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iPhone 6 vs Moto X 2014: Two Excellent Handsets Compared


iPhone 6 vs Moto X 2014: Two Excellent Handsets Compared

Apple's iPhone 6 is getting tons of consideration proper now, however Motorola continues to hold the Android torch with the Moto X (2014)


Apple's a lot-anticipated iPhone 6 has lastly arrived, however there's nonetheless stiff competitors from the Android area. Motorola has additionally re-launched the newest iteration of one among its critically acclaimed units too - the Moto X (2014).

Let's take a fast look on the specs:

Spec Sheet Shootout

Device iPhone 6 Motorola Moto X (2014)
Dimensions 138 x sixty seven x 6.9mm, 129g one hundred forty.8 x seventy two.4 x 10 mm , 144g
Display 4.7in IPS LCD, 750 x 1334 pixels, 326ppi 5.2-inch AMOLED, 1920x1080 pixels,424ppi
Camera 8-megapixel iSight,LED flash,1080p video thirteen-megapixel, twin-LED flash, 2160p video
Storage 16GB, 64GB, 128GB 16GB,32GB
Processor, RAM, Graphics 1.4GHz Apple A8 twin-core Cyclone, 1GB RAM, Apple M8 movement co-processor 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core Krait four hundred (MSM8974AC),2GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU
Operating System, iOS 8 Android 4.4. KitKat
Connectivity Lightning,Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi,4G,GPS,Touch ID microUSB,Bluetooth,NFC,dual-band Wi-Fi (Hotspot),DLNA,4G,GPS
Battery 1,800mAh 2,300mAh

Design & Display

As anticipated, Apple’s newest iPhone is sort of far faraway from all earlier fashions because of its enlargement in measurement – it now accommodates a 4.7in show, up from the 4-inches of the earlier mannequin. More than that, the design has acquired fairly an in depth overhaul, it’s nonetheless aluminium with a glass entrance, however the edges and corners are significantly softer for an altogether extra rounded look. Meanwhile the sectioned finish cap design has been modified with a brand new look. While there are sufficient design cues to make it instantly recognisable as an Apple iPhone product, the iPhone 6 seems to be distinctive amongst its friends.

The display has been enlarged and the decision improved alongside, however the finish result's a pixel density and sharpness just like the earlier 4in Retina setup on the similar 326ppi. It’s nonetheless IPS LCD, so color and brightness are nonetheless strong, and general picture high quality is extraordinarily succesful. Rumours of a Sapphire Glass show proved unfaithful, so you possibly can anticipate this telephone to nonetheless fare badly when dropped, and in contrast to some rival units there’s no weatherproofing aboard Apple’s newest.

Previous Apple iPhones weren’t probably the most strong units available on the market, with aluminium being a delicate metallic to start with. However, #bendgate has confirmed the iPhone 6 can in some instances have a weak bodyshell that bends simply.

The Moto X (2014) is significantly greater than the 2013 version with an enlarged 5.2in AMOLED show. The decision is now full HD 1080p at 424ppi for some incredible visible high quality, and being AMOLED the distinction and viewing angles are wonderful. The second-gen Moto X has additionally improved within the design stakes with a trendy metallic encompass and little-to-no bezel across the show.

However, the important thing promoting level of the Moto X’s design is the power to customize its look. You can merely purchase the telephone straight-up with no modification, however buy it via Motorola’s Moto Maker net retailer and also you’re introduced with a selection of two entrance panel colors (black or white), and a variety of again panel finishes together with wooden and leather-based, in addition to numerous colored plastics.

On prime of this there’s the choice so as to add an accent color which tweaks the buttons, speaker grilles and digital camera surrounds. You can even add an engraving to the rear panel, and there are some software program modifications you possibly can alter, together with the welcome message and wallpaper. The Moto X can also be splash-proof (although not absolutely waterproof – don’t go dropping it within the pool!)

