Introduction


Now that Motorola’s flagship phone for 2014 is finally out, it’s time to pit it against the handset that’s arguably the reigning champion in the Android smartphone space – the Samsung Galaxy S5. Always a formidable contender, the Galaxy S5 somehow manages to continue beating its rivals in several departments. Motorola has surely tweaked its Moto X to become a device indicative of a flagship, whereas last year’s model felt more like a mid-ranger in some aspects, so we’re anxious to see if all of its hard work pays off in knocking out the Samsung Galaxy S5 from its pedestal.

Design


When it comes to style and construction, the Moto X undoubtedly exhibits all of those qualities to make it the more appealing handset – plus, it helps when its design can be customized to the teeth. Indeed, the two are comprised out of plastic, but the kind used by the Moto X, combined with its aluminum frame, gives it a lovable premium quality to overpower the subdued look of the Galaxy S5. Let's not forget that we can customize the Moto X with leather or wood back, giving it that unique premium feel. Despite that, we’ll applaud Sammy for giving its smartphone a water-resistant casing capable of being submerged under water for a short period of time, which definitely comes in handy with certain situations.


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)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 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)

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches

142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

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



Display


Checking out their displays, there’s not one in particular we’re fonder of over the other. The Moto X uses a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 AMOLED display – while the Galaxy S5 is outfitted with a 5.1-inch 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED screen. In the details department, they both have rich and crisp details to allow us to distinguish miniscule sized text.Max brightness isn’t great with either of them, as the Moto X and Galaxy S5 respectively deliver maximum outputs of 385 and 442 nits. Since they’re based on AMOLED technology, they offer the same superb viewing angles and over-saturated color production. Neither is actually great in accurately reproducing true colors, but at least with the Galaxy S5, we can modify its color output to give it a more natural quality.



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20 Comments

1. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Meah....and....meah! I'd love to get a custom Moto X but the battery life kills it for me. Once you get 2 full days out of your Xperia Z2 you can't go back...ever!

2. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Why motorola screen is looking much good than s5..

19. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Because GS5 default homescreen looks bad

3. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Samsung GS5 for more functionality. Moto X for Simplicity

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

GS5 is better device, but Moto X has more simple, polished software experience and it looks much better. And you can order a wood back, which is cool.

5. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

people buy moto x only for design I guess.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Could not be further from the truth.

16. rkoforever90

Posts: 434; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

its significantly cheaper

7. JakeH

Posts: 89; Member since: May 01, 2014

Do Moto X vs Xperia z3/z3 compact next

8. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

A thought occurs: Why not turn "vs" articles into an actual debate? Have one editor take the side of the GS5, and one take the side of the Moto X, and see where that goes. As for myself, I'd love to see Ray and Michael duke this one out (no offense to Mr. John V, of course.)

18. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

yaaaaaasssss

9. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Moto X ( 1st gen.) horrible battery life. Stay away, unless you don't mind charging every five hours.

10. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Um, so that has something to do with this article then, or did you just feel the need to get that off your chest now?

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Lies! Take it from an actual Moto X 2013 user, this phone lasts all day.

12. Flippyphone

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

So, your usage is representative of everyone else's?

13. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I can get more than a day out of my Moto X 2013 but as you said everyone's usage is different.

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lol take it easy buddies, everyone's usage differs. Some use a phone for just calling, texting and mailing and occasional web browsing, while power users never give rest to their phones. No need to freak out at each other. Also he's not wrong either.

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Well tough one: S5 has arguably the better display and battery life, and has a clear edge in camera too. But the Moto X wins in design and ergonomics, software (sorry touchwiz) and pricing.

17. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

DROID Turbo > _____.

20. onthecouchagain

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Those camera samples, goodness, the Moto X does poorly. What's with all the noise and yellow hazy tint? Such a shame about TouchWiz, though. :T

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