The camera operates quickly and takes crisp, in-focus photos. Pictures are large when offloaded, which is great for anyone who wants scaled-up images that keep their sharpness when zoomed in. Objects had well-defined edges, and we were impressed with how true-to-life colors looked. Most photos taken in poor lighting conditions are hazy, with colored pixels produced instead of blacks. But there are degrees. With the flash turned off, the Droid Turbo's camera made scenes brighter and more discernible than those of some other cameras, like Samsung's.
For more on the phone's camera quality, check out some of our photos below.
Shooting in both 4K and 1080p HD video yielded similar results. We filmed next to a busy roadway with plenty of foot and car traffic. Objects, both moving and still, looked sharp, and the camera's focus adjusted quickly and smoothly to lighting and different distances of focus. Colors were accurate, and nearby and distant audio picked up well without any distortion.
The 2-megapixel front-facing camera takes photos in both widescreen and standard aspect ratios, and can record up to 1080p video.
Performance: Call quality
We tested the Droid Turbo in our San Francisco offices, and call quality was good. None of our calls dropped, audio remained continuous without clipping in and out, and we didn't hear any extraneous noises or buzzing. Our calling partner's voice sounded full and accurate, without much static or distortion. In-ear call volume, however, could have been louder. Although we could hear our partner's voice well, it was a bit low compared to other devices we've tested in the past.
Motorola DroidTurbo (Verizon) call quality sample
Volume levels on audio speaker, however, were satisfactory. Our partner came off loud, and unlike other speakers that render voices thin and sharp, hers sounded robust and with depth. As for her line, we were told our voices came through clearly, without much noise or muffling.
Data speeds, processing speed and battery life
4G LTE data speeds on Verizon's network were fast, though at times inconsistent. On average, the handset showed download and upload rates on Ookla's speedtest app at 16.26 and 10.88Mbps, respectively. But there were a couple of times when these rates would dip down to about 4 or 2Mbps. In addition, it was able to download and install the 43.70MB game Temple Run 2 within 41 seconds on average, but it took more than 2 minutes on one trial. Of course, data speeds depend on many factors like location and time of day, so users might have vastly different experiences.
In general though, Internet browsing was swift. It took 5 and 7 seconds to load CNET's mobile and desktop sites, respectively. The New York Times' mobile page finished loading after 7 seconds and its desktop version loaded in 11. The mobile site for ESPN clocked in at 4 seconds, while 7 seconds passed for the full Web page.
Motorola Droid Turbo (Verizon Wireless) performance times
|Average 4G LTE download speed||16.26Mbps|
|Average 4G LTE upload speed||10.88Mbps|
|Temple Run 2 app download (43.70MB)||41 seconds|
|CNET mobile site load||5 seconds|
|CNET desktop site load||7 seconds|
|Restart time||31 seconds|
|Camera boot time||1.72 seconds|
The phone's 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor from Qualcomm is powerful and lightning fast. We didn't notice any lag when it came to daily and repetitive tasks like opening up the app browser, launching the keyboard, and returning to the homescreen. Thanks to its Adreno 420 GPU, frame rates and graphics rendering are high and smooth, and games like Kill Shot and Riptide GP 2 looked great and never stalled or stuttered.
Benchmark tests mirrored our findings as well. The Droid Turbo's best Quadrant score was 22,642 -- on par with its flagship competitors like the(which scored 23,707), (23,103) and the (24,593). Its highest Linpack multi-thread score was 878.472 MFLOPs in 0.19-second, which is one of the best results we've seen all year. In addition, it took about 31 seconds to restart the device and 1.72 seconds to launch the camera.
The Turbo's battery is a big deal on paper, 3,900mAh, and Motorola has a reputation for making long-lasting phones. The handset also powers up ridiculously quickly, well on its way to replenishing depleted stores in 30, or even 15 minutes. The Turbo -- and other phones like the Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. In other words, the Turbo gets its titular power from the chip, not the vendor.and -- owe the zero-to-sixty power sprint to
Anecdotal observation for that massive battery have been solid so far, and during our first preliminary round of battery drain testing, the handset lasted an impressive 14 hours and 43 minutes of continuous video playback. And though it hit below the 48 hour mark that Motorola touts, the phone still lasted a whopping 34 hours and 8 minutes for talk time. Charging a the drained battery with the Turbo charger took almost exactly 2 hours. Additional tests will take place, so be sure to check back with this review for more details. According tothe device has a SAR rating on 0.39W/kg.
If you like the Motorola Droid Turbo's software offerings, but its $200 (32GB)/$250 (64GB) price tag is out of your budget, theis a good alternative -- it's reliable, customizable, and its scaled-down specs mean a lower starting price.
However, if you're in the market for a premium device, the Droid Turbo should rank high for Verizon users. Sure, its questionable design definitely doesn't have universal appeal. Both theand the are in the same price range, look better, and are water resistant.
But if you put aside its aesthetic, the Turbo still has a capable 21-megapixel camera and bright display, which together offer a solid shooting and media experience. Fans of stock Android will also like the phone's barely skinned UI, and it's one of the most powerful handsets on the market. (Its bleeding-edge Snapdragon 805 processor for example, is lightning fast and only available in a few devices so far.)
Perhaps the Turbo's ace in the hole though, is its monster battery capacity. Continuing the Droid family's legacy of phones that keep going and going and going, the handset promises a battery that not only charges fast, but one that offers more hours of juice than its competitors.