The Good The Motorola Droid Turbo 2 has a hard, non-cracking screen. It also features high performance, a reliable battery and the ability to design your own phone on the Motorola website.
The Bad The Turbo 2 is far from the best you can buy, and the smash screen has some trade-offs. In the US, this is exclusive to Verizon.
The Bottom Line Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo 2 promises an indiscriminate screen – a great all-round Android phone.
I never broke my phone, dropping it. Ding and dents, of course – but I have never experienced this ailment crunch. I never yelled from the frustration of gravitational pull to the ground and my clumsy hands for turning a chic touch screen display into a broken mess on the sidewalk. The Droid Turbo 2 is a phone that you can buy if you’re tired of broken glass. It has a screen that won’t crack when you reset it.
I don’t think I can overestimate this point: the screen does not break . It doesn’t matter if you throw it at the edge, angle or face first on the sidewalk. You can step on it. Run over it with a vehicle. (Yes, we actually did! You can watch us do this and that in this torture test video .)
It’s so durable that Motorola guarantees that the screen won’t break for four whole years – a bigger guarantee than the rest of the phone. However, keep in mind that neither the phone nor the screen breaks down: you can puncture the screen intentionally, especially if you use tools. And if you “accidentally” dump a phone from a six-story building, you will probably find yourself with a broken screen surrounded by a wreckage of the phone.
But this unbreakable screen is not just a gimmick – the rest of the Droid Turbo 2 is great throughout.
As you might expect from the flagship Motorola Droid – a brand name sold exclusively with Verizon Wireless in the US – it is fully stocked with specifications including a brilliant 5.4-inch four HD-AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor shelf and 3GB of operational memory. It also has a large 3,760mAh battery with fast charging and two different forms of wireless charging, making it extremely convenient to recharge in the middle of the day. The SIM card tray even has a built-in microSD slot, so you can quickly expand the built-in 32GB or 64GB storage.
And you never have to look like you’re carrying a tiny Terminator in your pocket if you want a Droid phone. Unlike past droids , you are not stuck in any militaristic, black and red phone; you can customize the Droid Turbo 2 on your own Moto Maker website with a variety of trims: from a gun gray with a ballistic nylon back cover to a white leather-backed phone.
Of course, the Droid Turbo 2 is not perfect. It’s big and expensive ($ 624 or $ 26 a month) and limited to Verizon Wireless in the United States – with all the hassle and carry it can bring. It’s a shame because many people would benefit from a crack-proof screen. It also doesn’t ship with the latest version of Android (6.0 Marshmallow), and while it’s on the road, we’re not sure when it may arrive.
And to be honest, most of the best features of this Droid are not unusual for a phone of this size and price. If you’re not worried about dropping your phones, you should think about it Samsung Galaxy Note 5 , which has similar performance, better battery life, a fingerprint scanner and a larger, brighter screen. Or so Google Nexus 6P if you just want a powerful phone that saves money.
But if you want a phone with a virtually indestructible screen, keep reading.
Up close with Motorola’s shatterproof Droid Turbo 2 (pictures)
Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is Verizon Wireless Exclusive in the United States, Almost the Same Phone Moto X Force , will be delivered globally later this year.
In the US, the phone can be purchased directly from Verizon or through Motorola’s Moto Maker website. In any case, you see a $ 624 subscription (or $ 26 a month for 24 months) for a core version of 32GB or $ 720 (or $ 30 a month for 24 months) if you instead need 64 GB of memory.
If you are designing your phone in Moto Maker, you will not necessarily need to add a pebble back for an extra $ 24. The 64GB version also comes with a “design update”, allowing you to trade in your phone with a new design of your choice for two years after purchase.
In the UK, the Moto X The force will deliver £ 499 this November. We do not yet have price and availability for Australia.
- 5.4 “AMOLED plastic display with 2,560×1,440 pixels resolution (540 ppi)
- Built-in screen protector to absorb scratches
- 4-year cracking and cracking warranty
A screen that won’t crack when you reset it. That seems too good to be true. But the Droid Turbo 2 Disperse Screen is truly tamper-proof. It’s not just any marketing bullet: we’ll put it to the test. I’ve dumped this phone dozens of times on solid surfaces. I stepped on it. We dropped it from a high ladder.
