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Motorola Droid Turbo vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Comparison Smackdown
      11/11/14 06:29 PM

It's another of those these two things are alike, yet they're not smackdowns. In fact they're sufficiently different, despite several similar specs, that there isn't a winner. Rather it's about what features and which size is best for you. I'm talking about the brand spanking new Motorola Droid Turbo and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Obviously, this is a comparison that's most interesting to Verizon Wireless customers, since the Droid Turbo is exclusive to Verizon. But the phone will also be sold in South America as the Droid Maxx, and no doubt some of you more enterprising and enthusiastic types are considering buying an imported Maxx.

Both phones run on the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad core CPU clocked at 2.7GHz. They have Adreno 420 graphics driving a very high resolution QHD 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display. They have a base of 32 gigs of storage (the ballistic nylon Turbo is also available with 64 gigs), 3 gigs of RAM, 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11ac and run Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Currently, these are the only two Snapdragon 805 phones on the market.

They diverge in size: the Droid Ultra is a more mainstream 5.2" phone, albeit not terribly thin thanks to the 3900 mAh battery inside. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the quintessential phablet with a 5.7" display and a big footprint, though it's slim. First question: do you want a mainstream size phone or a really big phone?

Next up is the pen, Samsung's unique among smartphones feature. The S Pen is a precise and pressure sensitive tool that's great for jotting down notes, diagramming and art. Are you a pen person? Then the Note 4 is for you. Do you have no interest in a pen, and find your finger to be the perfect tool? Then the Droid Turbo could be a good fit.

Android: some like it clean and others enjoy heavy customizations. The Motorola runs clean Android, and that means it's fast, fluid and will get OS updates quicker. The Samsung runs TouchWiz, a UI and apps set of customizations that heavily skin Android while bringing some value to the table. But that UI can cause some lag and Samsung has typically taken quite some time to release significant OS updates.

There are quite a few more points to cover, including camera, battery life and additional features. Watch our video comparison to catch them all.


Motorola Droid Turbo Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Review


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