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Size Comparison: Moto X vs. iPhone 5 vs. RAZR vs. Galaxy S4

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In his latest leak, Taylor Wimberly has posted up a photo size comparison of the Moto X next to the iPhone 5, original DROID RAZR, and Samsung Galaxy S4. We can guess at Moto’s intention for letting this picture out, but it seems sort of obvious that they are showing how compact the phone is even with its 4.7-inch display. By comparing to two of the world’s hottest phones plus one of their own, I’d say it’s safe to assume that design is going to be a key selling point come Thursday. 

Up against the iPhone 5, you can see that it doesn’t actually stand that much taller, but the screen size is significantly different at 4.7″ and 4″. Thanks to little bezel on the sides, along with a minimal forehead and chin, Motorola was able to create what appears to be a truly edge-to-edge display. It won’t be massive in your hand, yet you’ll still be able to enjoy plenty of big beautiful display.

When you compare it to the original DROID RAZR, I think it’s obvious that Motorola is showing how far they have come in terms of design. The RAZR sports a 4.3″ display and a ridiculous amount of bezel. The Moto X, again, has a larger display in a much smaller footprint.

And last, against the Galaxy S4 I think Motorola is simply showing that the smaller package of the Moto X is the optimal size of a smartphone. Whether or not you agree with that is up to you, but the design ideas between the two phones are similar. Samsung also produced a device for 2013 that had a slimmer frame but with a bigger display than its predecessor, but it’s still slightly bigger overall than the Moto X.

And yes, we can see that the Moto X is showing old ICS icons and the recently banished MotoBlur navigation icons. We’d assume that the photo is either slightly old or Moto got lazy with the screen shot they used for the phone. Taylor has produced solid info on the Moto X throughout its life as a rumor, so we’re willing to give him the benefit of the doubt here. Focus on the size, not the icons, people.

Via:  +Taylor Wimberly

  • EvanTheGamer

    SGS4 FTW!

  • Destroythanet

    Moto X seems like an updated Galaxy Nexus more than anything else imo.

  • jh123416

    Phone’s now have foreheads and chins. What’s next?

  • StankyChikin

    Goat + Sarges lips = ?

  • Galaxy S4

    Are they measuring from the base?

  • john

    Moto x is too small and it’s ugly as sin

    • guesswhat

      4.7 inch screen is small?

    • imfunny

      If 4.7” is too small you are doing it wrong!

  • Tamadrummer94

    Still looks smaller than 4.7 to me…

  • drudometkin

    I’m still using my Bionic. Actually hasn’t been all that bad, but I want something new after 2 yes.

    • Steve B

      That’s probably because you don’t know any better. You’ll be blown away by how big of a turd that phone was once you upgrade.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Depends on what he upgrades too.

      • drudometkin

        Right, I don’t know any better. Only been reading this site since the beginning, and this is sent from my nexus 10. Bionic has been a decent phone since the ICS update. I could use this thing for another year at least since I use my nexus 10 for almost everything, and my phone is mainly for making calls, navigation and quick on the go stuff.

      • sk102704

        A good majority of the people who bought the Bionic were early OG Droid owners who severely needed a new phone and couldn’t wait for the Galaxy Nexus. The Bionic was a very good device and the people that say otherwise just don’t know any better.

  • brkshr

    I would like to see it compared to an N4

  • Anthony Bottari

    2 biggest factors for me with the MotoX right now are if the Nexus5 is coming to VZW I’ll get that instead..or if the speakers are better than my G Nex cause they suck and need to be improved big time!

    • Steve B

      Looks like you’re getting the MotoX then.

      • brkshr

        This^… Don’t hold your breath Anthony

        • Anthony Bottari

          I’ve learned not to get my hopes up..thankfully I’m very patient too lol..

  • DonGoncalves

    How about the Moto X vs. the Droid Maxx?

  • shelderman

    Give me a 1080p 5 inch screen of this phone and I’m sold.

