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Tylt VU SOLO wireless charger review

Android and Me - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:00pm

Wireless charging, and more specifically the Qi standard, is finally gaining steam. Tylt has released the VU SOLO wireless charger, which sports a more traditional design compared to the standard VU but has some innovative features of its own. With wireless chargers like the Nexus Wireless Charger on the market, the VU SOLO has some serious competition?

Overview

Price: $39.99
Output: 1A, 5W
Port: Micro USB
What’s in the box: Charger, micro USB cable
Size: 3.3″ (85mm) x 3.4″ (87mm) x 0.6″ (14mm)
Where to buy: Tylt

The design of the VU SOLO wireless charger is quite simple. In fact, it’s reminiscent of the Nexus Wireless Charger, which I’ve used daily for almost a year. It’s a simple square with a sticky base that sticks to a surface exceedingly well and won’t come off without some persuasion, something I love about both chargers. Fortunately, it leaves no residue when taken off the surface and can be used again; it isn’t adhesive.

It’s also significantly bigger than the Nexus Wireless Charger. It doesn’t feature magnets like the Nexus Wireless Charger does, instead using a rubberized top to keep your device in place. And just like the Nexus Wireless Charger, it uses a simple micro USB cable for operation.

However, the magnets in the Nexus Wireless Charger help you align the device onto the single wireless charging coil, and they don’t do a great job of it. I always have to fiddle with positioning a bit to get my device to start charging, as the magnets don’t really center the device vertically. The Tylt VU SOLO uses a more interesting method to align your device.

Tylt VU SOLO wireless charger 2

Included with the charger is a flat micro USB cable that features something a bit special. It has a “physical marker” on the cable that acts as a wall for your device to push up against. It can be moved along the cable to your desired position and won’t budge after that thanks to its tight fit onto the cable. This means that aligning your device is a thing of the past. Simply place it onto the charger and push up until the device presses up against this marker.

Tylt VU SOLO wireless charger 3

I think it’s a very clever design, though it does require a little more extra space. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (sporting a genuine Samsung wireless charger back plate), I have the marker extended about 4mm.

As for charging time, it’s about the same compared to other wireless chargers. It easily charges my device overnight with its 1 amp output, and though it isn’t quite as fast as a 2 amp wall charger and USB cable, it’s plenty fast for me. And the VU SOLO is not any slower than the Nexus Wireless Charger or the original VU.

One thing I don’t quite like about this charger is the indicator LED. It has an LED on the front end of it that glows green when a device is charging on it. It’s a bit brighter than I’d like, and since it’s in my bedroom, it’s shining in my face when I’m in bed from across the desk. The light should be dimmer, though it’s a nice touch so you know your device is charging without having to turn the screen on and potentially move it. But of course it’s easy to just reposition the charger.

Tylt wall charger

I should note that this charger does not come with a wall adapter, so you’ll have to use your own. Any USB wall adapter will work, so you can use the one from your phone. Tylt also offers a wall charger with two USB ports outputting a total of 2.1 amps for $19.99, so you can pick one up if you wish. There’s also a 4.8 amp version if you need it.

In the end, it’s a fantastic wireless charger at a pretty low price. It undercuts the Nexus Wireless Charger and, in my experience, is easier to use. Plus, it’s fairly small and looks very inconspicuous in gray. It’s also available in a few bright neon colors, as is typical with Tylt, if you want to go that route. You’ll soon be able to pick one up on Tylt’s site for $39.99!

[Deal Alert] Get Half Off A Vority 6-Port 10.2A/51W USB Charger With This Coupon Code ($20 Savings)

Android Police - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:37pm

usb-thumbThere's only so much you can plug into a wall socket at one time. It's pretty easy math: each one can hold one plug, though there are ways to twist this math to your favor. You could always get a surge protector, but if you're looking to provide power to things that all rely on USB, you might want something that takes up less space.

With a Vority 6-port charger, you can provide power to up to six devices from a single power outlet.

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Google posts Material Design checklist to help developers tick all the boxes

Phandroid - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:33pm

material design layering

Material Design is the biggest design language shift we’ve had since the jump from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich, so it’s understandable if some developers have a tough time making sure they’ve hit all their marks when updating their applications. As such, Google has released a handy checklist guide to make sure you’re setting up your elements, layers and goodies the way they should.

