Motorola Droid Turbo 2

8.3/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
5.4"

The Motorola Droid Turbo 2's screen is 5.4 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3760mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3760 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 14.9 days standby time, minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



Despite its inclusion of Big Red bloatware, this is an impressive device from Motorola. If only it weren't tied down by the Droid branding, this could have been Motorola's flagship for the year.

- Florence Ion , PCWorld 

A shatter-proof display and excellent battery performance push the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 to the head of the Android smartphone pack.

- Jamison Cush , Brighthand 

Reviews summary

8.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 26 reviews

What's good

  • Customization options
  • “Shatterproof” screen
  • Snappy performance
  • Large screen
  • 14 hours of run time on a 15 minute charge with the included TurboCharger
  • Qi wireless charging support

What's bad

  • Screen brightness
  • Weak low-light camera performance
  • Verizon bloatware
  • Price

Motorola’s DROID line is one of the oldest and most well-known lines of Android handsets still in existence. Their latest offering for Verizon, the DROID Turbo 2, has made some pretty bold claims. With a supposedly shatterproof screen and more than 2 days of battery life on a single charge, the device could be a real market changer.

But does the phone live up to the claims? We’ve dug through the best reviews on the net to bring you an in-depth summary of what to expect from this pricey but innovative new phone.

One of the first things noted by reviewers was the phone’s design. It seems that people either love or hate it. While the phone is light and thin, the metal bezel that protects the edges is a little thick. Engadget stated, “Hefty bezels encircle the 5.4-inch Quad HD screen, making the Turbo 2 feel wider than it actually is.”

There’s also the rubberized back plates which people liked the feel of but said looked bland or plasticky. It should be noted however, most reviews seem to have received the same model. If you don’t like the back plate, it can be changed as part of the MotoMaker system which allows you to customize virtually every aspect of the phone to fit your preferences.

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While reviewers couldn’t agree on the look of the device, they all noted a feeling of sturdiness. Engadget called it, “so durable that it should be able to survive all but the most tragic of drops.” Android Headlines noted, “The phone feels nice and sturdy with a good weight to it.”

Heading around front, you’ll find a 5.4-inch Quad HD AMOLED screen. Android Headlines put it through its paces and declared, “It’s not quite as sharp or bright as something like the Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, but it’s still a great quality screen.”

Reviews all agreed that the screen touts what you’d come to expect from an AMOLED display--heavy contrast, rich colors and visuals that pop.

What makes this phone’s screen stand out is the exclusive ShatterShield technology. Motorola claims the phone is virtually impervious to the drops and dings of daily use.

Most reviewers put this to the test, with one even running the phone over with their car. While the screen survived, the chassis wasn’t so great.

PhoneArena’s results lined up with most, stating, “Even from a height of 5 feet, then coming into contact with concrete with the display impacting first, there’s no damage to it whatsoever.”

Powering all those pixels you’ll find a beasty octa-core Snapdragon 810 with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 430 GPU. This was another area where reviewers all agreed. Coupled with Motorola’s dual context processors, the performance on the handset sets the bar on the current flagship market.
PhoneArena stated, “we didn’t come across any moment when its performance stuttered or lagged with basic operations.” Android Headlines determined, “You shouldn’t have any issues with day to day use as the DROID Turbo 2 is well equipped to take on power users let alone the average person who just want to check a few emails, snap a few pictures, and browse the web from time to time.”

The phone runs Android 5.1.1. This puts it a version behind some flagship devices. Fortunately, the UI itself appears to be relatively untouched short of Motorola’s voice and gesture controls. However, the Turbo 2 is a Verizon exclusive in the U.S. and Verizon has loaded it with a bunch of preinstalled apps and other bloatware.

Motorola touts that the 3,750mAh sealed battery offers a generous 48 hours of mixed usage. While reviews found real world performance to be a bit shorter, there’s more than enough for even power users to push through a day. Android and Me stated, “while I didn’t quite get there in my testing, the battery is still impressive.”

Where the battery really shines is charging options. The included TurboCharge charger will net you 13 hours of battery life on a quick 15 minute charge. A full charge is just 80 minutes away.