    • bkosh84

      Well I guess you aren’t getting it then…

    • jh123416

      If you’re on Verizon, just wait for the LG G2. LG’s event is next Wednesday.

  • Bob G

    Looks just like Nexus 4 without the LED notification light, which is most likely why the chin is smaller.

  • Tony Byatt

    Kind of off-topic…I find it funny how *phone folks would rag on the cheap plastics of Samsung phones and other Android phones with plastic exteriors and now that there’s a plastic, “affordable” *phone coming out it’s the greatest thing ever…smh…*mild rant over*

    • King Lo

      Moto’s phones aren’t made of plastic. Sooooo….yeah.

      • guest

        Moto x has gorilla glass molded with a polymer wrapped around the glass and the back is made of carbon material, sort of kevlar.

    • Tony Byatt

      And I was referring to the fruit company’s rumored product to those who are confused…

  • samari711

    “Motorola thinks this is the world’s most compact high-end Android phone.” Interesting that they’re calling the X a high-end phone now, when before it was a “midrange device” at least per sarge.

    • Steve B

      That was before they pimp slapped us with the X8 chip.

  • Villiam

    wish that samsung could make a phone with the size of i5 and the power of the s4 :) dont care if screen cant be full hd then, and if it would be a little thick for at good batteri. when i win the lottery on friday, im gonna make samsung make me a custom phone in the right size with the power of the greatest ;) dont care if it would cost me 100k $!

  • Paul Hansen

    I know we’re on this “try on screen notifications” kick but… am i the only one that wishes they’d leave that moto logo in the upper left corner on test devices but make the logo the notification LED a la RAZR HD? I Think that’d be badass but that’s just me…

    • Steve B

      You’re the only one. Unbranded front makes a very sexy device.

  • Flat_Stanley

    How does it compare to the actual Galaxy Nexus though, as they look quite similar? Isn’t the GNex narrower, but taller, than the RAZR?

  • microdot44

    Well this is disappointing. Coming from the Note 2 I think its too much of a drop in size plus my wife has an S4 and ill be damned if I have a smaller phone.

    • Steve B

      Damn that pride

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Wait… so the Moto X screen is .1 inches smaller than the SGS3?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Same size as the HTC One screen. It is 720p, so it may not be quite as tack-sharp, but if it is the same quality as the one on the new Nexus 7, I’m sold. That thing is GORGEOUS, and not just because of the resolution (remember that 300 ppi is the threshold of average human eye resolution at 15 inch viewing distance).

  • KOBALT

    Bring on the Note 3!

  • Alex Goings

    When I saw this picture I thought, “Where is the Moto X? I just see the iPhone, Galaxy Nexus, RAZR, and Galaxy S4.”

  • Bionlc

    Boy am I regretting my S4 purchase. Phone looks amazing and the X8 chip is something extraordinary. I wish Sarge actually gave me good leaks.

    • tyguy829

      HA.

    • Jason Downing

      Will the real Bionic please stand up…

    • Steve B

      You’re absolutely right. The X8 immediately made this phone relevant when all thought hope was lost.

    • MikeCiggy

      If the off contract price is in the realm of Google prices I’m hoping we can unload our S4’s or Note 2’s and buy an X at a small loss or possible gain.

      • Steve B

        If they launch at the rumored $299 price point then you’ll probably make a profit.

        • MikeCiggy

          Considering the prices for all of the in-demand phones on swappa don’t plummet. If that happens I’ll sell on ebay.

          • Steve B

            True. The S4 will still be perceived as a top tier phone so you should be safe.

            Love swappa. Ebay kills you on seller’s fees.

    • Bi0nic

      Troll

      • Bionlc

        Guest troll

    • Sarge

      Sorry man…I tried….

      • Steve B

        Imposter!

    • Godzilla

      Shut up with the sarge crap already. Unless you have news about another phone just shut up.

