Motorola started off the summer by releasing two really amazing phones (Moto X and Moto G), but the Lenovo-owned company was just getting started. Right beside the enormous Nexus 6, Motorola also partnered with Verizon to release the Droid Turbo, which is among the best Android phones we’ve seen all year. So it goes without saying that deciding between the two is no easy task.
On the one hand, you have the Nexus 6’s gigantic screen and Android 5.0 Lollipop; on the other, the Turbo offers a 3900mAh battery and Motorola’s great software (with Lollipop coming soon). See? Not so easy.
Both phones do share a few similarities—neither have replaceable batteries, and neither support microSD memory expansion. Additionally, you’ll find 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processors and 3GB of RAM in both, which is typically the two major specs people care about most. But the screens are wildly different (though, to be fair, they do have the same resolution). The Nexus 6 sports a whopping 5.96-inch display, while the Turbo’s is just 5.2-inches. It doesn’t sound like much, but it makes a remarkable difference.
As we said in our review, the Nexus 6 is huge—and that’s saying a lot considering how comfortable we’ve gotten with big devices. Even for someone like Jon who has larger hands, the Nexus 6 can be difficult to tame; it’s not completely unwieldy, and the larger screen is wonderful for watching videos on the couch. But, overall, we wish the Nexus 6’s screen was just slightly smaller, somewhere just above the Moto X (2014) range.
And that brings us to the Droid Turbo, which sports a much more manageable size. It has the same 2560×1440 resolution display, though since it’s just 5.2-inches, the ppi is much greater. The big story here is obviously the Turbo’s 3900mAh battery, which we found lives up to the hype. It doesn’t quite get you the 48 hours Motorola promised, but it’s better than a lot of the big phones that are out now, and for a lot of people that alone is reason enough to get the Turbo.
Your decision will ultimately depend on what kind of user you are. The Turbo is for power users who need that extra push on a business trip or long weekend. The Nexus 6, meanwhile, is for folks who want that extra screen real estate while tinkering with the latest Android has to offer. Of course, both phones offer a lot more than what I mentioned, so you can learn more from both respective reviews.
If you’re undecided on which phone to buy, Mark made a video that breaks each phone down feature by feature, spec by spec. Maybe that will help you decide between what are currently two of the coolest Android phones on the market.
The criteria for what consumers want from a smartphone has never been simpler: display, camera, powerful guts and design. Every major flagship we’ve seen this year fits the bill to some degree. Somewhere along the line, however, in our pursuit for best and biggest, it’s become increasingly rare to see these monster phones rock multi-day battery life. There are two or three exceptions that might get through a heavy workday. But, by and large, you’ll be searching for an outlet sooner rather than later.
Motorola’s new DROID Turbo is here to change that.
Google’s Nexus lineup has always been a terrific showcase for pure Android. From the start, these devices have been important for developers and die-hard enthusiasts, but let’s be honest: the Nexus brand has never been desired the way a Note or iPhone has. Consumers just don’t know any better.
Slowly, surely, that’s begun to change. The Nexus brand has started to build an audience (albeit, a very small one) outside of elite tech circles. Today, “Nexus” is a name people actually associate with Google, and that’s a very big deal. Consumers who might normally purchase something from Samsung or HTC are now spending their money on Nexus devices, signaling a shift in the industry. People are seriously starting to take notice of the look and performance of pure Android.