Oct 28 AT 11:54 AM Nick Gray 7 Comments

Motorola Droid Turbo hands-on impressions


The Motorola Droid Turbo is an impressive device. Its spec sheet puts the Turbo on the same playing field at the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3 and the upcoming Motorola Nexus 6. However, the phone’s design and choice of construction materials are questionable at best. Motorola and Verizon’s decision to use ballistic nylon and metalized fiber sound good on paper and feel good in the hand, but they certainly do not appeal to our sense of style. It’s clear that Motorola’s Moto X design team had little or nothing to do with the Droid Turbo. The device features the same capacitive buttons below the display that Motorola has used on the last few generations of Droid phones and the overall curves and shape of the Droid Turbo seem to match those of last year’s Droid Ultra. 

While the looks of the Droid Turbo aren’t anything special, its specs are a far cry from any Droid-series device Motorola has put out since the Droid X. This phone is fast! The Snapdragon 805 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM allowed me the jump in and out of games, apps and video calls without a hitch. I’m still not convinced that the 5.2-inch 1440×2560 QHD AMOLED display is really necessary, though. Having a 565ppi count is mind boggling, but I’m sure the 3900mAh battery would last a good 10-20 percent longer if Motorola had chosen to equip the Droid Turbo with a standard 1080p display. 

The Turbo’s camera is fast and the few pictures we’ve captured so far seem to be above the typical Motorola standard. Motorola hasn’t really had good luck with the camera sensors it’s chosen to use recently, so it’ll be interesting to see if the 21-megapixel senor used in the Turbo is good enough to get excited about.

The design of the Motorola Droid Turbo from Verizon is a bit of a disappointment, but everything else about the phone have given us reason to smile. We’ll be pushing the phone to its limits over the new few week for our full review, but take a few minutes to watch our hands-on video to get a better feel for what the Motorola Droid Turbo has to offer.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • john
  • BlazeHN

    What’s wrong with the design? I just see an standard Android phone with capacitive buttons under it and ok bezels.

    • AP

      I concur. The phone looks fine. Much better than any Samsung phone with the stupid rectangle, physical home button (And I am a Note 3 Owner/ Lover. That is literally the only Con to that phone).

      The red is pretty sweet, but it’s going a case anyhow. Only Apple fans care about how a phone looks.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        I disagree. I’ve never owned an Apple product in my life and I care immensely about design. It’s not that the design of the phone is offensive, the Droid Turbo is simply forgettable. And that’s often worse. It’s very disappointing when we know that Motorola can design phones like to the Moto X.

        • jamal adam

          I agree with you Nick. The design is very bland and doesn’t exude any sense of excitement. Motorola could have made this more desirable and similar to the Moto X or G. Also, personally, the fact that it has capacitive buttons is disappointing. However, I will say that the battery is awesome and I hope to see how it performances when compared to everything else.

        • thel0nerang3r

          I guess I’m on the opposite side of you. I like designs that blend in and you don’t think about it. I care about the screen and sound quality. Personally, I don’t care what back/side of the phone looks like. I take it out of my pocket and I look at the screen. It’s nice that Android manufacturers give us all choices of what the phone looks like.

  • dblhelixman

    Frankly Scarlet (Big Red) I don’t give a damn WHAT Motorola/Lenovo does with its phones because I will not purchase another. Inferior quality camera assemblies, almost non-existent support and updates, locked bootloaders (the myth that Motorola has an Unlock utility is a joke; few of the phones can be “unlocked” and the ones that can are not the ones people bought like hotcakes. Motorola used to be a decent company but now it is a has been. I have been loyal to Motorola since one of their first mass marketed analog cell devices because it offered a great deal to the Hopkins (as in Johns) community of which I was a member. That was in the late 80′s I believe. Next phone will be a Samsung or an IPhone. Quality, feature sets, decent cameras (Motorola really should be ashamed of its phone cameras – an el cheapo LG feature phone wth a 3MP cam takes a better pic that a Motorola with an 8 or 13MP cam. It does not surprise me the reviewer found the phone lackluster. Maybe Motorola will take heed and stop kissing Verizon’s A double S and remember it is ultimately end users that buy its phones and if they don’t buy them Verizon sure won’t anymore. 5 years ago you rarely saw Samsung phones. Now nobody in the store is picking up the Motos anymore – at least that is how it has appeared to me the past half dozen times I have been to an electronics store. People are buying Samsungs and IPhones. Maybe Motorola should start thinking about manufacturing exclusively disposables for the lower end of the MVNO market, a more appropriate segment for its phones because its customer “care” and concern and refusal to give consumers access to non-buggy roms but instead sloppy, bloated code that could make a Ferrari impotent. After more than 20 years with Moto I am done. Never again.