Interface and Functionality


Comparing their respective Android experiences is a tough cookie, especially when they clearly cater to different users. On one hand, we like that the stock-like Android 5.1.1 Lollipop experience of the DROID Turbo 2, just because it’s the simpler, more straightforward, and uncomplicated experience. Yes, there are influences from Motorola, but they are features that complement the experience in a meaningful way – rather than convoluting it.


Well, it’s a stark difference with the Galaxy S6 and its TouchWiz interface. Although it’s not as clean looking as the DROID Turbo 2’s visuals, it’s far more refined over previous iterations. Add to that, TouchWiz comes with an incredible set of features that help power users get stuff done. From its true multi-tasking functionality, to how the interface can be shrunken down to a thumb-reaching friendly size, and its downloadable themes, there’s just greater depth at play here that caters to power users.


Both experiences suffice from a superficial standpoint, considering that they offer all the fundamental features of Android. It’s just a matter of which one appeals to you more: whether it’s the stock-like feel of the DROID Turbo 2, or the diversified portfolio of the Galaxy S6’s software features.

System Performance


All of the synthetic benchmark tests we ran indicate one obvious fact, it’s that the Galaxy S6’s Exynos 7 Octa 7420 chipset just outperforms the DROID Turbo 2’s Snapdragon 810 processor. Don’t believe us? Just look for yourself in the list below. However, as we all know, synthetic benchmark tests should be taken with a grain of salt.

There’s certainly a lot of responsiveness out of the two handsets, but after spending a considerable amount of time with them, the DROID Turbo 2 continues to have a snappier operation using it day-to-day. While the Galaxy S6 is the most powerful device in the series ever, it can still be bogged down every now and then, especially after months of using it and installing various apps. As for graphics processing, we’re certainly pleased by their handling – they sustain smooth enough frame rates to enjoy all of today’s demanding titles.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 52201
Samsung Galaxy S6 58382
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 2124
Samsung Galaxy S6 2237
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 3714
Samsung Galaxy S6 5751
Sunspider Lower is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 867.2
Samsung Galaxy S6 354.5
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 16
Samsung Galaxy S6 37
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 40
Samsung Galaxy S6 16
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 1426
Samsung Galaxy S6 1767
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 1043
Samsung Galaxy S6 1440
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 4194
Samsung Galaxy S6 5127


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21 Comments

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.

12. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

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

14. BobLawblaw unregistered

You won't be disappointed..

2. BobbyBusterII

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 01, 2015

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

5. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 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?

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

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

10. Brewski

Posts: 690; Member since: Jun 05, 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.

6. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

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

11. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

That is some good sarcasm. +1 to you.

7. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

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

21. manzer

Posts: 57; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

8. Soundtallica

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

9. alexalex

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

13. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

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

15. Gunner

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 03, 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.

17. Soundtallica

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

16. ananthu07 unregistered

Why does samsung phones never have camspeed scores?

18. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 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

19. Beto_Lopez

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 14, 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

20. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

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