x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

Motorola DROID Turbo 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Motorola DROID Turbo 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Motorola DROID Turbo 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

Almost hard to believe, the Samsung Galaxy S6 has been around for nearly 8 months now. That’s a long time come to think of it, considering how rapidly things evolve in such a short period of time. Throughout 2015, the Galaxy S6 has remained relevant, which is an impressive feat for a handset that was released in the beginning of the year. Even with all the newcomers, Samsung’s flagship is a force to be reckoned with.

Motorola on the other hand, now a Lenovo company, has been busier towards the latter portion of the year. After turning heads with the Moto X Pure Edition, it didn’t take long before we got wind of its latest DROID. Capitalizing on the success of its predecessor, the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 continues to do what it does best – and that’s to deliver the best battery life around!

Two awesome Android powered smartphones, but there can only be one that reigns supreme.


One favors a striking design, while the other opts for utility above everything else. The Samsung Galaxy S6 is, without question, the more visually appealing smartphone. Sporting that glass meeting metal design we’ve come to adore, it’s undoubtedly exhibiting premium qualities worthy of its flagship status, but at the same time, it makes it fragile.

That’s where the DROID Turbo 2 steps up to the plate with its tank-like construction. Sure, its design is subdued looking in comparison to its rival, but its near indestructible quality gives it added utility that few phones offer. Drops don’t faze this phone, thanks in part to its ShatterShield display, which protects it from cracking in the event it’s dropped – even onto solid pavement. Despite the bland design language of the phone, some folks will appreciate its customization via Moto Maker.

While the Galaxy S6 boasts the characteristics that capture the attention of onlookers with its premium tastes, the DROID Turbo 2 goes the opposite route with its rugged-like construction. Either one works, but it mainly hinges on your particular taste.

For the DROID Turbo 2, some of its notable design features include dual front-firing speakers, an LED flash for its front-facing camera, wireless charging, and expandable storage via its microSD card slot. Conversely, the Galaxy S6 counters with goodies such as a fingerprint sensor, wireless charging, IR blaster, and a heart rate sensor.

Motorola DROID Turbo 2
5.9 x 3.07 x 0.36 inches
149.8 x 78 x 9.2 mm
5.96 oz (169 g)

Motorola DROID Turbo 2

Samsung Galaxy S6
5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches
143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6

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


The Samsung Galaxy S6 is remarkable for the fact that it’s fashioned with one of the most detailed screens this year – a 5.1-inch Quad-HD Super AMOLED display. The DROID Turbo 2, however, is just as detailed with its 5.4-inch Quad-HD AMOLED screen and 544 ppi pixel density.

Beyond the details, everything else points to the obvious here – that the Galaxy S6 has the superior display. Not only does it procure a higher luminance of 563 nits and a warmer color temperature, it’s also more color accurate in the sRGB color spectrum.

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 2 445
Samsung Galaxy S6 563
View all

  • Options

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 03:29

1. BobLawblaw (unregistered)

Sold my 32gb Note 5 for a 128gb S6. Both amazing phones but I wish the Note 5 had expandable storage or at least a 64gb here in New Zealand.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 17:50

12. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1322; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)

Im about to go the other way. S6 to Note 5 lel

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 20:59

14. BobLawblaw (unregistered)

You won't be disappointed..

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 03:38 1

2. BobbyBusterII (banned) (Posts: 13; Member since: 01 Dec 2015)

Honestly PA, all these vs articles make you look cheap.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:15

5. bambamboogy02 (Posts: 652; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

Not really, some people do cross shop for these devices. I enjoy the articles. I know I looked at these two, and still am as a matter of fact. What's wrong with comparing devices?

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 05:38

3. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 3367; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

I Think You Mixed Up The Droid Turbo 2's GFX Scores, No Way Does It Score Higher On The 1080p Test Than The 720p Test.

