Motorola DROID Turbo vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: in-depth specs comparison
However, we should note that both of these devices are intended at completely different market segments, yet they will be inevitably compared due to their similar setups and, surely, many users will be on the fence whether to throw their money at the S Pen monster or the Kevlar-reinforced DROID. Let's take a closer look at how these two compare specs-wise and make it easier for you to decide which one's the better overall choice.
Each one has its own take on "premium"
For better or for the worse, the DROID Turbo can't stand up to the size of the Note 4. With its dimensions of 6.04 x 3.09 inches (153.5 x 78.6mm), Samsung's 5.7-inch offering is both taller and wider than the more compact Motorola, which boasts dimensions of 5.65 x 2.89 inches (143.5 x 73.3mm). The latter, however, is a noticeably thicker than the Note 4 - with 8.5mm-thin profile, the Samsung powerhouse is way slimmer than both version of the DROID Turbo (the back of one of these is a curve that measures at 8.3-11.2mm in thickness, while the curve of the other variation is thinner at 7.8-10.6mm). Interestingly, both devices tip the scales at 6.21 oz (176gr).
A heated Quad HD AMOLED battle
Being the newest device to hop directly onto the Quad HD bandwagon, the display of the DROID Turbo is among the most pixel-dense at the moment. Measuring 5.2 inches, this AMOLED embodiment has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, which puts its pixel density at the crazy value of 565ppi. The Galaxy Note 4 employs a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with the very same resolution as the DROID Turbo, yet its pixel density is a tad lower - "merely" 515ppi. Regardless of these numbers, it will be extremely hard to discern individual pixels from one another on both displays.
The AMOLED technology aboard both phones also ensures that you'll be treated to high contrast, deep blacks, and good viewing angles. At the same time, the displays of both the Galaxy Note 4 and the Motorola DROID Turbo are protected by the accidental scratch or two, courtesy of the renowned Gorilla Glass 3.0.
Processor and memory
The same power-laden hardware setup means performance differences will be marginal
With the chipsets being the same in both handsets, the performance difference between the two devices will be courtesy of the software that's aboard them - Samsung's TouchWiz UI is way more resource-hungry than the almost-vanilla Android that can be found on the DROID Turbo. But we'll get to this a little bit later.
In the on-board memory department, the DROID Turbo is available in two variants, a basic 32GB one and a more spacious 64GB iteration. Meanwhile, Samsung's phablet is only available of 32 gigabytes of storage, yet it has a microSD card slot that allows you to further extend the available storage with up to 128GB. The Motorola, on the other hand, lacks such a slot.
Interface and functionality
The feature-rich TouchWiz stands up to pure Android
TouchWiz might not be among the most loved custom Android firmwares in the wild, but few can argue that it's not among the most feature-rich ones. Apart from the numerous software goodnesses that Samsung has crammed inside the interface, the phablet also holds another solid argument - the whole new level of functionality the S Pen offers. With useful features like Smart Select, Action Memo, Image Clip, and Screen Write, few devices can rival the feature-laden portfolio that the Note 4 flaunts.
In the meantime, the DROID Turbo relies on stock Android, adorned with but a few of Motorola's own apps and features, like Moto Voice, Moto Actions, Moto Assist, Moto Display, the exclusive Zap Zone, Zap to TV, and Zap with Voice. Although not as feature-rich as the Note 4, the firmware of the DROID beast will most probably allow the latter to sport a better overall performance. Not to mention that it will surely appeal to fans of stock Android.
Both devices come with Android 4.4.4 out of the box, yet the sophistication of TouchWiz will force Samsung to push the Android 5.0 Lollipop version of its firmware a tad later than the Motorola DROID Turbo, which will receive the newest confectionery update of the OS in the following weeks.
The current QHD record-holder might meet his demise in the form of DROID Turbo
Many expected the Quad HD Note 4 to have a slightly worse battery life than its 1080p predecessors, yet the phablet took us by surprise and became the most enduring handset with a pixel-rich Quad HD display aboard. Its 3,220mAh juicer is just marginally larger than Galaxy Note 3's 3,200mAh note, yet the Note 4 scored 8 hours and 43 minutes in our custom battery test. As a side comparison, the Note 3 endured for 6 hours and 8 minutes.
Nevertheless, it's highly likely that the Motorola DROID Turbo with its humongous 3,900mAh powerbank (the biggest in any Quad HD phone) and lightweight UI has all the potential to score higher than the Note 4 and snatch its crown. We would even speculate that the DROID might stand up to Sony's finest - the Xperia Z3. Still, we'll have to tinker with the DROID before we could put it on our battery-centric hall of fame. One thing is certain - its 3,900mAh will undoubtedly serve you a long time.
You can't go wrong with either
Samsung's phablet, on the other hand, has a few aces up its sleeve as well. For starters, it has an optical image stabilization, a handy feature that promises to eliminate any blur due to non-deliberate shakes. The S Pen gladiator already aced our latest camera comparison, leaving behind prominent performers like the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy S5, the long-time champion. You have a lot to prove, DROID Turbo!
As far as front-facing snappers are concerned, the Note 4 outscores the DROID Turbo. Samsung has crammed a 3.7MP shooter at the upper-right front of its phablet, while Motorola has decided that a 2MP front camera will suffice for the occasional selfie,
Both devices are capable of shooting a 4K video, yet the Note 4 can do so in 30fps, whereas the Motorola device reaches up to 24fps. At lower video resolutions, the phablet also rules supreme - the Note 4's capable of shooting a 1080p video at 60fps, while the DROID is only capable of 1080p video recording at 30fps.
Both are spectacular smartphones and each one has its own merits and highlights. The top-of-the-line hardware ensures that you both phones are as future-proof as it gets. You can go wrong with neither of them.