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Made the Switch to Droid Turbo #VZWBuzz

As 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.
CAMERA 21MP
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
HEARING AID COMPATIBILITY M4/T3
BOX – RECYCLED CONTENT, FSC/SFI PAPER 50%, 0%
DEVICE PLASTICS – RECYCLED CONTENT 0%
ENERGY EFFICIENT Yes
TOXINS FREE – DEVICE PLASTICS, BATTERY Yes, Yes
RECYCLABLE DEVICE Yes




Droid and Palm Pixi Plus from Verizon Review

We were given the opportunity to review 2 Verizon Wireless smartphones we had been eyeing for some time.

Palm Pixi Plus reviewed by Melinda
I love my Blackberry, you all know that but I was very interested in the Palm Pixi Plus. You see I used to have a Palm Pilot(well actually still have it in a drawer) and loved it. It was a great organization tool, keeper of notes, meal planner and calendar wizard. I figured the Palm Pixi Plus would be just as good with the added bonuses of a phone and computer rolled into one.
I first fell in love with its sleek compact design. It was super skinny, I could slide it into any pocket. I kinda liked the touch screen but found it to be a little finicky at times; the response time was at times sluggish or just non-existant. Apps aren’t really of interest to me except for Facebook and Twitter so I don’t have an opinion on them. I did like the ability to keep multiple windows open at the same time just sliding them over like a stack of papers and tossing them away when done. The picture quality was really good too, better than what I have. I also love YouTube but definitely didn’t use it enough to really appreciate that it was at my fingertips at any moment.
The keyboard wasn’t my favorite, too tight and with any length of nails that just made it harder to type. Also the auto-close USB flap was enough to make me throw it; I needed 3 hands to plug it in. Probably more of a learning curve I wasn’t entirely digging the messaging system, it felt cluttered to me. I also found myself handing up on phone calls, my face was pressing the touch screen, I have fat cheeks I guess.
Here is a rundown of key features:

  • Full QWERTY touchscreen
  • Display: 2.63-inch 320×400
  • Battery: 5 hours talk time | 350 hours stand-by
  • 8G Flash/256 RAM
  • 2 Megapixel Camera with Flash
  • Music: MP3, WAV, AAC/AAC+
  • Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264
  • 3G Mobile Hot Spot
  • Bluetooth capable
  • Gesture Area-enable simple intuitive gestures for navigation
  • Weight 3.26oz

All in all if I had the Palm Pixi Pre as my first smartphone I would be entirely pleased.

Droid reviewed by Rob
I got the chance to review the Droid by Motorola which was great because this is the phone I have been wanting to replace my Blackberry every since the Droid came out. The first thing you have to do to setup the Driod is sign up for a Google Email Account (Gmail) if you do not have one already. This was a pretty simple step then you need to set up your email accounts and that is pretty much all of the setup that is needed.

Now is where the fun begins on what apps you are going to download first via the Android Market. I enjoyed using the Android Market because it was broken down into a Top Free and Top Paid category which is nice so you can see what is available. I tend to be a little on the cheap side when it comes to apps so I used the Top Free section quite often. I only downloaded a few apps like The Weather Channel, Four Square and Twitter Droid because to me Twitter is a necessity on my cell phone. Downloading and installation were simple and pretty efficient. The Droid also is WiFi capable which would make downloading apps way faster then using the 3G network but after countless hours I was unable to get the WiFi feature to work. Not sure if it was me or the phone but WiFi is pretty simple to setup so I have to assume it wasn’t me. Texting and using Twitter were a big challenge for me over my Blackberry due to the fact that the Driod’s keyboard is wider then the Blackberries. After a few days I did get use to the keyboard but prefer the keyboard setup on the Blackberry much better. The Droid’s battery life was pretty standard and would last a full day even with my playing with it for a lot of the day. All in all the Droid is a great phone and has a ton of great features that I think many people would find useful and beneficial to their daily lives. I must admit that I didn’t test every single feature and ability of the phone but below are listed some additional details and features of the Droid:

Design

  • World’s Thinnest QWERTY Slider
  • 3.7″ Touch Screen 480×854 WVGA display — supports up to 16M colors
  • Slide–Out QWERTY Keyboard
  • Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR Supported Profiles: Headset (HSP), Hands–free (HFP), Stereo Audio, Phonebook Access
  • 5 Megapixel camera with auto–focus, dual LED Flash and Image Stabilization
  • DVD Quality Video Capture with quick and easy uploading to YouTube
  • Dedicated Camera/Video Key

Music

  • Download MP3s from Amazon Music Store
  • Create and manage playlists
  • Headset: 3.5mm Audio Jack

General

  • Upgradeable to Android 2.1 OS; Google Experience Device
  • Integrated Google, Exchange and Facebook contacts
  • Push Email Support: Gmail and Exchange
  • Google Calendar and Corporate Calendar
  • Cortex A8 processor with dedicated HW Acceleration
  • Pre–installed 16GB microSD
  • WiFi capable
  • aGPS capable for e911 emergency location/s GPS
  • Speakerphone
  • Advanced Speech Recognition
  • Polyphonic and MP3 Ringtones
  • Embedded ringtones, vibrating alerts and silent

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