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Droid Turbo #VZWBuzz Influencer #Droid #MotorolaAs a self declared Samsung smart phone lover I’m shyly saying I’ve made the switch to the Droid Turbo. I said it. I even said it out loud. Six years ago I went from a dumb phone to a Blackberry. It was great for email and text but as my blog grew I needed more so I went to the original Samsung Galaxy. It was great and I upgraded with each new release, that is until now.

Just as the S5 was released I was invited to be part of the #VZWBuzz team. This is a group of specially selected bloggers, social media authorities and tech enthusiasts. How did I get chosen? Anyway. As part of this group I was invited to NYC to learn more about Verizon Wireless and their newest gadgets and services.  The timing was right on with the holidays RIGHT NOW.Droid Turbo #VZWBuzz Influencer #Droid #Motorola

As I said I never thought I’d sway from the Samsung Galaxy family. In fact I was getting ready to upgrade to the Note 4 when I was handed a brand new shiny ruby red Droid Turbo. We were told all about the improved battery capacity, 21MG camera , crystal clear screen resolution and the advanced operating system. That’s all great information to hear but I wanted to see it in action. The first thing I did was take a picture.  I was in NYC after all so I looked up and snapped away.

This is the Empire State Building on a dreary night, just at dusk. No filters or editing at all except for size to fit on the blog.Droid Turbo #VZWBuzz Influencer #Droid #Motorola

The Droid Turbo features a super quick and easy launch. Just pick up your phone, twist your wrist 2 times and the camera comes on. It takes a little practice. I was shaking the phone in the wrong direction the first few times and it was taking a little while to turn on but once I figured the “twist” action I was snapping pics of my dogs so much faster. My dogs are notorious for moving before I was able to get a pic of their absurd behavior but now they are none the wiser.

This is one dog snuggling up to another’s dog’s butt. It’s not the clearest photo but I was able to take the shot before they noticed and got up to run over to me. Mission accomplished.Droid Turbo #VZWBuzz Influencer #Droid #Motorola

The Active Display is a real time saver for me. With just a wave of my hand I can check the time and see if I have missed calls, text messages or emails waiting for me without turning on my phone. This easily saves on battery plus it doesn’t light up a room during the night. Doesn’t everyone check their phone in the middle of the night?Droid Turbo #VZWBuzz Influencer #Droid #Motorola

The Droid Turbo claims to have a battery that lasts 48 hours.  I haven’t seen it yet. I tend to get 28-36 hours on a full charge. This is definitely better than my previous phones but with what I consider normal use I haven’t been able to get anywhere close to 48 hours. I’ve also not seen the 8hour boost from a 15 minute charge but then again I never need anything that quick. Between a charger in my car and a portable battery in my purse I never worry about being without a charge. This is something I’m going to monitor a little more closely.

Something I did notice that is totally phone related is the volume while on an actual phone call isn’t very loud.  I actually talk to my husband, best friend and father on a regular basis each day so I hope for good sound quality.  I don’t use a bluetooth ( i keep running them through the washing machine) so it’s the old fashioned phone to my ear for me. I’ve used speaker phone and have played videos and music with other people listening with zero issues.

It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been using the phone. I’m over the learning curve. I have all my needed apps installed. I’m loving my new phone. Droid is back.

For you more techy folk here are the specs to give you a more indepth idea of the changes that come with the Droid Turbo.

STANDBY TIME – UP TO: 675 hrs.
USAGE TIME – UP TO: 48 hrs.
WIDTH 2.89 in.
WEIGHT 5.96 oz.
HEIGHT 5.56 in.
SCREEN 5.2″ Quad HD Super AMOLED™ Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 Display with 2560 x 1440, 565 ppi
BATTERY 3900 mAh
OPERATING SYSTEM Android 4.4 Kitkat®
NETWORK LTE Band 13/4 (700/1700 MHz), CDMA/1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz); Global Network: EDGE/GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSPA/UMTS(850/900/1900/2100)
SAR 1.39 W/kg Body: .50 W/kg

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  1. I had a few products until the iPod Touch was turned into an iPhone. I then got rid of my Touch and my LG phone and never looked back. I have been with iPhone since. I received a Nook the first year those came out and then upgraded to iPad 3. I love it for certain tasks but my main reason for it was to read ebook across all retailers. After a while it makes my hand/wrist hurt. I think the iPhone suits all my needs so I can’t imagine changing any time soon.

  2. I love droid phones. I could never get behind Apple and their OS. Not to mention it’s so expensive and they come out with a new one every 6 months that always cost almost as much as my rent!!

  3. Catherine S says:

    This sounds like a really great phone. I will keep this one in mind when I get a new one.

  4. Even if it doesn’t get the full 48 hours, it seems to get a LOT more battery life than my current phone. I need to check this out more.

  5. That battery storage is a huge plus. Mine runs dry so quickly. It’s very annoying!

  6. Droid is a great operating system, and the phones are generally top notch. You can also change batteries in most of them. That’s a definite plus.

  7. Aww. Your puppies are adorable! You got some really great pictures with that Droid.

  8. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    It sounds like an awesome phone. You are the second person I have heard talk about it today!

  9. We just switched to Android photos I’m loving how great they are! This looks great!

  10. Congrats on being involved with VZWBuzz! I have wanted to be part of that amazing group for so long! That is one amazing phone. I have heard some good stuff about it.

  11. I have always loved the look of that phone. I hope you love it!

  12. I am on the LG and I love, love, love it! Looks like you got some great pics!

  13. This looks like a great one. Does so much.

  14. I’d love to try it out before switching. I’ve had my smartphone for a few years and it’s hard to give up what I’m used to and I’m afraid I wouldn’t be happy. I need a trial run, to see what it’s like. Sounds like an awesome phone, though! Love your pups!

    • The good thing about switching to a newer smartphone Donna, is that you get a training session with the VZ rep and they give you all the new ways it’s features can make your life easier. If you’re on Android – it’s really not a big change for you other than the phone being faster, takes much better photos with that 20 megapixel camera and it charges to 100% in 15 minutes. 🙂

  15. I would love to make the switch! This looks like a great phone. My contract with another provider is over in January and I’m ready to move on!

  16. Tracey says:

    Definitely will be looking at making the switch! This phone looks AMAZING!

  17. Thank you for your honest review. My husband needs a phone that lasts at least 24 hrs on a full charge. His Samsung Galaxy S4 lasts *maybe* 10 hrs. It’s awful. I’ll look into the turbo!

  18. I have a grown son who runs his bluetooth through the washer on accident too. And he leaves his sunglasses on top of his car and drives away too, lol. 🙂

    Thank you for the review.

  19. Yay for a new phone! can’t wait to see what pics and adventures you’ll have!

  20. Amazing battery life on this droid turbo! Thanks for the great review. I’ll have to really consider it for my next upgrade!

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