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

New Moto DROIDs: The Wrap Up

Motorola seems to be following a common strategy for competing with the Android-dominating Samsung: build phones that will satisfy most users at lower price points. That’s particularly true of the Maxx 2, which gives users just enough power (and plenty of camera) to make them feel comfortable about buying a mid-range phone.

While the phone didn't take the crown in benchmarks, it won a more understated victory -- the "bang for the buck" award. The Snapdragon 808 churns through tasks that matter with aplomb, and one has to remember that phones at the top of the benchmarking heap cost anywhere from 25 to 40 percent more than the Moto X Pure Edition tested here. To put it all in perspective, this handset didn't miss the benchmarking crown by 25 to 40 percent, oftentimes only falling behind by 5 or 10 percent. Is it worth spending hundreds more to squeeze out a few more frames per second? For the average, mainstream phone buyer, that answer is likely "no."

What this handset does right is nail the essentials for the everyman. There's Moto Maker, which enables consumers to build the phone that perfectly suits them at no additional cost. There's the carrier-free approach, which allows Moto to sell directly to you at a lower cost, while you avoid carrier bloatware and contracts. Every Moto X Pure Edition is sold unlocked, so you can use it with any major U.S. carrier, and you can utilize local SIMs from foreign carriers when you travel overseas. 
The Droid Turbo 2, on the other hand, is a well-rounded smartphone. It’s not cheap, but you get some serious hardware for the money – and the display is both gorgeous and drop-it-on-cement-for-fun kind of tough. If you can overlook the big Verizon logo smack on the front of the device, the Turbo 2 might be the kind of classy, powerful Galaxy-alternative you’ve been looking for. And, it has some serious gaming chops too.

The Maxx 2’s biggest failing is that it starts with a measly 16GB of storage, which shouldn’t be the starting storage for any midrange smartphone. And although it can handle most tasks just fine, the phone’s processing power will leave some customers flat. But the phone’s price tag will make it attractive to plenty of shoppers looking for value.

If we were making holiday gift suggestions (and we will be soon), we’d recommend both the Droid Turbo 2 and the Maxx 2, but for different people. With its beefy hardware and high-resolution (and tough) display, the Turbo 2 is clearly the better choice for the enthusiast set in our audience. If you’re shopping for family, though, the Maxx 2 is a perfectly serviceable as well, and one that’s much easier on the wallet.

Motorola Droid Turbo 2

  • ShatterShield Display
  • Top-shelf performance
  • Solid gaming performance
  • Strong battery life
  • Bloatware galore

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Motorola Droid Maxx 2

  • Reasonable power for the price
  • Bright, crisp display
  • Nice camera
  • Battery life
  • Bloatware
  • Just 16GB of storage
  • Hardware specs will disappoint some

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