All eyes are on Motorola Mobility, which is going to be releasing the next major Google device, the Moto X next month. But until then, Verizon would like to draw your attention with a new suite of Droids.
They all share a few features, most notably voice activation and a Kevlar shell that makes them fairly tough and light. Beyond that, though, it’s largely about screen sizes and processors.
First up is the Droid Mini. As you might guess, it’s a small phone, with an edge to edge 4.3 inch screen. It’s also got a 1.7 Ghz dual-core processor, a custom one called the X8; wireless charging built-in; 2GB of RAM; and it runs Jelly Bean. It’ll be $100 with a new two-year agreement.
The Droid Ultra is being promoted as the thinnest and lightest 4G smartphone. The spiritual successor to the Droid Razr, it’s less than 8mm thick and weighs less than five ounces. Essentially it’s the Mini with a different form factor and a bigger screen when it comes to specs, though, so you might want to think twice before shelling out $199 and signing a new two-year agreement, especially as it does without the wireless charging.
Finally, there’s the big daddy, the Droid Maxx. As you might guess, this is the flagship, rocking an eight-core processor with two cores for apps, four for graphics, one for contextual computing, and one for natural language. It’s also got a 4.3″ screen and a massive battery, plus wireless charging, for $300 and a new contract.
Which should you be considering? Honestly, we’d skip the Ultra; the Maxx is just a millimeter or so thicker and gives you a lot more for $100 extra, and the Mini has all the same specs, the same tough body, and wireless charging for $100 less. So unless you need a skinny phone, go mini or Maxx.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.