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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84 Comments

41. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Part of my dislike for the moto x was at the very beginning. Price was to high and specs not exceeding expectations. I still feel that the Nexus 5 is the better phone for me. But the moto x is a great phone if you got it for a nice price.

42. Qbancelli

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

Motorola wasn't kidding when it said they would spend $500 millions promoting this phone.....

44. vivek.ray

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 08, 2011

So much for listening to favourate ringtones and fiddling with a "dimple" Also my Z1 only reboot during update so not a big fan of restarting it every hour, it also supports customized ringtones :D

45. ezequielzvik

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I just wanted to comment that I'm from Argentina (South America) and the moto x is being sold by the biggest 3 carriers. I have it myself, and I paid for it around 400 u$d, locked with 1yr contract. And for you to have an idea the S4 8core costs 500 u$d. No iPhone nor HTC one with carriers down here.

50. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

price to spec ratio than this phone is bust. Material is also not up to par with the current gen phones or next gen phones. Specs are definitely not future proof and camera, well its a moto device....

53. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I considered buying a Moto X but the Nexus 5 was just more appealing, the Moto X has a great design but the N5 isn't far behind, and the price on the Nexus 5 is fantastic. The argument that specs don't matter that much is mostly correct aside from the GPU, right now the gaming performance between the two is negligible, but in a year when games catch up, the Nexus 5 will be a clear winner. 720p also didn't bother me, but I recently got a chance to compare the two devices and the form-factor on the Moto was great, (Although the Nexus 5 isn't bad either) but I was just too overwhelmed with the saturation on that AMOLED screen. It was really surprising because I came from a device using an AMOLED panel and I just didn't remember the colors looking so ugly. Camera also didn't seem that bad compared to my old Pantech Burst. Moto Maker is disapointing as well, even though it's supposed to be Motorola's selling point and I was super excited for it, it just doesn't deliver for me. The wood backs JUST got here, and that's it for "Premium Build" options, I was hoping for a more varied selection of premium options, aluminum, magnesium, fabric, more wood options, Carbon Fibre, and maybe some interesting designs for the plastic options (wasn't there a poll for that done by Motorola???). Instead I get a bunch of neon colors that look more obnoxious than the gold 5S. This is a big project by Motorola, and by the time the Moto Y, or X2 or XX or whatever they have planned comes out in late 2014 I would hope they'll work these things out, until then, my eyes are on LG and Samsung.

55. GeekMovement unregistered

This article made me want a Moto X lol.

58. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1163; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Congrats on your Moto X, I'm still not convinced by it though, I will always see it as a glorified mid end phone.

61. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Another great and indepth article from Michael, seeing the title of article I knew either it was from Michael or Chris P, two of the best authors at PA..........

62. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

The moto X is a nice package, I am impressed. Aside the amoled, which I will never like. Sticking with my Nexi though ftw.

64. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

I love my Nexus 5. I can't imagine owning anything else.

65. Yelis63103

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Cant wait for 4.4.2 update for Moto X. I hope they improve the camera with that update. On the other hand Nexus 5 can be rooted and screen colors can be customized to be almost like AMOLED. I agree with many other reviews that say N5 screen looks washed out in stock form. It needs that +1 or +2 for saturation

66. Yelis63103

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

720p and 1080p, as well as CPU arguments are pointless I think. Both devices perform about the same. Built quality, camera, speaker, dev support, design, modem....those are the things I consider in phone. I think N5 is leading now, but like I said in previous post, I think Motorola will release update soon to fix some major bugs on MX. If they don't, I will switch to N5.

67. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Hmmm, ringtones should not influence a decision on what phone to get as you can pretty much download any ringtone of any device onto the device of your choice. Also, the Nexus 5 has a camera shortcut on the lock screen - I use a pin code lock screen and can still access my camera in 2 seconds without a pin code.... Moto maker was not appealing to me - and Motorola loves to lock its bootloader, and after my experience with that on Verizon and the first droid razr, I am not happy with that company. I have a few games and movie apps on my N5, and find them very useful - so useful, that my Nexus 7 2012 tablet is being used a whole lot less by me and more by my kids, who own a puny ipod. Moto X specs and pricing did not wow me, but they were fine. Nice thing about Android is that there are dozens of choices - I chose Nexus 5 and I am very happy, while the author of this article chose Moto X, and he seems happy. But, mentioning a ringtone as a plus? Kind of a weak argument....

68. droidboy

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I was really exitited when Motorola put out the promotion for moto x during cyber week. I also for a long time cared all about specs and big screens. I had the note 2 before my moto x... And I did really like it. But I wanted a more pure stock android experience. I am on Verizon so I did not have the option for a nexus 5... I do however really enjoy my moto x. I do miss the big screen sometimes... And the camera quality of my note 2...but overall I made the right choice. I also think that just because the specs are not necessarily On the same level as the other flagships... Motorola has done something really unique and they did it well.

76. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I own several devices, Moto X being one of them. Holding it is a pleasure (the phone); ringtone is great, same haven't change it; radio is great, is Moto, no problems; screen is beautiful, compared to my SGNx; and battery life is so-so, not better than my 5S, and yes I have the battery saver on. However, there are several bugs in need of squashing, but that's another story and speaker at best mediocre.

78. MichaelDouros

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I recently purchased a Motorola Moto G and it feels better in my hand than any other phone I have had.

79. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

To the people talking about how nice the Moto X feels in the hand... I bought a $10 leather case with a matte bumper for my Nexus 5, and THAT feels nicer in my hand than any phone ever has. It also increased the grip I have on my phone tremendously (I bought the horrendous slippery white Nexus 5) and I can comfortably use my Nexus 5 one handed, albeit not as comfortably as the Moto X since the Moto X is smaller.

80. Yelis63103

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Nexus 5 is already not a small phone, with case its HUGE. I never use cases on any of my phones, especially not on Moto X which feels so nice in hand.

81. undulose

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 04, 2014

I hope that when Motorola launches Moto X's succesor, it will he available worldwide. Its unavailability held me back in buying an Android phone, but at least I an enjoying my Nokia Lumia 1520. And very impressed.

82. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

It is kinda funny seeing the tunes change with the specs debates. I realized this when the Droid X was new...and the GS1 had better specs. Real world use went to the Droid X because of some dumb decisions Samsung made at the time. Samsung corrected those mistakes with future phones...but that was enough for me. I realized what pro iPhone folks meant about specs dont matter. They do....but depending on some things they dont.

83. navi0013

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

This is just so true! Thumbs up for Moto X!

84. Yelis63103

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

I actually switched to N5 and happy. Camera and display are better, but MX with 4.4.2 is also not bad.

85. nikhilpatil

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

For what it's worth, that sound now also comes with Moto G (probably added with the new KitKat update) Nice article. This is exactly what happened with me too - I preferred Moto X over Nexus 5. I ordered one today :)
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