On paper, Motorola’s latest DROID carries on the brand’s storied legacy in spectacular fashion. A tablet-sized battery mated to a searing hot processor and a super-sharp display, with the whole thing wrapped in a splashproof casing of metallized glass (or better yet, ballistic nylon). “This is what the Moto X should have been!” cried the commenters on our initial hands-on several weeks back.
Well, maybe not. While the DROID Turbo did quite well against the second-generation Moto X in last month’s face-off, another twelve days of testing ultimately demonstrated why the X is the cross-carrier flagship and the Turbo is the VZW one-off. From its niche fit and finish to its surprisingly average endurance figures, the DROID Turbo isn’t for everyone – nor is it everything Motorola claims it to be.
Of course, no smartphone ever truly lives up to the hype its manufacturer whips up, and there’s an awful lot to like about Verizon’s latest overpowered flagship. With a wind-whipped dock, a dusty truck and an abandoned seaside bar at our disposal, we decided to put the new phone through its paces in an environment its rugged buyers might actually use it in: the real world. Enjoy our Motorola DROID Turbo review video below – and if you’re vacillating between it and the Moto X, check out the comparison immediately below it for an in-depth look at what’s what in the world of Moto.