Will the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 suffer the same fate as the Motorola DROID X2?

Will the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 suffer the same fate as the Motorola DROID X2?
The last couple of days, we've heard more and more about a sequel to the heavily spec'd Motorola DROID Turbo. The DROID Turbo 2 appears on a list of upcoming Verizon phones that will be offered at Costco. The last thing that Motorola and Verizon want to do is repeat what happened with another DROID sequel, the Motorola DROID X2.

After the amazing success of the Motorola DROID made Android a household name, the next big handset powered by the OS was the Nexus One. The HTC built model took much of the spotlight away from Motorola. But three months after the Nexus One was launched, Motorola took the things that made the DROID so appealing and super-sized it. The Motorola DROID X was born carrying a massive (for the times) 4.3-inch screen, and was powered by a single-core 1GHz CPU. 512MB of RAM was inside and an 8MP camera was on back with a 1540mAh battery inside.

But the real kicker was the design. With a thin body that widened at the top to form a hump for the camera, the phone looked like nothing else in the market, but still was unquestionably a DROID. We gave the phone a well-deserved 9.5 when we reviewed the handset (read it here). Yet, less than a year later, the Motorola DROID X2 was launched and we gave the phone an 8. What changed that made us drop the score from an A+ to a C+? Practically nothing.

Motorola pretty much kept the DROID X2 the exact same as the DROID X. Yes, there were some changes made. The resolution of the 4.3-inch screen rose from 480 x 854 to 540 x 960, and the single-core 1GHz CPU became a dual-core 1GHz CPU on the DROID X2. But the battery, rear camera and amount of RAM remained the same, as did the dimensions of the phone. As a result, the DROID X2 didn't exactly race to the top of the sales charts.

But there is a lesson to be learned here by Motorola. They just can't stick a label with the number "2" on it next to the DROID Turbo name and assume that the phone is going to sell. There needs to be some real innovation. One part that needs some work is the front-facing speaker. And we would love to see the next Turbo offer an IP certification that would allow it to be submerged in a bowl of water, and escape unscathed. Currently, the nanocoating technology protects the phone from spills and light rain.

The most important thing that Motorola must do is not fall back into the trap that doomed the DROID X2. Sure, make the DROID Turbo 2 a phone that can quickly be identifiable as a DROID, but shake things up. Make current Droid Turbo owners so jealous of DROID Turbo 2 owners that they feel compelled to upgrade to the new phone even if they are only halfway through their two year contract.

Motorola did it once before. When the DROID X was first unveiled, Motorola DROID owners were as green as could be with jealousy. It should be very interesting to see if the company can repeat this with the next Turbo.




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42 Comments

1. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I see opposite, today's phones are still suffering from average to poor battery life, rarely do I see phones that lasts, Motorola would definitely give the competition a run for their when they release the 2nd Droid Turbo.. make some great marketing strategy and it's good to go

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

When Motorola is going to stop giving its best to Verizon!

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Motorola has a commitment contract with Verizon, I don't know when it would end

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Apple did the same thing making the iPhone an AT&T exclusive for years. It's frustrating, I know.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You do realize that was several years ago? You're trying to fan the flames here.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm not fanning any flames here troll, I'm simply stating that companies do this sort of thing. Stop trying to start an argument.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Stop spreading bs and I'll stop calling you out. That simple.

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Is it bs that Apple ever had a contract with AT&T that made the iPhone an exclusive on that network for many years? Yeah, that's what I thought. F off piss ant.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I said the same thing last year. They put out a lackluster X last year while the Turbo and the Nexus 6 got the better part of the deal.

17. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And the Nexus and Turbo also cost quite a bit more, what's your point?

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The Moto G costs less yet it got stereo speakers, micro SD card support, and slightly better battery life.

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

it also had a lower resolution display, less RAM, a lower end processor, and didn't have some of the killer Motorola software that people love about the Moto X. Come on man, I know you're stupid, but do I really have spell everything out for you?

26. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

The Moto G doesn't have stereo speakers, there's only one front facing speaker, the other is for calls.

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I never bothered to check on the 2015 model, but last year's model did in fact have stereo front facing speakers. I'm sure it's probably the same this year as well.

38. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Neither Moto G's have stereo speakers

39. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Umm.... you're wrong. Don't know why you seem to act like an authority when you obviously do not know... View the video below and skip to the 4 minute mark. This is a review for last year's model. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=72&v=vMfx8hooENE

30. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Same with Samsung and the S Actives

3. olatgf

Posts: 37; Member since: May 02, 2015

There seems to be some financial enjoyment of some sort from Verizon.

4. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The Droid X2 was so obviously a stopgap product. Motorola hasn't released a hero phone in a year, and the Tegra-based Bionic was scrapped, so they slapped those Tegras in a slightly modified Droid X case and called it a new device. I can't think of another instance where a company not called Apple tried to get away with a new phone with an identical body.

22. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

" I can't think of another instance where a company not called Apple tried to get away with a new phone with an identical body." HTC one m9 lol

29. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Look how that turned out for HTC

6. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Part of the problem was the Droid customer base was used to and wanted physical keyboards. Taking away features your existing customer base likes just causes them to see what their other options are.

7. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That doesn't explain the Droid X, which was highly successful. And they kept releasing QWERTY Droids every year until 2013, but the later models were missing some key advancements (Droid 3 lacked LTE, Droid 4 had a subpar display and was, well, ugly.)

31. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

That's why it's only "part of the problem. ;-) Rather amazing though how the lack of a feature (e.g. keyboard, LTE, etc.) can kill an Android model, but not an iPhone model. The difference is having consumer choice.

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

i miss physical keyboard from my samsung ii5510 :-/ and still cant find any decent qwerty smartphone since last year.. and i might try silde qwerty case if it available for n5

32. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I mainly had the D2G because the wife wanted a keyboard and I wanted us to have the same model phone. There were a few times though when it was handy. Overall though I much prefer the reduced mechanical complexity (although the Moto D2G was well built).

9. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

I sincerely hope this isn't the case. Huge Motorola fan and a Turbo user, but the Turbo is so ugly and the battery life is by no means something to be proud of. I honestly wish I could have my Z3v back. The Moto X Style looks promising, though.

40. Doc_Oc

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Battery life is "by no means promising"? It's about as promising as it gets...that's one of its key features.

10. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I was just thinking about this the other day. For me personally I'd like to see the Moto x style camera with ois, micro SD,ip certification, a metal rim instead of the ugly plastic one, 64 and 128 storage options, a better display, stereo speakers an IR blaster and 4 gigs of ram. *drools*

11. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'd agree with most of what you said, except for the storage options. If it has micro SD card capability, why would you need a 128GB option? I'd say either a microSD slot OR a 128GB option, but not both. Why pay the extra for on board memory when you could probably get a comparable SD card for less? And if you're not storing your media and documents in the on board storage, 64GB would be plenty for apps, even 32GB would probably be enough.

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