The Good Voice control and flawless battery life charge the Motorola Droid Turbo. Its high screen resolution and clear, nimble camera will help you earn bonus points.
The Bad The sharp lower point makes the Droid Turbo uncomfortable to hold, and the black nylon backing feels cheap. The heavy phone also heats up quickly.
The Bottom Line Even with its rugged design, the robust Motorola Droid Turbo battery, powerful processor and bright display have made it into the list for Verizon customers.
Although the main draw of the Motorola Droid Turbo is its battery life, it is only one part of its history. A broader idea here is the value you get from a phone that positively conjures up high quality specs and some useful software benefits.
Like many of the most popular phones today, it has a stunning 1440p HD display and all the impressive features. Motorola’s great software always listens to your team, and a quick 3,900mAh battery charge is iced on the cake. However, the Turbo is heavy, and it is frustrating how quickly it overheats. The 21-megapixel suspected camera menu is also addictive if you are unfamiliar with Android controls.
Compared to other popular Verizon phones, the phone (which is exclusive to the operator) is gaining ground, although we don’t like it in design. Those looking for a longer life battery on a “smaller” screen find it here, but buyers looking for a more ergonomic handle should refer to the phone as Moto X instead.
The Droid Turbo starts at $ 200 a contract with Verizon, or $ 25 a month with Verizon Edge. You can buy it out of contract for its full retail price of $ 600.
Jet-setting Motorola Droid Turbo joins top specs with new materials (pictures)
Design: hot ‘n’ is heavy and cheap
We expected Motorola phones that combine a rugged design with some ergonomic color. The Droid Turbo is definitely a new material in a black model that we have never seen in our phone before: a tightly woven lining made of ballistic nylon. It’s good to try new things, but it could have been a little better.
It may seem tactile to some, but the material seemed a bit cheap to us, and we were instantly aware of the dirt on our fingers. How do you clean a black turbo; will a snack of fat seep into the stitching? In the meantime, the rubberized sides of the phone add contrast, though we find that the sudden shift from textiles to soft-touch plastic is a bit drowsy.
On the other hand, the Cherry Red Droid Turbo has a sleek, almost slippery Kevlar lining with a flashy holographic stitch pattern that resonates with the black model. Its sides and chin under the screen are the same plastic material.
Speaking of the chin, it forms a sharp peak below the screen, with a small flattened area large enough for a Micro-USB charging port. This jumping spine makes the grip uncomfortable for those who use the area to hold the phone with one hand like we do.
On the right spine of the spine, the power / lock buttons and volume are cut so that the fingers can be purchased. The headset connector above gives way to a round, non-removable backing. On both trims, a 20.7-megapixel camera is located between the two LED flashes and above the Motorola flagpole on the back. This time it is almost inconsistent with the back panel, not indented, as on other Moto models.
Another thing to note: The phone heats up quickly, radiating heat even through the black fabric of the Turbo fabric. This is a particularly horrible feeling when you have a warm phone in your back pocket.
Display: raw pixel power
In the Droid Turbo game, it brings us the highest-resolution images on the phone screen with a 5.2-inch AMOLED display and 2,560 by 1,440 pixels. This works out to a pixel density of 565ppi, or pixels per inch.
In real life, everything is as sharp, bright and beautiful with the display as you might expect; The only question that remains is the considerable advantage of high high ppi over other phones. At a certain level, the gains of such densely populated pixels on such a small screen blur together. You have to look really, really hard to notice the big difference in the subtle details hidden in ultra HD images.
Below the screen are touch navigation buttons to go back, go home, pick up Google Now and see the latest apps. Motorola provides several shortcuts when you drag a two-finger navigation tint, like switches for airplane mode and Wi-Fi. Raising only one digit will list the notifications. The on-screen button lets you switch between the two views.
OS and apps
Android 4.4.4 brings with it a standard suite of Google applications and services, including Google search from Google Now. Motorola minimizes applications such as gestures and additional note-taking tools by focusing on a number of unique, hands-free tools.
