Motorola DROID Turbo vs Apple iPhone 6
The Motorola Droid Turbo joins the countless army of Android device right in the top ranks, as it packs probably the most impressive combinations of the latest silicon, a remarkably high-res display, and one of the largest batteries. Being at the very top of the Android rankings, however, exposes it to competition from all sides, including from the best selling iPhone 6.
It keeps visual style much more appealing, even if that means making some other compromises.
Which one would be the better choice for you? Let’s find out.
The Turbo is a true ‘Droid’ soldier with almost military look. The iPhone 6, has svelte looks with an all aluminum body
The Turbo is a true ‘Droid’ soldier: powerful, with an armored, serious, almost military look. This is a style chosen on purpose, so that even the outwards masculine appearance of the device tells you it’s all about real performance power. The feeling is reinforced by the sturdy materials used to build the phone: there is a metalized glass fiber (MGF) and a nylon fiber version. The MGF sports a rubbery, utilitarian feel, while the nylon fiber has a very distinct natural fabric texture. The back of the phone is also reinforced with Kevlar fiber, and the whole phone features a nano coating so it’s water-repellent (not waterproof, though, so do not submerge it in water).
The iPhone 6, on the other hand, features a much more elegant body that would appeal equally to a much wider pool of people. While the Droid Turbo is on the chubby side, Apple’s handset is also very slim: in fact, with the Turbo measuring 0.44” thick (at its thickest), and the iPhone 6 clocking in at 0.27”, the Droid is nearly two thirds thicker than the iPhone. The iPhone is also the smaller of the two in all aspects, but most importantly - it’s narrower, making it easier to use with a single hand.
In terms of buttons, we have on-screen navigation keys on the Droid Turbo, with physical buttons of reasonable size and comfort on the right side. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, comes with high-quality, metal buttons: the lock key handy on the right, and the volume rocker on the left, and all are very clicky and easy to press.
The 5.2“ Quad HD screen on the Droid Turbo is one of the sharpestout there, but it's ruined by inaccurate colors , while the not-so-sharp iPhone 6 has pleasing colors
The Motorola Droid Turbo comes with a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of the impressive 1440 x 2560-pixels (Quad HD), while the Apple iPhone 6 features a slightly smaller, 4.7-inch screen of the IPS LCD kind, but with a much lower, 750 x 1334-pixel resolution. The Droid Turbo’s screen is remarkably sharp, with a pixel density of 565ppi, one of the highest we’ve seen on a smartphone, whereas the iPhone 6 features pixel density of 326ppi, decent, but definitely not on par with the one of the Turbo. In practical terms, this is a difference that is best seen during reading, when looking at text in tiny fonts, and is not all that evident in other cases.
Looking at colors, we’re not impressed with the AMOLED screen of Droid Turbo, though. It has excellent color temperature with accurate greyscale balance, but colors are way oversaturated, but inaccurate. The improper gamma also gives it an additional “contrast boost”, which is not accurate as well. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, has a slightly cold, bluish whites, but for all else it is pretty accurate.
For outdoor viewing, the Droid Turbo is rather tough to read with the sun present. The iPhone 6 is much easier to use outdoors. That's mostly thanks to its excellent maximum brightness of 600 nits, while the Droid Turbo is mediocre in this aspect, peaking at just 248 nits when measured displaying all-white screen.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 6||606
|Motorola DROID Turbo||248
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Motorola DROID Turbo||50.8%
|Apple iPhone 6||82.3%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
1. tech2 (Posts: 3450; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
The poor display of Droid Turbo ruins the phone for me, sadly :(
Also, SD805 is one of the last SoC based on 32bit architecture. So Droidturbo is not exactly future proofing as well :/
Only Samsung was able to produce a QHD display accurately this year without it hampering on the brightness, battery or color reproduction. Oppo, LG and Motorola tried but they all failed.
6. Awalker (Posts: 1498; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
The Nexus 6 might have a decent display. Some people who have the device say the screen is brighter than the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 5 is quite bright.