  • litobirdy

    Why can’t they make the soft keys part of the bottom bezel? I dont mean the keys like the S4 or Note phones, i hate those, they always fade away blah blah. just make the bototm bezel somehow part of the screen but being just for the soft keys.

    • Steve B

      Or at least make the navigation keys tied to a gesture. Swipe up to show them, swipe down to hide them. Pretty much how you can do it on AOKP.

  • Shaun Chaudoin

    Moto X looking all kinds of sexy in this lineup!

  • Bionlc

    Sarge showed me this two weeks ago

    • Brendan Small

      Translation: “Hey everyone, look at me!”

      • Bionlc

        Per Sarge, Brendan Small is a troll

        • Bionic

          I told you not to use sarge’s name

          • Bionlc

            Sarge told me to tell you not to use his name

    • Verizon

      Ahhhh, Bionic. You were my biggest mistake.

      • Chris Schmucker

        BionIc
        FTFY

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        Thunderbolt must be feeling pretty good right now. :)

  • Detonation

    Except the 4.7″ screen is actually about a 4.4″ screen because of the on screen nav keys. Yes, I just made a negative comment about on screen nav keys, down vote me away.

    • Jason Downing

      Guess you’ll just have to root, rom, and use PIE. Not always practical… I personally don’t use it, but I’m not worried about it either.

      • Detonation

        I have a GS3 and I’m happy with the home and capacitive buttons…definitely a minority here

        • Jason Downing

          Definitely. After using on screen, I wouldn’t want to go back.

      • Ryan O’Neill

        *Doesn’t require a ROM, you can stay on stock as long as you’re rooted :) Just use the build.prop edit.

        Personally I prefer GMD Gesture Control since it’s way more customizable and is “invisible” (doesn’t show a ring of icons), but provides the same functionality.

        • Jason Downing

          I’ll have to check it out. I prefer on screen over PIE, but maybe GMD will be coo

        • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

          build.prob edit not necessary. several apps to engage fullscreen in the play store. Unfortunately, the one i use to use is no longer there. but there are others. but root is still required.

          https://play.google.com/store/search?q=fullscreen&c=apps&hl=en

  • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

    @Verizon is breaking character, ban it.

    • Verizon

      No, my comments still have evil intentions.

      • Bionlc

        Per Sarge, Verizon is the best provider for timely updates, device releases, and minimal bloatware.

  • DMBatCOFC

    It’s all about performance for me… Every Motorola phone I’ve owned (OG Droid, Bionic, RAZR, and RAZR HD MAXX) have all been laggy, with each ultimately slowing down to an unbearable point after a few months. I hope Motorola/Google have ironed all of these things out with this edition. I’m optimistic, yet skeptical at the same time.

    • Verizon

      It is all about how you use it and what you put on it. Just like a computer, if you load a bunch of crap on your phone and never clean it up, it will run horribly. If you never clean up the cache, it will run horribly. If you never restart it, it will run horribly. Personally, I wipe my phones about every quarter and I’ve never had a problem with any of them in the performance department. I’m using the OG Razr Maxx too.

      • pappy53

        +1000

      • samari711

        Agree, to a point. clearing the cache and rebooting really shouldn’t be necessary on a properly designed system. The OS should be able to take corrective action or make it impossible for poorly programmed apps to bog everything else down. But if you’ve got 5 home screens worth of widgets each polling the internet for updates ever 2 minutes, yeah things are going to be slow.

        • Verizon

          That is one of the problems with an open ecosystem like this though. There will be crap and sometimes it will end up on your phone. Even deleting those apps won’t completely clean everything sometimes. When your phone is as powerful as your computer you have to take similar actions to keep it running right.

        • Raven

          I have 5 screens containing 20 widgets on my Droid 4 and it still runs great for an older phone (only 3: weather, agenda, and calendar probably access the network at all though).
          I do confess to rebooting weekly though just out of habit.

