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Moto X vs Motorola Droid Turbo: price, specs, features compared
Moto X vs Motorola Droid Turbo: price, specs, features compared

Moto X vs Motorola Droid Turbo: price, specs, features compared

The Moto X and the Motorola Droid Turbo are two great examples of high-end hardware combined with great bang for buck and price. The Moto X was introduced at IFA Berlin  2014 and was later launched to widely positive reviews. The Moto X price is one of its main selling points, since with flagship specs, the device has a a very competitive price which is pretty hard to beat. If you’ve seen the Nexus 6, you probably thought that you were looking at a Motorola Moto X – only bigger.

The Moto X and Nexus 6 do have a lot of things in common, especially design. Since Motorola is also behind the Nexus 6, you can clearly notice the curved lines of the chassis and the minimal bezels on the Nexus 6. That’s valid for the Moto X, too, which has an ergonomic design and a pretty nice feel to it. One of the best features or should I call it utility, of the the Moto X is that you can choose the type of chassis you like through Moto Maker. That means that you can choose from a variety of materials and colors and make the Moto X completely your own and representative of your style. Much like what OnePlus tried to do with the StyleSwap covers for the OnePlus One, Motorola successfully gave users a variety of choices when it comes to their smartphones.

The Motorola Droid Turbo is a Verizon exclusive smartphone in the Droid line. It does have an international version which was first launched in Brazil, called the Moto Maxx, which has the same specs and reflects the same design, but without the Verizon logo on the back. Since these phones are the same, consider this comparison to be valid for both of these phones, aside from availability. The Motorola Droid Turbo was very hyped on the internet before its November launch, rumors and speculations about the device skyrocketing in numbers. With good reason, though, since the Motorola Droid Turbo specs were over the roof and out of this world in the eyes of many. With the pretty average flagship specs of the Moto X, many were taken aback about what was being said about the Droid Turbo.

After the Droid Turbo was launched by Verizon and Motorola in November, the Moto X kind of faded a bit in the eyes of the consumer, since the new Droid was taking up all the limelight. Nonetheless, the Moto X remains one of my favorite smartphone releases of the year because Motorola proved that it can release a cheap flagship with competitive specs without having to slap a huge price on it. Making the phone customizable is an added benefit which is one of my favorite and others’ part of the phone, as I’ve said before.

The Droid Turbo design is a bit bulkier than the Moto X design, the first one weighing 169 grams, while the Moto X is lighter at 144 grams. Even though many users enjoy the solid feel of the Motorola Droid Turbo, the Moto X would be better for those of you who don’t like feeling your phones that much in your pocket. Nonetheless, the Moto X design is one of my favorites because it is ergonomic and easy to hold, and it doesn’t slip as easily out of your hand as the iPhone 6 Plus does, for example.

One big minus for both these smartphones is that neither of them have microSD card slots. While you can make do with the 32 GB version of the Moto X, you might want to abuse some cloud storage options if you buy the 16 GB one. You shouldn’t have issues with the Motorola Droid Turbo though, since it comes with either 32 or 64 GB internal storage.

The Motorola Moto X display is a 5.2 inch AMOLED one with a 1080*1920 resolution amounting to 424 ppi pixel density, which is more than enough for the average human eye. The Motorola Droid Turbo display on the other hand ups the ante with a 5.2 inch Super AMOLED display with a QHD resolution amounting to a whopping 565 ppi pixel density. Although the difference in resolution in barely noticeable unless you put both the phones next to each other, the Moto X display should be sufficient for the average smartphone lover for the next year since QHD resolution isn’t being used as much by apps and videos, unless you’re watching some 4K GoPro footage.

While both the Moto X specs and Droid Turbo specs include NFC, only the latter has the added benefit of an IR blaster, which might come in handy for those of you who like to use their smartphones as remote controls. While it’s not such a big feature, infrared on a phone seems to me as an important trait that many would benefit having. Nonetheless, NFC seems more important and more future-proof, so you should be content with that.

When it comes to Moto X specs, they are outdone by the Droid Turbo, which boasts a Snapdragon 805 CPU backed by an Adreno 420 GPU and 3 GB RAM. The Moto X has the Snapdragon 801 CPU running the show, backed by an Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB RAM. Neither these configurations are bad, but the Droid Turbo can be considered a bit more future-proof than the Moto X. Even so, the Moto X can handle anything you throw at it, so you won’t be having any performance issues soon. What’s best about Motorola and implicitly both these phones is that most of the units have already received Android 5.0 LOllipop.

The Droid Turbo camera is a whopping 21 MP sensor on the rear with dual LED flash and a 2 MP front camera. The Moto X camera is a bit inferior, measuring 13 MP on the rear with a ring dual LED flash and 2 MP on the front. Even though the Moto X takes great photos regardless of lighting conditions, the Droid Turbo is superior in definition and quality, as well as response time, which comes naturally with the superior CPU and camera put together. Nonetheless, if you’re not big on smartphone photography, the Moto X should do just fine for you.

