I am extremely happy with my Droid Turbo phone on Verizon. A few notes for those thinking about buying a phone:
Why Android over iPhone
- I have been an iPhone guy through 2 generations of phones, and still love my iPad. But I am exhausted with iCloud and Apple proprietary calendar and mail. I don't use those tools, I use Gmail and other Google tools, and I got exhausted constantly farting with setup issues. Things I had to use IFTTT to do on the iPhone happen automatically on Android. And don't even get me started on duplicate photos in the iPhone/iCloud world. Drives me crazy.
- If on your desktop you live in the Apple world, buy an iPhone. If you, like me, use Gmail, Google Calendar, Google drive and other such tools, it makes a heck of a lot of sense to switch to Android. Google drive is woven into the operating system at many points. And even better than on the desktop, Android is great at working with and recognizing multiple google accounts without signing in and out. For example, in the photo viewer, you can view all your photos together from all your accounts.
- The one downside is I don't use Google hangouts and Google+, and those are woven in as well. I had to replace the text messaging app with something else (I use Chomp) but that is the great thing about Android - things that are fixed in iOS are customizable in Android (it is also the bad part of Android if you don't want to mess with that -- I would never put my wife on Android, for example).
- As a downside, all the variation in phones and customizations mean that you are not guaranteed to get Android updates when they come out. It depends on your carrier and phone manufacturer.
- The ability to load up all my music for free (even FLAC files which they automatically convert online to high quality MP3) and stream it to my phone is way better than Apple's capability.
- I think that most of the feature and OS leadership in the last 18 months has really be grabbed by Android. Except for the fingerprint capability on the iPhone, everything in the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 was just catch up with Android.
The Good about the Turbo
- Honking big battery. Yes, it makes it a bit heavier and bulkier, but it is way lighter and less bulky than, say, and iPhone with a mophie battery case. I never even come close to running out, even when I use it travelling as a GPS in the car for several hours. You don't realize how much your interaction with your phone is influenced by battery life until you don't have to worry about it. I can even leave the screen on bright all day
- Wireless charging. Awesome. The mini-USB connector sucks vs. the iPhone connector because it is not reversible so it is much harder to insert. All that goes away with wireless charging. Love it.
- Fast charging. You can use the fast charger to blast a ton of life back into the phone in just 15 minutes.
- Near stock Android. I like this over the glossy custom overlays Samsung and Sony and every other company apply. I did replace the front end with the Google Now front end, which is nearly identical but it has Google now cards on the leftmost screen, which I have come to enjoy. Fun travelling in particular when it pops up photo sites or destinations near me. Its news suggestions are tied into my browser history and are pretty spot on.
- Near stock Android also pays another benefit - you will get Android updates much faster. All Motorola phones (given Google's ownership) are early on the list of phones that will get Android Lollipop upgrades.
Things that are fine
- The camera is fine. Focuses relatively fast, takes decent pictures, but not as good as you might expect from the specs. But competitive with other phones.
- The screen is supposed to be a selling point, with its above HD resolution, but almost never can I tell a difference. At some point, the eye just cannot see more pixel density. It has some tradeoffs in that the higher pixel density can lead fonts on some websites to be almost unreadable (no one has really programmed for this high of a pixel density yet). Also, the higher pixel count requires more power, which reduces some of the advantage of the larger battery
- The screen is AMOLED, like the Samsung Galaxy phones. It is a love it or hate it thing. The colors on AMOLED tend to be oversaturated. Ironically, I can live with that. I am SUPREMELY fussy about the colors on my TV's and in particular on my movie projection system, but I don't care so much on the phone. Certainly it makes the desktop bright and attractive
Things that are a negative for many reviewers but don't bother me
- "Its ugly". That is the #1 review comment. Shrug. I think it is fine. Sure, the Moto X with the bamboo back is awesome looking. But I am deeply into functionality here. The curved back feels nice in the hand.
- There is only a single speaker. I have come to understand that millennials are fine listening to music on crappy tinny speakers. I would never listen to music on laptop speakers, and especially not on a cell phone speaker. I only use the cell phone speaker for occasional speakerphone calls. And it is fine for that.
Things that do bother me
- I wish it had a memory card slot. I have 64MB which is likely enough, particularly since I have all my music loaded up online with Google play music and I can just stream it most of the time. But I would feel better with an expansion slot
- I wish it was water resistant like the Galaxy S5. Wireless charging makes this even more doable since you can plug up the USB port.
- I wish it had iPhone's awesome fingerprint scanner
- Why do they have to design $800 electronic devices that break when dropped to be so slippery? The edges are finished in some kind of rubbery stuff that is very grippy. I wish they had done the back in the same stuff. That fake nylon webbing stuff on mine is slick, though not wet-bar-of-soap slick like, say, the HTC One M8.