Call Quality


Phone calls are done in a typical manner by the two phones, but in all fairness, there’s not a single one that extraordinarily better than the other. Overall, we find their performance to be average-like – where they’re sufficient for most cases, but still come with some challenges. There’s this hissy sound with the Galaxy S6’s earpiece, while the DROID Turbo 2 exhibits robotic sounding voices.

Battery


Way before we get into the nitty-gritty, we have this inkling of which one offers the superior battery life. The DROID Turbo 2’s reputation precedes it, especially when its predecessor established new heights with its long-lasting results. And to no one’s surprise, the DROID Turbo 2 similarly follows by obviously producing the longer battery. You know it’s kind of expected when it’s the one packing the larger capacity 3760 mAh battery, whereas the Galaxy S6 is endowed with a meager 2550 mAh battery.

Day-to-day usage, we’re able to eclipse a solid one-day of normal usage with Samsung’s pride and joy, but the DROID Turbo 2 easily surpasses that at 1.5 days. That point is reaffirmed in our benchmark test, where the DROID Turbo 2 reaches a continuous on-screen time of 8 hours and 1 minute – versus the Galaxy S6’s mark of 7 hours and 14 minutes. Needless to say, the Galaxy S6 is good, but the DROID Turbo 2 is better.

Recharge times are also superb, requiring very little down time before they’re back to full capacity. Even though the Galaxy S6 accomplishes the task at the speedier time of 78 minutes, we really have to applaud the DROID Turbo 2 because it’s not too far behind at 82 minutes, which is impressive knowing the huge disparity between their capacities – it’s far more efficient with the task on hand! Best of all, too, we have the added convenience of wireless charging at our disposal with them.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 8h 1 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S6 7h 14 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2 82
Samsung Galaxy S6 78

Conclusion


Having been on the market for quite some time now, the Samsung Galaxy S6 benefits from having a lower outright cost at this point. Nowadays, we can find Sammy’s flagship at the fraction of its original starting cost – going for roughly around $450 depending on where you look. That’s not too shabby because between the two, it comes with some added luxuries that aren’t found with the DROID Turbo 2, giving it that more bang for the buck quality.

On the other side of the fence, the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 commands a higher cost because it’s newer, only having been launched less than a month ago at this point. So yeah, it’s no surprise to anyone that it’s attached with an outright cost of $624.00. Knowing that they’re almost similarly spec’d, endowed with some delicious hardware, the tide tips in favor of the Galaxy S6.

Well, it’s not to say that you don’t get the same level of value with Motorola’s product, but there’s no denying that the Galaxy S6 set of the bar really high when it was released. While the DROID Turbo 2 can’t match the kind of value we get out of the Galaxy S6 at this time, it’s the phone to go with if you really want something that focuses its attention primarily on delivering outstanding battery life and extra toughness. That, folks, is its bread and butter.

Beyond that, however, the Galaxy S6 shows why it’s the benchmark Android smartphone. From its rich set of features, to its still relevant specs sheet, and updated design language, the Galaxy S6 offers substantial value given its lower price point now. Rest assured, it’s still a formidable thing that’s in contention even as we head into this holiday season.

Motorola DROID Turbo 2

Pros

  • Longer lasting battery life
  • Indestructible ShatterShield display
  • Customizable design
  • Expandable storage via microSD slot
  • Stock-like Android experience if faster

Samsung Galaxy S6

Pros

  • Lower price point
  • Premium design language
  • Camera snaps better looking photos
  • Diversified camera shooting experience
  • TouchWiz caters to power users

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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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