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Motorola hasn’t released many smartphones in 2014 because the company focused on building a worthy Nexus phablet for Google. In parallel, the American manufacturer created a flagship that could compete with the Nexus 6, but the Droid Turbo is smaller and houses a larger battery. This will be an interesting comparison between the two devices.

Designs and Displays

While the Nexus 6 is very similar to the Moto X in terms of design – featuring a plastic curved back with matte effect and metal sides, the Droid Turbo has an industrial appearance. You can choose either the slippery Kevlar backing, which is more stylish, or the tough Ballistic Nylon back cover.

Both phones are resistant to water, but the Droid Turbo is rather splash resistant. Its dimensions are reduced, as it measures 143.5 x 73.3 x 8.3 – 11.2mm (the back is also curved). It weights 169 grams and its display is sized at 5.2-inch, supporting 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution at 565 ppi. The Nexus 6 is a giant phablet measuring 159.3 x 83 x 10.1 mm, it weights 184 grams and it’s fitted with a 5.96-inch screen which supports also a QHD resolution, but because the size of the display is too big, the resulted pixel density is lower – 493ppi. Motorola used AMOLED screen from Samsung, so both devices offer vibrant colors and great viewing angles.


The Nexus 6 and the Droid Turbo have the same performance, because they use an identical hardware configuration consisting of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (the last and most powerful 32bit SoC) which houses a quad-core 2.7 GHz Krait 450 processor, an Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Even the internal storage is identical, being available in variants of 32 and 64GB, without the possibility to expand them.


Motorola equipped the Nexus 6 with a 13MP rear camera (with OIS and dual-LED flash), while for its own smartphone it was used a main camera with a higher resolution of 21MP, but which lacks OIS. However, both devices have a front camera of 2MP, so there is no difference in terms of image quality.


The Nexus 6 may be big, but the battery has a reasonable capacity of 3220mAh and it should provide 24 hours of talking time over 3G. The Turbo is fitted with an enormous battery of 3900mAh, which, according to GSMArena, it has a double lifespan. The Nexus 6 comes with the Quick Charge 2.0 technology which extends the battery life by 6 hours with only 15 minutes of charging, while the Droid Turbo has the Turbo Charger technology, which offers up to 8 hours of life in the same conditions.