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Motorola DROID Turbo 2 Review

Motorola DROID Turbo 2

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Motorola DROID Turbo 2 Review


Motorola DROID Turbo 2 Review
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 Review
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 Review
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 Review
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 Review
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 Review
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 Review
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 Review
Motorola is on a roll, there’s no doubting that undeniable fact. Unlike the Motorola of the past, which spewed several new handsets throughout the year, today’s Motorola, now a Lenovo company, has more of a defined portfolio consisting of quality devices that pack substance.

Now, it wouldn’t be Motorola-like without its prized DROID line for Verizon Wireless. Needless to say, it’s a longstanding relationship between the two companies. Last year, the DROID Turbo impressed many folks not only for its better specs sheet than the 2014 Moto X, but it also proved to the critics that today’s high-end phones are still capable of delivering long-lasting battery life.

Back for round two, its successor in the aptly named DROID Turbo 2 hopes to continue the trend – while also being greeted with the usual array of improvements and upgrades. With this year’s model, however, it tacks on one peculiar quality that’s lacking in many of today’s premium devices. That, folks, is none other than sporting an impenetrable design that can withstand the pitfalls that we sometimes encounter in our lives.

The package contains:

  • Motorola Droid Turbo 2
  • Turbo charger
  • Quick start guide
  • Safety & warranty information
  • SIM removal tool


Its rugged-like construction is complemented by its highly customizable design via Moto Maker.

Aesthetically, the DROID Turbo 2 has less of an aggressive design than its predecessor. That’s not a bad thing per se, seeing that its slimmer footprint makes it vastly easier to handle than say, the Moto X Pure Edition. While it shares some of the design aesthetics of Motorola’s prized darling, the DROID Turbo 2 favors a design with a more subtle arch to its casing – complemented by a thicker metal trim bezel. From afar, it’s distinctively boasting many of the design characteristics of the Moto X Pure Edition, like the metal plate that’s encompassing the Motorola logo and camera lens on the back, but the “DROID” name plastered on the back makes it unmistakable.

Our particular unit is a white DROID Turbo 2 with an embossed triangle pattern stitched across its casing that emphasizes texture. There’s definitely a subtle plastic feel to the entire thing, but more importantly, it helps in giving it a clean finish that doesn’t show any fingerprints or smudges. Going with this particular setup is crucial, as the materials employed here all help to give the DROID Turbo 2 its increased durability – where it’s able to absorb shocks due to drops, without fear of the phone’s construction being compromised.

While the design is slightly subdued over last year’s aggressive styling, the DROID Turbo 2 benefits by offering more customization with its design via Moto Maker. Similar to the Moto X Pure Edition, you can design the DROID Turbo 2 to your liking – choosing the kind of materials, colors, and even engraving. Besides the soft grip body casing, you can opt to go with a ballistic nylon or pebbled leather finish, giving it a more sophisticated look and feel. This alone boosts its design tremendously, whereby very few phones have this level of customization.

Motorola’s modern design DNA is obviously well-intact with the DROID Turbo 2, but it does see one specific difference to the Moto X Pure Edition in the form of built-in wireless charging, which is an added treat for this DROID.

Besides that, it pretty much follows after the Moto X Pure edition, which shouldn’t be surprising at all. For example, they’ve also fashioned a handy LED flash with the front-facing camera, ensuring that faces are properly exposed in the dimmest of lighting conditions. Also similar, the camera setup in the back with its dual-tone LED flash and the recessed Motorola nub.

Rugged designs are one thing, being waterproof is totally another. Prior to its official announcement, we were teased by the prospect of it being waterproof. Alas, that’s not quite the case, since it offers the same level of water resistance as its predecessor, thanks to its advanced nano-coating technology. More than capable of enduring minor accidental spills, or usage under light rain, it’s not intended to survive complete submersion. Still, we’ll take its level of water resistance.

