Samsung Galaxy Note 4
A visitor holds a new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone at the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event ahead of the IFA Electronics show in Berlin, September 3, 2014. Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

These powerful handheld devices from Samsung and Motorola are undoubtedly two of the best in the market. For Android fans who have mixed thoughts on the Note 4 and Droid Turbo, here is a comparison of the bells and whistles of the two smartphones.

Design and Display

Compared to other Samsung devices, the Galaxy Note 4 comes with a more premium look and has a metal rim surrounding its body. The Note for comes with a 4-inch plastic S-Pen stylus which is best for users who are in to drawing and note writing. The Note 4 sports a 5.7-inch 2,650 x 1,440p quad HD AMOLED display with pixel density of 515ppi (pixels per inch).

On the other hand, PCWorld says that the Droid Turbo sports a utilitarian design and may not be the most beautifully designed phone in the market, especially with its ridged metal buttons on the side which serves as a power button and volume controller. The Turbo features a 5.2-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with 2560x1440 pixel resolution or a pixel density of 565ppi. Apparently, the Droid Turbo possesses the phone screen with the highest resolution.

Processor and Memory

The Note 4 is powered by 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with an Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage and an microSD slot expandable from up to 64GB or more.

The Droid Turbo shares the same impressive processor specs with the Galaxy Note 4 which gives the device an equally fast performance. It is paired with 3GB of RAM and the device is available in 32GB or 64GB of storage.

Operating System

According to Tech Radar, the Samsung device runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat and might also get the Lollipop update. There are already online speculations that the smartphone will get the update by January or February.

The Droid Turbo, like the Note 4, currently uses the Android 4.4.4 KitKat as its platform. However, one of Motorola's engineers revealed that the 2013 and 2014 Motorola devices are slated to have the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. With this report from the website, it is also expected that the Droid will also get the said OS upgrade by February or March.


The Note 4 is bundled with apps like Kid's Mode and a security app which can set-up a fingerprint scanner. It also features S Health which can check the user's heart-rate and the app an also monitor blood-oxygen level.

The Turbo is packed with Motorola apps like Moto Display, which surfaces the time and missed notifications in just a wave of a hand over the locked display and Moto Actions, which allows its users to cancel a ringing phone also with a wave of the hand. In addition, the device also comes with the Motorola Connect Chrome extension, an app which provides its users a portal for viewing and sending messages from their desktop or laptop in addition to their phone and it can also display other notifications as well.

Camera and Battery

The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a 16-megapixel-rear camera with optical image stabilisation feature and a front-facing 3.7-megapixel camera. The device can capture videos in 1080p HD by default and users have the option to jump to Ultra HD 3840x2160 pixel resolution for 4K videos. Battery wise, the Note 4 is powered with 3220 mAh juice pack which can stand 20 hour of talk time.

The Droid Turbo has a whopping 21-megapixels camera and its video offers 1080pHD, slow-motion video shot at 720p, or Ultra HD 4K video.The Turbo is packed with an impressive 3,900mAh battery and review says that the device can withstand up to 24 hours of use on a busy day.

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