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    I won't make an incredibly long review so I'll try to explain each point as simple as possible. The first thing you need to understand is that you're trading a great phone for another great phone. That being said you are giving up some features that you need to keep in mind before trading. So without further ado here are the advantages and disadvantages of trading your S4 for a Moto X:


    1.) Design

    The S4 has a pretty slim design and a beautiful 5" display. Feels pretty nice in the hand, much lighter and it has a pretty good design overall. However the ergonomics on the Moto X are hard to beat. With a soft curved back it feels amazing on the hand. Not mentioning the fact that you can customize your device which is a huge plus.

    Winner: Moto X


    2.) Software

    This one is a no brainer. The S4 remains with TouchWiz which has its nice features but can have some performance problems. Much of the stuff there you will not end up using. The MX comes with the 4.4 update right out of the box. You get the stock android expierence and all the new features on KitKat which I really like (emojis).

    Winner: Moto X


    3.) Camera

    Again a no brainer. The S4 blows the Moto X camera. This is one of the features you have to think about giving up. If you like to take a lot of pictures I would strongly recommend keeping the S4. Apart from the quality, Motorola doesn't have any settings for the camera, you get wht comes loaded and there's very little you can change. For example you can't change the picture size (you get 16:9 and you can't change to anything else), ISO settings, there's no touch to focus while recording and much much more. All you get on the MX is HDR, panorama, and slow motion and that's about it.

    Winner: Galaxy S4


    4.) Display

    You would think this is an easy choice but there are some points you need to consider. Talking about resolution again the S4 is clearly the winner. With its 1080p screen there's no doubt you get an amazing display on anything you do. The MX doesn't stay behind with it's 720p you still get a great resolution and you won't notice the difference unless you try really hard. However there is one big factor that may help you decide. The MX has great outdoor visibility unlike the S4. This is a huge plus for the MX but since we are talking about display the S4 wins.

    Winner: Galaxy S4


    5.) Battery

    Both of these devices have great battery. I can't give you exact data about this and I'm gonna have to tell you from my experience that the MX does get better battery life. The S4 also had great great battery life I could easily last a day with it and not mentioning it's expandable. However with it's power saving screen I'm able to get 6 hours of screen time with my MX.

    Winner: Moto X


    6.) "Gimmicks"

    It seems that both these companies put some hard work into making all these new features. The S4 has too many for you to actually use on daily basis and while they are pretty cool, you won't be using them after long. However active notifications and touchless controls are pretty helpful. You'll find using these more and more after time.

    Winner: Moto X


    I know this isn't a detailed review but it is just simply my experience. I tried to explain the most common points while getting a new phone. Even though the MX won more categories for me, I can't lie and have to say there are both amazing phones. If I had to pick one I really wouldn't know it really does come down to preference. I'm very excited with the MX so far but I sure miss some features. Again this is only my experience. Any questions I'm happy to help. Hope this helped!
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    Thanks! I also made a switch from an S4 and I'm loving my Moto X.
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    I'm making a switch from an s3 and am curious - what have been your biggest things to get used to? What apps have you tried to replace some of the missing features?

    Thanks in advance!

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    S4 also has like 4 or 5 different display color presets which I think is a killer feature. This should be on all phones.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by amsparky View Post
    I'm making a switch from an s3 and am curious - what have been your biggest things to get used to? What apps have you tried to replace some of the missing features?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Software and camera definately. In the Moto X you don't get quick settings at the top like brightness, one touch for wifi and all of that. At first it was a real bummer because you would have to go to settings just to turn on wifi and all of that on the MX. However I found this app, Notification Toggle, which does the exact same thing as TouchWiz, I'll upload pics in a little bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kolyan2k View Post
    S4 also has like 4 or 5 different display color presets which I think is a killer feature. This should be on all phones.....
    True, but that's a specific feature that not many people use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoii View Post
    Software and camera definately. In the Moto X you don't get quick settings at the top like brightness, one touch for wifi and all of that. At first it was a real bummer because you would have to go to settings just to turn on wifi and all of that on the MX. However I found this app, Notification Toggle, which does the exact same thing as TouchWiz, I'll upload pics in a little bit.
    View and access settings from anywhere on the phone by swiping down from the top of the screen with two fingers, or by touching the Quick Settings icon in the upper right corner of the notification shade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrounger View Post
    View and access settings from anywhere on the phone by swiping down from the top of the screen with two fingers, or by touching the Quick Settings icon in the upper right corner of the notification shade.

