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Is the Droid Turbo a better Nexus 6?

When I heard the rumors about the Motorola Droid Turbo a while back I had, for a fleeting moment, sincerely hoped that it would be the actual foundation for the Nexus 6 rather than a supersized Moto X (2014). While the Nexus 6 still looks to be the business, its high price tag and giant screen has put many people off, including me. The brand new Droid Turbo is every bit as awesome as the Nexus 6 but it's smaller, cheaper and has a better camera and battery: is the Droid Turbo a better Nexus 6?

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The Droid Turbo (right) may just be a better Nexus than the Nexus 6. © Motorola; ANDORIDPIT

I think so. The usual caveat would be that the Nexus 6 will get Android updates faster than any OEM or carrier branded device. But thanks to Motorola's recent close ties to Google, Moto devices are now running what some are calling stock plus, or a stock version of Android with the barest scraping of Moto features and apps on top. This means that Motorola devices are hot on the heels of Nexus devices for Android updates and sometimes even in front. Of course, Verizon will slow things down a tad, but not by much. Here's the side-by-side specs comaprison:

  Motorola Droid Turbo Google Nexus 6
System Near-stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat  Stock Android 5.0
Screen 5.2-inch QHD AMOLED (2,560 x 1,440 pixels, 565 ppi) 5.96-inch QHD AMOLED, (2,560 x 1,440 pixels, 493 ppi)
Processor Quad-core Snapdragon 805, quad-core, 2.7 GHz, Adreno 420 GPU Quad-core Snapdragon 805, 2.7 GHz, Adreno 420 GPU
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
Internal memory 32/64 GB 32/64 GB
Battery 3,900 mAh 3220 mAh
Camera 21 MP (rear), 1.3MP (front) 13 MP with OIS (rear), 2.1 MP (front)
Connectivity LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0  LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, USB 2.0
Dimensions 73.3 x 143.5 x 11.2mm (Ballistic Nylon)/73.3 x 146.5 x 10.6mm (Metalized Fiber) 82.98  x 159.26 x 10.06 mm
Weight 176 g (Ballistic Nylon)/169 g (Metalized Fiber) 184 g
Price 599 USD (base model) 649 USD (base model)

The two biggest issues with the recent Nexus lineup, including the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, is a weak camera and poor battery. The Droid Turbo arrives with not only a massive 21 MP camera but also with a gargantuan battery to boot – the other traditional Achilles' heel of Nexus devices. So is the Droid Turbo a better Nexus 6? In my opinion, yes it is – almost everything else is on a par specs-wise and it will actually fit in your pocket. And it's even cheaper.

If only Motorola decide to release the Droid Turbo on other carriers (it is currently a Verizon exclusive) or even better, offer an unlocked version then it may well become known as a better Nexus than the actual Nexus.

What do you think of the Droid Turbo? Is it a better Nexus than the Nexus 6?

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  • "This means that Motorola devices are hot on the heels of Nexus devices for Android updates and sometimes even in front. Of course, Verizon will slow things down a tad, but not by much." You were half right. Still waiting for Droid Turbo to get Marshmallow.

  • I would buy the note 4

  • Where are all my techie at?
    Have you not heard of the "moto x play" yet? " It's really the droid turbo for tmo and att"

  • Tico Oct 30, 2014 Link to comment

    My answer will be yes ooo yes. I was surprised with the the specs of the Motorola Droid road Turbo. I hope it will be available for t-mobile.

  • Flink Oct 30, 2014 Link to comment

    YES, it's way better, and for me mainly because of two things: Screen size (6" is way toooo big) and battery (2 days, or even close to it, sounds great to me)

  • In my opinion, batteries are usually the part that is skimped on the most in smartphones. With both of these phones having non-removable batteries, to me the clear winner is the Turbo.

    It seems most manufacturers can't just give us a better battery without increasing the performance draining features and hardware. Every time they add a bigger battery, they increase the performance. I couldn't care less about how many pixels a screen has. I want a phone that will last me a full day with heavy usage. It looks like Motorola is answering that call with the Turbo.

  • free droid Turbo get him unlocked please

    • Flink Oct 30, 2014 Link to comment

      it will be a international version called Motorola X Turbo :)
      Can't wait to get my hands on it

  • Rui Costa Oct 30, 2014 Link to comment

    I wont buy a Nexus 6 , but if that Droid Turbo came out unlocked and with a clen OS, i would buy it with a smule to replace my Nexus 5

    • tekf33k3n Oct 31, 2014 Link to comment

      If it's on VZW, then you already know it won't be unlocked. The bootloader will be so tightly locked down, it will make everyone's heads spin. The N6, on the other hand, will handily leave a DT from VZW in the dust.

  • The droid turbo is way better than the nexus 6. Same hardware better battery (I hope) and a smaller QHD screen and if it get fast updates like the Moto line for me that beauty is going to be the best smartphone on the market. It's way better then the note 4 and if I didn't love the OnePlus one so much and this is the only one I would think of buying.

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