PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy S4 Active vs Moto X


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3D and 2D graphics

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Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Talk time (3G), Talk time and Battery capacity


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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 Active vs Moto X

geekbench Processor and memory performance

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Moto X

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

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Has expandable storage SD, SDHC, SDXC vs None Use storage cards to increase your phone's capacity for apps and data
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
Significantly sharper screen 440 ppi vs 312 ppi More than 40% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 2,200 mA·h Around 20% more battery capacity
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.7 GHz More than 10% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Bigger screen 5" vs 4.7" More than 5% bigger screen
Longer talk time (3G) 900 min vs 780 min More than 15% longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
Better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 84 Mb/s Around 20% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Thinner 9.1 mm vs 10.4 mm Around 15% thinner
Front view of Motorola Moto X

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Motorola Moto X

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Faster web browser 3,109 vs 2,669 More than 15% better BrowserMark score
Screen uses OLED technology Yes vs No About half of smartphones are OLED; OLED screens are typically higher contrast and use less power
Lighter 130 g vs 151 g Around 15% lighter
Records higher def video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 30x higher def video
Higher resolution front camera 10 MP vs 8 MP 25% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4 Active  vs Moto X 

The display is decently bright, though AMOLED displays aren't the best for combating bright sunlight (the HTC One wins that contest) and auto-brightness is ever so slightly dim, though not so much as the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Moto X

Certainly, we’re pleased with the results out of its 1080p video recording quality, which sees solid details, minimal artifacting elements when panning, clear audio recording, and good color reproductions.
Moto X

So, although there is a change in display technology for this device, we can't say it's hugely detrimental: it's still a great 5-inch display.
Galaxy S4 Active



8.6 Out of 10
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy S4 Active  vs
Moto X 
Size 5" 4.7"
Resolution 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 440 ppi 312 ppi


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio No No


Operating system Android 4.4.2 Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Galaxy S4 Active  vs
Moto X 
Weight 151 g 130 g
Thickness 9.1 mm 10.4 mm
Size 71.3 x 139.7 x 9.1 mm 65.3 x 129.3 x 10.4 mm


Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.7 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 10 MP
Resolution 8 MP 10 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 4G
LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
Unknown (100 Mb/s)
HSPA+ (84 Mb/s)
LTE Cat 3 (100/)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Talk time 1,020 min 780 min
Talk time (3G) 900 min 780 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 2,200 mA·h
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
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