Based on specs alone, Verizon’s Motorola Droid Turbo is one of the most powerful Android phones ever built. The fact that the Droid Turbo is only available on Verizon will keep it from being a smash hit, but that has no impact on the experience the phone delivers. Motorola’s software is clean and thoroughly optimized, but the phone’s overall usability is mainly determined by the network it’s on and its internal components.
LTE speed test
Verizon is known for having the most reliable LTE network in the US. It’s had its ups and downs, but Verizon has been committed to improving its network on a regular basis. We’ve been using the Motorola Droid Turbo for a few days now and have not had any issue with reception and network speeds for web browsing, and app downloads have been good too. To see how fast we would pull data over Verizon’s LTE network, we ran the Ookla and the FCC speed test apps and consistently saw download speeds between 32Mbps and 35Mbps, with upload speeds ranging from 23Mbps to 29Mbps. The Droid Turbo is classified as an XLTE device by Verizon, but have yet to see a real difference in performance between XLTE and LTE devices on Verizon’s network.
We know that benchmarks don’t accurately represent how a phone performs in day to day use, but the numbers do shed light on a device’s peak performance. Most of today’s flagship phones perform admirably and you’d be hard pressed to find a game on Google Play that requires a Snapdragon 805 SoC and three gigs of RAM to perform optimally. However, we’re sure many of you still want to know how much performance you could squeeze out of the Motorola Droid Turbo if you really had to. Yes, the number don’t really mean much, just like a Bugatti’s 0-60 time or top speed aren’t really relevant since the only time they come into play is when you’re using the car on a race track.