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Droid Turbo 2 First Impressions & Performance

The new Motorola Droid Turbo 2 is official with a shatterproof screen and a beautiful, customizable design. After spending time with the new Droid Turbo 2 this morning it is certainly a smartphone that can turn heads and should attract attention from buyers.

While I am partial to my iPhone 6s, the out of the box design that mixes metal and a ballistic nylon looks and feels amazing on the new Droid Turbo 2. You don’t need a case on this phone to take it out for the night and you don’t need a battery case either as this smartphone packs in a huge battery and quick charging.

The Droid Turbo 2 release date is October 29th. The Droid Turbo 2 is $26 a month for the 32GB model and $30 a month for the 64GB model.

Droid Turbo 2 Hands On Video

Here is a closer look at the Droid Turbo 2, including the new features that will help set it apart from the Galaxy S6, iPhone 6s and other smartphones after spending time with it this morning.

Droid Turbo 2 Display

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The new Droid Turbo 2 display looks simply amazing. The colors look great on the large display and blacks are deep and dark. With a screen this size, gaming and movies are certainly on tap and the screen is up to those tasks — and great for reading text on.

The 5.43-inch display features a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution and there is a new shatterproof cover on the top that will reportedly withstand major drops without the need to buy a new phone or a warranty replacement.

With the new technology in place there is a plastic screen that withstands drops better and there is a dual touch layer that adds redundancy in case one fails during a drop.

Droid Turbo 2 Design

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The Droid Turbo 2 I’ve been using features a metal body with a grey Ballistic Nylon back that looks and feels incredible. The phone is slightly bigger than the iPhone 6, but noticeably smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus. Android users can compare this to the Galaxy S6. The Droid Turbo 2 is wider than the S6, but about the same height. It is still pretty easy to use with one-hand for most tasks.

There will be options to customize the Droid Turbo 2, including with Horween leather, but after using the Ballistic Nylon option it’s tough to consider another look and feel for this premium handset.

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Motorola delivers a solid look and feel and with the durability options that the company promises this is an impressive phone.

Droid Turbo 2 Micro SD Card

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The Droid Turbo 2 comes in 32GB and 64GB options and there is a way to add more storage to your new smartphone.

Tucked tight above the SIM card is a slot for the Micro SD card. This is on the same pull out as the SIM card so there is only one opening to deal with. You can stick up to a 128GB Micro SD card in this slot, in case you need a lot of storage.

Front Facing Speakers

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After dealing with speakers I can’t hear in noisy environments like the shower, where I like to listen to audiobooks and music when I get ready, I am happy to see that the Droid Turbo 2 has two front facing speakers.

I am also happy to hear that these speakers are loud and clear enough to hear in a noisy environment. Unlike many hands on taking place at the event, I carried this phone with me all morning, and yes tested it out in the shower.

Droid Turbo 2 Cameras

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Motorola packs in a nice 21MP camera on the back of the phone and a 5MP camera on the front with a selfie flash. Users still tap the screen to take a photo, but the software seems to do a better job of focusing and snapping the photo than on older Motorola devices. As soon as you tap the screen the phone takes the photo, and it delivers impressive quality so far.

Droid Turbo 2 Apps & Software

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The Droid Turbo 2 runs Android 5.1.1 with a pretty stock look that we are used to from Motorola. There are a few Motorola apps and a lot of Verizon apps and games.

Motorola Connect can connect to Bluetooth devices for smart locking and unlocking. Motorola Loop connects your family and your smart home devices so you can see who is where and what devices are doing.

Verizon includes the standard collection of Verizon utilities that are useful, as well as games like Cookie Jam, Empire, Panda Pop, Sugar Smash and media apps like Slacker Radio and NFL Mobile. Amazon, Amazon Music, Amazon Kindle, the Amazon Appstore and Audible are also on the phone.

Droid Turbo 2 Performance

The Droid Turbo 2 features a fast Snapdragon 810 processor that does indeed deliver snappy performance after a

There is a 3,760 mAh battery inside the smartphone that should last 48 hours according to Motorola.The smartphone can also get 13 hours of battery life in 15 minutes of charging with the 25 W charger. There is also wireless charging built-in to the Droid Turbo 2.

I’ll be taking a close look at the performance and the Droid Turbo 2 battery life in the coming days.

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12 Comments

  1. chazzmatt

    10/27/2015 at 12:39 pm

    1) Are the speakers stereo or mono?

    2) No OIS for the camera?

