PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of S4 vs Moto X

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy S4
9.0
Moto X
8.4
Geekbench, AnTuTu and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy S4
n.d.
Moto X
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy S4
5.1
Moto X
5.1
Talk time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy S4
8.7
Moto X
9.0
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com and 3 more

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy S4
7.4
Moto X
7.2

Winner
Samsung Galaxy S4 

PhoneRocket recommends the Samsung Galaxy S4  based on its performance.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy S4 vs Moto X

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4
1,856
Moto X
1,213

AnTuTu Memory, processor, graphics and storage performance

Galaxy S4
24,894
Moto X
18,753

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S4
2,670
Moto X
3,109

Differences What are the advantages of each

Back view of Samsung Galaxy S4

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy S4

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Better AnTuTu score 24,894 vs 18,753 Around 35% better AnTuTu score
Has expandable storage microSD vs None Use storage cards to increase your phone's capacity for apps and data
Has a removable battery Yes vs No Somewhat common; Old batteries can be replaced inexpensively
Store significantly more stuff 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
Significantly sharper screen 440 ppi vs 312 ppi More than 40% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Significantly higher resolution 1920 x 1080 vs 1280 x 720 2.2x higher resolution
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
Higher resolution front camera 13 MP vs 10 MP 30% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Thinner 7.9 mm vs 10.4 mm Around 25% thinner
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.7 GHz More than 10% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More battery capacity 2,600 mA·h vs 2,200 mA·h Around 20% more battery capacity
Bigger screen 5" vs 4.7" More than 5% bigger screen
Front view of Motorola Moto X

Reasons to consider the
Motorola Moto X

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Faster web browser 3,109 vs 2,670 More than 15% better BrowserMark score
Much better theoretical download speed 84 Mb/s vs 20 Mb/s Around 4.2x better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy S4  vs Moto X 

9.0
10.0
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

9.3
8.6
Alternatively, the standard email app is available as well to handle other email services, but its functionality and interface is similar to Gmail.
Galaxy S4

9.0
9.0
Gaming on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is handled by the Adreno 320 GPU, which can still work its magic when it comes to giving smooth, real to life gaming on the go.
Galaxy S4

Overall

8.7 Out of 10
9.0 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

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

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes

music

Supports FM radio No No

software

Operating system Android 5.0 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

connectivity

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

form factor

Galaxy S4  vs
Moto X 
Weight 130 g 130 g
Thickness 7.9 mm 10.4 mm
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 mm 65.3 x 129.3 x 10.4 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.7 GHz
Number of cores Quad core Dual core
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 64 GB 16 GB
Supported card formats
microSD

photo & video

Camera 13 MP 10 MP
Resolution 13 MP 10 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G 4G
Networks
CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
LTE (20 Mb/s)
HSPA+ (84 Mb/s)
EV-DO Rev.A
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 1,020 min 780 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h 2,200 mA·h
Removable Yes No
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