Of course, guidelines are only guidelines and you don’t necessarily have to follow them to the letter, but users will appreciate familiar behavior when jumping from app to app so developers should definitely try and make sure they’re getting as close to Google’s suggestions as possible.

The document goes over animations, shadows, context-sensitive elements and buttons, and more. This will be what all of Google’s material design apps go by going forward so you can be sure this is the way to go if you want to keep up. Be sure to give the guide a full look over at Google’s blog post on the subject and get started on implementing those changes as soon as humanly possible!

Google Fit app launches in the Play store

Android Guys - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:30pm
google fit

Today, Google officially released the Google Fit app which turns your Android device into a fitness tracker.

According the the Android Official Blog,

Google Fit uses sensors already built in to your Android phone to automatically detect walking, biking and running. And you can set and monitor your fitness goals based on your activity levels. It’s a great tool to discover how active you are and check in on your progress as you work on your fitness goals. In fact, you can check in just about anywhere, including your phone, the web, tablet and Android Wear devices.

 

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Download the app, link it to your Google account, and BOOM; instant fitness tracker with real-time monitoring. You can then use any device, including the web, to look at your fitness data.

Google Fit also links up to your other fitness apps/devices. So, you can wear your fitness band while working out and your Android Wear smartwatch the rest of the time, and still have all your fitness data in one place.

What do you think? Are you ready for Google to own another set of your personal data?

via [TNW]

Source [Android Official Blog]

Google Fit (Playboard) | Google Fit (Play Store)    

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The FTC is suing AT&T over data throttling, AT&T is fighting back

Android and Me - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:29pm

Data throttling is an undeniably frustrating tool in network management, especially when implemented with “unlimited” data plans. Carriers can promise you unlimited data and keep that promise but control your data intake only making the first 1-10GBs of that data anywhere near usable. After that, throttling kicks in and you’re stuck sub-Edge speeds. The FTC has had enough of AT&T‘s convoluted throttling rules and is stepping in to do something.

The Federal Trade Commission has, “filed a federal court complaint against AT&T Mobility, LLC, charging that the company has misled millions of its smartphone customers by charging them for ‘unlimited’ data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90 percent.” In other words the FTC is suing AT&T over not being clear enough on what unlimited data really means. While the FTC clearly has a problem with carriers using the term unlimited and then enforcing throttling, it specifically mentioned the root of AT&T’s problem comes from when AT&T, “failed to adequately disclose to its customers on unlimited data plans that, if they reach a certain amount of data use in a given billing cycle, AT&T reduces — or ‘throttles’ — their data speeds.”

AT&T has already released a statement arguing against the FTC saying they have been “completely transparent” in presenting how its unlimited data plans work:

We have been completely transparent with customers since the very beginning. We informed all unlimited data-plan customers via bill notices and a national press release that resulted in nearly 2,000 news stories, well before the program was implemented. In addition, this program has affected only about 3% of our customers, and before any customer is affected, they are also notified by text message.Wayne WattsAT&T

Data throttling has long been a hot topic among those that rely heavily on their smartphone or tablet, as sometimes their carrier is their only link to the connected world. The FTC seems to simply want carriers to only use the term unlimited when it is truly unlimited. AT&T, on the other hand, would like to keep misleading consumers for as long as possible.

The Federal Trade Commission Sues AT&T For Throttling 3.5 Million Unlimited Data Customers: 'Unlimited Means Unlimited'

Android Police - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:26pm

att logoAT&T unlimited data users, your champion has arrived. Today the United States Federal Trade Commission announced that it has filed a federal court complaint against AT&T Wireless, alleging that the company misled customers by offering "unlimited" cellular data service that was severely reduced in speed at some times and places. The FTC's complaint takes issue with AT&T's failure to inform customers that the unlimited data they were paying for could be "throttled," often cutting data speeds to specific customers by up to 90 percent.

