Battle of the Droids: Motorola Turbo 2 vs. Maxx 2

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Carrier Choices

Droid Maxx 2: front and back

Motorola's Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2, were announced on the same day and have more differences than similarities. One thing they share, is that, unlike the unlocked Moto X Pure Edition, they are exclusive to Verizon Wireless. Where they vary, is in price. The Turbo 2 starts at $624 for the 32 GB version, while the 16 GB Maxx 2 costs $384. Neither smartphone requires a contract. This is not unique to Motorola, though. Verizon Wireless recently got rid of its cell phone subsidy program, so, going forward, you'll have to pay upfront for your device or sign up for a monthly payment plan.

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Screen Specs

Motorola Droid Turbo 2: front

The Droid Maxx 2 has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, but it was the Droid Turbo 2's screen that made headlines. It's a bit smaller, at 5.4 inches, but it features a higher resolution (2560 pixels by 1440 pixels) and a shatter-proof screen, coined the Moto ShatterShield. The ShatterShield consists of five layers of protection. I've personally shattered two smartphone screens. Each time, the phone continued to work as normal, but it was obviously uncomfortable to use; in one case, I had to apply a screen protector in order to protect my fingers from getting cut. The Turbo 2's screen is guaranteed not to shatter, though it may dent or scratch if you abuse it enough. Can all smartphones please have this screen?

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Durability and Wireless Charging

Motorola Droid Turbo 2: back angle

In terms of build, both the Turbo 2 and the Maxx 2 have a water-repellant coating, though neither is waterproof, like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active. The Turbo 2 is also wireless charging compatible, a feature that neither the Maxx 2 nor Moto X Pure Edition has. Many Samsung Galaxy devices are also wireless charging compatible.

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Camera Quality

Motorola Droid Maxx 2: back

Both Droids have 21-megapixel cameras. The Turbo 2's camera gets a rating of 84 out of 100 from DxOMark, which reviews cameras, lenses, and smartphone cameras, and is considered an industry standard. Like many smartphone cameras, the Turbo 2 excels in good light, and falters in poor lighting conditions. DxOMark has not yet reviewed the Maxx's 2 camera, though it shares the same specs.

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Storage Space

Memory Card

One of the reasons for the Droid Maxx 2's lower price is that it offers less storage: only 16 GB. However, it has a microSD slot that accepts cards up to 128 GB. The Turbo 2 starts at 32 GB, though for $96 more, you can upgrade to a 64 GB model, which includes a free design refresh within two years. This means, in that time frame, that you can redesign a Turbo 2 using the Moto Maker and trade in your old Turbo 2 for the new one. (Note that Motorola will charge you for the refresh and then refund you once it receives the old smartphone.) The Turbo 2 takes microSD cards up to a whopping 2 TB.

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Customization Options

Motorola Shells

Speaking of the Moto Maker, you can use it to design your own Turbo 2. You can't design your own Maxx 2, but you can customize it using Motorola Shells (pictured), which attach to the back of your device, and come in several different colors. Alternatively, you can purchase a Motorola Flip Shell, which replaces the back of your phone, and includes a magnetic cover for the front of your phone. The Flip Shell not only protects your screen, but it doesn't add any extra bulk. Motorola Shells cost $19.99 each, while Flip Shells cost $29.99 each.

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