Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Google Nexus 5: Initial Thoughts, Moto X Comparison

The Best Value In A Smartphone In History

When I replaced my iPhone 5 with the Moto X, the Moto X was at an advantage. I was tired of the iPhone with its too small exterior (I am an adult, not a kid), the non-intuitive interface, and weird little rituals you have to learn to do basic things, if you can even do them. iOS is simply very limiting. Not designed for power users. So likely any modern Android handset was going to feel an order of magnitude better overall. And the Moto X did. The Moto X is simply a much better phone than the iPhone in the real world where it matters. And therein lies the problem:

The Nexus 5 is not "better" than the Moto X in the real world

In the real world we have a short list of things we do with smartphones. 

1) take pictures
2) surf the net
3) social networking
4) email (work and personal)
5) play games
6) listen to music
7) take notes
8) get directions
9) search for things

So lets go through that list.


1) take pictures

The Nexus 5 takes amazing pictures. No question. Reviews have shown it has a camera the same or better than the one in the iPhone 5S despite that costing twice as much. But the Moto X takes great pictures. No, they aren't Nexus 5 good, but it takes them faster and more easily. I found myself actually taking pictures more often with the Moto X because of how easy it is to use. If you aren't an aggressive picture taker, you'll prefer the Nexus 5.


2) surf the net

Yes, the Nexus 5 is going to be better for this because screen size and quality are king. But the Moto X is no slouch. A bigger screen is always going to win this one


3) social networking

Draw. Both phones are going to be fantastic for social networking. Granted, if most of your social networking is picture based, you'll be biased towards one phone or the other depending on if quality or speed is more important to you.


4) email

Draw. Both phones are going to be fantastic for email. 


5) play games

The Nexus 5 wins this one. Faster graphics. Nicer screen. However.... The Moto X is no slouch at games. Like not at all. So if you are an occasional gamer, or you aren't playing ridiculous 3D monsters, the Moto X will be fine. But if you want the fastest phone in the world, that's currently the Nexus 5.


6) listen to music

Draw. Both of these phones will be fine for music


7) take notes

Draw. There are no issues typing on either screen.



8) get directions

Moto X wins this one. You don't even have to be holding the phone. Touchless Control is amazing.

9) search for things

Touchless Control makes searching for things not only easier with the Moto X, it makes it fun.







They are both such very great phones in two distinctly different ways. The Nexus 5 is just the current "best phone". It's faster than anything else currently, and you simply can't beat the price. If you want a new phone, you want the fastest phone, and you want the best value in a phone, there is no other phone. Get the Nexus 5. You can have one in hand for 349 bucks, then pay a provider 40 bucks a month for unlimited everything saving a thousand dollars a year over getting some contract phone.

And on paper, the Nexus 5 is a much better phone than the Moto X. But in the real world, I miss things. I miss the Active Display Notifications. It was so nice having that little circle to touch and immediately know whether I had to pick up my phone. Touchless Control I miss desperately. I loved talking at my phone and getting answers. It got to where I didn't even think about it anymore. I even miss the double-wrist-flick to open the camera, and I miss tap to focus and shoot. I won't be taking nearly as many pictures with the Nexus 5 because it's more of a pain now. Same as it was with the iPhone 5.

In closing, the Nexus 5 is the best phone value out there right now. No question. It's a simply stunning combination of hardware and software. The new launcher is outstanding. The new keyboard is my new favorite. But I think the Moto X is still the best phone for... people.

Luvya,

S