Motorola DROID Turbo vs Apple iPhone 6
The Droid Turbo comes with a new, 21-megapixel camera that comes with a lot of promise, and support for 4K video recording, while the iPhone 6 has a fast, and consistently great 8-megapixel shooter
Motorola uses a 20.7-megapixel sensor on the Droid Turbo, with a fast, f/2.0 lens on top. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, features an 8-megapixel 1/3” sensor, with larger-than-average 1.5 micron pixels and “Focus Pixels” - Apple’s term for phase detection. On top of it is an f/2.2 lens with sapphire protective glass.
Looking at the camera app, Motorola still goes with a fairly simplistic user interface with a dial for all settings that you access by swiping from the left. The rotary action on it is not among the fastest camera interface, and it can be plain annoying for those looking to manually adjust settings in the camera. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, comes with the traditional for Apple simplistic app, but with the addition of exposure fine-tuning which is a great feature to have. Plus, the company bundles in a lot of earlier iPhoto images right in the gallery app, so you can make some pretty profound edits right from that application.
When it comes to image quality, we have very nice shots in almost all conditions with the Droid Turbo. Outdoor shots come rich in detail, with a nicely balanced dynamic range, and well toned colors. The iPhone 6 in comparison falls a bit short when it comes to detail, but features similarly good images outdoors. In lower light, indoor or in night shots, noise creeps in the Droid Turbo shots. Even if you scale them down to 8-megapixels, there is still plenty of noise, while the iPhone delivers clearer shots. The amount of usable detail is on par though.
In terms of video, the Droid Turbo can recording 4K at 24 frames per second (fps), or 1080p, while the iPhone 6 is not physically capable of shooting 4K, and instead captures 1080p videos at either 60 fps or 30 fps. Comparing apples to apples, or 1080p at 30fps, both the Droid Turbo and the iPhone 6 do a fairly good job, but detail on the Motorola's handset is a bit softer and while it does capture crisp audio, voices tend to sound too quiet.
The Droid Turbo with its larger, Quad HD display might sound like the better fit for media consumption, but the iPhone 6 display is the one that is better calibrated, something that photographers and those who care about accurate colors might appreciate more. In terms of photo apps, both do an equally good job aggregating all of your images, and providing some editing options.
Video of various encodings is easily played on both, with no stutter, and the only thing that differs is the looks of the video player - picking a favorite is a matter of personal preference, though. The Turbo has the advantage here with its larger screen, and we believe that the punchy colors won't be an issue when watching clips or movies.
The music player on both gets the job done well, categorizing your music in genres, artists, and so on. Both the Droid Turbo and iPhone 6 come with a single loudspeaker, and on the iPhone 6 sound comes out loud and with a nice clarity (but little depth) to it.