August 2, 2013
Motorola Moto X vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5by Sayan Chakravarty
Do a little math and you’ll know that Motorola will offer 504 different versions of its new Moto X device. That’s the kind of strategy Google has used to launch Motorola’s flagship. Moto X was finally launched yesterday and has arrived with a promise to bring a trend reversal in the smartphone segment. Out of everything else, we are more interested how it fares when pitched against iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4. Let’s put the three in a grudge match to see which one comes out standing.
The new Moto X device measures 129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm, which is much smaller than Samsung’s S4. Though bigger devices have picked up popularity recently but we believe the smartphones should be big enough to be comfortable. S4 is a little too big for someone like me and Moto X is just the right size. iPhone 5 on the other hand is pretty sleek at 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm and is smaller than Moto X.
iPhone 5 has the smallest display measuring 4 Inches and has a resolution of 1136×640 amounting to 326ppi. Samsung definitely has one of the best screens with an eye-popping pixel density of 441ppi but the full HD 1080P display measure 5 Inches which is a little too big for some. Moto X sits comfortably between the two with a 4.7 Inch 1,280×720 pixel display. The pixel density might be the least with 312ppi but still looks vibrant and sharp enough to stack up well against the other two devices.
We’ll have to get a closer look at Moto X to tell decisively which one is the best, but as Motorola has done a great job with the new Droids we think Moto X’s camera will be equally good or even better. The 10mp shooter might is lesser than the 13mp camera of Galaxy S4 on pixel count, but the Moto X uses a new technology called Clear Pixel which promises more accurate photos. Though iPhone’s camera shoots great photos but its 8mp camera is fast becoming outdated.
Specifications, Battery and Extras
There’s no doubting Galaxy S4’s processor and its capabilities. Both the international and the American version obliterate the benchmarking scores. Moto X on the other hand uses the same X8 processor as Verizon’s new Motorola Droid trio. The chipset is a combination of Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with dual 1.7GHz Krait cores and Adreno 320 GPU coupled with 2GB of RAM. Motorola claims that the customized chipset uses much less power to operate. But the bigger problem with Moto X is it will be available in 16GB and 32GB versions without an option to extend the capacity though memory cards. Galaxy S4 can use a MicroSD card to increase its memory storage by 64GB. iPhone’s specifications might look weak but iOS makes up for it pretty good and performs extraordinarily. Moto X has a 2200mAh Lithium ion battery but it’s less power-hungry specifications should perform better than Galaxy S4’s 2600mAh.
Design and Build
If asked, iPhone 5 was the best looking smartphone till a few months back. But the whole design DNA of Apple is getting a bit stale now. On the other hand Samsung Galaxy S4 isn’t very good looking. But, this is where Motorola has experimented with something completely new. Moto X will come with so many options to customize the devise that it can push a new kind of trend. It will be available with 18 different colored back plates. Buyers can also choose between black or white front panel, the side-mounted buttons and the ring around the rear camera lens come in seven different colors. Then there is customized engraving on the back plate which has been much talked about. The arched back has a subtle roundness and sits beautifully on the hand. It isn’t too big to be uncomfortable. The whole concept is novel and refreshing. Double thumbs up from our side to Google’s kickass strategy.
Though the specifications of Moto X aren’t the best in the market and don’t outwit iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4. But it does have a few tricks up its sleeves to give Samsung a scare. Apple has started to struggle a little but Moto X’s biggest competitor will be Samsung Galaxy S4. Will Moto X give Motorola a new lease of life? It sure looks promising. I’ll do my bit to help Motorola regain its past glory by getting myself a personalized MotoX!