Our favorite is the voice control feature, which lets you command your phone to do anything, even when the screen is off. This works best if you program a longer phrase than a short phrase, say “Okay, Droid Turbo”, though it’s as easy to make a tag line as something like “Slave phone, bet my bets”
Here’s a sample of what you can ask for, besides the usual search for information and voice dialing, if you are approximately 3 feet from your device:
- Find my phone
- Talk to me
- Take a selfie (you’ll get a countdown of three seconds)
- What’s up
The Turbo also includes Motorola brackets, such as the Moto Display, which detects time and missed alerts when you wave your hand over a locked display; and Moto Actions, allowing users to reject a phone call with a wave of their hand. Wrist twisting opens the camera app.
Another program designed to help you is the Motorola Connect Chrome extension, which gives you a portal to view and send messages from your desktop or laptop in addition to your phone. It will also send other notifications.
Then there is Droid Zap, some localized social network for other Zap users. The app wirelessly shares photos and videos with close friends, almost automatically if you like. It uses your Google Account to search for nearby contacts and lets you choose new or existing content. A short-lived broadcast transmits your media to all neighboring contacts using Zap for 2 minutes (Snapchat-style) and then disappears. This is clearly intended for anyone who likes to share their activities with groups, but is likely to have a limited audience and appeal.
A more useful feature of Motorola is the combined clock widget at the top of the home screen. You will see a brief overview of the time, weather and battery meter. Click the clock to set the alarm and the weather for the extended forecast. You can also open the battery tracker to see what shortens your battery life. Clicking on the ellipses on both sides gives you a maximum and a low day, as well as a calendar shortcut.
Other pre-loaded applications run the gamut from Google services and Verizon account controls to affiliate programs. You’ll find music from Quickoffice and Amazon, NFL Mobile and Slacker Radio, as well as Softcard, a Verizon mobile payment app.
Camera and Video: Sharp and agile
Like other Motorola devices, including Google Nexus 6 and Moto X , the thin skin of the Droid Turbo UI means that the control of the camera is minimized. Users accustomed to saving Android since its KitKat iteration will find the UI familiar, but for those who are new to the scene, it takes some time to get used to. Camera tools are located on the wheel and do not appear directly on the display. Rather, users have to swipe right to call it, requiring an extra step if you want to quickly switch options such as flash. The camera also lacks photo editing software. For features like filters, rotation, and exposure adjustment, you’ll need to go to the Gallery app.
As for the features of the camera does you can launch the handset to launch the app, and there are options for HDR, 4x digital zoom, geotagging and focusing (which also controls exposure). The rear camera stills are taken at 16: 9 widescreen (15.5 megapixels) or standard 4: 3 21 megapixel. For video, users can choose 1080pHD, slow motion 720p video or Ultra HD 4K video.
The camera works fast and takes sharp, focused photos. Images are large on loading, which is great for those who want to scale images that retain their sharpness when zoomed. The objects had clearly defined edges and we were amazed at how the real colors looked. Most low light photos are foggy, with colored pixels formed instead of black. But there are degrees. With the flash turned off, the Droid Turbo made the scenes brighter and more noticeable than other camcorders, such as Samsung Galaxy S5 .
To find out more about the quality of the phone’s camera, check out some of our photos below.
Shooting in HD 4K and 1080p HD produced similar results. We shot near the busy roadway with lots of foot traffic and cars. The subjects, both moving and motionless, seemed sharp, and the focus of the camera quickly and smoothly adjusted the backlight and different focusing distances. The colors were accurate and the ambient and distant sounds were well matched without any distortion.
The dual-megapixel front-facing camera shoots both wide-screen and standard aspect ratio photos and can record up to 1080p video.
Productivity: Call quality
We checked out the Droid Turbo at the San Francisco offices and the call quality was good. None of our calls were declining, the sound was continuous without crashing in and out, and we heard no outside noise or buzz. The voice of our calling partner sounded full and accurate, without much static or distortion. However, the volume of ringing in your ear could be louder. Although we heard our partner’s voice well, it was slightly lower than other devices we’ve tested in the past.
