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The Shatterproof Motorola Droid Turbo 2 Review

chipchickpick1We’ve put Motorola’s new Droid Turbo 2 through more stress than any phone deserves, and we’re left with an intact display and a nearly intact phone. Droid Turbo 2 is one of the only shatterproof smartphones on the market, and it’s also one of the most appealing. How’s this for assurance: Motorola is guaranteeing that the phone won’t shatter or crack with a free 4-year warranty. With an intact screen, you can appreciate Droid Turbo 2’s 5.4 inch AMOLED Quad HD display. It also features a gigantic (“48 hour”) battery with TurboPower speed charging, an impressive octa-core processor, a 21 megapixel camera with 4K video, water protection, wireless charging, Verizon’s 4G LTE, and more.

Shatterproof?

We’ll cut straight to the most appealing feature: yes it really is shatterproof and yes we really tested it. Our review model has become somewhat of a party trick ( everyone just has to see it in action). We dropped it dozens of times on a wood floor and it came out scratch free and scuff free. These weren’t typical drops, they were toss ups at about 5 feet. The Turbo 2 came out impressively flawless! It wasn’t until we tested on rough concrete that Turbo 2 started to feel the pain. With a harder rougher surface, we ended up with some scuffed edges, but still an intact screen. Not even a scratch on the face. The scuffed edges smoothed out on their own over time, but they’re still noticeable.

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Waterproof?

Well, no. Droid Turbo 2 is not officially “waterproof”, but it should be unaffected by a drop in the sink (or toilet), a stroll in the rain, and wet hands at a pool party. It’s officially ”water-repellant”, which is Motorola’s way of keeping you from going swimming with it. They say: “Advanced nano-coating technology creates a water repellant barrier to help protect against moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes or light rain”. We saved this test for the end, but it survived running water in our sink for about a minute without skipping a beat.

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Design and Moto Maker

It’s a large phone by most standards. It’s not the thinnest or lightest, but it’s manageable for its screen size. It weighs slightly less than iPhone 6 Plus, and the screen size is just .1” smaller. It’s a bit chunkier, but it has a tapered design that, to us, feels more ergonomic and grippier in-hand than iPhone. At its thinnest, its almost as thin as iPhone, and at its chunkiest it’s only a couple millimeters thicker. Here’s the real takeaway though: Droid Turbo 2 doesn’t require a protective case the same way other phones do, so now who’s rocking a sleeker phone!?

Moto Maker will make you feel even better about not using a case; with personalization you can make Droid Turbo your own without dressing it up with an aftermarket accessory. You can choose from a few front/frame designs, 14 back options, 10 accents, and even free engraving if you choose a leather back. The back comes in leather, ballistic nylon, or soft grip. We have black leather and it looks originally sophisticated. It’s a pretty rugged leather that shows zero signs of wearing or scratching (so far). Moto Maker also comes with this awesome (and unheard of) option: within two years of purchase you can upgrade from 32GB to 64GB and even re-personalize your phone.

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From the front, Droid Turbo 2 looks and feels like an Android; no identity crises. The front is all screen with a chin for the mic/speaker and a forehead for the earphone, front camera, and front camera flash. The frame is metal and has a sleek volume rocker and lock button. There’s a headphone port, micro-USB charging port, and a sim tray.

Battery and TurboPower

There’s a few reasons it could be called the Droid “Turbo”, but the main reason is it’s TurboPower that enables the phone to speed-charge in 15 minutes and provide 13 hours of battery. Why isn’t this a thing for all smartphones?! The battery is awesome on this phone. It’s huge, at 3760 mAh, but it also easily gets you through the day. With light usage you could technically make it two full days on one charge. With very light usage, I made it into day three. But really, it will last you a full day, which is what really matters.

Droid Turbo 2 even supports wireless charging, and out of the box it’s compatible with Qi and PMA wireless chargers.

Specs and Speed

It’s a very well powered device. It’s powered by an eight(!) core 2.0 GHz processor and there’s an impressive 3GB of memory. It’s running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, plus it comes with some Moto enhancements. It’s powerful and quick enough to do pretty much anything and multi-task like a champion.

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Screen

The screen is as basically as good as it gets, and with an unshattered and unscratched face, it’s even better! It’s a 5.4” Quad HD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display. There’s an impressive 540 pixels per square inch (ppi). It’s incredibly crisp and clear and the colors are vivid and beautiful. It’s actually capable of playing back the 4k video that it shoots.

Cameras

There’s a 21 megapixel camera on the back of the Turbo. It features “zero shutter lag”, which means you can take photos really quickly and with great results. On the front is a 5 megapixel wide-angle camera with flash. The camera is great, and it does indeed take very quick photos. The camera app is really basic and offers no settings without sliding right for extras. After discovering the focus and exposure setting, I had a much easier time taking near-perfect photos. The quality is fantastic. I’m partial to iPhone’s camera for being able to take beautiful shots quickly; Droid Turbo 2 is a very close contender and in terms of image detail it might even be better.

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Cellular

Droid Turbo 2 is only available for Verizon. Verizon has been great on this phone, and the 4G LTE has been blazingly fast in NYC, but we love ourselves some options and freedom when it comes to cellular devices. There’s a removable nano-SIM.

Verdict

The smartphone market is flooded, and there’s no right way to choose. If you’re in the market and want something relatively unbreakable without sacrificing appearance, form, and usability, then Droid Turbo 2 is an amazing option. It’s ridiculously fast, has one of the best batteries available, and has virtually every feature you could want. Plus, if you get bored of the design and/or need some more storage, you can send it in for an upgrade and redesign. The Motorola Droid Turbo 2 for Verizon is currently available from motorola.com for $624 for the 32GB and $720 for 64 GB off-contract.

 

The Good: Shatterproof with 4-year warranty, Very durable, Water resistant, Beautiful high resolution AMOLED display, Very well powered, Huge battery that lasts, Speed charging, Wireless charging capabilities, Personalizable, Great camera, MicroSD storage up to 2TB (!)

The Bad: Verizon Only, Looks like it’s wearing a screen protector, Front-facing Verizon badging

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