Motorola droid turbo 2: 5,4


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I'm biking through Brooklyn when the Droid Turbo 2 slips from my hand and smacks the pavement. For any other phone, this would be a disaster — a spiderweb of cracks across the screen, if not a totally smashed pane of glass sending tiny shards everywhere. But this is the Droid Turbo 2, so things are different. When I pick up the phone, there isn't a single new scratch on it's screen. It's just ready lớn go.

The Droid Turbo 2 is the latest flagship in Motorola's Droid line for Verizon. It's an iteration on Motorola’s well-received xe máy X Pure Edition và Moto X Play, with a few key changes inside and out. The most notable, of course, is that screen: Motorola says that it's created the first ever "shatterproof" điện thoại cảm ứng display, and it's debuting on the Turbo 2. Motorola's promise is that no matter how many times you drop this phone — so long as you aren't actively trying to lớn torture it — the Turbo 2's screen won't crack or shatter.

It's an appealing promise, especially since broken điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh screens are among the biggest scourges of modern technology. I see people reading & playing games on cracked điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh screens every single day on the subway. Và while there are no perfect numbers on how widespread this is, the figures out there suggest broken screens are a huge problem. The research firm IBISWorld found that a quarter of all US điện thoại repairs are to service broken screens; similarly, in a study on iPhones, warranty company SquareTrade found that a quarter of all people had broken their screen at some point. So surely, there ought lớn be interest in an unbreakable điện thoại screen.


But chú ý that Motorola doesn"t say the Turbo 2"s screen is unbreakable. It is, simply, "shatterproof," and there"s a big difference between the two. While the screen has yet to shatter on the Turbo 2 I"ve been using, it has picked up a few small dings along the way, which hover over the display like little smudges that you can"t wipe away. The screen is also extremely sensitive to scratches, picking up several after just a few minutes sharing a pocket with my keys.

The Turbo 2 won"t take much damage in normal use

Motorola makes no promises about the Turbo 2"s body toàn thân holding up either, although it"s done well over the course of the many drops I"ve put it through. The metal band around its side has scratched and chipped, and some plastic on the corners has crumpled up. It doesn"t weather beautifully, but I"m impressed that it isn"t in much worse shape. I suspect many other phones would be.

So yes, the Turbo 2"s screen can be damaged if you keep on dropping it. But the takeaway isn’t that Motorola did an imperfect job — it’s that the Turbo 2 can take a beating và only show small signs of wear. My use of the Turbo 2 isn"t going lớn be typical, either. Optimally, no one will ever drop this (or any other) phone. But if you vì drop the Turbo 2 every once in a while, it"ll more than likely come out unscathed or close khổng lồ it. Và though the screen can still pick up a ding or two, that"s far less of an issue than a series of cracks. (Motorola will even replace the display if it does shatter or crack within four years of purchase.)


The use of plastic — và multiple layers of it — may be a necessity when it comes khổng lồ achieving Motorola"s "shatterproof" goal, but it leads to several downsides. Most notably, the Turbo 2"s display isn’t as nice as those on comparable smartphones. Text appears slightly soft, và colors are somewhat dull. It really stands out when you put the Turbo 2 side by side with the moto X Pure Edition. While the Pure Edition has a lower px density (both have a Quad HD resolution), it looks sharper and more vibrant. Part of that is certainly the Pure Edition’s glass cover, but you have to lớn wonder how the Turbo 2"s AMOLED display comes off duller than the Pure Edition"s LCD.

The other highlight feature is battery

While the Turbo 2 may have a worse display than the top-of-the-line moto X, it matches it or comes out on đứng top in other areas. The phone has a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of base storage. It runs fast and smooth, & since it uses a mostly uncustomized version of game android Lollipop, there isn"t much lớn complain about (once you remove Verizon"s tacky wallpaper and widget, that is.).

