I originally I bought the Moto X from Amazon. The very next day it was announced that Moto Maker was going to be available to Sprint (my carrier). I didn't care about getting a customized phone but for some reason you can only get the 32GB model from the Moto Maker and that was something I did care about.
I decided buy a Nexus 5 to kill some time while I returned the Moto X and re-ordered it from Motorola, you can't expect me to go back to my Galaxy S2 after that kind of upgrade
I purposely spent about 4 days with the Moto X to gain some experience for comparison in case I ended up liking the Nexus 5, so I came into this journey with an open mind. I'm an agnostic person when it comes to devices and tech.
What I Learned...
You don't know what you like till you've tried it. I thought the voice actions was going to more of a gimmicky thing for me but I couldn't have been more wrong. It's not a 100% perfect yet and you have to dedicate some time to learn how to use it but after a day or two I mastered it and something surprising started to happen, I began to use it more and more. First I just used it to to "Call Dad mobile" while I was driving, then I began to text and email people while driving, something I would do anyways before the Moto X (Yes I know it's dangerous and I'm a bad person) and I really began to appreciate these hands free voice actions. Things like checking traffic and starting Navigation without having to input the destination's address were a breeze with voice actions and so much faster using your voice. Of course you can do the same exact things with the Nexus 5 but it looses it's charm and convenience factor when you have to wake up the phone and go to the home screen every time. The Moto X is essentially pure Android with some really cool and useful additions from Motorola unlike Samsung Galaxy S4 you won't see anything gimmicky here.
You can't really put into words how the addition of waking up the phone going to home screen makes such a big difference but it does once you're used to the Moto way. It's like people who have DVR's can't stand watching commercials once they get used to fast forwarding through them.
Design & Feel
The Moto X feels and looks better then the Nexus. I don't want to say the Nexus 5 feels and looks cheap compared to the Moto X but part of me want's to say it. I do wish the Moto X had a slightly bigger screen mostly because I was use to the larger usable screen of my Galaxy S2. But the Moto's higher resolution and brighter screen made it easy to get used to. I did like the soft touch feel of the Nexus 5 back which made it easier to grip then the Moto but it's sharp boxy design makes it feel like your phone is an oversized match box. The Nexus had brighter whites and the Moto had darker blacks, I liked the Moto screen better (maybe due to the fact I'm used to AMLOED screens). Amazingly the larger Nexus 5 is lighter then the smaller Moto and I don't necessarily mean that in a good way. The Nexus feels a little empty like when you buy one of those electronic gadgets that didn't include batteries. I liked the solid heft of the Moto better.
One Last Thing
- Performance wise they both are fast and there is no difference I couldn't tell you if one was faster then the other
- I liked that my phone was personalized to my voice when initiating an "Ok Google now" on the Moto X
- Nexus 5 got a much faster GPS lock
- Motorola Migrate transfers photos, videos, call and text history as well as you MMS pics from any phone
- Nexus 5 shuts down almost instantaneously when compared to the Moto X
- The backwards (or flipped) micro USB port on the Nexus bothered me
- My apps always have problems triggering a notification light on Android phones, Moto Active Notifications just works!
Frustrated dealing with your carrier when you have a technical issue or question? Moto Care is pretty good. I didn't know how to set the phone to not bother me while I was sleeping (a Moto only feature) and I called Moto Care. I got through to a person immediately without having to go through a bunch of automated questions and personal information to enter. They were really quick, knowledgeable and helpful.
It's no shock that this site rated the Moto X the best Android phone out there. There's nothing wrong with the Nexus 5, it's just that the Moto had more of what I liked and wanted.