Motorola Moto X vs Apple iPhone 5

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.


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.


From a specs sheet standpoint, the iPhone 5’s 4-inch 640 x 1135 Retina Display has the slight advantage with pixel density, but it’s hardly noticeable over the Moto X’s larger 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 AMOLED display. Taking a gander at our web site from a zoomed out view in their respective browsers, our eyes are able to distinguish details very easily with the two – with neither one actually edging the other. That’s essentially where their similarities end, as the IPS-LCD based panel of the iPhone 5 produces the more accurate and natural colors, whereas it’s more saturated with the AMOLED panel of the Moto X. When it comes to outdoor visibility, the iPhone 5’s panel is noticeably brighter, which offers us better clarity.

Motorola Moto X 360-Degrees View:

Apple iPhone 5 360-Degrees View:



44. MachDaddy

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

if all else is equal, then Moto X destroys based on it's nearly all-front of the phone display

29. jove39

Posts: 2152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Phonearena, please make your "vs" reviews to have more comparable information in tabular form...not just paragraphs of text and tons of images. Information that viewer can grasp at first glance. Interface and functionality section has just one sentence "like Touchless Controls and Quick Capture Camera" to elaborate new features of Moto think these words were enough? If you guys are so hell bent for iPhone vs Moto X then do it right...if you think iOS6 is aging...then install iOS7 beta and do a comparison.

19. PootisMan

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Moto x FTW!

18. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

I'm sick of hearing how the iPhone has a "premium" feel/element/construction. I don't find cold hard edged metal and glass comfortable, practical or appealing. I cringe every time I have to handle a friends iPhone, the little suckers are terribly slippery and I always fumble with it. It explains why so many have shattered screens. Give me curves like you would find on a supercar in plastic rubber or other mounded material not the box shapes of the 80's also, why would you want a electrical conductive metal exterior on an device which plugs into a 240/110v mains charger? As we have seen it's a recipe for electrocution

13. jo_Ny

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

This comparison is wrong or noobie in some key topics. The camera is way way better on the iphone. And the display of course that goes without saying its best on iphone.

15. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

#13 phone--the phone is not even released yet and you are saying that the iphone camera is better. i would thumb you down for your bias if PA wouldn't have removed the option.

24. jo_Ny

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

#15 Are you serious?? There are tons of reviews and comparisons of the Moto X throughout the internet!

46. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

I'd love for an explanation of how the non HD display is better than an HD one... Can someone please back up their outlandish iPhone statements with actual fact?

10. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

"Moto X iphone 5" if you know what I mean... hahahahahahha >_

6. yudi.nemesis unregistered

So “Clear pixel” is just another gimmick like “Ultra pixel”

4. TwentyWendy

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Tuff choice :)


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: 31798; 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]??

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No "sir" I shouldn't. You're weak dude.

39. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Hey mister, I already told you I am all woman - 110% - stop confusing me with your soon-to-be androgynous wife. I am going to sue you and PhoneArena for Sexual Harassment!!

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok bro

30. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Thanks for clarifying that, oh Great and Powerful One of all things knowledgeable, I thought so. After all, I do my best to follow the rules.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sooo twentyWendy, with your new screen name and profile pic, are you pro apple or android? Also depending on which one you currently are, when should we expect you to jump ship? Normally when your profile pic is of a pretty girl, you're team apple. IJS...

48. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I'm all for a Wendy refresh... maybe he'll/she'll go gaga for the Ubuntu Edge and just blow all of our minds.

2. Tcool unregistered

Android is better. I go for Moto X.

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; 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: 31798; 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: 4745; 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: 621; 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.

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