Call Quality:

In our experience, we rarely find ourselves having to concentrate intently with phone calls, but as a whole, we wouldn’t say they’re anything impressive in this particular front – so there’s not really one that we prefer over the other. With its rather weak earpiece, muted voices out of it, and the crackling of its speakerphone, there are undoubtedly some challenges with the Nexus 5. Meanwhile, the Moto X is without its own faults, as it delivers voices that have a robotic tone through its earpiece.


Sure, they’re able to get us by through an 8-hour work shift, even with heavy usage throughout it, but in the end, it’s the Moto X that’s able to inch out a bit longer with its battery life. At the most, we’re able to get up to 12 hours of juice out of the Nexus 5’s 2300 mAh battery. Conversely, the Moto X’s 2200 mAh battery manages to go further at 14 hours.


Before the Moto X’s official announcement, it was rumored that the US assembled smartphone would bear a price point similar to last year’s Google Nexus 4, but that certainly wasn’t the case. Instead, the Moto X was priced exactly like any other high-end smartphone out there – $200 with a 2-year contract. As we’ve come to realize, it might not have an impressive specs sheet that thunders boldly over its rival, but it’s all about its customizable design that helps it to become so unique in the space. On top of that, even though it’s not the latest version of Android it’s running, the customized one on the Moto X captures our attention for its choice of focusing on key features that we actual use on an everyday basis – not to mention it’s a simple experience too.

As we know, the Google Nexus 5 bucks the trend by being sold unlocked, and without the requirement of being put into a contract of some kind. Rather, it’s sold outright for the hard-to-beat price of $349 outright – a price point that easily demolishes the full $530 cost attached to the Moto X. Better yet, not only is it cheaper from an outright basis, but it’s also packing hardware that’s newer and more befitting of a smartphone that’s twice its price point. And of course, since it’s a Nexus smartphone, it gets the added benefit of having the latest version of the platform – Android 4.4 KitKat.

So let’s cut to the chase people. The Moto X is great if you want to have a phone that can stand out in public, seeing that the vast color combinations available with it help to make it stand out more than the conventional design of the Nexus 5. However, at the end of the day, we can’t forget what the Google Nexus 5 brings to the table. Not only is it’s price point super impressive, but its most up-to-date Android experience helps to justify why it’s the more prized device between the two. It just seems as though that the Moto X is overpriced in comparison to the Nexus 5 – from a specs and cost point of view, of course.



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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