Why I traded the brute power of the Nexus 5 for the personality of the Moto X

The vast majority of the talk around here at PhoneArena is abstract; and, if you're looking at the comment section, the talk is theoretical at best. The overriding philosophy is that numbers measure everything, so the device with the best benchmarks, the thinnest profile, the highest resolution display, and the most features must be the best, right? The trouble is that very little of that will help you to understand the beauty of the Motorola Moto X...
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1. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

So much songs of moto X, although it sounds like a midiocre phone...

3. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013


30. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Okay, I think I can make something of this. "So much songs" means a lot of people sing (brag) about the Moto X, but it sounds like a mediocre phone, meaning the specs aren't very impressive. That's my guess. Anyways, that guy shouldn't judge the quality of a phone just on the spec sheet. I don't have a Moto X, but I do have a device with similar specs (Droid Mini - X8 chip, 2 GB RAM, 720p display), and the experience has been fantastic. I have no issues with this device aside from the design choice, they should have went with matte Kevlar like on previous Razr devices rather than glossy Kevlar, but from a software perspective, it's been a joy to use.

71. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well, first of all you are an intelligent person... thumbs up for you... many people doesnt have such sense except to walk on a straight line... you are totally correct, thats what all I mean... anyway I will not change my style for the understanding of some people...

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


13. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I was actually questioning his entire statement, not just the misspelling of a word. Thanks

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Plz check the complete specs, dont just question

21. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Please communicate in a way that I can understand. Your first statement made no sense whatsoever.

72. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well, thats not my problem if you cant understand or doesnt make sense to you ;)

23. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Do you actually use your phone or just spend your time bragging about the specs?

54. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 2013

+1 dude.

29. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

While I don't own a Moto X (Droid Maxx for me), I have come to realize that specs aren't everything. I was always picking up phones that were tops in terms of specs, hoping to have a device that would minimize any lag I'd encounter. The problem was, in many cases between the higher resolution screen and the more bloated the manufacturer skin became, the less performance increase I saw. Now while the Nexus 5 doesn't have the skin, the screen is limiting the battery life. I looked at the screens side by side when upgrading, comparing the Moto X, Droid Maxx, G2, and HTC One. In all honesty, the little bit of difference in clarity I saw didn't outweigh the benefit of longer battery life that came with the Moto phones. And while the G2 does have very good battery life, it also has their skin, which to me is a bad knock off of Touchwiz. Beings that I came from a Galaxy S3 and one of my main gripe was TW, that was the nail in the coffin for the G2 for me. I don't begrudge anyone owning what they want if it suits their needs and wants, but to simply call it midrange while looking at a spec sheet, rather than seeing the benefits of close to stock android and software optimization for performance, and active notifications, 720 screen, and the 8x processor for extended battery life, then you're only looking at half the picture. I updated my backup S3 today to 4.3. I had to do a data reset because it couldn't find the update until I did. So with a clean start, it should've been extremely peppy, especially since the processor in my Maxx is supposed to be almost the same as the S4 CPU in the Galaxy S3. The difference I saw in terms of speed and lag between my Maxx (which has been in use for a few months) and my S3 (which just had the aforementioned data reset) was like the difference between my S3 and my OG Incredible. It was almost painful how much faster the Maxx was. Again that's a Maxx with a few months of use, around 150 apps, a lot of pics, music, and some videos, and a lot of customization in the settings, compared to a fresh S3 with maybe 20 apps, no media, and no changes to the settings. The 8x processor and the near stock build of android give it a night and day performance advantage. Other than that the only advantage the Maxx has specs wise is the upgraded GPU. So if the Moto phones are built with last years specs, why the big difference in performance? And how are they able to keep up with the spec monsters of this year?

59. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

The personality is exactly what i love about my HTC One S After a year also i dont stop admiring it... Wish the industry was focussing more on the experience

2. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Nice article sir. Bravo!!! Love my Moto!!!

4. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Very good post, i now respect the Moto X a lot more, this sums up what buying a phone nowadays is all about, personal preferences, really loved the post Michael and respect your choice of phone immensely. I personally own the One as i love how good a multimedia package it is with the very nice speakers and very crisp display, it fits very well with my usage and that's why i bought it, but of course people here on phonearena don't respect the "personal preferences" as for them the only thing that matters is specs and numbers.

60. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

True but its not best to generalize that for the 'people here on phonearena'... u can say for the majority though... there are many others like you and me

5. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I actually did the complete opposite. Had a Nexus 5 and then I bought a Moto X when that cyber deal was going on. Immediately I said no way I can't switch from my Nexus 5. No offense to Moto X owners but for me in my own opinion, the screen was to small, camera was a lot worse and although I thought I could get used to the Amoled oversaturatng characteristics I immediately saw the over saturation and knew that it wasn't for me. The active display thing was nice, but it certainly wasn't enough by a long shot to make me switch. So for me Nexus 5 FTW

6. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

finally someone is clearing this up with the specs hungry guys out there THANK YOU MICHAEL its not always specs !!!!!!!!


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

It's always specs and will always be about the specs. When ever phones were tested they alwasys were tested against iPhone specs. When ever future phones are compared it will always be about the specs. Everyone wants a hot rod that performs better. That said some want a personal experience, and for me the Nexus 5 with Google Now is one of the best experiences I can get. My GS3 had loads of user experience that was great for sh*ts and giggles, but I raely used them. When I had those extra features turned on Battery life suffered severely. I never ever use the stock rigng tone of any phone.....ewwwww no personality at all. I down load music or use Zedge for interesting ringtons that I like. The nexus 5 may not be top of the line Camera but it out performs my GS3. The articles main point about use experience I think is on point, but remember each person using the same device will have a different perspective on the experience given by that device. Nontheless it is a good write up about why "you" chose Moto!

69. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Specs are always a talking point, but real life usage is always the final answer. For the same reason I have yet to find anything that will tear me away from my N4. It has exactly the size/power/specs/customization (personally infused personality!) /options I need.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Well I have a N5 and I feel the same as you right now. As far as I am concerned the N5 is the smoothest functioning phone that I have ever had. Way smoother than my GS3. However; Real life usage seems to vary from person to person....i.e. washed out screen reviews of the Nexus 5 on some sites, and best screen ever reviews by others. Anadntech says one of the best screens ever So I go with their review for sure. In real life usage Windows Phones needs less processor power yet until the specs caught up no one wanted one with 2 cores!

7. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Nice [and long] as usual. Since owning my Nexus 5 I've come to have a newfound respect for the Moto X, especially touchless controls. I still wouldn't trade my Nexus in (mainly because I can't stand AMOLED, I don't care all that much about customization, and I really REALLY love the feel of the soft-touch black N5 in my hand), but I really hope some Moto X features become standard in future versions of Android.

8. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

I think we can all appreciate how well Michael H. writes for PA, and whenever they need a special editorial or heartfelt message, they will always turn to him for his journalism expertise. Kudos on the excellent article.

37. jefff

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Are you serious? Is he serious? Are you his mom? You've got to be. You realize the lock sound on the Nexus 5 is the EXACT same one he's raving about, right? Isn't part of being a "journalist" (I can't put enough quotes around that) at least trying to attempt at being detail oriented? He didn't realize a phone he had has that exact same lock sound? And he didn't realize that, oh... I don't know... you can go download the dreadful Moto X ringtone ANYWHERE on the internet? This isn't journalism, it's making stuff up, that isn't even true, to try to convince yourself (for whatever reason) that the Moto X is amazing. Oh, and Michael, the color you made it shows the awful aesthetic taste you have as well as the fact that you like that ringtone. Tacky, tacky, tacky. That's all =)

40. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

dude really? The moto X is an awesome phone and I can say that cuz I've been using it for quite a while now. For one the moto X is that much better at active listening that the note 3 and it way more fast and accurate too than using s-voice. Like Micheal said this is not the "best phone in the world" but this is a pretty good android smartphone cuz it has those tidbits that acyually standout.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

With Google Now Who uses S voice....really.

9. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Awesome article as always. :)

10. imkyle

Posts: 1114; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Nexus 5 is a nice phone. Is it worth upgrading from a Nexus 4? No unless you need LTE. The back disappointed me as the Nexus 7 2013 edition is oil marks galore. Idk maybe that's just me, but I was a little disappointed in the Nexus 5.

11. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I use a Moto X for work and love it. The only reason I haven't bought it for myself is a strict requirement for a removable battery and micro SD slot.

35. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I can actually forgive the removable battery easier than I can the memory issue. At least if you aren't going to give customers the option to add memory then give them the option to select a 64gb phone, and be reasonable with the memory price hikes. 50 dollars for 16 gb of memory is not reasonable when I can buy a 16 gb sd card for 15 or less dollars. 16 gb increments should be no more than 25 dollars a pop if you aren't going to allow for expandable memory. This being said, I am still considering the X because from all accounts it is still a very good, or great, device.
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