Usually, most of the important flagships are released at the beginning of the year or in late summer. These two phablets are fresh on the market, but only one of them will win this battle. Our job is to compare their specs and to pick a winner.
Designs and Displays
Motorola hasn’t changed its design style much, while Apple hasn’t changed it at all. So, compared to the previous Moto X 2014, the successor – which is available in two variants (the larger “Pure Edition” and “Play”) – has the same curved back, but a different texture, represented by diagonal lines. Also, there is a metal strip running down the middle, which houses the camera and the dimple with the Motorola logo. The device has a water repellant nano-coating, it measures 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.1 mm and it weights 179 grams. Also, the back cover can be customized on the Moto Maker website, where there are many color options or more premium materials.
The iPhone 6S Plus is more resistant, thanks to the 7000 Series aluminum which was used to make the chassis, but it became a bit taller, wider and thicker than the iPhone 6 Plus. The new model measures 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm and it’s 20 grams heavier, weighting 192 grams. Though, the design is identical, the back has the popular strips which hide the radio antennas and the front has the famous rounded home button with the fingerprint scanner integrated into it.
As for the displays, the Moto X has a smaller one which measures 5.7-inch and supports a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 520 ppi. However, Motorola used a TFT screen, while Apple opted for a Retina display with a size of 5.5-inch, but it seems that the Full HD resolution was retained. Even if the pixel density is 401ppi, the screen is sharper than you’d think and the novelty is the 3D Touch technology, which detects two levels of pressure applied to the screen: soft and hard, and responds accordingly.
The Moto X Pure Edition isn’t as powerful as other flagships, as it uses the previous Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset which houses a combination of two processors with two cores running at 1.8GHz and four cores running at 1.44GHz. Snapdragon 808 doesn’t have the same heating issues like Snapdragon 810, and it’s helped by the 3GB of RAM to be very fast. Apple, on the other hand, brought the new Apple A9 processor (dual core 2GHz) which is between 70 and 90 percent faster than the A8, depending on the situation. Also, it was about time for the RAM capacity to be doubled.
Both devices are available in three variants of internal memories: the iPhone 6S Plus has options with capacities of 16/64/128 GB, but they can’t be expanded, while the Moto X Pure Edition comes with variants of 16/32/64 GB, which can be increased up to 128GB.
The Moto X received a more advanced primary camera, whose resolution has been increased to 21MP. Important features such as phase detection, auto-HDR, 4K and slow motion recording have been added, while the front camera, which supports 5MP, takes great selfies at night, because it uses LED flash.
The fist major increase of resolution occurred on the iPhone 4S, but that was long time ago and the fans demanded a new upgrade. It finally happened, because the rear camera was upgraded to 12MP and the front camera supports now 5MP. The camera software has been also improved and a new feature called Live Photos which “can turn those instants into unforgettable living memories. At the heart of a Live Photo is a beautiful 12 megapixel photo. But together with that photo are the moments just before and after it was taken, captured with movement and sound” (as Apple described it).
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