Apple iPhone 6 vs Motorola Moto X 2014
A couple weeks ago, we were treated to the unveiling of the latest Motorola flagship smartphone - the new Moto X. Well, the handset’s time in the spotlight was short lived because Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 6, became available for purchase a short time later on. Arriving ahead of the upcoming holiday season, these two prized smartphones are no doubt going to be in heated contention against one another. Even now, as Motorola continues to fight with the heart of a champion, trying to do its darndest to one-up its rival, does the new Moto X have what it takes to disrupt the iPhone 6’s assault?
Honestly, it’s really tough to say which phone has the more alluring design because they offer several unique qualities that make them so favorable. In particular, we absolutely adore the Moto X’s customizable design – one that Motorola established last year, and is something yet to be unmatched by its competitors. Thanks to the aid of its online portal, Moto Maker, buyers can select the colors of the handset’s casing, as well as its accents, to have a phone that’s uniquely different. And quite frankly folks, that’s one characteristic we love about the phone.
In contrast, though, the iPhone 6 exhibits a more premium design, as it features a unibody aluminum casing. Even though we’re only given three color options to choose from (space grey, silver, and gold), we can’t argue that these paints jobs help to complement the iPhone 6’s elegant and luxurious look. Due to its premium choice of materials, it also gives the phone a substantial feel in the hand. Well, the Moto X also feels quite sturdy as well – thanks in part to the aluminum frame that wraps along the side of the phone.
However, the iPhone 6 feels a little bit more comfortable in the hand. Not only is that aided by its rounded corners, but it’s able to best the Moto X in terms of its overall footprint. Essentially, it’s smaller and skinnier in frame, which allows us to better reach all corners of its display more comfortably. Despite that, the Moto X also feels good in the hand, especially if you happen to go with one of the leather finishes. Well, the material is better suited for giving us a firmer hold of the phone – whereas with the aluminum finish of the iPhone 6, it comes off a little slippery at times.
We can’t deny that these are two of the more attractively designed smartphones to have come out recently, but it’s a matter of personal preference in determining the superior design. If premium and compact are the qualities you look for, then stick with the iPhone 6. Go with the Moto X if you want a differently designed smartphone that you can create uniquely using different color and finish combinations.
Lucky for these two, they manage to improve over their predecessors’ display resolutions. For the iPhone 6, it’s greeted to a 4.7-inch 750 x 1334 IPS LCD display, which by Apple’s definition, is a Retina Display due to its pixel density figure of 326 ppi. Meanwhile, the Moto X betters its predecessor by offering a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 AMOLED display, which one-ups the iPhone 6 with its higher pixel density count of 423 ppi. From a normal distance, however, it’s rather difficult to distinguish the difference in detail with the two of them, as they deliver pretty sharp results. Upon a closer inspection with our eyes, we can clearly make out the finer details with the Moto X’s display, though.
Don’t count out the iPhone 6’s Retina Display yet, just because it exhibits the characteristics of a high quality panel. In particular, it’s significantly brighter at 606 nits, versus the 385 nits tally of the Moto X. Not surprisingly, we see the results as we’re viewing the two displays outside with the sun directly shining at them – where the iPhone 6’s display remains visible, while the Moto X is nearly unviewable. In addition, the iPhone 6 is also better at reproducing colors realistically, which is an attribute that IPS LCD panels generally have. On the flip side, the Moto X favors over-saturated, vibrant but unrealistic representation.
Most people don’t mind the saturation, more so when the Moto X’s AMOLED panel has a vibrant glow in the dark that catches our attention. Again, taking that into consideration, the better display hinges at what you perceive to offer the more attractive elements.
Display measurements and quality
|Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better||Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better||Contrast Higher is better||Color temperature (Kelvins)||Gamma||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Apple iPhone 6||606
|Motorola Moto X (2014)||385
The numbers below represent the amount of deviation in the respective property, observed when a display is viewed from a 45-degree angle as opposed to direct viewing.
