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.