    • Ryan O’Neill

      I feel ya. Razr HD is super laggy with so much crapware. Even disabling it, I have a hard time dealing with 1GB of RAM.

  • marko358

    Hurry up Thursday!

  • Tyrus

    still rocking the razr and in no rush of getting a new phone

    • marko358

      I’ll make sure to update my journal with this.

    • Lunkman

      Suddenly wondering if I should upgrade my Razr…nav keys make this a 4.5 screen vs. 4.3, correct? Feel like is should be more of a jump over the Razr….kinda disappointed now!

      • Weber

        It would make the 4.7 a 4.5

      • LiterofCola

        Yeah, this’ll be a solid device, but size-wise, not much of an improvement.

      • kidtronic

        Unless you watch a video or a play a properly optimized game, at which point the navigation keys would disappear.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Sorry, but this is night and day different from the Razr. Screen is 720p vs. qHD, MUCH higher quality (if similar to the new DROID screens), battery is at least 1.5x larger capacity.

        And that’s not even mentioning the X8 MCS that they likely have under the hood running the show. Unless I see something that completely turns me off during the media blitz on Thursday, I will have this day 1, and my Razr will be on Swappa.

  • JonathonFlores

    And I thought I wanted a bigger screen… what was I thinking??

  • LiterofCola

    Ugh, really?

    • Steve B

      LiterofDouchebag strikes again.

      • LiterofCola

        There’s some irony for ya!

  • Marcus Schoen

    Notice that the times in the clock vary on each phone. This doesnt see like an official render.

    • Tyler Durden

      oh, because they are all supposed to match?

      • Marcus Schoen

        Just saying. It looks like someone just took a bunch of 1st party press renders from each phone and stitched them together. It doesnt have the quality of press renders Moto has done in the past. I call fake.

        • Verizon

          Ummm, did you read the words that came with the photo?

  • EC8CH

    Looks good, Maximize the screen and squeeze everything else off the front.

    To me 4.7″ is a good screen size for a phone. I wouldn’t want anything smaller, and I think anything over 5″ is getting too large.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Look at the cute little iPhone :)

    • bboyairwreck

      butt ugly indeed. lol

    • pappy53

      That “cute little iPhone” with it’s dual core will outperform most of the Android phones, even the quad-cores. It is cute, isn’t it?

      • Joe

        Bad troll is bad.

      • TechnologyIsMyName

        The funny thing is: What purpose does an iPhone need with performance anyways? It’s just one giant app drawer with no options. No widgets, no live wallpapers, and no nothing that really points to a reason for an iPhone needing performance. It should just stay single core because it has no reason to go beyond that aside from bragging rights. Android needs to multi-task because it does a lot more than an iPhone will ever do. It’s just funny that Apple thinks they need a fast phone when in reality there is nothing to do with that “performance”.

        • aQuickBit

          Hell a Windows Phone needs to have higher specs than an iPhone because the Live Tiles are pretty damn close to Android widgets, so they are constantly updating information as well.

        • carlisimo

          iOS got it in 3.0, in mid 2009. Android got system-wide copy/paste in Gingerbread, at the end of 2010.

          There were some quasi-copy/paste implementations before that, but they were all over the place. Some were only part of Sense of Blur, some seemed to only work with hardware keyboards… I don’t miss that.

          • michael arazan

            BS, I had it with My first android phone in 2009 on the motorola D1, I could copy and paste and it never had gingerbread

      • David Narada Brown

        lets wait and see how this new ios7 runs on them. I think they were holding a lot of what android has back so they didint mess with the smoothness of the iphone. we will see once iphone 4, 4s, and 5 users upgrade to this new version. O and android is a beast!!!!!!

    • apple apple

      Leave me the hell alone you Android FREAK!

  • Tyler Durden

    Thought that was the Gnex at first

    • EC8CH

      beautiful isn’t it :-P

      • Tyler Durden

        precisely

    • Bi0nic

      Lawsuit anyone?

