Motorola Moto X vs Apple iPhone 5 first look

Motorola Moto X vs Apple iPhone 5 first look

We just got a very intimate look at the just announced Moto X, a flagship device from Motorola. Needless to say, it’s going to be fighting against some of the greats in the space, and with that in mind, people are going to wonder if it’ll have enough power in its punch to dethrone the mighty iPhone 5 from its throne. It’s Motorola’s long awaited flagship against the iPhone 5, so we’re taking a sneak peek at how the two compare against one another.


From a far glance, we can’t deny the fact that our eyes are more attracted to the 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display of the Moto X, since its vibrant colors just reels us in much more than anything else. With the Apple iPhone 5, it bears a modest 4-inch Retina Display (640 x 1136 pixels) that continues to give us colors that are more realistic looking, but for some reason, our eyes still favor the saturated tones put out by the Moto X. Naturally, details are pretty much identical with the two.


Here’s the thing, the iPhone 5 absolutely has the premium element on its side, since its brushed aluminum rear casing just delivers that polished quality – whereas with the Moto X, it employs a rubbery composite frame. However, the Moto X offers better ergonomics with its curved rear casing, which enables us to grasp the handset in a more natural position. Out of everything, though, we’re mesmerized to find that the Moto X is extremely convincing with its overall size, as it’s just a smidgen larger than the iPhone 5, which interestingly enough hosts a smaller 4-inch display.

Another item worth mentioning about the Moto X, we like how there’s a personalized touched with it as well. Unlike the iPhone, which is only available in black or white, there’s an insane level of customization attached to the Moto X. Sure, its construction might not feel as sturdy as Apple’s pride and joy, but heck, some people will surely appreciate the options available with Moto Maker – Moto’s online portal for designing the handset from scratch.


Quite frankly, we already know where this is headed. Android continues to show accelerated growth with its functionality – despite the fact that iOS still has some better looking and performing apps than Android. And with the introduction of the Moto X, they’re clearly focusing a lot of effort with the experience, as some of its new features really puts it ahead of what Apple has on the iPhone 5 right now. From Touchless Controls to its Active Display, there’s no denying that the gap is widening even more between these two rival platforms.

They don’t sport the most threatening hardware under their hoods, but their processors are effective enough to deliver remarkable performances. In fact, they’re able to run most tasks with the same level of finesse and ease – then again, it’s hard to distinguish what the Moto X can do at this point, since we haven’t spent enough time dealing it with some intensive processes.


Finally, Motorola has a device that can tangle with the iPhone 5’s reach, namely due to the handset’s upcoming availability with all major wireless carriers in the US. There have been many devices to eclipse the iPhone in terms of hardware and software experiences, but as we’ve come to see time after time, they still are unable to dethrone it from the top of the ladder. In order to do so, the Moto X requires that balanced set of features and performance to prove that it’s a worthy candidate in making the challenge very interesting.

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)
iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

I'd take the ip5 over this...sorry moto

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's take both. Best of both worlds. :')

4. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Moto x isn't the best of android though...imo

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Android and iOS. People on this site need to go back to school.

15. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I really don't like Apple, but Iphone 5 is much better than this over hyped MOTO.

17. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

in what way? it been over-hyped is thanks to fans etc but the device itself can still prove itself i dont see how the iphone is ''much better'' its comparable

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The iPhone IS better than the Moto X to some users. I'm in the middle ground.

39. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

true, as every device may be better to some users over others but his ''much better'' comment is based on nothing in the context he used it Moto's key feature for the general public though is customization they need to shove that down the public's throat to get there name back

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I will say I was highly disappointed in the $200 on-contract price with no off-contract option. I don't think many people will go for it considering other offerings. I think they should've offered a $299 off-contract price in addition to the on-contract price. I think the device is still better than the iPhone 5, but it has lost some of it's appeal to consumers by having no cheap off-contract pricing. I also know there are many people out there that hate carrier exclusives as well. Here's to looking forward to other manufacturers in the hopes that I am not going to be disappointed with them either.

6. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Don't care about screen size on a the new nexus 7 and its awesome. Also, nobody makes you buy it.. if its too much for your budget then move on...its simple

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

No, no it's not! People NEED to complain about this stuff! Otherwise, how will anyone know their opinions on matters that don't apply to them whatsoever?!?

8. scott5626

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 01, 2009

I wouldn't trade my iphone 5 for this...HTC One sure! Not this. Phonearena please go with a higher res upload your vids are blurry. :)

12. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

sorry apple loving my new macbook air but iOS 6 isnt my bag but maybe in september i would reconsider but for now....hello moto

25. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Why does this reviewer constantly talk about the premium build of the iPhone's aluminum, then shoes pictures of it covered in skins? If it's so premium, why the need to cover it?

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ip5 is last years phone with last years tech, The Moto X is this years phone with last years tech. I expected more from Moto, and I'm quite frankly disappointed.

30. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Yet the IPhone still the puniest smallest phone out of SAMSUNG/HTC/SONY/MOTOROLA. ha

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31659; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Haven't you realized yet, that no one takes you serious, looks at you as a techie, or cares for your opinion? We know your really, really, really hate apple. Ok believe me, we get it. Now go get ready for bed, mommy just made you a nice warm glass of milk.

38. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Moto X is looking much cooler.

40. ashkan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

Moto with Android is better than an iPhone with iOS.

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