This being a Verizon-exclusive phone, there are other unwanted additions khổng lồ both software và hardware. There"s a Verizon biểu tượng logo on the front and a Droid biệu tượng công ty on the back; both are ugly, but I promptly forgot that both existed. There are also nearly two dozen pre-installed apps, almost half of which are from Verizon. Some of the apps you may legitimately want — lượt thích the Kindle ứng dụng or, let"s be real, the two Candy Crush clones — but most of it is junk that you"ll want lớn get rid of. And, unfortunately, you"ll have to lớn if you buy this phone in the US, since it’s only sold on Verizon. People living elsewhere can avoid the nuisance & pick up a xe máy X Force.

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The Turbo 2 has one other standout feature: its battery. Lượt thích past Droid phones, the Turbo 2 is supposed khổng lồ last for 48 hours on a single charge, & — like past Droid phones — it doesn"t quite make it to lớn that estimate. In my time with the Turbo 2, it"s regularly lasted through two "days": from the morning of one day khổng lồ the evening of the following day, but not quite a full 48 hours. I"d put it closer khổng lồ 36-40 hours, depending on your usage. On one exceptionally heavy day of use — including at least a couple hours playing Hearthstone — I brought the battery down to lớn 10 percent in around 14 hours.

The Turbo 2 easily makes it through a day of heavy use

That"s an impressive battery life for any phone, but let it be known that "two days" is, for the most part, a useless milestone. Are you really not going khổng lồ plug your phone in every other night? All that matters is that the Turbo 2 makes it through a full day of heavy use, và that"s a milestone most phones don"t actually meet. Motorola may overshoot a bit on battery capacity here, but I can trust that the Turbo 2 won"t die when I need it most.

The last key piece of the Turbo 2 worth touching on is its camera, especially since high-end apk phones have gotten so much better this year. The Turbo 2, likewise, can take some great shots in bright daylight, và its HDR photos come out particularly detailed without looking too unnatural. But even at its best, there"s often a lingering digitalness lớn these photos that doesn"t come through on better cameras.

The bigger issue is that the Turbo 2"s camera is inconsistent in lower light. Most of the time I tried to photograph someone indoors, they turned into a blurry mess. Other shots came out with muted colors or missed focus. The camera ứng dụng isn"t easy lớn control, either, & it can often be slow to lớn snap a shot. For all that frustration, I did kết thúc up with some nice photos, but the inconsistency always left me wondering what I was going lớn get.


Motorola cares about what"s practical, & in many ways, the Droid Turbo 2 is the most practical điện thoại thông minh out there. It doesn"t have flashy features like a second screen, or a 3d camera, or a bendable body. But it does continue Motorola"s pursuit of creating features that you"ll actually use: like automatically silencing your phone when you"re in meetings, or switching into a hands-free mode when you"re driving, or letting you view notifications without turning on your screen. A battery that won"t die all day is practical. & a screen that trades chất lượng for durability is perhaps its most practical choice yet.

A lot of people should consider a shatterproof screen, but not at this price

And that"s what makes the Turbo 2 so hard lớn settle on. This is a $624 phone — up there in price with the best of the best. Picking the Turbo 2 means picking a display that is good, but not great, simply because you"re worried you"ll break it. & given that the xe máy X Pure Edition sells for $399.99, you could possibly even buy that, break it, và repair it a couple of times before you"d have spent more than the Turbo 2 costs. Motorola also could have done more to lớn address the second most common destroyer of phones: water. The Turbo 2 is supposed khổng lồ be splash proof, but a spill into the sink might take it out.

A year or two ago, when all of our phones cost $200 (and two years of our lives), it would have made a lot of sense khổng lồ give up the best display and pick the practical choice. But once you"re paying $624 for a smartphone, you"ve already given up on what"s practical.

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Motorola has hinted that this shatterproof display will eventually make its way lớn other phones, and that"s good news. For a whole lot of people, I think it makes sense to trade tip-top screen chất lượng to make sure that your display won"t break — this would be a particularly great addition to lớn something like the $179 xe máy G. But for those of us looking for the best phone out there, buying the Turbo 2 means buying something that"s less than the best. If you"re that worried about cracking a flagship phone"s screen, just put a case on it.