Specs summary


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


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


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

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.

32/64 GB

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


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), 691 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

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

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... Full review
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 T... Full review


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... Full review


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... Full review
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... Full review

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 T... Full review

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... Full review


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... Full review

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 l... Full review

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)... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date October 30, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
1700/700 MHz
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 GB or 64 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible 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), 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 Up to:
1809 minutes (2G)
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 Blue, Metallic Orange, Metallic Red, 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
(6.2 ounces)
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 Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
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
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
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, 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 Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
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
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola XT1254, Moto Maxx

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