Interface and Functionality:


Two Android powered smartphones, two totally different approaches and implementations. Depending on your taste, either one can deliver the goods to make them the more cherished between the two. Diving straight into what they offer, it’s rather hard to say which of the two is particularly better, seeing that personal preference really takes ownership with this comparison. On one hand, Moto’s approach is more along the line of “less is better” – whereas Sammy’s stance sticks to the “more is better” approach.

Both are running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but Moto X’s mostly stock Android experience is complemented by its simplistic offering, as features like Active Display and Touchless Control, help show us that the experience centers around what matters to us most – how it can help us accomplish things in our daily lives. In contrast, the TouchWiz Nature UX experience of the Galaxy S4 bombards us with a myriad of features and functionality, some of which might seem either gimmicky or useful depending on the person. Needless to say, we surely appreciate what Samsung has done no doubt, and it goes to show that they’re ahead of the curve when it comes to unlocking the true potential of what a flagship can offer.

The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience


Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4


Being Android devices and all, the two are naturally treated to the Google Now experience, but the Moto X takes it a step further with its Touchless Control feature. Simply, it provides us with a useful way of activating the service with our voice – plus, it’s constantly listening, so there’s no physical interaction needed with the phone.

The Touchless Control feature of the Moto X is powered by Google Now - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Touchless Control feature of the Moto X is powered by Google Now - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Touchless Control feature of the Moto X is powered by Google Now - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Touchless Control feature of the Moto X is powered by Google Now - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The Touchless Control feature of the Moto X is powered by Google Now


Mainly because it’s sporting the larger display, the Galaxy S4 is packing the slightly more spacious keyboard layout. On top of that, we appreciate that the main layout is host to numbers and punctuations as well. Yeah, it might prove to have an edge, but the two are responsive enough to keep up with our fanatic rate – so they’re both equally usable.

The stock Android on-screen keyboard of the Motorola Moto X - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The stock Android on-screen keyboard of the Motorola Moto X - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The stock Android on-screen keyboard of the Motorola Moto X - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The stock Android on-screen keyboard of the Motorola Moto X - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The stock Android on-screen keyboard of the Motorola Moto X


Samsung Galaxy S4's default QWERTY keyboard layout - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4's default QWERTY keyboard layout


Processor and Memory:


Absolutely a powerhouse in the specs department, one would think that the quad-core 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM of the Galaxy S4 would run circles around the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System of the Moto X, which is comprised out of various cores that include a modified dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM. Surprisingly enough, it’s the Moto X that delivers the tighter controls with every operation. It’s not to say that the Galaxy S4 isn’t responsive too, which it is, but we can definitely notice that there’s more snappiness with the Moto X’s performance. Frankly, it goes to show you don’t need the fanciest hardware to dish up the best results.

Stuffed with 16GB of internal storage, it means we’re left to ponder over what we really want to save with each device. For the Galaxy S4 though, it benefits from having a useful microSD card slot to supplement its capacity.

Quadrant Higher is better
Motorola Moto X 8509
Samsung Galaxy S4 12078
AnTuTu Higher is better
Motorola Moto X 18483
Samsung Galaxy S4 24701
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps) Higher is better
Motorola Moto X 54
Samsung Galaxy S4 39
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Motorola Moto X 749
Samsung Galaxy S4 704
Vellamo HTML 5 Higher is better
Motorola Moto X 2412
Samsung Galaxy S4 1702


Internet and Connectivity:


On the base level, we really can’t complain about the web browsing experience that these two are able to deliver, seeing that they feature lightning fast 4G LTE connectivity and tight navigational controls. Continuing the trend with its “more is better” offering, the Galaxy S4’s stock browser employs various Air Gestures and Air View functions, such as scrolling vertically by waving our hand up/down over the display, that really enhance the overall experience.

The Motorola Moto X handles surfing the web through Chrome - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Motorola Moto X handles surfing the web through Chrome - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Motorola Moto X handles surfing the web through Chrome - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Motorola Moto X handles surfing the web through Chrome - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The Motorola Moto X handles surfing the web through Chrome


Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Motorola Moto X vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4


Being true flagships, they’re both available in GSM and CDMA flavors to expand their presence in the mobile landscape. In addition, they’re packing along nearly all the same connectivity features as well – like aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC. Going a step further, we have video-out functionality with the aid of an MHL adapter on the Galaxy S4 – plus, an IR blaster that turns it into a universal remote too.

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31 Comments

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

lololol

20. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; 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: 138; 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: 543; 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 galaxys4root.com, 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: 543; 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: 2522; 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 duck....so 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: 543; 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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