Apple iPhone 6s Plus vs Motorola Moto X Pure
The iPhone 6s Plus takes the torch from its predecessor, Apple's first phablet, and keeps things largely the same externally, but has copious amounts of upgrades on the inside, namely a new 12 MP camera module, a pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display, and a screeching A9 chipset.
Meanwhile, a fresh Motorola batch has arrived, and the Moto X Pure is at the high-end of the new Moto trio, with specs like a 5.7” QHD display, and a 20 MP camera. Which of the two big-screeners mixes things up better? Read on to find out...
Moto X Pure looks like a work horse to the thin iPhone 6s Plus, yet offers much better screen-to-body ratio.
The iPhone 6s Plus has stayed largely unchanged from its predecessor, with a thin aluminum unibody that is a tad on the large side for the screen's 5.5” diagonal. The aluminum used this time, however, is the highest-grade 7000-series, making the phone more durable, while a new display tech has put on ounces and girth compared to its predecessor. Motorola, on the other hand, didn't go all-premium with the Moto X Pure design, focusing on providing a great 76%+ screen-to-body ratio, and only infusing a touch of classy materials with the metal side frame of the handset. You can use the Moto Maker tool while ordering the Pure, and have the phone tailored to your tastes with numerous combos of front, rear and side frame colors, as well as personalized engravings – all for free, of course.
The Moto X Pure is a good 50% thicker than the iPhone 6s Plus, at 0.44” (11mm), which makes it look elegant as a tank. It's lighter, though, and lies well in the hand, providing a firm and comfortable grip, compared to the skinny iPhone. Motorola throws in many perks at the front of the X Pure, such as two stereo speakers, plus an LED flash for the selfie camera. The keys on both handsets are easy to feel and press without looking, with good tactile feedback, but more so on the iPhone 6s Plus.
With two big and quality displays in the offing, the phablets won't leave you hunkering for more.
The 5.5” 1080x1920 pixel display on the iPhone now comes with a new pressure-sensing technology that Apple dubbed 3D Touch, and it allows the panel to distinguish between a light tap or hard press, and react accordingly, introducing new horizons for contextual menus.
The Moto X Pure is equipped with a 5.7” LCD display that sports the hearty 1440x2560 pixels of Quad HD resolution, returning a higher, 515ppi pixel density, so everything looks as crisp as they come.
When it comes to colors, the iPhone 6s Plus is a tad on the colder side of the spectrum, but not by much, while the Moto X Pure keeps things closer to the reference 6500K white point, but introduces a hint of green throughout the image. The standard RGB gamut color presentation is great on both handsets, with no oversaturation, though the iPhone 6s Plus has more spot-on red hues than the Moto X Pure.
Besides being much brighter, which aids in outdoor visibility, Motorola's panel also offers lower minimum brightness than the iPhone 6s Plus, making it more comfortable for reading in pitch darkness.
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|
|Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)||715
|Apple iPhone 6s Plus||593
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|
|Apple iPhone 6s Plus||84.7%
|Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)||85.7%
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.
1. yourmom (Posts: 79; Member since: 21 Feb 2015)
More polished interface ?? LOL plain Android is much better anyday . At-least we can move around icons easily and set a wallpaper in few steps compared to a more Polished OS
2. palmguy (Posts: 536; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
Music player looks better, more polished, based on what, defined by who?
19. sgodsell (Posts: 3627; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
The iPhone 6s+ has a single speaker on the side with a 5.5" 1080p display. The Moto X pure/Style has front facing stereo speakers with a a brighter 5.7" 1440p display. But yet the Moto X is physically smaller then a iPhone 6s+. There was no mention of the 4 IR sensors on the front face of the Moto X for its touchless controls. Not to mention the price difference. You are paying more than double the price for the iPhone 6s+.
22. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Overall package is better on the 6S. You're in denial.
25. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)
For over twice the price, it had better be. But even then, it's not even that much of an advantage.
