Motorola Droid Turbo is an Exceptional Smartphone But is Left to Flounder

The smartphone market is so competitive these days so much so that handset-makers all over the world would not stop developing new phones even after releasing new ones into the retail markets.

And with it comes the problem of saturation, or over-saturation in some cases, where certain smartphone makers release too many smartphones in the same market segment that a couple of its handsets get overlooked and worst, forgotten.

That seems to be the case with the Motorola Droid Turbo, which is a very exceptional flagship smartphone from Motorola launched in October 2014, but for some reason was left to flounder in favor of the company’s other smartphones.

Digital Trends describes the Motorola Droid Turbo as one great phone with powerful features and battery life for days. However, the site also noted that with key updates still missing more than six months after its release, many of its users were dismayed not for the phone but for Motorola and the carrier company.

An exceptional handset

When it was released in October 2014, the Motorola Droid Turbo has all the right ingredients to a great and exceptional handset.

It offers a giant, beautiful and high-resolution (565 pixels per inch) display screen and can be carried without the fear of being bending, as was the problem of the latest Apple iPhones and lately, Samsung too according to recent reports. It has a two-day battery life and a 21-megapixel camera that can record a 4K content.

The Motorola Droid Turbo has also taken on a premium look using ballistic nylon, reinforced with a layer of Kevlar, the same material used for bullet-proof helmets.

The buttons of the smartphone also feel premium and its style has been further accentuated with fine lines, giving it a texture all its own and a very nice touch too.

An unfulfilled promise

What made the exceptional smartphone somewhat stale is when Motorola failed to deliver on its promise to update the operating system of the Droid Turbo more than five months after it was officially released to the retail markets.

The Motorola Droid Turbo came out with Android 4.4 KitKat on it when it was released in October 2014. Google officially unveiled the Android 5.0 Lollipop the following month but it was only in January this year when the new mobile OS started hitting most of the Android phones.

Unfortunately, up until now, the Android 5.0 Lollipop has yet to roll out to the Motorola Droid Turbo. There have been recent reports that instead of the Android 5.0 Lolliipop, the Motorola Droid Turbo will update straight to the Android 5.1 Lollipop so that it would be spared from the issues and glitches of the problematic first release of Google’s latest mobile operating system.

Other flagship devices are now coming out with the Lollipop already onboard and it is just a mystery why the Motorola Droid Turbo is being left behind when in fact Motorola is only second to Google Nexus devices when it comes to implementing software updates on its handsets.

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From being a bright spot in the Motorola smartphone line, the Droid Turbo has been relegated to being a second-class citizen and if the company does not watch out, it would be left in the wayside sooner than later.


  1. It’s very strange, because the Motorola Droid Turbo is basically the 5.2″ version of the Motorola Nexus 6. Same hardware specs, except bigger camera and bigger battery. Same Snapdragon 805, same 1440p resolution, same 3GB RAM, same turbo charging, same wireless Qi charging…

    And Motorola Nexus 6 is getting Android Lollipop updates all the time. It’s not like Motorola engineers don’t know about Lollipop…

  2. Motorola isn’t the one dragging their feet with the droid turbo lollipop update. It is Verizon’s pathetic update process due to the fact that the Turbo is an exclusive Verizon phone. The whole droid lineup year in and year out is slow to update because of Verizons ultra anal testing.

  3. Moto and Vrz don’t realize what they are doing to this beast. Its the best smartphone I have owned since the days of All tel. They need to seriously get the IT guys working 24/7 to get this release out. I will not root but Verizon is walking on thin ice with my money. They may think 1loss is no big deal but there are other ways to slam them. Cheaper phones have already upgraded. This is SICK SICK SICK.NEED A NEW CEO WHO CAN RUN MORE THAN A ICECREAM TRUCK !!!!!!!

  4. For this we Turb owners have basically no one but Verizon to blame. They have sat on their hands. They clearly are either afraid of this phone for commercial reason or they just don’t have the desire/capability to do anything with software. The last major update to the turbo’s predecessor the MAXX HD was a complete disaster. Verizon has clearly demonstrated it does not belong in the phone software business. Now they are using the 5.0/5.1 dichotomy as an excuse for their dismal performance. Next they will blame it on 5.1.1. Turn it back/over to someone with a desire/capabilty to fix this mess

  5. Software upgrades were the one reason I was leery to go back to Verizon. And now it has bitten me in the backside.

    Come on, Verizon.

    One suggestion: pull all the VZ crapware that no one uses! Release it on Play. It will make customers happy and upgrades easier!

  6. I am never buying another Motorola product ever again after this. I have owned the atrix HD, the droid ultra, and now the turbo. Every single one has had show stopping bugs. I’m done with Motorola. They can keep their products and lies. I’m going back to Samsung and AT&T. They at least keep their promises.

  7. I left Verizon last year and its the best thing I ever did. I was so sick of the poor software update process. I got really lucky with T-Mobile, in my area its faster and just as good coverage wise as Verizon. My roll over data, free music streaming and nexus 6(the phone that Verizon just released 2 weeks ago) has been a match made in heaven. If you can just move on to greener pastures.

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