Do we have a good one for you today – the Motorola Droid Turbo up against the new LG G Flex 2. The LF G Flex 2 will grab this win in the looks department…the curved body and display add a different look and the self-healing back with its rear-mount buttons give the G Flex 2 the look and feel of a premium device. The Droid Turbo is built like a brick house (ha-ha) – it has that great Motorola toughness about it, and still uses plastic reinforced with Kevlar, although a new option offered this year is a model with Ballistic Nylon on the back, which adds a nice grip to the device. It has the unmistakable Droid 'chin' on the lower front and in your hand, it feels solid and comfortable.
Both devices are powerhouses that will satisfy almost every user. These devices are very similar in both physical size and display size. They both use a Snapdragon processor, although different models and both come with 3GB of RAM and offer a 32GB internal storage model. After that, they both have the usual suspects – Dual-Band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC capability and a microUSB port for charging and data transfer. Thanks to their Qualcomm processors, they both enjoy Quick Charge 2.0, although Motorola notches it up a step by providing a Turbo Charger plug in the box.
Please look at the detailed Specification chart below and see exactly what these two devices bring to this comparison. After that, we will look more closely at each individual device and point out their pros and cons. Once this information is gathered, we will pick a winner in this tough comparison.
LG G Flex 2
The LG G Flex 2 follows straight in the path of its predecessor, but improves it in every way. This device has always fascinated me because of its loyal band of followers that quite simply seem to love the device – dare I say an 'applish' mindset…just kidding, we are not that crazy! It is nice that LG really listened to their customers and critics and the second time around there is at least some specs to love.
The new and improved G Flex 2 has a smaller, 5.5-inch, curved display than the original, but this time LG bumped it up to a FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 403 pixels-per-inch (PPI). Both devices use the OLED technology – P-OLED in the G Flex 2 and AMOLED in the Droid Turbo – although the Droid Turbo has the QHD resolution and 565 PPI.
LG wasted no time in putting in the newest 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz and 1.5GHz, whereas the Droid Turbo is using the 32-bit Snapdragon 805. Both are packing 3GB of RAM and the G Flex 2 offers 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot to add additional memory – the Droid Turbo also offers a 64GB model, but no room for expansion.
LG moved the camera from their popular LG G3 into the G Flex 2, which means you can expect some good photos. It has a 13MP sensor with a dual-tone LED flash, OIS+ and Laser autofocus. The Droid Turbo has a much larger, 21MP sensor, but lacks the OIS and Laser autofocus. The G Flex 2's front-facing camera (FFC) is the standard size – 2.1MP for social selfies and video chatting. The curved battery in the G Flex 2 is a reasonable 3000mAh and will certainly get you through the day, but the Droid Turbo has it beat with a whopping 3900mAh.
As far as extras, the LG G Flex 2 does have the self-healing back panel, an IR Blaster, Dolby Mobile and a FM Stereo Radio. It comes with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop on board with LG's UI running on top, and is available on AT&T, Sprint and US Cellular for $300 on a two-year contract and it should be available in February.
Motorola Droid Turbo
The new Motorola Droid Turbo is certainly a 'droid' through and through, and although the looks have not changed much – same Kevlar backing and droid 'chin' are there to greet you. It's rugged, well-built and good looking in a masculine sort of way. It feels good in the hand and is just the right size.
It has that sweet-spot display size of 5.2-inches, but Motorola went all out with a QHD AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 565 PPI – quite a bit up from the 403 PPI of the G Flex 2. The Turbo used the best processor it could at the time – the Snapdragon 805 quad-core clocked at 2.7GHz. They both come with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory – the Droid Turbo also has a 64GB model, but there is no room for expansion like the G Flex 2. Motorola believes that you should store your data in the cloud, not on your device.
Motorola, never noted for their cameras, upped the stakes to a 21MP sensor, autofocus and a dual-LED flash – no OIS or Laser autofocus, but the camera does a nice job taking photos. The FFC is 2MP and will take a decent social media selfie or handle video chat. It has a huge 3900mAh battery and will certainly last the day and then some, and when you need to charge it, you have the wireless charging option or Turbo Charger to quickly get you up and running again.
Extras on the Droid Turbo include the VoLTE calling, a single front-facing speaker, a nano-coating for water resistance and wireless charging. Because it is a Droid, it is a Verizon exclusive, and for only $199 on a two-year contract. The Droid Turbo is currently running 4.4.4 KitKat, but should get its Lollipop update any day. It runs almost pure vanilla Android and should receive updates very quickly.
…And The Winner Is…
Okay, this was a real tough pick and I am going to call it a tie, with a lean toward the Droid Turbo – it all depends on what you are looking for in a device. The LG G Flex 2 has a slightly better processor, a microSD card and the curved display for $100 more…is it worth it…only you can answer that.
The Motorola Droid Turbo packs a better display, offers a 64GB model (but still no expansion), the camera has a much larger sensor (21MP vs 13MP), but lacks OIS and it also packs a mammoth 3900mAh battery. It is also ready for VoLTE calling via an update, it packs a front-facing speaker, water resistant, Qi wireless charger ready, and comes with the Motorola Turbo charger that can give you up to eight hours of service on a 15-minute charge.
The Droid Turbo is a better value all around – only $199 on a two-year contract versus $299 for the G Flex 2. The Droid Turbo should get its Lollipop upgrade any day and runs almost pure vanilla Android.
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