Verizon released its latest Motorola Droid smartphones last week: the Droid Maxx 2 and the virtually indestructible Droid Turbo 2.
The Motorola Droid 2 features the Moto ShatterShield technology—made from five layers of material that absorb shock from impact. At a press event earlier in the week, a Motorola engineer demonstrated the effectiveness of ShatterShield by dropping the Droid 2 onto the floor several times; screen down.
The Droid Turbo 2 has a 5.4-inch Quad HD display, a 21-megapixel camera, and a front-facing 5-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens. According to its specs, the Droid Turbo 2 supports up to 48 hours of battery life and the TurboPower charging feature provides up to 13 hours of power with only 15 minutes of charging.
Moto Maker lets users customize the Droid Turbo 2 with a favorite color and the back of the phone with a material, such as leather or ballistic nylon. Moto Maker offers more than 1,000 different customization combinations. Verizon is offering a design refresh once after two years from purchase for additional cost.
The Droid Maxx 2 offers some of the same features as the Turbo 2, such as 48 hours of battery life, TurboPower charging, a 21-megapixel camera, and a 5.5-inch HD screen. As the more affordable Droid, it does not feature the ShatterShield, nor can it be customized with Moto Maker. However, users can customize the Droid Maxx 2 with multi-colored Motorola Shells.
Both Droids support 4G LTE as well as Advanced Calling, which provides HD voice and video calling with another phone that supports the feature.
The Droid Turbo 2 retails for $720 (with design refresh) or $30 per month for 24 months, or $624 (without design refresh) or $26 per month for 24 months. The Droid Maxx 2 retails for $384 or $16 per month for 24 months. Verizon will also give up to $300 for trading in another smartphone (even one with a cracked screen) for the Droid Turbo 2.