If you prefer the convenience of wireless charging, both Qi and PMA standards are supported--though they don’t sport the speedy charge times of the TurboCharge charger.

Engadget summed up opinions well when they stated, “It's one of the better batteries out there, but it's no class leader either.”

You’ll find plenty of room for your apps, movies, games and whatever else you want to load on your phone with 32 or 64GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards up to 2TB.

If you’re looking to snap pictures of your travels or post selfies on social media, you won’t be disappointed. The handset sports a 21MP rear camera with a 5MP front-facing camera, both with f/2.0 focal lenses for improved low-light performance.

Reviews on the camera were positive--both in terms of functionality and image quality. Android Headlines declared, “Color reproduction was much better than I was expecting and on top of feeding you a great image, Motorola makes it extremely easy to use the camera too, as snapping photos is as simple as tapping on the display.”

However, many reviews noted inconsistent low-light performance. Some night shots were stunning, while others were dark or grainy. PhoneArena noted, “It’s a solid effort for Motorola, but still short when compared to the elites in the space.”

Overall, reviewers agreed that the DROID Turbo 2 lives up to its solid lineage. The points touted by Motorola and Verizon are far from gimmicks, delivering a sturdy phone with the power and battery life to keep up with power users. All of this in a customizable package and user-friendly UI that will please casual users as well.

PhoneArena provided an excellent summary of opinions, saying, “Without a doubt, if battery life and an extra-tough screen are of utmost importance in your decision buying process, the DROID Turbo 2 should be on your list.”


Reviews (8.3/10 Avg. rating)


GSMArena

Handle without care

The Moto X Force isn't going to try and impress users who go for the next big thing every season. It was built to last and then went on to tick most of the big hardware checkboxes: screen resolution, chipset, camera, and battery. The result is a solid performer that gives its owner a peace of mind and doesn't stop when the going gets tough. Brand new, exquisite flagships with everything and the kitchen sink will always be in higher demand we guess, but the right people who need smartphone performance in rough conditions have a solid option to consider in the face of the Moto X Force.

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The Moto X Force isn't going to try and impress users who go for the next big thing every season. It was built to last and then went on to tick most of the big hardware checkboxes: screen resolution, chipset, camera, and battery. The result is a solid performer that gives its owner a peace of mind and doesn't stop when the going gets tough. Brand new, exquisite flagships with everything and the kitchen sink will always be in higher demand we guess, but the right people who need smartphone performance in rough conditions have a solid option to consider in the face of the Moto X Force.

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Fone Arena

Good package and performance at a relatively low price point

from Fone Arena

The Moto X Force is quite a unique smartphone. Not many smartphones in the market offer the kind of ruggedness and durability that it does while offer high end features as well. However, it lacks a certain level of refinement or finish that most of the smartphones in this price range have. While you could argue that it is a by product of the ruggedness, many people may actually think of going for something more elegant.

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The Moto X Force is quite a unique smartphone. Not many smartphones in the market offer the kind of ruggedness and durability that it does while offer high end features as well. However, it lacks a certain level of refinement or finish that most of the smartphones in this price range have. While you could argue that it is a by product of the ruggedness, many people may actually think of going for something more elegant.

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Coolsmartphone

A great well built phone which will last for ages

from Coolsmartphone

So there we have it, a well built solid phone that has got some good performance in comparison to its peers but suffers with a mediocre camera. This makes it a very good choice for the clutzy among us, but maybe not for those wanting to ditch the digital camera. I have been very pleased with the device I like how well it has been put together and I love the form and fit of it in your hand. Had this been a phone I was going to keep I would have been very happy driving off into the sunset with it.
 

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So there we have it, a well built solid phone that has got some good performance in comparison to its peers but suffers with a mediocre camera. This makes it a very good choice for the clutzy among us, but maybe not for those wanting to ditch the digital camera. I have been very pleased with the device I like how well it has been put together and I love the form and fit of it in your hand. Had this been a phone I was going to keep I would have been very happy driving off into the sunset with it.
 

