News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday July 23, 2013.
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Motorola and Verizon were unable to keep the 2013 DROID series of smartphones from seeing the public eye weeks ago, so there wasn't much to be surprised about when the two companies jointly launched the DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, and DROID Mini today. However, one thing that surprised me was how familiar it all feels. Though the presentation style was slightly different, the phones followed a similar path as the 2012 edition: one big, one slightly bigger, and one smaller than the others. The new DROIDS at first glance are just like the old ones; only faster and more efficient.
Glances can be deceiving, however. There are some noticeable changes to the 2013 DROID line. In the case of the DROID Ultra and DROID Mini, there's now a glossy plastic finish replacing what once was a tough but comfortable Kevlar coating. The phones are still tough and have Kevlar weave into the back to protect the phones, but the glossy finish takes away from that. The DROID MAXX retains the smooth feel from previous DROIDs.
Another surprise was the consistency between devices. Internally all are the same. From processor to RAM to softwares, users know what to expect with any of Verizon's new Android devices. Physical differences will be what attracts someone to one DROID over another, so finding the hardware that is most comfortable require touching the phones in person. I walked away being most interested in the DROID MAXX. The exterior feels best and the battery is most attractive.
Here are hands-on videos of the DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, and DROID Mini showcasing those hardware differences further.
Motorola DROID Ultra
Motorola DROID MAXX
Motorola DROID Mini
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.