Review Motorola Droid Turbo 2 (Moto X Force)
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Options and first impressions
For the review we received exactly Droid Turbo 2 – the American exclusive from Verizon Wireless. Contrary to common misconceptions, the smartphone is not locked for a specific operator and works in our networks, but sometimes it reminds that the SIM card in it is not from Verizon. The device is delivered in a sufficiently large black box. Inside, apart from the smartphone, there is documentation, a clip for removing the SIM card tray and a charging unit with support for Turbo Charge technology. The charging cable is not removable, there is no separate cable for connecting to a computer, but it is unlikely for anyone to become a problem, because almost everyone has a microUSB cable.
When you first turn on, a couple of points draw attention to themselves. Firstly, the Verizon version will not have the Ukrainian and Russian language of the system (there is a keyboard and text prediction for the Russian language). This should be known to those who do not speak English well. In the "official" X Force, the localization of the system will be. Secondly, the user will be greeted with pre-installed software from the aforementioned American operator, which will not interest our inhabitants in any way.
Design and usability
The appearance of the device will not appeal to everyone. This is a fairly large and rough apparatus. You can distinguish Droid Turbo 2 from X Force by the inscription “Droid” on the back of the device and the Verizon logo under the display. If these "marks" are, then you have in your hands the American model. There will be no branded Moto Maker service in our region, and those who want a custom case will have to bother with the purchase. I’m not sure that the efforts and additional waste of money and time will be justified.
The black smartphone that fell into our hands with a plastic back cover and a red accent around the camera and on the speaker. In Moto Maker’s, you can change the color of the frame and front panel, the back can be plastic, leather or ballistic nylon. Due to the abundance of sensors on the front panel, it is better to choose black, despite the fact that it is more easily soiled. The frame on the contour of the smartphone is metal, its color changes depending on the choice of color of the front panel.
The display is covered not with glass, but with plastic. But do not underestimate it (plastic), if you do not focus on the fact that the display is not protected by glass, no one will notice this. It is screen protection that is the hallmark of the Droid Turbo 2 – the display cover is shockproof (Shatterproof). According to the company, no matter how you drop your smartphone (within reason, of course), the display will survive this calmly. Although minor scratches on it can still appear. Unfortunately, we do not have the opportunity to test the durability of the screen. An oleophobic coating on plastic is present. Tactile top layer is not much different from glass.
The device case itself is quite large – 149.8x78x7.6 mm, weight is 169 grams. Thanks to the slightly beveled edges, the smartphone holds well in the hand, but not everyone will be able to fully manage the device with one hand. The power button is rough, and the volume rocker is smooth. They are located on the right side, which is quickly remembered. On top of the device is a headphone jack, next to the SIM card tray and microSD card. Bottom microUSB connector. On the rear panel there is a main camera window, a double flash and two additional microphones.
On the front panel, in addition to the standard set of sensors, speaker and camera (with flash), there are four IR sensors that activate the Moto Display function. Just wave your hand over the display and the time and notifications will appear on the screen. Two slots are located under the display: one of them is a microphone, the second is a speaker.
All this is quite well assembled and does not cause any global comments. It so happened that the smartphone will collect all the dust from its pocket (this can be clearly seen in most photos), it will clog in the slot of the speakers and in the pattern on the back cover, which is very important for plastic and a ballistic nylon cover. But you can live with it. Otherwise, if you like the look, then you will not find any serious flaws.
Picture Droid Turbo 2 will not please everyone. But let’s start with the good. The diagonal of the display is 5.4 inches, and the resolution is 2560×1440 pixels (540 ppi). Naturally, it will not work to consider a single pixel without additional devices. The screen is protected by several layers of shockproof plastic, which allows you to keep it intact in the event of a fall. The backlight of the display will be enough for a sunny day, and its minimum value will not blind at night. Auto-adjustment of the backlight brightness sometimes works with a small but noticeable delay. But the backlight is adjusted very accurately and comfortably for the user.
