Motorola has been the talk of the town in the past year, thanks to a new portfolio of phones and a wearable device that has taken the IoT world by surprise. The Moto X, Motorola Droid Turbo, Moto G, Moto E and Moto 360 were successful launches and no wonder people managed to hype enough to make Motorola, once again, one of the most popular companies. This time around, we’re going to look at the Moto X second generation and the Verizon exclusive Motorola Droid Turbo and find out what makes these phones unique and how they size up next to each other. Somebody considering buying a new smartphone that is future-proof and powerful should definitely consider the Moto X and Motorola Droid Turbo as two of the best options. There are smartphones out there which have received a lot of praise, besides these two, but the attractiveness of these two flagships is their price and value aka bang for buck.
Motorola is known for their fair pricing and near-stock Android software, which are commonly desired traits in smartphones running Android. Many appreciate the fact that the company, now owned by Lenovo, makes smartphones as bloatware-free as possible, while still providing useful applications from their own software suite. Moreover, Motorola also gives its customers the possibility of customizing their gadgets, including the Moto 360, through the Moto Maker platform. Although the platform isn’t available for the Motorola Droid Turbo, because it’s a Verizon exclusive, it still counts as an important factor when talking about the company’s success. The Moto G is the most popular budget/mid-range smartphone on the market, with a huge number of owners of both the first and second generation editions.
When searching for a new smartphone, there are 5 main traits customers analyze before making a decision: design, display, hardware, camera and battery. Although that’s a good start, smartphone enthusiasts should always consider reading reviews and comparisons before making a decision, because they offer insight on how the phones they have chosen as candidates behave when subjected to real use. Although statistics and the information companies offer about the properties of their products are usually close to the truth, one can’t say for sure if a phone is their perfect fit unless they go through the two main phases of analysis in this case: research and one on one. I can’t address the one on one part, but the Motorola Droid Turbo and Moto X can be tested in most retail stores around the world. Granted, the Droid Turbo is only available at Verizon, but there’s also an international version of the phone, called the Moto Maxx. The Moto Maxx isn’t available all around the world yet, but it should be in the future.
Before starting the actual comparison between the Moto X and Motorola Droid Turbo, everyone considering the second should know that in the U.S., it’s a Verizon exclusive smartphone with a locked bootloader. That means that unless customers are ok with striking up a contract with Verizon or using their network, the Motorola Droid Turbo is not a good buy. In Brazil and Mexico, the Moto Maxx is available without a contract, but that’s about it when it comes to availability at the moment, as far as we know. Motorola hasn’t released too much information on the topic of the international Droid Turbo, so we’re not sure what to expect in the future, but everybody is hoping that the handset will be released worldwide. Having to enter a contract agreement with Verizon doesn’t sit well with the thousands of Motorola Droid Turbo fans out there. Regardless of availability, the smartphone has an excellent reputation so far and it would be a shame if Motorola didn’t orchestrate a wider release of it. In any case, let’s move on to see what it is that sets the Moto X and Motorola Droid Turbo apart and which phone would fit which Android enthusiast. As a reference point: Design is on the next page, Display on the third, Hardware and software on the fourth, Camera on the fifth, Battery on the sixth and prices & conclusions on the last page of this article. Have fun reading and let us know what you think about each phone!