What's not to love about a handset you can repeatedly drop on a cinder block? Particularly one that doesn't look like the sort of device that we tend to associate with words like "rugged" and "tough."
That's really the big surprise about Motorola's Droid Turbo 2—it actually looks and feels like a high-end flagship handset. It's got a lovely metal frame and a sharp 5.4-inch quad-HD display. The one that we played around with had an equally nice-looking leather back, courtesy of the company's customization site, MotoMaker.
In fact, nothing about it really cries out "rugged" until you get a chance to put it through the manner of brutal punishment that would make a million iPhone owners cry out in horror—and it walks away unscathed.
However, it's worth noting that, for the record here, the leather backing on the unit we played around with was already scuffed, putting the handset's weak points into sharp relief—which is to say, everything that's not the aforementioned display with ShatterShield technology. Mileage will no doubt vary based on backing, and if you're really looking to go rugged, maybe pick up the back with the word "ballistic" in its name.
Otherwise, it is a fine and quick phone. On the front is a pair of speaker grills, in keeping with Moto's other new handsets, and on the rear is a 21-megapixel camera that we'll be taking for a spin in the not-too-distant future.
Ditto for the 48-hour battery. Can't wait to do some Netflix bingeing on the thing. See you in a couple of days looking a lot worse than the battered phone.