Moto X vs. iPhone 5: Google’s Motorola versus Apple

Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI), yesterday at a media event in New York City has announced its latest and greatest smartphone – the Moto X. This is the first handset by the company after its acquisition by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) for $12.5 billion. Motorola proudly states that the handset is made in America, and is the first customizable phone ever.

One unique feature of this phone is that it always listens to the user so that you can receive the call and do other tasks even without touching it. You just need to say “OK Google Now” to open voice command functionality.

Moto X vs. iPhone 5: Google's Motorola versus Apple

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Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI)’s CEO Dennis Woodside says that smartphones these days aren’t smart. “A smartphone today requires you to turn it on, punch some numbers in, and manually operate. That shouldn’t be how it is — it should be smarter than that.”

Is the Moto X a game changer?

The million dollar question right now is that is the new Moto X a game changer? Does this phone have enough power to throw back other flagship phones from the likes of Apple, Samsung and HTC? Let’s compare the new Moto X with the iPhone 5 and see which flagship phone scores better.

Moto X vs. iPhone 5

Specs, Moto X, iPhone 5
Screen size, 4.7-inch, 4.0-inch
Resolution, 1280 x 720, 1136 x 640
PPI, 312, 326
CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual-core 1.7 GHz, Apple A6 Dual-core 1.3 GHz
GPU, Adreno 320, PowerVR SGX 543MP3
Memory, 16/32GB options, 16/32/64GB options
SD card slot, No, No
Rear camera, “10MP, autofocus, LED flash”, “8MP, autofocus, LED flash”
Front camera, 2MP, 1.2MP
Video recording, 1080p video at 30fps, 1080p video at 30fps
Weight, 130g, 112g
Bluetooth, 4.0 LE + EDR, 4.0 with A2DP
WiFi, WiFi 802.11a/g/b/n/ac, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
OS, Android 4.2.2, iOS 6.0 (iOS 7 upgradeable)
4G LTE, Yes, Yes
Battery, Li-Ion 2200 mAh, Li-Po 1440 mAh
Charger, Micro USB, Ligtning connector

By looking at the specs it is clear that the Moto X does gives a good competition to the iPhone 5. Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI) has already made its point clear that its strength lies not in its specs but in its features and customization options. The exterior can be customized with many different back colors, and different material combinations of your choice.

In the end, I would like to mention that it’s not just about the specs but it’s also about the app ecosystem. Android, at this stage is not far behind in terms of number of apps on iOS, and it would be interesting to see what the future holds for us and who wins this platform war.