The iPhone 5 has many great aspects, two of which are the screen and the camera. How does the Moto X measure up and do these things matter as much as some think?
Over the years the importance of things like call quality has decreased as the carrier’s networks have become more ubiquitous and consistent. The obvious differentiators are becoming features like screen size and quality and camera capability. Are Android devices like the Moto X stepping up to Apple in these areas?
The iPhone screen size is getting a little long in the tooth. Yes, the phone size fits most hands well, but there is a lot of real estate at the top and bottom of the device that could be used in some way. This is what Motorola has done. The Moto’s 4.7” screen is only .7” bigger than the iPhone’s, but the difference is huge. As for Android phones as a whole, their average size is ballooning, dwarfing the Moto’s screen. A 5” screen is becoming the norm - guaranteeing the user has to use 2 hands at most times.
If your head is swimming thinking about the differences a few tenths of an inch make on a screen, you don’t want to begin to think about the differences in pixel density. Suffice to say, modern phone, tablet and computer screens have begun to move in the direction of what Apple calls “Retina”. Most of the screens on modern phone are in two categories pixel density wise - retina and non-retina. The iPhone 5 and nearly all new Android phones are retina class. At this point, pixel density just does not matter that much.
The Motorola engineers did a great thing with the black version of this phone - they took a great AMOLED display and integrated it so that it seems to cover the entire front of the device. The design trend in phones is to make the bezel as small as possible, and Moto did this well on the sides. On the top and bottom is where the great design touch exists. The engineers extended the Gorilla Glass all the way to the top and bottom bezel while the display, behind the glass is a little shorter. The effect is to make the screen look a lot larger than it really is. The white Moto X is a little less of a design masterpiece, because the top and bottom bezel is the main body color. Personally, Motorola should have made all of the phone colors have the same design effect for the screen.
The iPhone camera is so great that I found no need to carry my DSLR to as many events and places as I used to. No matter the lighting the iPhone camera is excellent. Frankly, I never even had the iPhone 5S which I understand has an even better camera and flash than before.
The Moto X camera is not as good. Originally, I was going to say terrible, because the iPhone’s is so much better, but I think I will give it some time. It may come to pass that I learn to make a picture on the Moto X that is passable. I feel Apple has set the bar for the camera so high that others are going to have to iterate to catch up. Eventually, the playing field will level.
So, do screen and camera matter as much any more? Yes, they matter. How does the Moto X match up? In the area of the screen, extremely well. Camera? Not even close. I guess the next question is do these differences increase or decrease the likelihood of Apple to loose customers to Google? I think the leveling of the screen differences and the refusal of Apple to embrace the increased size issue is going to affect Apple negatively. The camera is potentially the counterbalance to this - potentially.