Software

When it comes to software testing the MotoX and the Droid Turbo, frankly the differences were very small when I started my testing. I was originally only going to cover a few features that are exclusive to each device but when the MotoX dropped the 5.0 update I went ahead and got more photos to just show some of the small changes. So let’s hit those first. Starting off here are the home pages for each of the phones. The Turbo uses an interesting circle gadget that shows your battery life, time, and weather/temperature when you have the location set (and I did not).

MotoX

home motox

Turbo

home turbo

The new 5.0 app screen is a lot brighter as it is set on a white background where before it was transparent.

MotoX

apps motox

Turbo

apps turbo

While the phone screens have similarities, the floating phone icon on 5.0 was new. They also worked on the speed dial page a little, but I don’t think the people whose numbers are in my speed dial would appreciate me posting them up for everyone lol.

MotoX

phone motox

Turbo

phone turbo

5.0 brought in new settings pages as well, especially the initial quick settings page that you get with the button up in the top right corner on both phones. I like that the brightness control is easier to get too and you will also notice that 5.0 has a built in flashlight on this page. The main settings page is now much brighter just like the app screen. The quick on the off switches are gone but you can turn all of those on and off quickly on the quick settings page. Other than that the menu options are basically the same.

MotoX

settings1 motox

settings2 motox

Turbo

settings1 turbo

settings2 turbo

One of the interesting features I found on 5.0 was the option to be able to set priority to notification sounds. From there you can manual set this, set times or even locations to prompt different notification settings to kick in or you can let the phone automatically figure it out on its own. Why is this important? Well if you are like me you might get emails through the night, I can set it to turn those off at night but still let me know if family reaches out. You could also use this to try to keep you from checking your phone all of the time when you get home or if you can’t use your phone at work you can automatically turn off sounds when you at work.

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Speaking of notifications, the lock screen now shows your notifications more clearly. You can double click to open them or swipe them away without unlocking your phone.

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The running apps screen is a lot more fluid with larger images that you scroll through.

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Both phones included full office software with Quickoffice but the MotoX also has one called Sheets and one called Slides. It’s nice to be able to open and edit files that are emailed to me without having to install third party apps.

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For the turbo I have just one main feature I wanted to touch on the Droid Zaps app that you get. Once set you can transfer files to people within wireless range. The second screenshot I have is just my initial battery life experience, during normal use the phone ended up on the charger only after two and a ¼ days of use and as you can see I spent a lot of time on Reddit in that time.

sc turbo 1

sc turbo 2

 

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35973 12 Dec 2014 18:45
Well its Friday again, we all made it another week. Today I take a look at two of the latest and greatest Android phones to see how they compare to each other. Enjoy the review and have a great weekend!
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Deb0 replied the topic: #35975 13 Dec 2014 12:55
The biggest drawback for me on the Turbo was no SD card expansion. I ended up getting the 64gb version and have curbed my music hoarding. I'll put some photos of mine up in a later post.

One thing of note that I think you went over quickly was the larger charger the Turbo comes with. This is actually a power supply in addition to being a USB-AC adapter (which make it larger) This, of course increases its amp output substantially and charges things even faster than a 3.0 SuperSpeed port would (0-full charge on my tablet in about 20mins, 0-full charge on the turbo in about 40mins.) Sure it may not consolidate on size but it is an amazing addition to the retail package as the charger sold separately retails for $35.
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Deb0 replied the topic: #35976 15 Dec 2014 02:18
As promised: imgur.com/a/XxO68

The weave looks very nice in my opinion and, as you can see, unlike the 32gb version there is a lack of the obnoxious Verizon V branding on the back giving the phone an overall sleeker appearance.

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