Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4


Ruling the Android landscape with an iron fist, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is arguably the poster child for the platform, seeing that it has amassed such a huge following in the time it has been released. Entering the scene, the Moto X is trying to bring back notoriety and prestige to Motorola – who once helped propel Android to the limelight, from the dark pits of its early beginnings. Taking a close look at what the two flagship devices bring to the table, one can say that they have totally different ideas of what consumers want in a prized device, but in the end, it’s going to be those consumers who dictate which of these two are worthy enough to earn their business.


If we’re to simply walk into a store a glance at both devices from afar, we wouldn’t necessarily be attracted to them immensely, seeing that they don’t have the most awe-inspiring designs. First and foremost, they’re constructed out of plastic, which merely tells us that they lack the premium element to their designs. Regardless of that, our hands take good notice of the Moto X’s compact chassis and more comfortable grip in the hand, since its curved rear casing contours perfectly to our palm when it’s held. It’s not too bad with the Galaxy S4, but it proves to be a bit more unwieldy due to its sheer size – albeit, it’s thinner in profile than the Moto X. Knowing that the Moto X’s design can be customized with Moto Maker in the near future, which allows for some cool design ideas, it’s one aspect that’s able to jump out at us over what’s available with the S4.


Underneath it all, these two rely on AMOLED technology for their displays, so our eyes are quick to realize their commonalities – such as their wide viewing angles and glowing over-saturated color reproduction. That’s where things end though, as the Galaxy S4’s larger 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display packs some warranted goodies to make it stand out over the 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display of the Moto X. Sure, the S4 might have the upper hand on paper when it comes to details, especially when it’s packing the higher pixel density between the two, but seriously, it’s hardly noticeable unless we look at the two up close and personal. At that point, we can visibly see its sharpness. Additionally, there’s the cool Air View feature of the Galaxy S4’s display, which can track the movement as we hover our finger over the display.

Motorola Moto X 360-Degrees View:

Samsung Galaxy S4 360-Degrees View:



1. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

I own an S4, and I wouldn´t change it for anything this moment.

5. special4u

Posts: 63; Member since: May 22, 2013

i just sold my s4 and get the motorola, and i wouldn't change it for anything this moment

6. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

You came to say the direct opposite of my sentence? *applause*

7. special4u

Posts: 63; Member since: May 22, 2013

i just listen to lady gaga

10. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

good for you

14. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

congrads? trying to hi jack his thread?

18. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't think you had the S4 in the first place, but good for you.

34. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013


20. AnTuTu

Posts: 1624; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

S4 and Moto X have been targeted to different audiences and they are simply awesome in their categories.

2. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I personally prefer Galaxy S4 over Motorola X S4 seems a true flagship beast phone. and if i want a stock near android experience i rather choose S4 google edition. Motorola not a bad phone though but S4 is better value for money and i like moto x design and customization they provide on X's exterior. Glossy finish of S4 is kinda unattractive.

3. eli577

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 29, 2010

Average battery life for the GS4? Where the hell did you guys get that information from. The battery life of it is at the top of the lists.

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Yup, it's the longest lasting FHD phone period.

15. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

iphonearena does what it can to keep samsung down from its apple overseers.

19. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's no Note II or MAXX. it's average for the middling, flagship type of device it is. it's not designed around having good battery life like the examples i gave.

31. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

The large battery really bloats the stand by and talk times. Still only decent scores at Web browsing and video.

4. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Does anyone know how to remove the gingerbread green on the S4 like the battery icon and notification widgets. I want ICS/Jelly bean blue. My s4 is rooted

40. kkilgore72

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

go to, find a custom stock rom for your carrier version of the phone and download. then flash it from recovery on your phone. if you do not have a recovery or know what a rom is the sight has a root guide that will flash a recovery for you. good luck

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I choose Samsung Galaxy S4. Motorola Moto X is just a mid-range device for average user, not for tech enthusiast.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Moto X is good with decent design but S4 anyday, a powerhouse.

11. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

The best is the S4 google edition

13. mrvid

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 02, 2008

The Moto has year old technology! They need to step up their game!! Almost as bad as Apple!!

33. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Wrong. Its a modern SoC. Its basically a dual core S600. And the Apple A6 still performs flawlessly day to day even running at 1.3ghz and still holds up in benchmarks when you compare per core and take clock speed into account.

16. jellmoo

Posts: 2675; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Much more compact design, not an ounce of ugly Touchwiz, gimmicky features that might actually be useful, and an interface that doesn't lag means that I would pick the Moto X any day of the week. Of course, YMMV, but these are the items that are important *to me*.

17. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

Good read. Samsung S4 has just edged out the Motorola. Great effort for the Moto X. Now if Motorola puts a FHD 5 incher with a slightly better processor (to push those extra pixels), a slightly better camera, bigger battery, then they have a winner. That sounds like the new LG G2, or new NeXus5. And no, the Moto is not a mid range, upper mid range, lower high range, etc...device, it is a high range device just like the S4, LG G2, Sony Xperia, HTC One, Iphone 5.... It acts like a duck, quacks like a duck, walks like a its a duck! Theres a lot of people who are going to buy this device. Just like people who are going to get the (everything incl. the kitchen sink) S4 and G2. All this Andriod selection from Minimal to Everything options, means that Google has all its basis covered; and the once mighty IOS system is doomed. They had the best hardware and the best OS, but things are a changing and fast. There hardware & OS is now second rate, and they are late coming the the game...with no new products. Thats life in the fast lane!

32. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Or Motorola could keep the ultra comfortable one handed design which is a real rarity in flagship devices these days and sets it apart from every other Qualcomm SoC Full HD devices that are practically identical outside of which terrible skin they run. But I totally agree that people read spec sheets but don't watch videos or read reviews because the Moto X has been universally praised for its performance.

21. 777light777

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Hi guys i'm new to phonearena, just wanted to point out the pen-tile looking matrix on the S4 even though it is 1080p. Whereas the X with 720p does not have that problem. For a flagship device S4 should have a top notch screen. I know it may not be pen-tile, but the viewing angle shots look like crap!

38. Angelface77

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

Samsung is fooling these geeks. Samsung put their best display on the S2, which is the best galaxy to the date.

35. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

S4 Rules !!!!

37. Angelface77

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

you are a tool.

36. Angelface77

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

On paper the G4 it is better because of the specs but that device lags like crazy to have all the latest specs. Motorola is the king once again and with the new approach, it detroned the G4.

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