Unfortunately, the display still has some problems. Viewing angles are maximum, but the “blue filter” typical of AMOLED matrices appears in the picture with a minimal rotation of the device. Colors are traditionally oversaturated compared to IPS. For those who are used to such screens, this will not be a problem, but it will be difficult for adherents of IPS-matrices. The shape of the off screen is visible under the plastic of the front panel due to several layers of protection. It resembles a small air gap, although it is not particularly striking.
In general, the display can be forgiven for minor flaws precisely for its strength. Competitive smartphones will not be able to boast of this, but their image quality will be higher.
By a strange coincidence, the flagship Motorola Droid Turbo 2 did not receive front-facing stereo speakers. The reasons for this decision are unknown. In any case, the main speaker of the smartphone is mediocre. No, it sounds good, but in comparison with competitors it loses a little. This is true only with regard to playing music, for games and video sound is quite enough. The quality of the headphone signal Droid Turbo 2 is not upset. The sound in the usual Monster Jamz and Ultimate Ears made me very happy.
The speaker allows you to comfortably talk even near a noisy road.
The weakest point of Motorola has always been the camera. The specifications speak of 21 megapixels, dual flash, fast autofocus, f / 2.0, video recording with a resolution of 4K and slow motion video at 720p. All this is so. But in practice, the camera is not so good. In daylight, of course, wonderful pictures are obtained with rich colors and detail, but in muted tones or at night it is more difficult to get a good picture.
Under artificial lighting, pictures can be blurry, so you have to hold the camera for a second without moving. Burst shooting may not help for dynamic scenes. Well, in poor lighting conditions, a good shot will not work right away. Closer to the picture you will see a lot of noise and blurry details. A flash, of course, will help, but everything will greatly depend on the situation and the environment.
The standard camera application is optionally triggered by a gesture – you need to quickly turn it with a brush twice. It’s quite convenient and you quickly get used to it. Among the settings, everything is very simple: the quality of pictures and videos, the inclusion of the flash, the HDR mode, there is a timer, you can set the manual exposure and focus point selection, as well as the inclusion of geometries and the choice of location for storing photos. In a word, no frills. There are no manual settings for ISO, shutter speed and other things.
Full HD video example:
Example 4K video:
The front camera has a resolution of 5 MP and flash. She has the same problems as the main camera. So those who are passionate about Instagram and constantly taking selfies, this smartphone is unlikely to suit.
But if the best camera is not one of the main requirements when choosing a new gadget, the capabilities of such in the Droid Turbo 2 should be enough. Compared to the current flagships of competitors, she still loses.
Hardware platform and software
Performance flagship Motorola does not hold. This is one of the strongest smartphones last year. So, inside they qualified the eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (MSM8994), Adreno 430 video, 3 GB of RAM and a 32/64 GB drive with expandable memory cards. Naturally, such iron is enough for any tasks. Like all devices with Snapdragon 810, excessive heat will appear during games and watching videos. He will not burn his hands, but there will be slight discomfort from this. Test results are expectedly high. A complete set of all kinds of sensors and receivers (including wireless charging) is present.
The device is running Android 5.1.1. Motorola does not do any custom launchers; the company is for a “clean” OS. Subjectively, it’s worth using something like Apex for more efficient use of free space on such a large display (the launcher allows you to control the desktop grid, with which you can put more icons on the screen and adjust their size).
The smartphone should get an update to Android Marshmallow, but as the practice of the first Droid Turbo shows, this can happen with a long delay.
The device has a battery capacity of 3760 mAh. In my use mode, I was able to get an average of 4-5 hours of screen. This is a normal result, at the end of the day the smartphone stably remained about 15-25%. Unfortunately, getting the promised 48 hours of marketing from one charge will not work. It would be very interesting to see how long such a device with a resolution of the Full HD display, and not Quad HD, could live.
What greatly helps out is a complete charger. With it, you can charge the battery from 0 to 100% in just 1 hour 20 minutes, and if the battery was not completely discharged, then recovery will take about an hour. This is how the process of charging a discharged device looks like: 10 minutes – 17%, 30 minutes – 54%, 60 minutes – 92%, 80 minutes – 100%. In other words, if you have two such units (the first at home, the second at work), then you can not worry about battery consumption at all.