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Moto X Pure Edition vs. iPhone 6S Plus – Flagship Phablets Compared

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We thought that this phablet trend will be temporary and phones will go back to the average size (5-inch), but it seems that the big names in the mobile industry continue to release large devices with high end specs. Last year, Apple launched its first phablet and in September, it received a successor. After working on the Nexus 6 for Google, Motorola came with a slightly smaller model and it’s one of the two versions of the Moto X. The Pure Edition is the flagship with a larger screen, while the Moto X Play is the mid-range variant, but we won’t be talking about it.

Design

Our comparison is between the Moto X Pure Edition and iPhone 6S Plus, and we’ll start by saying that the first device has a plastic back with diagonal lines all over its surface, and it has the sides protected by a metal frame with a dip at the top. Motorola hasn’t changed its design style much, but the company tried to impress its customers with minor visual additions, such as the metal strip which sits on the vertical, on the back, and which contains the camera and the dimple with the M logo. The body of the Pure Edition is protected against water and its dimensions are 153.9×76.2×11.1mm, while it weights 179 grams. If you don’t like the color of the back, strip, frame or front, you can choose a different one on the Moto Maker website. Also, there you’ll find two other variants of material for the back: leather and wood, each one having a bunch of color options.

The iPhone 6S Plus is apparently identical to its predecessor, only that its material is more resistant, because Apple used 7000 series aluminum, which made the chassis a bit thicker. Now, the device measures 158.2×77.9×7.3mm and its’ 20 grams heavier, weighting 192 grams, but it has a more premium look than the Motorola phablet, especially that it brought a new variant of color: Rose Gold.

Displays

The screen of the Pure Edition is larger at 5.7-inch, being an IPS LCD with a higher resolution of 1440×2560 pixels at 520ppi. The iPhone 6S Plus features a 5.5-inch Retina LED-backlit IPS LCD screen with a Full HD resolution of 1080×1920 pixels at 401ppi, but don’t get fooled by the lower pixel density, because the screen is very sharp and significantly brighter. The big addition is the 3D Touch pressure-sensitive screen technology.

Hardware

The Moto X Pure Edition isn’t as powerful as other flagships, because it doesn’t use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, but the previous 808 model with two cores clocked at 1.8GHz and four cores clocked at 1.44GHz. Why this choice? Because this processor doesn’t the same serious overheating issues like the 810 series, and the battery life isn’t that affected. The device supports 3GB of RAM and it offers three variants of internal storage: 16/32/64 GB, with the possibility to expand their capacity up to 128GB. As for the battery, it is neither small nor too big, having an average capacity of 3000 mAh.

The iPhone 6S Plus has double RAM and it’s powered by the new Apple A9 dual-core 1.84 GHz processor and Apple claims that it’s between 70 and 90 percent faster than the A8 processor. The iPhone 6S Plus has also three variants of internal memories, but they’re unexpandable and their capacities are 16/64/128 GB. The battery is 2,750 mAh and thanks to the new power saver mode, its life will be expanded by up to 3 hours.

Cameras

The Moto X Pure Edition is fitted with a 21MP main camera which supports phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash and it records 4K videos. Apple has finally upgraded both cameras of both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, and the phablet has now a 12MP back camera with OIS, 4K video capture and a new feature called Live Photos, which records videos of 1.5 seconds before and after the photo is taken, and the result will be viewed by using the 3D Touch on the photo which was taken. Both devices have a 5MP secondary camera, but only the Moto X Pure Edition provides LED flash.