Differences Are More Than Skin Deep in Droid Turbo, Moto X Smartphones

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2014-12-12

The first impression you get when you see Verizon's Moto X and Droid Turbo together is that they're the same phone. They're about the same size and shape. The Motorola bat wings are in the same spot on the back. The biggest difference on first impression is that the Moto X seems slightly more fashionable. Sometimes first impressions are wrong. The size and shape of these phones are about the only thing that's similar—except they both run the same version of Android. The Moto X is indeed the fashionable one. You can customize it with a variety of colors and case backs, resulting in a nearly endless combination of colors and surfaces. The unit I tested was white with a bamboo back. This was the first time I've had a wooden phone, but it had the advantage that it's got a surface that is easy to grasp. It won't slip out of your hand by accident. The Droid Turbo, on the other hand, looks like a phone designed by Darth Vader. The test unit was black Kevlar reinforced glass fiber with a rubberized back. Even better, it's water repellant, has a massive 3,900-mAh battery and the first time you break it (if you can) Verizon will replace it free.

Wayne Rash Wayne has been a freelance writer and editor with a 35 year history covering technology. He's a frequent contributor to eWEEK and Techweb. Rash is a frequent guest on a variety of network news and talk shows, and has appeared recently on NPR, Fox Business News and NBC as a technology expert. He is the author of five books, including his most recent, "Politics on the Nets," which was featured on National Public Radio in October. You can mail Wayne here.

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