I’ve had the pleasure of testing out a few phones ever since I became a blogger. From when I was a Midwest Mom right up until now, I have been fortunate to be invited to try different Verizon powered gadgets. But so far no phone has captured me quite like the Droid Ultra. With its ultra-sleek and thin profile to its big beautiful screen, this phone has me wanting to upgrade, STAT.
I’m not going to sit here and list the specs on this baby because I am not that kind of blogger. I’m going to tell you what I used this awesome phone for and how it made my life, as a blogger and busy mom, easier. Because let’s face it, that is why many readers come to my blog, not for geeky tech specs but reports on how those techy gadgets fit in with busy lives, right? 🙂
Design: The Droid Ultra is an ultra slim alternative to the Droid Maxx, which has a fuller battery, and heavier weight. But don’t let the smaller battery on the Droid Ultra fool you, I can tell you that using the Ultra all day with social media on a 3G service VS. my HTC Windows 8X phone completely on idle, the droid battery still outlasted the HTC. Which makes me pretty sad because I really hate that I have to charge my phone twice a day now that I don’t have the Ultra in my hands anymore. The screen is large and beautiful and crisp. AND fluid. It doesn’t have any lag between screen transitions. My 16 year old son has an LG Spectrum and he says the Ultra blows it away as far as movement.
Battery Life: As mentioned above, the battery life is very good, even when hooked to wi-fi I could still use it over six hours before I felt the need to plug in.
Social Media: As a blogger I need to have twitter, Facebook, and all the other items ready to go at a moments notice and with 4G LTE, the updates get posted online right away. Case in point, I went on a dairy farm tour recently and was not only able to be one of the only people there with service, but I was also able to share photos right away to Instagram.
Wifi Hotspot : At the event with those adorable cows, my husband needed wifi and I was able to use my phone as a hotspot and still have great service to post photos and updates online. It was simply perfect. Also you can share photos instantly with the Droid Zap app if the other person has it and that is neat, just two swipes and BAM, shared!
Google Now : A feature that was pretty new to me was voice recognition. I would just say “Okay Google Now” and the phone would wake up ready to hear my spoken demand. It was usually “What’s the weather for today?” and Google would tell me audibly what the weather was for the day. I could ask it anything, from how many legs does a centipede have to how many colors are in the rainbow. I loved having it all, right there! Also it had tiles that would pop up when something I planned was coming soon, an appointment for instance. And when it detected I was driving, a card would pop up asking me if I wanted to mark this route for work or home. Very smart.
I think the main reason I knew this phone was perfect for me was because I rarely let it leave my hands. It actually updated my social media and email like it was supposed to on the first try, VS. my windows phone not updating as much as it says it does. I’m not getting things in real time because the phone is lagging. But this never happened with the Droid Ultra. It updated and kept me up to date with everything happening. I spent way more time on the Droid Ultra than I do on my windows phone because there aren’t really good apps yet and because it doesn’t update correctly. I want to be up to date by the second. always.
Let’s talk prices – Right now on the Verizon site the Droid Ultra is just $99.99 with 2 year contract and $449.99 with a month to month agreement. So basically, if you are up for contract renewal soon and you are looking to upgrade from an earlier droid or you are sick of iPhones just not cutting it, this phone, in my opinion should be in your top two picks for new phones. It has the power, the features you need as a busy social person, and the screen is just beautiful.
Note: I was loaned a Droid Ultra to use for a couple months to get my opinion. I was not paid in any way to give my opinion.