Motorola DROID Turbo 2
5.9 x 3.07 x 0.36 inches
149.8 x 78 x 9.2 mm
5.96 oz (169 g)

Motorola DROID Turbo 2

Samsung Galaxy S6
5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches
143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches
148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm
5.47 oz (155 g)


Apple iPhone 6s
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches
138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)

Apple iPhone 6s

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Motorola DROID Turbo 2 Review


You’ll never have to worry about dropping your phone thanks to the ShatterShield display.

The biggest attraction in the DROID Turbo 2's 5.4” QHD screen is the new ShatterShield technology.

With it, it's like buying a smartphone with a flawless screen protector pre-installed! But, more importantly, it's the mark of plastic OLED technology finally coming together to offer smartphone users peace of mind. How so?

Simply put, there is no glass on this thing, although it's pretty hard to tell! The DROID Turbo 2 display assembly is split in five layers, engineered for maximum durability. It starts with an aluminum chassis that holds the AMOLED panel, providing structural integrity. On top of the AMOLED panel lie not one, but two touch-sensitive digitizers — if the primary one fails, the second immediately takes over. No compromises here! Moving upwards, we find an "interior lens", which is an optically transparent layer that acts as a clear protective shield. Finally, the interior lens is covered by a second, exterior protective lens with a proprietary hard coating that guards against damage. This is what your fingers end up touching as you operate the touchscreen.

All of this attention might seem overkill, but it’s a necessary one that ensures it continues to work flawlessly despite being dropped. Whereas other screens can crack or shatter after a few drops, the ShatterShield display is able to endure multiple drops without incident. Even from a height of 5 feet, then coming into contact with concrete with the display impacting first, there’s no damage to it whatsoever.

What about the other qualities of its display? Well, it’s typical AMOLED in the way it produces over-saturated colors, wide viewing angles, and that perfect black color. Despite its inaccuracies in the sRGB color gamut chart, the panel actually delivers a pretty good color temperature of 6849K. From the looks of it, however, the screen exhibits a yellowish tone. Recently, we’ve seen improvements made to AMOLED technology when it comes to luminance, but the DROID Turbo 2 tops out at a meager 315 nits. While that tally can be pushed to 445 nits when it’s placed on the automatic setting, where using it with the sun cranks its contrast even higher, it’s still nowhere close as potent as the Moto X Pure Edition.

Nowadays, Quad-HD resolution is hardly a surprise. Motorola manages to differentiate its display here in the DROID Turbo 2 by accompanying it with a shatter-resistant screen. Trust us, it’s an invaluable thing to have, because at some point during your relationship with the phone, you’ll inevitably drop it – whether it be by accident or on purpose. Well, it's just good to know that it's ensured to survive. That alone is a quality that few phones can tout!

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 445
Samsung Galaxy S6 563
LG G4 454
Apple iPhone 6s 554
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posted on 03 Nov 2015, 05:55 13

1. disatrousrainbow (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Oct 2015)

Is it me or have recent PA reviews been...a little muted when it comes with the final score? Like, this review gives an overall very positive impression of the Turbo 2, very similar to the Moto X Pure one, yet it scores bellow the Moto X Pure. Hmmmm...

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 06:06

2. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1614; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Pretty sure the bar is set so high from the edge+/note5/6S/6S plus that all these phones as great as they sound on paper in real life usage dont even come close. At least thats my impression of all these nice phones scoring well but not near the top ones.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 06:50 3

11. bur60 (Posts: 878; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)

It actually is the opposite. Like gsmarena stated, the phones like iphone 6s and galaxy s6 seem amazing in the media and on the sheet, but in reality smartphones hit a kind of plateu. The s6 even has is major drawbacks which makes it more a fashion item instead of a real powerfull smartphone (looking at the memory managment). I think that all phones of this year are just meh. S6 z5 lg g4 this moto. They all have compromises instead of everything. Z5 does come close in hardware, falls behind with design.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 09:25 2

26. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Lol the memory management is hardly a major issue. It's actually very very very minor.

