11.09.2015Personal Tech

Verizon Droid Turbo 2 Review

By: Kay Roseland

First: Confession time. I’m only on my second smartphone. And one, count ‘em, one cell phone before that. Didn’t need them for the longest time. As I got deeper into social media, it began to be more difficult to rationalize being a social media nerd who didn’t have a smartphone. About that time, I stumbled into a Minnebar session that explained the difference between Android and Droid. Cue the trumpets! I could not begin to be an expert in all things iOS. But Droid, there were possibilities.

My first Droid Razr Maxx was a revelation. Not the least of which was falling servant to my sister as we drove around one Thanksgiving. “Kay, Google this! Kay, Google that!” Huh. I had turned into her personal Siri. Funny thing was, my sister is one of those Apple people. Yet it was easier for her to call out her instructions to me. I dutifully typed in her quests. That was before I fell in love with asking Google via my voice. And Google is such a great speller! My deepest satisfaction was the battery life of my second Droid, a Turbo: a good 48 hours. I loved nothing more than replying to some Apple user’s tweet before an all-day event: “Bring your chargers!” Me: “Get a Droid!” Now there is another update to the Droid line, the Droid Turbo 2, the new premier Droid. I’ve got my hands on a review copy.

Features Moto ShatterShield™ means your screen won’t crack or shatter. It might scratch, but that’s pretty minor. Considering that the closest Apple gets to shatterproof is in the patent stages, some people have been looking for this. I tested it out with a coworker who dropped it several times, and then went for the ultimate test: it fit in her purse. Turns out I chose well; she had an iPhone that dropped and shattered. Apparently this is not rare; our IT department would not replace her phone—they gave her a new cover. Okaaaay.

Storage. For those of you who are like me, addicted to photos, the Droid Turbo 2 has up to 2 TB of storage, with a micro SD card sold separately. A terabyte (TB) is a measure of computer storage capacity that is 2 to the 40th power, or approximately a trillion bytes. Yikes!

Battery life has always been a great feature on this family of Droids. Not only will you defeat the “ya gotta bring a charger to an all-day event” people, in 15 minutes of Turbo charging, you can gain up to 13 hours of power. All day events, here I come!

Camera. Remember your first smartphone, when 5 megapixels seemed like a big deal? The Droid Turbo 2 has 21 megapixels! When you activate the camera, a settings wheel pops out from the left side and gives you options: panoramic, night, timer, wide screen and my personal fave - turn the sound off! (Since I take a lot of pics to get the ones I need, no sound makes the humans surrounding me very happy.) It might not be the #1 best phone camera in the world, but it is darn good. Lots of other bells and whistles, but if you like Droids in general and want a shatter-proof phone with long battery life, the Droid Turbo 2 is the phone for you!

This is a guest post from Kay Roseland, a Droid fan and social media practitioner in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Kay started her blog Shareology in 2009 and now edits the blog From the Source. She tweets under @KayLoire