Motorola Moto X vs Apple iPhone 5
After being dormant for the last couple of years, Motorola has just opened the floodgates to its upcoming flagship smartphone in the Moto X – a device that’s remarkably fashioned to tangle with the greats. Naturally, the iPhone 5 is something that this new found smartphone intends on competing against, since they stack up so similarly to one another. Apple’s prodigy might be seeing its last days, but nevertheless, it’s still widely regarded as the flagship device to beat in the landscape.
As always, the iPhone 5 has the premium element to its design, thus, it exudes the sturdier construction between the two. However, we’re quick to realize that the Moto X simply has the more comfortable and natural feel in the hand, as its curved rear casing is contoured perfectly to fit our palm. Indeed, its composite body with its soft touch coating might not be as premium, but heck, the customizable aspect with the Moto X’s design process is something noteworthy on its own, seeing that no other smartphone on the market can match the depth of personalization that Moto Maker offers prospective customers.
From a specs sheet standpoint, the iPhone 5’s 4-inch 640 x 1135 Retina Display has the slight advantage with pixel density, but it’s hardly noticeable over the Moto X’s larger 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 AMOLED display. Taking a gander at our web site from a zoomed out view in their respective browsers, our eyes are able to distinguish details very easily with the two – with neither one actually edging the other. That’s essentially where their similarities end, as the IPS-LCD based panel of the iPhone 5 produces the more accurate and natural colors, whereas it’s more saturated with the AMOLED panel of the Moto X. When it comes to outdoor visibility, the iPhone 5’s panel is noticeably brighter, which offers us better clarity.
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1. darkkjedii (Posts: 14119; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I love how this year old iPhone still holds its own against these new devices. I can't wait to see more comparisons, when the 5S with iOS 7 comes out. Should be cool, good victory moto.
17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
6? Or 5S?
Separately, I am preferring these face-to-face comparisons to the reviews. The reviews seem to be more ad hoc, with no objective score that can be used to differentiate one phone relative to another. Are the L1020 and the Moto X really similar (they both snagged an 8.5 score)? I think not. IMO, these one-on-one comparisons give a more useful assessment of one phone's relative merits.
36. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I assume he means the 2014 iPhone 6, which might actually change up the design and increase the screen size. The iPhone needs to grow again.
52. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
I'm not sure the millions upon millions of iPhone users would agree with you.
11. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1126; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
It seems like a tie
both seems pretty nice choice
but we should consider iPhone 5 as last years contender, it just wonderful how iPhone stands up against just' released moto x.
but i prefer both equally untill iPhone 6 gets released.
12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
It is because Moto X is mid-range device.
14. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1126; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Nope... Not according to this article posted by PHONEARENA
the article seems fair enough...
27. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
This artice is ain't argument, it is only PhoneArena's or Michael's opinion. On the internet you can find other articles which would say opposite. For example if you read articles on Pocketnow, you will feel a little bit different viewpoint.
And talking about Michael H., he has said:
"It is "high-end", it just isn't "bleeding edge"."
And it is the same as someone would had said "It is, but it is not."
There is three ranges: "Low-End" devices,"Mid-Range" devices and "High-end" devices and there is no need to cheat your self or others by creating new standards like: Lower-Mid-ranger, Higher-Mid-ranger, Lower-High-End, Upper-High-End and blah, blah, blah... Or as Michael H. has created his own standard and called it "bleeding edge"...
I don't need any articles or any writer's opinion, since I have best proof for that and it is OFFICIAL Moto X SPECIFICATIONS!
I maybe would agree that Moto X is "High-end" device if it was using any other Operating Systems, but in comparison with other Android based devices, Moto X is just a Mid-Range" device.
You can agree with me or not, I don't care, but SPECIFICATIONS SAY IT ALL! ;)
37. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
"SPECIFICATIONS SAY IT ALL!"
With the current crop of devices, that's an opinion, not a fact. The Moto X performs more smoothly than the S4, despite lagging it in almost every spec. So following that logic, your claim that "Moto X is mid-range device" is also an opinion, not a fact. It'll be fun seeing how the Android landscape shakes out in the post-spec world.
41. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I dont say that specifications say it all when we are talking about the user experience!!! I say that specifications say it all when we are putting device to one or another category, such like these: "Low-end", "Mid-range" or "High-end".
"Low-end", "Mid-range" and "High-end" is not about philosophy or spiritual feelings, it is about the technology and since it is about technology, category should be given by technical specifications not by any philosophical concepts or spiritual feelings!
43. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
For example Nokia 3310 is more durable device than majority of latest phones, Nokia's 3310 battery last longer than majority's of latest phones, Nokia 3310 lags less and works more stable than majority of latest phones and maybe someone even loves Nokia 3310 more than any latest phone. But all this doesn't make Nokia 3310 as "High-end" device! Why? Because technical specifications are outdated!
45. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
But in the case (pun intended) of the 3310, the main specs are battery life, voice quality, and durability, which are a small part of what we care about these days. If you look at the Moto X strictly on paper, it's not very impressive. But since the GPU is high-end, and they use a 720p screen (which, being AMOLED RGB, is actually brand new), the phone flies.
So instead of looking at number of cores, pixels, and clock speed, maybe we should look at aggregate benchmarks. And on that angle, Michael posted a nice comparison a week or so back showing the Moto X beating the high-end competition.
42. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
No, Moto X specifications says - "Mid-range".
53. stygge (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Feb 2014)
LOL, you spec heads are so funny.
Its like saying a 8 cylinder Chrysler is a more high end car then a 4 cylinder Porsche.
Phone manufactures are baiting their hooks with Specs and you are biting. And they are laughing to the bank. They will increase specs again this year and people will run and buy.
Anyway its good for the economy i guess.
16. darkkjedii (Posts: 14119; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
No way is the X mid range. It may not be A-1, but it is A-list. A lot of people blast the iPhone outta their hatred of apple, but have never really or actually used one. The iPhones UI is designed to get straight to the point. It does that nearly flawlessly, it's core functions are rite there with the others...give it a try
28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"No way is the X mid range. It may not be A-1, but it is A-list."
More details about my opinion is in my comment #27.
20. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Let me spare you the anticipation, since the 5S is basically going to be the 5 with the newer OS and since the 5 will ultimately receive the newer OS via an iOTA update then, what you see above [today] will be what you see one month from now and 6 months from now when the 5S is subsequently used in future comparisons. Shamefully, it's amazing to me how just about every phone that has gotten released in the past year and a half still makes that tiNy wittle' wi-fi iDevice look like a kid's toy from yesteryear. It's like your still playing with your Cabbage Patch kids from 1984 in 2013!!
32. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Meh. There is going to be a SoC and likely RAM upgrade for the 5S vs. 5. Camera is also supposed to get some love from Apple. iOS7 is also 'new'. The dinky 4 inch screen will remain unchanged from the 5.
Net-net, the 5S is a refresh, which is why I am buying the Note III. That is a completely new product.
35. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Yes, I would have to agree. I don't really think Apple will offer a major hardware or screen upgrade until iPhone 25. Btw, how much RAM is going to be on that rinky-dink 5S?
34. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
Yeah I'm sure it won't be the same phone it has been for 5 years with a slightly overhauled OS that is a cheap copy of android... Not to mention the Motorola X has features that run circles around anything the iPhone can offer. Notice there were no speed tests were presented here... And there's no way can get better or the same screen quality out of a screen that is not HD over a screen that is...
21. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Yea, she could've done a better job at choosing an alias. I didn't know one could have multiple profiles on PA?!
23. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 240; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
Multiple accounts are not allowed. However, wendygarett has closed/deactivated their original account, and now use only this one, which is allowed.
25. darkkjedii (Posts: 14119; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
That silences that conversation lol +1 PAT.
31. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Shouldn't you be eating breakfast [again, for the third time this morrow]??
33. darkkjedii (Posts: 14119; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
No "sir" I shouldn't. You're weak dude.
39. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Hey mister, I already told you I am all woman - 110% - stop confusing me with your soon-to-be androgynous wife. I am going to sue you and PhoneArena for Sexual Harassment!!
30. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Thanks for clarifying that, oh Great and Powerful One of all things knowledgeable, I thought so. After all, I do my best to follow the rules.
26. darkkjedii (Posts: 14119; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Sooo twentyWendy, with your new screen name and profile pic, are you pro apple or android? Also depending on which one you currently are, when should we expect you to jump ship? Normally when your profile pic is of a pretty girl, you're team apple. IJS...
48. roscuthiii (Posts: 1887; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
I'm all for a Wendy refresh... maybe he'll/she'll go gaga for the Ubuntu Edge and just blow all of our minds.
6. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
So “Clear pixel” is just another gimmick like “Ultra pixel”
10. Darkerm (Posts: 256; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
"Moto X iphone 5"
if you know what I mean...
13. jo_Ny (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
This comparison is wrong or noobie in some key topics. The camera is way way better on the iphone. And the display of course that goes without saying its best on iphone.
15. bubbadoes (Posts: 456; Member since: 03 May 2012)
#13 phone--the phone is not even released yet and you are saying that the iphone camera is better. i would thumb you down for your bias if PA wouldn't have removed the option.
24. jo_Ny (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
#15 Are you serious?? There are tons of reviews and comparisons of the Moto X throughout the internet!
46. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
I'd love for an explanation of how the non HD display is better than an HD one... Can someone please back up their outlandish iPhone statements with actual fact?
18. chemhaz (Posts: 160; Member since: 04 May 2012)
I'm sick of hearing how the iPhone has a "premium" feel/element/construction. I don't find cold hard edged metal and glass comfortable, practical or appealing. I cringe every time I have to handle a friends iPhone, the little suckers are terribly slippery and I always fumble with it. It explains why so many have shattered screens.
Give me curves like you would find on a supercar in plastic rubber or other mounded material not the box shapes of the 80's also, why would you want a electrical conductive metal exterior on an device which plugs into a 240/110v mains charger? As we have seen it's a recipe for electrocution
29. jove39 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Phonearena, please make your "vs" reviews to have more comparable information in tabular form...not just paragraphs of text and tons of images. Information that viewer can grasp at first glance.
Interface and functionality section has just one sentence "like Touchless Controls and Quick Capture Camera" to elaborate new features of Moto X...you think these words were enough?
If you guys are so hell bent for iPhone vs Moto X then do it right...if you think iOS6 is aging...then install iOS7 beta and do a comparison.
44. MachDaddy (Posts: 33; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
if all else is equal, then Moto X destroys based on it's nearly all-front of the phone display