The major issue is a crap 750p display and rehashed 2014 design on the 6s and touch response issues from the 3D Touch layer.

Occasionally having a split second to reload an app in the recent apps menu is totally mitigated by how the GS6 is the app opening speed king when you use the app from where most people use it 99 percent of the time. Ie pressing the app icon on the home screen or App Store.....

In fact, not having a close all recent apps button on the Nexus and iPhone devices probably costs you double or triple more time than that so called major drawback would in a real scientific test.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 10:21

34. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Sorry, that should stay app drawer at the end if paragraph 3, not App Store. Lol. Damn auto correct.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 06:07 2

3. phonefan68 (Posts: 12; Member since: 02 Dec 2013)

I have felt the same way. It seems like only certain phones can get a decent score.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 06:28 3

4. lozanro (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

Or to put it bluntly, only certaing BRANDs.
Like how does this 8* phone compare to a 7* review of LG V10?

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 09:21

25. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Price probably carries a lot of weight, of course the high price doesn't hurt the iPhone but that's just Apple playing people like fools.

posted on 04 Nov 2015, 07:00

65. SupermanayrB (Posts: 1025; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

I've seen this phone in person. This score is on point. Definitely not a Moto X Pure alternate.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 06:33 2

5. Pattyface (Posts: 1646; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

Started with the edge plus getting lower than it should have scores and all afterwards whether it be watches, fitness bands, phones..

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 06:34 10

6. Pattyface (Posts: 1646; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

Forgot to add Jon V dislike for anything not apple

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 08:04 1

19. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

When in doubt, always attack the messenger.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 09:29 2

27. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Oh, there is no doubt where the messengers biases lie.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 14:03 1

46. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

My problem with John V. is less the bias and more that he's a lousy, overly wordy writer in need of a really good copy editor.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 17:06

54. ThePython (Posts: 901; Member since: 08 May 2013)

I said before and I'll say it again: John should NOT be the only one reviewing the big releases. His bias is clear.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 06:35

7. super_cobra (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Oct 2015)

I used a droid turbo for a couple of days when it came out. I was impressed with it. I haven't been impressed with an android device in ages. Unfortunately it still had the problems I hate from android that made me switch to iPhone. Good to see Motorola putting out great devices. In my opinion they make the best android devices.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 06:38

8. Pattyface (Posts: 1646; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

Which issues did you hate? I'm curious if they are the same ones I don't like about my android.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 07:30

15. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1614; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

I am back on android after 10 months(5.1.1) and whatsapp has crashed 2 times in 5 days, managing apps and permissions is a mess, settings is a huge mess that I needed 5 different video tutorials just to figure out basic things that on iOS I could find with few clicks using logic. None the less still this is the best android I ever had and I am really happy with it. Hoping 6.0 will fix many issues and until iPhone 7 comes out I will be happy with android.

P.S. In those 10 months I have never ever had any kind of crashes from apps besides 2 times with camera. Thats in 10 months vs 5 days. I get all the great customization and features of android, and its the reason I got bored of iOS but damn was iOS stable.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 09:33 3

28. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Lol funny how it's the complete opposite for me. Safari crashes, close, and hangs like crazy and so does the Magic the gathering game on my iPad Air 2.

But my Android devices have been flawless.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 21:30

62. combatmedic870 (Posts: 930; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)

Same for me. Chrome is a crash fest on my iPhone 6. 10-15 times a day. Everyday....it crashes if you don't give it enough time to load. So sites like phone arena take atleast 10 seconds to full load die to all of their ads and pop ups.

Btw I've had to type this twice due to a FC while typing.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 16:46

53. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Just throwing your personal experience in there, or did you forget to switch back from a dummy account?