10. nomancool (unregistered)
sadly its not the case , just check out PAs screen test of nexus 6 , just add the nexus 6 in the display comparison .
31. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)
It will be very long time before the 805 chip is out dated. 64 bit is not necessary for a vast majority of operations.
54. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The Turbo is very future proof. Just because the S805 isn't 64 bit doesn't mean it isn't capable.
57. Firedogee (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)
The Turbo display brightness rating of 248 nits is just a plain lie. Go into a VZW store and set it next to the Note 4. Very comparable. PA keeps trying to tank this great phone by falsifying its real life measurements. PS. I own the Turbo and 2nd Gen Moto X and will attest the Turbo gets much brighter.
2. Planterz (Posts: 2067; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I'm surprised the battery on the iPhone 6 lasted long enough to make a comparison review.
5. note4 (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Oct 2014)
Yes i think you are right :) bro i am in the toranji.ir too mi name is note4
4. Planterz (Posts: 2067; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
It strikes me that the iPhone 6 is half the phone the Droid Turbo is. Half the processor cores, half the clock speed, (less than) half the RAM, half the camera megapixels, half the battery, half the screen PPI, double the brightness (d'oh!), far less than half the customization available.
13. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
You android troll forget one very important thing. iPhone is 64bit phone, twice as high as this snakeskin chinese phone is. There is no futureproof with this ugly snakeskin. Next year Android moves to 64bit (finally these copycats may do it).
16. darkkjedii (Posts: 21186; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
50x the sales though. Dis the iPhone all you wants. Men lie, women lie, numbels don't. It's the most consumers want.
24. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)
Sales do not decide the better phone. Dumb as ever.
25. darkkjedii (Posts: 21186; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Year over year increases in sales, are indicative of a good product continuing to get better, thus driving greater sales. You're dumb as ever.
49. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)
A phone getting better does not mean it is any good. A low end phone can keep getting better every year but is never going to be good. Again enough with sales. The iphone 6 sold well because people wanted a big screen ios phone. That does not mean the phone is necessarily good though.
51. leksa69 (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Nov 2014)
Are you really that stupid? You are saying it is better phone based on sales? They created big brand name with 3g and now they can just put overpriced last year specced phone in the market and every1 buys them cuz it is apple... So your argument about being a better phone is invalid.
30. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4179; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
So your argument for why the iPhone is better is "Everyone else is doing it"?
Didn't Apple's slogan used to be " Think different"?
Guess that's changed.
52. darkkjedii (Posts: 21186; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Wow bro, as intelligent as you are, you'd be the last person I'd expect to miss the meaning of my post. The other respondents are just simpletons. You have an opinion I respect.
55. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4179; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
That was the exact same response you had the last time you responded to me. So enlighten me as to the "meaning" of your post.
Just because more people want it or own it, does that make it better? I've seen you tout sales numbers a lot for your reasoning why it's better. All that means is more people like it, not that it's better or the best. All people need to worry about is what's best for them but whenever someone else says something's the best, you bring up the sales numbers. Like that should sway them. More people might like polka music, but there's no way in hell I'm gonna jump on that either.
Also, I have to ask, in the past you've bragged about Apple's sales margins on the devices they sell. Why on earth would that be a bragging point? You make it seem like it's a good thing that they're making more profit per device than what other companies are. Why would you pay more for what accomplishes the same thing?
59. darkkjedii (Posts: 21186; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Why do samsungers brag about samsungs sales? When things continue to sell better and better....just see post 25 dude.
60. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4179; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Yes it means just that, they're getting better. That doesn't mean it's the best or the ideal device for everyone. The Honda Civic and Toyota Camry are two of the highest selling cars, but there not even close to being the best. And I'm not saying the Turbo is the best, it has it's shortcomings just like the iPhone does. But other than saying that because of its sales the iPhone's the best, what else are you trying to say? Other than they sell the most?
