Design Motorola Droid Turbo vs Moto X 2014
Motorola isn’t a pioneer of design, so there weren’t too many surprises with the design of the Moto X 2014 nor the Verizon exclusive Motorola Droid Turbo. But the company isn’t bad at design either, as they usually focus on ergonomics more than they do on “dat premium feel”. That means that you don’t get a ton of metal encasing either of these phones, but you do get durable materials like Kevlar on the Motorola Droid Turbo. The Moto X doesn’t have a kevlar chassis, but it does have Moto Maker, which means you can customize the second generation Moto X so that it fits your style completely. Before going into what Moto Maker can do for you, let’s see how the Motorola Droid Turbo looks. If we disregard the Verizon logo which is not flattering at all, the Droid Turbo looks pretty massive and sturdy, which can be a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing, depending on your preference.
If I were to comment on the design of the Droid Turbo, I’d say that it looks amazing. It’s not too bulky, but it has enough thickness and weight to it to make it feel comfortable and durable in your hand. The phone has a hefty body, but bezels are still rather thin, which is aesthetically pleasing to most Android fans. Exact measurements for the size are 143.5 x 73.3 x 8.3 – 11.2, which means it’s a thick phone that has capacitative buttons. It weighs 169 grams, which is also pretty heavy, so you’re definitely going to get a sturdy feel from it being in your pocket. But the Motorola Droid Turbo design is actually pretty stylish and keeps Motorola’s ergonomic design philosophy afloat. Compared to the Moto X, with the Motorola Droid Turbo you can choose between ballistic nylon and kevlar as the build materials, so that’s definitely a factor that makes the Droid a rugged smartphone.
The kevlar version of the Motorola Droid Turbo is a bit slippery, as the back panel is glossy and smooth, so if you’re careless with your gadgets, you might want to get a case, just for extra safety. But kevlar usually resists very well when it comes to drops and bumps. That doesn’t save the display, though, which comes with the rudimentary Gorilla Glass 3. That’s enough protection from scratches and smudges, and surprisingly, from my experience dropping the Motorola Droid Turbo a couple of times (on wooden floors, from about a meter high), the screen is pretty sturdy too. The build quality is really high-end on the Droid Turbo, which is admirable, seeing as it is an out-specced smartphone with a decent price of around $600 without a contract from Verizon. The kevlar version is only available with 32 GB internal storage, though, so if you want more, you’re going to have to choose the ballistic nylon version which has 64 GB internal storage and a less slippery back panel. The ballistic nylon version looks really nice, to be fair, as it looks like a braided panel of super-tough material on the back. It does fray and get damaged more easily, but only after a few months of serious use and carelessness. It’s not a deal-breaker, and if you don’t abuse your phone, it will be ok. There’s one big improvement with the ballistic nylon Droid Turbo: no Verizon logo and it looks magnificent.
Motorola designed the Droid Turbo with ergonomics in mind, which means that it has a bit of a curve to its edges, so that it doesn’t completely feel like a brick in your hands. Since it’s a pretty thick and heavy phone, it must have been a challenge to design it in such a way that users won’t feel like they’re holding something that could have been made better. The Droid Turbo is designed very well and many give props to Motorola for that. The slightly curved edges and the rounded feeling of the phone make it an easily maneuverable device which won’t stick out of your pocket in an annoying way. Unless you have small pockets, that is. I never keep my phone in my pocket, so I’m safe on that front at least.
A neat way in which Motorola saved space on the Droid Turbo is by putting the SIM card tray right under the volume buttons (the buttons on the device are textured and neat, btw). That might be an inconvenience to some, but you have to remove the volume buttons in order to switch out a SIM card or insert a new one. Since it’s a Verizon exclusive phone, I don’t see that being that big of a problem. I would be a bit cautious when fiddling with removing buttons from the phone, but I’m sure that one can get the hang of it pretty fast. In any case, the Motorola Droid Turbo design is admirable, because it merges ergonomics with style and ends up being a really rugged phone you’re ultimately not terrified of dropping. Props to that.
