Earlier this month I got to go to London for a conference. The folks at Verizon supplied me with the Droid Turbo 2 phone with shatterless screen and an International plan while I was there. The best part – it was really a great phone to take to London with me.
Let’s start with all the deets on this device. This is a Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor at 2.0 GHz. The GPU is an Adreno 430 at 600 MHz. It has 3 MB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB internal, with a microSD card support of up to 2 TB.
The AMOLED Display is 5.4″ and produces a 1440p Quad HD screen, or 2560×1440. The screen is called ShatterShield and many have dropped, ran over, hammered and done other items to the screen. Since this is a loaner model from Verizon, I cannot do any of those things. I can tell you this phone did drop out of pocket a couple times without a scratch.
The 3760 mAh battery gives you up to 48 hours mixed usage. In my sit test, the phone stayed charged for over 3 days. Of course, the phone also has TurboPower charging for what they state as 13 hours of power in 15 minutes.
While this is not a waterproof phone, it does have a water repellent nano-coating for those times you get some water on the phone.
The camera is 21 MP with a 2.0 aperture. Color Correlated Temperature CCT flash with dual LED for best capture. Many features in the photos and video, including slow motion, 4k-30fps and Video HDR.
Front ported speakers allow you to watch videos without cupping your hand on the side. The phone also has 5 mic support with active noise cancellation.
Finally, the Droid Turbo 2 has multiple sensors including Acclerometer, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Hall effect, infrared, Proximity and Magnetometer – basically measuring magnetic field pull.
Droid Turbo Pros and Cons
When I first pulled this phone out, I instantly noticed the screen. It was brighter and crisper than any other phone I’ve had this year. I have seen some reviews on how the phone looks ugly, but the black leather back version has a stylish exectutive look. I did not find this ugly at all.
One thing I know about people who own phones with bigger batteries – they go out of their way to make sure the next one also has a powerful battery. The tests I did with this phone show it can do the job. It was nice not having to pull out a external battery or plug the phone in the wall halfway through the day.
The phone does have some bloatware on it. Cookie Jam, Panda Pop, Sugar Smash are just a few games you might want to take off. It also has a lot of Verizon programs loaded, which you may need.
When I say 21 MP camera, it is for a 4:3 photo. It’s only 16.9 MP for anything Widescreen. The slow motion camera is only 720p and is only at 28 fps. I am not sure if it records in a higher framerate then processes in 28 fps, because the end result is not choppy or blurry. Nonetheless, your copy ends up in a non-standard frame rate.
Bottom line is this phone not only performed in London, with the International plan from Verizon, we were able to not only keep in touch with friends and family, but also post some of the great times we were having right away.
If you own a Verizon plan and are travelling outside the US, you should contact them to get pricing and access allowance. Verizon also has the TravelPass option starting at $2 a day with talk and text. My trip to the UK was $10 per day and we only used about 130 MB for the week we were there. They also have Cruise Ship Rates if you are planning yours.