Camera

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.



Multimedia


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.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 0.45
Apple iPhone 6 1.017
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 74
Apple iPhone 6 74.5


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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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