Motorola's Droid Turbo delivers on two-day battery life claim

PCWorld | Nov 5, 2014

With a 3,900 mAh hour battery, which is among the highest capacity available, I was able to go for about 50 hours without recharging under moderate use. Follow me on Twitter @nickjb

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So you're looking for a phone that you don't need to charge every night? Motorola's new Droid Turbo advertises two days of battery life, but is that possible. Actually, yes it is. I'm Nick Barber and in this hands on we'll be taking a look at some of the features that sets this smartphone ahead of the pack.

Motorola's Droid Turbo runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has a 5.2" AMOLED display at 1440x2560 pixels. It's display sharp and crisp and looks great displaying images and apps. The phone runs a quad core 2.7 Gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor.

Where the Turbo really excels is battery life. With a 3900 milliamp hour battery, which is among the highest capacity available, I was able to go for about 50 hours without recharging under moderate use. With heavy usage I was still able to get a full day in without charging. I even streamed Netflix for 7 hours over 4G and had at least a third of the battery left when I was done.

Motorola's included some other useful features. Moto Display lights up the phone's screen and shows you new notifications when you get close to it.

Moto Voice lets you control your phone using voice commands, which can be helpful once you learn the commands the phone can understand.

The camera on the Droid Turbo is 15.5 megapixels in widescreen mode. It takes nice pictures for a smarpthone. The f/2 aperture lets you get a nice shallow depth of field. It can shoot video up to 4K, but unless you have a 4K display you won't really be able to enjoy it. 1080p video at 30 frames per second is a nice feature, but we'd like to see better built in stabilization.

The phone has a Gorilla Glass screen and is water repellent. It's not designed to be submerged.

The real reason to consider this device is if you find yourself burning through your battery on a daily basis. This could solve that. The Motorola Droid Turbo is available with 32 gigabytes of storage through Verizon Wireless for 200 dollars with a 2 year contract. Off contract the phone is 600 dollars.

In Boston, I'm Nick Barber, IDG News Service.
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