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Interface and Functionality

Android has this reputation for being a complex, features-rich platform that closely incorporates several of Google’s services. Well, there’s no denying the obvious there! From what we’ve seen, though, companies have customized the experience to their liking, which at times overcomplicates the experience. Rather than following the trend there, Motorola has simply favored to provide the Moto X with an intuitive stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat experience – one that’s surprisingly on the same plane as the iOS 8 in terms of simplicity.

That’s the beauty about the two platforms we’re comparing here, seeing that they provide us with enough enhancements to make the experience uncomplicated and intuitive. Looking at what Apple has done with iOS 8, they’ve kept true to the same approach of offering simplicity with its user interface. There are no app panels or endless menus to traverse through, in order to access a feature or something else. And that’s what’s so special about iOS 8, it doesn’t throw a million things at us.

Equally so, it’s the same with the Moto X’s Android experience. Unlike other customized Android experiences, the one here in the Moto X focuses its attention on a few, but handy ones that actually help to enhance our interaction with the phone. For example, Moto Display allows us to wave our hand over the display to quickly preview the time and any pertinent notifications. Additionally, Moto Voice gives us full control of the phone by just simply speaking the key phrase that we specifically have it set to activate on. Interestingly, Apple introduces a similar function with Siri in iOS 8, but unlike Motorola’s implementation, the iPhone 6 is required to be plug into a power source for an “always-on” reaction.

Diving deeper into what Apple has done with iOS 8, we’re especially pleased to find support for third-party keyboards – something that has been with Android since the early beginnings of the platform. Yeah, you can say it’s late, but we’re nonetheless pleased by its availability. One cool feature that we appreciate using with the iPhone 6 is its one-handed mode, where gently double tapping the home button shrinks whatever we’re doing to occupy the lower half of the screen – giving us better access to some things that otherwise require super stretching with our finger(s).

Processor and Memory

Using them independently, we can vouch that these high-end smartphones are capable of handling the toughest and most grueling processes we can dish at them. Basic processes, such as opening apps or just navigating across their homescreens, are all handled effortlessly with that fluid action we’d expect to have. Heck, even processor intensive tasks, like playing some of today’s 3D games, are handled well by them.

As we pay more attention at them simultaneously, we begin to notice that the iPhone 6 is slightly more responsive with heavy 3D gaming. On paper, its dual-core 1.4GHz Apple A8 64-bit chipset coupled with 1GB of RAM and a mighty PowerVR GX6650 GPU might not look as menacing as the Moto X’s quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with its beefier sized 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU, but don’t let all of the numbers fool you. The iPhone 6 impressively shows us that it’s the stronger performer when it comes to serious gaming. Again, the Moto X is pretty darn good on its own, but we begin to realize it’s not in the same scope as the iPhone 6’s performance.

When it comes to storage options, the Moto X is available in only two capacities – 16GB and 32GB. Obviously, those are standard options for nearly every high-end device, but the iPhone 6 is available in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB configurations. The beefier storage options are pretty attractive with the iPhone 6, especially when neither one has expandable memory to tap into.

Sunspider Lower is better
Apple iPhone 6 353.4
Motorola Moto X (2014) 750.4
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 48.9
Motorola Moto X (2014) 28.2
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 25.8
Motorola Moto X (2014) 12
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 1239
Motorola Moto X (2014) 1223

Internet and Connectivity

For most consumers, they won’t care to know that the iPhone 6 offers support for more LTE networks than the Moto X. Regardless of that, neither one boasts a considerable advantage when it comes to the web browsing experience, since they have the same set of qualities that make the experience so enjoyable. From their sharp details, spacious sized displays, and fluid responses, there’s not one that’s dramatically better.

Being high-end caliber smartphones and all, they’re treated to the same set of connectivity features we’d expect from a contemporary device – these include aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, dual-band 802.11 Wi-Fi, and NFC.

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