- Jeremy Kaplan , Digital Trends
The Droid Turbo is the perfect size phone, and so powerful it would give Superman pause.
- Eugene Kim , PC Magazine
The Droid Turbo by Motorola trades elegance for brute force, elevating the Droid brand back into the upper echelon of Android smartphones.
- Premium materials for durability
- Stunning display with high resolution and clarity
- Excellent battery life
- Sluggish camera shutter speed
- No optical image stabilization
- Display colors slightly oversaturated
Motorola was the phone manufacturer that rocketed Android to its current fame with the original Droid. While the Motorola might no longer dominate the Android market it continues to present an impressive flagship lineup. The Droid Turbo is Motorola's 2014 flagship phone and it bumps up every bit of hardware in the Moto X. It isn't necessarily the prettiest phone according to reviewers, but it is built to last. The phone comes in two different finishes: a ballistic nylon reinforced with aluminum or a metallized glass fiber with a Kevlar back. Both were designed to withstand the occasional drop and flexing. Its water-resistant nano coating also provides some protection from light rain though it cannot be submerged fully in the water as it does not have a Mil-Spec rating. Although it isn't "certified tough" experts still appreciate its overall resilience despite weighing a somewhat heavy 176 grams.
Stealing the show is the Turbo's 5.2-inch quad HD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED panel, which translates to a pixel density of 565ppi. As expected, experts were not able to discern any pixels describing it as "simply stunning" and crisp. Like all Super AMOLED displays, critics noticed slight oversaturation and some slight yellowing tinging on whites, but in all it provided rich colors, deep blacks and excellent viewing angles.
Reviewers instantly forgot the small issues they had with the display once they actually started using the device. The 2.7GHz quad-core processor and 3 GB of RAM provided them with incredibly fast performance. Android Central claims that it is, "…just as fast as anything else on the market, even with a high-resolution screen." Whether they were playing a graphics intensive game, browsing the web or navigating through the user interface, they did not notice any stutters or performance hiccup. But it isn't the HD display or fast processor that Motorola chose to market. Instead, they focused on the battery life of the 3,900mAh battery. According to the company, the battery is expected to last 2 days of moderate to heavy usage. When put through real life expert tests, the battery didn't necessarily live up to the two day hype, though it did get them comfortably through 12 to 16 hours of moderate usage. Motorola also provides several different charging options: wireless Qi charging and an add-on turbo charger that can add one percent of battery per minute.
Beyond the battery, there's the 21MP rear camera that comes with a dual LED flash. Instead of pressing a button to fire up the camera, the Turbo features a twist-to-capture gesture to open up the camera app. Despite the high megapixel count, reviewers were let down by the camera's overall performance. They noticed that the shutter speed was surprisingly sluggish and pictures, while highly detailed, often suffered from overexposure. It also struggled in low slight situations, churning out noticeably grainy images. Perhaps the biggest drawback is the lack of optical image stabilization (OIS). Without OIS many images that reviewers took were often blurry, especially in poor lighting.
Despite a less than stellar camera, reviewers still view the Droid Turbo very favorably. BGR states, "It's powerful, it's sleek and it has the best battery in the business outside of a few truly gigantic phablets." Laptop Mag adds, "… the Droid Turbo is a premium smartphone worth owning."
Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)
The battery life alone makes it worth the buy
Good performance, brilliant screen
Overall the Moto Turbo is a very capable device. As many call it, it is very much a Nexus 6 in a smaller package. Packing a gorgeous screen and a powerful processor the phone really does perform well at most of the tasks it is put up to. The two major cons are lack of OIS and the Mono speaker. Most other shortcomings are things that are mostly software related and can easily be patched up in the future and there is no reason for Motorola not to do so. A lot of people are on the look out for a compact device with great performance and while many say such a device is tough to find, the Moto T... Full review
A beast of a smartphone
The Motorola Moto Turbo is a spectacular smartphone.
It’s not the lightest, nor is it the best looking. But it is unique enough to stand out thanks to that ballistic nylon, and boasts crazy powerful specs, very solid build quality, and long-lasting battery life. Heck, even the camera isn’t too bad at all.
Naturally, my biggest fear with a device this beastly, is the price tag. At Rs 41,999 here in India, the Moto Turbo is in the same league as the Sony Xperia Z3 (which I still think is a fantastic all-around flagship), and the LG G3. And at the time of this... Full review
A beast indeed
An awesome phone with impressive specs, stunning build quality and fantastic performance
Large and long-lasting
The Motorola Droid Turbo is a late contender as the best smartphone of 2014. Its design “flaws” — that it’s big, bulky, and heavy — are tradeoffs for what’s arguably its best feature: the outstanding battery life.
Its two blemishes, the lack of expandable storage and the Verizon bloatware, are easy to overlook. Neither is unique to the Droid Turbo; any Verizon Android phone will be littered with unnecessary apps, and inexpensive and abundant cloud storage options makes the lack of expandable storage tolerable.
Ultimately, the Droid T... Full review
A formidable phone that rivals any phone in a VERY competitive smartphone market
The Droid Turbo is a phone that I’ve used for a bit of time as a my daily driver about 2 weeks. I do love the phone for a lot of reasons. It’s sturdy, great screen, good camera, great battery life, great ability to charge quickly and Verizon service is as always incredibly fast and reliable. Would I recommend it? Yes and No. When I say yes it’s because it’s a powerhouse of a phone and it has specs that can match if not best any phone on the market now. When I say no it’s because of design, the Droid Turbo is kind of ugly duckling compared to the Moto X, the LG... Full review
Power-packed, but not perfect
Is the DROID Turbo a phone worth buying? The short answer, if you’re a Verizon customer, is yes. If you can live with the heft, bold design, and the slightly disappointing battery performance, then you won’t go wrong by dropping your cash on this smartphone.
The truth is that there are so many things to love about this device, it takes a strong dislike of one or two core facets of the phone to make a case against it. Of course there are many other options on the market, some arguably better than this one, but if a solid Android experience and a rugged look and feel is... Full review
Many of its specs are a big step up from the 2014 Moto X
Designing any piece of technology is all about making tradeoffs—you've got to make something fast that's nice to look at and lasts for as long as it can without charging, and you've got to do it all without losing money on the deal. Our ideal Android phone would be a version of the 2014 Moto X with the same price tag, Android configuration, and carrier availability mixed with the camera and battery life of the Droid Turbo. Absent that, the Droid Turbo is a decent option for Verizon users tempted but not quite won over by Motorola's primary flagship.
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