Hardware and Software Motorola Droid Turbo vs Moto x 2014
Hardware is the area where the Droid Turbo and Moto X 2014 differ the most. Software is largely the same, save for some Droid-specific widgets on the Verizon exclusive smartphone, but we’ll get into that a bit later. First off, the Droid Turbo is made to be the powerhouse of the Motorola portfolio, and it is definitely doing just that so far. At the moment, it’s not the best smartphone out there, since the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S6, HTC One M9 and LG G Flex 2 top it, but those are more expensive than the Droid Turbo. Still, it remains one of the best smartphones out there, and it’s going to be updated to the same type of Android 5.0 Lollipop as the Moto X 2014.
First off, the Motorola Droid Turbo gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU, which although not 64 bit, is still one of the best quad core processors out there, so there shouldn’t be any complaints. That CPU is backed by an Adreno 420 GPU and 3 GB RAM. I’ve mentioned earlier that you get 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage, depending on the back panel of the phone. That’s enough for most users, but if it’s not, you’re going to have to go for cloud storage, because the Droid Turbo doesn’t get a microSD card slot. Performance on the Droid Turbo is spotless and it can handle anything you throw at it, so it can definitely be considered a future-proof smartphone, even if it’s not the latest and greatest launch right now.
Besides the powerful processor, the Droid Turbo is outfitted with good speakers, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Wi-Fi Direct, as well as NFC and an Infrared port in case you want to control stuff with your phone. Although there are few people out there who use infrared nowadays, there still are great uses for it when it comes to certain TV sets and home automation products on the market. Definitely a plus, no matter how you look at it. It’s got the usual 9 axis sensor and GPS, so you can use it for fitness tracking if on the road, without having to get a dedicated wearable device. Overall, the Droid Turbo is a powerhouse, and once Android 5.0 Lollipop hit sit, it’s going to be even better. That is if the software update is sent out in time by Verizon, and without bugs, which is unlikely at the moment.
Moving on to the Moto X, we can clearly notice that it’s not as much of a powerhouse as the Droid Turbo, but that doesn’t mean it can’t perform just as well. Performance reviews from thousands of users are positive, and since the Moto X 2014 was one of the first non-Nexus handsets to get Android 5.0 Lollipop and later version, it’s definitely one of the most up-to-date smartphones of the moment. Compared to the Droid Turbo, performance is just as smooth, as there’s no QHD display to power and calibrate all the time. We get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, which is in line with most flagships of 2014, so there’s no surprise there. The powerful CPU is backed by 2 GB RAM and a Adreno 330 GPU. You can choose between 16, 32 and 64 GB internal storage, depending on carrier, and each storage upgrade will add a bit to the price, $100 in the 64 GB variant (which is a Pure Edition, btw).
Other hardware on the Moto X mostly coincides with the Droid Turbo, with a few exceptions. There’s no Wi-Fi Direct and no infrared, but that’s not such a big deal, to be honest. Otherwise, you get the same features and sensors, so it’s definitely just as functional as the Droid Turbo. It still doesn’t have a microSD card slot, so you’re going to have to opt for cloud storage in this case, too. In the end, the Moto X 2014 is just as good as the Droid Turbo, so you’ve got nothing to lose if you for it.