Hardware, Storage & Connectivity

On the storage aspect, each telephones reject expandability and are missing microSD capabilities. The Moto X packs each a decrease-finish 16GB and mid-degree 32GB storage choice, whereas oddly, Apple has ditched the 32GB choice in favour of a better-finish 128GB onboard version, in addition to 16GB and 64GB variants. In this regard it actually is determined by whether or not you’re after extra affordability or a bigger amount of onboard area.

Being flagships, each fashions come full of the standard array of excessive-finish connectivity; full 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Both telephones have NFC, with the iPhone 6 being the primary Apple handset to hold this know-how. However, with the iPhone 6 the chip is locked to the  firm’s Apple Pay service and Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

In different phrases, you'll be able to solely use the NFC to make contactless funds together with your iPhone 6 (in the meanwhile – Apple might unlock this later), and this function isn’t coming to the UK till 2015. Meanwhile, on the Moto X, you possibly can carry out contactless funds by way of Google Wallet (and different issues, like EE’s personal app) however can even use the NFC for pairing audio system, headsets and different equipment. The Moto X has microUSB as the usual charging and knowledge port, whereas the iPhone 6 makes use of Apple’s Lightning connector, with the addition of a microUSB adaptor for different features.

Processor, Software & Performance

In phrases of processing energy, it’s the standard Android versus iOS distinction; the Moto X crams in a variety of energy with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, whereas Apple’s iPhone 6 makes use of its personal customized A8 twin-core chip, which on paper no less than appears much less spectacular, however truly has some intelligent tips up its sleeve.

A massive a part of the expertise, in fact, is the software program, and each Android KitKat and iOS 8 are extraordinarily properly-optimised. In this sense, a whole lot of the processing energy is essentially extra, however it does rely for one thing when enjoying excessive-finish video games or intensively multitasking. In every case these units each carry out very nicely certainly.

Both handsets are assured an replace to the subsequent successive software program variations once they emerge; the Moto X will get Android L and Apple all the time helps its earlier flagship on subsequent variations of iOS (subsequent yr it’ll be the flip of iOS 9).

One of the good issues concerning the Moto X (and certainly a lot of Motorola’s current line-up) is that it runs Android in a extra-or-much less inventory setup identical to Google’s Nexus units, making it one of many few methods you will get this “vanilla” Android strategy proper out of the field. Of course, this isn’t a problem with iOS 8 as a result of it already comes as Apple meant it.

The Moto X additionally has tweaked voice controls – in contrast to a whole lot of Android units, which require the telephone to be awake if you problem an “Ok Google” voice command, the Motorola works from a sleep state as it's successfully “all the time on”.

Camera & Battery

Cameras and batteries each require a bit extra in depth testing earlier than we will actually say how good they're, and we'll you'll want to replace this text as soon as we’ve absolutely reviewed every system.

According to Apple the iPhone 6 battery cell ought to present nearly as good as or barely higher efficiency than its predecessor, and quite a few battery checks on-line have proven it's pretty in-line with present competitors – offering the most effective a part of a day’s use earlier than needing a recharge.

Meanwhile, on the digital camera aspect of issues, the corporate revealed at launch that it makes use of a revamped model of the 8MP iSight sensor current within the iPhone 5S, with the identical f/2.2 aperture. Amongst the cameras new talents is using “focus pixels” for faster autofocus and enhanced noise discount, there’s additionally help for 43MP panoramic pictures, and slo-mo video at each 120fps and 240fps. Apple has additionally added a devoted picture processor on the A8 chip which permits for quicker face, smile, and blink detection. The entrance-dealing with digital camera is now a Facetime HD setup with a brand new sensor, f/2.2 aperture, improved face detection, burst selfie and single-shot HDR modes.

On the Moto X, Motorola has added 4K video seize and a twin-LED flash, plus a 2MP entrance-dealing with secondary. We’ll be analyzing this in additional element at a later date.

Paul Briden 15:forty four, 29 Sep 2014

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