Like clockwork, Motorola and Verizon have refreshed their joint Droid lineup, and we're here to check out all three devices. The two premium handsets, the Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx, are the most promising of the bunch for advanced users, replacing last year's Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. Both of those smartphones were at the top of their game in 2012, and that trend appears to continue here -- the Ultra and Maxx are very similar, with the latter boosting the battery capacity, enabling power users to make it through a full day.
Like its predecessors, the Ultra (pictured above) and Droid Maxx sport Kevlar bodies, which both look sleek and feel sturdy. The Ultra we saw sported a glossy red finish, which Motorola suggested is "a lot like a sports car." The Maxx, on the other hand, has a soft-touch black finish. Both phones feature a 10-megapixel camera. We prefer the Maxx's look; as we've said about Samsung's Galaxy lineup, a glossy, plasticky finish tends to look cheaper. What the Ultra's design does have going for it, though, is an extra-thin profile. At 71.8mm, it's already being touted as the "thinnest 4G LTE smartphone available." It packs a 5-inch HD display, which, while not quite as brilliant as the smaller Mini's panel, offers brilliant colors and wider-than-average viewing angles. The Ultra is priced at $199, 100 bucks higher than the Mini and 100 lower than the Maxx.