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Motorola DROID Turbo vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Motorola DROID Turbo vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Motorola DROID Turbo vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Motorola DROID Turbo vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Motorola DROID Turbo vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Motorola DROID Turbo vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Oh, Motorola, what have you done with us, releasing such a decked-out smartphone, and leaving it as a Verizon exclusive? The DROID Turbo justifies its title by offering the best that component makers currently have on the market – Quad HD panel, Snapdragon 805 chipset, and a 20 MP camera, all backed up with a giant for the category 3900 mAh battery, promising a two-day endurance, something unheard of for a QHD phone.

Actually, there is no other match for the DROID Turbo in the market, but Samsung's freshly-brewed Note 4 mega-monster, which in its turn sports a larger, 5.7” QHD screen, also an 805 chipset, and an optically-stabilized 16 MP shooter. That is why are pitting the two current Android champions in the cage, and making sure there are no under-the-belt punches...


Smaller and chubbier, the DROID Turbo weighs as much as the larger Note 4, but feels more ergonomic in the palm.

The two phones are fatties for today's demanding standards of sub-8mm flagships, yet the Note 4 clocks in at 0.33” (8.5mm), while the Turbo has the whopping up to 11.2mm girth, depending on whether you get the thinner Metallic, or the just slightly thicker Ballistic Nylon model. Hey, that gigantic battery has to fit somewhere, right? Given the much smaller display, the Turbo is way more comfortable to operate with one hand than the largish Note 4. The phones weigh the same, though, which doesn't bode very well for the thuggish Turbo, which is much smaller.

Samsung offers a removable back cover, which lets you swap the battery, or add more storage, while the Turbo doesn't. The Samsung phablet also comes with the S Pen stylus and its fingerprint scanner, ushering in one more input method, and one more security layer, in case you are inclined to use those.

Motorola does have a few tricks up its sleeve in terms of design against the Note 4 as well, since it offers a few versions of the Turbo with innovative materials like ballistic nylon and metalized fiber for the chassis, and there is even an eye-catchy red version, too. Samsung made the Note 4 look more premium than its predecessors, however, with a metal side rim, so we'd call it a draw in the design department.

Motorola DROID Turbo
5.65 x 2.89 x 0.44 inches
143.5 x 73.3 x 11.2 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)

Motorola DROID Turbo

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
6.04 x 3.09 x 0.33 inches
153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
6.21 oz (176 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


The Turbo might sport record pixel density, but Note 4 nails it in every aspect that matters, like color accuracy and peak brightness.

The 5.2” 1440x2560 resolution panel of the Turbo holds the pixel density record with the breathtaking 565ppi. Galaxy Note 4 is not far behind, though, as it boasts the same resolution, but on a 5.7” display diagonal, returning 515ppi. Both are some of the best numbers in the industry, so no matter what pixel matrix is used to achieve those crazily crammed dots, you'd be hard pressed to find any jaggies in small text, icons, and throughout the interface.

Both panels are of the AMOLED variety, but they are pretty different. We measured the Note 4 to offer great 6700K color temperature and to be very, very color-accurate in its Basic screen mode. The Droid Turbo has an even better white point (6600K), very near to the reference 6500K, but its colors are not accurate. The Turbo exhibits very oversaturated greens, which goes somewhat for the reds and blues as well, and the color points are off the standard marks for the most part, while the Note 4 fits very nicely in the sRGB gamut reference. Keep in mind that previous Samsung phones, like the S5, S4 and Note 3, have proven that many people like these oversaturated but inaccurate colors, and the Droid Turbo isn't worse than them.

Another DROID Turbo display downside is that it is pretty dim, at 248nits measures, against the 468 nits of the Note 4, so you will have trouble telling what's on the screen of the Turbo on a bright sunny day outdoors.

Thus, we'd have to give the display round to the Note 4.

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
Motorola DROID Turbo 248
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 468
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posted on 04 Nov 2014, 06:43 5

1. Zylam (Posts: 827; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

The Turbo/Maxx destroys the note 4. Note 4 in't even in the same league when compared to the real Android flagship.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 06:47 17

2. ebubekir26 (Posts: 321; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

review shows otherwise...
you OVER-exaggerated with the "DESTROYS THE NOTE 4" bs
they are currently the best smartphones you can get, I would personally choose the Note 4, the Turbo won't be available everywhere.
Imagine how fast the Note 4 would be with a little bit of tweaking like a custom rom...

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 09:17 1

18. TheMoltenD (Posts: 109; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)

Note 4 is already getting roms.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 09:26 2

20. bigmaster (Posts: 198; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)

The Note 4 scored 55000 on antutu running a custom rom !!!

