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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2: Vote best smartphone – Mobile Madness 2016

by TechnoBuffalo | April 2, 2016April 2, 2016 2:00 pm PST

Welcome to another round of Mobile Madness. Today’s poll wraps up the final matchup before we head in to the semi-final round. And the matchup today is a mouthful: The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2. How will you vote? Vote (often) down below.

Lumia 950 XL

The phone felt really light in the hand — you can tell it’s made out of polycarbonate and not a really strong metal, but that’s fine. It packs a ton of power, including a water-cooled processor (a Snapdragon 810), which itself is enough to make the inner geek in me excited for its launch, a 20-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot for adding more.

I really love Windows Hello and how the iris scanner on the front of the phone can identify the user and automatically unlock the device without any need for a fingerprint sensor. And I love that Microsoft is sticking by with its dedicated camera button, which I wish more manufacturers would continue to add… read more

 

Motorola Droid Maxx 2

The Maxx 2 feels solid in the hand, almost flagship-like, though its specs leave a bit to be desired. It sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display that, in comparison to the Turbo 2, isn’t as sharp or as resistant to shattering when dropped. It’s crisp and clear, though, and was relatively easy to see in bright sunlight during our brief hands-on opportunity.

The processor isn’t as fast as the Turbo 2. You’ll find a Snapdragon 615 chip under the hood, compared to the flagship-level Snapdragon 810 in the Turbo 2. Thankfully, however, the battery should easily last up to the promised 48 hours, especially given that the phone packs a large 3630mAh battery….read more

Microsoft - Lumia 950 XL Motorola - DROID MAXX 2
Display Size 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi) 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (401 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1080
Resolution Y 2560 1920
Display Type QHD AMOLED HD sAMOLED
Operating System Windows 10 (at launch) Android 5.1 (at launch)
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
RAM N/A 2GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 16GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 2 TB
  • Micro SD up to 128GB
Main Camera (Back) 20MP 21MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 5MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.0LE
Battery 3340mAh 3630mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
GPS
  • A-GLONASS
  • A-GPS
Height 151.9 mm (5.98 inches) 148 mm (5.83 inches)
Width 78.4 mm (3.09 inches) 75 mm (2.95 inches)
Depth 8.1 mm (0.32 inches) 10.9 mm (0.43 inches)
Weight 165 g (5.82 oz) 169 g (5.96 oz)
Colors Black, White Black, White
Supported Audio Formats N/A N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A N/A
In The Box
  • Battery
  • Wall Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
N/A

 

 

This poll closes within 24 hours (the following day).

*Winners from previous rounds are marked bold.

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March 17 BlackBerry Classic vs OnePlus X
March 18 Nexus 6P vs Sony Xperia Z5
March 19 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 2
March 20 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs HTC One A9
March 21 Nexus 5X vs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
March 22 iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950
March 23 LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
March 24 iPhone 6S Plus vs Nextbit Robin
March 25 HTC One M9 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Round 1

March 26 Motorola Droid Turbo 2 vs Winner of March 17 (BlackBerry Classic)
March 27 Winner of March 18 (Nexus 6P) vs Winner of March 19 (Galaxy S7 Edge)
March 28 Xiaomi Mi 5 vs Winner of March 20 (Galaxy Note 5)
March 29 Winner of March 21 (Xperia Z5 Premium) vs BlackBerry Priv
March 30 Huawei Mate 8 vs Winner of March 22 (iPhone 6S)
March 31 Winner of March 23 (Galaxy S7) vs LG V10
April 1 Moto X Pure Edition vs Winner of March 24 (iPhone 6S Plus)
April 2 Winner of March 25 (Lumia 950 XL) vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 vs Winner of March 27
April 4 Winner of March 28 vs Winner of March 29
April 5 Winner of March 30 vs Winner of March 31
April 6 Winner of April 1 vs Winner of April 2

Semi-final Round

April 7 Winner of April 3 vs Winner of April 4
April 8 Winner of April 5 vs Winner of April 6
Final Round
April 9 Winner of April 7 vs Winner of April 8

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