The Federal Trade Commission Sues AT&T For Throttling 3.5 Million Unlimited Data Customers: 'Unlimited Means Unlimited' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



TYLT Announces The VU Car Charger For Wireless Charging On The Go [Hands-On]

Android Police - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:21pm

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I dig my TYLT VU, and it's how I charge my Nexus 5 basically every night. Like most users who get used to never having to plug in their phone, I get slightly annoyed when I have to search for the cable and stab the microUSB port for a dose of juice. Typically, this only happens in the car, because I've been using a standard car charger for what seems like an eternity.

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Google Fit app arrives in the Play Store

Android and Me - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:18pm

Remember Google Fit? Google officially announced Fit at its I/O developer conference in June, detailing the APIs that developers could use to track a user’s fitness. Fast forward four months and we can finally give Fit a try for ourselves.

Google Fit is now available for download in Google Play. The 13MB app is compatible with devices running Android 4.0 or higher. Google says that Fit is also compatible with Android Wear devices, the web and your tablet.

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As far as features go, Google Fit can track your walking, running and cycling activity, track your goals and recommend new ones for you. The app can also be connected with third-party devices to pull your data into Google Fit.

Google Fit’s feature set seems kind of barebones for now, but it does offer the basic activity tracking that you’d expect from a fitness app. With all of the focus on health and fitness in mobile lately, I’m sure that Google will be updating and improving Fit frequently. And hey, until then, at least the app looks nice.

(Playboard) | (Play Store)

 

Google Gives Developers A Checklist For Creating Material Design Apps

Android Police - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:14pm

fabGoogle is serious about revamping Android to look more modern, but most of the apps we spend our days in are still stuck in the past. With a little friendly encouragement, maybe developers can make the transition more quickly. Google has posted a checklist of material design elements on the Android developers blog, and it's quite extensive.

layering

The checklist covers everything from tangible surfaces to how apps should implement tabs. There are a number of nifty little animated GIF examples, along with plenty of links to the developer documentation and sample code.

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Sprint HTC One M8 Receives OTA Software Update Bringing Eye Experience Enhancements And Android 4.4.4

Android Police - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:59am

HTCOneM8-ThumbSprint's HTC One M8 has received an over-the-air update that gives that 4 "Ultrapixel" camera a boost. No, it doesn't magically cram in more pixels into those photos, but it does greatly expand just what you can do with the shooter on both the front and the back of the device. This comes courtesy of the new HTC Eye Experience.

These software enhancements, which HTC showed off at a selfie-themed event where it unveiled the Desire EYE, introduce a number of innovations that actually catch our interest.

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Droid Turbo gallery

Android Guys - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:33am
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Motorola and Verizon’s latest collaboration, the Droid Turbo arrives on October 30. Be sure to read up on the device here!

   

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Motorola DROID Turbo vs Nexus 6 [CHART]

Phandroid - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:33am

Droid Turbo Nexus 6

Verizon and Motorola just announced the DROID Turbo (hands-on), a powerful device with specs that can match the Nexus 6. These two devices are similar in almost every way, except for one key difference: size. The slightly more petite Motorola DROID Turbo will be very attractive to Verizon fans who want the Nexus 6, but just can’t stomach the gigantic size. Let’s compare the two even further.

Cut from the same cloth

As you can see in the chart above, these devices are identical when it comes to specs, except for display size, rear camera, and battery. The displays have the same 2560×1440 resolution, both are powered by the Snapdragon 805, both have 3GB of RAM, and both come in 32 and 64GB varieties. Of course they look different on the outside, but in terms of specs you can consider the Turbo a smaller variant of the Nexus 6.

Battery prowess

Besides the sheer size of these devices, the next major difference is battery life. Motorola and Verizon talked a lot about the battery during their presentation. They claim the 3900 mAh battery can last 48 hours, and can be charged for 8 hours of use in just 15 minutes with the Turbo Charger. Battery life may not be the most sexy feature of a smartphone, but it’s often overlooked. Two days of battery life is an awesome thing to have.

Who wins?

The camera on the Turbo has more megapixels, but as we know that doesn’t mean a whole lot. We’ll have to wait and see what photos look like before we can give the Turbo the edge. The Turbo comes in the standard DROID red and black, while the Nexus 6 comes in white and dark blue. If you’re on Verizon this is a tough decision to make. The Turbo will be available on the 30th, while the Nexus 6 goes up for pre-order on the 29th. Which do you prefer?

