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

49. Crmell

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Just wanted to say. For the benchmarks test I did not see you say that you set the moto x pure to 1080p.... You can't compair quad HD benchmarks to 1080p. That's not fair.

48. SundovChildress

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

http://www.facebook.com/KSOFT.CC/videos/725839117521403/ transfer data between Android to iPhone including iPhone 6S Plus and Moto X Pure

47. PepperShawn

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

easily transfer data from Android to iPhone 6S Plus or Moto X Pure facebook.com/KSOFT.CC/videos/729395580499090/

42. FindMyPhone

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 23, 2015

The Nesus 5x and iPhone 6s are both great phones, as they both have amazing cameras and great features for everyone: iphone6s-1.weebly.com

32. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Both phones are awesome!! I use one for work and the other for everything else and they both rock.

31. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Phonearena please, stop claiming that the iPhone 6s has a good battery, when all other sites say the contrary.

34. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

They really need to look into this. PC Mag says it's worse than the X Pure. Cnet says no improvement from last year. APPLE says it's the same battery life as the 6 and 6 Plus. This is not a matter of bias against the iPhone on our part. Something went wrong with PA's test algorithm.

28. BadAssAbe

Posts: 509; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Moto X Pure Advantages Speakers, Bigger Screen, Better Screen, Price, SD slot, IP 52,Screen-to-body ratio, Lighter, Shorter, Narrower, Better Camera, Customizable Design, Front LED Flash iPhone Advantages Battery, Aluminum Body, Thinner, 3D Touch, FingerPrint Reader, Processor, Memory The iPhone Is good, just way overpriced. Moto X Pure Wins This Battle Easily

30. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

The Moto X a better camera Lol, you really need to put the glue down.

33. BadAssAbe

Posts: 509; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

36. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That's the 6S though. The 6S Plus might be better. OIS and all.

44. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Which the Moto X doesn't have, so that wouldn't be comparing the same thing. However, look at the Nexus 6p, it doesn't have OIS and it beat the 6s Plus in DxOMark's reviews.

45. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The Nexus 6P/5X does appear to have a great camera, and they did it with bigger pixels on the sensor. But that's not what we're comparing here.

46. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Regardless, you want to compare the Moto X Pure which doesn't have OIS or larger pixels to the iPhone Plus that does have OIS and IIRC larger pixels as well. That'd pretty lopsided in favor of Apple.

20. Ikechukwu

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

I just don't believe it, where so these guys get their geekbench scores from? 605 where???

24. Beto_Lopez

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

they were testing the moto G and got confused

18. baldilocks

Posts: 1558; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Better check those Geekbench scores for the Moto X Pure. I'm getting 1025 for single core and 3248 for multi-core. Do you guys intentionally slow down Android phones before you run the tests?

27. bkdroid

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 17, 2015

I think they do need to re-run the tests on the MXP. The scores are even lower than other 808 phones, like the G4, with less manufacturer-specific UI bogging it down. Something seems very off about its scores on PA benchmarks.

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.

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm currently on the original Moto X and I just received Android 5.1.1 about a month ago... which is long after the 18 month window, but yeah, their recent announcement that they would not be upgrading several of last year's devices to 6.0 was a really bad call on their part. They need to commit to supporting the phones already released still within the 18 month window and make sure going forward they no longer release anything through the carriers like they did with the Moto X Pure. And enough of this Verizon exclusive Droid BS.

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?

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.

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.

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