Motorola Moto X 2014 vs Samsung Galaxy S5
Motorola really outdid itself by giving the Moto X a total of microphones around its body, which lends in providing it with the superior call quality – one that’s rich in tone on our end, and robust on the other. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S5 is an average performer in this category, so we’re inclined to ask our callers to make some repetitions when necessary.
Based on experience, higher capacity batteries tend to deliver longer battery life. Keeping that in mind, it doesn’t shock us to find that the Galaxy S5’s 2800 mAh battery offers us the longer tally – 7 hours, 38 minutes in our benchmark test. Sadly, the Moto X’s smaller 2200 mAh battery can’t compare with its mark of 5 hours, 45 minutes.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
There’s a reason why the Samsung Galaxy S5 continues to be a noteworthy smartphone, despite the fact that it’s been out for some time now. Frankly, it just works in being a high performing smartphone – one that’s usually a top finisher in key categories. From its superior battery life, sharp camera quality, and its rich set of software features, the Galaxy S5 is without a doubt a few steps ahead of the Moto X.
Even though Motorola has made some tweaks to enhance the Moto X over its predecessor, it can’t stop the steamrolling action of its rival. Still, we’ll hand it to Motorola for designing one heck of a beautiful phone, one that’s customizable and premium – plus, its $100 on-contract cost from the onset is pretty attractive too.
Then again, we’re pretty sure that the Galaxy S5 can be picked up at or nearly around the same price point now, so it’s just as valuable as its new competitor. Unless you’re all about design, we’d suggest picking up the Galaxy S5 for its supreme performance.
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