Motorola DROID Turbo 2 hands-on

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Droid Maxx 2 Promises Superior Battery Life on the Cheap.

Of the two phones, the Turbo is more feature-rich, with faster battery charging, more storage, and a better processor. Where the burly Droid Turbo 2 falls more inline with the top-tier Moto X Pure Edition, the Droid Maxx 2 is a Verizon version of the Moto X Play, a phone that never actually came to the U.S. With a full HD display and a 3,630mAh battery, this thing should be able to keep ticking well-past most phones, especially with energy-hungry Quad HD displays.

It shouldn’t shock you to learn that’s not the case for its US counterpart — it comes with 9 Verizon apps preloaded, along with a bunch of games and Amazon apps that are of dubious value at best. Factor in the front-facing speaker that will actually throw the sound toward you when you’re without headphones, and you’ve got a little device equipped to be a pretty great consumption device at $20/month ($380ish).

Throw in some decidedly non-stock Motorola widgets and first-party apps and you’ve got a device that looks like an X Play but doesn’t really act like one. Motorola’s president Rick Osterloh said during an interview that Motorola is considering bringing the Shatterfield Technology to other Motorola products. That said, the Maxx 2’s handsome 5.5-inch 1080p display still leaps to life when you wave a hand over it, and most of the other contextual tricks seen in recent Moto Xs work the way you’d expect them to. However, the bezels are a little thick on the back and don’t exactly scream high quality, but the sloped back makes it pretty comfortable to hold and without a physical home button, Motorola can pack in a lot of screen in a smaller package. However, given the cost of making the shatterproof screens, it is only viable that the shatterproof screens will be in more expensive flagship products of Motorola.

Our best-ever 21MP camera with a 5MP front-facing camera: DxO Mark, one of the industry’s leading analysts, just rated it as one of the Top 3 available today For the first time on DROID, there are more than 1,000 ways to design your phone the way you want on Moto Maker. Performance was mostly snappy (though not without the occasional hiccup) thanks to the Snapdragon 615 chipset and 2GB of RAM, and the camera seemed at least above-average in the strangely dim demo area Verizon set up for us. That’s not to say it’s bad, but the Maxx and Turbo come with Android Lollipop 5.1.1, so all those new additions in Marshmallow will have to wait for now.

Verizon absolute loads this thing up with bloat, in the form of Verizon-specific apps, mobile games, every Amazon app imaginable, and lifestyle apps like NFL Mobile. But for the price, it’s almost impossible to not—at the very least—check out the same-priced Nexus 5X, which comes with latest Android and can travel to other carriers, including Google’s own Project Fi, if need be.

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