When you’re deciding on Android phones, you have a copious quantity of choices. If you’re in the market for a phone with top specs and robust battery life, then take a look at the Motorola Droid Turbo.
The Droid Turbo has a solid build with curved edges that nestle in your hand and comes with a water-repellent nano-coating. Weighing in at 5.96 oz (169 g), the phone comes in:
- red and black with a Kevlar back cover reinforced with a metallized glass fiber
- black with a ballistic nylon back cover reinforced with aluminum
Verizon lent me a black Kevlar phone for testing.
The back Kevlar cover feels like a rubberized plastic that’s comfortable to hold and gives a secure grip. The design seems more functional than fashionable but you can add a case if you’re going for a “wow” factor.
Gamers will especially appreciate the 2.7 GHz Quad Core processor that gives this phone turbo performance. Opening apps, moving between pages and using the features of the phone were all fluid and fast. I never experienced lagging or stuttering when making calls, watching videos or playing games on the phone.
Storage for the black and red Kevlar phones is 32 GB while the nylon phone has both 32 and 64 GB models available. No SD slot is available to expand the phone’s storage.
The Turbo is built for speed and durability as this video from Verizon illustrates:
The speaker is on the front of the phone, a favorite spot of mine for speakers to be located (why can’t all phones have front speakers?). The sound is mono, not stereo, but chances are you’ll be using headphones or a Bluetooth speaker for maximum music enjoyment. Phone calls could be heard loud and clear over Verizon’s 4G/LTE network.
The Turbo comes with a 5.2″ Gorilla Glass 3 screen packed with pixels, 565 ppi to be exact. The colors are crisp and bright and you can view the screen from any angle.
Plain and simple, battery life is the killer feature of the Turbo. The phone is equipped with a 3900 mAh battery, enough to give it 48 hours of use and a whopping 675 hours of standby time, according to Motorola. Your usage time may vary, depending on how heavily you use the phone for streaming video, surfing the Net, etc. But the good news is you don’t have to panic about this phone running out of juice before the end of the day.
The battery can’t be removed but you can always get an external battery if your need for power exceeds the capacity of the Turbo’s battery.
More good news: you can charge the phone quickly to get you out of a jam. If you do run down the battery and need to charge it in a flash you can do just that. With the included Turbo Charger, you plug the phone in for 15 minutes and get up to 8 hours of battery life, enough for a trans-Atlantic plane flight.
Going from zero to 100% charge takes about two hours when the phone is plugged into the Turbo Charger.
The Turbo also has inductive charging so you don’t have to plug it in to charge the battery. Lay the phone on the inductive charging mat (sold separately) and let it charge overnight. Note that inductive charging isn’t Turbo Charging, charging the battery takes longer this way.
If the extra-long battery life doesn’t convince you to take a look at this phone, then maybe the 21 MP camera will. Just flick your wrist or use a voice command to open the camera app and start taking pictures. You can shoot HD and 4K video with up to 30 frames per second.
Here’s a gallery of photos taken with the Droid Turbo:
For a full-scale view of many more photos I took with the Turbo, check out my Droid Turbo Flickr album.
The Turbo runs Android 4.4 KitKat and will be upgradable to 5.0 Lollipop. The phone comes with Amazon apps preloaded which can be very handy if you’re a fan of the Amazon Appstore, Kindle books, Audible audiobooks, etc.
You can use your Turbo as a digital wallet with Softcard. Add your credit card to the Softcard app and tap your phone to pay at checkout using a Softcard terminal.
See the Softcard website for more details.
Voice Commands and Hand Gestures
You don’t even need to touch the Turbo to use its features. Wave your hand over the phone to silence a call, see recent notifications and check the time. Use your voice to open apps, check weather, search the Internet and more.
The Motorola Droid Turbo is available exclusively from Verizon in black ballistic nylon or Kevlar red or black for:
With a 2-year contract:
$199 for 32 GB
$249 for 64 GB
Without a contract:
$599 for 32 GB
$649 for 64 GB
Which features of the Droid Turbo appeal to you? Do you like the extra long battery life? Are you impressed by the 21 MP camera? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below!