Motorola and Verizon officially announced the Droid Turbo a few days ago, one of the most powerful smartphones currently on the market. Therefore we though we should see how the new Droid would to against one of the most popular smartphones on the market, so this is how the Droid Turbo vs Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs Battle was born.
You may know from our previous Versus articles that the Droid Turbo vs Samsung Galaxy S5 specs battle will be divided into ten rounds. Each round is worth one point and, at the end of the battle, the smartphone that managed to score most points will be named winner. In these ten rounds we will be judging the performance of the two devices in terms of Display, Dimensions, Processor, Connectivity, Camera, Memory, Operating System, Battery Life, Design, and Price.
The screens of the Android phones have grown quite a bit over the last couple of years and now the 5- to 5.5 -inch units are becoming the standard for flagships. Both the Galaxy S5 and the Droid Turbo arrive with 5.2-inch screens.
Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD (1080 x 1920) resolution with 432 ppi pixel density. It also arrives with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
On the other hand, the Droid Turbo boasts about a 5.2-inch AMILED screen with Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution and an impressive pixel density of 565 ppi. The new Droid also arrives with a protective Gorilla Glass 3 layer.
Because the Droid Turbo has a higher resolution screen and therefore a higher pixel density, it wins the Display round. Droid Turbo scores the first point of the battle.
Since both devices have similar-sized screens, they both are quite similar in terms of size, too. Let’s have a look at the dimensions of the two smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is 142 mm tall, 72.5 mm wide, and 8.1 mm thin, while weighing in at 145 grams. The Droid Turbo measures 143.5 x 73.3 x 10.6 mm and weighs in at 169 grams.
As you can see, Samsung’s flagships is a bit more compact and lighter than the Droid Turbo. Galaxy S5 wins the dimensions round.
The mobile chipset market is currently dominated by Qualcomm and their powerful processing solutions. Both the S5 and the Turbo are powered by Qualcomm SoCs.
Galaxy S5 arrives with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset based on four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.5 GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU. The Droid Turbo is underpinned by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with quad-core 2.7 GHz Krait 450 CPU and Adreno 420 GPU.
The Snapdragon 805 is currently the most powerful mobile processor on the market, outmatching S5’s Snapdragon 801. The point allocated to the Processor round goes to the Droid Turbo.
The connectivity options are pretty much the same on all Android high-end devices. Anyway, let’s look at what the S5 and the Droid Turbo have to offer.
Samsung’s flagship comes with HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, NFC, IR blaster, and microUSB 3.0. The Droid Turbo features HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, NFC, and microUSB 2.0
The lack of IR blaster and the microUSB 2.0 port instead of microUSB 3.0 is not enough for the Droid Turbo to lose this round. We’re calling the Connectivity round a tie.
I have always believed that the best camera is the camera you are always carrying with you. For this reason, I prefer having top camera on the back of my smartphone.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 sports a 16 MP primary shooter with LED flash, F2.2 aperture, Autofocus, Phase detection autofocus, Touch to focus, Manual focus, Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Night mode, Scenes, Effects, Self-timer, Voice activation, and support for 4K video recording at 30 fps. It also features a 2.1 MP user-facing camera.
The new Droid Turbo packs a 20.7 MP main camera with dual LED flash, F2.0 aperture, Autofocus, Touch to focus, Face detection, Smile detection, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, and 4K video recording at 24 fps. Droid Turbo also features a 2 MP secondary cam.
Despite the fact that Droid Turbo has a higher resolution sensor, early tests have shown that Galaxy S5’s camera is actually better. This point goes to the Samsung device.
You need quite a large amount of storage on a smartphone nowadays. There are lost of useful apps in Play Store, the photos and videos are getting larger, and you might also want to store your music collection and favorite TV shows.
Samsung Galaxy S5 is available with either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage and it has support for microSD cards up to 128 GB. It also comes with 2 GB of RAM.
Droid Turbo features 32 or 64 GB of native storage and, unfortunately, it doesn’t have support for microSD cards. The Motorola device integrates 3 GB of RAM.
Both terminals are capable of delivering an above-average multitasking experience, but the S5 has a higher storage capacity. The Memory round goes to the Samsung flagship.
We are dealing with two smartphones running Android 4.4 out of the box. Anyway, there are quite a few differences between the two, because of the custom skins installed by the OEMs.
