. Each of these smartphones were based on Motorola’s new technology and came along with a number of enhancements and features that would allow them to compete in the market.
But today we compare the Motorola Droid Maxx and the Droid Ultra in a battle of specs and features in order to find out the better of the two. Are these smartphones competitors or have they been designed for different user groups? Let us find out.
Motorola Droid Maxx
Motorola Droid Ultra
The Motorola Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra both have a 5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. The devices have a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and 294ppi pixel density, and has support for 16M colors.
The display of both these smartphones are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
The Motorola Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra both have the exact same processing unit. They are both based on the Motorola X8 architecture that has two processors, a graphics and others.
These devices consist of the Qualcomm snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and are powered by a 1.7Ghz Krait dual-core processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
The Motorola Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra both run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and provide an almost stock version of Android.
Since there is no added UI layer, these Droid smartphones will give you a taste of pure Android and at the same time will not lag in performance, as there is no cosmetic touch.
Upgrading to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean should not be a problem at al as Motorola is an official part of Google, the search giant that owns Android.
This is the first segment in our comparison where the Motorola Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra differ.
The Motorola Droid Maxx comes with 32GB of internal storage whereas the Motorola Droid Ultra has 16GB of internal storage. But neither of these two smartphones have support for microSD card, so storage expansion at a later stage is not possible.
The Motorola Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra both have identical cameras as well. The devices have a 10MP primary shooter with autofocus and LED flash. The camera is capable of recording full HD videos and supports features like touch focus, geo-tagging and face detection.
The secondary camera on both these devices is of 2MP, allowing consumers to use it for video calls, Skype etc.
This is the second segment where the Motorola Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra difference, but by a considerably large scale. The Motorola Droid Maxx has a 3500mAh Li-Ion battery, and can also be considered as the king of smartphones when it comes to battery performance.
Motorola statistics say that the device is capable of providing up to 48 hours of talk time and 600 hours of stand by. These figures are extremely high, and there is hardly any smartphone that can match them or even come close.
The Motorola Droid Ultra on the other hand has a 2130mAh Li-Ion battery. Even though the battery capacity might not seem to be impressive to you, the performance definitely is. The device is capable of providing up to 28 hours of talk time and 312 hours of stand by.
The dimensions of the Motorola Droid Maxx are 137.5 x 71.2 x 8.5 mm whereas the dimensions of the Motorola Droid Ultra are 137.5 x 71.2 x 7.2 mm.
In order to accommodate the extra battery, the Droid Maxx is 1.3 mm thicker than the Droid Ultra. But let us not forget that this extra thickness (and the added weight) adds an extra 20 hours of talk time as well.
The Motorola Droid Maxx weighs about 167 grams whereas the Motorola Droid Ultra weighs 137 grams.
This extra 30 grams is the added weight combined along with the slight thickness that allows the Droid Maxx to hold such a large capacity battery.
As you must have already seen, the Motorola Droid Maxx and the Droid Ultra are almost identical devices. Technically, there is no difference between the two at all, the only difference we have been able to spot (from this comparison) is the battery capacity.
And as result of having extra battery, the Motorola Droid Maxx eventually becomes heavier and thicker than the Droid Ultra. But even then, the differences are not that big of a deal, and we think that Motorola has done a great job with both of them.
For those who do not know yet, the Motorola Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra are both ‘splash resistant’ as explained by the company. But may tests have proved that the devices showed no problems when submerged in water or exposed to dust. And let us not forget the Kevlar back that adds an extremely high level of protection.
So rather than choosing a winner, we would say that the Droid Maxx is a device for consumers who want their smartphones to run for days, even weeks if possible. And the Droid Ultra is a device for consumers who want a compact device that is strong, powerful, fast and at the same time does not compromise on battery.
Here is a specifications chart of the Motorola Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra: