Introduction


A couple weeks ago, we were treated to the unveiling of the latest Motorola flagship smartphone - the new Moto X. Well, the handset’s time in the spotlight was short lived because Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 6, became available for purchase a short time later on. Arriving ahead of the upcoming holiday season, these two prized smartphones are no doubt going to be in heated contention against one another. Even now, as Motorola continues to fight with the heart of a champion, trying to do its darndest to one-up its rival, does the new Moto X have what it takes to disrupt the iPhone 6’s assault?

Design


Honestly, it’s really tough to say which phone has the more alluring design because they offer several unique qualities that make them so favorable. In particular, we absolutely adore the Moto X’s customizable design – one that Motorola established last year, and is something yet to be unmatched by its competitors. Thanks to the aid of its online portal, Moto Maker, buyers can select the colors of the handset’s casing, as well as its accents, to have a phone that’s uniquely different. And quite frankly folks, that’s one characteristic we love about the phone.

In contrast, though, the iPhone 6 exhibits a more premium design, as it features a unibody aluminum casing. Even though we’re only given three color options to choose from (space grey, silver, and gold), we can’t argue that these paints jobs help to complement the iPhone 6’s elegant and luxurious look. Due to its premium choice of materials, it also gives the phone a substantial feel in the hand. Well, the Moto X also feels quite sturdy as well – thanks in part to the aluminum frame that wraps along the side of the phone.

However, the iPhone 6 feels a little bit more comfortable in the hand. Not only is that aided by its rounded corners, but it’s able to best the Moto X in terms of its overall footprint. Essentially, it’s smaller and skinnier in frame, which allows us to better reach all corners of its display more comfortably. Despite that, the Moto X also feels good in the hand, especially if you happen to go with one of the leather finishes. Well, the material is better suited for giving us a firmer hold of the phone – whereas with the aluminum finish of the iPhone 6, it comes off a little slippery at times.

We can’t deny that these are two of the more attractively designed smartphones to have come out recently, but it’s a matter of personal preference in determining the superior design. If premium and compact are the qualities you look for, then stick with the iPhone 6. Go with the Moto X if you want a differently designed smartphone that you can create uniquely using different color and finish combinations.


Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Motorola Moto X (2014)

Motorola Moto X (2014)

Dimensions

5.54 x 2.85 x 0.39 inches

140.8 x 72.4 x 9.9 mm

Weight

5.08 oz (144 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Motorola Moto X (2014)

Motorola Moto X (2014)

Dimensions

5.54 x 2.85 x 0.39 inches

140.8 x 72.4 x 9.9 mm

Weight

5.08 oz (144 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display


Lucky for these two, they manage to improve over their predecessors’ display resolutions. For the iPhone 6, it’s greeted to a 4.7-inch 750 x 1334 IPS LCD display, which by Apple’s definition, is a Retina Display due to its pixel density figure of 326 ppi. Meanwhile, the Moto X betters its predecessor by offering a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 AMOLED display, which one-ups the iPhone 6 with its higher pixel density count of 423 ppi. From a normal distance, however, it’s rather difficult to distinguish the difference in detail with the two of them, as they deliver pretty sharp results. Upon a closer inspection with our eyes, we can clearly make out the finer details with the Moto X’s display, though.

Don’t count out the iPhone 6’s Retina Display yet, just because it exhibits the characteristics of a high quality panel. In particular, it’s significantly brighter at 606 nits, versus the 385 nits tally of the Moto X. Not surprisingly, we see the results as we’re viewing the two displays outside with the sun directly shining at them – where the iPhone 6’s display remains visible, while the Moto X is nearly unviewable. In addition, the iPhone 6 is also better at reproducing colors realistically, which is an attribute that IPS LCD panels generally have. On the flip side, the Moto X favors over-saturated, vibrant but unrealistic representation.

Most people don’t mind the saturation, more so when the Moto X’s AMOLED panel has a vibrant glow in the dark that catches our attention. Again, taking that into consideration, the better display hinges at what you perceive to offer the more attractive elements.



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95 Comments

96. miuser

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

Bottomline. The cheapest, lowest-spec android phone is still better than iPhone - simply because it leaves customization in the hands of the user. That's the power of Android. I am not going to pay top dollars to allow a bitten apple dictate how i use my phone. Period.

95. Agarwalm214

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

PA ,you must say that apple copied one handed mode from samsung. :P atleast you should have written this once.

89. John2014

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

iPhone have no home screen. Go to direct to the application drawer. I like big clock on the main screen. That's why I don't like iPhone. Very simple reason. Very smooth and very responsive. iPhone is very nice but......No home screen

42. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

One thing people need to take into consideration is that every year Apple sends out an update to it's phones, and every year, that update causes problems with the phone released the year before, each year compounding the issue more and more. So with updates, your phone will progressively get worse and worse. Whereas with Android, in addition to the implemented features the OS is optimized with each release to improve performance, from fluidity, RAM usage, power efficiency, By the time you're ready to upgrade to a new device, your old one (While it might not be where next year's model is in terms of speed and features) will in all actuality be a better device than it was when you first bought it. Take it from a guy still 100% happy with his 2013 Moto X. Can't wait till Android L comes out! 30%+ improved battery life is a MASSIVE update!

46. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Don't know about iOS. But i've seen android and WP and i agree with you. They do get better and better. Personally my WP's battery life actually increased.

48. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, that kind of shocked me to read that the HTC One M8 ran identical hardware with its Windows phone release as it did on its Android release and the Windows Phone version had a significant improvement in battery life. Hopefully Android L will remedy this, as I hate to admit that Windows Phone might be doing something better. lol.

50. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Hahaha ... healthy competition is always good. And we consumers win :)

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can't go wrong either way. Two winners.

27. infinitymurano2012

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Wait what? iPhone 6 beat Moto X 2014 in pretty much ever test and yet Droidheads say Moto X is better? LOL no surprise they own an android. P.S here is an advice, instead of spending time hating under every apple article with actually NO TECHNICAL REASON to back your claims up, go do a bit of more research so you don't justify your waste of money (on android phones) by hating on a premium product :D

30. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Wait let's see: Moto X has a better and larger display, is smoother and faster, fits far larger display in a body that's almost as compact as iphone. Camera...well okay, iphone is better. Battery: moto X is better.

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Say what? But "the battery on the Moto X sucks!", you mean to tell me it beat's the iPhone? lol

31. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Oh and Moto X doesn't bend aswell ;)

44. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Hey, here's a few pieces of advice, use proper grammar so you don't look like an idiot when you call people out, and don't repeat your comments verbatim, we get the point the first time. As to my response, read were I replied the first time you posted this exact same comment, post # 40.

26. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol the Moto X is barely any bigger despite the 0.5" bigger screen and a front facing speaker.

25. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Dat conclusion

21. Q1Q10

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Lot of hate against Jon v here, however I will agree with him on the iPhone being better for gaming...adding on, I don't know if he mentioned the 150 dollar price difference in the unlocked versions of the phone

17. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

That brightness is no good, no good.

55. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

apple:not interesting moto x:not battery live you expect from android flagship, low memory capacity without micro sd is stupid!!!!!!!!!!!! basically hardware quality isn't on par wit samsung, lg, sony, or htc flagship, oh right original moto x was even lowly specd why is that?

57. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The 2014 Moto X beats any of the other Android phones currently on the market in benchmarks. The battery will get people through a full day and that's before the 30%+ increase it'll get when it updated to Android L before the rest of the Android phones (Excluding Nexus devices). I'm going to simply put it this way, Last year's Moto X was names phone of the year by several publications, This year's Moto X is already being slated as the best Android phone to date by many publications. If you are unable to see the quality and and awesomeness of the Moto X 2014, then you're ignorant to tech and innovation, and any statement you make is invalid.

59. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I know it's awesome phone of the year just because the design yeah right and maybe gimmick I don't care for, nothing tech and innovation for last year moto x, Now top benchmark mean nothing if it nullified with low memory without micro sd and battery life. if it's for design I'd go with sony z3 then, more 'tech' and better performance all around.

61. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Active listening (Now Moto Voice), Active display (Now Moto Display) are two massive innovations. Being able to use your phone without even having to touch it. No other phone on the market did that until after the Moto X. No other company provides users with such diverse customization options, not before the Moto X, and not even a year later. There's nothing gimmicky about the phone, any respectable publication will attest to that. ZDnet, CNN, Yahoo, the Verge, Techo buffalo, Phone Arena. And I'm sorry but the Z3? The only thing impressive about that is the battery, there's a reason why Sony's mobile division is suffering such losses, their phones just don't stand out.

62. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Agreed on the sony part.

14. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

13 comments, and every one is some Android fanboy trolling. Pathetic.

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Since when is stating my preference for the Moto X and pointing out that Kitkat and iOS 8 stand toe-to-toe "trolling," Napalm?

16. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I ain't android fanboy. I like android.And i am a WP user right now. And stating opinion dosen't means trolling.

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yes! My fanboyic comment paid off! ;)

39. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, the Apple crowd seem a little less vocal about device superiority as of late. It's probably a result of one high profile issue, after another, after another. But fear not, even when you have nothing left to brag about, you still have your sales numbers.

43. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

How is it trolling when the article is about both an iOS AND Android device? If they were doing that on a strictly Apple article I might agree with you. But when both parties are involved, it's called a discussion, quit overusing the troll word.

13. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Hehehe, funny thing here is the iPhone leads in benchmark results. Let's do a real world speed test and see who wins. Lol The moto x will eat the iPhone for dinner even with a 1080p screen. I think now everyone will soon come to understand that iPhones are not fast like the media are trying to paint them to look.

72. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

So when the next latest and greatest Android phone comes out, and if it beats the iPhone 6 in benchmarks - will they still be irrelevant? I'm just wondering because I have a sneaking feeling that won't be the case on these boards. I don't care for benchmarking much myself either btw, it's just how the device works that I care about. I also disagree with some of them because the battery on my iPhone 6 has lasted me up to nearly a day and a half with 10 hours "usage" which seems more than good enough compared to other phones I've tried or compared to.

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