Motorola Moto X 2014 vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Interface and Functionality
These two couldn’t be any farther from one another when it comes to their respective Android experiences. Simplified and unobtrusive experience is something we absolutely get from the stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat experience running in the new Moto X. It’s a stark contrast to the features-rich experience of Sammy’s TouchWiz UI, since Motorola doesn’t try to overwhelm us with software features.
In particular, its Moto Display, Moto Assist, Moto Actions, and Moto Voice are all services that enhance our way of interacting with the phone. For example, the always-on feature of Moto Voice enables us to access all of Google Now’s functionality with the aid of our voice – so it proves handy in situations when we’re preoccupied, like driving.
Conversely, the TouchWiz interface of the Galaxy S5 is riddled with an assortment of features – to the point that they can sometimes overwhelm us. Still, some people prefer the more is good mentality. Nonetheless, there are certain things we find appreciable – like how it has a more enhanced multi-tasking experience with its multi-windows feature. Luckily, Sammy has toned down thing with this year’s smartphone, but it’s still a lot to absorb for the average person.
Beyond the functions and features of their experiences, the visuals are drastically different from one another. Although Sammy tries to paint a picture of nature with TouchWiz, it still comes off as a bit cartoony – as opposed to the cleaner look of stock Android running on over the Moto X.
Processor and Memory
True to being flagship smartphones, these two are powered by the same 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU. Superficially, these two deliver the same responsiveness with basic tasks, but there’s a little bit more of that snappiness seen with the Moto X’s performance. Regardless, they’re both more than equipped to running all of today’s demanding 3D mobile games.
Boasting 32GB of storage, most people will find their tallies to be sufficient, but it irks us to know that the Moto X lacks a microSD slot – something that’s quite common amongst other flagships, just like the Galaxy S5.
Quadrant Higher is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 21339
Samsung Galaxy S5 25041
AnTuTu Higher is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 44511
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 1530
Samsung Galaxy S5 1186
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 3371
Samsung Galaxy S5 3479
Sunspider Lower is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 750.4
Samsung Galaxy S5 777.3
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 28.2
Samsung Galaxy S5 27.8
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 12
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.7
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 1223
Samsung Galaxy S5 1054
Internet and Connectivity
Enjoyable to say the least, especially with their fast 4G LTE connections and snappy responses, Sammy throws in some added software features that some might find useful, like Air Browse, which allows us to wave our hand over the display to scroll vertically. We’re not too keen on using this a whole lot, especially when scrolling via our finger is more than effective, but again, some people will like the added functionality.
Since they rival one another, they’re packing the same set of connectivity features – they consist of aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and NFC. Adding to its arsenal, the Galaxy S5 packs along an IR blaster, which is yet another fitting item we tend to see in today’s flagship smartphones.
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