Apple’s new iPhone 5C is a midrange smartphone with plenty of options when it comes to color. Enter the logical comparison to Motorola’s Moto X, a smartphone that features a similar complement of specs and personalization. Aside from the obvious — one runs iOS 7, the other Android 4.2 Jelly Bean — let’s take a look at how the two stack up.
The iPhone 5C is more or less a new design on last year’s iPhone 5, and that makes sense. The handset will replace the iPhone 5 at the $99 price point, but it won’t be the super cheap iPhone everyone expected. It features a 4-inch Retina display (326 ppi), Apple’s A6 processor, and 8MP rear camera with FaceTime HD front-facing camera. It also boasts a larger battery than last year’s model (though Apple didn’t go into specifics, as they are apt to do.
The Moto X, on the other hand, features a larger 4.7-inch display with 720p HD resolution. That higher resolution doesn’t equate to higher pixel density — it comes to 316 ppi — but it’s not far off from the 5C. Motorola’s X8 processing platform is complimented by a 10MP rear camera, 2MP front facing camera, and 2,200 mAh battery.
Given the smaller screen size, the iPhone 5C comes in a little more svelte than the Moto X, but that’s a tradeoff some fans of larger displays are willing to make. Fans of personalized devices might also find the iPhone 5C’s five color options (white, pink, yellow, blue, and green) and complimentary cases a bit limiting compared to the thousands of color combinations a custom built Moto X affords.
All in all, as these things normally do, the decision will come down to operating system, and iOS 7 offers a slew of enhancements that might entice Android users on the fence. The price tag might also be a deciding factor, where the Moto X comes in about $100 more expensive than the iPhone 5C.