Motorola Droid Turbo- The underdog

When we think of super high end, super high quality and expensive phones, we immediately jump to iPhone, or Samsung’s higher end devices. What we have seen so far from the Flagships of these super companies proves to be true, but a certain OEM has been killing it this year, and that name is Motorola. From their simple sleek and beautiful Moto 360 Smartwatch, to their mid range to high range quality smartphones, Motorola should not be taken lightly, and should be seen as a major competitor instead.

Late 2014 and early 2015, Samsung announced their Galaxy Note 4, which at the time was the best smartphone available on the market (in terms of specs), and with the release of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge recently, the standards have just been raised even further. The Galaxy S6’s specs are insanely high end, some might even say that it’s the most beautiful looking smartphone, and the packs the highest end hardware as well. But one particular smartphone by Motorola is a serious competitor to Samsung’s S6 and the smartphone market’s highest end devices.

That device is called the “Droid Turbo.” The Droid turbo was announced late 2014, in October, and sports some extremely high end specs. When you look at the outer appearance of the device, it might not seem so impressive, and I’ll be honest, I haven’t been a fan of the Droid Turbo’s ergonomics/cosmetic design, but seeing as to how much serious hardware is packed into that beast of a Smartphone, I’m willing to overlook the design, assuming I’ll ever consider picking one up.

Motorola droid turbo ballistic nylon backpanel

Image Source : Motorola

Looking at the specification sheet in just a short moment, we can see the specs of this device stands toe to toe with Samsung’s Galaxy S6. Both devices pack a QHD Display (2560×1440 resolution), and both have a 560-580 Pixel density, as well as a Super AMOLED Display. Both these devices also have a non-removable back cover, so you won’t be able to access the battery unless you were really determined. These two giants do sport some similar hardware; the only major difference from a specification is the battery life. The droid turbo was originally known for its massive 3900mAh battery capacity. Let’s just compare the specs of these two beast devices, to give a comparison of the limitations of Smartphone hardware. Let’s start with the Galaxy S6, and then the Droid Turbo, (as always, specs courtesy of GSMARENA)

Samsung Galaxy S6 Hardware Specifications

  • Network Connectivity: GSM/HSPA(+)/4G LTE
  • Weight: 138g
  • Fingerprint sensor on home button
  • Display: Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Size: 5.1 Inches QHD Display (2560×1440 resolution) 577 Pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display, and Non-Removable Glass Back
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Chipset: Exynos 7 Octa 7420
  • Processor: Quad-Core Cortex A53 1.5GHz + Quad-Core Cortex A57 2.1GHz
  • GPU: Mali-T760
  • Memory: 32/64/128GB Internal Storage
  • Primary Camera: 16MP (2988×5312) w/ OIS, autofocus, LED Flash
  • Secondary Camera: 5MP
  • Battery: Non-Removable 2550mAh Li-Ion Battery

Motorola Droid Turbo Hardware Specifications

  • Network Connectivity: GSM/CDMA/UMTS/EVDO/HSPA(+)/4G LTE
  • Weight: 169g
  • Display: Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Size: 5.2 Inches QHD Display (2560×1440 resolution) 565 Pixels Per Inch (PPI)
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • OS: Android 4.4.4 KitKat, Upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
  • CPU: Quad-Core 2.7GHz Krait 450
  • GPU: Adreno 420
  • Memory: 32/64GB Internal Memory
  • Primary Camera: 21MP (5248×3936) w/ Autofocus, LED Flash
  • Secondary Camera: 2MP
  • Battery: Non-Removable 3900mAh Li-Po Battery


So, reviewing the specification sheet of this beast, you can really compare the two devices together, and really see a lot of similarities, but also some minor discrepancies as well. The RAM technology in these two devices are different, with the Galaxy S6 sporting DDR4 technology, and the Droid Turbo sporting DDR3 technology, which is understandable, being the Droid turbo was released a little while later than the S6. The battery life is also a massive difference, so battery life will definitely last you a longer time on the Droid Turbo.

motorola droid turbo charging

Image Source : Motorola

We have heard facts about battery life, like smartphones that sport a QHD resolution do tend to take a negative effect on Battery life, but since the Droid Turbo has such a massive battery, this problem can be overlooked, as opposed to the LG G3, which also has a QHD display, but battery life for some is a minor issue. Motorola also advertised a massive 8 Hours of battery usage with just 15 Minutes on charging on the Droid Turbo, advertising it as a “Fast Charging” Feature.

The device does claim to heat up fairly quickly, but this can be solved by Rooting your device and exploring Overclocking options, to under-volt your device’s CPU, so your maximum CPU frequency goes lower, therefore resulting in less heat generated, but also means a slight performance decrease.

The Back cover of the Droid turbo looks something like Carbon Fiber, a little bit rough to the touch, but ensures a good grip on the device to make sure it does not slip and fall anywhere. Motorola calls this material “Ballistic Nylon.” Some reviewers have claimed that this Ballistic Nylon material feels “Cheap”, but if that’s what it takes to be protected, then I would put a case on top of it and call it a day.

A Tempered glass screen protector is even more protective, on top of its Gorilla Glass 3 display. The Galaxy S6 this time around, did opt to sport a Glass Back panel, although it arms itself with a Gorilla Glass 4 protective glass, it doesn’t have a VIP pass to deflect all damage and shattering, especially being Non-Removable, replacing the Glass back on the S6 will be a big problem.

The pricing of the Droid turbo spans anywhere from $450 to $600, depending on the supplier. This is almost half of what the Galaxy S6 Edge costs, being the most expensive smartphone on the market, costing over $1,000 for its largest capacity storage option.

The Droid Turbo does give users a stock Android feel and look, as opposed to Samsung’s Touchwiz interface, that most of the time, (devices before the S6) came pre-loaded with a ton of Bloatware. We are not sure what the amount of Bloatware the Droid turbo comes pre-loaded with, or if any even, but one thing’s for sure, you sure can change the interface and look of it with a Custom Rom whenever you like.

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About Kenny Leung
Kenny currently lives in Buffalo, NY. Where he studies computer networking & programming. He has owned a number of Android phones including the Galaxy s3, Galaxy 3 mini, Galaxy s4 mini, LG optimus 3D, and the Oneplus one which he is currently using. Kenny will likely get the Oneplus two once it is released.

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