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Motorola Turbo 2 vs. Maxx 2 – What’s Your Favorite Droid?

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Two new Motorola Droids will be available worldwide and they will bring large batteries like the original Turbo Droid, and their construction will be very solid, with a similar industrial design. The Droid Turbo 2 will cost $384 and will run on Android 5.1 Lollipop, likewise the Maxx 2, which will be purchase with a 24-month contract ($16 per month) via Verizon. Soon, both devices will be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but until then, you’ll need to decide which phone to buy.

Designs and Displays

Both devices have a similar design, but they’re more like an improved Moto X Style, featuring a flat back with curved sides, while the microSD card slot is now positioned at the top, not on the side, and there are two speakers on the bottom. The back is made of three variants of materials: soft-touch plastic, ballistic nylon and leather and the screen benefits from a new technology called ShatterShield, which was built from five layers that which absorb shocks and don’t easily crack.

The Turbo 2 measures 149.9x78x9.2mm, it weights 170.1grams and has a P-OLED screen sized at 5.4-inch, which supports a higher resolution of 1440×2560 pixels at 540ppi, while the Maxx 2 is water resistant (IP52 certified), it measures 148x75x10.9mm, it weights 169 grams and its screen is an IPS LCD sized at 5.5-inch, which offers a Full HD resolution of 1080×1920 pixels with 403ppi. Both screens have their edges protected by a rigid aluminum chassis. Also, the users can customize their handsets on the Moto Maker website.

Hardware

The Turbo 2 is the flagship version and it comes with the faster Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor (quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57) which is combined with an Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM, while its internal memory which is available in variants of 32Gb or 64GB, can be expanded up to 128GB.

The Maxx 2 features the weaker Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 octa core processor (quad-core 1.7GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1.0GHz Cortex-A53) which is backed by Adreno 405 graphics and 2GB of RAM, but it offers only one variant of internal storage whose capacity is expandable from 16GB up to 128GB. Maxx 2’s specs are similar to that of the newer HTC One A9, but the latter runs on Android 6.0.

Cameras and Batteries

Their cameras are identical, supporting a resolution of 21MP on the back and 5Mp on the front. They’re able to record 4K videos at 30 fps and they have mutual features: phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash.

The Turbo 2 has a removable battery of 3760 mAh and the company claims that it can last up to two days under normal use, just like Maxx 2’s non-removable 3630 mAh battery.