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Quick review: Motorola Droid Turbo 2 with shatterproof display

Motorola replaced glass with various forms of plastic to make its 5.4-inch screen shatter-proof.

Anick Jesdanun | Associated Press

Updated:November 7, 2015, 11:25 AM IST
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Quick review: Motorola Droid Turbo 2 with shatterproof display
Motorola replaced glass with various forms of plastic to make its 5.4-inch screen shatter-proof.

Motorola replaced glass with various forms of plastic to make its 5.4-inch screen shatter-proof. Most leading smartphones use chemically strengthened glass. But it's still glass, and it will crack if it hits a hard surface with enough force.

The shatter-proof technology allowed me to do careless things like leave the phone in a side pocket while getting a massage. Sure enough, it fell out — but the screen survived.

It also withstood two intentional drops on a concrete sidewalk, including once face down from waist height. One corner of the metal frame was nicked, but the screen stayed intact.

SquareTrade, a company that provides extended-protection plans, subjected the Droid to 10 drops from six feet on Thursday, but found only minor dents to the screen.

It then ran a Range Rover SUV over the phone 10 times. The screen still didn't shatter, though parts of the display turned black.

Motorola's warranty covers screen shattering and cracking for four years. The company tested the phone to withstand drops from five feet on various surfaces you'd normally encounter.

Motorola added backup touch capacitors so that the screen would still respond to touch even with some damage.

Don't drop the phone from a five-story building, though. The screen might not crack, but other components could fail — and the warranty won't cover that.

It also won't cover scratches, which is a drag as plastic is, well, prone to scratching. For that reason, the Droid Turbo has two cover layers.

The top one is replaceable using a do-it-yourself kit that sells for $30. Take care to keep the phone away from keys.

The phone also has extended battery capacity, promised at 48 hours of mixed usage. Using the included charger, Motorola says you can get 13 hours with 15 minutes of charging.

The bigger battery does make the device thicker than most other phones.

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