Verizon tried to create a stir this week by dropping its new Motorola Droid Turbo 2 onto a concrete block at a press event. This latest flagship model, available Thursday at Verizon and its partner retail outlets, features a five-layer ShatterShield display developed by Motorola to absorb severe shocks and thwart cracking and shattering.

In the hours since I received my Turbo 2, I’ve dropped it quite a few times, including once from the second-floor atrium in our office to the carpeted ground floor 15 feet below. The display—and phone—survived without a scratch.

Our Consumer Reports engineers may come up with a more scientific process to test the new Moto’s toughness, but I’m already impressed. As for Motorola, it's so pleased with the feature, it will cover the phone's display and embedded lenses with a 4-year warranty (though scratches and damage to the protective lens are not included).

(See and share our phone drop on Vine.)

When Droid Turbo 2’s 5.4-in Quad HD display isn’t fending off attacks from cruel reporters, it presents content with impressive 540 pixels per inch (ppi) resolution. That puts it in the company of the latest phones from LG and Samsung.

Photography promises to be another strength. The phone's two cameras each have a 21-megapixel sensor. Only three other phones in our Ratings offer resolution that high: the HTC One M9, the old Motorola Droid Turbo, and the Moto X Pure Edition. And higher resolution improves your chances of capturing more details in your photos, though our tests have found phones with lower-resolution cameras that take exceptionally good pictures—including the iPhone 6s.

The front-facing, 5-megapixel “selfie” camera also has its own LED flash, which is rare among smartphones, though some, including the iPhone 6s, have displays that glow brightly when you're taking still pictures and videos.

In any case, the camera on last year's Droid Turbo, though not the best, produced very good still images in our tests.

The other key Droid advantage is battery life. The Turbo 2 promises 48 hours of use between charges. Best of all, you can coax 13 more hours from a dead battery, Verizon says, after only 15 minutes at the charger.

The Droid Maxx 2, the Turbo 2’s more affordable cousin, also promises 48 hours of battery life between pit stops, but you only get eight more hours with a 15-minute recharge. The phone has a slightly larger, 5.5-inch display—minus the Moto ShatterShield protection—and its resolution is less sharp, though adequate, at 1080P. Sorry, no LED flash on the front-facing camera, either. It has a resolution of less than 5 megapixels.   

Availability. The Droid Turbo 2 will cost $26 a month for 24 months ($624 retail price) or $30 per month for 24 months ($720) with design refresh. The Droid Maxx 2 will be $16 per month for 24 months ($384).

These are the first Droids that can be customized on Motorola's Moto Maker's site, which offers consumers a wide selection of case colors and materials, including wood and leather. 

As a promo, Verizon is offering up to $300 to new customers who trade in their old smartphones for a Turbo 2 — even if the old phone has a cracked screen. One catch: The device must be able to power on.