1. brybelle22's Avatar
    After debating between the Nexus 6 and Turbo, I decided on the Turbo when the Nexus 6 sold out immediately. I'm coming from a Moto X 2013 and then a Moto X 2014 with a couple day usage of an old S3 after I sold my Moto X 2014 and before I bought my Turbo this morning.

    I was first in the store this morning with no one else apparently waiting for the Turbo. I purchased a 64GB Ballistic Nylon at full price to keep my unlimited data. I was shown the Lifeproof and Otterbox cases along with the holster/snap on case combo and some screen protectors. I didn't get any of those and was told that they didn't have any tempered glass protectors either.

    I was in class while my apps updated and the new build updated and loaded. At this point I've reloaded all my old apps and disabled all the bloatware minus Zap which I plan to try before I decide on whether or not to disable. After all was set up, I used the turbo charger to charge from 45% to full in about 30 minutes. I'll be using up the battery completely before I plan on recharging to get the full idea of how long a true charge will last.

    Setting up my Moto Hint, Pebble and JBL Charge was quick and easy. I've set them as trusted devices and there were no problems locking and unlocking the phone as I toggled bluetooth off and on. (You do have to initially unlock when paired with a bluetooth device.)

    So far I've watched a couple of YouTube videos at 1080p and some Netflix and the picture is very clear and the radios seem to keep the signal better than my Moto X 2014 did. Camera is better than the Moto X 2014, but digital zoom is still a disappointment. As expected, the phone could've been helped a lot with optical image stabilization and/or optical zoom. 4K video looks sharp, but again, much more shaky when compared to the OIS camera in the iPhone 6+.

    On the way to class, I listened to Spotify (not the best sound quality) through the on-board front facing speaker while in my convertible going 75mph. The speaker sounded more robust with less static than my Moto X 14, but still not super loud. For me, however, I decided that I listen to music through the built in speakers very little. Most of my sound consumption is through headphones or my JBL Charge. I was willing to sacrifice stereo front facing speakers for the Turbo.

    I also took a phone call while driving 55mph in my convertible. At its highest volume, the sound was still a little quieter than I would prefer, but definitely serviceable. In a normal setting, sound quality will be fine.

    Build is very solid with the exception of the volume rocker with slightly wiggles (most likely due to its housing of the nanosim). What doesn't wiggle (or wobble) is the phone itself when laying on its back. The wobble of the Moto X made it impossible to text while the phone was sitting on my desk. Absolutely solid on a desk; this is a nice change that I wouldn't have thought mattered. Ballistic nylon feels nice, but I will be on the look out for possible fraying as I can very distinctly feel the threading. I loved my on-screen buttons of my Moto X and was looking forward to the on-screen buttons had I gotten the Nexus 6, BUT after having this phone for 6 hours now, I don't even consider the capacitive buttons an issue. For me, they were very easy to get over.

    In addition to the camera lacking in quality, the only other down side for me coming from the Moto X 2014 has to do with the screen. One of the nicest and most subtle features of the Moto X 2014 was the curve of the screen at the edge of the display. That curve led to a very smooth feeling display. The Turbo is the exact opposite in that regard. Running my finger to the edge of the screen is not as smooth as my finger immediately and abruptly meets the metal edge. This not really a complaint, but something that I noticably miss from my 2014 X.

    Finally, the Snapdragon 805 is fast. I'm not experiencing any discernible lag. Have used the S3 for a few days prior to purchasing my Turbo, I can really appreciate the Turbo's snappiness. The S3 was torture! I was well aware of its lack of speed coming from both the 2013 and 2014 Moto X, but this Turbo is fast in everything it does.

    Overall, I'm very pleased with this phone and glad I sold my Moto X 2nd Gen for this phone. I don't think I'll regret not getting the Nexus 6; it helps that I'm pretty confident that the Turbo will be upgraded to Lollipop much sooner than later. Hope this mini-first impression helps some of you that are on the fence!
    10-30-2014 03:21 PM

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