iPhone 5s vs. Moto X


Apple’s iPhone 5s and Motorola’s Moto X are the flagships of the respective companies. Launching within just a few months of each other, how do these two compare?

iOS vs. Android
Before we get on to the full comparison, let’s talk about the operating system that each phone runs. 

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As you can see from the images above, There is a major difference between iOS and Android. 
At the time of writing, the iPhone is running the latest version of iOS (7.1.1) and the Moto X is running the latest version of Android (4.4.2).
The Android vs. iOS debate will continue for a long time to come, so I will just say this;

Both have their advantages and disadvantages. It’s down to the individual to decide which is right from them. Neither of them is better than the other, contrary to what other people may say. 


When it comes to design, these two devices take very different approaches.


The iPhone has an aluminium and glass back with an all glass front panel, whereas the Moto has an all plastic design with a glass screen. Whilst there is no doubt that the iPhone’s design is superior, the glass on the top and bottom make it a somewhat fragile device, whereas the Moto’s plastic is much more durable and less prone to scratching.

For this category, the iPhone wins because despite the downside of possibly smashing the glass, it’s a beautiful piece of hardware. Even though many people put it in a case the second they get it. 


Many people nowadays use their smartphone as their primary camera because they always have it with them. 

In terms of rear cameras, the iPhone 5s has an 8 megapixel sensor and the Moto X has a 10 megapixel sensor. However, the iPhone has larger pixels which should theoretically translate to better low light performance. For the front camera, the iPhone has a 1.2 megapixel shooter compared to the Moto’s 2.1 megapixels.

Bear in mind that the iPhone shoots photos in the narrower 4:3 resolution where as the Moto shoots in widescreen 16:9 resolution.

I went out with both phones and put them through three tests; outdoor, indoor (low light) and selfie.


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Here the Moto X is the winner. Despite the vibrant colours on the iPhone (like the green leaves on the tree), the Moto produces a clearer picture and more evenly balanced tones. For example, the sky doesn’t look blown out on the Moto like it does on the iPhone.



Indoor (low light)




Here the iPhone 5s is the winner. The larger pixels do translate to better low light performance. The lighting on the cardboard Buffy is more natural and lifelike on the iPhone than it is on the Moto. It just goes to prove that megapixels aren’t everything.



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Here the winner is the iPhone 5s. The colours are warmer and more true to life. Whilst it may look like there’s a yellowish tint to the iPhone photo, that is actually what the lighting looks like in real life. The Moto is a little washed out which is disappointing.


Battery life
Both phones have a similar battery life. Taking the phone off charge at 9 AM, both phones last until 10 PM without the need for additional charging provided that the usage is moderate and not running anything intensive such as games or streaming video.
Although both batteries last long enough to get through an average day, the iPhone’s standby time is a lot better than the Moto. After an hour of standby, the iPhone’s battery drops by around 2% whereas the Moto drops by about 4%. 
Because of this, I’m giving the advantage to the iPhone due to the incredible standby time.


Overall, the iPhone is the winner here. This is unsurprising though when you take into account the pricing. 

The Moto X costs just £280 whereas the iPhone 5s starts at £549 for the base model. 
The higher price for the iPhone allows the premium design and brilliant cameras. 
Having said that, the Moto is incredible value and is definitely worth a look. It’s fast, feels great in the hand and is overall a great experience. Although the camera lets it down.


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New Years Resolution Update #2

Well I did it. I finally passed my driving test! 5 attempts but I finally did it!!!

Until next time,

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Are leaks ruining product launches?


I was watching the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S IV and I couldn’t help but be underwhelmed by the fact that I had already seen what the phone would look like as well as many of the specs in numerous leaks leading up to the launch.

I then thought back to previous product launches and realised the same thing has been happening for at least 2 years now. I’m all in favour of seeing what a product will look like before it goes on general release but when big tech companies put on a big presentation to unveil their latest and greatest shiny object that everyone wants it’s disappointing that everyone has already seen it.

It’s unlikely to change so this is how it will be from now on.

Ah well.

Jack, the international nerd of mystery

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New Years Resolution Update #1

Time for a quick update on my resolutions.

I split with my girlfriend so technically that’s 1 resolution down. 3 to go.


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My day in tech

Good tidings,

Today I’m going to talk about how much of a role technology plays in my day-to-day life.

My weekday normally starts at 8:30 AM. My alarm goes off and the first thing I do is check Twitter and Facebook on my phone (iPhone 4S). After getting dressed and cleaning my teeth, I make a cup of strong black coffee, grab my bag and head out the door.
I arrive at college at about 9:20 AM where I head straight into class. The first thing I do is open my laptop (MacBook Air) and log into the college wifi.
No matter what I’m doing on my laptop, my phone is always next to me on the table in case I need to reply to a text or read an email. I’ll admit it, I’m addicted to my phone.

After college, I go home, put my laptop on my desk and replace it with my iPad which is never out of my hand around the house. There’s nothing I like to do more than kick back and watch Netflix or play Grand Theft Auto after a long day.

At about 10 PM, I get into bed. Check my phone one last time and go to sleep to repeat the process all over again.

And that’s my day.


See you real soon,

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2013. The next 365 days

Happy New Year!

Yep it’s that time again when everyone swears that they’ll quit smoking and join the gym. Then a week later they give up and say they’ll try again next year.

Not me. I’m setting 4 New Years resolutions that are realistic.

1. Pass my driving test – I have taken my driving test 4 times and failed every time. I’ll be booking my next test in a few days and I am determined to pass it this time! Now I have a job that requires a 1.5 hour commute and a girlfriend who lives 30 mins drive away, I need a car in order to keep up with y life!

2. Dedicate more time to my girlfriend – Since September, I have been dating an amazing woman who has made my life better so I am dedicating 2013 to us. We both study full-time at college and I work most weekends but whenever I’m off, I’m going to try and spend as much time with Kimmi as possible.

3. Update this blog more – I have had this blog for over a year and I don’t update it as often as I want so for the next 12 months, I am going to create at least one new post every month. This allows me to hopefully find my voice in the travel/technology community (yeah right!) and have more of a voice about current issues.

4. Go to the cinema at least once a month – Even though movie ticket prices are annoyingly high, you can’t beat going to the cinema and seeing the latest blockbuster or indie flick. The immersive experience is hard to beat and turning my phone off for 2-3 hours allows me to unplug from the world and take a break.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and have a great 2013!


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A year without Steve Jobs

Hi all,

I thought I would take some time to write this post in memory of the late Steve Jobs.
It was one year ago today (October 5th) that he passed away from pancreatic cancer. During his life, Steve Jobs co-founded the worlds most valuable company (Apple Inc.) and helped launch one of the worlds largest animation studios (Pixar). These two companies alone helped to revolutionise the way we live and work. At the time of this writing, a Disney-Pixar movie (Brave) is in cinemas, and I’m typing this post on an iPad. Neither of these things would’ve existed if it were not for Steve.

He was a man who accepted nothing less than perfection, and whilst this caused him to make many enemies, it also allowed him to know what people wanted before they did. He was arguably the worlds greatest salesman, turning a simple product like a smartphone into a must have gadget for any technophile or even just the average person.

Jobs used his Reality Distortion Field to woo people into queueing for hours, and even days, to be some of the first consumers to get their hands on the latest Apple product. Many people complain about the high prices for products with that famous Apple logo on it but they still turn up in their masses at every product launch.
That was the true genius of Steve Jobs. Creating something so simple, elegant, and irresistible.

Like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Steve Jobs created a financial juggernaut from hardly anything. Partnering with his good friend Steve Wozniak, Jobs founded Apple in his parents garage. Today Apple is valued at over 6 billion US dollars on the stock market.

There is no greater modern day success story than that of Steve Jobs and Apple. Despite being thrown out of his own company in the late 80’s, Steve eventually returned and revitalised Apple. It was under his leadership that revolutionary products that people now use in their everyday life, including the iPhone and iMac, were envisioned, designed, marketed, and sold in their millions.

One year after his death, Apple continues to thrive becoming one of the most well known companies associated with technology and design.

Steve Jobs gave us devices that we now take for granted and for that, I am truly grateful.

Thank you Steve and Rest in Peace.


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