The price of Motorola's Moto X smartphone has decreased to $99 at Best Buy, AT&T and Amazon.com, as reported by Yahoo News on Oct. 25. This reduced Moto X price matches the list price of Apple's new iPhone 5c and it's likely Verizon and other sellers will follow suit soon. To get the $99 price you'll need to sign up for a new 24 month service commitment.
Battery life: The iPhone 5, 5s and 5c batteries support up to 10 hours internet use and up to 220 hours on standby. The Moto X battery is rated for up to 24 hours normal use and supports up to 10 hours internet use and up to 10 days on standby. It fared reasonably well in our test and should work for an average day of use if charged up every night. Heavy use or constant use will require that it be recharged.
Price: Moto X costs $199.99 at Verizon, or $99.99 at Sprint, Best Buy or AT&T. These prices require a new 2-year service commitment and come with an early termination fee of $350. An iPhone 5s with 16 gigabytes of memory also retails at $199 with a new 2-year commitment; the iPhone 5c costs $99 and has been discounted to $45.
Monthly access for Moto X, iPhone or any other smartphone on the Verizon Share Everything plan will cost a minimum of $40. Less expensive service is available for the Moto X from other carriers. Shipping is free if ordered from Verizon.com.
Processor: Moto X uses the Motorola X8, a 1.7 gigaherz dual-core application processor. The iPhone 5s uses the A7 processor. iPhones 5 and 5c use the A6 processor.
Dimensions: Moto X at 5.09 (H) x 2.57 (W) inches is roughly the same size as an iPhone (see the photo attached to this article; Moto X is on the left.)
Display: Moto X has a 4.5-inch screen which is noticeably larger than the 4-inch screen in iPhones 5, 5s and 5c. Moto X has a 1280 x 720 pixel screen. The iPhone 5, 5s and 5c have similar resolution with 1136 x 640 pixels.
Weight: Moto X weighs 4.59 ounces. Compare to iPhone 5: 3.95 ounces. The 0.6 ounce difference between iPhone and Moto X is not noticeable.
Memory: Moto X has 16 gigabytes of internal memory though the formatted capacity available to the end user is lower.
Where to buy: Both phones are available from Verizon.com and in Verizon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint stores. The iPhone is also available at Apple stores.
Conclusion: Moto X is comparable in many ways to iPhone and it's reasonable that the price is falling to match the list price of the iPhone 5c.
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