1. Anathem's Avatar
    I've had my Turbo for a little over 3 years, and it's seen some wear, so I thought I should think about getting an upgrade. However, it seems that all (yes, all) alternatives that are out/coming out soon are worse quality than the 2014 Droid Turbo.. My main concern is the battery: this 3-year-old "ancient" technology has a 3,900 mA-hr battery. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 is poised to have a measly 3,000 mA-hr battery (seriously?).

    For me, battery is the biggest concern: I've been lucky to have the Turbo for the past 3 years, and if it weren't for the fact that my power button is jammed, I would stick with it for a few more years. I also enjoy the great resolution, though it would be nice to have a superamoled display. I also like the 5.2" screen size and don't want to go much bigger.

    Does anyone around here have any recommendations of what I should get/wait for? I was looking at the Asus ZenPhone 4 Max, but aside from the battery, it seems to be quite lacking (such as the display). I don't see anything interesting coming out from Motorola, which is a shame as this would be my first non-Motorola phone.

    I appreciate all your help!
    Einsteindks, VZWsucks and gendo667 like this.
    02-05-2018 08:33 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Have you considered any of the recent past flagships, like the OnePlus 5 (3300 mAh) or LG V20 (3200 mAh)?

    I think most phone manufacturers shy away from really big batteries due to the bulk and weight. They're trying to find the right balance between enough battery to get the average user comfortably through one day and not too much battery that it makes the phone unwieldy. Also, since many phones have quick charging now, there's less pressure to have big batteries -- users can regain a lot of battery very quickly.
    02-05-2018 10:57 PM
  3. jsarche's Avatar
    I also was a Motorola loyalist for years, but I just don't like their new designs. So back in August, after my Turbo was becoming noticeably slow and really showing its age, I switched from the Turbo to the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, and I've been really happy with the new phone. Battery life is at least as good as the Turbo's, and I feel it's just as rugged as the Turbo. I hate using a case, so ruggedness was a priority for me - even more than my carrier (I had to switch carriers to get the S8 Active, but that hasn't been a problem, and these days, it's really easy to do).
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    02-06-2018 01:19 PM
  4. gendo667's Avatar
    You can get a S8 Plus at a decent price. It's shockingly compact, too. I can say the battery on my standard S8 has been fantastic. Even on the Oreo beta. I imagine it's even better on the Plus model.

    On a side note, the S8 is the first Samsung device I've owned and it's been a great experience. Happy hunting.
    02-07-2018 10:26 AM
  5. Stack697's Avatar
    Try the Moto x4. I also had the Droid Turbo and my battery was slowly becoming weak and newer apps were lagging my device. Tried the 5' Pixel2, which was nice, but I guess I'd grown accustomed & loved that Moto display and actions. The X4's midrange processor is actually faster then the old Droid & I'm getting day and a half battery life from the 3000 mah battery. Yeah your losing the amoled screen but your gaining an awesome front fingerprint reader & keeping Moto Display & actions . I tried, but just couldn't find a smaller sized device - Moto flagship or otherwise with comparable features.
    02-07-2018 05:38 PM
  6. chanchan05's Avatar
    You forget to consider that newer phones also have more power efficient components. An example is the S7 Edge, just one year after the Droid Turbo. The Exynos version has a higher battery life rating despite having a smaller 3500mah battery. But I guess you're in the US so you won't be able to get the Exynos versions.

    Anyway, the Huawei Mate 10 and 10 Pro have 4000mah batteries.
    02-07-2018 05:44 PM
  7. Mooncatt's Avatar
    The LG V20 is an awesome phone and the most complete package with features now absent from most smartphones, and a rather durable design. It's about a year and a half old, but it's still a worthy powerhouse.

    Regarding your battery concern, most modern phones sip on their batteries, so size alone isn't the only consideration. That said, the V20 has a removable battery. So you can buy some spares if you want, or get an aftermarket extended battery. I just started using my Perfine brand 6,400mAh battery today and it's been nice so far (still breaking it in), and I've seen some in the 10,000mAh range if you're that power hungry.
    02-07-2018 06:29 PM
  8. Anathem's Avatar
    I appreciate all the replies.

    I am considering the S9 because it seems to be fairly powerful and should last at least 3 years (that's another one of my goals here). Now that the full phone specs/pricing/features have been released, does anyone have any advice regarding this decision? I haven't heard too much about the battery life, but it seems that the S9 won't be terrible, but still not great either. I haven't seen any comparisons of its length with that of the Turbo. I'm also not sure the other phones listed here will last me until 2021.

    Thanks again,
    02-28-2018 04:53 PM
  9. PowrDroid's Avatar
    I appreciate all the replies.

    I am considering the S9 because it seems to be fairly powerful and should last at least 3 years (that's another one of my goals here). Now that the full phone specs/pricing/features have been released, does anyone have any advice regarding this decision? I haven't heard too much about the battery life, but it seems that the S9 won't be terrible, but still not great either. I haven't seen any comparisons of its length with that of the Turbo. I'm also not sure the other phones listed here will last me until 2021.

    Thanks again,
    Had my Droid Turbo for 3 years as well and loved it for the excellent battery life. Got a Pixel 2 XL just before Christmas and the battery life is better than the Turbo ever was. I've gotten 6 hours screen on time and still had 40% battery left. I'd say 8 hours screen on time is doable.

    The Pixel 2 XL has the best camera on a smart phone. Battery and camera are my two priorities in a phone and the 2 XL is fantastic. Throw in smooth, stock Android OS and seamless integration with Google software and a I'm one happy camper.

    I looked at the Samsungs before buying the 2XL and ultimately I decided I didn't want the Samsung OS skin laid over Android. Reading the S8 and S8+ forums you see the threads about lag and stutter and needing to reboot and all the same tricks needed to get back that just bought speed and smoothness the Samsung originally had. Like you, I figure on keeping a phone for 3 years and I don't want to have lagging and stuttering 6 months into ownership. The Turbo had Moto's minimal OS skin on it and it never lagged. I know the Pixel will never have that either.

    Is the S8 and Note 8 on Oreo yet? If not, why not?

    I definitely wanted the superior battery life and better camera on the Pixel 2 XL. Also the timely security patches and updates, unlimited photo storage in the cloud, and, oh yeah, the 2 year warranty.
    02-28-2018 11:17 PM
  10. Bamzilla's Avatar
    My Droid Turbo still works great and I've had it since launch date back in Oct 2014. Only thing that is bad is the battery life is awful now as I have used it a ton over the years. I keep waiting for "the next best thing" to come along and haven't bought anything. I'm thinking I may finally take the plunge and get the S9+ as it seems to be top of the line for everything like the Turbo was when I bought it. I wish Motorola had just kept updating the Turbo as is with smaller bezels. My parents have the Turbo 2 and that was a nice upgrade but the newer Motorolas just don't do it for me.
    03-01-2018 08:15 AM
  11. chanchan05's Avatar
    The problem is you equate mah with battery life. If the S9 was using a battery as power hungry as the processor on the Turbo was, then sure the 3000mah is measly. But as the years went by, not only did processors get more powerful, they also became more efficient and less power hungry.
    03-01-2018 08:41 AM
  12. PowrDroid's Avatar
    The problem is you equate mah with battery life. If the S9 was using a battery as power hungry as the processor on the Turbo was, then sure the 3000mah is measly. But as the years went by, not only did processors get more powerful, they also became more efficient and less power hungry.
    But screens have gotten bigger and Samsung has all their stuff on top of stock Android.
    03-01-2018 06:17 PM
  13. chanchan05's Avatar
    But screens have gotten bigger and Samsung has all their stuff on top of stock Android.
    Everything has become more power efficient. And just equates in the end. For example:

    https://m.gsmarena.com/motorola_droi...iew-1163p3.php

    https://m.gsmarena.com/samsung_galax...iew-1603p3.php

    In GSMArena's standardized test, the Droid Turbo has a rating of 90hrs with its 3900mah battery. The smaller S8 has 84hrs with 'just' a 3000mah battery (AOD is off). While it doesnt translate to actual hours on real life use, we can see their relativity to each other. They'd barely have any difference. And that's with a higher resolution too. You can save even more battery by running battery saving mode which reduces screen resolution and reduces CPU power consumption by 30%.

    Then you have to factor in that the new chips on the S9 are more power efficient than on the S8.


    Although if you really don't want to go for a lower mah, the Huawei Mate 10/Pro is a Note 8 competitor with a 4000mah battery.
    03-01-2018 06:28 PM
  14. Mooncatt's Avatar
    Just get a V20, swap in a 10,000 mAh extended battery, and call it a day. Heck, call it a week for some users. Lol
    03-01-2018 06:35 PM

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