Battery issues affecting your Motorola DROID Turbo?

With a 3900mAh battery inside, the Motorola DROID Turbo still remains a beast even though it is more than 6 months old. A 5.2-inch AMOLED screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution combines for a 565ppi pixel density. A Snapdragon 805 SoC is under the hood which includes a quad-core 2.7GHz CPU and the Adreno 420 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB/64GB of non-expandable storage. A 20.7MP rear camera comes with an aperture of f/2.0 for quality pictures under low-light conditions. A 2MP front-facing camera handles selfies and video chats. And yes, there is that 3900mAh battery that both Motorola and Verizon said would last for up to 48 hours.

Of course, the anecdotal evidence is that the phone is providing much less than 48 hours of life. Back in October, when we tested the phone, it provided 10 hours and 43 minutes of screen time putting the phone on top of our list. It also full recharged in just 126  minutes, among the faster charging times. With the Turbo Charger, 15 minutes of power plugged into the device gives the phone up to 8 hours of battery life.

But some DROID Turbo owners are complaining about a problem that is not allowing their handset to give them a legitimate look at how much battery life is left on the phone. In addition, some apps are draining the battery in a ridiculously quick timeframe that is preventing users from getting anything close to the battery life the phone provided in our test. And when the Turbo Charger is plugged in, sometimes the battery shows a huge leap in life that is almost too good to be true. Take a look at the image that accompanies this story. After the phone was plugged in for just a couple of minutes, the battery life went from under 40% to over 80%. The trend lines on the graph showing the battery use and the charging are just too steep.

One problem could be an issue with the handset's Wi-Fi connectivity. When the phone is powered off and turned back on with the Wi-Fi turned on, it often will not connect with a hotspot that you were just connected to. The DROID Turbo then starts a battery draining cycle trying to continuously connect to the Wi-Fi signal. You need to make sure that Wi-Fi is turned off before you turn the phone off.

There are some suggestions from DROID Turbo users. Some say to turn the phone off for two hours while recharging to 100% to recalibrate the battery indicator. Others say that the battery should be drained completely and recharged to 100% a couple of times. The device still runs on Android 4.4.4 and there is some hope that Motorola will fix this issue with the update to Android 5.1 that is promised.

Verizon has recently cut the price of the Motorola DROID Turbo with the 32GB model just $99.99 on contract and the 64GB version priced at $149.99. Off contract, the pricing is now $499.99 and $599.99 respectively.

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DROID Turbo
  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3900 mAh

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37 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, at least it's something that can be easily fixed with an upcoming software update. I believe that the iPhone 5 shipped with a defective battery that wouldn't hold a charge after a short period, requiring owners to ship their phones back in to get the battery replaced.

2. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

This article said nothing about Apple or iPhones though.... It can be fixed with a software update, Motorola can fix it. People need to stop comparing every manufacturer to Apple inc as if they are the best, seriously man it needs to stop. *waves goodbye*

3. Sauce5 unregistered

It's what they do. Fanboys always compare to Apple, LOL. ALWAYS.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You have to excuse Scotty. He's looking for a justifiable reason for owning the Moto X.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

They're anything but the best, and if you want to start dictating what people are and are not aloud to comment about then why don't you start with the people from the Apple camp that have zero interest in anything Motorola that start talking trash.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Your comment was stupid and way off base. This is about the Droid Turbo not the iPhone.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Explain to me why you even comment on Motorola articles because we all know full well you don't care about them at all..... Troll.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You took a potshot and got called out. You were the troll here.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Answer the question troll.

12. Sauce5 unregistered

Didn't your doctor tell you that talking to yourself isn't healthy?

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pot calling the kettle black.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Pot calling the kettle black.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The only reason why you come into Motorola articles is to aggravate others. Say it Kanye.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No Miley Cyrus I don't.

32. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

BS, you narcissistic imbecile, you come in here saying the same nonsense that you've been shouting off for over a year about battery life, cameras, and how Motorola botched this and that and whenever anyone points out your hypocrisy you ignore logic and rational thinking and replace it with blinded fanboy idiocy. "No one was talking about Apple" you always say. "They're not relevant to the argument". BS, they are VERY relevant to point out your ignorant double standards seeing as you own an iPhone. "Motorola phones have bad battery life", Apple traditionally has worse battery life. "Motorola over charges for their hardware.". NO ONE in the industry charges as much as Apple. "Motorola cameras suck.", Motorola's Nexus 6 beat the iPhone 6 by a mile in a blind camera comparison. "Motorola botched the launch of the 360 by not making enough to meet demand", I'm sorry, is Apple not 100% guilty of doing the exact same thing?!? "Android Lollipop is not a stable OS", Funny that tests have been conducted and proven that it's more stable that Kit-kat or iOS8, Apps also crash less on lollipop than on iOS8. "Android is not a safe platform." the now famous iCloud hack, thousands of Apple accounts getting hacked and ransomed off in Australia, 1,500 apps from legitimate developers that act as back doors to the iPhone that Apple is completely helpless in fixing and 100% dependent on the individual app developers to resolve are all prime examples on how incredibly unsafe your platform of choice is. But I'm done arguing with you because your inability to present a compelling argument to defend your statements has lead me to believe that you are either a dumb prepubescent teenage junior high school student with no friends, or someone with a genuine mental handicap, neither scenario is one that I feel particularly interested in continuing arguing with. So going forward I will simply provide a link to this article and ask people to reference this comment to understand the stupidity that is Mxyzptlk (aka Kanye)

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol ok Miley Cyrus. Too long, didn't read.

5. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Turbo owner. Can confirm.

9. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Damn, was thinking of picking one up, I'm stuck on an iPhone 4 because my mom's galaxy S5 was stolen so I gave her my M8. I guess I'll wait for the next Moto X's to come out...

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Bruh. I feel for you. I really do. :( Sucks that the bug exists, but the great part about bugs is that they're usually fixable.

21. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

I highly recommend the Xperia Z3v. Loved that phone the week I had it before switching to the Turbo.

25. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I was looking at the Z3 compact, or maybe a used M8, but i keep coming back to Moto

29. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Can't blame you, I really do love Motorola. However, after using Xperia's UI and then coming back to Moto's near stock, it really feels like there is so much missing. Not to mention that if you're a huge music fan, the noise cancellation on the Z3v was a godsend.

33. Chidoro44

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Just get the moto. I have not had this issue at all. Maybe it's because I don't need to turn the phone off, but I have had the phone since it launched and have not had an issue. Trust me, you are going to prefer this over the Sony.

22. kicker07cvr

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You should still get one.. They are awesome..

14. alias3800

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

I'm very much considering picking one of these up when the update finally arrives (I.e. 2016), which hopefully will remedy all these ballbreaking issues with the phone.

28. Doc_Oc

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

I've experienced none of the issues people are talking about with the Turbo, including this battery issue. I highly recommend the Turbo.

15. awerner68

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

I'm seeing similar on my Turbo and looking for improvements when the next software update comes out.

16. DFranch

Posts: 548; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

No problems with battery life on my Turbo.

19. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

This phone could have been so great. Sub-par camera and screen (and now these battery issues) are just too much to overcome when put up against the other feature phones that are out right now.

27. Doc_Oc

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

What are the reason you think the camera is "sub-par"? I think the camera is great. And what is wrong with the screen? It's about as sharp as it gets.

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