Specs summary

Screen
5.2"

The Motorola DROID Turbo's screen is 5.2 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.7 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad core 2.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.0.2 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3900mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3900 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 28.1 days standby time, 1809 minutes (2G), 1809 minutes (3G).



The Droid Turbo is the perfect size phone, and so powerful it would give Superman pause.

- Jeremy Kaplan , Digital Trends 

The Droid Turbo by Motorola trades elegance for brute force, elevating the Droid brand back into the upper echelon of Android smartphones.

- Eugene Kim , PC Magazine 

Reviews summary

8.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 27 reviews

What's good

  • Premium materials for durability
  • Stunning display with high resolution and clarity
  • Excellent battery life

What's bad

  • 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.

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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 Indian Express

The battery life alone makes it worth the buy

from The Indian Express

For those looking for a performance phone, this is a great option to look at. The superb processing power and battery life make this a top shelf phone in the current market. Yes, it is a bit pricey but just the two days of battery life will make this a worthy investment for many users.

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For those looking for a performance phone, this is a great option to look at. The superb processing power and battery life make this a top shelf phone in the current market. Yes, it is a bit pricey but just the two days of battery life will make this a worthy investment for many users.

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Fone Arena

Good performance, brilliant screen

from Fone Arena

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 Turbo fits into that well. So if that is what you are looking for then I’d suggest go ahead and take the dive. The Moto Turbo currently retails for a price of about 42,000 rupees and is available exclusively through Flipkart.

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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 Turbo fits into that well. So if that is what you are looking for then I’d suggest go ahead and take the dive. The Moto Turbo currently retails for a price of about 42,000 rupees and is available exclusively through Flipkart.

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UnleashThePhones

A beast of a smartphone

from UnleashThePhones

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 post, both these phones are actually slightly cheaper now. Similarly, the HTC One M8 is significantly cheaper.

The Moto Turbo’s camera isn’t as good as the Xperia Z3, and the screen isn’t as bright as the LG G3. But you get an even more powerful processor, stock Android, and even better battery life.

At the end of the day, each smartphone has its own pros and cons, but the Moto Turbo runs circles around the competition. Chances are, if you do shell out that much money for it, you’re going to be pretty darn happy with it. 

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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 post, both these phones are actually slightly cheaper now. Similarly, the HTC One M8 is significantly cheaper.

The Moto Turbo’s camera isn’t as good as the Xperia Z3, and the screen isn’t as bright as the LG G3. But you get an even more powerful processor, stock Android, and even better battery life.

At the end of the day, each smartphone has its own pros and cons, but the Moto Turbo runs circles around the competition. Chances are, if you do shell out that much money for it, you’re going to be pretty darn happy with it. 

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Digit

A beast indeed

from Digit

The Moto Turbo is by far the most powerful smartphone that we've tested so far. It outperforms the likes of the Galaxy Note 4 and lives up to its 'beast' monicker. If Motorola could just have given a flagship level camera, this would be the perfect phone for everyone.

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The Moto Turbo is by far the most powerful smartphone that we've tested so far. It outperforms the likes of the Galaxy Note 4 and lives up to its 'beast' monicker. If Motorola could just have given a flagship level camera, this would be the perfect phone for everyone.

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Android Guys

An awesome phone with impressive specs, stunning build quality and fantastic performance

from Android Guys

After having the opportunity to write this short review on the Droid Turbo I honestly have to rethink about stitching over to it. I already have a great smartphone but with the great build quality, awesome performance and just overall ease of use of the Droid Turbo it is hard for me not to want to do so.

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After having the opportunity to write this short review on the Droid Turbo I honestly have to rethink about stitching over to it. I already have a great smartphone but with the great build quality, awesome performance and just overall ease of use of the Droid Turbo it is hard for me not to want to do so.

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Brighthand

Large and long-lasting

from Brighthand

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 Turbo excels in the areas that matter most. It’s powerful and performs very well. It has some fun and nonintrusive (though questionably useful) Android tweaks. And it has one of the best displays going.

Verizon customers in the market for the best big-screen smartphone have three flagship options as of this writing: the iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and the Motorola Droid Turbo. All are quality devices, and reasonable people can disagree on which is the best. But reasonable people would also have to consider the 32 GB Motorola Droid Turbo is $200 with a two-year agreement as of this writing, while a 32 GB Galaxy Note 4 and 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus are $100 more. 

