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Verizon slashes big-battery Motorola Droid Turbo to $500 off-contract

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Droid TurboPerhaps the most underrated top-shelf Android smartphone released in the past year or so, the Droid Turbo, goes the extra mile starting today to snatch the headlines it clearly deserves. Motorola’s longevity champion is cheaper than ever before through its exclusive US carrier backer, as Verizon merely charges $499.99 sans contractual obligations with 32 GB internal storage.

Okay, so maybe five Benjamins doesn’t qualify as “cheap.” But since [easyazon-link asin=”B00OZTSB3U” locale=”us”]Amazon sells the outright 5.2-inch Quad HD beast for 600 bucks[/easyazon-link] and up, it’s definitely a tempting deal. Not to mention how much more affordable the Turbo has become compared to [easyazon-link asin=”B00U8KSUIG” locale=”us”]the $660 Samsung Galaxy S6[/easyazon-link] or [easyazon-link asin=”B00VXN88T8″ locale=”us”]$900 S6 Edge[/easyazon-link] while cutting very few corners in the build quality or raw speed departments.

The textbook definition of robust gear, with Kevlar or metallized glass fiber on the outside, and a zippy quad-core 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 processor inside, assisted by a gigantic 3,900 mAh battery, the 5.2 incher somehow manages to keep bulk in check, tipping the scales at 169 grams and measuring 8.3 mm at its thinnest point.

The major downside? Its software is stuck on decrepit Android 4.4 KitKat, despite Motorola having somewhat of a privileged relationship with Google. We wouldn’t worry too much though, as a 5.0 Lollipop update should be right around the corner.

Up for grabs from Verizon at $500 in metallic black, red, black ballistic nylon or blue, the Motorola Droid Turbo can be had for even less on a 24-month pact via Amazon. Namely, [easyazon-link asin=”B00OZTSB3U” locale=”us”]$50 in metallic black[/easyazon-link] or [easyazon-link asin=”B00OZTSNNS” locale=”us”]red[/easyazon-link]. Bargains, bargains everywhere.

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