If you love having complete control in everything you capture, you’ll especially like the Galaxy S5’s camera interface a whole lot more. That’s because it’s rich with manual controls and shooting modes, whereas the Moto X’s interface presents us with HDR and panoramic modes only. In the hardware department, the Galaxy S5’s 16-megapixel has always been a top-contender, so it’s interesting to find out how the Moto X’s 13-megapixel one can stack up.

To the untrained eye, the qualities from these two cameras might appear very similar on the surface, especially if we’re to make 4” x 6” printouts, but there are differences that make the Galaxy S5 superior. First and foremost, it catches slightly more detail, but most profound is its better job at casting a very neutral exposure – whereas it’s slightly over-exposed with the Moto X. Under low light, the Galaxy S5 again proves its superiority for having the brighter photos, allowing details to be exposed more than the Moto X.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 3.8
Samsung Galaxy S5 2.5

At the same time, we prefer the Galaxy S5’s 1080p video recording too, due to its sharper overall looks and crisper audio recording. Well, it’s not bad with the Moto X either, but it’s not as good looking to the eye.


Listening to music can be done with the Google Music Play app on both devices, but as an alternative, the Galaxy S5 also bears the TouchWiz player as well. Cranking out audio through their respective speakers, we find that the Galaxy S5’s rear firing one produces a stronger output of 81 dB – in comparison to the lower 75.4 dB tally of the Moto X’s front firing one.

Honestly, we love the video watching experience with both phones, seeing that their AMOLED-based displays have that attractive warm glow to them. However, the Galaxy S5 packs some useful features, like being able to play a video on top of whatever we’re doing, that give us more flexibility out of the box.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 0.435
Samsung Galaxy S5 0.43
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 75.4
Samsung Galaxy S5 81



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: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Could not be further from the truth.

16. rkoforever90

Posts: 487; 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


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: 6042; 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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