Each time the screen survived without such a minor fracture.
So we decided to tackle some of the more frustrating things, such as dropping giant metal tool boxes on the phone. Running over it with the vehicle. Even when we put an unpleasant bend in the tube (we’re sure it would break) the screen barely noticed. We had to throw a sharp heavy tool to build heavy metals on the screen before it saw the first crack – and the phone was still working after.
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This does not mean that the Droid Turbo 2 is completely indestructible. Even though there was an unpleasant beating on the screen, the rest of the phone could still be damaged. Repeated drops on the rough stones left all sorts of dents and rashes. We broke the metal bezel right next to the Micro-USB charging port. And when we tried to pierce the screen, we actually finished piercing the battery and setting the phone on fire. ( Don’t try this at home. )
In short, you may still want to get things done if you drop your phone regularly.
And you also shouldn’t expect to get the Droid Turbo 2’s durability without a few compromises. Although this screen accepts drops as a champignon, protection comes with a cost: Instead of your typical large, bright, beautiful glass screen that resists scratches and abrasions, the Droid Turbo 2 actually has a smaller plastic screen with a built-in factory-equipped, protective screen I found it would attract scrap and dust.
Honestly, it’s still a pretty cool screen, and I doubt you’ll even notice the difference in optical quality between the glass screens you’re probably used to and the plastic ones. The 5.4-inch four HD-AMOLED screen is crisp and colorful, and even if it doesn’t match the cool panels you’ll find on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, it does the job perfectly. In terms of size and optical quality, this is more than enough for me on the screen.
But I have to admit, oddly enough, I need a screen protector again. I’m really used to modern smartphones with Gorilla Glass screens that are extremely scratch-proof and extremely easy to clean. Now I’m back to my phone, where my fingerprints are much easier. I have already put a few noticeable scratches in the screen protector without even trying, and I can see that this is a component that I will eventually need to replace. (Motorola will sell protector replacements for $ 30.) Oh, and I wouldn’t recommend removing the screen protector – it’s awfully easy to scratch the plastic display underneath.
For many, screen protection is not a big deal, especially if they need the durability of the Droid Turbo 2. I just want you to know that some compromises appear on the screen.
Design and build
- 5.90 by 3.07 by 0.36 inches (150 by 78 by 9.2 mm)
- 6.0 oz (169 grams)
- Customizable design
I was not a big fan Moto X Pure Edition , released earlier this year. Why do I bring it up? The Droid Turbo 2 is an alternate reality version of the same phone. It’s a streamlined, turbocharged, durable Moto X designed around a new destroyed screen. You just feel so much better if you ask me.
Initially, the Turbo 2 and Pure look almost the same – just like any of Motorola’s latest phones, to be honest. Both have a solid metal ring at the edge of the phone, a Micro-USB port at the bottom, a headphone jack at the top, and a nice metal power button and a sound box on the right side of the phone.
But where the tall, sleek, rounded Pure frame could feel a bit squishy, the characteristic sloping edges of the Turbo 2 and flatter back fit a lot more easily into my hands. If you ask me, they also look sophisticated, and I like how the phone’s camera module and fingerprint match the phone’s back. These components tend to bounce awkwardly on previous Motorola phones.
Although I have never called the Turbo 2 a great phone, the array of different materials you can choose from on the Moto Maker website can make it pretty good. We’ve tried a few, and I’m particularly partial to the optional black pebble back with a silver border. This is a nice contrast.
I can’t say I’m a big fan of the white front Turbo 2 designs. Not only can you see all the ugly little sensors sweeping through the front of the case – in the black version they are hidden opaque at the bottom – but the white design really emphasizes how small the screen is compared to the phone case. The new crash-proof screen is noticeably smaller than the Moto X Pure, and this makes the Turbo seamless panel quite large. I also don’t like how dirt can easily get into the cracks of rubber back panels.
Speaking of the compromises Motorola has made to match this ruined display, here’s another one: Unlike other high-end Motorola phones, the Droid Turbo 2 has a single front speaker in front of two stereo speakers. At least it’s nice and loud! I’m definitely not against watching one-speaker TV, even if I prefer stereo.
You also won’t find a fingerprint reader to help you securely log in to your phone.
