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5 Reasons to Love the Motorola Droid Turbo 2

5 Reasons to Love the Droid Turbo 2 from Verizon.
1) ShatterProof Display

This is the first smartphone ever that claims to be shatter proof. Motorola’s ‘ShatterShield’ display is composed of five layers (a rigid aluminum core; AMOLED flexible display; dual touch layer; interior lens; and an exterior lens on the touch surface). Motorola claims the screen on the Turbo 2 is “guaranteed not to crack or shatter” and backs up the claim with a four-year shatterproof warranty.

This may seem outlandish, or too good to be true, but it isn’t. I got to watch a demonstration recently by one of the phones creators. He dropped the phone on the solid piece of concrete, and it didn’t crack, not even a scratch. Then he stood on a chair, raised the phone up over his head and dropped it again. Still no cracks. He did say that it is not perfect, and that under certain circumstances it could be scratched or blemished, but nothing that would cause you to have to buy a new phone.

2) Battery Life

The DROID Turbo 2’s 48-hour battery life, is anchored by’TurboPower’ charging. I was lucky enough to get a quick engineering lesson from the same person I mentioned above. He explained how this was the most important part of the phone to him, because it presented the biggest challenge. I still don’t fully understand how it works, but I do know that their new algorithm is groundbreaking. Motorola designed the DROID Turbo 2 to provide more than a full day of heavy use, and I can safely say that is does. I’ve had the phone for over a month now and it withstood the test. Even through my busy holiday season.

DROID Turbo 2 also has a rapid charge feature Motorola calls “TurboPower” that’s designed to quickly power up the handset. More specifically, you should be able to get “up to 13 hours of power in just 15 minutes” of charging when you use the supplied TurboPower adapter — which, by the way, is kind of large and clunky. Anyone who is a heavy user should appreciate that long life.

3) DROID Turbo 2 Works With PMA and Qi wireless power

There are two wireless standards in today’s world of: the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) standard, and the rival Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) standard, called “Qi” and pronounced “chee.” The DROID Turbo 2 not only charges wirelessly, but will work with both! This is a feature I didn’t even know I needed, until I had it. Now anytime I have to use the cord it seems like a pain. The one big difference though, is the turbocharger restores power MUCH faster than its wireless counterpart. Still, if you are going to bed, laying it on the wireless charger is pretty sweet.

4) Customization

Moto Maker lets Turbo 2 buyers pick from three different materials for the device’s rear cover (a rubber-like “soft grip,” stain-resistant material; ballistic nylon; and pebbled leather), along with many different color options for the gadget’s front panel, accents and trim. Having seen and felt all these materials, I can tell you that they are all very nice. If you opt for the 64GB version, you can trade your device in for another color combination once during the two years after your purchase.

Moto Maker

Moto Maker

5) 21MP camera

Megapixels don’t mean very much anymore. I can remember when a good point and shoot camera only had 5MP! Most camera phones today have a minimum of 12MP. When it comes to the image quality, this phone is hard to beat. The iPhone 6S takes comparable pictures to the DROID Turbo 2, but I can’t say they are any better.

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.  

I Don’t Want To Spend This Much Time On My Device During the Holidays. How About You?

The Holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving just finished, Hanukkah started today, and Christmas will be here before you can blink. I carry two phones with me almost everywhere I go. One for work, one for personal use, and I don’t want to spend this much time on my device during the Holidays. How about you? Before you answer, let me give you some context.

I’m a husband and a father. I’m a small business owner, and do some social media consulting. In order to be efficient wearing those hats, and many others, I use my device to improve my life. I have to stay connected a lot, it’s my job. I’m not alone. Next time you’re in an airport, look around. We live in a ‘connected’ world. It’s not a bad thing, it’s a good thing, that sometimes gets a bad reputation.

