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Apple iPhone 6 vs Motorola Moto X 2014

Apple iPhone 6 vs Motorola Moto X 2014

Apple iPhone 6 vs Motorola Moto X 2014
Apple iPhone 6 vs Motorola Moto X 2014
Apple iPhone 6 vs Motorola Moto X 2014
Apple iPhone 6 vs Motorola Moto X 2014
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.

Apple iPhone 6
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches
138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm
4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Motorola Moto X (2014)
5.54 x 2.85 x 0.39 inches
140.8 x 72.4 x 9.9 mm
5.08 oz (144 g)

Motorola Moto X (2014)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


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
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posted on 29 Sep 2014, 04:52 15

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

Motorola Moto X > iPhone 6

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 04:59 14

2. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; 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..!!!

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 05:02 1

3. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

He's actually good.
Just one thing - how he pronounces Nokia.
Nokeeeeeeaaa :D

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 05:33 3

8. The_Godfather (Posts: 195; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Agree with AnTuTu.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 06:05 2

18. tech2 (Posts: 3487; 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

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 06:39 5

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

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 06:48 8

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 ;)

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 06:49 4

33. bur60 (Posts: 876; 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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 07:08

37. Scott93274 (Posts: 5218; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Understatement of the century.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 07:23 1

40. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4681; 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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 07:42 5

49. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 228; 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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 07:46 2

51. Scott93274 (Posts: 5218; 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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 07:56

53. Maryewww (Posts: 32; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)

Not to mention he should take linguistic and pronounciation courses.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 07:56 2

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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 08:12

56. sgodsell (Posts: 4426; 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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 09:52 2

63. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16281; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Where do I even begin here

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 10:02 1

64. Scott93274 (Posts: 5218; 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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 10:05 1

65. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

If you didn't begin nothing of value would be lost. I promise.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 10:09 1

66. Jimrod (Posts: 1426; 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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 10:23 1

69. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16281; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Thank you for your irrelevant opinion.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 10:26 1

70. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 16281; 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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 10:36

73. Scott93274 (Posts: 5218; 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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 10:36

74. Scott93274 (Posts: 5218; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Ha! You mistook him for someone with a brain! Jokes on you!

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 10:38 1

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 :)

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 10:48 1

76. Jimrod (Posts: 1426; 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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 11:07 2

77. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

You're welcome! Come again!

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 11:59

78. Scott93274 (Posts: 5218; 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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 12:01

79. Scott93274 (Posts: 5218; 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

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 12:16

80. Jimrod (Posts: 1426; 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.

posted on 29 Sep 2014, 13:04 1

81. Scott93274 (Posts: 5218; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Yeah... you're alright Jimrod. I cannot argue with you.

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