Motorola Droid TURBO – After The Buzz, episode 47 (Video)

Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review.

Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity.

For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not many people revisit the device to see how it feels a few months later, because everyone’s already focused on the next big deal coming down the pipe.

So let’s do something about that. Let’s see how we feel about devices when they’re not shiny and new anymore. This is After The Buzz.

Motorola Droid Turbo review 2015

The Motorola Droid TURBO can be thought of as the bigger, brawnier cousin of last year’s excellent Moto X. In the States, it’s exclusive to Verizon Wireless, which means at least some folks in need of a durable, long-lasting smartphone probably switched networks to get it. Did they make the right call?

Well, the specs have certainly aged well. The Snapdragon 805 was one of last year’s most powerful processors, and backed up by 3GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of onboard storage, it holds up well under the processing load of the newer Android version the Turbo’s running today. Toss in a 5.2-inch Quad HD display and a 21 MP camera, and the Turbo certainly isn’t hurting in terms of raw hardware. It’s durable, too: whether you sprung for the metallized glass weave or the ballistic nylon version we’ve got here, you got a pretty beefy phone that doesn’t mind being tossed around – even if that includes a little splish-splash. And Motorola has recently introduced new color options, adding the new silver finish with colorful trims, and bringing the 32GB storage tier to the ballistic nylon version as well.

But just as the high points have persisted, so too have the low ones. The Droid TURBO’s screen is beautiful and crisp in the shade or indoors, but outside at high noon you’re not going to notice its resolution because the panel just doesn’t get bright enough to overcome direct sunlight. The side keys are mushy, the speakerphone collects dust like a moon crater, and despite the new paint job, the boxy phone has a distinct lack of charm. Also, as we’ve seen before, Motorola’s software value adds don’t tend to age very well … and that’s held true for the Droid Turbo as well.

For the full story, check out the newest episode of After The Buzz below – and then compare it with our initial pass with the video review from last winter down at bottom!

Motorola Droid TURBO review 2015: After The Buzz 47

Motorola Droid TURBO review (Winter 2015)

Wondering how other devices have held up to the ravages of time? Check out our After The Buzz re-reviews of the Galaxy Note 4, iPhone 6, and Google Nexus 6 – and then give your ISP a rest by loading something other than a video: load up our look back at the five essential mobile phone features (that no one cares about anymore)!

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Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA. Read more about Michael Fisher!