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Google Fit is now available to download on Google Play, track fitness activity using nothing but your smartphone

Phandroid - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:32am

Google Fit devices

After showing it off briefly onstage during this year’s Google I/O developer conference, the official Google Fit app is now available to download on Google Play. The app allows users to gather all sorts of data, straight from the many sensors already found in most Android smartphones.

Google Fit screenshot tablet

Whether it’s running, biking, or walking, you can set goals and track activity or have Google recommend something for you. Given that this is all custom tailored to you, all the data is linked to your Google account so it will always go with you, even if want to view it on your desktop web browser, smartphone, or smartwatch. There’s never a bad time to start getting fit.

Google Fit is also compatible with a wide range of fitness tracking accessories and apps like Strava, Withings, Runtastic, Runkeeper and Noom Coach, so now you’ll be able to view all that data straight inside Fit. Compatible with all Android 4.0+ (Ice Cream Sandwich) devices, you can find the Google Fit download link provided below.

Google Fit (Playboard) | Google Fit (Play Store)

Tips for integrating with Google Accounts on Android

Android Developers Blog - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:24am
By Laurence Moroney, Developer Advocate

Happy Tuesday! We've had a few questions come in recently regarding Google Accounts on Android, so we've put this post together to show you some of our best practices. The tips today will focus on Android-based authentication, which is easily achieved through the integration of Google Play services. Let's get started.

Unique Identifiers

A common confusion happens when developers use the account name (a.k.a. email address) as the primary key to a Google Account. For instance, when using GoogleApiClient to sign in a user, a developer might use the following code inside of the onConnected callback for a registered GoogleApiClient.ConnectedCallbacks listener:

[Error prone pseudocode] String accountName = Plus.AccountApi.getAccountName(mGoogleApiClient); // createLocalAccount() is specific to the app's local storage strategy. createLocalAccount(accountName);

While it is OK to store the email address for display or caching purposes, it is possible for users to change the primary email address on a Google Account. This can happen with various types of accounts, but these changes happen most often with Google Apps For Work accounts.

So what's a developer to do? Use the Google Account ID (as opposed to the Account name) to key any data for your app that is associated to a Google Account. For most apps, this simply means storing the Account ID and comparing the value each time the onConnected callback is invoked to ensure the data locally matches the currently logged in user. The API provides methods that allow you to get the Account ID from the Account Name. Here is an example snippet you might use:

[Google Play Services 6.1+] String accountName = Plus.AccountApi.getAccountName(mGoogleApiClient); String accountID = GoogleAuthUtil.getAccountId(accountName); createLocalAccount(accountID); [Earlier Versions of Google Play Services (please upgrade your client)] Person currentUser = Plus.PeopleApi.getCurrentPerson(mGoogleApiClient); String accountID = currentUser.getID(); createLocalAccount(accountID);

This will key the local data against a Google Account ID, which is unique and stable for the user even after changing an email address.

So, in the above scenario, if your data was keyed on an ID, you wouldn’t have to worry if your users change their email address. When they sign back in, they’ll still get the same ID, and you won’t need to do anything with your data.

Multiple Accounts

If your app supports multiple account connections simultaneously (like the Gmail user interface shown below), you are calling setAccountName on the GoogleApiClient.Builder when constructing GoogleApiClients. This requires you to store the account name as well as the Google Account ID within your app. However, the account name you’ve stored will be different if the user changes their primary email address. The easiest way to deal with this is to prompt the user to re-login. Then, update the account name when onConnected is called after login. Any time a login occurs you, can use code such as this to compare Account IDs and update the email address stored locally for the Account ID.

