After Motorola was taken over by Google over a year ago, Moto was expected to be the next Nexus smartphone. However, Google retained the brand’s identity to deliver the Moto X handset with mid-range specifications. Compact and stylish, and armed with a powerful battery, the Moto X is ready to rub shoulders with the iPhone 5. With a lot of premium and useful features, is it any match for its cousin, the iPhone 5S, the newest offering from the Apple basket?
Design and build
The iPhone 5S sports a glass and aluminium construct to give a premium feel and look. At 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm HWD and 112 gms, the 5S is impressively thin and extremely lightweight. Softly rounded at the corners, unlike the Lumia, the 5S allows for a comfortable hold. The Moto X is constructed from polycarbonate and has a kind of ceramic feel that gives it that classy look.
Slightly diminutive, the X is solid and well-built and take stand up to daily wear and tear. Weighing 130 gm, it is slightly on the heavier side, and at 5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41-inches, it is extremely pocket-friendly just like the 5S. Ergonomically designed, the Moto X has a volume rocker and power button on the right side for easy one handed operation.
Color-wise the Moto X offers a lot of customization in terms of colors, patterns and highlights around the buttons and lens, especially if you purchase it online through the Moto Maker. The 5S offers a limited choice but comes in three stunning color combinations – champagne gold with white, silver and white, and spray gray with black.
The Moto X boasts a 4.7-inch AMOLED display at 720p resolution and 312 ppi, as against the 4-inch Retina IPS LCD display with 1136 x 640 resolution and 326 ppi pixels density of the 5S. While the AMOLED display along with the near HD resolution allows for excellent viewing, nonetheless the iPhone wins hands down with its in-cell touchscreen technology.
Both these smartphones run on dual core processors. While the iPhone 5S boasts the first of its kind 64-bit architecture with its proprietary new A7 chip, the Moto X offers decent competition with the software optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Dual-Core Krait CPU and a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU for excellent graphics. Both the CPUs are clocked at 1.7 GHz and are thus at par. On the RAM front, however, the Moto X scores with 2 GB RAM against 5S’ 1 GB.
Neither of these smartphones offer microSD storage. They instead provide adequate built-in storage. As always, the iPhone is available in its standard 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB variants, providing sufficient space to house plenty of apps and media content. The X offers a standard 16 GB storage; however, you can purchase the 32 GB variant online. For additional storage, Moto X offers 50 GB of free storage on Google Drive for a period of 2 years.
Moto X excels on the software front and shows to the world that a standard Android phone can also offer many features and functions as the iPhone, without losing its uniqueness.
Rohit Reddy is the editor of GadgetResearch. He is a gadget and technology enthusiast and loves blogging about them. In his free time he likes to follow the latest tech news and share it with his friends.