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  2. Kenneth

    10/30/2015 at 8:35 pm

    It’s only one front speaker, not two.

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  3. BT Login

    10/31/2015 at 3:01 am

    This just became the phone to get next to the Nexus 6P…I don’t want to the 6P because 5.7 inch screen is still too big for easy one handed use…5.2-5.5 is the sweet spot….I wish more manufacturers would go with the LG G3 design/form factor…that phone had a 5.5 inch 2k screen and for the most part felt like a 5 inch phone.

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  4. Manu

    11/02/2015 at 8:20 am

    amazing device, but Verizon Logo on the from is definitely not a good idea.

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    • Jake Randolph

      04/21/2016 at 3:35 pm

      It is a Verizon only phone. Can not get this for Sprint, AT&T ect. Only from Verizon.

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  5. Chuck Russell

    11/08/2015 at 6:05 pm

    I was going to get the Nexux 6p but it fails the bend test. Also, whereas most phones need insurance because of an annual drop, you can skip it on this one.

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  6. ferdi

    11/13/2015 at 6:22 am

    http://www.droidturbo2.com/

    Camera Performance İs Here

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  7. ferdi

    11/13/2015 at 6:28 am

  8. Christi

    11/23/2015 at 3:23 pm

    Josh Smith, I bought two DT2 last night and am having one currently customized. My children just discovered that only the right side speaker actually emits sound. Can you confirm? We called the store and demos are the same. And I’d swear I saw advertising for dual speakers.

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  9. Newman . Auburndale, Fl

    12/19/2015 at 9:10 am

    I waited for this phone for months. After playing cat and mouse with Verizon for a month i finally received a 32, not a 64. Well it has not been at all what it was touted as. Battery life is my life. I work on my phone and this battery is dying after 6 hours of daily use. I cannot get some of my email apps to load and function, and so far i have received 2 weeks worth of run around from Verizon techs on the phone and in the corporate stores. I have been told my expectations are too high for this phone, and that battery life is all relevant to its use. All i wanted to exchange units because this one appears to be faulty unit but that is not possible in the policies. I have been a Maxx user for 4 years and the Maxx , i left , to go to this phone is twice the phone after 2 years of use. I have 3 weeks to return it and will probably go back to my old phone to expire my plan and go to a carrier that will stand behind the products they offer.

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    • Chris

      05/06/2016 at 10:01 am

      Crazy! Newman, not kidding, it sounds like you had the Same exact experience with this phone as I had! Exact! …Except the Verizon company store that I had gotten mine from let me swap it out for another new one (bc I’d thought that I had just gotten a dud)… But the new one was the exact same! So, I just returned it (w/in the 14 day trial period) & just kept my (almost 3 yr old) Droid Maxx! Only thing is, the camera broke on my Maxx & just last week I had to get a new phone bc of it… This time I got the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (bc it boasts the next largest battery in new phones available from my carrier). Unfortunately, the battery on this thing sucks as well (not quite as bad as that Turbo tho) :-/ SO… I think I’m gonna switch sides (scariest thing!) & get the iPhone 6S plus. I can’t believe I’m even contemplating it, but I think it might be the safest option at this point bc I have a feeling that maybe the androids just aren’t utilizing their power efficiently on these newer, bigger running systems (lollipop, marshmallow) ? Idk, only thing that confuses me though is… Approximately 1/2 the reviews I read (on the Turbo) were stellar! Loved the long battery life, etc, & the other 1/2 were 1 stars, complaining about the same bogus battery claim…. So did Motorola mess up and botch about 1/2 of every Turbo batch?! :-/

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  10. Kathleen Lamb

    03/27/2016 at 10:05 pm

    Great phone. I text, email, social media and take a bazillion photos. I absolutely hated my droid ultra only because the shutter was so slow. This camera is so fast, I’ve taken a picture two to three times in a row and cannot believe how quick it is. The battery is great but I cheat and use my backup battery to recharge and keep on working and recharge my backup while I’m running down the phone charge so I have, in a sense, a continuous battery life. I don’t understand why people don’t use backup batteries as I wouldn’t be without one. But I’m a girl and have a purse to carry all that stuff. My husband has the ballistic vinyl case which feels wonderful and I have the leather which can be slippery. And of course, I have already dropped it three times, once on concrete, without a case and it survived without so much as a scratch or chip. The phone is fast, and can keep up with my jumping around the web researching. Love this phone. You couldn’t pay me to have an iPhone.

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