Motorola Droid Turbo 2 And Droid Maxx 2 Review: Shatterproof And Value Android

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Meet The New Motorola Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2

Not long ago, we kicked the tires on Motorola’s well-received Moto X Pure Edition. The smartphone impressed us with its Quad HD display and overall build quality, as well as its $399 price tag, which places it more reasonably below the lofty prices of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6S lines. Today, we’re taking a look at two new smartphones from the Lenovo-owned Motorola - the Droid Turbo 2 and the Droid Maxx 2, which bring their own unique value proposition.

Whereas the Moto X Pure Edition isn’t carrier-specific, the Turbo 2 and Maxx 2 are part of the Verizon Droid line. The Turbo 2, which starts at $624, has higher-end hardware than the Maxx 2 and features Motorola’s new ShatterShield display, which is bound to appeal to anyone who has lost a phone to clumsiness. However, with a starting retail price of $384, the Maxx 2 is significantly cheaper, so if it can handle mainstream tasks and games adequately, there are plenty of customers who will be willing to overlook the lack of a shatterproof screen, something that virtually no other manufacturer can lay claim to currently
droid turbo 2 front back
The Shatter-Proof Moto DROID Turbo 2
Motorola Droid Turbo 2 and Maxx 2
Specifications & Features

DROID Turbo 2

Operating System
Android 5.1.1, Lollipop

System Architecture/Processor
Motorola Mobile Computing System, including Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 2.0 GHz Octa-core CPUs (MSM8994) Adreno 430 @ 600 MHz GPU Natural Language Processor Contextual Computing Processor

Memory (RAM)
3GB (LPDDR4 with 64-bit access)

Storage (ROM)
32GB/64GB7, microSD Card support (up to 2TB)

Dimensions
Height: 149.8 mm (5.90 inches)
Width: 78 mm (3.07 inches)
Curve: 7.6 mm - 9.2 mm (.30 inches - .36 inches)

Weight
169g (6.0 oz)

Display
5.4” AMOLED, 1440p Quad HD (2560 x 1440), 540 ppi
ShatterShield

Battery
Mixed usage up to 48 hours5 (3760 mAh)
TurboPower for up to 13 hours of power in 15 mins
Supports PMA and Qi wireless charging

Water Protection
Water repellent nano-coating

Networks
4G LTE (Cat 4)
CDMA / EVDO Rev A
UMTS / HSPA+, GSM / EDGE

Bands
CDMA (850, 1900MHz)
GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS / HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G LTE (B2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13)

SIM Card
Nano-SIM

Wi-Fi
802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz with MIMO

Bluetooth Technology
Bluetooth version 4.1 LE

Rear Camera
21 MP (f/2.0 aperture)

Front Camera
5 MP (f/2.0 aperture), Wide-Angle lens

Connectivity
Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack

Speakers/Microphones
Front-ported loud speaker
5-Mics with active noise cancellation support

Video Capture
1080p (30fps); 4K (30fps)

NFC
Yes

Location Services
A-GPS

Sensors
Acceleromter
Ambient Light
Gyroscope
Infrared
Magnetometer
Proximity

Price: $624 or $26 a month on Verizon

DROID Maxx 2

Operating System
Android 5.1.1, Lollipop

System Architecture/Processor
Motorola Mobile Computing System including 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core CPU, Adreno 405 @ 550 MHz GPU, Natural Language Processor, Contextual Computing Processor

Memory (RAM)
2GB

Storage
16GB6, MicroSD Card support (up to 128GB)

Dimensions
Height: 148.0mm (5.8 inches)
Width: 75.0mm (2.9 inches)
Curve: 8.9-10.9mm (0.35- 0.43 inches)

Weight
169 grams (5.96oz)

Display
5.5” 1080p Full HD, 403 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Battery
3630 mAh (Mixed usage up to 48 hours)

Water Repellent
Yes

Networks
GSM/GPRS/EDGE
UMTS/HSPA+, 4G LTE

Bands (by model)
XT1565: VZW
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
CDMA (850, 1900 MHz)
4G LTE (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13, 20)

SIM Card
Nano-SIM

Rear Camera
21 MP (f/2.0 aperture)

Front Camera
5 MP

Connectivity
Micro USB, 3.5mm headset jack

Bluetooth Technology
Bluetooth version 4.0 LE

Wi-Fi
802.11a/g/b/n (dual band capable)

Speaker
Front-ported

Video Capture
1080p HD, 30fps (MPEG4, H.264)

NFC
Yes

Location Services
GPS

Price: $384 or $16 a month on Verizon
turbo 2 style


There is a lot to like about the Droid Turbo 2’s hardware. The phone features a Qaulcomm Snapdragon 810 processor @2GHz and 3GB of LPDDR4 memory, which should give you plenty of power for running multiple browser tabs and other tasks that might throw off an underpowered device. Storage starts at 32GB, which isn’t particularly impressive, but you can bump the price from $624 to $720 for a model that features 64GB of onboard memory. Either way, you’ll have the option to improve the phone’s storage via the microSD card slot, which supports cards up to 2TB. The Droid Turbo 2 also sports the latest 802.11a/b/g/n/ac support and Bluetooth 4.1 LTE. The phone also has a solid 21MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera that boasts a wide-angle lens for better selfies. (We cover the cameras in more detail later in the review).

The Droid’s 5.4-inch AMOLED display features a resolution of 2560 x 1440 at 540ppi. Where the Moto X Pure Edition and Droid Maxx 2 have Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screens, the Droid Turbo 2 features the Moto ShatterShield, which is designed to withstand that gut-clenching moment when your phone slips from your fingers and lands on concrete. The best way to make a claim like this is to prove and put your money where your mouth is – and Motorola is doing both. The company demonstrated a phone-drop with a cement block at launch and is backing the ShatterShield with a four-year guarantee.

droid maxx2 front back
The Moto DROID Maxx 2

The Droid Maxx 2 has pared-down hardware compared to the Droid Turbo 2 and is fairly similar to the Moto X Play. The 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 packs a lighter punch than the Turbo 2’s 810 and the Adreno 405 graphics won’t keep up with the Turbo 2’s Adreno 430.

The phone includes 2GB of RAM, which is tolerable, but comes up short in the storage department with just 16GB of internal storage. On the upside, the phone has a microSD card slot for up 128GB of extra storage.

The Droid Maxx 2’s display is a 5.5-inch 1080p screen at 403ppi. It doesn’t have the ShatterShield that the Droid Turbo 2 sports, but its Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is likely to be tough enough for the day-to-day bumps. The phone has 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, in addition to 4G LTE and related cellular connectivity.

Motorola makes bold claims about the battery life of both phones, which we’ll get to in a bit. For now, let’s take a close-up look at Motorola’s newest smartphones.

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