iPhone 6 vs. Moto X Style: backs

Every phone gets compared to the iPhone, and for good reason, so we're going to do that with the Moto X Style. Motorola's making the comparison, so why not? These two phones are about as different as they could be while still being smartphones, so let's get right to it.

Moto X Style iPhone 6
Display 5.7-inch TFT LCD (2560x1440, 520 ppi) 4.7-inch IPS LCD (1334x750, 326 ppi)
OS Android 5.1.1 Lollipop iOS 8.4
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 6x1.8GHz
Adreno 418 GPU
Apple A8 64-bit 2x1.4Ghz
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB, microSD card up to 128GB 16GB, 64GB, 128GB (non-expandable)
Rear camera 21MP f/2.0, phase detect auto-focus, dual color correlated temperature flash
4K video at 30fps, slow motion video, HDR video
8MP ƒ/2.2, focus pixels, True Tone flash
1080p video at 60fps, slow motion at 120fps
Front camera 5MP f/2.0, wide-angle lens, night mode, flash 1.2MP, ƒ/2.2, 720p video, auto HDR
Battery 3000 mAh (non-removable), Turbo Charging 1810 mAh (non-removable)
Connectivity 802.11ac + MIMO Wifi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, GPS 802.11ac + MIMO Wifi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, NFC, GPS
Speakers Front-facing stereo speakers with Smartboost Mono bottom-facing speaker
Dimensions 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm
138.1mm x 67.0mm x 6.9mm
Water resistance Water repellent nano-coating none
Colors Black lens, dark gray frame and accents, black back
White lens, silver frame and accents, bamboo back
Moto Maker support with 17 different backs and 7 different accents available
white, space gray, gold

If that specs table above didn't give it away, the iPhone 6 and the Moto X Style are very different phones. While it might be fairer to compare the iPhone 6 Plus to the Moto X Style (although even the mammoth iPhone 6 Plus still has a smaller display), we're going to compare instead to the standard iPhone 6. There are a few reasons for that. The smaller iPhone 6 is more popular than its larger Plus brother, it's cheaper and thus closer to the Moto X Style's $399 price point, and it's a comparison that Motorola pointedly made more than once during their announcement of the their new flagship phone.

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iPhone 6 vs. Moto X Style: front view

Right off the bat the differences start making themselves obvious. Up front the Moto X Style is dominated by a huge 5.7-inch quad-HD TFT LCD display with nearly four times the resolution of the iPhone 6's 4.7-inch Retina display. And where the iPhone's glass display cover flows smoothly down to the metal body with a narrow plastic joint, the Moto X Style's flat front panel is wrapped in a plastic bumper. The differences get even broader from there: the Moto has a pair of front-facing speakers while the iPhone's single loudspeaker fires out the bottom. The iPhone has a home button slash fingerprint sensor, Motorola eschews such physical controls.

And that's just the front — where Apple opts for a single continuous piece of machined aluminum, Motorola goes for a segmented and undulating metal ring around a back panel. That back panel is where things can get really interesting, with Motorola offering a wide range of back panels when you order your phone — there's standards like a grippy silicone black or white, or you can go crazy with something like lime green or red. And if you want to go fancy instead, there are multiple leather and wood options as well. Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive might think such choice is bad design (and you can make some truly hideous combinations if you really want), there's something to be said for choice too.

Motorola and Apple are taking differing approaches on photography as well. The iPhone 6 has an 8MP sensor that still takes quite good images, but they're staring down the barrel of many high-powered competitors, with Motorola joining the fray big time with a whopping 21MP sensor. Of course, we'll have to spend some proper time outside of controlled conditions with the Moto X Style to judge if the camera takes as good of photos as Motorola says it does, but we're hopeful that they've taken years of mediocre cameras and turned out something impressive instead.

iPhone 6 vs. Moto X Style: cameras

It's hard to find approaches as different as these two. Motorola is throwing everything up to and including the kitchen sink against the wall with the Moto X Style in hopes of catching some momentum, offering a phone that's huge and packed with the latest in technology. Apple's iPhone 6, though admittedly rapidly approaching the end of its first year and inevitable replacement, is still a dominating force in the smartphone market, and takes a less-is-more approach with numbers in technology.

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