Introduction


The iPhone 6s Plus takes the torch from its predecessor, Apple's first phablet, and keeps things largely the same externally, but has copious amounts of upgrades on the inside, namely a new 12 MP camera module, a pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display, and a screeching A9 chipset.

Meanwhile, a fresh Motorola batch has arrived, and the Moto X Pure is at the high-end of the new Moto trio, with specs like a 5.7” QHD display, and a 20 MP camera. Which of the two big-screeners mixes things up better? Read on to find out...

Design

Moto X Pure looks like a work horse to the thin iPhone 6s Plus, yet offers much better screen-to-body ratio.

The iPhone 6s Plus has stayed largely unchanged from its predecessor, with a thin aluminum unibody that is a tad on the large side for the screen's 5.5” diagonal. The aluminum used this time, however, is the highest-grade 7000-series, making the phone more durable, while a new display tech has put on ounces and girth compared to its predecessor. Motorola, on the other hand, didn't go all-premium with the Moto X Pure design, focusing on providing a great 76%+ screen-to-body ratio, and only infusing a touch of classy materials with the metal side frame of the handset. You can use the Moto Maker tool while ordering the Pure, and have the phone tailored to your tastes with numerous combos of front, rear and side frame colors, as well as personalized engravings – all for free, of course.

The Moto X Pure is a good 50% thicker than the iPhone 6s Plus, at 0.44” (11mm), which makes it look elegant as a tank. It's lighter, though, and lies well in the hand, providing a firm and comfortable grip, compared to the skinny iPhone. Motorola throws in many perks at the front of the X Pure, such as two stereo speakers, plus an LED flash for the selfie camera. The keys on both handsets are easy to feel and press without looking, with good tactile feedback, but more so on the iPhone 6s Plus.


Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

Dimensions

6.06 x 3 x 0.44 inches

153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm

Weight

6.31 oz (179 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

Dimensions

6.06 x 3 x 0.44 inches

153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm

Weight

6.31 oz (179 g)

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



Displays

With two big and quality displays in the offing, the phablets won't leave you hunkering for more.

The 5.5” 1080x1920 pixel display on the iPhone now comes with a new pressure-sensing technology that Apple dubbed 3D Touch, and it allows the panel to distinguish between a light tap or hard press, and react accordingly, introducing new horizons for contextual menus.

The Moto X Pure is equipped with a 5.7” LCD display that sports the hearty 1440x2560 pixels of Quad HD resolution, returning a higher, 515ppi pixel density, so everything looks as crisp as they come.

When it comes to colors, the iPhone 6s Plus is a tad on the colder side of the spectrum, but not by much, while the Moto X Pure keeps things closer to the reference 6500K white point, but introduces a hint of green throughout the image. The standard RGB gamut color presentation is great on both handsets, with no oversaturation, though the iPhone 6s Plus has more spot-on red hues than the Moto X Pure.

Besides being much brighter, which aids in outdoor visibility, Motorola's panel also offers lower minimum brightness than the iPhone 6s Plus, making it more comfortable for reading in pitch darkness.



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49 Comments

1. yourmom

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

More polished interface ?? LOL plain Android is much better anyday . At-least we can move around icons easily and set a wallpaper in few steps compared to a more Polished OS

2. palmguy

Posts: 978; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Music player looks better, more polished, based on what, defined by who?

5. yourmom

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

see pros for 6s

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7187; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The iPhone 6s+ has a single speaker on the side with a 5.5" 1080p display. The Moto X pure/Style has front facing stereo speakers with a a brighter 5.7" 1440p display. But yet the Moto X is physically smaller then a iPhone 6s+. There was no mention of the 4 IR sensors on the front face of the Moto X for its touchless controls. Not to mention the price difference. You are paying more than double the price for the iPhone 6s+.

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Overall package is better on the 6S. You're in denial.

25. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

For over twice the price, it had better be. But even then, it's not even that much of an advantage.

26. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

So that's why you chose the Moto X Pure over the new iPhone? I don't understand, you're contradicting yourself... Please explain why you think the iPhone is better, but you're buying the Moto X Pure instead?

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because A. I have the iPhone 6 as my work phone and an iPad Air 2 as my daily driver and B. I wanted a new Android phone that's stock Android as my daily driver. Get off my back.

35. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm sorry, it's just that your "body was ready" for the new iPhone... I was curious why that changed.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That was a doppelganger of me made by meanestgenius.

3. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I thought they lower battery life was a trade off for more features and screen brightness. That's why the investment in fast charging was made.

4. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Wow....the motos screen blows away the iphone6s in the charts!

6. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Lenovo is screwing motorola' series. there was no need for a 5.7 inch screen ,its too big and the price these motorola guys were bragging about its nothing but BS. in our country the moto x priced about $461 for the base model similarly priced like moto x2 .where as the rivaling oneplus 2 is sold for the same price $399. if oneplus two had good support and after sales service like i moto i would've readily bought it. Bloody lenovo ,bloody chineese company.

7. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

And they are comparing it with a high end phone like iphone 6s plus.

11. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Too big? It's being compared to the iPhone 6s+, which has a smaller screen yet larger overall dimensions (thickness aside). iPhones have always been a demonstration of poor use of space. Not to mention the resolution...

17. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Just because you didn't want a larger screen doesn't mean most others didn't.

23. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Moto x used to be a compact phone before lenovo aquired it.

41. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And the iPhone use to have a 3.5" display until the mobile phone industry trend moved to larger and larger displays. Not everything is Lonovo's fault.

40. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

5.7" display is too big for who? Dudes that're 5'7"? The 6s Plus is .2" smaller yet the device is larger. No one's complaining about that. Motonovo did a good job with this phone. It's flagship-ish. Could've been a little better but overall a good phone.

43. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

5.7 is too big for and for many people i know. Phablets trend should get over.If you want a much bigger dispay why not get a tablet.

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I don't understand how you compare an iPhone with other smartphones. iPhone is another level. Please compare between the others only.

9. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah, iPhone can't even compete with other High End phones so it has its own level of Overpriced-End.

16. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

I know, right? The Moto X held its own pretty well against the iPhone, so why would someone pay almost twice as much for the iPhone for only a marginally better performance? Just set that thing aside and start comparing the Moto X with other things that offer better bang for buck.

37. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I don't understand how you can type with your head so far up Cook's behind. I guess there's just some things we'll never know the answer to.

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

These iPhone vs whatever comparisons never mention how much iTunes sucks and the lack of a simple drag-and-drop file system makes transferring files (pictures/music/video) a PITA.

13. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You head sucks and not iTunes. Very easy tu use this iTunes.

14. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Even easier to use a simple file system where you can drag and drop files to and from devices, but that doesn't "just work" for Apple, apparently. They have to make it a real chore just to move and synchonize my thousands of songs. Not to mention photos or videos. I feel bad whenever some less tech savy people I know come up to me with the iPads they bought to download and watch videos come to me asking me to download a video for them on it. I reluctantly have to try to explain to them that the iPad's operating system won't let them download videos or music directly and that they'll need a laptop or computer to transfer those files or get a third party app that will let them download files. The saddest part is when some of these people don't actually own computers. But hey, "It just works", right?

15. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Maybe thats coz you havnt tried transfering files to anything other than iphone.

38. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Your head sucks? What do you have 5 year olds writing your material now?

12. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Motorola abandons their phones to quick with updates. Love imessage too. Do wish apple trim them bezels though. Have to see what the 7 brings. IPhone more of a Beast then a phone.

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