Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Savers Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.
Verizon Offers an Android that’s Super-thin and Packed with Power in the Motorola Droid Ultra
I’m not a smartphone newbie, but I was very loyal to Blackberry for quite some time before I switched to my first iPhone. Truth be told, I had never experienced an android phone before. My first android experience came in a package that I recently received from Verizon Wireless: The Motorola Droid Ultra. Upon opening the box, I admit that I was surprised. Not because I had wanted one, but because this package meant that I now had 4 phones – one home phone and three cell phones. How on earth would I possibly be able to keep up with them all?
After I got over the initial shock of the idea of carting around 3 phones, I took a closer look. The box was immensely cool. Who doesn’t like flame red robot eyeballs? I mean, seriously. I totally appreciate the graphics created for this phone’s packaging. So yes, I gave in and opened the box…quite excitedly.
I removed the phone from it’s box and tried to figure out how to turn it on. I started fiddling with the buttons I found on the side and all of the sudden I hear this crazy-loud noise and then the phone said, “Drooooid.” It scared the crap out of me and I almost dropped it, but managed an epic save and caught it after it bounced off the couch cushion. It wasn’t just the noise that scared me, though. That flaming eyeball came flying at me – – at least that’s what it looked like! Eek!
But cool? Definitely!
The Droid Ultra is super-thin and totally lightweight for a mobile phone that packs so many features. At a good two inches longer and an inch wider than my iPhone, this was definitely a big change, but not one that I was opposed to. Surprisingly, even though the Ultra was bigger than my iPhone, it weighed less – a lot less. I like that, but it’s definitely something I’ll have to get used to…kind of like that freaky noise it makes when it comes on.
My Favorite Verizon Motorola Droid Ultra Features
Like every new phone, I tend to zero in on a few features that I like best. This one is no different. Although the Ultra offers a lot of the same capabilities as most smartphones in its class, it also has some features that set it apart from the rest. You’ll find my favorites below.
- Burst photos – when you want to take action pictures, but don’t really want to make a video (or don’t have time to switch the phone to video), just tap the screen and hold your finger there. The Droid Ultra will continue to take pictures milliseconds apart until you take your finger off the screen. This, by far, is probably my very favorite feature of the phone.
- Battery life – I’m writing this 7 days after charging my phone. I played with it a little bit, but haven’t really done much else with it. I powered it off and stuck it in my purse. I just pulled it out and it’s got 45% battery life left. Not bad, Motorola; not bad!
- Large screen – if you like to be able to read without straining your eyes too much, then you’ll appreciate the larger screen on this baby. I imagine that this will come in handy when I use Google maps and definitely when I’m surfing the web. I hate having to tap the screen because I always seem to click an ad or a link to somewhere I don’t want to go. This will definitely help to curb that issue.
- Google Play – evidently, you get six months of Google Play for free. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts!
- Google Now – a cool feature that lets you control your phone with your voice. No buttons to push and no timeouts. You just say, “Okay, Google Now..” and tell it whatever you want it to find, display, or who you want it to call and the Ultra takes care of the rest. Unlike Siri, Google Now actually has you go through a voice recognition submission so that it can pick your voice up in a crowd or from farther away. It works remarkably well so far and I think it’s going to be a handy feature when I’m on the road and need directions.
Have you checked out the Motorola Droid Ultra yet? If so, tell me what you think about it in the comments below!