Moving on to the Moto X, there are many differences in design here compared to the Droid Turbo. First off, the Moto X doesn’t have any kind of logo on the back, save for the Motorola one, which on the second generation of the phone was made much better and more stylish. This is where the Moto Maker platform shines, as the Moto X is one of the most customizable products from the company. You can choose the back panel on the Moto X second generation, and there are a lot of options out there. The partnership with Verizon is evident here too, as there is an exclusive back panel made out of authentic Horween football leather that is dark brown. You have to be a Verizon customer and pay an extra $25 to get it, though, so that’s not exactly fun.
But Motorola offers up quite a few other options for building your own Moto X 2014. You can choose from 4 different wood panels, which look stunning if you pair them correctly. These also cost $25 extra, but you get a walnut finish, bamboo finish, ebony finish and teak finish. The leather back panels are of the same price, and you get four different variants that you can choose from: black, natural, cognac and navy blue. They all look rad, although there aren’t too many out there who will pay extra $25 for them, because leather tends to wear and tear pretty fast, compared to other materials. But that’s not a problem, since you can choose from 17 different polycarbonate, scratch-resistant back panels, that are sorted in cool, neutral and warm colors. It’s pretty neat and you can play around with color combinations a lot. That’s something we miss with the Droid Turbo, but who knows? Maybe, in the future, Moto Maker will also have even better Droid phones up for customization.
When it comes to the front of the Moto X 2014, you can choose between a white and a black finish to match up nicely to the back panel you chose. You can also choose trim colors, which is rather neat in my opinion. The trim refers to the trim around the Motorola logo on the back panel, which is not that visible, but still makes a difference if you don’t combine it well with the back panel. The Moto Maker platform also lets you choose between two cases, one for $20 and another $25, both from Case Mate. Directly from the Moto Maker platform, you can also choose the storage option you want, and you can choose an engraving of up to 14 characters. Isn’t that fun? The Moto Maker platform is one of the best services customers can use to customize the Moto X 2nd generation. But that’s not the only thing that should be mentioned about the Moto X design.
If you’re familiar with the Nexus 6, the Moto X should look almost identical, but smaller. It has the same design language, as the Nexus 6 was inspired by the Moto X 2014 when it was created. It gets a curved back panel, rounded edges and a dimple on the top of the phone, which makes it look pretty elegant. It does wobble if you lay it down flat on a table on occasion, but not as much as to make texting impossible or even cumbersome for that matter. The chassis is made of polycarbonate, but it does have a metal frame which makes the Moto X 2014 look rather stylish and premium. The bezels on the top and bottom are on the thicker side, but not as thick as on the iPhone 6, for example. You don’t have capacitative buttons, but you do get a single front facing speaker on the bottom. The aesthetics are kept in place by a similar grill on the top, but that’s a bit deceiving, since it’s only a microphone.
When it comes to size, the Moto X is definitely smaller than the Motorola Droid Turbo, although the difference is actually quite negligible. You will notice the difference when holding it, as it is smaller, thinner and lighter than its more specced-out counterpart. Exact measurements for the Moto X are 140.8 x 72.4 x 10 mm, and they make for a pretty appealing phone. Granted, it’s not as thin as many other phones out there, but that shouldn’t be a problem for the average smartphone user who doesn’t just want a thin phone that they will lose in their pocket. It’s also pretty light, weighing 144 g, compared to the Droid Turbo’s 169 grams.
After reviewing the design of the Motorola Droid Turbo and Moto X, we can safely say that both of them feel as premium as they should and offer durable chassis with a nice design. Each to their own, but both these phones look surprisingly good, even if they are cheaper than premium phones out there. The Moto X 2014 stands out with the rounded dimple on the top, the metal frame and multiple build materials you can use for the back panel, while the Motorola Droid Turbo has great kevlar and ballistic nylon back panels and capacitative buttons on the front. It depends on your own personal choice whether you choose one design over the other.