The new Moto Droid Turbo 2 could be the cure for klutzes. Using new ShatterShield technology, this new Android handset ($26 per month for 32GB) can survive a drop face-down on concrete. Those on a budget might like the new Droid Maxx 2 ($16 per month), which isn't as durable but offers a big display and big battery for an aggressive price.
The ShatterShield system on the Droid Turbo 2 consists of five layers. This includes a rigid aluminum core, an AMOLED Flexible Display and a Dual Touch Layer (with redundancy to survive accidents). An interior lens and exterior lens provides additional protection. Motorola claims that this system provides unprecedented durability.
During our hands-on time with the device, I dropped the Turbo 2 from above chest height and it didn't have a scratch on it. A Verizon rep took it a step further, literally spiking the phone like a football from above his head. Again, no scratches or dents.
The Moto Droid Turbo 2 is also the first Droid you can customize online via Moto Maker (allowing you to choose various colors and textures). There are more than 1,000 possible combinations.
Our only complaint about the design so far is that the phone seems fairly wide compared to other phablets; it's 3.07 inches across, compared to about 3 inches for competing devices.
Motorola says to expect up to 48 hours of battery life via its 3760-mAH battery. As with previous Droids, this one includes turbo charging capability. TurboPower promises 13 hours of juice in 15 minutes. Plus, Droid Turbo 2 supports both PMA and Qi wireless charging.
Other specs include a Snapdragon 810 CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 5.4-inch quad HD display and a 21-megapixel camera. The front has a 5-MP camera with a wide-angle lens. The Droid Turbo 2 comes with 32GB or 64GB of storage with the option to add up to a 2TB microSD card.
Motorola has also introduced the Droid Maxx 2 with a 3630-mAh battery rated for 48 hours of use. This lower-end device has a Snapdragon 615 processor and 5.5-inch full HD display (instead of quadHD). A microSD slot allows for additional storage. A protective flip shell comes in multiple colors, complete with a see-through window.
Verizon will be accepting trade-ins for the new Droids, including those with cracked screens.