      • Verizon

        Don’t be silly. Apple can’t sue Moto for making the X look like the GNex. Well, ok they could try, but…..

        • Bi0nic

          Apple will pull a reason out of their a** to try to make it work in court.

          Edit: You edited your comment!

        • Eric

          Since it’s being made in the US I doubt an import ban would work.

          • Verizon

            They could try to annex Texas.

          • Eric

            Texas has been wanting to secede for the longest time so I’m sure it will work at some point.

          • Verizon

            Maybe Apple could fund the Texas secession and then have an import ban put on the Moto X.

          • Eric

            meanwhile back at Apple…

          • Paul Hansen

            More like kick Texas out so that they’re not part of the US then try an import ban :P

            Edit: and as I “load more comments” I see this idea has already been covered. Great minds :P

          • Paul Hansen

            That would actually be amusing to see.

      • Tyler Durden

        With Google owning Moto, yes they will sue themselves.

      • vagina inc

        i’m filing a lawsuit agains your vagina

  • Verizon

    If I was a Freudian I might say that GS4 owners are compensating for something.

    I’d also focus on the, “It won’t be massive in your hand, yet you’ll still be able to enjoy plenty of big beautiful display.” comment too.

    • JoshGroff

      It’s the same size as the S3, and noticeably smaller than the DNA, despite packing more into it.

      • Verizon

        I said “if”

    • Verizon

      The down votes crack me up on this.

      • Weber

        I’m here to turn the tables.

        • Verizon

          lol

          • Weber

            I’ll just upvote for every downvote. Especially since you forced your *almost opinion on us.

          • Weber

            That backfired for me. Idk what I expected.

          • Verizon

            lol You get used to it. I added a caveat to my original post.

          • Weber

            You win for today. They won’t know what to do.

          • Tyler Durden

            i just cry myself to sleep at night

          • Verizon

            LMAO! That seriously made me laugh.

          • Weber

            Does it ever get better? I’ve only recently decided to voice my opinions, and the downvotes hurt my heart.

          • Tyler Durden

            i think i’ve cried so much i’m on the verge of spontaneously growing a vagina

          • Verizon

            I can’t tell if they are down voting you for crying or the idea of you having a vagina.

          • Tyler Durden

            Or they don’t know what a vagina is

          • LiterofCola

            I lol’d

          • Verizon

            I used to get down votes just for the name. Then I’d actually have people start arguing with me like I was a VZW rep or something. Some of the conversations I’ve had on here are just hysterical.

          • Tyler

            I used to get down votes …. but then i took an arrow to the knee.

          • Verizon

            I’m not sure whether I should up vote or down vote this.

      • Bi0nic

        It’s downvote heaven over here! I’ll join the party to see how many I attract.

        • Fozzybare

          but you get upvotes because you aren’t real

        • Butters619

          It’s going to take you years to shake off the downvotes. Even if all you do is make the most though provoking and insightful comments you’re screwed for a while

    • Eric Lega-c Smith

      I really enjoy the feel of my Galaxy S4. Isn’t really massive or anything. It was a HUGE jump from my Droid 3 though.

      • Verizon

        I don’t really think the phone is that big. The Note is a different story.

        I was just making a comment on the comparison chart. It struck me funny how much larger it looks.

        • Eric Lega-c Smith

          Well yeah it looks huge lol. Put it next to a G Pro or a Note and I understand

        • MikeCiggy

          I have the Note 2. For the first few days I felt like the size was insane. It didn’t make much sense and was annoying to hold. I quickly got used to it and love the phone and the screen.

          However, it is most definitely massive. Holding my old gnex or an s4 quickly reminds me I can’t wrap my hand around my current phone.

          I would gladly go to an s4 and not be upset about losing a tiny bit of screen for a major loss in overall size. The X may be a little to small for me though.

  • jaybar

    Me rikey