Moto X vs. iPhone 5 & iPhone 5S: Consumers Split on Upgrades

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The Moto X is making waves with a plethora of customization options and a focus on features instead of specs, drawing comparisons to the iPhone.

Motorola is counting on consumer desire to customize and take ownership of their smartphone as well as a new always listening feature to lure iPhone users away from Apple and the iPhone 5S this fall.

Everything about the Moto X feels like a pointed attack on the iPhone 5S, right down to a release that arrives as iPhone 4S owners can upgrade to a new phone, but before an iPhone 5S release arrives.

Read: Moto X Brings Color and Customization to Land of Black & White

The Moto X counts on customization and always listening to draw in iPhone users.

The Moto X counts on customization and always listening to draw in iPhone users.

A new note from Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, claims the Moto X will not pull customers away from the iPhone. While the note doesn’t mention any specific iPhone models, consumers will be comparing the Moto X to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S this fall.

In the note shared by Apple Insider Munster writes the Moto X isn’t, “significantly different than [the Galaxy S4 and HTC One] to change the current market dynamics between Android and iPhone.”

Motorola will soon offer a wood Moto X customization option.

Motorola will soon offer a wood Moto X customization option.

Shortly after the Moto X announcement consumers took to Facebook and Twitter to express their opinions on the Moto X vs. iPhone debate. This is ahead of a 500 million dollar Moto X advertising campaign which according to the early reactions has a few fans, but definitely needs to wow the public.

Read: Moto X’s Secret Weapon is Choice

If Motorola hopes to make the Moto X customization a big part of getting iPhone users to switch to the Moto X, offering an exclusive on customization to AT&T was an odd move. While the Moto X isn’t going to sink or swim on early adopters, the fact that Verizon may not sell the customizable Moto X until after the iPhone 5S release arrives is not good news for Motorola and Google.

Switching from iPhone to Moto X

The following consumers are ready to buy the Moto X, or contemplating the switch from an iPhone. A statement on Twitter or Facebook is not the same as using the Moto Maker to customize a Moto X and handing over their cash, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Can the Moto X convince iPhone users to switch?

Can the Moto X convince iPhone users to switch?

At least one shopper shows some signs of regret for his recent iPhone 5 purchase, but doesn’t appear ready to return it.

Sticking with the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S

Even though some users are already convinced that the Moto X is a good replacement, or at least a possible purchase, many iPhone users are laser focused on Apple.

The Moto X release date is set for August or early September, when it will hit all major carriers for $199 to $249, right as the iPhone 5S launch and release are on the horizon.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]


  1. Chetan Jadhav

    08/02/2013 at 11:33 am

    Beautiful Design with Great Features of Moto X

  2. John Wayne

    08/02/2013 at 5:25 pm

    That Moto X ad would have to be the laziest commercial I have ever seen O.o

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