This Droid drop test was designed like a clinical trial, with the shatterproof Droid Turbo 2 as the test subject, and the sturdy, albeit not advertised as shatterproof, Droid Maxx 2 as the control. The Maxx 2 was intended to prove how devastating a four-foot drop onto granite can be on phones not designed to be shatterproof, and by all expectations, it should have turned up with a cracked screen. Well, clinical trials sometimes produce unexpected results. Our drop test did too.
No surprises were expected from the Turbo 2 drop tests, and none were observed; it is shatterproof under the most extreme testing. The Maxx 2, however, was a pleasant surprise. It didn't shatter under the same extreme tests, as tech/fashion entrepreneur Paulina Perepelkin repeatedly dropped both phones onto concrete, brick, and granite surfaces. A single drop would have destroyed the screen of any other iPhone or Android phone. The shock was enough, however, to shake the cable connector loose from the Turbo 2's digitizer.
Gizmodo dropped the Turbo 2 70 times, scuffing its exterior but not affecting its operation. CNN also published a video titled "We tried to break Motorola's unbreakable phone" that subjected the Turbo 2 to the full weight of a New York Central Park carriage horse without shattering.
The Maxx 2's ability to take this abuse is fondly reminiscent of the Nokia cellphone era, when phones lived in a back packet, regularly were sat on, fell on the floor and were stepped on, kicked, and still lasted two full years.
Motorola spokesperson Dawn McKenzie responded to the unanticipated shatterproof performance of the Turbo Maxx 2:
"The Droid Turbo 2 is guaranteed not to crack or shatter. It's designed to survive accidental drops: missing your back pocket, sliding out of your hand, falling from your lap when standing, etc. It is not intended to survive falls from extreme heights or abuse situations and therefore, is not 'unbreakable.'"
"Only Droid Turbo 2 has ShatterShield (Maxx 2 does not), but we do make the Droid Maxx as durable as we can despite not having the Shattershield technology."
The Maxx 2 isn't guaranteed not to shatter, but this one test sets it apart in terms of durability. The results were persuasive evidence that the Maxx 2 is well-engineered and will raise the expectations for smartphone reliability from all smartphone makers, including Motorola.