Difference between iPhone 5C and Moto X

Key difference: The iPhone 5C is a cheaper variant of the iPhone 5S, by Apple Inc. In May 2013, Motorola - a Google Company announced the launch of its flagship phone, the Moto X. The phone was officially available on August 23, 2013.

Apple announced the latest of its phone models on September 10, 2013. The two phone models were the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C is mainly considered to a cheaper variant of the iPhone 5S. While, it is cheaper as compared to the iPhone 5S, it is still at a premium price when compared to other phones on the market. In lieu of the two new releases, the iPhone 5 has been discontinued, while the iPhone 4S will still be available.

The iPhone 5C is made of polycarbonate plastic, as opposed to the preferred iPhone material, glass. The biggest departure from iPhone tradition is the fact that the iPhone 5C is available in colors, specifically White, Pink, Yellow, Blue and Green. Cases in these colors, as well as black are also available, which the user can get separately and mix and match as per his/her discretion.

The phone itself comes in two internal memory variants: 16 GB and 32 GB. Both come with the latest iOS, that is the iOS 7, which is launched with the phone. The phone touts its 8 megapixel iSight camera, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera featuring enhanced light sensitivity.

In May 2013, Motorola, which was recently acquired by Google, launched its latest flagship phone, the Moto X. The phone was officially available on August 23, 2013. Motorola marketed the phone as the first Motorola smartphone to be created and assembled in the United States.

The phone is highly modifiable. While, the front panel of the phone is available in black or white, the back panel is customization in up to 18 colors. However, this option is only available in the United States and exclusively to AT&T customers. The option may be expanded to other customers after November 2013, but that remains to be seen. Currently, other customers only have the option of woven black and woven white.

Moreover, the device has been touted as having Contextual awareness, which includes features such as saying "OK Google Now" to activate Google Now hands-free; activating the camera with flicks of one's wrist, known as 'quick capture'; the clock is displayed automatically when the phone is picked up or taken out of the pocket; the screen regularly turns on for few seconds and shows the time and recent notifications; notifications appear when a finger is placed on the screen and removing the finger returns the phone to the lock screen.

In terms of hardware, the phone features a 4.7 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Moto X is powered by the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which consists of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro System-on-chip, a single-core Natural Language Processor and a single-core Contextual Awareness Processor. The Snapdragon SoC itself consists of a dual-core Krait 300 CPU at 1.7Ghz and a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU at 400 MHz.

Comparison between iPhone 5C and Moto X:

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Apple website, the Motorola website and GSMArena.com.


iPhone 5C

Moto X

Launch Date

September 2013

August 23, 2013


Apple Corporation

Motorola Mobility, a Google company


4.90 inches (124.4 mm) x 2.33 inches (59.2 mm) x 0.35 inch (8.97 mm)

129.3 mm (5.09 in) x 65.3 mm (2.57 in) x 10.4 mm (0.41 in)


4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen

4.7 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen


640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors (~326 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels, 16M colors (~312 ppi pixel density)


Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Corning Gorilla Glass


4.65 ounces (132 grams)

130 g (4.59 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

A1532 and A1456: CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

CDMA 800 / 1900

3G Network

A1532 (GSM), A1532 (CDMA) and A1456: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

A1507, A1529

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1533 (CDMA) and A1453: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network


LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

LTE 700 MHz Class 13

LTE 1900



Android Jelly Bean UI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.3 GHz

Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait


PowerVR SGX 543MP3

Adreno 320


iOS 7.0

Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)


Apple A6

Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon


No official data available

2 GB

SIM Size



Internal Memory

16/32 GB

16/32 GB

Expandable Memory




Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. USB v2.0

GPRS, EDGE,, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB



DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL / EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot


Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR


Yes, v2.0

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

10 MP, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

2 MP,1080p


  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 30 fps
  • LED light
  • Video stabilization
  • Take still photo while recording video
  • Face detection
  • 3x zoom
  • Video geotagging

1080p@30fps, stereo sound rec., HDR

Camera Features

  • 8 megapixels
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • LED flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • Face detection
  • Panorama
  • Photo geotagging
  • 1.4 µm pixel size
  • geo-tagging
  • touch focus
  • face detection
  • panorama
  • HDR

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player

Video supported formats

H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Po 1510 mAh battery (5.73 Wh)

Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery


Up to 250 hours

Up to 576 h


Up to 10 hours on 3G

Up to 13 h

Available Colors

White, Pink, Yellow, Blue, Green

Black, White (front panel), 18 color options (back panel – AT&T exclusive) – Woven Black, Woven White (other markets)


iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM


HTML (Safari)






Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

with A-GPS support and GLONASS



via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • AirDrop file sharing
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • iBooks PDF reader
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input
  • Google Drive (50 GB storage)
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail
  • YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Organizer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: engadget.com, motorola.com

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