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Note 3 vs. Moto X – Mobile Madness

by Roy Choi | March 14, 2014March 14, 2014 2:00 pm PST

TechnoBuffalo - Mobile Madness 2014 - Brackets - Set 2

Our first grouping of match-ups of this year’s Mobile Madness have concluded and we know which 8 devices will face each other in the next round. First up we have the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. the Moto X. Personally I had these two devices as my favorites of 2013. Each one for different reasons. In fact I carried both phones around for quite a few months.

The Note 3 met and beat the HTC One Max in the previous round to advance to this level. The Note 3 sports a massive and high resolution display. It was also one of my favorite camera on an Android Smartphone. While I enjoyed nearly EVERY bit of the Moto X, the camera was the biggest drawback for me.

Which device do you see winning this round? The Galaxy Note 3 or the Moto X? You decide.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Galaxy Note 3 Video Review

The device is the third in Samsung’s portfolio of Note-branded smartphones, and it packs the most powerful hardware of any of Samsung’s current smartphones. That said, it also has a massive display that can be cumbersome to hold with a single hand, though its software features promise to make the experience worth it…

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Galaxy Note 3 Specs

  • 5.7-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (386 ppi)
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor – 3G 1.9 GHz Octa Core Processor ( A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB Storage

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Moto X

Moto X Video Review

A few years ago, it was never really about specs. Smartphones, in their relative infancy, were exciting because of the experience, how they suddenly made it possible to access information from anywhere, at any time. Fire up an app and you’re connected. But somewhere the industry hit an impasse, and companies soon lost focus on what’s important. We lost sight of what’s important. On came the growing pains of adolescents, and the boneheaded idea that bigger, faster and more automatically meant better.

It’s no secret that companies today abide by an unspoken formula, that is: flood the market with devices largely indistinguishable from the last, and see what sticks; it’s become a corporate marketshare Rat Race—and, as unfortunate as it sounds, it’s all so predictable. That’s not to say we aren’t being presented with great options. But the focus in recent months has been so narrowly on internal hardware buzzwords, that that’s all anyone ever cares about. We’re conditioned to always want the next beefy phone because what we have right now is never good enough.

And then we got the Moto X, which, on first impression, is more of the same, maybe even less so. Leading up to the device’s announcement, the Moto X was hyped by rigid executives as something to be reckoned with, an iPhone-Galaxy-S4-HTC-One killer from the labs of Motorola and Google. What we got, well, people were quite unimpressed by. But those people just don’t get it. The Moto X is unquestionably among the best handsets, Android or otherwise, that’s ever hit the market.

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Moto X Specs

  • 4.7-inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display (312 ppi)
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB / 32GB Storage

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Cast Your Vote

Thanks for voting, come back tomorrow as we continue on our Mobile Madness tournament.

Voting will close Saturday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. PST.


Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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