11 reasons why the Motorola Moto X Style (Pure Edition) is a better phone than the OnePlus 2

11 reasons why the Motorola Moto X Style (Pure Edition) is a better phone than the OnePlus 2
Yesterday was a pretty hot day for the smartphone industry - apart from the second-gen OnePlus device that once again brings up its "flagship killer" aspirations (this time for 2016, mind you), Motorola also got us abuzz with the substantial refreshing of its portfolio, which gave us the third-gen Moto G, as well as the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play

All of the phones that got unveiled yesterday are further pushing the boundaries of the venerable "bang-for-buck" ratio, but if we have to take a closer look at the specs sheets of two of these, the US-bound Moto X Style and the OnePlus 2, we will certainly find a couple of things that make the Motorola a smidgen more compelling. 

As we usually do after a new product announcements, we took our Sherlock Holmes-grade magnifying glass and began our inspection of the specs sheets of the OnePlus 2 and the Moto X Style. Check out what advantages the latter has over the former.

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Moto X Style
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh



1. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

Let the war begin!

22. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Next article in 6 hour... 8 reason why OnePlus 2 is a better phone than Moto X Style (Pure Edition)

36. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Not really the Moto X Style also has the better OS and no bloatware. The OnePlus 2 is using a forked version of AOSP which they called Oxygen OS. How well will OnePlus keep their device OS updated? So far Motorola has shown in the last few years that they are diligent in keeping their devices up to date with the latest updates. The other things not listed here are the 4 IR sensors on the front of the Moto X style. So you don't even have to physically touch the Moto X. Also there is Moto Voice, Moto Assist, Moto Display all of which make the Moto X an even better choice.

55. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

All Android manufacturers use a forked version of AOSP, even Google. OnePlus just put a name to it. It's a lot like Motorola in the fact that it only has a few added features with no skin and no bloat. I agree with you that the Moto X is a better choice, but I don't think you understand how Android works. A Nexus is not AOSP. If you build AOSP from source, you won't have any of the Google Apps or services.

90. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

That doesn't mean that it isn't AOSP. I don't think you understand what a "fork" is. Adding GAPPS does not change the OS. If I build AOSP from source, install it onto a device, then install GAPPS packages, I haven't changed the OS; It's still AOSP.

91. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

You are wrong, but I'm not going to argue about it. You're Rom would be built from AOSP, but it would no longer be AOSP. Adding GAPPS does change the OS. So does adding settings and framework files. Anyone can build AOSP and straight up AOSP has everything you need to have the phone work. A barebones Android with a few nicely added features is what I prefer. But AOSP is AOSP. The stock Rom on a Nexus is very different than AOSP and this is all I'm going to say on the matter.

80. ahsbballa05

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Better OS is subjective but both are very close to stock (but neither are completely stock). Also Oxygen OS has no bloatware while the Moto devices technically do (the apps you mentioned and others). OnePlus has also been fairly decent with updates. So that is not really a valid criticism. That being said, I'd go with the Moto X Style as long as it the 64GB version doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

32. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

It's not a war, it's a massacre.

43. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They act like Motorola have had phones with MicroSDs in the past 3 years.....

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Plus the SD808 is a play safe chip than the cook fest SD810..

26. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

But the SD810 with 1.8GHz will blow SD808 and will not have the heating issue.

38. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

NO ji... Heating and throttling is still found in 1.8GHz, as the Antutu benchmark score degrades from 63k from first time to 49k by third time...

3. Saioofi

Posts: 342; Member since: May 23, 2014

And Oneplus calls it the "flagship killer" LOL

25. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Agree with you. But the real winner is us... We're all the winner that we now have a flagship phone with a price that's not on greedy apple price level.

76. jmorris20012001

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 28, 2014

That's the part that is being ignored. One+ started this, now comes the others. The consumers are the winners! Very good point you made there!

28. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

They call it a 2016 flagship killer, mind you we still have 2015. They're so full of sh*t.

4. UncleSamWantsYou

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Failed, No reasons to make comparison, there's no different between the two, cheap Chinese phones makes no difference but cheap

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

You are murica

6. MajulahSingapura unregistered

And you are commie, praise all the Chinese branded phone all the time

7. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Motorola is still a Chicago based company It is also manufacturing its phones in the former Nokia's Texas factory. So, these phones are made in USA!

9. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

No need to explain bro, comment #4, #5 and #6 are the same person. Please don't feed the trolls, I mean the same troll.

41. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Actually I didn't know that... cool.

78. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its more murica than apple then, nice information

8. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

11. No bugs 12. Buy in an actual store 13. Can return to the store if there were any warranty issues. 14. Could probably replace a cracked screen from any mobile repair store.

10. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Dear PA readers, Please avoid replying to comments from the trolls like "UncleSamWantsYou", "HugoBarraCyanogenmod" and "MajulahSingapura", because they are the same person behind these accounts. Please do not feed the trolls. As usual, trolls just want attention. So, hope all PA readers will cooperate and ignore these trolls no matter what comment they post. Also, whenever you see their comments, please report them for trolling with multiple accounts. Dear PA, Please ban these troll accounts immidiately because they are causing flame wars, they are ruining our experience on this site. Please ban these troll accounts immidiately so we can enjoy commenting again. Thank you. #SayNoToTrolls The person behind these troll accounts is from Malaysia, using a Xiaomi Mi Note Pro.

14. Calm_down_mon

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

O come on , can't blame just the trolls , look at this PA post -_- it's literally made to start flame wars

11. smartMartian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

CALL 911, moto x just gagged oneplus 2 to death !!

12. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

One.....doesn't stand a chance....andwith Moto there's no hassle in buying it. Who with their right mind will actually sign up, stand in line, race in the line by inviting more people and check their email everyday as you only have 24h to buy the phone if you get an invitation- that's totally absurd! Do people actually feel special with this as an 'exclusivity' feature??????

13. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Hey P.A... Why don't you do a temperature comparison test between phones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.0 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with Heavy, Moderate and Low usage scenarios. I just want to see how 808 performs on heavy usage compared to 810.

29. Droid5

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Its the 2.1 version

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