News by Luke Jones on Tuesday October 28, 2014.
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Verizon has today launched the Motorola built DROID Turbo, the carrier's exclusive flagship heavyweight. The exclusive smartphone business model is dying, but Verizon is still giving it a go and with the DROID Turbo the company has one of the very best smartphones on the market. Motorola has taken the best parts of the Moto X and the Motorola built Google Nexus 6 to build this device, and the DROID Turbo is at least every bit as good as those handsets.As is usually the case with DROID devices, Verizon has tasked Motorola with making the design look different to the company's current line-up. So, while you can see the Moto X influence, the Turbo stands on its own with a flatter look and sitting on a chassis that appears to be carbon fiber, although it could be nylon. According to Motorola, the Turbo is also water resistant. I mentioned that the DROID Turbo takes the best of the Moto X and the Nexus 6, and that is certainly the case from top to bottom. The Moto X arrived with a 1080p screen, but the Turbo gets a Quad HD panel, like the one found on the Nexus, although the DROID's screen size sits at 5.2-inches with an outrages 565ppi. There is a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM purring under the hood, so performance is positively blistering. Verizon employs a light touch in the software department, so what you get here is pretty much stock Android 4.4.4, which should make performance even better. Of course, this is also in line to get Android 5.0 Lollipop, although Big Red has not said exactly when that update will come. The new smartphone also comes with all the Motorola enhancements that make the Android experience such an utter joy. The DROID Turbo also gets a massive 3,900 mAh battery, which is bigger than the 3,200 mAh juicer found in the Moto X and should give the handset some long battery performance. As for cameras, there is a 21 megapixel dual LED flash snapper on the rear, beating the 13MP lens found in both the Moto X and Nexus 6. Around front there is a standard 2 megapixel selfie lens. So all in all, this is better than the Moto X, and arguably better than the Nexus 6 too (improved battery and rear camera). Of course, the DROID line is always limited by its exclusivity to Verizon, something that will always stop it from being a runaway hit. Big Red is the biggest carrier in the US, so plenty of people can get the DROID Turbo, but there are plenty who cannot. That is a shame because this is arguably the best Android flagship on the market right now. It will be available starting on October 30th for $199.99 on contract for a 32GB model or $249.99 on contract for a 64GB version.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.