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Moto X vs. iPhone 5: Head to head

Jon Gold | Aug. 6, 2013
A look at how the latest Android flagship stacks up against Apple's top-of-the-line model.

The iPhone 5 will eventually run iOS 7, which is Apple's first major overhaul of the UI in years. However, it's currently stuck on iOS 6, which, the conventional wisdom has it, is beginning to look a little dated. Existing iOS fans obviously won't mind, but it doesn't seem likely to win Apple many converts. When iOS 7 comes to the device, it'll be a different story.

Being an older device, as we've noted, the iPhone 5 is unsurprisingly a little bit behind the brand-new Moto X in this department. Packing a slower processor (1.3GHz to 1.7GHz, both dual-core) 1GB of RAM to 2GB, and assorted other not-quite-cutting-edge components, the iPhone 5 might have less horsepower than the Motorola device, though it'll be interesting to see where Apple's next model falls on the hardware spectrum.

In light of the fact that the iPhone 5 still commands a flagship price — $200 and up — despite having been on the market for some time, it's tough to recommend it as a good value at this point. For a flagship device with slightly-below-top-drawer hardware, the Moto X looks like an exciting choice for its late-August availability date — though it's important to remember that a brand-new iPhone may shake things up in a big way whenever it finally comes out.


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