[Google Play Services 6.1+] String accountName = Plus.AccountApi.getAccountName(mGoogleApiClient); String accountID = GoogleAuthUtil.getAccountId(accountName); // isExistingLocalAccount(), createLocalAccount(), // getLocalDataAccountName(), and updateLocalAccountName() // are all specific to the app's local storage strategy. boolean existingLocalAccountData = isExistingLocalAccount(accountID); if (!existingLocalAccountData) { // New Login. createLocalAccount(accountID, accountName); } else { // Existing local data for this Google Account. String cachedAccountName = getLocalDataAccountName(accountID); if (!cachedAccountName.equals(accountName)) { updateLocalAccountName(accountID, accountName); } }

This scenario reinforces the importance of using the Account ID to store data all data in your app.

Online data

The same best practices above apply to storing data for Google Accounts in web servers for your app. If you are storing data on your servers in this manner and treating the email address as the primary key:

ID [Primary Key] Field 1 Field 2 Field 3 user1@gmail.com Value 1 Value 2 Value 3

You need to migrate to this model where the primary key is the Google Account ID.:

ID [Primary Key] Email Field 1 Field 2 Field 3 108759069548186989918 user1@gmail.com Value 1 Value 2 Value 3

If you don't make Google API calls from your web server, you might be able to depend on the Android application to notify your web server of changes to the primary email address when implementing the updateLocalAccountName method referenced in the multiple accounts sample code above. If you make Google API calls from your web server, you likely implemented it using the Cross-client authentication and can detect changes via the OAuth2 client libraries or REST endpoints on your server as well.

Conclusion

When using Google Account authentication for your app, it’s definitely a best practice to use the account ID, as opposed to the account name to distinguish data for the user. In this post, we saw three scenarios where you may need to make changes to make your apps more robust. With the growing adoption of Google for Work, users who are changing their email address, but keeping the same account ID, may occur more frequently, so we encourage all developers to make plans to update their code as soon as possible.


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New Taco Bell Mobile Ordering App For Android Lets You Get Your Chalupa Without Waiting In Line

Android Police - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:20am

Taco-ThumbFast food, by definition, should be fast. But on a busy day, the wait to order can completely ruin this, making hungry folks wait just as long to get their food at Taco Bell as they would at a sit-down joint. Fortunately the company is doing something to address the situation. Android users can now download the Taco Bell app and place orders from anywhere, allowing them to skip the line when they step into the restaurant.

New Taco Bell Mobile Ordering App For Android Lets You Get Your Chalupa Without Waiting In Line was written by the awesome team at Android Police.



POWER UP! Verizon announces Motorola Droid Turbo for October 30

Android Guys - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:16am
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Verizon, as expected over the last few weeks, today announced the newest member of its Droid family. Arriving tomorrow, October 30, the Droid Turbo is the most powerful Android handsets to date.

Powered by Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the Droid Turbo boasts a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, 21-megapixel rear camera, and 32GB/64GB internal storage. In keeping with its namesake, the smartphone packs a 3900mAh battery which can be charged with up eight hours of power in 15 minutes. Toss in the quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB RAM and you’ve got a veritable monster.

Go up to 48 hours without stopping to recharge thanks to a 3900mAH battery, one of the largest ever put in a smartphone.

Additional hardware features include NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and a host of sensors. Like other Motorola Droid models, this one also offers a water-resistant coating to protect against life’s splashes.

The 32GB Droid Turbo will be sold in three color options (Metallic Black, Metallic Red or Ballistic Nylon) for $199 with a two year service agreement. The 64GB model comes in Ballistic Nylon and retails for $249 with the same contract.

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Sony's PS4 Remote Play App For Xperia Z3 Devices Is Live On The Play Store

Android Police - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:12am

unnamed (8)If you live in a real-life version of the latest James Bond or Spider-man flicks, where absolutely every piece of electronics everywhere is made by Sony, then we've got good news: the PS4 Remote Play app is now available for download. This lets the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet Compact use a PlayStation 4 controller and super-fast streaming video to play PlayStation 4 games over a home Wi-Fi network.

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Discuss the DROID Turbo’s insane battery life and specs over at Android Forums right now!

Phandroid - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:08am

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Verizon unleashed the Motorola DROID Turbo earlier today, and it turned out to be a pretty beastly phone. The thing is packed to the brim with class-leading specs at every category. Our announcement post has all the details you’ll crave, and we’ve even got hands-on for you to enjoy as we await the device’s October 30th launch date.

