Interface and Functionality

Motorola's Android skin is light and close to the stock version of the platform, but with some neat Moto additions, while iOS 8 retains the looks and adds a few additional functions, including Health tracking

The Droid Turbo runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat with a very light skin on top, while the iPhone 6 is powered by iOS 8.1. The skin on the Turbo is similar to what we’ve earlier seen on the Moto X, and as such, it is snappy and nice to use.

Motorola’s valuable additions such as Moto Voice (always on voice assistance), Moto Actions (with things like using gestures to check notifications), Moto Assist (an advanced do not disturb option), and Moto Display (that wakes up the phone to show time and notifications) are all on board, and you also have some new features under the ‘Zap’ tagline. “Zap Zone”, for instance, automates sharing between friends by creating a “zap zone” – where invitees to the zone can share photos within the group with the flick of a finger.


The iPhone 6, on its part, stands out with its approachability and ease of use. iOS 8.x keeps the visual style introduced with iOS 7, but adds some new elements like a Health app, a very capable built-in image editor, widgets in the lockscreen, actionable notifications, a more potent messaging app, and more. All of these additions are nice touches that manage to enrich the experience without making it too overwhelming.


Apart from that, basic functionality is well covered on both. The addition of third-party keyboard support on iOS 8 finally brings the platform on par with Android on the texting front, as you can now use gesture keyboards and many more.

Finally, while the iPhone 6 does feature a Touch ID fingerprint scanner built right in the home key, the Droid Turbo has no such a feature.

Processor and Memory

The Quad HD screen of the Droid Turbo puts an extra strain on the processor, and at the end of the day, the Apple A8 on the iPhone 6 outperforms the Snapdragon 805

The Droid Turbo comes with the latest and most powerful Qualcomm SoC: the quad-core Snapdragon 805, while the iPhone 6 is powered by Apple’s own A8 dual-core chip. In daily usage, both do a good job at handling the interface for daily tasks mostly smoothly and fairly lag-free.

The Snapdragon 805 comes with four Krait 450 CPU cores clocked at up to 2.7GHz, while the A8’s two Cyclone CPU cores run at up to 1.4GHz. A direct comparison of clock speeds does not give an adequate representation of the performance power of the two because of the difference in the core size and architecture, and that’s why we we turn to benchmarks to see which one has more power under the hood. The cross-platform GeekBench gives a good idea of how the iPhone 6’s single-core performance is nearly double that of the Droid Turbo, while in terms of multi-core performance, the Turbo has a very slight advantage. The Droid Turbo also features 3GB of RAM, allowing for more headroom with multitasking, while the iPhone 6 has 1 gig.

In terms of GPU and gaming, the Droid Turbo’s performance takes a toll from the higher-res Quad HD display, and on-screen performance is some 70% below that of the iPhone 6.

The Droid Turbo comes in a 32GB or 64GB of internal storage on board, while the iPhone 6 has three models - a 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB one. The 32GB starting point for the Motorola handset is definitely an advantage, but on the downside, both phones come with no expandable storage option - neither has a microSD card slot.

Sunspider Lower is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 828.2
Apple iPhone 6 353.4
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 27.7
Apple iPhone 6 48.9
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 11.2
Apple iPhone 6 25.8
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 1297
Apple iPhone 6 1239
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 1060
Apple iPhone 6 1630
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2891
Apple iPhone 6 2927


Internet and Connectivity


The Motorola Droid Turbo comes equipped with Google’s mobile Chrome for surfing the web, while the iPhone 6 relies on the mobile Safari browser. Both are great browsers, quick to load pages and featuring smooth scrolling, but the iPhone 6 is a notch faster, and it’s also a bit more fluid with moving across pages as well as zooming in and out. The Droid Turbo has the advantage of larger and higher-resolution screen, allowing it to display even the finest text smoothly.

In terms of connectivity, you have 4G LTE Category 4 on both, with theoretical peaks of up to 150Mbps for downloads. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, dual-channel Wi-Fi on both, GPS, and NFC on both handsets.