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 23:18

36. LionStone (Posts: 747; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

Imagine having a phone so fast that there isn't a need for a custom rom...that's the Turbo.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 07:15 7

4. wilsong17 (unregistered)

Is that why it has poor maximum brightness

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 09:31 2

21. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4373; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

They had an update already that fixed that.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 17:15 3

28. cheetah2k (limited) (Posts: 1586; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)

Would be nice if iPhone4rena would update their screen tests based on the latest update..... But of course they wouldn't do that bcuz iPhone bias

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 17:58 2

29. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I'm sorry, but this is one of the most ridiculous accusatory posts I've seen yet. What would updating a brightness test for the Turbo have to do with the iPhone?! Are you that stupid? The phone already scored higher than the iPhones did this year! In fact, many Android phones did, but to you, Phone Arena is still biased. What else do you want? You fanboys will scream bloody murder over anything!

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 07:23 10

5. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Your comment is a joke. You might think it's better, but no one with a sane mind believes that the Turbo "destroys" the Note 4. Get real & tuck your bias back in. No one wants to see that.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 09:10 4

16. JayFiveAlive (Posts: 67; Member since: 30 May 2014)

Can't tell if serious, but I'm thinking you're being sarcastic :)

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 09:18 6

19. McLTE (Posts: 855; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Have you even handled the Turbo or Note 4??

I played with both at the Verizon store. While the Turbo is pretty cool, it has a few things against it for what I (ME ME ME) want in a phone.

1. I don't want to go backwards to a 5.2" phone. That's just me.
2. There is no LED notification light. That's huge for me.
3. No removable battery. HUGE. With the idea of keeping a phone for 2 years, the batteries do NOT last that long. Can the Turbo have it's battery replaced??
4. No IR blaster. Not a game breaker, but it's great to have.
5. No SD card slot. I have taken advantage of this too many times to not have it.
6. The reviews show the brightness of the Turbo display is lacking.

What I DO like about the Turbo is the chassis and how it handles. People talk about how fat it is.. but it feels great in the hand. I don't want a 5mm phone. I also like the carbon fiber back.

Overall, the Note 4 is better in my opinion for what I want in a phone.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 09:34

23. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4373; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Just a quick little thing about phone batteries. We're waiting for my brother's replacement phone for his Droid Incredible, the original. Up until a month ago, he still had the original battery in there. So it made it roughly 4 years. Not saying they all will, but the capability is there.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 23:12

35. LionStone (Posts: 747; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)

Ya people like to use the old "I have to have a removable battery because they go bad" excuse, but really I just hear how Samsung batteries overheat and go bad? So I guess that's why they are removable so they can buy more batteries lol!

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 05:42 1

39. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Better than buying a whole new phone when your battery goes bad.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 19:09

30. SupermanayrB (Posts: 590; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

Haven't read all of the comments yet, but this is the most sensible comment by far.

My Note 4 pros:
SD slot
Samsung keyboard
Customizable fonts
LED notification

Turbo Pros:
Motos interface
Easier one hand operation
Moto speak
Splash resistant

Have to test the 2 for myself to know which one is really want.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:53 2

26. T.Law (Posts: 414; Member since: 10 May 2014)

You're delusional.
The only things that the Droid has got over the Note 4 is the battery life and arguably better build material. The Note 4 takes the cake.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 19:59 1

33. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10278; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

What? Its the same phone with a smaller display, no pen, no multi-window and more. 20MP camera means nothing if it doesn't take better pictures.

The Turbo is newer and slightly better but it certainly doesn't destroy the Note 4.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 04:44 2

38. blackfury (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 2014)

Yeah,you're right,Note 4 is a class over Motorola Droid!
With the last version of AnTuTu 5,Note 4 scored 50500 with original TouchWiz!
With custom rom he will destroy Droid Turbo!

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 07:02 12

3. Busyboy (unregistered)

Really tough one. But I think the Note 4 is advantaged here.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 07:35 2

6. RocKO03 (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Apr 2014)

Hey, John V did you update the Droid Turbo to the latest system update from Motorola? I think it fixes the brightness issue many websites mention that..

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 07:39 1

7. scarface21173 (Posts: 169; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)

I like both, my preference would be the Motorola just because your guaranteed regular updates and I don't like unwanted bloatware.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 07:47 3

8. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1492; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

Considering Note 4 is a phablet which is not something majority of people will choose the droid turbo is an overall winner since more people would be comfortable with its size.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 08:02 2

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Tough but I'll choose Note 4.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 08:17

10. Scarambay (Posts: 93; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)

Moto's cameras are usually meh, but I'll wait for the Turbo's samples before I come to a conclusion. Note 4 for me as of now.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 08:18 2

11. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1178; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)

Lol Note 4 please

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 08:26 3

12. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

The GS5 LTE A holds the pixel density record, not the Droid turbo. Although I am not sure if it's as good as the Note 4 display.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 09:39 1

24. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4373; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

With the Samsung using a 5.1" at 577 ppi and Motorola using a 5.2" at 565 ppi, I doubt the difference is noticeable.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 21:13 1

34. hurrycanger (Posts: 1566; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

I don't think the main point was bragging about how much better the S5 LTE A is. The point was to correct the article where it says "the Turbo holds the pixel density record".

Anyway, I agree with you.

posted on 15 Nov 2014, 09:17

41. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

they're pixel density record breakers in their respective markets anyway...

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