The most exciting thing about the DROID Turbo 2 is its shatterproof display, which Motorola claims will withstand accidental drops onto pavement and other coarse surfaces. But even without the device’s hidden superpowers, you’re still getting a phone that carefully pieces together great specs, a slick design, and that same familiar Motorola software.
But, by god, did Verizon have to go and completely tarnish the phone with a hideous checkmark on front? Holy moly. It’s bad.
Aside from that, what Motorola hopes will attract people to the Turbo 2 is the fact that the device’s screen won’t shatter if you accidentally drop it. Even the most careful people (me) drop their phone every once and a while. But rather than go through the horrific experience of watching your precious handset shatter, the Turbo 2 will come out unscathed.
We saw Motorola put the device’s durability to the test at Verizon’s event earlier this week, and we’ve done some quick testing ourselves. The device’s screen does indeed hold up thanks to Motorola’s ShatterShield technology. Essentially there are five different layers of protection crammed into the Turbo 2: exterior protective lens, interior lens, dual touch layer, AMOLED display and aluminum chassis, all of which combine into a super strong system that won’t crack.
Of course, the plastic and and aluminum frame can still get damaged, but that’s merely superficial compared to having to deal with a shattered screen. And in the event your screen does crack, Motorola is offering a 4-year shatterproof warranty, which includes the display and embedded lens; the protective lens, however, is not covered by Motorola’s warranty, and only exists to prevent scratches and other damage to underlying components.
Inside of the phone you’ll find a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3760mAh battery, 5.4-inch AMOLED Quad HD display, 21-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, NFC, and 32GB and 64GB of expandable storage. This is pretty much a stronger, more powerful Moto X Pure Edition, which we absolutely loved. And like that device, there’s no fingerprint sensor, which is something that’s quickly becoming an integral part of the mobile market.
Because of the Turbo 2’s beefier specs and ShatterShield technology, you’ll also pay more; the device is being offered at $624.00 off-contract—over $200 more than the Moto X Pure Edition.
Check out the video above to see the DROID Turbo 2 in action.