Motorola DroidTurbo (Verizon) call quality sample
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However, the volume level of the audio speaker was satisfactory. Our partner sounded loud, and unlike other speakers who made their voices thin and sharp, they sounded strong and deep. As for her line, we were told that our voices sounded clear, without much noise or muffling.
Data transfer speed, processing speed and battery life
Verizon’s 4G LTE data transfer speed was fast, though sometimes inconsistent. On average, the phone showed download and download speeds in the fastest Ookla app – 16.26 and 10.88Mbps respectively. But there were several times when these rates were down to about 4 or 2 Mbps. In addition, it was able to download and install the 43.70 MB Temple Run 2 game for 41 seconds, but it took more than 2 minutes for one trial. Of course, data rates depend on many factors, such as location and time of day, so users may have very different experiences.
In general, web browsing was quick. It took 5 and 7 seconds to download the CNET mobile and desktop sites, respectively. The New York Times mobile page finished downloading in 7 seconds and its desktop version loaded in 11. The ESPN mobile site earned 4 seconds, while 7 seconds took the full webpage.
Motorola Droid Turbo Performance Time (Verizon Wireless)
|Average 4G LTE download speed||16.26Mbps|
|Average 4G LTE upload speed||10.88Mbps|
|Temple Run 2 app download (43.70MB)||41 seconds|
|CNET mobile site load||5 seconds|
|CNET desktop site load||7 seconds|
|Restart time||31 seconds|
|Camera boot time||1.72 seconds|
Qualcomm’s 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor is powerful and lightning-fast. We didn’t notice any lag when it came to daily and repetitive tasks, such as opening an application browser, launching the keyboard, and returning to the home screen. With its Adreno 420 GPU, frame rates and graphics are high and smooth, and games like Kill Shot and Riptide GP 2 look great and never linger or stutter.
Benchmark tests also reflected our results. The best performance of Droid Turbo was 22 642 – on par with its flagship competitors Galaxy S5 (scored 23,707), LG G3 (23,103) and HTC One M8 (24,593). Linpack’s highest multi-threaded data was 878.472 MFLOP in 0.19 seconds, which is one of the best results we’ve seen in a year. It also took about 31 seconds to restart the device and 1.72 seconds to start the camera.
The Turbo battery is a big deal on paper, 3,900mAh, and Motorola has a reputation for making long lasting phones. The device also clogs quickly, on the way to replenishment of exhausted stores in 30 or even 15 minutes. Turbo and similar phones Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge – thanks to the zero to sixty Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 power sprint. In other words, Turbo derives its title power from the chip, not from the vendor.
Anecdotal observations of this massive battery are still reliable, and during our preliminary preliminary phase of battery drain testing, the phone lasted an impressive 14 hours and 43 minutes of continuous video playback. Even though it was below the 48-hour mark advertised by Motorola, the phone still took a whopping 34 hours and 8 minutes to talk. Charging a fused battery with a Turbo charger took almost exactly 2 hours. There will be additional tests, so be sure to read this review for more details. According to FCC radiation measurement, the device has a SAR of 0.39 W / kg.
If you like the Motorola Droid Turbo software offer but its $ 200 (32GB) / $ 250 (64GB) price isn’t within your budget, Moto X is a good alternative – it is reliable, customizable, and its reduced performance means a lower starting price.
However, if you are selling a premium device, the Droid Turbo should be rated high for Verizon users. Of course, its dubious design certainly has no universal appeal. And both Sony Xperia Z3v and the Galaxy S5 are in the same price range, look better and are waterproof.
But aside from its aesthetics, the Turbo still has a capable 21-megapixel camera and a bright display that together offer solid shooting and media experience. Android stock enthusiasts will also like the barely-cleaned phone interface, which is one of the most powerful phones on the market. (For example, its simplest Snapdragon 805 processor, lightning-fast and only available on a few devices.)
The Turbo ace in the hole may be his monster, though. Continuing the legacy of Droid family phones that continue to work and continue to work, the phone promises a battery that not only charges quickly but also offers more hours of juice than its competitors.