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Motorola Droid Turbo (Verizon) vs Samsung Galaxy S5

Arch rivals face off in this comparison as Samsung is trying to capture the market with its latest release. Motorola is already becoming the top favorite as it has Google software packed with exceptional hardware put altogether. Motorola has done really well with the mid range smartphones. But when it comes to the high-end, top-spec models, both companies want to perform better.motorola-droid-turbo-verizon-vs-galaxy-s5

Coming to the recently released phones Droid Turbo from Motorola and Galaxy S5 from Samsung, we are in a similar situation. Trying to choose on which handset to buy, often many customers who want to upgrade are confused. Top phones have all the desirable features, but what makes it a perfect buy for you is the key. We compare both the phones and go deep with each and every spec and feature so help you out.

Design and Display

Droid Turbo from Motorola looks a bit like Moto X in design, but is definitely not it. The phone has a 5.2 inch screen with a 1440×2560 resolution display. Samsung S5 is just a bit smaller here with 5.1 inch display. Motorola Droid Turbo’s AMOLED screen is HD and comes with Gorilla Glass protection, whereas Galaxy S5 is Super AMOLED with 1920×1080 resolution. Droid edges out on pixel density with 565 ppi as compared to Galaxy 5’s 432 ppi. Both phones have a scratch-resistant, multi-touch, but Verizon, Droid Turbo’s official carrier is offering to replace damaged, cracked screens for free for the first two years.


With great power comes great responsibility. The real responsibility of such smartphone is to full-fledge functionality, multitasking at speed and give an amazing experience. Droid Turbo runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and S5 runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Both phones will soon receive an upgrade of the latest software as well. But the feature laden phones have altered Google’s software to please the customers.

Samsung’s TouchWiz is a brand new take at Android by the Korean giant. Users are going to get a novel feel with this device. Droid Turbo on the other hand is more like an in-house device by Google and has very minimally altered software. Comparing technology wise, Droid wins as it has more chances of an upgrade from Google and S5 loses out because of slow speed here.

Droid Turbo has a 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 Quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM, whereas Samsung S5 has 2.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 with 2GB of RAM. Droid has the newer processor here, but both are quad core processors and Samsung has dealt with them for a long time with ease.


Droid has a 21MP camera and S5 has a 16MP rear camera. Both phones have a similar front camera that is 2MP. Both can capture 4K videos and come with exclusive features like Quick Capture, auto HDR making them capable of stellar shots.


Droid’s battery life is great. It sports a 3900 mAh battery and Motorola has launched another special feature called Turbo Charge, which can recharge your phone to work up to 8 hours just in 15 minutes. Samsung Galaxy S5 is just 2800mAh, but has the advantage of being removable.


Verizon is selling Droid Turbo at the price of $199 for the 32GB version and $249 for the 64GB version on a contract basis. The Samsung Galaxy S5, however, comes at almost the same price tag with contract, and the unlocked version costs more than $650.


Most important things to consider in the current-gen high-end smartphones is the battery life, and in this category, Motorola’s Droid Turbo for Verizon wins with a good margin. Though, in the camera and the performance report, Droid Turbo beats the Samsung Galaxy S5. The only disadvantage of Motorola Droid Turbo is, it’s only available for Verizon customers, but the alternate version Nexus 6 made by Motorola can be used with any other carriers around the world, and the device features almost the same specifications as the Droid Turbo.

About Sara Rose

She has spent the past 4 years playing the role of an IT consultant, and has now joined The Next Digit as a full time blogger. Her current profession is a result of her deep experience in computer gadgets, laptops, gaming accessories and other tech updates.

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