Sep 5th, 2014

Moto X S5 M8 G3 chartclick to enlarge

Motorola has had a weird history with Android. First they dominated with the DROID line, then they fell off the map, came back with some RAZR’s, got bought by Google, released the really nice Moto X, got sold to Lenovo, and now we’re here. Motorola is hoping to keep the momentum growing with the new Moto X (hands-on). Let’s take a look at how it stacks up against other top flagship devices.

Flagship Clones

Apple iPhone 6 vs HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5 Alpha

I don’t know about you, but the thing that strikes me about this chart is the similarities between the devices. The display sizes all fall within half of an inch. Processors are identical. Cameras are within 3 or 4 megapixels of each other. Same amount of memory. Same amount of storage. And battery sizes only different by less than 1,000 mAh. There is really only one major difference between these devices: screen resolution.

The new Moto X, Galaxy S5, and One M8 all have 1080p displays. The LG G3 is all alone at 2560×1440. For Pixel snobs this may make a difference in what device you pick, but in all honesty 1080p is perfectly fine. Some apps don’t even support 1080p yet, let alone Quad HD.

Intangibles

Moto X Moto Maker Palatte

Since specs are a moot point in this comparison we have to look deeper. A big benefit of owning a Motorola device is you get an almost stock Android experience. That means a fast UI with fast updates to the latest and greatest. Android skins from Samsung, HTC, and LG have gotten better over the years, but if you’re a purist you will love the Moto X.

Another reason to go with the new Moto X is Motomaker. You can customize your device with many different colors and materials. It’s a level of personalization that no other device can offer. The new Moto X even has a few new materials to choose from. Your device can be classy in leather, or fun in bright yellow. Make it yours.

Which device will you pick? Have you already made the decision to go with one of the others? Will you be buying the new Moto X?