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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs. Droid Turbo 2 – Two Phablets With Monstrous Specifications

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In 2015, many companies continued to release phablets, and many of them are successors of famous models. For example, Samsung launched the fifth Galaxy Note device, while Motorola brought the second Droid Turbo, with awesome specs, and which will be available in the US though Verizon. If you’re curious which device is more powerful or more attractive, check out this comparison.

Designs and Displays

We’ll start with the Droid Turbo, which has a shatterproof display which was built with five layers: the external protective lens includes a hard coating, the second layer (interior lens) is transparent and has a protective shield, the third lens is a dual touch layer which can be used in case the primary touch-sensitive layer gets damaged, the fourth layer is represented by the 5.4-inch AMOLED display with a QHD resolution (540ppi), while the last layer is a rigid aluminum chassis which is the base for the ShatterShield technology. The device weights 170.1grams, it measures 149.9x78x9.2mm and it offers three variants of materials for its back: Horween leather, ballistic nylon, and plastic, and you can customize the phone using the Moto Maker tool.

The Note 5 looks like the Galaxy S6 flagship, featuring a glass back (Corning Gorilla Glass 4) available in four variants of colors: Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titan, and White Pearl, it’s protected by a metal frame and it’s slightly curved on the left and right sides. Also, it has a S Pen stylus with an improved sensitivity and more actions, and it offers a fingerprint scanner hidden inside the home button. The display is a Super AMOLED with a longer diagonal of 5.7-inch, but its resolution is QHD, resulting in a lower pixel density of 518ppi. Also, the device has almost the same weight as its rival, but it measures 153.2×76.1×7.6mm.

Hardware

While the Droid 2 comes with the latest and improved octa core Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 2GHz and which is backed by 3GB of RAM, the Note 5 received Galaxy S6’s Exynos 7420 chipset with an octa core processor clocked at 2.1GHz, but it supports 4GB of RAM. However, the Droid 2 included a microSD card slot for expanding the internal memory of 32GB or 64GB up to 200GB. The Note 5 has fixed storage, having the same capacity of 32GB or 64GB.

Cameras And Batteries

The Motorola flagship sports a 21MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and auto-HDR, and it’s able to shoot 4K videos. The front camera supports 5MP and it takes excellent sefies at night thanks to the LED flash feature. Its battery is enormous, supporting a capacity of 3760mAh and Motorola claims that it offers 2 days of talk time on 3G.

The Note has a 16MP camera on the back side with OIS, autofocus, LED flash, HDR, 1/2.6′ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size and 4K video capture, but its front camera of 5MP lacks LED flash. The size of the battery has been reduced from 3220mAh to 3000mAh, but its lifespan hasn’t been affected.

Prices

The Note 5 32GB costs between $700 and $740, while the 64GB model costs $779-$839, depending on the carrier. The price of the Droid Turbo 2 32GB is $624, while the 64GB variant is priced at $720.