Moto Droid Turbo Review
Those familiar with the Moto X know it as a great smartphone that does not burn a hole in your pocket. Now, imagine all the features of the Moto X but this time dialed all the way up to the extreme. That is when you get the Moto X Turbo.
To say the Moto Droid Turbo isn’t pretty is being too kind. Quite frankly, the Moto Droid Turbo is ugly. It is chunky, heavy and lacks any of the fine design refinements seen in the slim, premium looking Moto X. The metal frame used in the Moto X has been replaced by soft-touch plastic that is nowhere near as visually pleasing. The Moto Droid Turbo’s design is edgy but not in a good way.
But where the Moto Droid Turbo’s design may appall you, its hardware capabilities will regain your attention. The Moto Droid Turbo uses a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor that paired with 3GB of RAM, leads to a fluid, nifty experience. The Moto X uses a 2.5 quad-core Snapdragon processor, which though technically slower, does not provide a noticeably different experience. The Moto Droid Turbo comes with either 32GB or 64GB of storage.
The Moto Turbo Droid sports a 5.2 inch AMOLED QHD screen which has a resolution of 2560×1440. This results in a screen that is both stunning and pleasing to look at. Although, it is not as bright as you may have expected it, it is still viewable even on the sunniest of days.
The camera is one place where the Moto Droid Turbo is significantly better than the Moto X. The 21MP camera is capable of taking amazing images in high detail. But it does struggle in low-light. Though the camera is a drastic step up from that of the Moto X, it also takes a lot longer to load. This means you will not be able to capture something instantaneously. In terms of video recording, HDR is present as well 4K video. Therefore, the videos are crisp and well-exposed. There is a standard 2MP secondary camera for selfies and likewise.
Anyone who has ever used a Motorola smartphones knows that it does not like to put its own spin on Google’s Android OS, and this time it is no different. The user interface is smooth and lightweight, as expected. An eye-catching feature is the voice control functionality that allows you to command your phone to carry out certain actions. For example, you can ask it take selfie of you, in which case you get a 3 second countdown. You can wake the screen up by waving a hand over it, but there are still quite a few kinks when it comes to that particular feature.
The Moto Droid Turbo’s best feature though is hands down its massive battery. Even on busier days, the Moto Droid Turbo is able to last almost an entire day between charges. This number is not only better than of the Moto X, but also that of other smartphones in its class. And is pretty much the Moto Droid Turbo’s major selling point.
Overall though, the Moto Droid’s Turbo’s slightly increased power, improved camera and battery life does not provide as massive a change in experience from the Moto X as its higher price may have you believe. Hence, sticking to Motorola’s flagship Moto X is still the safer bet.