Software and applications
- Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- Voice control by voice
- Moto Moto gesture controls
- Moto Display
Unlike the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X TheMotorola Droid Turbo 2does not come with the latest ones Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system, and we don’t know when that will change. Although Motorola tells us it works as fast as possible, history has shown that it may take a long time for Verizon phones to get an update.
But I don’t think I would let it stop me if I needed a new phone today. On the one hand, Android Marshmallow just not added a whole bunch of extremely desirable features. But on the other hand, downloading the software that comes with the Droid Turbo 2 is one of the most optional sets of custom phone maker software I’ve seen in a while.
While Verizon includes a small suite of programs that you can’t uninstall (like NFL Mobile) and a bunch of little games that I like to get around running the operating system, feel fast and fluid.
Moreover, several of the features that Motorola adds are really useful. Like her Predecessors of Moto X , The Droid Turbo 2 will automatically turn on the camera if you give it a vigorous turn. You can shake the phone twice to turn on the flashlight or wave your hand over the display to check the time and incoming notifications. Record a phrase like “Okay, Droid Turbo” and you can give voice commands. And it all works even when the phone is asleep. (My favorite use is in the car: “OK Droid Turbo, Go Home” to get voice directions one by one, no matter where you are.)
What’s new for 2015 is Discrete Moto Voice, which is also very handy: Instead of saying commands aloud and answering the phone aloud, you can simply lift the phone to your ear and speak at normal volume. The first few times I tried it weird, but maybe a little less weird than dealing with an inanimate object in public.
Cameras and video
- 21MP rear f / 2.0 aperture camera
- 5 megapixel front flash camera
- 4K video at 30 frames per second, slow motion video
- Video stabilization
Motorola had a difficult story with smartphone cameras. They just aren’t very good. Earlier this year Moto X Pure Edition introduced a new 21MP camera, and … it was slightly better, but still not close to the best smartphone cameras on the market.
Well, the 21MP camera in the new Droid Turbo 2 is similar to the Moto X Pure.
Does that mean you won’t take great photos with him? Not at all! In good light, it’s a pretty capable little shooter for everyday photos, and I got a few shots that I really liked – even though it doesn’t have the almost dynamic range of my Galaxy S6 , which can draw much more detail from the bright and dark areas of the scene.
Although in low light or night shots, the image quality of the Droid Turbo 2 decays quickly, with plenty of digital noise and graininess. There is an automatic night mode whereby low-light images may seem normal, but you will see slender, ugly images devoid of detail if you zoom in. I also had trouble focusing and finding the right white balance in low light compared to my Galaxy S6.
By the way, don’t expect the manual mode in the Motorola camera app. You can set focus and exposure, take a panorama, or turn on the self-timer, but this is the case.
Although the Droid Turbo 2 does not have optical image stabilization – apparently one of the causes of low-light images is its digital stabilization while recording video, even at 4K resolution. This is a definite plus as it means that you will be able to get a lot more detail from this 4K video on the go than you can with other phones.
Productivity of equipment
- Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz
- 32GB or 64GB of storage, expandable up to 2TB via a microSD slot
- Built-in 3760mAh battery
- There are two forms of wireless charging: Qi and PMA
- Wired Fast Charge: 25 percent in 15 minutes
I feel I don’t need to tell you that the Droid Turbo 2 is a burning phone. It is there in the title. But really, it’s one of the fastest phones I’ve ever used. The 2.0GHz Snapdragon 810 chip and 3GB of RAM just get through the task, whether I’m just running through the operating system, downloading websites, or playing intensive games, such as Riptide GP2 with customizable settings.
There is nothing special about this performance, note Many phones have the same Snapdragon 810 chip, and they are equally fast. Check the Apple chips you will find the new iPhones (they may be faster, but) and the Exynos chips you’ll find in the latest Samsung Galaxies.
In fact, the speed of the Droid Turbo 2 is a downside: it quickly heats up. I’m not talking about burning hot, but the left metallic edge can be a little unpleasant to warm. It is enough to feel yourself through the jacket pocket. On the other hand, heat does seem to have a limitation: it doesn’t get much hotter when performing turn-by-turn GPS or charging than this “unpleasantly warm” level.
Motorola and Verizon say the Droid Turbo 2 can charge 48 hours. True, this phone has a lot of battery life, but you won’t get actual use for nearly two days.