|Maximum brightness Lower is better||Minimum brightness Lower is better||Contrast Lower is better||Color temperature Lower is better||Gamma Lower is better||Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better||Delta E grayscale Lower is better|
|Motorola Moto X (2014)||54%
|Apple iPhone 6||82.3%
The CIE 1931 xy color gamut chart represents the set (area) of colors that a display can reproduce, with the sRGB colorspace (the highlighted triangle) serving as reference. The chart also provides a visual representation of a display's color accuracy. The small squares across the boundaries of the triangle are the reference points for the various colors, while the small dots are the actual measurements. Ideally, each dot should be positioned on top of its respective square. The 'x: CIE31' and 'y: CIE31' values in the table below the chart indicate the position of each measurement on the chart. 'Y' shows the luminance (in nits) of each measured color, while 'Target Y' is the desired luminance level for that color. Finally, 'ΔE 2000' is the Delta E value of the measured color. Delta E values of below 2 are ideal.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Color accuracy chart gives an idea of how close a display's measured colors are to their referential values. The first line holds the measured (actual) colors, while the second line holds the reference (target) colors. The closer the actual colors are to the target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
The Grayscale accuracy chart shows whether a display has a correct white balance (balance between red, green and blue) across different levels of grey (from dark to bright). The closer the Actual colors are to the Target ones, the better.
This measurements are made using SpectraCal's CalMAN calibration software.
2. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
Johnnnn VVVVV stop being so biased about Apple you are the worst reviewer on PA.
You have no technical knowledge whatsoever..!!!
3. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)
He's actually good.
Just one thing - how he pronounces Nokia.
18. tech2 (Posts: 3397; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
That's what I say to my partner with a getaway car when I am attempting a burglary.
'No-key, ya?' :D
33. bur60 (Posts: 838; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)
"if you like premium and !!??COMPACT??!!, stick with the iPhone 6"
are you kidding me???? Moto x is 2 mm longer but has a 0,5 inch bigger screen.
51. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I'm sorry, but the Moto X looks so much better than this year's iPhone, and the customization of Moto Maker annihilates Apple's offering. And the screen size to phone size ratios!!! Wow, just wow.
64. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Hey Mxyzptlk's here, came out from under your bridge I see... Remember how you said that the Moto X's battery sucked, and how Apple is perfect? And then how I said it still beats Apple's battery life and it will in fact get a boost of 30%+ when Android L comes out, and you said that nothing was confirmed about Android L, and everyone corrected you and you felt stupid....? Yeah... I remember that too. Good times.
70. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Yes I said the X had an awful battery. I did use one as a backup phone. It only takes the iPhone less than an hour to get a good charge. Hence the lightning cable.
Yes I said Android L is all speculation and I stand correct.
73. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Umm... like mentioned in the previous argument, it's proven. Beta testers have already confirmed 30% base savings.
It's funny how Apple people will only accept news if it makes them happy, like all the issues going on with Apple are overblown, or how the iPhone 6 "will" have sapphire glass... God that was funny how certain you all were of that and how you said the phone was going to be so much better because of it.
76. Jimrod (Posts: 1097; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)
"It's funny how Apple people will only accept news if it makes them happy"? Like how "Android people" WON'T accept the same news because it's positive about Apple?
And yet you also accept random feedback from Beta testing as fact before it's even made release-ready? Those statements seem a little hypocritical or at the very least contradictory.
78. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Legitimate hands on time with a prerelease of the actual OS, (also project Volta was detailed by Google itself) VS mystery claims from the internet originating from source unknown... hardly hypocritical.
80. Jimrod (Posts: 1097; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)
But then, my iPhone 6 runs great, has great battery life (1.5 days with 10 hours use, give or take a few minutes) and hasn't bent. So it's fair to say if many users have experience like mine then these "issues" with the iPhone would be overblown to many as well. So it's not being only accepting of good news - but that I'd imagine there are millions of people also having no issues at all, so why should only negative news stories or tests be taken legitimately and good ones be brushed off?
I'm not an Apple apologist either, I think the iPhone 6 is "OK" but not an amazing update, it's getting a little tired and stale. I agree with you that the Moto X does look better proportioned and has some nicer design touches too, the 6 seemed to be all about being thin rather than ergonomic.
I'm not saying Android L won't be great either - just that bugs and problems are often missed until mass availability so it'll only be a known quantity for sure once it's released and fully running with all the other junk that gets put on phones. I hope it is good because competition is good for everyone (except the manufacturers maybe) and the current market is looking a little stagnant, there have been no "wow" products for a while, just incremental improvements with the odd gimmick.
81. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Yeah... you're alright Jimrod. I cannot argue with you.
92. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
but the Moto X is still a better phone. :P lol.
75. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Moto's turbo charger is similiar too, it charges the battery in about an hour and its no more expensive than a lightning cable :)
79. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Let us not forget that in a test of many modern smartphones, the Moto X was the one that refused to bend. lol
85. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
All it requires is a cable and not just another feature. Any idevice that use the lightning cable benefits from fast charging.
93. CtK4949 (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
LOL!! So the lightning cable is what makes it charger faster?? Not the actual AC Adapter?? If i put the lightning cable in to a standard USB port it will charge faster than a regular USB cable?? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, soooo funny!!
65. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
If you didn't begin nothing of value would be lost. I promise.
87. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I just wanted you to know, that comment earlier wasn't funny
88. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
It might not have been funny to you, but I certainly found it funny. :)
Oh and btw:
90. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12061; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
If you're the only one who does then it ceases to be funny.
Show me actual numbers and I'll be convinced.
91. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Are you sure I'm the only one who found it to be funny? I didn't thumb myself up, you know.
74. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Ha! You mistook him for someone with a brain! Jokes on you!
53. Maryewww (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)
Not to mention he should take linguistic and pronounciation courses.
56. sgodsell (Posts: 3354; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Considering the physical size of the 2 phones. Its just like last year where the iPhone was slightly smaller then the Moto X, but the Moto X had a larger display of 4.7" with a resolution of 1280x720. The same holds true this year with the iPhone 6. Its once again just slightly smaller then the Moto X, but the Moto X delivers things that cannot be offered on IPS displays like Active Notifications. Thats why AMOLED was choosen, and its why I am getting it. The display is 5.2" 1920x1080 vs the iPhone 4.7" 1366x750, but yet they are so close in physical size.
28. infinitymurano2012 (Posts: 26; Member since: 13 Sep 2014)
Wait what? iPhone 6 beat Moto X 2014 in pretty much every test and yet Droidheads say Moto X is better? LOL no surprise they own an android. P.S here is an advice, instead of spending time hating under every apple article with actually NO TECHNICAL REASON to back your claims up, go do a bit of more research so you don't justify your waste of money (on android phones) by hating on a premium product :D
32. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Wait let's see:
Moto X has a better and larger display.
Its smoother and faster.
Design is subjective: both are sleek devices.
Fits a far larger display in a body that's almost as compact as iphone.
Camera...well okay, iphone is better.
Battery: moto X is better.
Call quality: Moto X blows out iphone out of water.
Oh and the Moto X doesn't bend aswell ;)
49. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 217; Member since: 15 May 2013)
Please stop with bad faith already. I'm more of an Android guy myself but I also like Apple's products and have owned some of them. Now I've seen the iPhone 6 in action and while it's obviously far from being perfect, I can tell you that the screen is superb, extremely wide viewing angles, realistic colors, great brightness and quite sharp (seriously HD resolution on a 4.7 screen is more than enough).
Also when it comes to the smoothness, there's no doubt the Moto X is buttery smooth but so is the iPhone, that's one of the main pros of Apple products, lag and stutter are absolutely inexistant, and it's incredibly fast.
Call quality is also crystal clear so I wouldn't say that the Moto X blows it out of the water.
Then again, I'm deciding between the Moto X and the Z3 as I'm still more attracted to Android devices for a number of reasons, but it would be better if every single comment wasn't a biased fanboy-esque opinion but an objective one. At the end of the day, there's no CLEAR winner from a neutral perspective so stop looking for one, they are just different devices.
54. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Wait, I am obviously biased to the Moto X, but I gave iPhone the credit where it was due( camera, design).
Also Moto X is setting records in call quality(as usually with motorola phones and the new antenna tech), so I doubt if the iphone's gonna match it.
66. Jimrod (Posts: 1097; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)
See, these are the kinds of balanced posts that are far more preferable to insane one-sided ramblings from any particular party - All modern flagship phones have their pros and cons, I know because I looked for the "perfect" phone when I was due my upgrade a few weeks ago and I couldn't find it.
I ended up going with the iPhone 6, not because it was thoroughly amazing or anything, but because it was a logical upgrade from my 5 (eco system with iPad and all that) - if I'd found anything that blew me away I'd have gone for that instead. Nothing I tried ticked enough boxes to sway me away... yet. It's getting very close nowadays though.
40. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3919; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
First, it's not here is AN advice. Here is some advice, here is a piece of advice, etc. Second, I don't hate Apple for it's hardware, I dislike Apple's business practices and most of their holier than thou user base. Third, and this relates to part two, who are you to tell people what they should use? You know nothing about them yet boldly claim that people are wasting their money if they're not buying Apple. You're just as bad if not worse than the people you're posting about.
4. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
It's fun how even with Kitkat, Android stands up to iOS 8. I can't wait to see how it performs on L.
In the meantime the Moto X is definitely the better phone; easier to hold in the hand, more options and at half the on-contract price.
47. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Not according to the person doing the comparison, sadly they only ever account for measurable specifications and don't go into the unique features/functionality of the devices.
They also don't take into account of the specific issues users might experience with each phone. That would put the Moto X so far ahead of the iPhone.
I would also like to see this same comparison performed when Android L comes out in a month. Google's made some really dramatic optimizations to their OS with the last several major releases. I suspect that this will be no different.
That and it's only fare that if you're going to compare two devices, you don't pit one running a newly released OS with one that was released a year ago.
67. Jimrod (Posts: 1097; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)
Also remember that iOS 8 and most Apps are going through their "optimizing" phase as all new OS's go through, rarely does any new system run it's best in ".0" phase, it usually takes at least until "0.1 or 0.2" before it runs at its best. iOS 8 definitely isn't the finished article yet.
I'm sure many will disagree but then I'd hope Android L comes out 100% perfect (and is of course available from the start on all current devices) otherwise it might seem hypocritical... ;)
7. Connie B (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)
Since the bendgate fiasco, I do not think Apple can compete in the design department anymore. Although the iPhone 6 does not bend in laboratory conditions it does bend in real life situations. So Apple's design can only be compared to other flagships next year when they fix this issue with the iPhone 6S or iPhone7?
68. Jimrod (Posts: 1097; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)
"it does bend in real life situations" - not for anyone I know, fortunately. But then no-one I know is picking up their expensive phone and trying as hard as they can to bend it, because you know, that might seem a little retarded. I'm pretty sure I can bend or break most phones with a little effort if I put my mind to it...
82. Connie B (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)
You will not bend the MotoX with your own hands, does not matter how strong you are.
9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Moto X for me, plain and simple. Nothing beats Moto X, period.
22. CyberFalcon (Posts: 223; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)
Plainest and Simplest
Yet the most powerful one to rule them all...
34. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I'll actually disagree with you on this one. Nexus phones feel like they're missing features that Motorola puts into their phones. Both great, but one's clearly better.
36. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)
Yes.Moto puts in more functionality with nearly stock android.That's why Nexus is more simpler and plainer.
Also , i didn't say nexus was better
It's all about preference :)
38. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Ah, yes, you are correct, sorry, I'm still trying to wake up.
23. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
I guess you've never visited Pocketnow and read the comments there :p
breakfast lel, they are just phones man.
29. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
There's a guy called Richard Yarell, he's a die hard Note fanboy, here, just check his comments, plain and simple, period.
45. AppleJuice (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)
I know, just saying bro. Anyways I'm debating between the two.
52. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)
meh moto x is on 'par' with iphone. regardless the price both have terrible battery live, no micro sd for moto with low 32 gb memory seriously, apple actually better with 128 gb choice available, better camera and brighter more accurate screen.
58. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
Moto X, comes with a more stable OS, more customization, better battery life (And will improve dramatically once it get Android L), And expandable storage is not an issue, from Google drive, wifi thumb drives to a 64GB USB 3.0 flashdrive with micro USB built in for a fraction of what someone like Apple would charge you.
The Moto X also has a killer screen size to phone size ratio, near stock Android, faster OS updates than all but Nexus devices, and the best exclusive software in the industry.
60. medtxa (Posts: 1126; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)
still meh 'regardless the price' I'd jump on note 4 if I have the money
11. Aywhy93 (banned) (Posts: 49; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)
I still prefer the Moto X to the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 is just bending, bending and bending... Here is a list of 30 Funniest #BendGate Jokes and Memes you'll ever see on the internet ->http://www.stevenbergy.com.ng/