Moto X (2014) or iPhone 6? I'm torn between the two. Advice?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by opticflare, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. opticflare macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2013
    Without turning into a flame/fanboy war I would like to maybe have some input?

    A little history but I'll keep it simple, I've primarily been a iPhone user dating back to the iPhone 3GS when I first got a smartphone. I've had every iPhone made since the 3GS, I've tried several Androids in between but I always returned them going back to iOS mostly for its polish and fluidity of the OS.

    Although I'm getting more open to wanting to make a permanent jump to Android, I've been using the Moto X 2nd gen as my daily driver for a couple months now, and I absolutely love it, although curiosity finally sparked and I had a chance to try a iPhone 6 (not 6 Plus, I'm not into phablets). And now I'm honestly torn, between these two devices I don't think a decision has ever been more tough as far as smartphones go.

    Lollipop finally feels like it has the fit, finish, and polish of iOS, I love material design and the new UI, coupled with the Moto X's moto display and software its a dream to use for everyday tasks. Google syncs with all my stuff pretty seamlessly here, I use gmail, keep, maps, chrome is my primary browser on both my desktop and laptop. I've always had a amiable disposition towards iOS because I've used iOS since its inception with the first generation iPod Touch, then transitioning to my 3GS, it feels at home for me. I've developed muscle memory for all the gestures and navigating through the UI.

    The things I love about the Moto X is the stock experience with Motorola's amazing software baked into that almost feels like apart of stock android, I love the fact that the devices are about the same exact size (the moto x just being a little wider), yet being able to fit a whole half inch of screen on the display. The AMOLED display is really nice, colors really pop, although not as realistic or accurate as the iPhone 6, video playback and pictures of people look better. When I compare them side by side, the iPhone has a much cooler display but the accuracy is a lot better and reading text is a little more pleasant on the iPhone 6, its not enough of a deal breaker, I still think the X has a amazing display in its own right, it doesn't detract from anything. I love the Moto display and breathing notifications, this has been such a welcome part of me, I love picking up the phone to see if I have anything on the screen and never requires a unlock unless I do. It's simple and so effective. The call quality, sound quality is also better due to the speaker being front firing on the Moto X. Although the iPhone 6 holds its own very well, the Moto X definitely wins here for me. My absolute favorite part of the Moto X is the design, it is a absolute ergonomic dream to hold, the curved back fits perfectly in the palm of my hand, even despite being wider its still easier to hold for me. The iPhone 6 is compact enough for me, but it still feels like I'm holding a bar of soap sometimes.

    Navigation on the Moto X seems to be a little easier to me too. I don't really like reachability, it feels gimmicky and tacked on. I hate how the back buttons on iOS are in the top corner where I have to reach across with my thumb or finger to reach or it, or just bring up my other hand and tap it. The Moto X I just simply hit the back button like nothing, its almost like iOS on the iPhone is still built for the previous 4-inch screen of the past iPhone and the OS hasn't expanded to take advantage of the bigger display.

    The iPhone was once revered for its fluidity and smoothness for me, I feel like iOS is finally starting to get a crack in the shell. I don't know if iOS 8 is just naturally buggy or the 1GB of RAM in the iPhone is finally starting to show its ugly self, but I'm beginning to get some pauses, some stutters, some freezes and little nuances across the OS that I'm picking up on now, mostly in the music app and sometimes in safari. The Moto X just flies through everything for me, it is buttery smooth, scrolling in chrome pages is ultra smooth and fast, the iPhone 6 scrolls slowly through safari pages. I wish there was a way to change the sensitivity.

    The camera is really no compare, I find that the iPhone 6 absolutely smashes the Moto X's camera in all aspects of quality, I welcome this a lot too. Although I find the Moto X's camera easy to use and easy to access, I get very frustrated with its shots, it really is a hit or miss, and most of the time is misses hard.

    I still like the iPhone though. Something about it still draws it to me, the keyboard accuracy for me is absolutely unparalleled and I can blaze through the iOS keyboard and type on it so fast. This is my single biggest frustration with my Moto X, the keyboard accuracy for me is just not nearly as good as the iPhone, it's not even close. I stumble on keys and make so many typos when I try to type as fast as I do on the iPhone, my only saving grace is when I'm able to swype, although I can't always do it because I'll have finger oil and won't be able to slide my fingers across the screen at all times throughout the day.

    I also love the Touch ID, I love that the iPhone is so secured yet so easy to unlock. I've quickly loathed typing in lock codes now enough that I forgo them on the Moto X and just don't use a lock code, I'm a pretty sedentary person. I just mostly go to work and come home, and surrounding places, I'm not really too worried about having my phone stolen or lost, as it pretty much goes with me everywhere I go when I'm out in public. I realize freak accidents can happen, but its a nice thing to have.

