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Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X

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Interface and Functionality:


Okay, so we know that the Nexus 5 is naturally blessed with the latest version of Google’s mobile platform, Android 4.4 KitKat to be precise, but to tell you the truth, the mostly stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience of the Moto X dishes up some equally appealing features. Being the newer version of the platform, the Nexus 5 is able to reap all the benefits of what’s new with the platform – like a smarter Caller ID, yellowpages like functionality with the contacts app, Google Now integration with the homescreen, wireless printing, preloaded QuickOffice app, and much more. Even though it’s running an older build, the Moto X does flaunt its own set of exciting and useful features as well.

Although KitKat brings forth a clean looking UI to Android, the Moto X’s interface is not too far off, even more when it’s running a mostly stock experience. The differences are minor, honestly, such as how the apps panel with the Nexus 5 is strictly reserved for apps – whereas it’s combined together with the Moto X. Aside from that, all the baseline functions of Android are intact with the two. Therefore, their notifications panel and multi-tasking menu act all in the same manner that we’re familiar with.

In addition to integrating Google Now with its homescreen, the Nexus 5’s KitKat experience also has instant access to the service by speaking the phrase “okay Google” any time while on the homescreen. It’s quick and fast to access, but we still prefer the Moto X’s implementation, seeing that it’s “always listening” for the key phrase “okay Google Now” – even when it’s locked.

UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
UI of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X

UI of the Google Nexus 5

The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X

The Motorola Moto X is running an almost stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience


As we’re familiar with, notifications are pooled into a centralized place with their respective notifications panels, which present us with some added functionality depending on the type of notification. Well, the Moto X takes the process one step further with its Active Display feature. It’s not a milestone per se in the Android sphere, but it’s just one of those overlooked sort of things that proves its worth in more ways than none.

Sure, the Nexus 5 boasts a slightly more spacious keyboard layout, seeing that it has a larger screen of course. Nevertheless, the two keyboards look and perform very similar to one another – though, emojis are cleverly incorporated into the messaging app of KitKat.

Keyboard of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
Keyboard of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
Keyboard of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
Keyboard of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X

Keyboard of the Google Nexus 5

Keyboard of the Motorola Moto X - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
Keyboard of the Motorola Moto X - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
Keyboard of the Motorola Moto X - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
Keyboard of the Motorola Moto X - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X

Keyboard of the Motorola Moto X


Honestly folks, it’s a close one. On the surface, it’s wonderful that these two experiences cater to all of our needs – without adding in any features that would seem redundant. So that’s exactly why we love these two experiences! Rather than throwing in several features with their experiences, they focus on a few notable ones that we actually use on a daily basis. Frankly, they make the Android experience simple and uncluttered, the hallmarks of any platform that wants to appease a wide audience.


Processor and Memory:


The Nexus 5 packs the more impressive hardware under the hood – a mighty fast quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with Adreno 330 GPU, coupled with 2GB of RAM. Oppositely, most people would associate the Moto X’s dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with the Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM , as being more fitting for a mid-ranger. Overlooking the vast hardware discrepancies, they both exhibit the same snappy performance with basic functions – though, when it comes to processor intensive ones, it’s the Nexus 5 that muscles through the tasks with ease.

Becoming a standard practice amongst high-end smartphones, these two don’t offer expandable storage due to their closed designs. At the very least, we have two options to choose from the onset, 16GB or 32GB, which are the expected capacities we’re exposed to nowadays.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
Motorola Moto X 8509
Google Nexus 5 8455
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Motorola Moto X 18483
Google Nexus 5 26340
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
Motorola Moto X 54
Google Nexus 5 52
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Motorola Moto X 749
Google Nexus 5 1166
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
Motorola Moto X 2412
Google Nexus 5 1524
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Internet and Connectivity:


Hardly a surprise, they both excel in the area of surfing the web, thanks in part to their speedy 4G LTE connections and snappy performances. Heck, even complex pages filled with multimedia content don’t pose any problems with these two, as they’re ideal for the occasion. Still, seeing that it has the larger and higher resolution screen, the Nexus 5 appeals more to us – though, as a whole, they get the job done at the end of the day.

Browser of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
Browser of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
Browser of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
Browser of the Google Nexus 5 - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X

Browser of the Google Nexus 5

Surfing the web with the Motorola Moto X - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
Surfing the web with the Motorola Moto X - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
Surfing the web with the Motorola Moto X - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X
Surfing the web with the Motorola Moto X - Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X

Surfing the web with the Motorola Moto X


In order for them to spread to the masses, these two prized devices are available in GSM and CDMA flavors to compete on a worldwide scale. Furthermore, they’re armed with nearly the same set of connectivity features as well – they consist of aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC. However, the Nexus 5 benefits by having extended features like wireless charging, wireless printing, and Tap & Pay.

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posted on 11 Nov 2013, 10:50

1. valapsp (Posts: 469; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Well I ordered my N5 but Google should have opted for a higher capacity battery and stereo speakers. agree?

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 11:02 3

2. aco96 (Posts: 181; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


I'd go with Motorola Moto X, my favourite Android phone. :3

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 11:08 1

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Judging from the report of "Robotic Tones" in the Call Quality department on the Moto X i don't think you guys updated your Moto X...
i'm getting a Moto X Thursday probably.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 13:03

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3861; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


John didn't update his Moto X for the iPhone 5S comparison, so who knows.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 15:05

5. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Robotic tones has been something I've heard enough from reviewers and other people over the course of Motorola's history that I believe it. The update fixed choppy audio, not robotic tones.

The robotic tones are a sacrifice Motorola makes in order to make for better clarity and reception, just like the fact that their radios skirt safe limits imposed by the FCC. I personally have never noticed enough to be bothered by robotic tones or increased radiation output. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go feed my tumor.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 16:05 2

6. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 827; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


The Nexus 5 is a beast of a phone. so far I have no issues with the sound, and the speed blows my SG3 away. The antenna is stronger, the speaker is also louder than my SG3. I am now waiting for a Note 4!

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 20:12

7. scsa852k (Posts: 273; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Moto X PALES in comparison to Nexus 5 in every possible way.
Even without considering pricing, Moto X doesn't stand a chance against Nexus 5.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 09:25

10. iampayne (Posts: 205; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Clearly you havent seen the difference in pictures these to take. And good luck getting Google Now to react to you without picking up the phone.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 21:23

8. taikucing (unregistered)


Motorola should lower the price of Moto X.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 00:23

9. DimitriTech (Posts: 22; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


I just wish the N5 had goggle now capabilities when the screen is off just like the moto x. seems like it should since it is a Google Nexus device.. oh well.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 19:30

11. md227a (Posts: 121; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


After owning both phones the moto x is the better phone in my personal opinion

posted on 07 Feb 2014, 18:02

12. Thullraven (Posts: 19; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


They are both solid, but I'd take the Moto X any day over the Nexus 5. The Moto X has a better battery and a stronger antenna. The slightly better "performance" difference that the Nexus 5 has over the Moto X wouldn't be important to most users. Like someone else here said already, Nexus devices would really be amazing if Google gave them bigger batteries.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 15:48

13. theo14461 (Posts: 156; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I've also owned both phones. I like the Moto X much better.

posted on 28 Jun 2014, 15:59

14. NIghtbaron (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


say...
In my area
moto x is cheaper than nexus 5
so should I go for moto x or nexus 5?

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