Motorola Moto X beats the competition in LTE connectivity test

Motorola Moto X beats the competition in LTE connectivity test
A high-end smartphone could look cool and have a giant screen with high resolution, but if the connectivity with your carrier's LTE pipeline isn't any good, you might as well be carrying a brick. Signals Research Group decided to test some of the top Android smartphones available such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung GALAXY Note II, HTC One, LG G2 and the Motorola Moto X.

Under a number of different scenarios, the Moto X outperformed the competition and on average, maintained a 35% higher throughput than the other handsets. The Moto X also can keep a connection at a signal level 9db lower than its rivals. And to be fair, we should point out that the Moto X was tested over Verizon's 700MHz LTE band 13 while the others were using AT&T's 700MHz LTE band 17. But Michael Thelander, founder and CEO of Signals Research, said that the Moto X would have performed the same over AT&T's pipeline.

This was not a quickie. In fact, network speed wasn't even the point of the test. Each phone was placed in an echo-free chamber for 14.4 hours and subjected to 860 minute-length tests. Different angles and power levels were tested. As Thelander notes, information about connectivity is important for everyone using a particular network because one inefficient device can negatively impact everyone else using the same pipeline.

source: SignalsResearch via FierceWireless

Related phones

Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)



1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

They didn't include Sony in the test... As with all 'high-end' smartphones, Sony will always be left out. Nevertheless good job Motorola!

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

They should've included Nokia, and BB,, just for $hits, and giggles..

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

That probably woulda been a closer contest. I think BB might have beat them.

2. Brendan126

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

What were the other smartphones in accordance with the colors? As an owner of the G2 I have a feeling it was one of the lower ones... :/

3. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Why did they use a Galaxy Note 2 instead of a Galaxy Note 3. Doesn't the Note 3 have the newer radio tech?

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

My thoughts exactly..

5. Valanten

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

I change my cell phones pretty often... recently I bought the LG G2 and had big expectations for it and I wasn't wrong the phone is great, I love the camera, the buttons on the back and especially the battery life but after a while with it, traveling to a different states I had bad experience with it's radio signal, the worst from any other phone I use to own before which makes the LG G2 useless to me! I probably won't buy another LG anytime soon.

7. plonko

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Would've Could've Should've. I call Shenanigans. How difficult would it have been to get an AT&T Moto X to make it a legit comparison rather than having someone pontificate that the results would be the same? To discount the importance of the network is sheer carelessness.

8. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Not surprising. If Motorola has one strength above most other manufacturers, it is in building mobile radios.

13. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes Michael, but all things being the same. My iPhone beats the "X", hands down. Before anyone say anything stupid, yes I do own several devices, including the aforementioned.

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. I lived n worked in poor reception areas....and Moto was the best overall in my experience with Android phones.

9. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Motorola always had strong radios....

10. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Anyone know what the other smartphone labels are? I'm curious who is last and where the S4 is.

11. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

From the source, "Signals Research declined to specify which smartphones were represented by the other lines"

12. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Thanks, I looked at the source and missed that.

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is a no brainer to us long time Moto fans. Its one main reason they remain my fav phone manufacturer.

17. 777light777

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

The force is strong with this one. Good job Moto! :) (hoping for a Moto nexus at some point)

18. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

I wish 2 different things from this, first that they would have done this for every carrier, and 2nd that they would have listed the other phones on the graph. I have a GS4 on sprint and is actually a decent RF performer, but people that I know on Verizon that live in the country had to return the Verizon model b/c it had no service in their house (where they were at least able to make calls for 10+ yrs) The AT&T 700MHz band will have similar performance to Verizon, but it would be nice to see the data. Also AT&T uses AWS spectrum where they don't have 700MHz, and Verizon is adding that soon as well for capacity. So it would be neat to see if the phones still still ranked the same on the other frequencies.

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