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Hands on with Verizon's 'drop-proof' Droid Turbo 2

The Droid Turbo 2 is here, and by far the most impressive thing about it is the phone's "shatterproof" display. We've dropped it plenty here at today's Verizon / Motorola press event, and the Turbo 2 has come out unscathed every time. So it seems Motorola's ShatterShield is tougher than your average flagship, but we'll need more time with it to tell whether it's truly invincible to asphalt and more treacherous drops.

But from a design standpoint — and ignoring the hideous Verizon checkmark on front — this is one of the better-looking Droids we've seen yet and remains super comfortable to hold. Droid emblem aside, it looks like a Moto X from every angle, but a more powerful one. The Droid Turbo 2 has a Snapdragon 810 processor (versus the Moto X Pure Edition's Snapdragon 808 chipset) and a far larger battery that Motorola claims will last 48 hours. We've heard that number before only to be let down, so we're not ready to crown the Turbo 2 as any kind of battery champion just yet.

Software support is also a big unknown. Verizon took a long time to get Lollipop on the first Droid Turbo, so there's no telling when the Turbo 2 will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But if durability, longevity, and deep customization options are what you're after — and you're a Verizon customer — the Droid Turbo 2's looking pretty good in that regard. It's launching just two days from now on October 29th for $26 per month (32GB) or $30 per month (64GB) on 24-month installment plans.

Verge Video: The Droid Turbo 2 is drop-proof


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