Camera


The newcomer, the DROID Turbo 2 in this case, comes out of the gate with the beefier camera of the two – a 21-megapixel snapper that features an f/2.0 aperture lens. No doubt, it makes it a formidable camera when we compare it to the Galaxy S6’s 16-megapixel camera, but having a higher megapixel count camera is never a true indicator of a camera’s performance.


However, we will certainly say that the Galaxy S6 makes for a more convincing package thanks to its shooting experience, which is comprised out of several shooting modes and a useful Pro mode. The latter one, specifically, provides hardcore shutterbugs with all the tight controls that’s necessary in capturing the moment perfectly. In comparison, the DROID Turbo 2 favors a simpler experience – one that’s lighter on the goodies.


Image Quality


Motorola has made some great strides, seeing that their devices have been regarded as underperforming in the past, but despite the tremendous improvements made with the DROID Turbo 2’s camera, the Galaxy S6 is still the better handset. In just about every scenario, Sammy’s pride and joy delivers the better results. Not only are photos surprisingly sharper and more detailed, but its warmer color reproduction commands more attention. The DROID Turbo 2, by today’s standards, is still a good performer, however, it just can’t match the attentiveness of its rivals.

That point is even evident under low light conditions, where the Galaxy S6 continues its dominance. Despite how they both produce brightly toned photos when lighting is insufficient, it’s yet again the Galaxy S6 capitalizing with its better details capture. Sure, its color reproduction is heavily warmer in tone under artificial lighting, but it still looks somewhat more appealing than the duller, cooler tones out of the DROID Turbo 2.


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 2
3
608
424
Samsung Galaxy S6 2.2
2.4
No data
No data

Video Quality


Although the Galaxy S6 tips the scales with its better still shot performance, there’s actually not much of a gap when it pertains to video recording quality. Having both topping out at 4K UHD resolution, there are plenty of rich details captured by the two, as well as some other similar, favorable qualities – such as quick focus and exposure adjustment. As before, the Galaxy S6 continues to favor warmer color tones, whereas it’s cooler with the DROID Turbo 2. And even though voices recorded by the microphones are audible, there’s more clarity with the S6.


Multimedia


Granted that the Google Play Music app comes preloaded on the two phones, the Galaxy S6 complements it with its very own, homemade TouchWiz music player. Functionally, it suffices, but in the greater scheme of things, it doesn’t necessarily take the punch out of Google’s venerable player.
Unfortunately, neither phone's loudspeaker is accompanied with any sort of meaningful bite, as they sound a bit subdued and unsubstantial.



Once an added commodity, the Galaxy S6 is one of the few phones released this year to feature an IR blaster, which allows it to double as a handy universal remote. Not everyone uses it, but it’s nonetheless there for the convenience when the opportunity arises. We can’t say the same thing for the DROID Turbo 2.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 0.982
Samsung Galaxy S6 0.54
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 75.5
Samsung Galaxy S6 73.7


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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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