The Motorola Droid Turbo is a late contender as the best smartphone of 2014. Its design “flaws” — that it’s big, bulky, and heavy — are tradeoffs for what’s arguably its best feature: the outstanding battery life.
Its two blemishes, the lack of expandable storage and the Verizon bloatware, are easy to overlook. Neither is unique to the Droid Turbo; any Verizon Android phone will be littered with unnecessary apps, and inexpensive and abundant cloud storage options makes the lack of expandable storage tolerable.
Ultimately, the Droid Turbo excels in the areas that matter most. It’s powerful and performs very well. It has some fun and nonintrusive (though questionably useful) Android tweaks. And it has one of the best displays going.
Verizon customers in the market for the best big-screen smartphone have three flagship options as of this writing: the iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and the Motorola Droid Turbo. All are quality devices, and reasonable people can disagree on which is the best. But reasonable people would also have to consider the 32 GB Motorola Droid Turbo is $200 with a two-year agreement as of this writing, while a 32 GB Galaxy Note 4 and 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus are $100 more.