Motorola Droid Turbo Hands-on, Initial Impressions and Photo Gallery

by Chetan Bhawani 3

Motorola Droid Turbo Camera

Motorola certainly had a great year in 2014, with several devices and covering every price range. The USP for every Motorola smartphone in the recent past, has been its design strategy as well as the near-stock experience, which keeps the clean and fast in response. The new and latest one with some brilliant specs in the list, is the Motorola Droid Turbo.

Limited to Verizon network for now, the device is expected to hit the International market with the name “Moto Maxx”, but for someone who cannot wait can grab the factory unlocked unit of Turbo already. The device is comparable to the Moto X 2014 only in terms of size, as in no other way they are similar. The 5.2-inch screen of this device comes with a 1440p resolution display, and that gives it a pixel density of 565 PPI, way above most of the flagships.

Powered by the Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB RAM, the one we have is a 32GB one and there is a 64GB Verizon verizon version available as well. The camera is bumped up as well, with a 20.7-megapixel rear shooter against the best of 13-megapixel lenses on the Nexus 6, if we talk of Motorola devices.

The ballistic nylon is a real threaded pattern, and Motorola is a company that believes in putting out something real. Such was the case with Moto X and its interesting back panels, especially the bamboo back which is a real material. The feel of ballistic nylon is great, but as always asks a question – will it stay there and stick for long?

The feel is good, and the phone doesn’t have the curvature that we see on the Moto X 2014, certainly for the reason that a lot more inclusions are there in this, and Motorola had to include a 3900 mAh battery. I’d be very much satisfied with this, as the battery on Moto X 2014 was quite disappointing while the company had to compromise to give it the best looks.

OnePlus One with the Sandstone black back looked and felt brilliant, and it was a little rough to keep it non slippery, and same is here with the Droid Turbo, which has this stitched pattern.

For the initial use, the Android 4.4.4 KitKat with near-stock experience worked so well, and you can imagine how much, when we say it is even better than the Moto X 2014. But the Android Lollipop flavor is awaited, and things will change a lot in that.

The camera isn’t so awesome to begin with, as you still see the same limited options in the camera app interface, though the capture quality is noticeably lot better than what you see in the Moto X 2014, and we did try to check the same with the captures taken by Xperia Z3, results coming out close in bright light, and the Droid Turbo doing bad in low light.

We’ll get to see how it does on our regular use, and although the device looks promising with the 3900 mAh battery, we will see how it fares in every important aspect, not just the battery life.

Chetan Bhawani

Chetan Bhawani is a dentist, a tech blogger and a passionate writer in the field of technology. He keeps himself connected to the web for the entire day, of course except when he's dozed off! Add +Chetan Bhawani on Google Plus for more!

  • Android

    Wow great article!!! I really don’t like the stitched back and i think it has too much depth in it. I feel it makes the phone look too rugged and doesn’t look too appealing to me.I would rather have the quality of the One Plus One or the plain Moto X. The phone other than that is great and even though the paper is top notch on paper i see that it isnt that good in reality. The screen is great and another beast of a near stock Android phone that has top notch specs better than most devices. I would only worry about the camera and the design for this case

  • Was very eager to learn more when you guys wrote about it and the specs a long while back. Now that it is finally here whether as Moto Maxx or Turbo, its pretty good. The ballistic nylon isn’t that good to me personally as I prefer a unibody design or a metallic design. It sort of puts off the look of an art project. But the phone iself is very strong and it retains the near stock experience which is excellent. I was initially impressed by its 21 mp compared to Nexus 6’s 13 mp camera but its low light woes can be a problem and isn’t good use of the 21 mp! Really have to wait for the review for a final judgement. Excellent Hands On makes me eager for the review!! Hoping that score can go up!

    (Also like the tweet widget on the side)

  • Kumar Sumit

    good phone but its too costly