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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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: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Could not be further from the truth.

16. rkoforever90

Posts: 485; 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: 3723; 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: 3723; 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: 6040; 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: 1986; 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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