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Moto X 2015 vs Galaxy S6: 5 Key Differences



As 2015 pushes forward more and more smartphones arrive for potential buyers to choose from, and yesterday Motorola’s latest Moto X was finally announced to take on the competition. In 2015 the Moto X, also known as the Moto X Pure Edition or Style, has tons to offer along with a big and bright display. Here’s how it compares to Samsung’s latest and greatest.

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. It’s all a bit confusing and in the U.S. only one will be offered, the Style, but Motorola will call and sell it as the Moto X Pure Edition.

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

All the confusion aside Motorola has an excellent new flagship smartphone in the 2015 Moto X, and it has enough to compete with the Galaxy S6, a screen big enough to go head to head with the upcoming Galaxy Note 5, and more. As a result many buyers are weighing all of their options, and below are a few key differences between these phones for those considering on vs the other.


In April the Galaxy S6 was released and has a pretty big lead over Motorola in terms of sales and availability, but once the Moto X is finally released in September buyers will have a tough choice to make. Get a brand new smartphone that’s fully customizable, or the popular Galaxy S6 we know so well.

Samsung’s smartphone has some of the best specs available today, a premium design, stunning 5.1-inch screen, and arguably one of the best cameras in any smartphone. However, Motorola finally delivered a great camera too, from what we’re hearing, and it has a huge 5.7-inch Quad-HD display as well. One that’s bigger than the Galaxy S6, even though the two devices are rather similar in size.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

These two smartphones are very different in every aspect, so most of the choice will come down to user preference, screen size, price, and of course software. That’s because Samsung covers up Android with its own TouchWiz interface, while the new Moto X 2015 runs nearly stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop straight from Google.

That all said, here are five key differences between the 2015 Moto X Pure Edition (Style) and the Galaxy S6, for those considering one of these as their next smartphone.



These two smartphones couldn't be any different in terms of design. With Samsung's Galaxy S6 owners get a truly premium device made of glass and aluminum, a fingerprint scanner for security, and an overall excellent device. It's squared with rounded edges and a smooth aluminum finish, speakers on bottom aiming down, and a great overall design.

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. These are very different devices.

We can't give one a nod vs the other as I've yet to try the new Moto X, but the Galaxy S6 feels like one of the most premium smartphones available. It will be hard for Motorola to match that, even if buyers choose a wood or leather back to give it a premium feel.

Motorola's back is curved to be more comfortable and easy to hold, while the Galaxy S6 is just a slab of metal and glass. 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.




  1. Victor Ly

    07/30/2015 at 8:45 am

    Thank you for a well-written comparison between two flagship phones. Furthermore, this article seems to be unbiased, which I highly appreciate, especially because so many articles on smartphones are impartial nowadays.

  2. anim8me2

    07/30/2015 at 9:33 am

    I stopped reading as soon as I came to this:
    “We can’t give one a nod vs the other as I’ve yet to try the new Moto X, but the Galaxy S6 feels like one of the most premium smartphones available. It will be hard for Motorola to match that, even if buyers choose a wood or leather back to give it a premium feel.”

    You write an article attempting to compare the phones head to head, but have no access to one of them.
    That makes this article worthless and not much more than click-bait. Write it again when you get your hands on the new Moto X.

    • Guy

      08/05/2015 at 12:31 am

      What? He said he can’t give a nod. Can you read?

      • anim8me2

        08/06/2015 at 7:26 am

        Can you? Even writing an article attempting to compare two things when you don’t have one of them to make the comparison is useless. That was the point I made. Which you either ignored or missed. Wether they “give a nod” or not is irrelevant.

  3. Jack

    09/10/2015 at 7:06 am

    You have a BRAIN USE IT!

  4. dlderk

    09/15/2015 at 10:33 am

    I have a brain but haven’t tried either phone. Someone who has tried them both should compare them not me or Cory Gunther. The audacity of Cory is beyond belief.

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