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Opinions Needed: Moto X Camera and "Future-Proofing"
Some quick background: I had a Nexus 4 and recently upgraded to a Nexus 5. The two things I don't really like about the N5 are the camera and the size (I prefer a little smaller form factor). Still...it's a great device. I like it a lot. But when the holiday deal for Moto X came out, I jumped on it. I've liked what I've heard about this phone since it came out and have always been interested in it. I had heard that the camera wasn't great, but figured it would be an improvement over the N5, plus I like the size and some of the enhancements - particularly the twist to activate the camera. I thought it would be my new phone and I'd sell the N5.
Before it arrived today, KK 4.4.2 came out on N5 and has made some dramatic improvements (in my opinion). The camera is sooooo much faster. I don't know if the pictures are "better" per se. I think it took good photos before, but the speed was maddening. The colors "pop" a bit more now though. Also, the volume on the device is significantly louder. It's actually kind of amazing how much louder it seems to me.
Anyway, the MX came today and I'm playing around with it. I absolutely love the size, feel, weight. Everything physically about it is perfect. But.....the camera absolutely sucks. No other word for it. It's almost as if everything has a hazy cast to it. It's so bad I checked to see if the lens might be covered by some protective plastic (it isn't). Is the camera on this thing just this bad? Do I have a defective unit? The N5 just blows it away in my opinion. No contest. And there are also supposedly other camera improvements that are coming the N5's way.
So assuming I have a bad unit and get it replaced with a good one, two questions:
1) Has anyone here done a comparison between the most up-to-date camera software for both of these? Thoughts?
2) My goal is to try to keep this for two years (probably won't make it, but that's the goal). Is the N5 better suited for that given it's higher end specs. I know the MX is optimized with software and everything, but it seems that with the bigger processor, Google may be able to push out some better enhancements - and they are already showing themselves capable and able to do it.
I don't know if I should just return the MX and keep the N5. Or get a new (properly working) MX to compare - hoping the camera performs better than this. It's really weird because this one seems to work fine, but these pictures are just bad. I just tried to take a picture of my Christmas tree with the lights on and all the lights came out as long streaks of lights. Like I tried to take a picture while moving. WTF?
Any opinions would be helpful.