Motorola Moto X vs Apple iPhone 5
Introduction:

After being dormant for the last couple of years, Motorola has just opened the floodgates to its upcoming flagship smartphone in the Moto X – a device that’s remarkably fashioned to tangle with the greats. Naturally, the iPhone 5 is something that this new found smartphone intends on competing against, since they stack up so similarly to one another. Apple’s prodigy might be seeing its last days, but nevertheless, it’s still widely regarded as the flagship device to beat in the landscape.


Design:

As always, the iPhone 5 has the premium element to its design, thus, it exudes the sturdier construction between the two. However, we’re quick to realize that the Moto X simply has the more comfortable and natural feel in the hand, as its curved rear casing is contoured perfectly to fit our palm. Indeed, its composite body with its soft touch coating might not be as premium, but heck, the customizable aspect with the Moto X’s design process is something noteworthy on its own, seeing that no other smartphone on the market can match the depth of personalization that Moto Maker offers prospective customers.



Display:

From a specs sheet standpoint, the iPhone 5’s 4-inch 640 x 1135 Retina Display has the slight advantage with




Motorola Moto X 360-Degrees View:



Apple iPhone 5 360-Degrees View:



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53 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31097; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love how this year old iPhone still holds its own against these new devices. I can't wait to see more comparisons, when the 5S with iOS 7 comes out. Should be cool, good victory moto.

3. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

iphone 6 will be the real deal!!

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31097; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gonna be sweet +1

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

6? Or 5S? Separately, I am preferring these face-to-face comparisons to the reviews. The reviews seem to be more ad hoc, with no objective score that can be used to differentiate one phone relative to another. Are the L1020 and the Moto X really similar (they both snagged an 8.5 score)? I think not. IMO, these one-on-one comparisons give a more useful assessment of one phone's relative merits.

36. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I assume he means the 2014 iPhone 6, which might actually change up the design and increase the screen size. The iPhone needs to grow again.

52. bigstrudel

Posts: 602; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

I'm not sure the millions upon millions of iPhone users would agree with you.

11. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

It seems like a tie both seems pretty nice choice but we should consider iPhone 5 as last years contender, it just wonderful how iPhone stands up against just' released moto x. but i prefer both equally untill iPhone 6 gets released.

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It is because Moto X is mid-range device.

14. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Nope... Not according to this article posted by PHONEARENA http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-Moto-X-is-not-a-mid-range-device-its-top-shelf_id46020 and the article seems fair enough...

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

This artice is ain't argument, it is only PhoneArena's or Michael's opinion. On the internet you can find other articles which would say opposite. For example if you read articles on Pocketnow, you will feel a little bit different viewpoint. And talking about Michael H., he has said: "It is "high-end", it just isn't "bleeding edge"." And it is the same as someone would had said "It is, but it is not." There is three ranges: "Low-End" devices,"Mid-Range" devices and "High-end" devices and there is no need to cheat your self or others by creating new standards like: Lower-Mid-ranger, Higher-Mid-ranger, Lower-High-End, Upper-High-End and blah, blah, blah... Or as Michael H. has created his own standard and called it "bleeding edge"... I don't need any articles or any writer's opinion, since I have best proof for that and it is OFFICIAL Moto X SPECIFICATIONS! I maybe would agree that Moto X is "High-end" device if it was using any other Operating Systems, but in comparison with other Android based devices, Moto X is just a Mid-Range" device. You can agree with me or not, I don't care, but SPECIFICATIONS SAY IT ALL! ;)

37. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

"SPECIFICATIONS SAY IT ALL!" With the current crop of devices, that's an opinion, not a fact. The Moto X performs more smoothly than the S4, despite lagging it in almost every spec. So following that logic, your claim that "Moto X is mid-range device" is also an opinion, not a fact. It'll be fun seeing how the Android landscape shakes out in the post-spec world.

41. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I dont say that specifications say it all when we are talking about the user experience!!! I say that specifications say it all when we are putting device to one or another category, such like these: "Low-end", "Mid-range" or "High-end". "Low-end", "Mid-range" and "High-end" is not about philosophy or spiritual feelings, it is about the technology and since it is about technology, category should be given by technical specifications not by any philosophical concepts or spiritual feelings!

43. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

For example Nokia 3310 is more durable device than majority of latest phones, Nokia's 3310 battery last longer than majority's of latest phones, Nokia 3310 lags less and works more stable than majority of latest phones and maybe someone even loves Nokia 3310 more than any latest phone. But all this doesn't make Nokia 3310 as "High-end" device! Why? Because technical specifications are outdated!

45. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But in the case (pun intended) of the 3310, the main specs are battery life, voice quality, and durability, which are a small part of what we care about these days. If you look at the Moto X strictly on paper, it's not very impressive. But since the GPU is high-end, and they use a 720p screen (which, being AMOLED RGB, is actually brand new), the phone flies. So instead of looking at number of cores, pixels, and clock speed, maybe we should look at aggregate benchmarks. And on that angle, Michael posted a nice comparison a week or so back showing the Moto X beating the high-end competition.

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31097; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Specs say high end bro

42. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No, Moto X specifications says - "Mid-range".

53. stygge

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 08, 2014

LOL, you spec heads are so funny. Its like saying a 8 cylinder Chrysler is a more high end car then a 4 cylinder Porsche. Phone manufactures are baiting their hooks with Specs and you are biting. And they are laughing to the bank. They will increase specs again this year and people will run and buy. Anyway its good for the economy i guess.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31097; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No way is the X mid range. It may not be A-1, but it is A-list. A lot of people blast the iPhone outta their hatred of apple, but have never really or actually used one. The iPhones UI is designed to get straight to the point. It does that nearly flawlessly, it's core functions are rite there with the others...give it a try

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"No way is the X mid range. It may not be A-1, but it is A-list." More details about my opinion is in my comment #27.

20. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Let me spare you the anticipation, since the 5S is basically going to be the 5 with the newer OS and since the 5 will ultimately receive the newer OS via an iOTA update then, what you see above [today] will be what you see one month from now and 6 months from now when the 5S is subsequently used in future comparisons. Shamefully, it's amazing to me how just about every phone that has gotten released in the past year and a half still makes that tiNy wittle' wi-fi iDevice look like a kid's toy from yesteryear. It's like your still playing with your Cabbage Patch kids from 1984 in 2013!!

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Meh. There is going to be a SoC and likely RAM upgrade for the 5S vs. 5. Camera is also supposed to get some love from Apple. iOS7 is also 'new'. The dinky 4 inch screen will remain unchanged from the 5. Net-net, the 5S is a refresh, which is why I am buying the Note III. That is a completely new product.

35. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Yes, I would have to agree. I don't really think Apple will offer a major hardware or screen upgrade until iPhone 25. Btw, how much RAM is going to be on that rinky-dink 5S?

34. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Yeah I'm sure it won't be the same phone it has been for 5 years with a slightly overhauled OS that is a cheap copy of android... Not to mention the Motorola X has features that run circles around anything the iPhone can offer. Notice there were no speed tests were presented here... And there's no way can get better or the same screen quality out of a screen that is not HD over a screen that is...

2. Tcool unregistered

Android is better. I go for Moto X.

4. TwentyWendy

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Tuff choice :)

7. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Wendygarrett ®

21. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Yea, she could've done a better job at choosing an alias. I didn't know one could have multiple profiles on PA?!

23. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Multiple accounts are not allowed. However, wendygarett has closed/deactivated their original account, and now use only this one, which is allowed.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31097; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That silences that conversation lol +1 PAT.

31. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Shouldn't you be eating breakfast [again, for the third time this morrow]??

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