Motorola Moto X vs HTC One
Continuing its mentality of offering a simplistic experience, we’re not inundated with various functions and controls with the Moto X’s camera app. Instead, it’s as basic as it comes and mainly focuses on the function at hand – quickly taking photos! Meanwhile, the HTC One brings some serious features and manual controls with its camera app, which no doubt appeases those who have a flare for serious photography. Although we can quickly jump into the camera app through the HTC One’s lockscreen, we find the Moto X’s Quick Camera Capture feature to be more practical, as we basically need to twist our hand a couple of times to activate the camera app.
With their fancy termed cameras, the 10-megapixel “Clear Pixel” camera of the Moto X and the 4-megapixel “Ultrapixel” snapper of the HTC One, their qualities are dependent on the conditions. To be exact, the Moto X handles outdoor shots with plenty of lighting better – while the HTC One trumps its rival in low lighting conditions. Comparing the same photos on the computer, we notice that the Moto X captures finer details than the HTC One in sunny conditions, but then the Moto X’s results appear speckled and fainter under low light. It’s a tough call on which one we’d choose, since the results are opposite from one another.
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Also a close finish, their 1080p video recording qualities rival one another in almost every category. They’re not 100% perfect, as we witness some artifacting elements in the video when panning quickly, but they both exhibit the same smooth capture speeds and gradual exposures.
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Considering they both are preloaded with the Google Play Music app, the experience is nonetheless identical – though, as an alternative, the HTC One boasts its own Sense music player as well. Due to the fact that it’s packing along two front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound, the HTC One’s audio quality proves to be the stronger and more commanding between the two at the loudest setting. Throw in Beats Audio support, the amplified tones when listening to music through the 3.5mm port of the HTC One is undoubtedly more robust than the Moto X.
Mostly due to that iridescent glow of the Moto X’s AMOLED panel, it makes for the better attraction with watching videos. Sure, the HTC One has the higher resolution screen, but like we mentioned already, it’s not something that’s distinctively prominent when we’re looking at the two from a normal distance.
1. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
motor x is preferable when it comes to updates.
Motorola updates its phones frequently and delivers 2-3major updates to its flagships whereas HTC gives only 1 major updates.
sensation and HTC one x received only one major update whereas RAZR received 2 and ics launched HTC one x will not be updated to klp and even sensation was only updated upto ics where RAZR received jb and even s2 received jb
6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5464; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I have a theory about Motorola Moto X based on my personal opinion and speculations. Motorola Moto X is assembled in U.S. and Americans are not working for low payment as Asian workers does and it automatically lifts the price tag. And it is one of the main reasons why Motorola Moto X use yesterdays hardware because in such way Motorola can lower product's price. And all this new TREND OF LOWER SPECS AWESOMENESS is just a Motorola's propaganda - inflatable hype (the way to compensate high price tag).
In reality Motorola Moto X is just a mid-range device for average user (And this part based not only on mine personal opinion, many various web resources also says so.).
7. NexusPhan (Posts: 364; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Much, if not all, of the labor increases are offset be the costs of shipping these things across the world. Texas is a relatively low labor state with relatively loose benefit requirements. Not to mention the cost of quality. Companies (including my own) are finding out it's not much cheaper anymore to assemble in China. Shipping costs have skyrocketed, China labor costs are increasing, China benefits are increases, the currency exchange rate is (slowly) becoming more realistic all of which erodes advantages. I strongly believe we will start to slowly see a return of assembly/manufacturing in the US. Just look at all the new fabs here.
8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5464; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
If it was cheaper to manufacture in the U.S., then Apple would already was assembling iPads and iPhones in the U.S. squeezing every cent out of business. ;)
10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Things don't happen overnight. Contracts have to be negotiated, facilities have to be built, and, and, and. The Mac Pro is a small first step. Large oaks start from small seeds.
13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5464; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Things don't happen overnight."
Exactly, things doesn't happen overnight!
Maybe manufacturing is becoming cheaper in the U.S. (at least for U.S. clients), but it is still BECOMING while Motorola Moto X is already here.
14. NexusPhan (Posts: 364; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
The one and only reason the iPhone is not already built in the US is because of supply constraints. We do not have the capacity in the US to manufacture iPhones at the volume Apple requires. Unlike China, we can't build up massive factories in a few months. With the regulations and red tape it takes years. Apple just doesn't want to deal with it. They can't find 10,000 american works qualified to work there.