Like I said in my first post, in the beginning Apple was all about being different, but now they're all about everyone using Apple devices. Google has made their services available for Apple, why hasn't Apple done the same? If they were really about individuality like they used to be, they would make their services available regardless of the device. They are a far cry from the company I used to support.
And just like the argument about Apple being a one/two model company vs Android with their plethora of devices, do you really think that the Turbo, one model on one carrier, is going to compete against the iPhone being available on every carrier? The closest thing would be the Moto X, and I'd bet that if the X would've been set up like the Turbo, it's sales numbers would be a different story.
41. iGeek (Posts: 171; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
It strikes me that the iPhone 6 is half the phone the Droid Turbo is.(Better Design)
Half the processor cores, half the clock speed, (less than) half the RAM(Beats droid's arse in most Benchmarks)
half the camera megapixels(Takes better picture)
half the battery(We have to agree on this one)
half the screen PPI(with better color reproduction and representation ==> Better Display)
double the brightness (d'oh!),
far less than half the customization available(In your opinion)
So Sh*t the fu*k up is all what I can tell you and go stick a droid in your arse :)
53. jphillips63 (Posts: 220; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Let's not forget iphone has double the memory as well 128 gig
61. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4179; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
64GB $249 on contract, $649 off contract
64GB $299 on contract, $749 off contract
128GB $399 on contract, $849 off contract
So for the same amount of storage as the Turbo, the iPhone is $50 more on contract and $100 more off contract. To double the Turbo's storage capacity, the iPhone costs $150 more on contract and $200 more off contract. That's a pretty big difference in price for what you get.
8. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
If I want a phone that sacrifices some specs for looks, I'll get a Moto X, which still comes out on top of the iPhone 6.
9. twens (Posts: 978; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
The iPhone does well against the droid turbo no doubt. It's seems only samsung does the perfect hardware when it comes to android, it's their software that people seems to hate. If the hate is just to pull samsung down because they seem to be the only real threat to apple then we live in a truly biased world. Come to think of it, when other OEMS add more to their phones it always fall short when compared to the iPhone but when samsung adds more to their phone it always outshines the less of the iPhone. The note 4s QHD screen, is not only sharp, it's got the best accurate colors, best white, blacks, less reflective and sharp screen yet draws less battery. The screen is just miles ahead of everything on the market. Their 16 mp camera though more significantly produces way sharper images than the iPhone. The images from the note is truly vibrant, detailed and beautiful. At the mall when I compared the pictures from the note 4 and iPhone 6 plus and asked my friends to choose one they all preferred the one from the note 4.
Sammy seems to really be doing great stuff with hardware. I personally don't have a problem with touchwiz but I wish samsung will just address this hate issue they have with people against touchwiz so they can start getting the positive praises they deserve. The hate for their phones is getting too much and I don't even know why.
The note 4 has a better display, better battery life, it's fast, has useful features, has a practical design, good camera. I just don't know why people are hating. It buffles me.
11. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
A good designed iPhone against snakeskin chinese copycat? Yeah sure, there is no need to do this article at all.
12. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I think you have the completely wrong idea about Motorola's phones. Either that or you're trolling. Or both.
14. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Typical troll comment, just bashing without arguments.
Snakeskin - look at this design language and backround picture. It indeed is called as snakeskin phone as are many motos. Ugly as hell. Moto phones have never looked good. This one here is a fat snakeskin.
Chinese - indeed they are lenovo slaves these days. Poor moto guys, unable to make profit with these snakeskin armies, they had to sell itself first to Google. Google finded out, that snakeskins are useless. So they also wanted to get rid of moto and sell them to Chinse.
Motorolla and Google says: " we dont want snakeskins anymore". Should customers want these snakeskins then?
15. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
It's called Kevlar. You know, the bulletproof stuff. And these phones have sold quite well on Verizon.
18. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Laugh, thats what pr guys call it? Kevlar? Laugh.
Only thing that matters, is design and how it looks. Fancy words can't hide the truth. Its a snakeskin design, covered with a strong word.
19. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
No, that's what it is. It is literally Kevlar.
You're the most immature iFanboy I've seen in a long time.
43. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4179; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
It's OK, he probably doesn't call Apple's phone the iPhone either. Maybe he calls it an anal suppository.
29. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)
Like how retina is a fancy apple word for "sub-par" display. Oh, and poor English dude. Really.
32. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4179; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
So the Motorola/Lenovo acquisition went through 4 days ago and they managed to announce and release a phone prior to that? Sorry, this was done prior to Lenovo's influence. And either way, this doesn't follow Motorola's design, this was ordered by Verizon, they dictate the design and specs.
37. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)
Dude, what the hell are you talking about? Are you on crack? Moto has improved their designs dramatically. The Moto X is a very attractive phone. The Turbo appeals more to a select group, but is nonetheless a decent design. I've owned the Turbo now for several days and it has been a magnificent phone. it is bold, powerful, smooth, and the Moto functions are very useful. I'm not going to bash the Iphone. It is also a good phone. It's just not for everyone. As a man I find it to be a feminine phone based on the pastel colored screen and almost child-like UI. People are also hooked to the Apple eco-system. So they are going to stick with the Iphone no matter what. There's nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't mean it's the best phone. These days, the differences between phones is so marginal that it's not even worth trying to compare. Any high end phone right now is fast and looks decent. It all comes down to personal preference for looks and if you are on the Apple eco-system or Google.
56. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
It's real DuPont Kevlar, not snakeskin.
Motorola is an American company, being bought by Lenovo doesn't make them any less American. Motorola is still an independent company that has its own ideals, Lenovo will have little to no effect on Motorola's products.
Also, I would rather have a thick phone that's as solid as a tank with a massive battery than a thin, fragile phone with bad battery life. Practicality ALWAYS comes before design, and the Droid Turbo is much more practical than the iPhone 6. And personally, I think the Turbo is a good looking phone, at least it doesn't have thick antenna bands, and the Kevlar has a nice pattern.
58. wyrishman (Posts: 39; Member since: 11 May 2014)
You do realize Google's main reason for purchasing Moto was patents...? Moto had a huge number of patents that Google found very valuable. Unless you have more money than Google (proving your business-savvy is better than theirs), I doubt you can legitimately confirm or deny that these transactions were worthless.
17. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Customers: Before you even think about getting this snakeskin design over here. Think about this. Do you really want 32bit phone, when trend is moving to 64bit next year?
Do you want a phone, which its two earlier owner didin't want? Motorolla itself sold these things away, and then Google. Neither of these didin't want these. They both knew, they wont sell. Why should customers buy these??
22. leksa69 (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Nov 2014)
It seems like you don't even know the differences between 32bit and 64bit processors are :DDDD. Plz go check from google what is the difference between 64bit and 32bit bcz you clearly dont know that.
26. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)
You need 4gb of ram to use 64-bit. The iphone only has 1 gb of ram. So it is useless.
Second: Kevlar is unique and awesome, so Motorola copied none. Aluminium, however , is one of the most common elements in the world and thus is not premium. The droid looks hardcore while the iphone looks girlish. The droid wins design.
Third: Qhd obliterates the iphone's display. See the difference in gaming.
Fifth: How ignorant can you get?? It really, literally , is called Kevlar. Bulletproof Kevlar. You should be making fun of terms such as retina( which probably is Apple's way of saying sub - par display) as well as Metal graphics(which, again means nothing) as Metal does not make games look close to console - quality. Ignorant×3 That is the defenition of you.
27. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)
Getting bought means Motorola is wanted. No one must buy ONLY from top - named brands. Secondly, if you think design is the only thing important in smartphones, you are stupid. If you love design, just go for the Sharp Aquos Crystal. Bezel-less. Perfection. Or the Htc One.*edit* this is a reply to post #18 byAltair
Second: Think about this. The future is going to use Qhd of the droid turbo, not the unimpressive 750p of the iphone 6. Do you really want the iphone 6, which has almost the same display of the 2013 galaxy s3, poor battery life that cannot last a day(even low end phones have better battery life than the iphone 6)? Think. The droid turbo lasts twice longer. Plays better looking games. And has a unique design ehich looks manly.
34. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Ahh this android troll really got heated up!
"means motorola is wanted" - may I laugh for your argument. If something is profitable good business, NOBODY will ever sell it. Got that troll? Either Moto or Google didint want these snakeskins anymore. Lenovo wanted it only because of patents. Even lenovo makes better looking (yeah copycats) products than this one here.
Your place is under the bridge troll!
38. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)
Actually profitable companies get bought all the time. Mainly because a bigger company wants to improve it own profitability or competitiveness. What's this "snakeskin" garbage you keep talking about? And you clearly don't understand the definition of troll.
63. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2887; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
Did you read his profile text? He appreciates honest companies like Nokia, Microsoft and Apple. And dislikes evil companies like Samsung and Google. Talking about a dumb sh!t thinking there are actually honest companies lol.
47. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)
First : Do you know what a troll is? I kept facepalming whenever you said someone trolls even if they have not. And yes, profitable companies gets bought by bigger companies that seek more profit. And your English dude. I am not perfect, but make it understandable, at least.
33. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4179; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
It's two earlier owners? Motorola was self owned before the Google acquisition. I can't believe someone as stupid as you figured out how to post on the internet.
35. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Can you ignorant troll count at all?
Owner number 1: Motorola
Owner number 2: Google
Owner number 3: Lenovo
Moto and Google wanted to get rid of this crap before it is eating too much cash.
42. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4179; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
So Motorola's first owner was themselves. OK then. So what you're saying is Motorola didnt want themselves? How do you not walk into doors more?
Can you English speak with grammar at all? (Left intentionally bad grammar in the hopes he will understand)
48. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)
No one can own themself. You don't own yourself and I don't own myself. So, the first owner should be Google, then Lenovo. Man, talking to you is difficult. You just cannot understand the meaning of some common words/terms , misunderstand others too much and kept referring to us as trolls when we state our opinions. Try accepting others okay?
20. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1104; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)
Nothing about the iPhone lack of water resistance? k then
21. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1104; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)
Severe disappointment int the QHD screen. I prefer androids but Ill be dammed if ill settle for a screen that dont hit at least 300nits. I'll take the iPhone 6 so I can actually do stuff outside instead of having to search for shade...
39. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)
The reports about Turbo's screen are very misleading. It doesn't matter what nits reading is. I have found the display to be very bright and easy to see even in sunlight. Specs in a lab and specs in the real world are sometimes very different experiences.
44. Sakeem (Posts: 457; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
I agree. I have the phone and i don't see the big issue PA is making this out to be. I was fine reading emails on my phone outside in the sun.
23. Mark1205 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)
The turbo is a great phone but it would not hold up due to Verizon and their ability to update the phone in a timely manner. It would be better to just wait for the Nexus 6 and deal with the behemoth screen!
46. wyrishman (Posts: 39; Member since: 11 May 2014)
I pre-ordered the Droid MAXX last year and it has received all the updates basically right after Google released it. Seems that Moto under Google's ownership avoided many of the usual carrier headaches in terms of software updates. I'm interested to see how Lenovo will do.
36. Wulfgardr (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Oct 2014)
lol that brightness. Imagine what you could do with all that battery life and a shiny sunny day, oh yep,
45. Sakeem (Posts: 457; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
I got the Turbo on Friday and i am loving it so far. My only complaint would be in call volume tends to be a bit low. The camera is ok. Nothing mind blowing unfortunately. Moto Assist, Voice, Actions, and Display work very well. I love getting a text while i am driving and the Turbo let's me know who is texting, asks me if i want to hear it, then let's me reply all while never taking my eyes off the road. Then the battery............I took the phone off it's charger on Sunday morning, i'm at work with half the day done and its at 45%. Beast. I really like this phone. Perfect choice for me.