The Moto X batter has done well in most battery tests, measuring 2300 mAH and being capable of fast charging with Quick Charge 2.0. The Droid Turbo also has fast charging,, but incorporates a much bigger 3900 mAH battery, which can hold up just as much. I say just as much, because you have a QHD display to power on the device, which requires more power than the HD screen on the Moto X. It also has Qi Wireless charging, which should come in handy for those of you who hate wires.

The Droid Turbo price is set at $600, which is more expensive than the Moto X price set at $300. As you can see, when it comes to bang for buck, the Moto X is one of the best devices you can get your hands on. Even though the Motorola Droid Turbo is twice the price of the Moto X, it still is worthy of the money with the behemoth specs and awesome camera setup. Overall, no matter which you choose, you won’t be left disappointed, since both these flagships are staples in their categories and pretty future-proof, to be honest.

 

About Egon Kilin

My life-long dream has been to test out every gadget on the market! Considering the fact that I've rapidly destroyed almost every gadget I've had so far, I'm not inclined to owning something, so my ideal outcome would be to have a different gadget each month. I'm really into smartphones, wearables and tablets and I love Playstation and Xbox, I'm sure I'll beat you at your own game (after a month of training... or two)

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  • Brandon Counts

    The moto x is $500, not $300.

    • You can find it for $300, too, during the holidays, if you take the time to look around everywhere. 😀

      • Beethonve

        I found a refurbished one in my local store for $150, the only issue with it was that the back panel, the bamboo one, was a bit scratched up. If aesthetics is not the most important part for you, you can get editions like this for under $200.

  • Sarah

    I recently bought the Droid Turbo and i have to say i am very happy with the purchase. The specs are phenomenal and the camera, especially in low light conditions makes great pictures.

    • Sailor123

      My new Turbo will be my third Droid phone and while I agree with you for the most part, I love this line. I had the original Droid for 2 years (i loved that phone to tears), then one of those crappy Galaxy phones for one year, then the Droid Razr M for 2 and now this Turbo. The Droid line has been the best for me and they’ve always reliably gotten updates the fastest through Moto and Verizon. I don’t see any problem with building brand loyalty through continued consistent products but I do believe that OEMs need to stop being strong armed. Sony is the best example of how this has gone badly as their presence has dwindled down to nothing and now they release a sub-par phone on Verizon, whereas their Z3 Compact is one of best designs on the market and yet has not been picked up by any US carrier with a contract deal. Something needs to change so that people can get the phones they really want at reasonable prices.

      • Matthew

        With the new offers Sprint is having i really think we will be able to buy phones at reasonable prices.

      • I agree. The Compact and the Tablet were great releases, yet they don’t receive the appreciation they should in the US.

    • Good for you! Motorola is getting better and better at what they do, can’t wait to see what they do next year.

  • Jason

    I can already see that Motorola will launch some epic new products for 2015.

    • JungleFever

      True dat! Motorola is getting better and better.

    • Matthew

      Motorola really started to come back in style, with the new smartphones and smartwatch i can’t imagine what other great products will Motorola launch in 2015. I am really glad the Motorola is back in business because long time ago i was such a fan, and now i can be one again.

  • Suzanne

    I’m a pretty average smartphone user and I would choose the cheaper Moto X because the resolution is just fine, the camera takes great pictures, the battery life is great and performance is spotless. While it’s not as future-proof, as you put it, like the Motorola Droid Turbo, it still is a very good, cheap flagship. I did get it for $250, but it was a refurbished version with an opened box that was used as a sample in the store at one time.

  • Diablo

    Droid Turbo! Definitely a hundred times more worth it than the iPhone 6.

    • BrandonX

      iPhone 6 has nothing special beside it’s OS. On the other hand Motorola is coming back in style. They will always be my number one choice in smartphones.

  • merlin paz

    The Turbo does not have a IR blaster. It has IR sensors that are used for Moto display and gesture control, a feature also available on the Moto x.

  • Adam Culf

    I just bought the MotoX. Reasons?
    1. Screen brightness;
    2. On screen buttons;
    3. Availability unlocked;
    4. Firmware updates of LTE radios (hoping for band 28 next);
    5. Moto maker;
    6. Benchmark scores are ahead of almost all 801 phones.

    If the screen was the same brightness I’d have tried to get a Droid from somewhere, unlocked, somehow. I look at my screen outside a lot and need the brightness.

    After much deliberation I ended up with the MotoX but I’ll probably always wish I’d searched for the droid international version!

  • Eddy

    While it lacks the style and charm of the 2014 Moto X, the Droid Turbo is a powerhouse that manages to outperform its relative in nearly every way that matters. Sadly, it’s a Verizon exclusive so the rest of you (unless you live in Brazil and Mexico and buy a Moto Maxx) need not apply.