Do we have a great comparison for you today – the new Motorola Droid Turbo 2 and the Droid Maxx 2 go up against the Moto X Pure Edition, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5. This give us a chance to see just how these Verizon exclusive devices compare to the main Moto X and two higher-end devices. Verizon and Motorola made every effort to impress with the higher-end Droid Turbo 2, while the Droid Maxx 2 is more mid-range device…basically a Motorola Moto X Play model, renamed and priced at only $384 off-contract. Even the higher-end, Droid Turbo 2 comes in at $624 off-contract for the 32GB model and $720 for the 64GB model (prices based off the monthly installment options) – both models have a microSD card slot to expand.
Checking out the specifications in several areas, we will compare the two new Droid smartphones against three other devices – with an emphasis on the new Droid devices. Please remember the pricing of these smartphones – it is not possible for a $384 device to have the same quality as a $700 device…but not everybody needs a QHD display or the fastest processor. Some only use their camera for contact pictures, selfies or video chatting, so they do not need the best camera, although, truth be told, even the mid-range smartphones are starting to put more emphasis in the camera area.
The Droid Turbo 2 comes in a variety of base colors – Black Soft Grip, White Soft Grip, Grey Ballistic Nylon, Black Pebbled Leather – and you have access to the Moto Maker to tailor the device to your own personality. The Droid Maxx 2 comes in the base colors – Black with Deep Sea Blue Backing or White with Winter White Backing – there is no Moto Maker Access, but you can choose from up to seven colorful shells or backings to liven up your device.
Check out the specification chart below to see just how these five devices compare to one another. You might just be surprised by how close some of the specs are.
The displays between the new Droids are completely different from one another, even though they are close in size. The Turbo 2 is sporting a 5.4-inch Quad HD (QHD) with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and 540 pixels-per-inch (PPI) – it also uses the AMOLED technology. The Maxx 2 has a slightly larger 5.5-inch display, but is only Full HD (FHD) with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 401 PPI and using the more common LCD technology. The Moto X Pure Edition has a larger 5.7-inch QHD LCD display with 520 PPI. The two Samsung models use their Super AMOLED QHD display with the Galaxy S6 measuring 5.1-inch with 577 PPI and the Note 5 has a 5.7-inch display with 518 PPI.
The three Motorola devices use three different processors from Qualcomm and the two Samsung models use the same Exynos processor. The Droid Turbo 2 uses the 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0 GHz. It is using 3GB of DDR4 RAM, you can get either a 32GB or a 64GB model, and there is a microSD card slot to expand. The Droid Maxx 2 uses the 64-bit Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot for expansion. The Moto X Pure Edition is using the 64-bit Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor with 3GB of RAM and either 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of internal memory as well as the microSD card slot for expansion. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Note 5 use the same 64-bit Exynos octa-core processor clocked at 2.1 GHz. The Galaxy S6 has 3GB of DDR4 RAM and options of 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of the much faster USF 2.0 internal memory with no means to expand. The Galaxy Note 5 has 4GB of DDR4 RAM and options of 32GB or 64GB of the faster USF 2.0 internal memory with no expansion available.
The camera section will be small in this comparison since we are only dealing with two different main and front-facing cameras (FFC). The three Motorola models all use a 21 MP main camera with Phase Detect autofocus (PDAF), dual-tone LED flash and an f/2.0 aperture. They use a 5 MP FFC for selfies and video chatting. Motorola uses a good software package to allow tap-to-capture, 4x digital zoom, burst mode, night mode, auto HDR and panorama shots. The two Samsung devices have a 16 MP sensor, f/1.9 aperture, quick autofocus, LED flash, live HDR and OIS. The 5 MP FFC also has a wide-angle lens, f/1.9 aperture, and live HDR for great group selfies or office video chats. The software is extensive on these two devices and the pictures are some of the best you will get out of a smartphone.
When it comes to the two Droid models, we are talking about some decent size batteries. The Droid Turbo 2 has a huge 3760 mAh battery that can use the Motorola Turbo Charger for quick charges. The Droid Maxx 2 has a large 3630 mAh battery that can also use the Turbo Charger – both of those batteries should get you through two days of moderate usage. The Moto X Pure Edition has a 3000 mAh battery, as does the Galaxy Note 5. The Moto X can use the Turbo Charger and the Note 5 has a quick rapid charge feature as well as built-in quick wireless charging, which would require a separate base. The Galaxy S6 has a smaller 2550 mAh battery that also has a rapid charge feature and built-in wireless charging.
It is hard to determine just how long a battery will last in a particular device as there are so many variables – gaming, video/movie watching, downloads, talk-time, texting, emailing, web browsing, etc. However, most modern smartphones have quick charge capabilities and some sort of power saving mode.
All of these devices have the usual suspects – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC capabilities. The three Motorola models all have their Nano coating for water resistance, the Droid Turbo and Moto X Pure have dual front-facing speakers and the Droid Maxx has only one front-facing speaker. The Galaxy S6 and Note 5 have their single speakers located at the bottom of the device.
Surprisingly, Motorola has still avoided putting on a fingerprint sensor on any of their three models. Both Samsung models have a fingerprint sensor and Samsung Pay built-in, but all five devices can make Android Pay and other mobile payments. With Android Pay and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you can use your fingerprint sensor to authorize payments.
All of the devices are running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, but will soon receive their Marshmallow upgrade. It is a little surprising to see the two new Droid devices arrive without Marshmallow, since it has been out – even the new HTC One A9 showed up the other day with a Marshmallow build.
The Droid Turbo 2 and the Droid Maxx 2 are only available on the Verizon network, whereas the other three devices are compatible with all major US networks.