Features Key features of the Galaxy S4 Active  vs Moto X 

screen size

Sure the camera and the screen aren't quite up to the S4's quality, but if you're willing to make those seemingly small sacrifices then you'll more than likely thoroughly enjoy the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active.
Galaxy S4 Active | by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)

screen resolution

Galaxy S4 Active
1920 x 1080
Moto X
1280 x 720
The resolution is also identical – 1080 by 1920 pixels, resulting in an outstanding pixel density of over 440 ppi.
Galaxy S4 Active | by PhoneArena (Jun, 2013)



Galaxy S4 Active
Quad core
Moto X
Dual core
Panning and zooming round the maps is a fluid experience on the S4 Active with its quad-core processor making mincemeat of the lay of the land.
Galaxy S4 Active | by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)

camera resolution

Perhaps the 8-megapixel main camera is the only thing we aren't entirely happy with.
Galaxy S4 Active | by PhoneArena (Jun, 2013)

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
Much 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
Longer talk time (3G) 900 min vs 780 min More than 15% longer talk time (3G); go days without charging
Bigger screen 5" vs 4.7" More than 5% bigger screen
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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Records significantly higher def video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps vs 1920 x 1080 @ Unknown 30x higher def video
Lighter 130 g vs 151 g Around 15% lighter
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 

Just keep in mind that this isn't a rugged phone and if bumps and drops are a part of your phone's daily life, you'll still need a rugged case.
Galaxy S4 Active

Anything runs flawlessly, from 3D games and heavy web pages, to any CPU- or GPU-intensive application you can think of.
Galaxy S4 Active

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
9.0 Out of 10

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


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

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


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio No No


Operating system Android 4.2.2 Android 4.4.2
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
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