Motorola DROID Turbo versus Samsung Galaxy S5: first look

Motorola DROID Turbo versus Samsung Galaxy S5: first look
The Motorola DROID Turbo is the new kid on the block, but we wouldn’t necessarily classify it as being a kid – mainly because of the mind-blowing specs that it carries along. For one, it’s arguably the beefiest, most specs heavy smartphone to arrive in time for the upcoming holiday season. Motorola’s position, obviously, is different from where Samsung is currently seated. Its continuing flagship phone for 2014, the Galaxy S5, continues to be a relevant smartphone despite the onslaught of newer, more profound things (like the DROID Turbo) arriving on the scene.

Without meticulously taking apart their designs, it’s pretty evident that their designs aren’t the most compelling looking from the front – they just look too generic. However, as we flip them around to check out the rest of their bodies, it’s quite obvious that the two are worlds apart. Between them, the slightly more aggressive look of the DROID Turbo stands out, partly due to its metalized glass fiber construction (or nylon fiber). The material, in addition to the reinforced Kevlar it’s sporting as well, gives the DROID Turbo a solid, sturdier feel. Indeed, the Galaxy S5’s plastic casing feels flimsier in the hand, but we can’t neglect to mention its water-resistant property. Oh yes, it’s something that’s still rarely found on today’s high-end phones, so it proves useful when the occasion arises for us to rely on it.

Although they have similar sized screens, the DROID Turbo gains more attention on paper for its 5.2-inch 1440 x 2560 quad-HD AMOLED display. The resolution alone is commendable, since there are still few phones that employ such a high resolution. To be fair, though, the 5.1-inch 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy S5 is pretty sharp on its own. Looking at the two together from a normal distance, it’s really tough to distinguish the expected superiority of the DROID Turbo. Then again, there’s the matter of looking up close and personal.

Paying attention to the other parts of the phones, there’s no denying there are more alluring qualities with the DROID Turbo – from a specs point of view, naturally. Specifically, it benefits from having newer hardware, like its quad-core 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM and 21-megapixel camera. Those two things make seem to be more intriguing than what the Galaxy S5 boasts with its package. In particular, it features an older, but still formidable quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel camera.

We should note, however, that there are several more hardware and software features in tow with the Galaxy S5 – such as its finger print sensor, IR blaster, various Air Gestures, microSD card slot, removable battery, heart rate sensor, and enhanced multi-tasking via its Multi Window feature. Motorola’s approach is far different than Samsung, as the DROID Turbo mostly relies on a few, yet very focused set of software features. At the end of the day, they’re two wonderful Android smartphones, but it’s looking like the Galaxy S5 is starting to feel a bit dated. Then again, there are always surprises around!

Related phones

  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3900 mAh
Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The only thing I don't like about the Droid Turbo is that chunky, 2010-looking bottom bezel...

2. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

True, I never liked that "lip", not back in 2010 either...

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Agreed. However, its a small price to pay for everything the phone brings to the table. Besides... everyone uses a case anyways.

3. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Why in comparisons I always see white S5? It looks so ugly. Black one look much better and classic. I got one, but I would think about this Moto if it would be released outside USA.

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Galaxy S5 LTE A is nicer IMO. Too bad it is South Korea only and not compatible with LTE in Canada.

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

but no 3900mAh battery... jussayin'

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The Galaxy S5 is a very well rounded phone with few weaknesses that is available everywhere on pretty much every carrier. The Droid Turbo is a very capable phone, but available only on PrisonPlanet V. And like all the rules and restrictions that come with PrisonPlanet V, there is no removable battery, no SD card, an encrypted bootloader, etc. Not for me.

6. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

The only valid point you made IMO was no SD slot. There's no benefit in a removable battery. I've had the DROID RAZR Maxx, DROID MAXX & am currently in the Note 3. I've never wished I had a removable battery, but I do like expandable memory.

7. threeline

Posts: 313; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Is there really going to be an unlocked GSM version of this phone called the Moto X Play? If so, my N5 is getting swapped out and it will become my personal N6.

8. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

I will never get the obsession with having a pretty phone. There is a screen and a bezel and a back. Who cares how it looks? Last time I checked, a phone was a device you used to do things. It's not jewelry. I especially love the poeple who want a "cool" looking phone, then put it in a case. Looks should be like 11th on the list. Can it make calls? Good browser? Good screen? Feel good in the hand? Sufficient memory? Battery life? Etc. People who put anything more than minimal importance on how their phone looks are vain yutzes.

11. kmiller

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

You mention the Universal Remote capabilities for the Galaxy S5. Can the Droid Turbo not be used as a TV remote?

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