26. Scott93274 (Posts: 4605; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
So that's why you chose the Moto X Pure over the new iPhone? I don't understand, you're contradicting yourself... Please explain why you think the iPhone is better, but you're buying the Moto X Pure instead?
29. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Because A. I have the iPhone 6 as my work phone and an iPad Air 2 as my daily driver and B. I wanted a new Android phone that's stock Android as my daily driver.
Get off my back.
35. Scott93274 (Posts: 4605; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I'm sorry, it's just that your "body was ready" for the new iPhone... I was curious why that changed.
39. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
That was a doppelganger of me made by meanestgenius.
3. tacarat (Posts: 768; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)
I thought they lower battery life was a trade off for more features and screen brightness. That's why the investment in fast charging was made.
4. combatmedic870 (Posts: 626; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)
Wow....the motos screen blows away the iphone6s in the charts!
6. Astonvan (Posts: 237; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)
Lenovo is screwing motorola' series. there was no need for a 5.7 inch screen ,its too big and the price these motorola guys were bragging about its nothing but BS. in our country the moto x priced about $461 for the base model similarly priced like moto x2 .where as the rivaling oneplus 2 is sold for the same price $399. if oneplus two had good support and after sales service like i moto i would've readily bought it. Bloody lenovo ,bloody chineese company.
7. Astonvan (Posts: 237; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)
And they are comparing it with a high end phone like iphone 6s plus.
11. Planterz (Posts: 2070; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Too big? It's being compared to the iPhone 6s+, which has a smaller screen yet larger overall dimensions (thickness aside). iPhones have always been a demonstration of poor use of space. Not to mention the resolution...
17. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)
Just because you didn't want a larger screen doesn't mean most others didn't.
23. Astonvan (Posts: 237; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)
Moto x used to be a compact phone before lenovo aquired it.
41. Scott93274 (Posts: 4605; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
And the iPhone use to have a 3.5" display until the mobile phone industry trend moved to larger and larger displays. Not everything is Lonovo's fault.
40. SupermanayrB (limited) (Posts: 571; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
5.7" display is too big for who? Dudes that're 5'7"? The 6s Plus is .2" smaller yet the device is larger. No one's complaining about that. Motonovo did a good job with this phone. It's flagship-ish. Could've been a little better but overall a good phone.
43. Astonvan (Posts: 237; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)
5.7 is too big for and for many people i know. Phablets trend should get over.If you want a much bigger dispay why not get a tablet.
8. cnour (Posts: 745; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)
I don't understand how you compare an iPhone with other smartphones. iPhone is another level. Please compare between the others only.
9. SirYar (Posts: 351; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)
Yeah, iPhone can't even compete with other High End phones so it has its own level of Overpriced-End.
16. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)
I know, right? The Moto X held its own pretty well against the iPhone, so why would someone pay almost twice as much for the iPhone for only a marginally better performance? Just set that thing aside and start comparing the Moto X with other things that offer better bang for buck.
37. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4185; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
I don't understand how you can type with your head so far up Cook's behind. I guess there's just some things we'll never know the answer to.
10. Planterz (Posts: 2070; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
These iPhone vs whatever comparisons never mention how much iTunes sucks and the lack of a simple drag-and-drop file system makes transferring files (pictures/music/video) a PITA.
13. cnour (Posts: 745; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)
You head sucks and not iTunes. Very easy tu use this iTunes.
14. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)
Even easier to use a simple file system where you can drag and drop files to and from devices, but that doesn't "just work" for Apple, apparently.
They have to make it a real chore just to move and synchonize my thousands of songs. Not to mention photos or videos.
I feel bad whenever some less tech savy people I know come up to me with the iPads they bought to download and watch videos come to me asking me to download a video for them on it. I reluctantly have to try to explain to them that the iPad's operating system won't let them download videos or music directly and that they'll need a laptop or computer to transfer those files or get a third party app that will let them download files.
The saddest part is when some of these people don't actually own computers. But hey, "It just works", right?
