Moto X Style vs Moto X Play

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The smartphone market is full of choice and it can take a lot for a phone to stand out amongst the crowd but Motorola has not only done this once but twice in one go with the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play.

The two devices released under the flagship Moto X brand are both top quality phones that are both as similar as they are different. Let’s have a look at what is on offer.

Moto X Style

Moto X Play

The Style is the bigger phone both in the screen size and the power department rocking an amazing looking 5.7in QHD screen with 515ppi and a more than useful 3gb of RAM. The Play takes it down a notch with a 5.5in FHD screen with 401ppi and 2gb of RAM.

In terms of on board storage the Style comes out of the box with either 32 or 64gb with the option to add in an microSD card up to 128gb. The Play comes with either 16gb or 32gb also with the option for the 128gb add on. So more than enough storage to keep anyone happy.

Now onto the powerhouses of these two phones, again it is the Style packing the heat despite only running with a hexa-core processor. The Snapdragon 808 outperforming the Play’s octa-core Snapdragon 615. As for GPU the Style is running a Adreno 418 which is better than the Play’s Adreno 405, but as the Style is powering that massive QHD screen the performance difference isn’t really that noticeable at all.

Both the Style and Play have 21mp rear-facing and 5mp front facing camera units (the front facing on the Style also comes with a flash for those late night selfie moments) and both are really quality cameras with fast focusing and sharp results. The only difference I could pick up between them was there seemed to be some slight contrast difference with the Play being slightly darker and therefore loosing just a fraction of extra detail in the dark parts of the photo (but to see this you really need to zoom in – so I am nit-picking)

Now for the interesting part the battery department. Both phones carry good size battery’s that will get even the heaviest user through a day without issue but even though it has the smaller form factor the Play has massive 3,630mAh compared to the paltry 3,000mAh of the bigger Style. Score one for the Play.

From there on in they are very similar both feature front facing speakers (these are amazing quality).Both smartphones also offer the full range of Moto Maker customization options, including colour and Flip Shells, engraving, and metallic accent options. Software is also the same across both models, with the latest Motorola tweaked version of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on board.

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