15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5464; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Everything you have mentioned can be solved with money, but Apple don't do that, because it is still not the breakpoint when manufacturing in U.S. is cheaper than in Asia. ;)
16. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
We can build up massive factories and we do have qualified workers in the United States. You do realize that American businessmen get paid higher salaries internationally because of Americas ability to promote and practice business? There are facts to back things up not just outlandish I support apple statements...
The reason why companies like apple prefer to build overseas is because they can build sweatshop like manufacturing facilities, where the workers work 18 hour shifts and live in apartments on the job site. It's not the red tape that's involved, it's the fact that America has safety regulations that apple simply chooses to ignore so that they can turn a profit and the Chinese government allows them to do so.. Then they can funnel billions of dollars through international banks thus screwing the American people and the American government further thanks to the free trade agreement.
3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 640; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
HTC One all the way...
no hate on Motorola but HTC seems won this fight in almost every category
just look at that sexy beast....
I think I'm in love with HTC One.
22. Scott93274 (Posts: 542; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I'm not a fan of the interface or that fact that it isn't as snappy as the Moto X, but it does have a nice design, I still perfer the more compact Moto X though.
4. Captain_Doug (Posts: 747; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Moto X for me is a big win on a couple points (in order)
Form factor- I want as big of a screen that I can handle in the smallest possible chassis. Doesn't get better than this. I only want to use one hand and have it sit in my pocket comfortably.
Android 4.2.2 (stock as well)- I really don't like skins. Mostly due to style but also because of performance hits. A dual core seeming snappier than a quad core is just plain embarrassing. OEMs need to optimize their software better.
On screen keys- I plan on rooting and throwing on Paranoid Android to get rid of permanent keys for the cleanest of looks
Camera- I could care less about low light. This is definitely on the opinion side..
18. alila2 (Posts: 117; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)
i agree 99% , but good camera is important to me.
21. Scott93274 (Posts: 542; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I agree with you for the most part, however if you plan on rooting your phone and loading your own ROM, wouldn't the features of each phone's native OS and their hit on performance be irrelevant in your argument?
5. volcano321 (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)
Are all these separate comparison articles necessary? I've never seen a site do 3-5 articles comparing one phone (Moto X) to one other phone. Shouldn't have all this been done in the Moto X review?
11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
"Shouldn't have all this been done in the Moto X review?"
The reviews aren't exactly objective across all attributes. Is the X the equal of the L1020 (they both scored an 8.5)? I doubt it.
PA could fix the issue, but they choose not to. Instead, they post up multiple one-on-one comparisons.
12. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
They do this with every new device. So we can look forward to separate G2 vs. S4, G2 vs. One, G2 vs. Moto X, G2 vs. Droid, G2 vs. iPhone, and G2 vs. Lumia articles next month.
9. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
my wife has the HTC one and I have the S4..personally I prefer the design of the and feel of the S4.
19. kuelexx (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)
I really don't think that this does moto X as much justice is it should. not only is it packing a quad core gpu with two of those cards dedicated to the always on and active display features, saving power for the phone. Also it comes with everything that you need in a phone it runs smoothly without any problems and it rocks on benchmarks. For everything else, there's an app for that. posted without any mistakes from my Google Voice (aside the punctuation)
20. Scott93274 (Posts: 542; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
If I only had a choice between these two phones, I would go with the Moto X. The extra bells and whistles of the HTC1's OS is a turn off to me, I like the near stock interface of JB 4.2.2. I would like to add in responce to those stating that the Moto X has outdated specs, that may be true, but nowhere in the article did the reviewed state that the phone's performace suffered from it. He even went so far as to say that the Moto X was slightly more responsive, had better color, and just as long of a battery life as the HTC dispite its better specs, higher resolution, & battery size. Also the HTC1 will probably always have an outdated OS compaired to the Moto X.
I will admit that the Infrared "Blaster" of the HTC1 is one hello of a selling point though, one that I wish more phones on the market offered.
All in all, my 2 year contract is now up wth Verizon and I think I'll pass on both phones. The Motorola Droid Maxx's battery life is the most exciting thing for me in regards to current smart phones, so I think I'm going to just have to go with that device and root it.
23. kuelexx (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)
And with the chrome stick being so cheap and portable I don't see the need for a phablet. the gfx card will improve everything I need. Plus I use Google now a lot