Motorola Droid

Apple fans might be excited over Cupertino’s new dynamic duo, but are the iPhone 5S and 5C really all that? According to Consumer Reports, the phones have their positive points, but in some ways still don’t stand up to Android devices from HTC, Samsung and – in particular – Motorola.

The not-for-profit organization felt that the iPhone 5S’ fingerprint reader, improved camera and 64-bit processor were strong positives. CR also felt that the iPhone 5C would be popular for those looking for a cheaper alternative to the 5S and who like the idea of multiple colors. Overall though? As the non-profit puts it: the “so-so battery life and smallish screens are no match for Motorola Droids and other [Android] phones.”

Specifically, Consumer Reports had positive things to say about Motorola when it came to Google Now, Touchless Control, active notifications and the great battery life found in the Droid Maxx. While the praise was directed at the new Verizon Droid series, the same sentiments equally apply to Motorola’s latest flagship, the Moto X.

Of course Consumer Reports is known for giving Apple a bit of a hard time when it comes to ratings, so some will say that their opinion might be a little biased. Still, it’s nice to see a (mostly) trusted source like Consumer Reports point out that Apple’s handsets might be good, but they are not the be-all-do-all device that some smartphone buyers might believe them to be.

It’s also nice to see Motorola get some recognition for their most recent smartphone efforts. Sure, the new Moto devices might not be powerhouses compared to some Android devices, but a good phone is about way more than just the specs and Motorola has come a long way in a short amount of time.

So what phone does Consumer Reports recommend as the absolute best handset of the year? That honor still goes to the Samsung Galaxy S4.

What do you think of Consumer Reports conclusion regarding Apple’s new devices and the Moto line – agree or disagree?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.