Moto X 2015 vs LG G4: 5 Key Differences

As we push deeper into 2015 more and more smartphones continue to be announced for potential buyers to choose from, and that includes the newly revealed Moto X for 2015. Now that buyers have multiple options, here’s how the new Moto X Pure Edition “Style” compares to the popular LG G4 for those weighing all their options.

On July 28th after months of rumors Motorola took the stage and unveiled three brand new devices. An upgraded Moto G for 2015, and two variants of the Moto X which are called the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play. In the US the Moto X Style will be sold as the Moto X Pure Edition, and the Play won’t be released stateside.

Read: Moto X 2015 “Pure Edition” Release Date Breakdown

Weird naming and confusion aside Motorola has an excellent new flagship smartphone in the 2015 Moto X, and its big 5.7-inch display and premium yet customizable design has enough to compete with the Galaxy S6, iPhone 6s, and of course the LG G4. Below is a comparison and highlights of a few key differences for those considering one of these two smartphones.

Screen-Shot-2015-07-28-at-7.35.59-AM-720x653At the end of April after months of rumors and speculation the new LG G4 was announced, and it hit all major carriers during the first week of July. LG’s latest phone has tons to offer with a big and bright 5.5-inch Quad-HD display, and customizable genuine leather backs of its own to take on Motorola. Is it enough?

The new LG G4 has a premium design but is still made of all plastic, aside from the new leather options on back, it has arguably one of the best cameras on any smartphone, and unique buttons on the back. Each phone has pros and cons, and both are pretty great. Read on for a little more about the G4 and Moto X Pure Edition.

Read: LG G4 Review

These two smartphones have a few similarities, yet some important differences, and a lot of the choice will come down to user preference, screen size, and of course the price and software on board. That’s because the Moto X has stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with a few additions, and the LG G4 has LG’s own UI that covers and changes the entire Android experience.

That all said, here are five key differences between the 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (Style) and the LG G4, for those considering one of these as their next smartphone.


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The new Moto X and LG G4 are somewhat similar in terms of design, if you get the leather variant. That aside, they're pretty different devices. That said, even though the Moto X has a bigger 5.7-inch screen the bezels are so small it'll likely be about the same size as the LG G4.

LG's smartphone is all plastic and glass, with some leather options. You'll have those unique but convenient buttons on the back, and decently sized device. However, the corners can be a bit squared and uncomfortable. The back is removable so users can add a micro-SD card or replace the battery, swap out backs for different colors or even leather backs.

The 2015 Moto X though, is a completely different approach. The back can't be removed but it can be completely customized with over 100 different combinations to look how you'd like, it has a bigger display, and the stereo speakers are front facing, for improved sound.

We can't give one a nod vs the other as I've yet to try the new Moto X, but the LG G4 was impressive enough for an Editors' Choice award, and has an amazing camera.  It will be hard for Motorola to match it, but they claim they can.

Motorola's back is curved to be more comfortable and easy to hold, while the G4 is squared and uncomfortable. You'll want to try both in a store to decide which is right for you. A big factor though, is the size, which brings us to our next slide and topic.

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