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Review: Motorola Droid Turbo for Verizon Wireless

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Screen

The Turbo's 5.2-inch screen has 2560 x 1440 pixels filling out the height and width. That's quad-HD resolution, and a big step up from the Moto X's 1080p HD 5.2-inch screen. Motorola stuck with AMOLED technology for the panel and it looks fantastic. It is sharp, bright, and colorful. Viewing angles are excellent; there's no change in color or brightness when the phone is tilted side-to-side. I didn't have any trouble using the device outside at all. It's a good screen, befitting of a flagship, and it puts the hurt on some competitive models, such as the HTC One (M8).

Signal

The Droid Turbo performed perfectly on Big Red's network, just as I expected it to. The phone easily found Verizon's LTE signal and remained connected throughout my review period. I was able to surf the web and make calls throughout New York City and northern NJ without issue. It did well in historically weak coverage areas, and never once dropped a call. Data speeds were best in strong coverage regions, but still good under the worst conditions. Motorola's radio prowess remains intact.

Sound

The Droid Turbo did an inferior job with call quality compared to the Moto X. Calls experienced on the Turbo were clear and voices sounded excellent, but the earpiece is simply not loud enough. I was able to maintain conversations in my quiet office or in a parked car, but noisy coffee shops had me running outside in order to hear my friends. Noise cancellation helped with quality on the other end of calls, where my friends and family most often said I sounded loud and clear. The speakerphone is much louder, and delivers equally good quality. I easily heard calls in a busy coffee shop and a moving car. Ringtones and alerts were respectably loud, and the vibrate alert had no trouble catching my attention even when the phone was in my backpack.

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Battery

I can't think of many devices that have a battery larger than the Droid Turbo's 3,900 mAh power source. Motorola claims it delivers 48 hours of battery life and it comes close to that promise. The Turbo consistently lasted from 8AM one day until about 2PM the next day. That's a lot more than most other smartphones can say. It means you can get through an entire day with plenty of power to spare. Most nights the Turbo still had 40 or 50% battery left at Midnight after a full day of testing. You'll rarely ever have to worry about running out of juice in a single day.

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