Each of the two largest wireless carriers in the US offers its own ruggedized Android smartphone exclusive. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active (which we reviewed last month) is exclusive to AT&T; the Motorola Droid Turbo (which we reviewed last November) is exclusive to Verizon Wireless – and neither will work very well on a network it wasn’t designed for. So if you’re already beholden to –or have a strong preference for– one of those operators over the other, congratulations: your choice is made. But if you’re a free agent and either network will do, the hardware makes all the difference, especially if you’ve got the kinds of specific needs rugged-phone shoppers tend to have.
It should be noted that these are separated by about a half-cycle: the Turbo launched in November while the S6 Active just hit the scene in June. But time waits for no OEM. Just as we put Galaxy S against Galaxy Note each year, just as we put iPhone against Galaxy S, just as we put Lumia against iPhone … we must put Durable Droid up against Ruggedized Galaxy. Because right now, today, each of these products represents the zenith of durable smartphones in its respective carrier’s lineup … so let’s see how they stack up in Galaxy S6 Active vs Droid Turbo!