Hands-on with the Droid MAXX, Droid Ultra and Droid Mini

Verizon dropped three new Motorola Droids on us this morning. We've had a good look at the Droid MAXX, the Droid Ultra and the Droid Mini, but sometimes a video is worth a thousand words ... errr pictures. Dan got to spend some quality time with a presenter and the new Droids, and we've got 8 minutes of video for you.

Things like the new camera, Droid Zap and the new lost phone features are covered, and there's also a good look at active notifications. It's something you'll not want to miss, so head past the jump and have a look.

Droid MAXX forums | Droid Ultra forums | Droid Mini forums

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Why no microsd card slot? They were one if the last holdout companies who had them. Posted via Droid RAZR M on the Android Central App
  • Micro SD is no longer supported by Android. The OEM's that include it are specifically engineering the code to support it on their own.
  • You are wrong, most of the code is still there, it just needs to be finished off. The Maxx is close to the perfect phone right now. I think that with 32GB on board and the size of the battery, it is close. You really do not need the SD card here....
  • Really? I have a full compile from my Nexus 7 and it's simply not in there. They didn't write code to disable it, it's just not included. It IS in older versions, so it's not hard to add for OEM's, but 4.1 and 4.2 AOSP both include nothing in the way of direct support.
  • Apps on tablets are bigger than phone apps.
  • because it is legacy code, it isn't that they didn't have to write it to disable it, it was already written. I do not have the code snippets to point you towards because I am not on my production machine, but you can agree that the Xoom is a pure android tablet, it is on JB and it has a 32GB SD Card slot.
  • Not surprised. Motorola is now google... Google seems to really hate the little sd cards...
  • #wantdroidmaxx :-)
  • So I'm guessing this is Verizon's Moto X.
  • Nah, Verizon will get the X. Just not right away, think the way they dealt with the One
  • After I saw the identical feature set on the Droid series it made me curious.
  • You'd think so. How stupid is it to release three big deal phones, then wait half a month to release the even bigger deal phone. How many phones are going to be coming back for exchange? And if they don't get the Moto X as soon as all the other companies get it, how many customers will they lose to the carriers who have the Moto X?
  • Oh, about ZERO.
  • So I'm guessing this is Verizon's Moto X.
  • You're wrong a second time!
  • The Moto X will come later in August. There is a leaked sheet on here somewhere that tells when Verizon will get it. Posted via Android Central App
  • Like the DNA this phone appears to be a lot prettier than it appears in press shots Posted via Android Central App
  • Specs? And why are there 3 minutes of music at the end of the video? Posted via Android Central App
  • I was wondering that as well Posted via Android Central App
  • I love that song. Let's not complain. HTC ONE ~ Android Central App
  • What is up with that wrist flick to open the camera? What genius came up with that? How in the world is that any easier than pressing the app button or having a lock screen short cut. Sometimes you wonder if the engineers ever use the device in a real world setting.... Posted via Android Central App
  • Sweet, any further info on the X8 chip set?
  • Looks pretty much vanilla Android. This have the same features as the Moto X i take it?
  • I really wanted the Maxx. I'm not sure to cry about space or anything but something seems... Off... All the videos I've watched the gimmick features like send to TV and swipe up to share a picture in the vicinity of someone seems laggy... Why not just shoot them a text instead or an email? I mean, seriously. Will this swipe up to share feature work with my friends S4 or do all my friends have to have a Motorola phone of this variety. I feel like everything is so vague... Why the 720p screen? Why?! 1080 would have looked gorgeous on that big display. I feel like I'm settling if I went and picked this up. Like I'm secretly in love with the girl next door who loves me back but I'm marrying Jane Doe down the street cause she saved me from choking on a hot dog. I don't know... I'm really not trying to cry and complain especially since I'm still probably going to buy it but still... I'd like some more answers. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah you and I are in the same boat. I really want to love it, I really do.. but.. nothing really stood out to me. Will wait for more info on the X8 chip.
  • Still 293ppi. Hold it next to a 1080p device and tell me you can see the difference at a normal distance. If you say you can you're lying. Now there's more battery life, cuz of less pixels to render something you probably care more about. Your welcome. Posted via Android Central App
  • Well said, but I believe 300ppi is the point the human eye cannot detect pixels at a normal viewing distance : p
  • i can answer at least one of your questions. the droid zapp feature (swiping with two fingers to send pic) will be available on other devices via an app from the play store. however, its limited. if you don't have a moto phone with droid zapp pre-installed, or if you have a phone of any other brand, then you can only receive photos via the app. you won't be able to swipe up to send in gallery or zapp app. this is not to say that it couldn't be enabled via a future software update or hack. i like it.
  • I don't think I heard 32 gigs tossed in there anywhere. I did hear all where 16. Am I wrong ? If so I'll be looking at the S4 with that sweet SD Card slot and 32 gigs of onboard.
  • 32GB on the Maxx, 16GB on the Ultra. I'm almost positive that's what they said...if not here, I've read it somewhere.
  • still running Google Talk? how can a new phone from Google/Motorola not have the newest version of a Google app?
  • It's simple play update so whats the fuss?:-) Posted via Android Central App
  • Its a brand new phone! it shouldnt need an update that happened 2 months ago!
  • Does anyone know what that device is that is used for miricast streaming? The guy picked it up for a second. I also have a nexus 10 that could use it and I'm curious and interested Posted via Android Central App
  • Verizon's Network in the Boston area is so freaken bogged down. It just drags ass. Top speeds on their LTE is around 5 if you can get it, that just sucks.
    Those new phones made by Google lack internal memory IMO, same old shit with Google, trying to use their cloud system. I will not buy any phone without plenty of int memory.
  • Lucky you, I have never even reached 2 anywhere in Washington or Oregon. I'm so pissed at Verizon LTE Posted via Android Central App
  • Glad it's not just me. Underwhelmed by Verizon in Boston. Friend's iPhone 5 on T-Mobile was easily matching me in speed tests and another friend's nexus 4 was getting solid reception in places I was getting nothing. If I ever lose unlimited data it's T-Mobile for me.
  • All I can hear is some annoying girl harping on the Razr. Shut. Up.
  • Turn. Off. Video.
  • Ok this is the third story I've read about these phones and still my question is, how big are the friggin screens?!
  • 5 in on the ultra and Maxx, 4.3 on the mini Posted via Android Central App
  • Actual screen size & type would be nice to know.
  • This will be my phone if the next Nexus is not Verizon.
  • +1
  • I was thinking the maxx, it's badass. I love the color scheme. It looks pretty awesome. Unfortunately I don't ha e an upgrade for quite some time so I'm waiting for the X phone. If it's cheap enough I'll definitely be buying it. Meaning $350 or less. I guess I could do Verizons new deal where they rape you and charge you monthly for the phone..... Wait I won't do that. Def not getting charged twice for a phone. Might be sticking with my s3 for a while if the X phone disappoints Posted via Android Central App
  • So I'm guessing this is Verizon's Moto X. :p
  • The demoed features seemed rather laggy... Posted via Android Central App
  • It seems that all the new phones a full of gimmicks and no specs. I want an sd card for my 5 million songs!