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Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X

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Interface and Functionality


Now this is where things become a bit peculiar, seeing that the Moto X’s mostly stock Android Jelly Bean experience follows closely to the iPhone 5s’ premise of being a simple platform – and a very intuitive one at that! Visually, there’s more eye candy attached with the iPhone 5s’ updated iOS 7 experience, as the functional layers of the UI are further accentuated by the constant use of translucency. Adding to the effect, there are some slick new animations and transition effects in play with different actions that aid in freshening up the updated and delightful experience. Naturally, some people will appreciate the stock Android look with the Moto X, but it doesn’t try to be as flashy with its presentations – instead, it’s more humble, but still offers broader personalization.

UI of the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
UI of the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
UI of the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
UI of the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X

Generally speaking, multi-tasking and notifications are handled similarly with these two. However, we’re presented with secondary functions with the notifications panel with the Moto X – like being given options to reply or archive emails.

UI of the Motorola Moto X - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
UI of the Motorola Moto X - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
UI of the Motorola Moto X - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
UI of the Motorola Moto X - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X

Checking out the various organizer apps offered by both devices, they generally operate and offer the same set of features. However, there are some added cool features with the Moto X’s experience that we feel are noteworthy over the iPhone 5s.

Organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
Organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
Organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
Organizer apps on the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X

Organizer apps of the Motorola Moto X - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
Organizer apps of the Motorola Moto X - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
Organizer apps of the Motorola Moto X - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
Organizer apps of the Motorola Moto X - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X

Indeed, Siri gives the iPhone 5s a fair amount of organization, but its functionality doesn’t quite encompass the same level of totality found with the Google Now experience on the Moto X. Best of all, the Moto X’s Touchless Control feature provides us with a unique way of interacting with the device – and all of it is done via voice. Lastly, other features like Active Display and Quick Camera Capture, help to deepen the Moto X’s functionality over the iPhone 5s – while still giving us a straightforward experience that’s not filled with any redundant features.

With its larger display, the Moto X’s keyboard is more spacious than that of the iPhone 5s, but it’s not by much. Actually, we find the two to be agreeable to our liking, mainly because they’re responsive and offer great auto-correct features to keep our rate of input steady.

Apple iPhone 5s - On-screen keyboards - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
On-screen keyboards - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
Motorola Moto X - On-screen keyboards - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
On-screen keyboards - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X

Apple iPhone 5s

 

Motorola Moto X

 

Apple has done a phenomenal job updating its experience for the iPhone 5s, since it’s so refreshing looking with its meticulous visual presentation. Regardless, its functionality is lagging behind the unique way Motorola is doing it with the Moto X. In all fairness, we love that the Moto X is a “simple” Android smartphone that doesn’t throw us a ton of software features. Instead, the few that come along with it, namely Touchless Control and Active Display, prove to be far more useful than what the iPhone 5s has with its arsenal.

The Touchless Control feature of the Motorola Moto X - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
The Touchless Control feature of the Motorola Moto X - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
The Touchless Control feature of the Motorola Moto X - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
The Touchless Control feature of the Motorola Moto X - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X


Processor and Memory


Between them, the iPhone 5s has the more intimidating processor, seeing that its dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A7 processor is unique for being based on 64-bit architecture. Oppositely, the Moto X’s Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, which is based on a modified dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, is a bit more modest on paper than its rival, but nevertheless, it pumps out a performance that’s quick and responsive. Still, it doesn’t have the same snappy feel we get out of the iPhone 5s.

At the very least, they’re available in both 16GB and 32GB capacities, but if you require more, it’s only the iPhone 5s that’s offered in 64GB form.


Internet and Connectivity


Surfing the web is seriously superb with these two! What’s not to like about them? From their speedy 4G LTE speeds to their smooth navigational controls, the experience is nearly identical with these two – so there’s not one we’d gravitate more towards than the other.

Web browsing with the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
Web browsing with the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
Web browsing with the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
Web browsing with the Apple iPhone 5s - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X

The Motorola Moto X handles surfing the web through Chrome - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
The Motorola Moto X handles surfing the web through Chrome - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
The Motorola Moto X handles surfing the web through Chrome - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X
The Motorola Moto X handles surfing the web through Chrome - Apple iPhone 5s vs Motorola Moto X

Nowadays, in order to be classified as flagship smartphones, they need to be available in GSM and CDMA flavors – with 4G LTE in tow of course! Obviously, that’s what we see with these two, as they’re sold by the big four carriers in the US. Furthermore, they include the same usual set of connectivity features. They consist of aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. However, the Moto X has nifty NFC for quick and easy transferring of content. Even though it lacks NFC, the iPhone 5s’ AirDrop feature offers the same function.

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