Smartphone Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active VS Motorola Moto X

Jaycee De Guzman October 13, 2013 4


What makes the Motorola Moto X better than the Samsung Galaxy S4? This is the question that this gadget review will answer. Just like when you are checking a new product to buy, we will consider all the important specifications of these two gadgets such as the performance, speed, responsiveness, camera and storage features. Comparing and contrasting is always important in making decisions. To help consumers, this is what this review will do. Take a look and find out for yourself.

Smartphone Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active VS Motorola Moto X

A Sleek And Sporty Underwater Device

Smartphone Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active VS Motorola Moto XThe Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is another one of its developer’s major smartphones that impressively delivers new and advanced specifications to consumers. As a spin-off of the Galaxy S4, this one is physically slimmer as well as dust and water-proof. Also, users can use the camera’s special Aqua Mode feature to take great underwater photos without experiencing any problems. The flamboyant shell colors – orange, teal and gray – also add a youthful and sporty feel to the entire handset. Made with a rubber material, the power and volume buttons are noticeably larger, easier to find and press. It definitely is a more improved mobile device than its predecessor.

Aside from the Aqua Mode, one of the strongest features of the Galaxy S4 Active is its operating system and the maximized features that Samsung incorporated in it. With a TouchWiz user interface, it is very easy to use and manipulate. It also has the ability to perform swiftly when users are doing different tasks in their devices. Add this to the fact that it also showcases a sharp and unblemished audio output that is particularly useful when making and receiving calls. Consumers can definitely consider the Galaxy S4 Active as the next smartphone to buy.

A Voice Command That Saves Battery Life

Smartphone Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active VS Motorola Moto XWhile the Galaxy S4 Active exhibits an underwater camera feature, the Motorola Moto X has an incorporated voice command that helps its users effortlessly navigate the whole device. But before tackling that, we should mention first that this new Motorola handset is quite different from the others in its family – Droid Ultra, Mini and Maxx. In terms of its physique, this mobile device is crafted with a curvy back and soft chassis that is far from the usual Kevlar and metallic chisels of its manufacturer. Hence, it arcs comfortably in the hand and does not accumulate grease and fingerprints.


Going back to the voice command which is also called the Touchless Control, the Moto X is made to recognize a command that will open the Google Now application. Once it’s initiated, users can track their location and find information about weather, sports and other ideas that interest them. Without pressing any button, it can also automatically set up texts, electronic mails, calls and even calendar reminders – just by using your voice. Amazingly, this does not drain your battery quickly. Notification wise, this device is equipped with a power-saver feature that lets you know things even when the phone is in sleep mode. It’s actually pretty neat, don’t you think?

The Disadvantages

Smartphone Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active VS Motorola Moto XThe Samsung Galaxy S4 Active may be sporting a great underwater feature but it is not necessarily perfect. Unlike taking regular photos, the Aqua Mode is weak when it comes to low light conditions and does not support auto focus. You’ll have to work with what you have if you want to stick with this feature. In addition, compared to the Moto X’s 10MP rear camera, this mobile device only has 8MP to offer. Honestly, with a top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, Samsung could have maximized its resources in a better manner.

Similarly, the Motorola Moto X also does not come with faultlessness. One of the weakest links of this device is that is has no memory card slot for the expansion of storage. Although it comes in two models with 16GB and 32GB internal memory, there will always come a time that users have to transfer their data somewhere else. Finally, compared to the Samsung handset, this mobile phone only exhibits 1280 x 720 pixels of screen resolution. This makes the display settings not as bright and vibrant as its rival.

The Bottom Line

Smartphone Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active VS Motorola Moto XAvailable at the different mobile carriers in the United States, these two devices both have a starting price of less than $200 (bundled with the mobile carrier’s offered plan). If you want the unlocked model, you can check the official store and buy your own unit.

What makes the Motorola Moto X better than the Samsung Galaxy S4? The answer is its more gorgeous design, battery-saving feature and voice command. But let us also take the other way around. What makes the Samsung Galaxy S4 better than the Motorola Moto X? Obviously, it is the Aqua Mode underwater feature that goes along with the gadget’s larger screen size and higher resolution display.

Which do you prefer?

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  1. Rabindra Ram  October 13, 2013 at 10:56 am - Reply

    i prefer moto x. moto x is an wonderfull device. i like and take it.

    • Jaycee De Guzman
      Jaycee De Guzman  October 13, 2013 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Hi Rabindra – Thank you for your comment. Moto X is definitely a must-have.

  2. Mike Kister  October 14, 2013 at 8:21 am - Reply

    I am considering the Moto X once Republic Wireless has it available.

    • Jaycee De Guzman
      Jaycee De Guzman  October 14, 2013 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Hi Mike – Moto X is a good choice. Thanks for your comment.

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