Galaxy S5 is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, customized with Samsung proprietary TouchWiz UI. The handset arrives with lots of cool features like Ultra Power Saving Mode that significantly extends your battery life by turning display black and white and turning off unnecessary processes, S Health, Download Booster (combines LTE + WiFi for improved download speeds), Private Mode, Selective Focus, and more. It was reported that Galaxy S5 could get updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop by the end of the year.
On the other hand Droid Turbo comes pre-loaded with Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The good news is that Motorola left the Android interface almost untouched. Of course, there are a few specific apps, but you will always feel like running stock Android. You will be able to enjoy Active Display, Moto Assist, a Camera app with clean interface, and a couple more. Motorola is known for delivering fast updates to their smartphones, so the Droid Turbo should get Android 5.0 Lollipop soon after the update is made available for other Motorola devices.
Sorry TouchWiz fans, but we prefer the almost-stock interface of the Droid Turbo. The Motorola device wins the Operating System round.
Let’s face it, the battery life is the biggest issue of modern smartphones. Fortunately, most manufacturers are putting in big efforts to fix this problem.
Samsung Galaxy S5 is kept alive by a 2,800 mAh removable battery. In our tests the Samsung terminal was capable of getting through around 24 hours of moderate usage.
On the other hand, Droid Turbo packs a massive 3,900 mAh battery that is compatible with Qi wireless charging and Motorola’s Turbo Charger. Motorola says that Droid Turbo can stay awake through 48 hours of mixed usage.
Droid Turbo has better battery life so it wins this round. Another point for Motorola’s smartphone.
Samsung has received a lot of negative reviews for not using premium materials in their smartphones. Starting with Note 3 and its faux leather back, the South Koreans have shown us they can as well tackle the premium smartphones segment with success.
The Galaxy S5 is continuing the design philosophy of its successor, the S4. It has sharp edges and rounded corners, while arriving with a dimpled back. The S4 has a IP67 rating being dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes. On the back of the smartphone, right below the camera sensor, there’s a heart rate monitor, while the Home button accommodates a fingerprint sensor.
Galaxy S5 is available in four body colors: Gold, Blue, White, and Dark Grey. It might not be the best looking smartphone on the market, but it sure is better looking than its predecessors.
Let’s be hones, the Droid Turbo is quite good looking. It has a curved back, rounded corners, and sharp edges, fitting perfectly in Motorola’s design philosophy for the last couple of years. Just like Moto X 2014, it’s splash resistant which is a plus for any smartphone Droid Turbo is available in two body versions: Ballistic Nylon and Metalized Glass Fiber reinforced with DuPont Kevlar fiber. The latter model is available on both Red and Black, while the Ballistic Nylon variant is only available on black.
In my opinion, the Droid Turbo is the better looking smartphone here. That’s why we’ll give the Design point to it.
Because the Droid Turbo is only available though Verizon’s network, we will only be comparing the prices of the Verizon S5 and Verizon Turbo. We’ll have a look at both on-contract and off-contract prices.
Verizon is selling both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Droid Turbo at a price of $199.99 with a two year agreement. Guess what? The off-contract price of the two devices is also the same: $599.99. Both are available through Verizon’s Edge plans and, no surprise here, both can be grabbed for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $24.99 each.
The two smartphones have the same price , so it’s really impossible to separate them. The Price round ends as tie.
Here we are at the end of the Droid Turbo vs Samsung Galaxy S5 specs battle. Let’s start counting points and see which smartphone is better.
We had two rounds that ended as tie. Galaxy S5 and Droid Turbo were equally matched when it came to Connectivity and Price, because both devices have almost the same connectivity options and both are sold at the same price.
Samsung Galaxy S5 managed to score three points. It outmatched the Droid Turbo when it came to Dimensions (it’s more compact and lighter), Camera (is capable of snapping higher-quality photos), and Memory (has more storage).
Droid Turbo was victorious in five rounds, therefore scoring 5 points. It has won the Display, Processor, Operating System, Battery Life, and Design rounds because it has a higher-res screen, more powerful CPU, is running an almost-stock version of KitKat, because it has better battery life and it looks better.
In our opinion, Droid Turbo is better than Samsung’s Galaxy S5. Of course, you might think otherwise, that’s why we are inviting you to speak your mind in the comments section below.