I may be more aware of the time I spend on my device, because I have often been on it too much. Most Sundays and Holidays I try to ‘unplug’. We are our own worst enemies when it comes to how we spend our time. Last week during Thanksgiving my brother-in-law walked in and said ‘why is everyone on their devices!’ He was really upset, I could almost see his blood pressure rise.  In fairness, there were four people in the room, and we were all checking stuff on our phones. What he didn’t realize, was that we were watching a movie, and it was during a commercial. In turn, the next morning during breakfast I busted him as well! I was just teasing, even though he wasn’t the day before. I’m sure many of you could share similar stories.

Our devices have become so vital to our daily lives, that it’s beginning to annoy people. I’ve met some people who have huge buttons about pulling our your phone at a restaurant. No one wants to be the person that is looked on as isolated, or ignoring others. As society becomes more and more connected, it’s just important to be aware of when we are on our devices, and for how long.

That said, how would the holiday’s be without your device? I can’t tell you how many times I needed mine over the past two weeks. Weather it was using the flashlight while frying a turkey, or making calculations while following a pie recipe, or googling how to fix lights while on a ladder, my device is essential to my day-to-day life. Could I live without it? Absolutely. Would it make sense to try, even for Holidays? Absolutely not.

So as we move through the end of the year, be thankful for your device, and the advancements made everyday in technology. If you have Verizon like I do, then also be thankful you have a fantastic network. Spend time with your family and friends. Limit the amount of time you are on your device, (you know, checking Facebook statuses) but don’t deny yourself the helpful ways your device improves your life.

 

My Family during the Holidays taken with my wife's Verizon iPhone 6 Plus

My family during the Holidays, taken with my wife’s Verizon iPhone 6 Plus

 

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own. 

 

The UE ROLL Speaker Will Blow You Away

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

I love music. I love listening to good music. I really love listening to good music, anywhere I want, anytime I want, with speakers that have great sound quality. That’s why this post is about the new UE ROLL wireless Bluetooth® speaker. Tough, durable, and easy to use. These are all qualities of this speaker. Wireless technology continues to improve, and it’s clear to “hear” with this product. The ability to project sound in every direction is a great feature, but there are lots of other reasons to own one.

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UE ROLL

Why?

Music is an important part of many people’s lives. In today’s world, even though everyone is different, we live in a much more active society. With products like the UE ROLL, you don’t have to sacrifice your desire and need for music no matter where you are. UE ROLL can go really loud. Increased volume can sometimes lead to imperfections in the sound, but that isn’t the case here. The listening experience is crisp at all volumes. Whether listening to the high vocal harmonies of Steely Dan, or something with heavy bass beats like Parliament Funkadelic, (two personal favorites) this speaker can hold up to both. When I look at this product, it’s clear to me that it is intended to make life better.

How?

Imagine all the places you or people you know like to go. Now picture being at each of those places with the music you love. The UE ROLL can make that happen. UE stands for Ultimate Ears, and according to them they “love to try and break the things we build. And then to build them again – better.”  UE had the vision of creating a speaker that could stand up to any environment you can subject it to. Having tested the speaker I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not the most active guy, but I do listen to music a LOT, everyday. I love how much range it has, and how easy it is to move around. The feature that I hear a lot of people love is the UE ROLL app to Double Up with another UE ROLL, UE BOOM or UE MEGABOOM. It only takes a few friends, and all of a sudden you have a party, right? 

Specs

UE ROLL comes equipped with a marine-grade bungee cord so you can attach it to a lot of other gear. It has a range of up to 65 feet, so you don’t have to stand over it to control it with your mobile phone or tablet (or other Bluetooth-enabled device). The UE ROLL app can also remotely power off and on the device as well, it works well, I tried it several times. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives you up to 9 hours of use. It has a Diameter: 135mm, Height: 40mm, Weight: 330 so you can take it almost anywhere. It features a plasma-coated acoustic skin that is waterproof, dirt-proof, and stain resistant. It really is waterproof. I just wanted to state that again because that word gets throw around so much these days, but it’s true. The most amazing spec, to me anyway, is one 2” driver and two ¾” tweeters. The sound that is creates with that, is almost unbelievable.

Thanks to @TheOnlineMom and the Verizon #vzwbuzz team for letting me try this out!