It's not as big as the Nexus 6 or as sleek as the iPhone 6, but Motorola's new flagship smartphone is hard to beat when it comes to performance and features. The Droid Turbo is a superfast business phone with a brilliant display and what might be unmatched battery life. Motorola claims the device can run for up to 48 hours on a charge, which is longer than any other flagship phone. Plus, it features a sharp 5.2-inch display and handy Motorola features like Moto Voice, which lets you issue voice commands without ever touching your smartphone. The Droid Turbo goes on sale Oct. 30 starting at $200 with a two-year contract through Verizon. In the meantime, read on for five features that make it good for work.
Quad HD display
The centerpiece of the Droid Turbo is its supersharp 5.2-inch display. It's the same size as the screen on Motorola's other flagship phone, the 2014 Moto X. But the Turbo delivers a sharper picture, with a Quad HD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, compared with 1,080 x 1,920 pixels for the Moto X. It's a big, beautiful display that could really benefit business users, since it gives you tons of room to work. That's a perk for anyone who wants to perform screen-intensive tasks like editing a spreadsheet. The trade-off is portability; the Droid Turbo is just big enough to be a bit awkward for one-handed use, though it's not nearly as unwieldy as phablets like Samsung’s 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4.
The Droid Turbo packs about as much oomph as business users could ask for. The device is powered by a superspeedy 2.7-GHz quad-core processor, giving it performance on par with the fastest smartphones, including the Note 4. Like that device, the Turbo boasts 3GB of RAM, so expect extremely snappy multitasking as well. Other hardware highlights include 32GB of onboard storage (you can up that to 64GB for an extra $50.) Keep in mind that there's no micro SD card slot to expand the internal storage.
Long battery life
The fastest hardware in the world won't get you very far if your smartphone dies. That's why the Droid Turbo's superlong battery life is the real standout feature for business users. The device packs a 3,900-mAh battery, which is extremely large for a phone this size. And Motorola says the battery gives the device up to 48 hours of mixed usage, which would be pretty extraordinary if it's true. We haven't had a chance to test the device yet for ourselves, so we're withholding final judgment on the phone's longevity, but we do know that Motorola has a great track record when it comes to battery life. When the Droid RAZR Maxx debuted in 2012, it was the longest-lasting smartphone around.
The other highlight is the inclusion of Motorola's Turbo Charger, which Motorola says can give you an extra eight hours of mixed-use battery life with just 15 minutes of charging. That could be a lifesaver for those times when you notice your battery running low just minutes before you're leaving the office.
Last month Motorola launched the second-generation Moto X smartphone, a flagship device with sleek curves and a sharp 5.2-inch display. But Motorola's special software features are what really help set that phone apart from the pack. Thankfully, all of those features have made their way to the company's new Droid Turbo.
Take Moto Voice, a handy feature that lets you use voice commands without ever touching your smartphone — even when the display is turned off. Simply set a launch phrase, then utter it at any time to initiate the phone's voice-command prompt. Then state a command such as "Remind me to call Jim tomorrow at 2 p.m." to receive an alert when the time comes. The Droid Turbo is always listening for your launch phrase, so you don't need to tap the screen or press a button to start using voice commands. You can use the feature to update your calendar, get driving directions, take a note and even perform a Web search — all totally hands free. It's a small but extremely useful feature that can actually up your productivity. For example, Moto Voice makes digital note-taking apps feel useful and relevant for the first time, since saving a note is so quick and effortless.
Moto Actions is another handy feature that lets you check on incoming notifications more easily. Like the Moto X, the Droid Turbo packs an IR sensor that can detect when you wave your hand over the device and turn the screen on. That means you can quickly view the time and check on new alerts without picking your phone up from your desk. And when you're receiving a call, you can simply wave your hand over the screen to silence your phone.
Finally, Moto Display makes it easier to act on notifications. When a new email arrives, for example, you'll see a mail icon on your phone's screen. Press and hold the icon to view a quick preview of the message, drag up to jump straight to your email app for a quick response, or drag sideways to dismiss the alert — all right from the lock screen.
It's not half as pretty as HTC's One M8 or Apple's iPhone 6, but the Droid Turbo is more durable than most flagship smartphones. That's not a bad trade-off, since a durable work phone is a reliable work phone. The body of the device is actually made from supertough Kevlar, with an extra layer of ballistic nylon protecting the back of the phone — the same material used for motorcycle jackets. Plus, the AMOLED panel is protected by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, and the whole device is covered in a water-repellant coating, which protects against splashes, though it won't save your smartphone if it's submerged underwater. In other words, the Droid Turbo is a smartphone that business users can carry around without worrying about using a protective case. And fortunately, all that extra protection doesn't add much bulk to the device; it's actually about as light as the Moto X. There's one last perk to mention: Verizon is offering a "like new" (in other words, refurbished) replacement device for any customer who cracks the Turbo's screen, apparently with no questions asked.