Bargains can be had now on Droid Turbo and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as the holiday shopping rush is over and stores like Best Buy need to sell their inventory while the phones are still new. Droid Turbo and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are two of the hottest new Android smartphones. It’s worthwhile to spend time comparing these two hot Android phones in detail.
Droid Turbo is an Android smartphone with its hardware on steroids. See this review published Feb. 1 covering Droid Turbo’s excellent battery life, high-pixel camera and more pixels per inch in its screen than most other phones. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the latest in Samsung’s series of “phablets,” large-scale smart phones that are now so popular that Apple has copied the format with its production of iPhone 6 Plus.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 costs $299 at Best Buy now, and the buyer receives $100 back in the form of a Best Buy gift card. Droid Turbo costs $99 at Best Buy now, down from $199. Droid Turbo is only available with Verizon service, while the Samsung Note 4 comes with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon service, or unlocked. These prices all require a new 2-year phone service commitment and cover the base model phone with 32 gigabytes (GB) of storage.
Both the Droid Turbo and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 have 2560 by 1440 pixels screens, more pixels than most of the phones out there now and more pixels than any of the iPhones. Droid Turbo’s 5.2 screen is smaller than Samsung Note 4’s 5.7 inch screen. While both offer high definition capability, Droid Turbo has the highest pixel per inch count.
When it comes to cameras, the Droid Turbo and Samsung Note 4 each have more pixel capturing capability than the iPhones. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 captures nice, big photos with its 16 megapixel (MP) rear-facing camera and 3.7 MP front camera. Droid Turbo captures even more detail, recording 20.7 megapixel photos with its rear camera. More pixels allow you to capture a more detailed, higher-resolution photo. However the bigger photos are slower to email. They also take up more storage on your phone or wherever you save them. Interestingly, the Android operating system comes without any utility to shrink photos before mailing them; you’ll have to get another app for editing or upload them to the cloud and email a link, rather than the photo, if your photo is too big for your email and network to transmit.
For comparison, iPhones 5, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus all have 8-megapixel rear cameras and 1.2 MP front cameras. The Droid Turbo camera also provides 4X zoom while the iPhones have less powerful 3X zoom.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is made by Samsung, a giant South Korean corporation who’s first in worldwide smartphone sales and second only to Apple in U.S. smartphone sales. Samsung is also known for making flatscreen televisions and other appliances.
Droid Turbo is made by Motorola who’s usually in third place worldwide among smartphone manufacturers, after Apple and Samsung. Motorola has made cell phones for decades, and televisions for decades before that. They’ve been one of the primary makers of Droids for Verizon in recent years. Lenovo, the number one cell phone seller in China, bought Motorola from Google effective Oct. 30, 2014. Lenovo is also the world’s largest PC maker, having acquired the IBM PC line in 2005.
Both Droid Turbo and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 come with the Android 4.4 (“KitKat”) operating system and 32 gigabytes (GB) of storage. Both use new quad-core microchips.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes in pink, gold, white or black. Droid Turbo comes in red, blue, white or black. Samsung’s Note 4 also comes with a thin, pencil-like stylus called the S Pen. Users can take notes on the screen with the S Pen, and it stores inside the Note phone for easy access and portability.
Both the Note 4 and the Droid Turbo come with fast chargers. Droid Turbo advertises that 15 minutes of charging will yield 8 hours of use, which proved correct in this author’s hands-on test. Both the Note 4 and the Droid Turbo lasted two days or more on one full charge, with light use. Cold weather decreased battery life, as is normal. A car charger specific to the phone may be needed with these. An attempt to charge the Note 4 with an old but functional car-charger adapter and the Note 4’s USB cable was slow to the point of being ineffective.
Complaints about the Note 4 include an issue that Sprint users cannot use the Internet while on a call with this phone unless they are on Wifi. Information indicates that a similar problem once existed and has now been fixed for Droid Turbo.