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We could hardly wait for the Moto X 2015, but instead, we received two variants – the high-tier phablet called Moto X Style and the smaller and weaker Moto X Play. As for the iPhone 6S Plus, the successor is only an upgrade to the iPhone 6 Plus, and it has a similar design, with the exception that it’s available in a new color option, Rose Gold. We’ll be focusing on the Moto X Style and we’ll see how it stacks against the iPhone 6S.

Designs and Displays

The iPhone 6S Plus is no longer bendable thanks to the Series 7000 Aluminum material which was used to build the chassis. However, the successor has become a bit thicker, taller and wider, but the screen has kept its usual size of 5.5-inch and the Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, which gives a pixel density of 401 ppi. In addition, Apple brought the 3D Touch technology which made the device 11 percent heavier than its predecessor.

The Moto X Style is more elegant than the Moto X 014, although it retained the curved back which can be customized. The new model comes with a standard rubber cover with diagonal lines, but there are other options on the Moto Maker website, such as leather or bamboo. The metal frame is also customizable, such as the vertical metal strip from the back, which contains the camera and the logo. The screen is massive, measuring 5.7-inch and it’s an AMOLED with vibrant colors and great viewing angles.

Hardware and OS

The iPhone 6S Plus is powered by the new 64bit A9 processor which is coupled with a M9 co-processor and 2GB of RAM. Apple claims that this new processor is 70 percent faster than the A8, and the graphics are also 90 percent faster, the WiFi is speedier and the device benefits from the latest LTE Advanced. The internal storage is available in the same three variants of 16, 64 and 128GB, but without the possibility to expand their capacity. Don’t worry, the new iOS 9 won’t take up too much space, because its size is only 1.6GB.

The Moto X Style is as fast as the LG G4, because it uses the same hardware configuration consisting of a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor with 3GB of RAM, but its internal storage which is available in variants of 16/32/64 GB can be expanded up to 128GB. Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop) is the latest update before the arrival of the 6.0 Marshmallow, but the Moto X Style comes also with some Motorola pre-installed applications such as Moto Display pr Moto Voice.


Apple came with an enhanced iSight camera with an increased resolution of 12MP which takes better photos thanks to the improved autofocus and complex ISPs. Now, the device is able to capture 4K videos and the images have improved color accuracy thanks to the deep trench isolation technology. Also, the front camera has been upgraded to 5MP.

The Moto X Style sports a 21MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens aperture and uses HDR automatic by default. The images look well-saturated, although the camera is unable to detect subtle colors. The front camera has the same resolution as the iPhone 6 and it’s excellent for selfies.


The Moto X is powered by a 3000mAh battery which offers 14 hours of constant messaging and video playback, and according to Engadget rundown test, the phone supports nine hours of web browsing over WiFi and looping 720 p videos, with a brightness set at 50 percent.

The iPhone 6S Plus comes with the same battery capacity of 2915mAh, but which offers 33 percent longer life.