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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 Turbo excels in the areas that matter most. It’s powerful and performs very well. It has some fun and nonintrusive (though questionably useful) Android tweaks. And it has one of the best displays going.

Verizon customers in the market for the best big-screen smartphone have three flagship options as of this writing: the iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and the Motorola Droid Turbo. All are quality devices, and reasonable people can disagree on which is the best. But reasonable people would also have to consider the 32 GB Motorola Droid Turbo is $200 with a two-year agreement as of this writing, while a 32 GB Galaxy Note 4 and 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus are $100 more. 

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G Style Magazine

A formidable phone that rivals any phone in a VERY competitive smartphone market

from G Style Magazine

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 G3 and the Nexus 6. The camera being so slow is also a big problem but that could be worked out in a software update later but if you’re buying it now it’s a problem.

Despite its problems there are positives and as always what I see as a negative you may not notice. The Droid Turbo is still without a doubt a very solid phone. It’s not a phone that you would have and be disappointed it’s just a phone that you would have and feel that something is missing. Great specs and hardware does not make a smartphone great all the time, there’s so much more to a complete smartphone experience considering you may be stuck with it for at least a year. The Droid Turbo is basically a juiced up Moto X and it may not be enough for you to choose it over the Moto X and there lies the problem 

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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 G3 and the Nexus 6. The camera being so slow is also a big problem but that could be worked out in a software update later but if you’re buying it now it’s a problem.

Despite its problems there are positives and as always what I see as a negative you may not notice. The Droid Turbo is still without a doubt a very solid phone. It’s not a phone that you would have and be disappointed it’s just a phone that you would have and feel that something is missing. Great specs and hardware does not make a smartphone great all the time, there’s so much more to a complete smartphone experience considering you may be stuck with it for at least a year. The Droid Turbo is basically a juiced up Moto X and it may not be enough for you to choose it over the Moto X and there lies the problem 

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Pocketnow

Power-packed, but not perfect

from Pocketnow

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 what you’re after, then the DROID Turbo is the smartphone for you. 

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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 what you’re after, then the DROID Turbo is the smartphone for you. 

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Ars Technica

Many of its specs are a big step up from the 2014 Moto X

from Ars Technica

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.

The things we like the least about the Droid Turbo are pretty subjective. We find it less attractive and not as nice to hold as the Moto X. You may disagree. You may agree but not care. Either way, that's a decision you'll need to make for yourself. 

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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.

The things we like the least about the Droid Turbo are pretty subjective. We find it less attractive and not as nice to hold as the Moto X. You may disagree. You may agree but not care. Either way, that's a decision you'll need to make for yourself. 

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Android Authority

Latest and greatest specs

from Android Authority

On paper, the Droid Turbo is one of the best Android devices of 2014. The phone is equipped with amazing components, but the overall experience delivered by the phone falls short. If you’re a fan of Verizon’s Droid lineup and have owned a Droid before, we recommend giving the Turbo a try. But if you just want a new flagship phone and care more about the look and feel of the device more than bleeding edge specs, you’ll be much happier with the LG G3, second gen Motorola Moto X or the HTC One (M8).

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On paper, the Droid Turbo is one of the best Android devices of 2014. The phone is equipped with amazing components, but the overall experience delivered by the phone falls short. If you’re a fan of Verizon’s Droid lineup and have owned a Droid before, we recommend giving the Turbo a try. But if you just want a new flagship phone and care more about the look and feel of the device more than bleeding edge specs, you’ll be much happier with the LG G3, second gen Motorola Moto X or the HTC One (M8).

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 30, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.0.2 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Quad core 2.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.39 W/kg
Body: 0.5 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3900 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 821 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 691 minutes
3G Surfing Time 570 minutes
4G Surfing Time 570 minutes
Talk Time 1809 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1809 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 28.1 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black Ballistic Nylon, Metallic Black, Metallic Red, Sapphire Blue Ballistic Nylon, Metallic Blue, Metallic Orange, Metallic Violet
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.4 x 7.3 x 1.1 cm (5.7 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 176 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 565 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
20+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Burst mode, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 24 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola XT1254, Moto Maxx

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