    Battery life seems the same across both devices, I would probably give a small nod to the iPhone for its superior standby time. I don't really play any games on my smartphone so I can't comment on performance, the applications I use on both phones are available and work just fine on both. I really mostly just use my phone for calls, text, email, web, and some maps and notes. Mostly just basic stuff, they're both sufficient on each platform for me, although I do think iPhones messaging app is a lot more polished then Android. I've been starting to like the new Messenger app from Google and I use that one as my primary text app, I just wish there was a way to change the colors for my contacts or at least understand how its color coded, thats left me a little confused.

    So yeah, I'm torn. I'm sorry for writing a novel here, but I have both devices and I'll eventually need to make a decision, maybe some input from any of you can be welcomed to bounce some ideas off of.
  2. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Only you can decide which you subjectively prefer. After 14 or so devices this year - I am well aware there is no such thing as the mythical 'perfect' device. There are going to be trade offs - or things you like better in one device over another -but you must simply weigh up what you like from your moto X over your iPhone 6 and vice versa - and whichever 'YOU' feel has the most pro's - go for that.

    At the end of the day I'm quite confident you could live with either and this is merely one of those #firstworldproblems we all struggle with, but yeah - just go with your heart.

    I don't know you - or anything about you - and my subjective opinion really doesn't count for much other than to myself - and the same with anyone here. You are the one who is going to utilise the device, and only you know you - and what values you hold higher than other.

    I have faith whichever you go with - it will be the right choice for you :)

    I implore you to empower yourself - you really don't need the ravenous hordes here - who will undoubtably turn this into another 'iPhone v android' skirmish - a 7 page diatribe thread full of pettiness, jealousy and insecurity.

    And whichever you do decide to go with remember 1. Enjoy and 2. What you think of the device is what matters - not your peers and lastly 3. its only a phone.
  3. TechGod macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2014
    New Zealand
    I would pay you to be my life coach: D
  4. kevinof macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2008
    Spot on advice. We seem to be unable to choose ourselves and insist on getting input from people we've never met, but who's opinion we seem to highly regard. Weird.

    Op: go with your gut feeling. 99% of the time it's the correct one.

  5. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    I'll make it easy for you.

    Get an iPhone 6, and if you get the urge to try Android, buy a Moto G or find a cheap Moto X (1st Gen) for around $150. :) That way you can have the best of both worlds w/o spending a ton of money.
  6. Fireblade macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2011
    They are both great smartphones, just depends which OS you prefer..
  7. DanGoh macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2014
    I was torn between these 2 a month ago too. I went for the iPhone for the superior headphone audio output and App Store.
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Words of wisdom, my friend. Thank you for sharing them.
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    This is actually a good idea.
  10. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    After having both an iPhone and Moto X I would choose the Moto X as for me it is a more well rounded mobile phone. I prefer iOS on the tablet side of things.
  11. teknikal90 macrumors 68030


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    I personally think this is more of an orange to apples comparison.

    moto x is a mid range android phone (or marketed to be such) whose focus is more on a simpler operation/use.

    the iphone on the other hand is meant to be a premium phone.

    the more direct comparison would be the M8 vs. the iPhone.

    both high end, both made with high quality craftsmanship
  12. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    I recently bought the iPhone 5s recently, after using the original Moto X. That phone was different (and smaller) than the current Moto X, but perhaps my impressions may interest you.

    I really liked the form factor of the original Moto X. With it's curved back, it fit perfectly in my hand. Even though it has the same screen size, the iPhone 6 feels overly bulky in my hand; the Moto X was very well designed (of course it didn't need to make room for a finger-print sensor; there are always trade-offs).

    I was attracted to the clever features of the phone, like always listening for commands, and auto-notifications.In the end, If turned them off. While interesting, they resulted in too many accidental activations and unexpected responses. If I were to get a similar phone today, I'd get the Moto G. It doesn't have the features I didn't end up using anyway, and in return is economical and has great battery life. Plus it still has some of the features I actually did use, such as shutting of the phone ringer when I scheduled a meeting on a the calendar.

    I eventually switched because I was frustrated with the quality of the camera. The iphone has a reputation for both taking good pictures and being easy to use, and I've found that to be the case. I chose the iPhone 5s because I prefer the smaller size. I also found the battery life to be much better. Unlike the Moto X, I could use it for two or three days without recharging. My phone use is light, and of course the ios has good standby time. I've found it to be overall smoother to use, in ways that are difficult to quantify. I'm less likely to take pocket pictures, or have a phone call cut off because my cheek brushes the handset, or have a setting changed accidentally in a way that confuses me. I find the screen easier to read in brighter light.

    My use of a phone is light, because I take my iPad mini everywhere with me, and use it for everything but phone calls, setting alarms, and playing music, so I like my phone to be small and straightforward to use. I've kept it on 7.1.2 so far, because I don't have much reason to upgrade.

    Have you tried reinstalling ios on your iphone? Perhaps that would help with some of the stutters you're seeing.

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