The Verizon Wireless Motorola DROID Ultra is our favorite pick of the three new DROID-branded smartphones announced today. It’s just 7mm thin and offers 24 hours of battery life, a 5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a 10-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing shooter and will launch in both red and black, the former being our top choice.
The DROID Ultra is relatively similar to the DROID RAZR Maxx, it just doesn’t offer the bulky 3,500mAh battery (48 hours of usage time) or 32GB of storage that the Maxx promises. Instead, it has 16GB of storage and a smaller 2,130mAh battery. We found it was actually really easy to use with a single hand, a nod to the thin design for sure, and like the overall aesthetics of the device. As with all of the new DROID phones, Motorola enabled a new feature that lets you speak “Ok Google Now” to search using your voice. This is great for hands-free driving, though we weren’t able to test it because you have to set it up with your own voice. It didn’t respond when we tried using it because it was setup for someone else’s voice commands.
The DROID Ultra comes in at an affordable $199.99 with a new two-year contract and anyone who buys the phone will be treated to 6 months of free Google Play Music, provided that you purchase it before September 30. Pre-orders are being accepted now and the phone will arrive in Verizon Wireless stores on August 20.