But if you’re in need for some serious discussion then AndroidForums.com is the place you want to be. The DROID Turbo section is alive and kicking with some healthy conversation already going down. Folks have been comparing the device to the Nexus 6, and rightfully so being that they’re made by the same company. Considering the DROID Turbo is actually cheaper off-contract some folks are considering it to be a better deal over Google’s 2014 flagship Nexus handset.

There’s also talk going on about the device’s massive 3,900mAh battery and the 48 hours Motorola promises to be able to deliver with that hefty pack of juice. It’s OK to be skeptical of their claims, though we imagine an accompanying Turbo Charger (which can get you 8 hours of juice with just 15 minutes of charging) will overshadow any lingering concerns about battery life.

All of that and more is being discussed over at AndroidForums so head over, sign up and take part. We’ll be seeing you over there!

Android 5.0 Lollipop is “the biggest (security) update for Android to date”

Android and Me - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:01am

The Android team took to their blog today to highlight new security features found in Android 5.0 Lollipop and as the headline says to tout the leaps and bounds taken with security in Lollipop.

Keep it on lock down

Their first recommendation, and one that we heartily agree with, is that everyone should be using some kind of screen lock. You have more options than ever to get this done in Lollipop with the option to unlock based on a Bluetooth pairing, NFC or the now somewhat classic face unlock. They are also quick to point out that more rich notifications are available from the lock screen now which means you won’t be unlocking your phone as often anyway.

Device encryption

From the moment that you turn on a device running Lollipop, it generates a unique key offering full device encryption. This isn’t actually a new feature, but one worth remembering as Android is subject to ever more criticism for its security versus the competition.

Safest sandbox around

Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) was first introduced last year, but the implementation has been stepped up with Lollipop and SELinux Enforcing mode is now required for all applications going forward. This keeps Android open as an option for enterprise customers that are understandably prickly about having strong security on their devices. The team is also quick to point out that this feature was thanks to the security communities contributions and supports the notion that an open platform can in fact help to keep your data secure.

Guest mode

You can trust your friends and family with your phone, right? Yeah, I’m not so sure on that one either and that is why they implemented “guest users mode” in Lollipop. This allows you to create separate user accounts so that you can hand your phone or tablet over without fear that they will go digging through your digital life.

These are just some of the examples of how Android keeps upping the ante on security with every update to stay one step ahead of the competition.

Motorola Droid Turbo hands-on impressions

Android and Me - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:54am

The Motorola Droid Turbo is an impressive device. Its spec sheet puts the Turbo on the same playing field at the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3 and the upcoming Motorola Nexus 6. However, the phone’s design and choice of construction materials are questionable at best. Motorola and Verizon’s decision to use ballistic nylon and metalized fiber sound good on paper and feel good in the hand, but they certainly do not appeal to our sense of style. It’s clear that Motorola’s Moto X design team had little or nothing to do with the Droid Turbo. The device features the same capacitive buttons below the display that Motorola has used on the last few generations of Droid phones and the overall curves and shape of the Droid Turbo seem to match those of last year’s Droid Ultra. 

While the looks of the Droid Turbo aren’t anything special, its specs are a far cry from any Droid-series device Motorola has put out since the Droid X. This phone is fast! The Snapdragon 805 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM allowed me the jump in and out of games, apps and video calls without a hitch. I’m still not convinced that the 5.2-inch 1440×2560 QHD AMOLED display is really necessary, though. Having a 565ppi count is mind boggling, but I’m sure the 3900mAh battery would last a good 10-20 percent longer if Motorola had chosen to equip the Droid Turbo with a standard 1080p display. 

The Turbo’s camera is fast and the few pictures we’ve captured so far seem to be above the typical Motorola standard. Motorola hasn’t really had good luck with the camera sensors it’s chosen to use recently, so it’ll be interesting to see if the 21-megapixel senor used in the Turbo is good enough to get excited about.

The design of the Motorola Droid Turbo from Verizon is a bit of a disappointment, but everything else about the phone have given us reason to smile. We’ll be pushing the phone to its limits over the new few week for our full review, but take a few minutes to watch our hands-on video to get a better feel for what the Motorola Droid Turbo has to offer.

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