No offense, it just always seems odd when someone different replies to a question seemingly without skipping a beat.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 21:32

63. combatmedic870 (Posts: 930; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)

I laugh at your 2 times in 5 days. If chrome only crashed 2 times in 5 days I wouldn't even complain. Use chrome on IOS and see how you fair.
Hahaha 2 stupid times in five days...you can't even complain right dude.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 06:46 10

9. ananthu07 (unregistered)

iphone 6s scores better than galaxy s6 in Antutu(59,000vs58,000) and iphone 6s has better battery life than turbo2. Just burn PA. Everyone knows s6 scores 70,000 in Antutu and iphone 6s has less battery life compared to pretty much any of the flagships released in the second half of the year.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 06:52 8

12. bur60 (Posts: 878; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)

That is the weirdest part about PA, everybody said that the iphone 6s lacks in battery just like the 6, but it's in the top charts here?

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 07:39

16. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1614; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

In single core no phone on this planet has better performance than the 6S. Its the most important score for iOS devices. It has two of the best cores any mobile cpu can dream of. I dont need to post links just google it. Its getting really boring reading rushed posts by angry sheeps like you. And yes 6S has better battery life than 6, in some cases little in other much more. In the end it has a better battery than galaxy S6. So all in all both your points are invalid and they show why S6 has lower score on the review.

Oh andhttp://www.anandtech.com/show/9686/the-apple-iphone-6s-and-iphone-6s-plus-review/8 Do look where 6S is and where S6 is.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 09:38 4

29. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Um, Anandtech might try and hide things in technical jargon to appear like they are impartial and fair but they are almost as biased as the verge and iPhonearena.

They do so by quickly brushing off any iPhone flaws and writing a huge paragraph of any little and minor Android flaw.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 19:25 1

58. TheJewishMerp (Posts: 12; Member since: 20 Sep 2015)

Uh...the last Smartphone that got their Editors Choice Gold Award was the HTC One M7. It's really cringy that you rush to attack an iPhone as being biased when you know, deep down that this year, the 6s outperforms most Android flagships. I love Android, but the iPhone 6s/6s+ is a kickass device, and as an owner of both a 6s+ and Nexus 6, I can tell you that my overall experience has been WAY smoother on the iPhone. I was also an owner of a 6 Plus, prior to my purchase of a 6s Plus, and even as both the iPhone and the Nexus 6 aged, the iPhone was WAY more reliable!

I love Android, but it's foolhardy to dismiss the competition because you don't like the company that makes it or the OS it runs on. Legit competition is legit competition, and the iPhone 6s Plus is a great phone.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 20:12

59. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

What makes you think I rush to attack anything. I have a page of valid reasons why the 6s sucks ass and they are all facts.

posted on 04 Nov 2015, 00:10

64. ananthu07 (unregistered)

i did not say iphone is bad. Nor did I say it has worse CPU. I was only talking about the benchmark score that PA posted. Use any galaxy flagship this year and all of them will score about 70,000 but, PA put it as 58,000 for the s6. Then, the battery life, iphone 6s is better than 6 and s6 but it is certainly worse than many other phones especially when compared to a phone like Droid turbo 2, which every other video reviewer has said to have very good battery life. iPhone 6s is good but PA is too much biased. That's all I am saying.

EDIT: I did mention in my previous comment that the battery life is worse than the phones released in the second half of the year and obviously s6 was released before that, which makes Martin_Cooper's comparison to the s6's battery life completely invalid. He is the one who is replying because he is butthurt. I love android and ios but PA is too much biased towards iPhone.

posted on 03 Nov 2015, 06:49 8

10. MaryPoopins (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)

Another John V unbiased review ladies and gentlemen.

Stay classy PA !!

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Motorola DROID Turbo 2

Motorola DROID Turbo 2

OS: Android 7.0 6.0 5.1
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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.4 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (540 ppi) AMOLED
Camera21 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size5.90 x 3.07 x 0.36 inches
(149.8 x 78 x 9.2 mm)
5.96 oz  (169 g)

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