photo by Motorola

by Andrew Okwuosah, Digital Editor

Motorola has partnered with Verizon (as they have for several years) for new additions to the carrier-exclusive DROID line.

This year, we have the DROID Turbo 2 and the DROID Maxx 2, the second iterations of both product lines that launched last year.

Starting with the flagship Turbo, Moto is touting a new 5.4-inch Quad HD ShatterShield display that claims to be 100% shatterproof. I could write an entire post on the display itself, but here are the Cliff Notes:

A rigid aluminum core fills the base for structural integrity and durability, along with a flexible AMOLED display. This flexible display allows for shock absorbtion and flexing during a drop. A dual touch layer sits on top of that display to help the touchscreen function after a drop with a failsafe mechanism. Next is an interior lens with a clear protective shield to protect from cracking and shattering. Lastly, there’s the exterior lens which essentially acts as a case for the screen to protect the actual display from wear and tear.

Also, the DROID Turbo 2 becomes the first member of the DROID family to feature Moto Maker functionality. In case you’ve been living around a rock, Moto Maker is the company’s personalization program for its devices. For example, I could customize a DROID Turbo 2 to have a red back with a champagne back finish and black front. You can customize the back to have a soft grip, ballistic nylon, or Horween pebbled leather finish, as well as change the color for the camera ring and side finish.

The handset is rated for up to 48 hours of battery life with TurboPower charging to keep the DROID Turbo going for 13 hours after a 15 minute charge.

Now, here come the vegetables:

  • 21MP rear, 5MP front cameras
  • 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • microSD card slot with support for up to 2TB of storage

Lastly, the DROID Maxx 2 features (wait for it) “maxx battery life, maxx megapixels, and maxx value,” according to Motorola. Clearly, Motorola’s taking the Maxx branding to heart and I won’t be surprised if I’m watching a Seattle Seahawks game (Go Hawks!) and see a Verizon/Motorola ad proclaiming “DROID Maxx 2: Taking your phone to the maxx!” (You can have that, Motorola.) Anyways, here’s what you need to know about it:

The DROID Turbo 2’s 48-hour battery life is retained along with the aformentioned TurboPower charging, camera, and 5.5-inch (non-shatterproof) display.

The DROID Turbo 2’s microSD card slot can support cards with up to 128GB of storage, and features a line of interchangeable backs and flip hsells.

Both DROIDs are available now online and in stores. Here’s the pricing situation:

  • Turbo 2: $26/month for 2 years, $624 retail (64GB: $30/month for 2 years, $720)
  • MAXX 2: $16/month for 2 years, $384 retail