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.

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.

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.

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.

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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