Almost Forgot GS6 FTW.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:50

4. tokuzumi (Posts: 1211; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)

The Droid 2 looks fine from the back, but it has a serious butter face. Those bezels are from 2006-7.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 14:20 1

10. Brewski (Posts: 416; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)

Smartphones of this caliber did not exist in 2006. All that was available then was Palm and Blackberry. The first iPhone was released in 2007 and it had way bigger bezels than the Turbo 2. In 2009 the first Droid was introduced (Again much bigger bezels)

I have the Turbo (from last year) right next to the Turbo 2 sitting in front of me right now and they have the same size bezel.

Stop exaggerating to prove a point.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 08:15

6. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 586; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)

A total mismatch, why compare S6 to a substandard device?

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 15:19 1

11. mrmessma (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

That is some good sarcasm. +1 to you.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 10:19 4

7. tomn1ce (Posts: 228; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)

I would pick the Droid Turbo 2 over the GS6 just because of the expandable storage and longer lasting battery.

posted on 13 Dec 2015, 13:01

21. manzer (Posts: 43; Member since: 05 Apr 2014)

I agree. I have the DT2 and I love the expandable memory and battery. I feel that the battery last longer than the test by PA. I go naked, I don't worry that if I drop it, it's broke. I made my phone on moto maker. Set it up the way I want it.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 10:31 2

8. Soundtallica (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Dec 2015)

Give me the durable, functional Turbo 2 over the fragile, diva style glass clad S6 any day. The useful Moto features trump gimmicks like the heart rate monitor any day, and Touchwiz has and always will be bloated, laggy, and juvenile-themed garbage. I used my previous S4 for all of 6 hours before I couldn't take it anymore and flashed a better ROM on it (great phone otherwise). The awesome battery and expandable storage seal the deal.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 13:25

9. alexalex (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Dec 2015)

You would be surprised that the S6 is a really tough phone trust me that alloy is really durable and its gorilla glass 4 on the back and you can find out from the specs that its really hard to break,i mean i saw one s6 fall from 5 feet on sandstone with only 1 barely visible dent which is really had to notice unless you are looking for it so yea s6 its not something i would call diva style.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 17:50 1

13. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1322; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)

bruh at the end of the day its made from glass which is a finicky material.

posted on 03 Dec 2015, 10:03 1

15. Gunner (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Dec 2015)

My fiancee would disagree with you, as she easily shattered her S6 from a 2 ft slip from her hand onto a tile floor. After seeing that, I went with the Turbo 2.

posted on 04 Dec 2015, 12:38

17. Soundtallica (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Dec 2015)

Don't care. No matter how durable it is for glass, it can't survive 100 10 foot drops, being run over by a car, or being smashed with a 50lb toolbox like the Turbo 2 can. And that still doesn't change the fact that Touchwiz still sucks even on Lollipop. Its theme is still too juvenile and ugly, and I was able to get the S6 to lag far more easily than the Turbo 2 in the Verizon store even though it scores significantly better on most benchmarks.

posted on 04 Dec 2015, 05:32

16. ananthu07 (unregistered)

Why does samsung phones never have camspeed scores?

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 02:40

18. catze86 (Posts: 731; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)

Greeting everyone, I am a new member here.
Nope. GS 6 anyday. Touchwiz is Awesome, it is why never buy nexus series again. Nexus 5 is my latest phone. And it has Wolfson amp. And I still not truly understand with front facing speakers. If I want to listen a music, very good earphones and sound sytems give maximum effect than front facing speakers. It is IMO. Thank you

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 17:28

19. Beto_Lopez (Posts: 44; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)

Front firing speakers aren't mean to listen music, surely you can do it and it will sound better than normal speakers but they're made for improve the experience when seeing videos or gaming, and to be honest i'm too lazy to find my headphones and plug it, that's why i love front firing speakers

posted on 12 Dec 2015, 08:17

20. catze86 (Posts: 731; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)

There are portable BT/Wifi speakers like JBL, Haman Kardon etc. And a lot of with cheap wih good quality unamed speakers out there. Good for you then if you can enjoy it. But front facing speakers are not for me. Because it cant maximize the power of the phone sound chip/whatever it is.. It is total gimmick/useless.
Thank you.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories