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Moto X vs HTC One first impressions: there's something not quite right here


News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday August 01, 2013.

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Should you get a Moto X or an HTC One? That's the first question I asked myself when I first saw Motorola's Android smartphone hours ago and it's likely to be something that many others ask in the coming weeks. It's far too early to form a definitive opinion about either, especially considering that the X has only officially existed for a few hours. It's even harder when considering that I'm firmly of the opinion that the HTC One is the best Android smartphone available at the moment. Well, at least that's the opinion I had when I woke up this morning.

I'll be back in due time with a full review comparing the Moto X and HTC One at a later date, but one thing struck me about the two phones: they have the same screen size but the Moto X is noticeably smaller. Motorola made a big deal about building a phone that is compact but still has a large display. The efforts were proven successful when looking at the Moto X next to an HTC One. Both phones have 4.7-inch screens despite what your eyes may think when the phones are side-by-side. The HTC One's dimensions are 137.4x 68.2mm (5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37in) and The Moto X is 129.3 x 65.3mm (5.09 x 2.57in). That doesn't seem like much on paper, but it's definitely noticeable. The X manages to deliver the big display without becoming a big phone. The differences become less noticeable in its favor when discussing dimension. At its thickest point, the Moto X is 10.4mm (0.41), and 5.6mm (0.22in) at it's thinnest. The HTC One has a more elegant curve that is 9.3mm (0.37in).

Until we get to the proper comparison between the HTC One and Moto X finished, take a look at this hands-on video showcasing the two next to each other. A spec showdown is also available below.

Moto X HTC One
Screen 4.7-inch 720p 4.7-inch 1080p HD
Pixels Per inch 316 ppi 468 ppi
Processor 1.7 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4P
(2) additional low-power cores in custom X8 structure
1.7 GHZ quad-core Snapdragon 600
RAM 2GB 2GB
Storage 16 internal (32GB upgrade on AT&T) 32GB internal (64GB upgrade)
Dimensions 129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4mm 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm
Weight 130g 143g
Software Android 4.2.2 Android 4.1 (4.2 coming soon)
Camera (back) 10 megapixel (Clearpixel enhancement) 4 megapixel (Ultrapixel enhancement)
Camera (front) 2 megapixel, 1080p HD recording 2.1 megapixel, 88-degree wide angle lens
Battery 2,200 mAh 2,300 mAh
Talk Time promised 13 hours 18 hours
Killer features Heavy involvement of voice, gestures, and sensors BeatsAudio with BoomSound front-facing speakers

 
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