Friday, March 20, 2015
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Motorola has launched the Moto Maxx as a less expensive alternative to the highly spec’d Droid Turbo, so how does it measure up to its big brother?
As more and more sophisticated app and higher definition videos become available, processor speed can be an important consideration.
- Droid Turbo: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with 2.7 GHz quad-core CPU
- Moto Maxx: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro family processor 1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU
Again the Droid Turbo has the higher specification processor. The question is though, what do you use your phone for and do you need the extra processing power?
If you are going to be taking loads of hi-res photos, playing lots of games and watching movies the amount of on-board storage can be an important factor. You can always upload and download to the cloud but that means that you need good, convenient Wi-Fi access or use your data allowance:
- Droid Turbo: 32GB
- Droid Turbo Black Ballistic Nylon: 64GB
- Moto Maxx: 16GB
Both the Droid Turbo and the Moto Maxx have the latest Android release Kit-Kat 4.4. The Droid Turbo has a slightly larger screen at 5.2” compared to the 5” of the Moto Maxx. They weigh a negligible 2 grams difference.
For many people, price is the starting point when looking for a phone. We would all like a top spec cell phone but are we willing to pay the premium that it commands? As the Droid Turbo is exclusive to Verizon, at the moment, we will take Verizon price structures to compare.
Droid TurboMoto MaxxBase price for phone$599.99$499.992 year contract$199.99$49.99Verizon Edge (monthly)$24.99$20.83
So on price the Moto Maxx is a cheaper deal – so does specifications make the Droid Turbo worth the extra price?
For many users how often you have to charge your battery is a crucial part in the decision making. The highest spec phone is a lump of useless electronics if you can’t use it.
Droid TurboMoto MaxxBattery size3900mAh3500mAhEstimated battery life48 hours48 hoursTurbo Boost charge8 hoursN/A
So both phones have a similar mixed use battery life but the Droid Turbo does have the advantage of having the Turbo Boost available to it
Many phones today have excellent cameras in them – far better than the stand-alone cameras that many of have. As many of us do not carry a camera as a matter of course if you want to take a spontaneous photograph or some video a good camera on your phone is a great option.
Droid TurboMoto MaxxRear camera (4:3)21 MP10 MPRear Camera (16:9)15 MPN/AFront Camera2 MP2 MP
In this case the camera on the Droid Turbo is far higher resolution that the Moto Maxx. Not only is the camera better the on-board software is more sophisticated and flexible. Although the photos from the Moto Maxx can be enhanced and adjusted when downloaded to a PC, if you want to be able to shoot and send the Droid Turbo is the winner.
The original question was how does the Moto Maxx measure up to the Droid Turbo? The answer is very well. Is the difference in price worth the difference is specifications? If you use the Verizon Edge package the $4.16 a month difference may become insignificant.
They are both good quality phones and it is really down to you to decide what it is you want and what you are prepared to pay for it.