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66 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The poor display of Droid Turbo ruins the phone for me, sadly :( Also, SD805 is one of the last SoC based on 32bit architecture. So Droidturbo is not exactly future proofing as well :/ Only Samsung was able to produce a QHD display accurately this year without it hampering on the brightness, battery or color reproduction. Oppo, LG and Motorola tried but they all failed.

6. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The Nexus 6 might have a decent display. Some people who have the device say the screen is brighter than the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 5 is quite bright.

10. nomancool unregistered

sadly its not the case , just check out PAs screen test of nexus 6 , just add the nexus 6 in the display comparison .

31. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

It will be very long time before the 805 chip is out dated. 64 bit is not necessary for a vast majority of operations.

54. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The Turbo is very future proof. Just because the S805 isn't 64 bit doesn't mean it isn't capable.

57. Firedogee

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The Turbo display brightness rating of 248 nits is just a plain lie. Go into a VZW store and set it next to the Note 4. Very comparable. PA keeps trying to tank this great phone by falsifying its real life measurements. PS. I own the Turbo and 2nd Gen Moto X and will attest the Turbo gets much brighter.

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'm surprised the battery on the iPhone 6 lasted long enough to make a comparison review.

3. S.A.R.H

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 30, 2014

iPhone 6 is better in the design

5. note4

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Yes i think you are right :) bro i am in the toranji.ir too mi name is note4

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It strikes me that the iPhone 6 is half the phone the Droid Turbo is. Half the processor cores, half the clock speed, (less than) half the RAM, half the camera megapixels, half the battery, half the screen PPI, double the brightness (d'oh!), far less than half the customization available.

13. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

You android troll forget one very important thing. iPhone is 64bit phone, twice as high as this snakeskin chinese phone is. There is no futureproof with this ugly snakeskin. Next year Android moves to 64bit (finally these copycats may do it).

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

50x the sales though. Dis the iPhone all you wants. Men lie, women lie, numbels don't. It's the most consumers want.

24. Thedefenitionofawesome

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

Sales do not decide the better phone. Dumb as ever.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Year over year increases in sales, are indicative of a good product continuing to get better, thus driving greater sales. You're dumb as ever.

40. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Good products that crash, explode and bend.

49. Thedefenitionofawesome

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

A phone getting better does not mean it is any good. A low end phone can keep getting better every year but is never going to be good. Again enough with sales. The iphone 6 sold well because people wanted a big screen ios phone. That does not mean the phone is necessarily good though.

51. leksa69

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

Are you really that stupid? You are saying it is better phone based on sales? They created big brand name with 3g and now they can just put overpriced last year specced phone in the market and every1 buys them cuz it is apple... So your argument about being a better phone is invalid.

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So your argument for why the iPhone is better is "Everyone else is doing it"? Didn't Apple's slogan used to be " Think different"? Guess that's changed.

52. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wow bro, as intelligent as you are, you'd be the last person I'd expect to miss the meaning of my post. The other respondents are just simpletons. You have an opinion I respect.

55. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That was the exact same response you had the last time you responded to me. So enlighten me as to the "meaning" of your post. Just because more people want it or own it, does that make it better? I've seen you tout sales numbers a lot for your reasoning why it's better. All that means is more people like it, not that it's better or the best. All people need to worry about is what's best for them but whenever someone else says something's the best, you bring up the sales numbers. Like that should sway them. More people might like polka music, but there's no way in hell I'm gonna jump on that either. Also, I have to ask, in the past you've bragged about Apple's sales margins on the devices they sell. Why on earth would that be a bragging point? You make it seem like it's a good thing that they're making more profit per device than what other companies are. Why would you pay more for what accomplishes the same thing?

59. darkkjedii

Posts: 31030; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why do samsungers brag about samsungs sales? When things continue to sell better and better....just see post 25 dude.

60. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Yes it means just that, they're getting better. That doesn't mean it's the best or the ideal device for everyone. The Honda Civic and Toyota Camry are two of the highest selling cars, but there not even close to being the best. And I'm not saying the Turbo is the best, it has it's shortcomings just like the iPhone does. But other than saying that because of its sales the iPhone's the best, what else are you trying to say? Other than they sell the most? Like I said in my first post, in the beginning Apple was all about being different, but now they're all about everyone using Apple devices. Google has made their services available for Apple, why hasn't Apple done the same? If they were really about individuality like they used to be, they would make their services available regardless of the device. They are a far cry from the company I used to support. And just like the argument about Apple being a one/two model company vs Android with their plethora of devices, do you really think that the Turbo, one model on one carrier, is going to compete against the iPhone being available on every carrier? The closest thing would be the Moto X, and I'd bet that if the X would've been set up like the Turbo, it's sales numbers would be a different story.

41. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

It strikes me that the iPhone 6 is half the phone the Droid Turbo is.(Better Design) Half the processor cores, half the clock speed, (less than) half the RAM(Beats droid's arse in most Benchmarks) half the camera megapixels(Takes better picture) half the battery(We have to agree on this one) half the screen PPI(with better color reproduction and representation ==> Better Display) double the brightness (d'oh!), far less than half the customization available(In your opinion) So Sh*t the fu*k up is all what I can tell you and go stick a droid in your arse :)

53. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Let's not forget iphone has double the memory as well 128 gig

61. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Droid Turbo 64GB $249 on contract, $649 off contract IPhone 6 64GB $299 on contract, $749 off contract 128GB $399 on contract, $849 off contract So for the same amount of storage as the Turbo, the iPhone is $50 more on contract and $100 more off contract. To double the Turbo's storage capacity, the iPhone costs $150 more on contract and $200 more off contract. That's a pretty big difference in price for what you get.

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

If I want a phone that sacrifices some specs for looks, I'll get a Moto X, which still comes out on top of the iPhone 6.

9. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The iPhone does well against the droid turbo no doubt. It's seems only samsung does the perfect hardware when it comes to android, it's their software that people seems to hate. If the hate is just to pull samsung down because they seem to be the only real threat to apple then we live in a truly biased world. Come to think of it, when other OEMS add more to their phones it always fall short when compared to the iPhone but when samsung adds more to their phone it always outshines the less of the iPhone. The note 4s QHD screen, is not only sharp, it's got the best accurate colors, best white, blacks, less reflective and sharp screen yet draws less battery. The screen is just miles ahead of everything on the market. Their 16 mp camera though more significantly produces way sharper images than the iPhone. The images from the note is truly vibrant, detailed and beautiful. At the mall when I compared the pictures from the note 4 and iPhone 6 plus and asked my friends to choose one they all preferred the one from the note 4. Sammy seems to really be doing great stuff with hardware. I personally don't have a problem with touchwiz but I wish samsung will just address this hate issue they have with people against touchwiz so they can start getting the positive praises they deserve. The hate for their phones is getting too much and I don't even know why. The note 4 has a better display, better battery life, it's fast, has useful features, has a practical design, good camera. I just don't know why people are hating. It buffles me.

11. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

A good designed iPhone against snakeskin chinese copycat? Yeah sure, there is no need to do this article at all.

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I think you have the completely wrong idea about Motorola's phones. Either that or you're trolling. Or both.

14. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Typical troll comment, just bashing without arguments. Snakeskin - look at this design language and backround picture. It indeed is called as snakeskin phone as are many motos. Ugly as hell. Moto phones have never looked good. This one here is a fat snakeskin. Chinese - indeed they are lenovo slaves these days. Poor moto guys, unable to make profit with these snakeskin armies, they had to sell itself first to Google. Google finded out, that snakeskins are useless. So they also wanted to get rid of moto and sell them to Chinse. Motorolla and Google says: " we dont want snakeskins anymore". Should customers want these snakeskins then?

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