It’s a writing assignment you don’t get every day: Drop a smartphone on purpose.
But the phone’s groundbreaking feature isn’t something you come across every day either: Motorola says that its Droid Turbo 2 is the world’s first smartphone display guaranteed not to crack or shatter for four years.
That’s a huge claim, so I wanted to check it out for myself.
As someone who loves the outdoors—my passion is kayak fishing—I have a vested interest in a phone screen that can handle the occasional drop. Sure, paddling in a kayak doesn’t pose the same risks to my phone as mountain climbing or playing hockey, but I’m moving around a lot even before I get into the water. From loading or unloading the kayak onto the roof of my SUV to getting all of my gear ready, my phone could easily wind up on the pavement or gravel before I shove off.
I wondered how it would handle these situations, so I decided to test it out.
Here’s what I discovered before spending a day at the lake kayak fishing with the Turbo 2 (hey, it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it).
Drop test 1: Falling from my pocket
I got right down to business by first testing the phone’s Moto ShatterShield™ screen. I wondered how it would handle being dropped from a relatively low height.
When I arrived at the lake, I backed my SUV onto the boat ramp and got out of my car with the Turbo 2 barely inside the left pocket of my shorts to see what would happen if it fell out.