The Nexus 4, Moto X and how Google is changing Android perception from "high spec" to "high experience"
0. phoneArena 05 Jul 2013, 12:44 posted on
As I've tried to remind our readership on numerous occasions in my time here at PhoneArena, we all live in a fishbowl. We all have more intimate knowledge of mobile technology than the average consumer, because we all share a passion for the subject and seek out more information. The trouble is that we are still human, and we don't reflect on our views often enough, and instead we use shortcuts to prove our opinions. So, when a company like Google/Motorola is actively trying to change the conversation around Android, it can take longer to land in our community than the average consumer, because we have so many preconceptions...
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69. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
The thumbs down disappeared a few weeks ago, and while I don't have the official reasoning, I assume they were removed because they were troll bait. People would thumb things down simply because the button was there and for no other reason.
I'm very happy with them gone. All they did was spread bad vibes.
73. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
and when are you going to ban trolls?
even me if you think I am a troll.
79. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Trolls are banned after 3 warnings for unacceptable comments, that's the standard operating procedure here.
140. roldefol (Posts: 3226; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I've gotten content warnings a couple times for comments that contain no foul language, no trolling, no insults. For instance, one of the objectionable words is "sheep". Is there a master list of banned words and phrases?
NOTE: This comment has been flagged because I used the word "sheep".
95. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Yes you are a Troll™®©
ExperiaDroid with you other acount "Potato"
53. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
Well written article. What's a smartphone without a good user experience. An affordable and user friendly phone will be most welcome to my wallet.
92. Sniggly (Posts: 7199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Excellent article. You know already that this is exactly the opinion I've had on this topic. If the Moto X is priced right, its specs will really be a steal. When my old Atrix runs well on 4.2.2, then a much newer processor should too.
93. Sdubb3 (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
I agree with this article....but coming from a HTC Evo 4G to a SGS4, the specs and experience upgrade combined was well worth it and is something to talk about, for me. I actually enjoy my phone now.
105. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)
nice article Michael,this is what i mostly talk about when i recommend people smartphones or when i compare devices
111. jellmoo (Posts: 725; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Beautiful article that really helps identify what the spec war is doing in the Android world. At the end of the day, user experience should be the prime motivator for decision making. The Nexus 4, for me, is currently an almost unbeatable value for most consumers. The extra $250-$300 that a GE One or S4 costs do not really demonstrate added value to the cost difference for most users.
I honestly think there is more value to really shoring up the overall experience and making things easier and better for the tasks that need to be done, than just desperately trying to make everything faster, bigger, thinner, more HD.
116. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
You are near the target with this article. Experience though is a matter of perspective whereas specs can be related as facts. Right now I can't imagine myself using the windows 8 OS. I've used the iOS too but what Android is what windows achieved in the PC market.
119. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)
Other great article from Michael. Commenter always don't make sense since they whining about small thing as it seems like their top priorities in life. Like lag which only in milisecond.
Off topics, why m.phonearena.com can't be open using other browser like Firefox, opera mobile and dolphin? They always redirect me to full web view. It doesn't happen with stock ics. Just fyi if we want to pin phonearena in speed dial
121. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 675; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
hmmm.. good one Google.. Keep it up...
122. saiki4116 (Posts: 371; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
The hardware is saturated now,Specs don't matter more. Anything more than Quad core A9 is more than enough for most of the consumers.
129. tedkord (Posts: 5555; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Good read, Michael. But I'd just like to add one point. Many of us (myself included) are no longer on the 2 year upgrade cycle. I've got grandfathered unlimited data, and if I go the subsidy route, I lose that. Losing it would cost me more over the course of two years than simply buying the device outright.
Until verizon simply tells me I simply can't have unlimited data anymore,I will go month to month and buy my phones. When they pull unlimited (and they will, make no mistake), I will start looking elsewhere.
138. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
I've had great success on T-Mobile. Unlimited, cheaper if you bring your own device or buy one outright, or you can pay a little more monthly to have the subsidized device financed over 20 months. For my 5 lines I saved about $100/mo compared to AT&T/Verizon at the time I switched, and now that they're on their more-expensive Share plans, it's about $120-140. I don't use anywhere near unlimited, but it's nice to have the option. Plus, free tethering :)
131. Apoorvtheman (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
Rightly said, experience matters not the specs :-)
133. saffant (Posts: 234; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)
Very short sighted article. Surprised that a techie wrote this. The Nexus 4 might be a great phone, but its camera is crap compared to the S4/One. Its might feel better in your hands, but is a very poorly designed device considering it has glass on both its sides. The S4 has a much more natural feel to it thanks to its curved design. That's not up for debate—it's a fact.
The S4/One also come with a better battery life, slimmer design, microSD support (S4 at least) and thankfully not a lacklustre UI (but hey that's a subjective issue so i wont dwell on that).
PS: "slight difference in visuals" is an understatement. Far Cry 3 on PC vs console is like night and day. I honestly couldn't even play the game on my PS3 cuz of how hideous it looked compared to my PC. Also FPS games without a mouse are a joke lol.
134. xperia1409 (Posts: 11; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
One of THE best articles i have ever read!!!
141. Valdomero (Posts: 126; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
That's why I love my Nexus 4, Experience over Specs, that's how it should be. My friends always try to show off their S4's IP5's and all that crap, but in the end my phone does the same thing as theirs (actually I use my phone for more stuff than my friends uses theirs), and cost half of what they're sold for. People should get a phone for their needs of usage (i.e. navigation, messaging, social interaction, etc.) not to show off and pretend they're rich because they have the latest device.