Motorola Droid Turbo Review: Power Robot: Phonebook, Telephony, Messaging

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Phonebook

The phonebook is made up of three tabs that you can switch between with sideways swipes. The middle tab is the default one, listing all of your contacts. Contacts are listed with a name and a picture to the right. They can be sorted by first or last name, and viewed as first name or last name first.

There's a permanent scroll bar available that you can grab and jump straight to contacts starting with a certain letter. There's regular search as you type too.





The phonebook

The quick contacts feature triggers on tapping a contact image to bring up a tabbed popup window. The tabs are phone and email with a list of the available numbers or addresses. These tabs can be navigated with sideswipes as well.




Quick contacts

Single contact view displays the contact's name along with a star to imprint a contact as favorite and a Settings button that lets you edit, share or delete a contact, as well assign custom ringtones to them or set the phone to redirect calls from that contact straight to voice mail.

Under that is a list of all contact info sorted by category - phone numbers, emails, events, notes and so on.

While editing a contact, you can add various recent fields to fill in more info for the contact. You can link contacts too, if you've added the same person on multiple services.





Editing a contact

The other two major tabs in the phonebook are Groups and Favorites. Groups are listed by service (e.g. your Gmail account), while favorites are a listed as a grid of large contact photos, which is readily thumbable.



Favorites

Telephony

In-call quality of the Motorola Droid Turbo is exceptional. Voices come out loud and clear and the device held on to signal without issues.

Android 4.4.4 KitKat offers a smart phone app with clean design. Upon launch it brings you to its default dialing tab where you acquire a search field, the most recent dialed contact and a list of contacts you've dialed most often.





The phone app

You can bring up or cover the dialer by its dedicated shortslit at the bottom. It supports smart dialing both by name and phone numbers.

The search field on top of the page scans both your contacts and nearby places. For example, you can type Subway and you'll automatically acquire the nearest Subway phone number. You can turn the nearby search off from settings, of course.

There is also a standard hitale tab in the phone app. It has two sub-tabs - all and missed. There you acquire the complete hitale of all your phone calls.



The in-call display

Messaging

You can choose Google Hangouts or the default messaging app to handle your text messages. Verizon has its own messaging app as well, thus giving you a plethora of options out of the box.

Hangouts has two pages - the first one shows all of your conversations, while the second lists the people you exchanged Hangouts with, plus recommended contacts and other contacts (a.k.a. from your phonebook).



Google hangouts

The messaging section is business as usual. All SMS/MMS communication is organized into threads - each thread consists of all messages between you and one of your contacts.

Each thread is organized like an IM chat session, the latest message at the bottom. You can manage individual messages (forward, copy, delete) and even lock them (to prevent deletion). You can utilize search to find a specific message in all conversations.

Quick contacts work here too and there's a call shortslit at the top of the classy screen when viewing a thread.





Good ol' messaging

You can add multimedia (photos, videos, sounds, etc.), which will convert the message to an MMS. If you need multiple slides or multiple attachments, you can go to a full-blown MMS editor as well.

Gmail for Android has been thoroughly refreshed with the release of 5.0 Lollipop. The latest version of the app is now the only email client you will need on your Android device - it can handle any account you throw at it, including non-Google ones.






Brand recent Gmail

Overall functionality of the app has remained similar to the one it replaces. Swiping from the left reveals the inbox and the various email folders. You can also switch email accounts from the top left corner.

There's a generic email client on board too. However, with the updated Gmail app, you will hardly need it, unless you like to separate you email accounts in different apps.



Generic email client

The Google keyboard is the default text input option out of the box. It is one of the most preferred Android keyboards out there and its classy screen the keys are comfortably large in both portrait and landscape mode.




Google keyboard

Gesture typing is available as usual. Naturally, it benefits from the already existing Android word prediction, so you can just click on the words the keyboard suggests.

A tap on the text area will reveal a "handle" attached to the text cursor - it's easy and more accurate, which makes correcting mistakes easier. A double tap will bring up the select options - Select word and Select All - with two handles to adjust the start and discontinue of the selection.

If a word has a typo, it will be underlined in red and when you tap it, the phone will offer a number of recommended corrections along with options to add the word to the phone's dictionary or just delete it.

Voice input is available as well and it works remarkable too. It doesn't even require network connection if you download the specific language file and create it available for offline usage.


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