If you’re looking for maximum power with no frills, look no further than the Droid Turbo from Verizon Wireless. The latest offering from Motorola and Verizon has it all in a sleek and stylish package.
On the outside you have the choice of red or black Metallized Glass Fiber reinforced with Kevlar fibers on the back and sides. If you want to step it up a notch, they also have a version in black Ballistic Nylon which has a soft touch and a more visible weave. The front has scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 from DuPont. It also has a water resistant nanocoating to guard against accidents. Now, this is not a truly waterproof phone like the latest from Samsung, but it will definitely allow you to make calls in wet conditions or protect against an accidental spill or two.
The phone has a nice curved back and feels good in the hand. It is one of the heavier phones you will find, but that is due in part to the incredible battery life which I will address shortly. Personally, a heavier phone feels good in my hand. I like a tablet to be light weight because of its larger size and that it extends well beyond your hands while holding it. This phone however fits nicely in your hand so the weight gives it a durable and solid feel.
It Keeps Going…
One of the claims to fame of this phone is its battery life which is rated at 48 hours of mixed use. My experience definitely validated that. Even with heavy use, it easily lasted well into a second day without charging. The non-replaceable battery is rated at 3900 mAH. That’s larger than the one found in the new Sony Xperia Z2 tablet I recently reviewed! In addition, this phone makes use of the rapid charging feature of the Snapdragon 805 processor. This allows an 8hr charge to be obtained in just 15 minutes when used with the included charger. I was able to validate this during my time with the phone.
The operating specs of the phone are pretty incredible as well. It includes a 2.7GHz quad-core CPU which is able to access the 3 GB of RAM at 64 bits. This makes the phone extremely responsive even with multiple processor intensive apps being run.
The screen is a large, 5.2″ , Quad HD screen with 561 pixels per inch giving vibrant colors with great detail. Everything from photos, to videos, to game play looks great on this phone. You won’t miss a bit of detail with this device.
Amazing Photos and Video
You also won’t miss any detail when capturing photos or video with the 21 MP camera. It takes incredibly detailed photos and up to 4K video which is above and beyond 1080p standards. Even the front facing camera can take a 2MP photo or shoot 1080p quality video. The high resolution camera also allows for the capture of slow motion video so you won’t miss any of the action. Even indoor photos look good with the dual LED flash, one to each side of the camera lens.
What It’s Missing
There are a couple of things you won’t find on this Droid however. It does not have a space for an SD card. This is not too great of a loss however given that it comes standard with 32 GB of memory, or 64 GB if you get the Ballistic Nylon model.
It also does not come with an IR transmitter/receiver. This is pretty typical for Motorola devices. I know it’s got bluetooth and Wifi and NFC and audio and video, and all of those other great communication technologies. Really though, it is quite nice to be able to control the stereo too without having to grab another remote when you’ve got a phone in your hand already. I’ve gotten quite used to it on my LG and other phones I’ve tested. Would it really break the bank to add one more sensor?
As usual, the Motorola voice recognition works quite nicely. This comes in very handy with the Android voice commands. You can set your own “wake up” command or use the default “Okay Droid Turbo”. This will launch a host of actions from making a Facebook post, to setting an alarm, to taking a selfie. It will also intelligently adapt to your surrounds, like reading you your text messages when you are driving in your car. The hands free functions just keep getting better.
This phone is definitely a flagship phone for Motorola. I would make it a top choice when looking to purchase a new phone. It has the speed, power, durability, and longevity to get any task completed efficiently and with quality.