The Motorola Droid Maxx, Ultra, and Mini
Other Ratings additions include three new Motorola Droids, Verizon's exclusive brand: the Maxx, the Ultra, and the Mini.
The Droid Maxx ($300), which has a 5-inch high-definition (720p) display, is a marathon performer, thanks in part to its 3,500mAH battery—one of the largest-capacity batteries, according to spec, ever squeezed into a smart phone. That enabled the Droid Maxx to deliver more than 24 hours of talk time on a single charge in one of our tests.
The Motorola Droid Ultra ($200) is the Maxx's slimmer twin, squeezing many of the same features into an ultra-thin case, about 0.3 inches thick (though the camera fattens the top of the phone to about 0.4 inches thick). That slim profile means it lacks its Maxx's mega battery capacity. But battery life was still very good.
The Motorola Droid Mini ($100) is not as thin as the Ultra, nor does it have the Maxx's marathon battery life, yet this noticeably smaller phone, which has a 4.3-inch display, packs many of the features and capabilities of its siblings.
All three Droids are optimized for Google Now, taking voice control to a new level with its touchless control capability. The phones recognize your voice, so without touching them, you can ask them for directions, call someone even if the screen is off, and more. The Active Notifications feature lets you set up battery-friendly notifications that fade in and out when the display is off, including calendar, clock, mail, messages, and more. You can even have the notifications sent to your computer, or only happen during certain periods of the day. This Droid is also smart about interpreting simple gestures: For example, give it a nudge to display the time, or, just twist your wrist twice quickly to launch the camera, even when the screen is off.