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Re: Is your Nexus 4 still smooth?
Nexus 4 is a great phone and will stay smooth for a longtime, especially with ART enabled.
Originally Posted by atrix2noob
The Moto X's SOC, which is labeled as
Snapdragon 400 S4Pro, is closer to the 600. While benchmark don't mean everything, it bench slightly higher than the Nexus 4. Since the Nexus 4 have quadcore there are a few occasions it is faster, such as installing apps while on ART, which is intensive. For the most part though, the Moto X edge by a bit, especially for gaming since it doesn't suffer as bad from thermal throttling like thee N4 (unless you install a custom kernel). But the difference just isn't big enough if that is your upgrade incentive.
Moto X is a much better phone if you take rooting and flashing roms out of the equation.
-Better screen (it's amoled, but has RGB matrix and well calibrated so no oversaturation, good white level).
-Superb speaker, it will blow away the N4 speaker and many other single speaker phones.
-Superb battery life, I get over 5hours on scree on time before completely draining the battery.
-Motorola quality signal reception / call quality.
-Overall the phone is just very well optimized, and have that touchless control feature.
-Factory nano coated to be water resistant.
My recommendation is don't buy the Moto X if you already have the N4 and happy with it, the performance upgrade isn't big enough. It's camera isn't much better. You can consider the Moto X however, if you have poor signal / call quality or poor battery life with the N4. The Moto X is great in these areas.
I was considering between the N5 and Moto X, but I also played with other phones like the HTC One and LG G2 as well. I settled on the Moto X when I actually held it in the hand and felt how small it is while delivering all that features. The size and form factor of the phone was a big factor for me.
If you are interested in rooting and flashing roms at all, I don't think Motorola is the way to go. It's not a problem if you have previous experience with other Motorola devices, but definitely require more reading if you are new to it comparing to working with a Nexus. They have too many securities in place and it's still possible to hardbrick a Developer Edition if you flash the wrong thing.