Any diehard Android-lover knows about the impending unveiling of the Motorola Moto X phone, as it’s the third generation of a phone that’s closely associated with the mobile operating system Android. The Moto X line is a line that is very closely associated with the best native experience with the Android operating system.
The third-generation Moto X line of devices is around three or four devices, each more powerful than its previous variant, and typically with a bigger screen. The Moto X line of devices have also been notoriously friendly for allowing ‘rooting’, a process of gaining access to your Android’s “root” directory (the most broad location of a device’s hard drive) in order to install custom firmware, hack applications, and explore more uses of the phone than just calling, texting, and downloading applications from the app store (such as using the Google Play store on my Kindle Fire, or having unrestricted access to all Android applications from the Amazon App Store.)
The iPhone 6 launched just under a year ago, but the specifications it had were still rather unimpressive at the time of its launch. The Moto X is the 3rd iteration in a line of more powerful phones, so the specifications of the Android phone make it seem like a much more powerful device. This should be kept in mind that iOS is friendly towards conserving information by only allowing one application to run at once.
The Moto X is said to have a 1440 x 2560 resolution (so 1080p and then some), as compared to the iPhone 6’s resolution of only 1334×750. The iPhone 6 only has a display size of 4.7 inches, while the Moto X will have a display size leading up to a maximum of 5.5 inches. The pixel density, or “dots per inch,” is also much higher on the Moto X, making images look clearer and more crisp from a wider variety of angles and different distances from the screen.
The Moto X will be a larger-form factor phone, but not uncomfortably large (I have an LG G3, which I could consider uncomfortably large – let that serve as a little bit of a comparison point.) With a 5.5” display, the overall length of the phone should branch a little bit past 6 inches. Compare this to the iPhone’s 4.7 inch display over a length of 5.4 inches (the full dimensions of the iPhone are 5.44″ x 2.64″ x 0.27″.) The Moto X is being shipped with a Gorilla glass screen, which I can say from experience makes a phone much more secure and hardy. The Moto X will also include near-field communication possibilities, which will allow a greater variety of NFC payment options than iOS’s Apple Pay.
The battery of the Moto X is much more powerful as well, holding up to 3280 milliamp hours as compared to the iPhone only having up to 1810 mAH. The Moto X will have a much more powerful core as well, allowing for a 1.88 GHz dual core option or a 1.44 GHz quad core option. The Moto X also has 3GB of RAM, and allows for either 32 of 64 GB of internal storage. Both the iPhone 6 and the Moto X 3rd gen do not have SD slots. However, the Moto X has a huge edge over the iPhone 6 with a dedicated graphics unit, which still has not had any minute details released about it.
The iPhone 6 only has 1GB of RAM and a 1.4 GHZ core, but has a different operating system structure – applications do not run freely in the background like Android, and many of the core functions (messaging, data storage/retrieval) are built directly into the operating system itself, instead of being handled as independent processes.
The Moto X will have a powerful camera, capable of taking up to 20 MP (Mega pixel) images with a 1-mm ring, which should filter out any unwanted sunlight from causing images to have unwanted exposure. In addition to a back camera, the Moto X will have a 5 MP front facing camera. Both cameras are capable of taking up to 1080p video.
The iPhone 6 only has an 8MP camera, capable of taking up to 1080p videos. The front-facing camera of the iPhone is also 1.2MP and capable of taking up to 720p videos.
The Moto X looks to be a promising device, and is coming to the 4 major carrier networks (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless). Android is notorious for being so open-ended, so seeing a powerful device appealing to different sections of developers is fantastic. On top of the power that the Moto X promises, the dedicated graphics unit also makes it so appealing just for the purpose of never lagging on the home screen, regardless of the apps currently open.
The Moto X is believed to be officially unveiled on July 28th.