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DROID Turbo – Top 5 Features of the Latest Android Powerhouse

Verizon Wireless announced the DROID Turbo on Tuesday morning, a brand new Android powerhouse that’s going to hit the market on Oct. 30 starting at $199.99 with a new two-year contract. It offers some of the most high-end trimmings you’ll find on a smartphone today, ranking right up there with other powerhouses like the Galaxy Note 4 and the brand new Nexus 6, which will hit the market after the DROID Turbo does.

What kind of features can you expect from the DROID Turbo? Verizon and Motorola finally revealed all of the juicy details on Tuesday, and there’s definitely a lot to like. We went through all of the phone’s features and specs and crafted a top 5 list that goes over some of our favorites. There’s a lot to like about this phone, however, and there were even some options that we couldn’t fit in this list. Take, for example, Verizon’s promise to fix a broken screen once for free during your two-year ownership of the DROID Turbo. That’s pretty awesome.

Without further ado, however, here are the top 5 features of the DROID Turbo.

1. Rock Solid Industrial Design

Verizon and Motorola have often added some pretty compelling materials to DROID devices, usually including some form of Kevlar. This time, the DROID Turbo will ship in one of two variants, one that features metalized glass fiber that’s reinforced with DuPont Kevlar fiber, and another model that features ballistic nylon. Both should help prevent any cracking or chipping on the device while also providing a lightweight but strong frame. Additionally, the DROID Turbo features a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display, which is resistant against scratches and shattering, in addition to nanocoating for protection against spills. Hopefully you never need to put any of these materials to the test, but if you do, the DROID Turbo should take a beating.

2. Incredible Promised Battery Life

You’ll find amazing battery life in the LG G3 and the Galaxy Note 4, but Verizon and Motorola are trying to up the ante a bit with the DROID Turbo. In fact, Verizon is promising up to 48 hours of battery life for the DROID Turbo. That means, when we test it, we expect to easily cruise through a day of full-blown all-out use without nary a worry of having to seek out a charger. Theoretically that should be possible, given the DROID Turbo will ship with a huge 3,900mAh battery. Again, we’ll need to test this to verify the claims, but it sounds like the DROID Turbo is going to keep on going, and going, and going.

3. Powerful Camera

The DROID Turbo features a 21-megapixel camera, one of the sharpest cameras on the market save for what you’ll find from competitors like the Xperia Z3, or from the Windows Phone camp with Microsoft’s Lumia devices. We’ll need to test it before we stake any claims, but it should be quiet an impressive shooter when it finally hits the market. You’ll be able to snap photos in a 4:3  aspect ratio at the full 21-megapixel resolution, or grab 15.5-megapixel shots in a 16:9 aspect ratio. You’ll find auto HDR, Quick Capture support, the ability to record 4K UHD video and a dual-LED flash, too. Up front, the DROID Turbo has a 2-megapixel camera which doesn’t appear to feature a wide-angle lens, which is kind of a bummer, but hopefully that rear shooter more than makes up for it.

4. Turbo Charging

The Snapdragon 805 processor supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which we’ve seen in several new smartphones including the Moto X (2014), the Nexus 6 and the Galaxy Note 4. It allows you to juice up your phone super quickly so that you can hit the road in a rush without worrying about a dead phone. In this case, Quick Charge 2.0 is branded under the Motorola Turbo Charger moniker, and you should get up to 8 hours of “mixed usage” battery life after plugging the DROID Turbo in for just 15 minutes. You’ll need to use a Turbo Charger for that kind of quick power, however.

5. Sharp Display

The DROID Turbo doesn’t sport a 1080p display. Nay, it packs something even sharper. It’s equipped with a 5.2-inch AMOLED screen with a 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution. That’s a stunning 565 pixels per inch, which means everything from photos and videos to the text in books and websites should be extra crisp – so fine that you won’t be able to make out individual pixels with your eye. After further testing we’ll be able to tell you how well that AMOLED screen holds up outdoors – sometimes smartphones struggle with that technology under direct sunlight – and just how bright it gets, but you should have one of the crispest displays on the market for the foreseeable future either way.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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