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Pocket-lint

Not all it’s cracked up to be

from Pocket-lint

The Motorola Moto Force has plenty of potential as the hard-nut flagship phone, but it lacks excitement, is chunkily built and, ultimately, fails to deliver a true flagship experience compared to the competition.

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The Motorola Moto Force has plenty of potential as the hard-nut flagship phone, but it lacks excitement, is chunkily built and, ultimately, fails to deliver a true flagship experience compared to the competition.

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Digital Trends

Most durable phone on the market

from Digital Trends

The Droid Turbo 2 seems to have it all: a nice display, blazing speed, great battery life, a near stock Android experience, useful apps, a decent camera, and a shatterproof display. Seems like a worthy flagship right?

However, there seems to be something missing. The Droid Turbo 2 has all the features you could want in a $600-plus flagship, but it doesn’t feel like one. The phone does sport a metal frame, but it looks too much like the Droid Maxx 2, which costs $240 less. Similarly priced flagship phones such as the iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6, and Nexus 6P all have a higher quality design to match their price points. 

The good news for the Droid Turbo 2 is the design might not be the best selling point for consumers. What the Droid Turbo 2 lacks in design, it more than makes up for it with powerful specs and a shatterproof display. That is something that no other phone, flagship or otherwise, can offer.

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The Droid Turbo 2 seems to have it all: a nice display, blazing speed, great battery life, a near stock Android experience, useful apps, a decent camera, and a shatterproof display. Seems like a worthy flagship right?

However, there seems to be something missing. The Droid Turbo 2 has all the features you could want in a $600-plus flagship, but it doesn’t feel like one. The phone does sport a metal frame, but it looks too much like the Droid Maxx 2, which costs $240 less. Similarly priced flagship phones such as the iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6, and Nexus 6P all have a higher quality design to match their price points. 

The good news for the Droid Turbo 2 is the design might not be the best selling point for consumers. What the Droid Turbo 2 lacks in design, it more than makes up for it with powerful specs and a shatterproof display. That is something that no other phone, flagship or otherwise, can offer.

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Android Guys

Shatterproof and that’s all that matters

from Android Guys

Like I mentioned earlier, I think that the Droid Turbo 2 is just short of perfect in every category. The speakers are fine, the camera is fine, the design is fine (albeit shatterproof), the lack of fingerprint sensor is disappointing, and the software would be a lot better if it were devoid of all of the bloatware that Verizon insists upon. Of course it really shines in the way of reception, but there are other options from Motorola if that’s what you want (and for a lot cheaper). The Droid Turbo 2 clocks in at $624 if you buy it outright, or $21.83/mo if you get it on an Edge plan from Big Red. For some people the prospect of a shatterproof phone is worth any amount of money, and for that you really do get your money’s worth. For me though, it’s just not worth it. I’m more likely to pick up a Nexus or the Moto X Pure Edition, but that’s just a difference in my priorities. Of course, there’s no other phone that you can get a Force Awakens edition of, so if you need a BB-8 phone (much like I sort of do) then this is your only option.

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Like I mentioned earlier, I think that the Droid Turbo 2 is just short of perfect in every category. The speakers are fine, the camera is fine, the design is fine (albeit shatterproof), the lack of fingerprint sensor is disappointing, and the software would be a lot better if it were devoid of all of the bloatware that Verizon insists upon. Of course it really shines in the way of reception, but there are other options from Motorola if that’s what you want (and for a lot cheaper). The Droid Turbo 2 clocks in at $624 if you buy it outright, or $21.83/mo if you get it on an Edge plan from Big Red. For some people the prospect of a shatterproof phone is worth any amount of money, and for that you really do get your money’s worth. For me though, it’s just not worth it. I’m more likely to pick up a Nexus or the Moto X Pure Edition, but that’s just a difference in my priorities. Of course, there’s no other phone that you can get a Force Awakens edition of, so if you need a BB-8 phone (much like I sort of do) then this is your only option.

