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Re: Nexus 5 taking too long, I need a new smartphone. NOW.
The battery life is great...because I don't use the phone. The S-AMOLED screen looks like a cartoon; it is visually unappealing, so I find myself using my Nexus 7 a lot more. I average about 4 hours of screen on time, compared to 3.5-4 on my Nexus 4 running AOSPA.
Originally Posted by benhmadison
Active notifications are great...except I still have to turn on the screen to do anymore than read a preview. When I have read something, I want to dismiss it. I don't want the screen of my phone flashing on and off every 30 seconds until I go in and clear the notification. If there was a way to dismiss notifications and interact (mark as read, delete, reply) emails, texts, and hangouts, active notifications would be worth something. As is, I don't find it nearly as useful as everyone has been raving about.
Moto Connect is easily mimicked with Koush's Desk SMS and Tablet SMS. I leave Moto Connect turned off. It is often unreliable and disruptive, and the duplicate notifications (on my phone and computer) are annoying. I can see why some people would use Moto Connect, but still, Koush's apps do the same thing on the computer plus can be used on tablets.
Other problems: I have the white version, and it looks cheap and gets dirty quickly. Thepower button and volume rocker feels loose and cheap. My screen cracked from the steam of my shower (my Nexus 4 survived this 100+ times without any problems). The software freezes and lags often, forcing me to restart every couple of days. Is this Blackberry? The camera is horrible, even after the update. The twist-to-activate camera function has about a 30% success rate for me, forcing me to leave my Nova Prime shortcut I used on my N4. Having the extra bezel at the top rather than the bottom makes it awkward to reach for the on-screen navigation buttons. The on-screen nav buttons are only transparent on stock launcher, which is crap compared to Nova, etc. To get an unlocked bootloader for AT&T (or Verizon), I have to pay even more than the already too-high price to get a Developer Edition.
edit: Thought of some more things. About 20% of the time, the keyboard will not activate. This happens for stock, Swype, or SwiftKey. I have to close out what I am doing, turn the screen off with the power button, turn it back on, and re-open the app to make the keyboard come up. I haven't found any other solution, and this solution only works about 75% of the time. The always-listening voice control is unreliable, as about half the time, it activates at "Ok, Google" and starts the command with "now," preventing voice control from registering it as a command. The quick settings tiles can't be changed or moved, which I will admit is a problem stock AOSP suffers, but it not a problem I worry about because I run AOSPA on my Nexus devices. I get stupid Moto notifications from the Moto bloatware. Moto X is still stuck on JB 4.2, when even the Galaxy devices are getting 4.3 updates, and AOSP has been on 4.3 for months.
Basically, everything about the Moto X has disappointed me, and I cannot in good conscience recommend anyone else get this phone. This is not just compared to Nexus devices. I bought my girlfriend a GS4 when they came out, and it is undoubtedly superior. She complained the GS4 was too big for her, so I was going to sell it and get her a Moto X, but after playing with my phone she said there was no way she would go to that from the GS4. The Moto X is a downgrade for her.
I feel incredibly screwed, and I stick by that. They promised a superior use experience on a superior device, and so far I have gotten a sub-par experience on an outdated, overpriced device. I feel almost like I bought an iPhone. It isn't a good feeling.