Motorola Moto X vs HTC One


In a strange way, both Motorola and HTC are in the same boat, as the two companies are contending in the Android space vying for the top spot, which is arguably taken up by Samsung’s presence. First out of the gate this year to launch, the HTC One has proven to be a venerable competitor in the landscape, as design and aesthetics are the most paramount aspects of the phone. Conversely, the Moto X is still at the early stage of its quest, but it takes a totally different approach with its modest offering and simplistic operation. No doubt, each one has their astounding features to reel people in, but it’s going to take a balanced offering to truly stand more prominently in this crowded space.


Motorola is changing the way we think about the design process with the Moto X, as its upcoming Moto Maker portal makes for some interesting design mash-ups for the smartphone. However, it still doesn’t encompass the same level of quality craftsmanship, sturdy construction, and attractive design aesthetics seen with the HTC One and its brushed aluminum casing. Then again, we can’t count out form fitting nature of the Moto X, as it’s easier and more comfortable to hold in the hand – even more when they pack the same sized screens. When it comes downright to attraction, we’re still finding ourselves being pulled in by the HTC One.


Matching one another with their 4.7-inch screens, there are various elements that help the cause of each device. On paper, the 1080x1920 S-LCD 3 display of the HTC One has the advantage with details over the 720x1280 AMOLED screen of the Moto X, but it’s something that’s not distinctively seen unless we look at the two closely – so from a normal distance, our eyes can’t tell their details apart from one another. For the Moto X, it stands out mostly for the skinny bezels on the left/right sides of its display, its deep black color, wide viewing angles, and vibrant color reproduction. Oppositely, the HTC One’s display produces the more realistic colors – while also proving to be the better of the two with outdoor visibility. It’s really tough to argue which one is superior, as people will have different preferences as to what they feel is more attractive.

Motorola Moto X 360-Degrees View

HTC One 360-Degrees View



20. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

If I only had a choice between these two phones, I would go with the Moto X. The extra bells and whistles of the HTC1's OS is a turn off to me, I like the near stock interface of JB 4.2.2. I would like to add in responce to those stating that the Moto X has outdated specs, that may be true, but nowhere in the article did the reviewed state that the phone's performace suffered from it. He even went so far as to say that the Moto X was slightly more responsive, had better color, and just as long of a battery life as the HTC dispite its better specs, higher resolution, & battery size. Also the HTC1 will probably always have an outdated OS compaired to the Moto X. I will admit that the Infrared "Blaster" of the HTC1 is one hello of a selling point though, one that I wish more phones on the market offered. All in all, my 2 year contract is now up wth Verizon and I think I'll pass on both phones. The Motorola Droid Maxx's battery life is the most exciting thing for me in regards to current smart phones, so I think I'm going to just have to go with that device and root it.

23. kuelexx

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

And with the chrome stick being so cheap and portable I don't see the need for a phablet. the gfx card will improve everything I need. Plus I use Google now a lot

19. kuelexx

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

I really don't think that this does moto X as much justice is it should. not only is it packing a quad core gpu with two of those cards dedicated to the always on and active display features, saving power for the phone. Also it comes with everything that you need in a phone it runs smoothly without any problems and it rocks on benchmarks. For everything else, there's an app for that. posted without any mistakes from my Google Voice (aside the punctuation)

9. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

my wife has the HTC one and I have the S4..personally I prefer the design of the and feel of the S4.

5. volcano321

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 08, 2013

Are all these separate comparison articles necessary? I've never seen a site do 3-5 articles comparing one phone (Moto X) to one other phone. Shouldn't have all this been done in the Moto X review?

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"Shouldn't have all this been done in the Moto X review?" The reviews aren't exactly objective across all attributes. Is the X the equal of the L1020 (they both scored an 8.5)? I doubt it. PA could fix the issue, but they choose not to. Instead, they post up multiple one-on-one comparisons.

12. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

They do this with every new device. So we can look forward to separate G2 vs. S4, G2 vs. One, G2 vs. Moto X, G2 vs. Droid, G2 vs. iPhone, and G2 vs. Lumia articles next month.

4. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Moto X for me is a big win on a couple points (in order) Form factor- I want as big of a screen that I can handle in the smallest possible chassis. Doesn't get better than this. I only want to use one hand and have it sit in my pocket comfortably. Android 4.2.2 (stock as well)- I really don't like skins. Mostly due to style but also because of performance hits. A dual core seeming snappier than a quad core is just plain embarrassing. OEMs need to optimize their software better. On screen keys- I plan on rooting and throwing on Paranoid Android to get rid of permanent keys for the cleanest of looks Camera- I could care less about low light. This is definitely on the opinion side..

18. alila2

Posts: 171; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

i agree 99% , but good camera is important to me.

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree with you for the most part, however if you plan on rooting your phone and loading your own ROM, wouldn't the features of each phone's native OS and their hit on performance be irrelevant in your argument?

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

HTC One all the way... no hate on Motorola but HTC seems won this fight in almost every category just look at that sexy beast.... I think I'm in love with HTC One.

22. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm not a fan of the interface or that fact that it isn't as snappy as the Moto X, but it does have a nice design, I still perfer the more compact Moto X though.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

HTC One all the way!

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I have a theory about Motorola Moto X based on my personal opinion and speculations. Motorola Moto X is assembled in U.S. and Americans are not working for low payment as Asian workers does and it automatically lifts the price tag. And it is one of the main reasons why Motorola Moto X use yesterdays hardware because in such way Motorola can lower product's price. And all this new TREND OF LOWER SPECS AWESOMENESS is just a Motorola's propaganda - inflatable hype (the way to compensate high price tag). In reality Motorola Moto X is just a mid-range device for average user (And this part based not only on mine personal opinion, many various web resources also says so.).

7. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Much, if not all, of the labor increases are offset be the costs of shipping these things across the world. Texas is a relatively low labor state with relatively loose benefit requirements. Not to mention the cost of quality. Companies (including my own) are finding out it's not much cheaper anymore to assemble in China. Shipping costs have skyrocketed, China labor costs are increasing, China benefits are increases, the currency exchange rate is (slowly) becoming more realistic all of which erodes advantages. I strongly believe we will start to slowly see a return of assembly/manufacturing in the US. Just look at all the new fabs here.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

If it was cheaper to manufacture in the U.S., then Apple would already was assembling iPads and iPhones in the U.S. squeezing every cent out of business. ;)

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Things don't happen overnight. Contracts have to be negotiated, facilities have to be built, and, and, and. The Mac Pro is a small first step. Large oaks start from small seeds.

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Things don't happen overnight." Exactly, things doesn't happen overnight! Maybe manufacturing is becoming cheaper in the U.S. (at least for U.S. clients), but it is still BECOMING while Motorola Moto X is already here.

14. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

The one and only reason the iPhone is not already built in the US is because of supply constraints. We do not have the capacity in the US to manufacture iPhones at the volume Apple requires. Unlike China, we can't build up massive factories in a few months. With the regulations and red tape it takes years. Apple just doesn't want to deal with it. They can't find 10,000 american works qualified to work there.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Everything you have mentioned can be solved with money, but Apple don't do that, because it is still not the breakpoint when manufacturing in U.S. is cheaper than in Asia. ;)

16. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

We can build up massive factories and we do have qualified workers in the United States. You do realize that American businessmen get paid higher salaries internationally because of Americas ability to promote and practice business? There are facts to back things up not just outlandish I support apple statements... The reason why companies like apple prefer to build overseas is because they can build sweatshop like manufacturing facilities, where the workers work 18 hour shifts and live in apartments on the job site. It's not the red tape that's involved, it's the fact that America has safety regulations that apple simply chooses to ignore so that they can turn a profit and the Chinese government allows them to do so.. Then they can funnel billions of dollars through international banks thus screwing the American people and the American government further thanks to the free trade agreement.

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree. +1

1. Shubham412302

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

motor x is preferable when it comes to updates. Motorola updates its phones frequently and delivers 2-3major updates to its flagships whereas HTC gives only 1 major updates. sensation and HTC one x received only one major update whereas RAZR received 2 and ics launched HTC one x will not be updated to klp and even sensation was only updated upto ics where RAZR received jb and even s2 received jb

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