Yet again, we see how closely these two really are close to one another software-wise, as their respective camera apps flaunt similar interfaces and functions. We actually don’t find one to be more ideal than the other, mainly because they both follow the approach of offering a simple and straightforward experience – where snapping a shot is made easy! Unlike other high-end stuff, they don’t boast an array of cool shooting modes or manual controls. Then again, they boast things like a panoramic and HDR modes, though the Nexus 5 features a newer “HDR+” that snaps a burst of images and combines them to give us the best neutrally exposed photos.It’s an 8-megapixel camera in the Nexus 5 (featuring f2.4 lens and optical image stabilization) – while the Moto X features a 10-megapixel “Clear Pixel” camera (also f2.4 but lacks OIS). Snapping up the same photos under outdoor conditions, where lighting is ample, they deliver some exciting shots that are ideal to being transformed into 4” x 6” printouts. However, the Nexus 5’s camera casts more of a saturated tone with its camera. When it comes down to it, they play equally to one another in this particular setting.

It’s a close race outdoors, but taking the two indoors where lighting becomes less, we have a clear winner in the Nexus 5. Indeed, details in general become softer in tone with the two, which is a natural occurrence with this particular setting, but the Nexus 5 is better able to maintain the sharper visuals. Between them, the Moto X’s camera produces an over-exposed look with its low lighting shots, which does nice to brighten things up, but it’s too heavily overpowered by the amount of noise it exhibits. Therefore, at the end of the day, the Nexus 5 proves to be a more charming device to capture photos.It’s also the Nexus 5 that impresses us more with its 1080p video recording quality. In general, it’s just the more capable of delivering us with the crisp visuals that make us so entranced to its quality – so it composes videos that have more detail, offer better exposure, and boasts those eye grabbing punchy colors. However, we do notice that its focus is more jittery than the Moto X’s. Well, it’s still not bad with the Moto X, but the profound evidence of artifacting and its jumpy exposure don’t make it look as good as its rival.


Naturally, with the Google Play Music app in tow with the two, they offer us the same presentation and functionality. Since it’s placed towards the bottom edge of the phone, the Nexus 5’s speaker is more adept at dispersing its audio – whereas with the Moto X’s speaker, which is positioned in the rear, it loses some of its presence. For the most part, though, they deliver nearly the same volume levels. Still, we do realize that there’s more crackling heard with the Nexus 5.

Out of the box, there’s more video codec support available with the Nexus 5. Since both lack support for DivX and Xvid, you may want to visit the Play Store for a third party solution. Beyond that, it’s a tough call as to which of the two we prefer for the video watching occasion, mainly because they have their own set of unique qualities. As expected, they’re both capable of playing high definition videos with little fluff. With the Nexus 5, its larger and higher resolution display makes it an ideal choice for the occasion, but then again, we’re also attracted to the saturated colors and deep black put out by the Moto X’s AMOLED screen.



1. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

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

2. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

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

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 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!

7. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 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.

10. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 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.

8. taikucing unregistered

Motorola should lower the price of Moto X.

9. DimitriTech unregistered

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.

11. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

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

12. Thullraven

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 14, 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.

13. theo14461 unregistered

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

14. NIghtbaron

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 28, 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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