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The Guardian

Great phone with a screen you simply can't break

from The Guardian

The Moto X Force is an excellent road-warrior phone. It’s solid, lasts two days at a pinch, has a decent camera, wireless charging and great-looking screen.

There are a few downsides: it doesn’t ship with the latest version of Android, is vulnerable to Stagefright, there is no fingerprint scanner, and it won’t be aesthetically pleasing to most.

But all of those are far outweighed by the fact that you simply can’t smash the screen. If you ever drop your phone or think you might, the Moto X Force is the answer. It’s really quite remarkable.

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The Moto X Force is an excellent road-warrior phone. It’s solid, lasts two days at a pinch, has a decent camera, wireless charging and great-looking screen.

There are a few downsides: it doesn’t ship with the latest version of Android, is vulnerable to Stagefright, there is no fingerprint scanner, and it won’t be aesthetically pleasing to most.

But all of those are far outweighed by the fact that you simply can’t smash the screen. If you ever drop your phone or think you might, the Moto X Force is the answer. It’s really quite remarkable.

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TrustedReviews

Delivers something different for a flagship

from TrustedReviews

If you want a phone that can go the distance and won’t shatter after a close encounter with a pavement then you could do a lot worse than take a serious look at the Moto X Force.

But, it’s not for everyone. It may be powerful, but it’s also chunky, wide and in many ways more difficult to hold than your typical flagship. Even though the screen is smaller.

I’m also not completely convinced by the display. Yes, it's shatterproof and managed to survive be thrown around constantly for about an hour. However, the actual panel is recessed to such a level that there’s a noticeable gap between it and the outer-layer.

Read full review

If you want a phone that can go the distance and won’t shatter after a close encounter with a pavement then you could do a lot worse than take a serious look at the Moto X Force.

But, it’s not for everyone. It may be powerful, but it’s also chunky, wide and in many ways more difficult to hold than your typical flagship. Even though the screen is smaller.

I’m also not completely convinced by the display. Yes, it's shatterproof and managed to survive be thrown around constantly for about an hour. However, the actual panel is recessed to such a level that there’s a noticeable gap between it and the outer-layer.

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G Style Magazine

There isn't really much to dislike

from G Style Magazine

It runs smooth, really no hiccups and has expandable memory. Its Shatterproof display is great for those that damage their screens a good deal and that 4 year warranty is hard to match.

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It runs smooth, really no hiccups and has expandable memory. Its Shatterproof display is great for those that damage their screens a good deal and that 4 year warranty is hard to match.

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PCWorld

A souped-up smartphone marred by carrier bloat

from PCWorld

The Droid Turbo 2 is a fantastic device, but I’d caution you against it out of sheer principle—and all the software maintenance you’ll have to do before you can use the device, like deleting applications and disabling Verizon’s bloatware. And if I can’t convince you to stick it to the man, then I suggest you wait until the phone is on sale before Verizon suckers you into spending $250 over the cheaper, unlocked Moto X Pure Edition. It really is a shame, because a high-end phone that performs this well and has such fantastic durability and battery life could please a lot of customers. And outside the U.S., where this phone is sold unlocked and free of carrier bloat as the Moto X Force, I expect that it will.

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The Droid Turbo 2 is a fantastic device, but I’d caution you against it out of sheer principle—and all the software maintenance you’ll have to do before you can use the device, like deleting applications and disabling Verizon’s bloatware. And if I can’t convince you to stick it to the man, then I suggest you wait until the phone is on sale before Verizon suckers you into spending $250 over the cheaper, unlocked Moto X Pure Edition. It really is a shame, because a high-end phone that performs this well and has such fantastic durability and battery life could please a lot of customers. And outside the U.S., where this phone is sold unlocked and free of carrier bloat as the Moto X Force, I expect that it will.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 29, 2015
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /850/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.38 W/kg
Body: 1.13 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 4 Years
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3760 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 812 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 1320 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time 960 minutes
Talk Time Unknown
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 14.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 5.9 x 3.1 x 0.4 cm (2.3 x 1.2 x 0.2 in)
Weight 169 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 540 pixels
Size 5.4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
20+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Night mode, Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto X Force

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