15. Astonvan (Posts: 237; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)
Maybe thats coz you havnt tried transfering files to anything other than iphone.
38. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4185; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Your head sucks? What do you have 5 year olds writing your material now?
12. jeroome86 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Motorola abandons their phones to quick with updates. Love imessage too. Do wish apple trim them bezels though. Have to see what the 7 brings.
IPhone more of a Beast then a phone.
21. Scott93274 (Posts: 4605; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I'm currently on the original Moto X and I just received Android 5.1.1 about a month ago... which is long after the 18 month window, but yeah, their recent announcement that they would not be upgrading several of last year's devices to 6.0 was a really bad call on their part. They need to commit to supporting the phones already released still within the 18 month window and make sure going forward they no longer release anything through the carriers like they did with the Moto X Pure. And enough of this Verizon exclusive Droid BS.
18. baldilocks (Posts: 743; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
Better check those Geekbench scores for the Moto X Pure. I'm getting 1025 for single core and 3248 for multi-core. Do you guys intentionally slow down Android phones before you run the tests?
27. bkdroid (Posts: 9; Member since: 17 Sep 2015)
I think they do need to re-run the tests on the MXP. The scores are even lower than other 808 phones, like the G4, with less manufacturer-specific UI bogging it down. Something seems very off about its scores on PA benchmarks.
20. Ikechukwu (Posts: 201; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)
I just don't believe it, where so these guys get their geekbench scores from? 605 where???
24. Beto_Lopez (Posts: 44; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)
they were testing the moto G and got confused
28. BadAssAbe (Posts: 456; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
Moto X Pure Advantages
Speakers, Bigger Screen, Better Screen, Price, SD slot, IP 52,Screen-to-body ratio, Lighter, Shorter, Narrower, Better Camera, Customizable Design, Front LED Flash
Battery, Aluminum Body, Thinner, 3D Touch, FingerPrint Reader, Processor, Memory
The iPhone Is good, just way overpriced. Moto X Pure Wins This Battle Easily
30. JunitoNH (Posts: 1775; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
The Moto X a better camera Lol, you really need to put the glue down.
33. BadAssAbe (Posts: 456; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
I got my source, wheres yours?
36. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
That's the 6S though. The 6S Plus might be better. OIS and all.
44. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4185; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Which the Moto X doesn't have, so that wouldn't be comparing the same thing. However, look at the Nexus 6p, it doesn't have OIS and it beat the 6s Plus in DxOMark's reviews.
45. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The Nexus 6P/5X does appear to have a great camera, and they did it with bigger pixels on the sensor. But that's not what we're comparing here.
46. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4185; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Regardless, you want to compare the Moto X Pure which doesn't have OIS or larger pixels to the iPhone Plus that does have OIS and IIRC larger pixels as well. That'd pretty lopsided in favor of Apple.
31. superkuiken (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
Phonearena please, stop claiming that the iPhone 6s has a good battery, when all other sites say the contrary.
34. roldefol (Posts: 4242; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
They really need to look into this. PC Mag says it's worse than the X Pure. Cnet says no improvement from last year. APPLE says it's the same battery life as the 6 and 6 Plus. This is not a matter of bias against the iPhone on our part. Something went wrong with PA's test algorithm.
32. EC112987 (Posts: 765; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)
Both phones are awesome!! I use one for work and the other for everything else and they both rock.
42. FindMyPhone (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Jun 2015)
The Nesus 5x and iPhone 6s are both great phones, as they both have amazing cameras and great features for everyone: iphone6s-1.weebly.com
47. PepperShawn (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Oct 2015)
easily transfer data from Android to iPhone 6S Plus or Moto X Pure
48. SundovChildress (Posts: 71; Member since: 20 Sep 2015)
transfer data between Android to iPhone including iPhone 6S Plus and Moto X Pure
49. Crmell (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Feb 2016)
Just wanted to say. For the benchmarks test I did not see you say that you set the moto x pure to 1080p.... You can't compair quad HD benchmarks to 1080p. That's not fair.