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    I know but when you press an option it will take you directly to settings. In TouchWiz you can turn off and on by just pressing it from anywhere.

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    Tip: Touch and hold Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to quickly toggle these on or off.
    BTW, I took these from the Moto Care app that comes with the Moto X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrounger View Post
    Tip: Touch and hold Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to quickly toggle these on or off.
    BTW, I took these from the Moto Care app that comes with the Moto X.

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    Oh, you learn something everyday. But still to toggle brightness is a pain in the ***

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrounger View Post
    Tip: Touch and hold Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to quickly toggle these on or off.
    BTW, I took these from the Moto Care app that comes with the Moto X.

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    That's awesome - wish I'd known that sooner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoii View Post
    Oh, you learn something everyday. But still to toggle brightness is a pain in the ***

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    I tend to use the power widget, it's much easier than touching the notification shade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amsparky View Post
    I'm making a switch from an s3 and am curious - what have been your biggest things to get used to? What apps have you tried to replace some of the missing features?

    Thanks in advance!

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    I went from an S3 to an X...
    A big one I would say is stock Android if you never ran an AOSP ROM. Aside from that, the soft keys being set up differently from the S3. But, overall, I think you are going to be blown away by the fact that you are going to be holding a note comfortable device, and in regards to overall OS, the X makes stock TW seem cross eyed and drooling.

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    Notification toggle is the app that replaces the s4 toggles in the notifications pane.

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    I think this was a fair and accurate comparison. I've had the S4 and the only thing I miss is the camera. That's it. I don't notice the display difference although I'm sure I would if I had both phones side by side. Bottom line is that I would choose the Moto X over the S4 or any other phone right now. I have learned how to get better pictures. I can't learn how to make the other phones have the features that are unique to the Moto X. I can't wait to see where motorola goes from here.

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    I have both. If Moto/Google had decent stock email, calendar and contacts/people apps, it would be the device I use. The TW ones are better and easier to use, have the right html format for replies and forwarded emails, etc. There are decent apps to take the place of the calendar app, but not the others unless you use Touchdown or something similar. I have used TD and cannot stand the way it looks. I really wish Google would focus on those apps. They have always been awful in stock android. I rely on them more than anything else for work and they are not good on the Moto X. Otherwise, to me the Moto X is better. I agree on the camera, but the S4 camera can be finicky too. The camera is just not as important to me on a daily basis. I also think Moto has some sleep/inactivity issues where the radio disconnects that they need to fix. I had very high time without signal percentages on two of them in strong signal areas. For these reasons, I use the S4, but would prefer to use the Moto X.
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    Maybe the HTC One is the one to get? I'm not into the Samsung Touchwiz stuff, and the camera is key to me. Plus the Samsung speaker is limp, I hate my Galaxy Nexus one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kolyan2k View Post
    S4 also has like 4 or 5 different display color presets which I think is a killer feature. This should be on all phones.....
    +1, I'm a photographer and while I don't do serious editing on my Moto X, being able to calibrate the display would be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kolyan2k View Post
    S4 also has like 4 or 5 different display color presets which I think is a killer feature. This should be on all phones.....
    This and the camera performance are the two things I really loved about my s4 that I do miss some with my X. Everything else I like about the X more.

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    What about call quality? Also, what carrier are you on?

    Thanks.
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    With rooted N5 you can calibrate screen too, but unfortunately Moto X has almost no development right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoii View Post
    Software and camera definately. In the Moto X you don't get quick settings at the top like brightness, one touch for wifi and all of that. At first it was a real bummer because you would have to go to settings just to turn on wifi and all of that on the MX. However I found this app, Notification Toggle, which does the exact same thing as TouchWiz, I'll upload pics in a little bit.
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    Not sure what this bump is about, but anyway FYI the Moto X comes with a settings widget that you can put on the home screen to turn wi-fi on/off with one touch, adjust brightness, location setting, and synching. I use it for wi-fi all the time.
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    I made the switch from the SGS4 to Moto X and I have to say that the X is a much better phone in my opinion. The specs may not be as great as the S4, but the experience using the phone is better. I don't notice any lag on the Moto X, and the addons to vanilla Android are actually very useful and not gimmicky at all. The camera is perfect for my needs, and the display resolution difference is not noticeable to my eyes. In fact, I would venture to say the Moto X display is better than the S4 in terms of visibility outdoors and color reproduction. Finally, the shape and size of the Moto X make it feel wonderful in t the hand. I have held my S4 since using the X and I can't stand the feel of the S4 now.

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