Call Quality

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.

hours Higher is better
Motorola Moto X (2014)
5h 45 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Average)

minutes Lower is better
Motorola Moto X (2014)
Samsung Galaxy S5


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.



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


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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