In fact, this is not by far the best battery life we’ve seen on a phone. The Droid Turbo 2 lasted 13 hours, 32 minutes on our video test. It is actually an hour less than last year Droid Turbo , and an hour and a half shy Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with a smaller cell of 3,000 mAh. (We saw 16-hour showings from budget phones.)
But let’s talk practical: the Droid Turbo 2 battery will not only make it at bedtime, it will still have a significant charge next morning. I saw the battery plunged only 10 percent from the north at 8:00 the next day. And when you wake up and realize you’ve forgotten to charge your phone, you’ll be able to connect to the included 25-watt TurboCharger power adapter while taking a shower. I saw that 25 percent of the battery charges in just 15 minutes, and 80 percent in less than an hour.
Turbo also supports PMA and Qi wireless charging standards, which basically means you can buy just about any wireless charger or mat on the market, and it’s extremely easy to add a battery at work or at your local Starbucks.
So, although I can monitor the battery discharge, if I monitor the meter, I do not have the usual anxiety of the battery, usually with a powerful phone. I used Droid Turbo 2 to play games, watch shows and set it up as a mobile hotspot for my laptop without worrying about turning it back into a charger.
Call quality and data rate
- Verizon Wireless
- LTE Cat. 4, bands B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B13
- Dual band 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi
I would rate the call quality of the Droid Turbo 2 slightly above average. Motorola has equipped this device with five separate microphones, active noise absorption and a nice loud speaker, plus support for HD Voice. I didn’t have the unusual problems of making calls – although I had all the usual problems that people have with their phone over a traditional cellular telephone network. I prefer VoIP services such as Google Hangouts and Skype, which offer much clearer and clearer calls.
Likewise, the data rate was across the map. In downtown San Jose and CNET offices in San Francisco, I saw download speeds of up to 20 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 12 Mbps with Speedtest.net Ookla, but also low 3 Mbps and sub-1 Mbps respectively. Technically, Turbo 2 supports LTE Cat. 4, range up to 150 Mbps, but we don’t see speeds anywhere near the limit.
If we’re talking cellular radios, the real limitation here is shoddy support for the world’s wide array of LTE bands. If you buy this phone on Verizon Wireless, don’t expect to be able to take it internationally or to another carrier very easily. It’s missing key bands for AT&T and T-Mobile, for instance. Since the nearly identical Moto X Force supports those missing bands, it’s hard to see this as anything other than an intentional limitation meant to lock the Droid Turbo 2 to Verizon’s network, and Verizon’s alone.
The biggest compliment I can pay to the Droid Turbo 2 is that I honestly, honestly, sincerely wish that it wasn’t an exclusive Verizon Wireless. There are many people who throw up their phones and watch them break down the pavement, people for whom the Turbo 2 will breathe fresh air.
Yes, there are a bunch of compromises that have such durability – but surprisingly, not many. So many powerful phones waste their batteries too quickly – but not the Droid Turbo 2. So many long-lived phones have extra screens – but not the Droid Turbo 2. So many phones, period, crammed with unwanted software for no good reason. Not this one.
In almost every way, the $ 624 Droid Turbo 2 minimizes the compromises you have to make to get a great phone. At the moment, the biggest bargain is the price – it’s not cheap – and the fact that you’ll have to stay with Verizon if you buy it.
This price and carrier restriction should be considered as the US smartphone market has changed over the past year. Two-year cellular contracts are dying out, and there are fewer and fewer reasons to be fixed with one operator. Smartphones like Motorola’s own $ 399 Moto X Pure Edition and $ 499 Nexus 6P have shown that one device can easily support all four US carriers and allow you to take advantage of the best deals while still delivering sufficient productivity for your applications, hundreds of dollars less than a top-tier phone.
If you are going to spend more, this must be a very good reason.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 which costs about $ 720 (depending on the carrier) offers some of these reasons. If you like the Droid Turbo 2, I think you probably also like the Samsung phone. It has a noticeably better camera, bigger, brighter screen, similar performance, and slightly better battery life, plus a stylus for drawing. You can get it at any major US carrier with limited ability to exchange.
But if you’re dead on a non-cracking screen, I think you’ll probably be very pleased with the new Droid Turbo.