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Moto X 2015 vs Galaxy Note 4: 5 Key Differences

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Last but not least is the price and the release date. If you need a new phone now, the Note 4 is the way to go. If you're trying to decide on one vs the other, we'd suggest waiting for the Galaxy Note 5, or until September for when the Moto X Pure Edition will be released. Sadly it's still narly a month and a half away.

However, an important aspect for all buyers is the price, and this is another area the Moto X wins.

The Galaxy Note 4 launched for $799 or more outright from most carriers, and $299 with a new 2-year contract. It recently has lowered in price, but still costs well over $600. One thing that's 100% clear though, is you'll almost be able to buy two Moto X phones for the price of one Galaxy Note 4. Ouch.

The 2015 Moto X Pure Edition with the same size screen, more customization, slightly better specs, a great camera and more, is only $399. That's going to be a problem for most, including Samsung.

That said, $399 only gets you the 16GB model, and most likely $429 will be what they ask for 32GB which should match the Galaxy Note 4. Wood or leather backs are $25, which still puts the Moto X a few hundred dollars less than the Galaxy Note 4 unless you get it on contract.

The Moto X will be an excellent stock Android smartphone full of customization, great performance, a huge screen, and won't break the bank.

There is one problem though. Motorola isn't selling the Moto X through any carriers in the United States. Instead they want nothing to do with carriers, and will sell it from Motorola.com, Best Buy, or Amazon. That means you can't get it on contract for less, or make monthly like most US carriers offer, which is one way users will be able to get a Note 4 for around $26-$30 a month.

If you can't afford $400 outright you'll need to get a Note 4 or 5 on contract, or get a payment plan and essentially a credit card from Motorola.com, as they actually offer financing for those who need it.

Tough choices ahead, that's for sure.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Todd Brown

    08/06/2015 at 4:35 am

    Am I the only person who sees the IR Remote Function as a pretty huge plus? I’m considering moving from a Note 3 to the new Moto X, which I don’t think has IR. It’s not a deal breaker, but I think it’s one of the more underrated features of the galaxy series and the LG G series.

  2. Jose Mojica

    08/06/2015 at 7:53 am

    I also have the Note 3 and i’m also thinking of buying the Moto X. But I don’t really use the IR Remote. It’s a difficult decision, Note 5, Nexus 6 or 5 2515, Moto X, etc…

  3. geominions

    08/06/2015 at 10:39 am

    I have the G3 and had the HTC One M7 before that and, while the IR function was nice and handy, it was never a must-have feature for me. I like the idea of a touchscreen remote, but found it to be rather awkward and frustrating at times. Without the tactile queues, you have to start at your device to know what you’re pressing, and unless there is an audible tone that indicates you’ve pressed the button, you have no idea if it registered your press. Couple that with the fact that the IR sensor is much smaller on these phones than on an actual remote, so the device has to be pointed almost directly at the IR sensor on the TV to consistently work. Having to hold my phone almost parallel with the floor and looking down at it became too much of a bother to be practical or efficient so I always find myself reaching out for the regular remote. Unless it’s missing or the batteries are dead, I don’t use my phone’s IR capabilities for anything other than showing off to my iPhone-having family and friends.

    • geominions

      08/06/2015 at 10:41 am

      Ugh, darn you, SwiftKey…..that should say tactile CUES and stare, not start at your device.

  4. keithrosenfeld

    08/06/2015 at 10:43 am

    Any idea whether the Moto will be USB 3.1 Type C compliant? That’s a deal breaker for me.

    • Jacob

      08/07/2015 at 7:50 pm

      It will not have 3.1 type c as it has turbo charging which type c does not support.

  5. Amey

    11/04/2015 at 7:15 pm

    Note 4 is better than the moto X

  6. James R.

    11/19/2015 at 10:51 am

    I actually have both (I know, I’m a tech nerd). I think the Moto X is easier to hold. It feels better in the hand. The active notifications all also nice. The Note 4 is a better productivity phone (due to the stylus). I love them both.

  7. Merritt B Teddlie

    12/26/2015 at 4:22 am

    Sent my Nexus P6 back mainly since it does not support Miracast. I can’t use chromecast at my farmhouse since I have only wireless streaming and no other internet. Miracast has it’s own embedded wireless signal. Also, the nexus doesn’t have a gallery or a battery percent on the home screen. Unforgivable. Back to my Note 4. The Nexus is a great phone except for the above. Merritt

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