If you're debating whether or not to buy one of these big screen "phablets" one thing to consider is the specs. Rather than going through them one at a time, here's one big breakdown of everything these phones have to offer.
Galaxy Note 5 Specs
- 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD S-AMOLED Display
- Samsung Exynos 8-core processor with 4GB of RAM
- 32, 64GB storage options (no Micro-SD slot)
- 16 Megapixel OIS Camera
- 5 Megapixel front-facing camera
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Premium Galaxy S6-like all glass and aluminum design
- Fingerprint scanner
- Heart rate sensor, IR sensor, more
- 3,000 mAh battery with fast & wireless charging
- S-Pen Stylus
2015 Moto X Pure Edition Specs
- 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
- 6-core Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM
- 16/32/64 GB of Storage with a Micro-SD slot for expandable storage
- 21 Megapixel F2.0 Rear and 5 Megapixel Front Camera (front and rear LED flash)
- 4k Video, HDR Video, Slo-Mo Video and more
- Pure stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- Dual Stereo Sound front speakers
- Aluminum Design
- 3,000 mAh battery with the world’s fastest “TurboPower” charging
- Unlocked with Universal 4G LTE (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.)
- Water-repellent coating
- MotoMaker Customization
As you can see above they have the same size screen, both will have aluminum designs for a more premium look and feel, and run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop but that's where similarities end.
The Note 5 has more power, a fingerprint scanner, the S-Pen stylus, and is a premium device with all glass and aluminum. At the same time that kills the chance of having a micro-SD slot.
The Moto X matches the screen and battery size, promises even faster charging, and offers tons of customization. They kept the micro-SD slot for expandable storage, and dual front-facing speakers for improved sound. The Moto X has a bigger 21 megapixel camera, but megapixels aren't everything. The Note 5 has won a few awards already, but independent reviews online say the Moto X has the second best camera behind the Galaxy S6, and ahead of the iPhone 6. So keep that in mind. And don't forget the price, which we'll get to in a moment.