Choose between Moto X vs Google Nexus 4

Edited by Rose B, Lynn, Charmed, Anonymous


Google Nexus 4 had already earned its position as one of the best Android phones at its level, especially since it bears the Google trademark. However, Moto X is here to compete with the best, as Motorola was acquired by Google just a year ago. Nexus 4 is a 2012 phone, while the Moto X is the newly released Android phone of Motorola under Google.

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It is really hard to decide between these two, as they are almost similar in all aspects except for some points which are so minimal when we compare them side by side.

So, in order to come up with the final verdict, let us look at the specifications of these two smartphones.




The LG Google Nexus 4 is made of glass -- at least, the front and back are made of glass, while the sides are made of rubberized material. The side material makes it easy to hold the phone without fear of having it slip out of your hand like other phones. There are two colors to choose from, black and white. And as for the size, its screen is 4.7 inches.

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On the other hand, the Moto X is made PF polycarbonate plastic, with flat sides but a curved back. There is also a dimpled logo which doubles as an index finger rest for ease in holding it up to your ears when making a call. There are more colors to choose from in Moto X. It is fully customizable, giving it one edge over the Nexus 4. The Moto x is a bit narrower and thinner when it comes to size but the screen is the same at 4.7 inches.

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When it comes to the design, they are almost equal. The Nexus 4 is just a bit bigger, but still smaller than most of the new phones released nowadays.



The LG Google Nexus 4 has a true HD IPS display, 1280 x 768 p and 318 ppi, while the Moto X has an Amoled display that makes it more appealing, and the ability of the Amoled to light up just a few pixels makes it more battery-friendly. It has 1280 x 720 p and 312 ppi, which makes it just a bit behind the Nexus 4. But when you look at the screens, there is only a slight difference between the two. The Moto X has more color saturation and a warmer tone, but overall, they are extremely similar.

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The Google Nexus 4 makes use of Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon Chipset with Quad-core, 1.5 GHz CPU.

The Moto X makes use of Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon S4 Pro and Dual-core, 1.7 GHz CPU. Both makes use Adreno 320 GPU's. The Moto X, even if it is only a dual core device, can compete well with the Nexus 4 when it comes to multitasking. The Nexus 4 has a few delays, but it is still reliable when it comes to its performance.

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On the other hand, the Moto X is very capable of handling several apps and games simultaneously. You can experience a very smooth transition in between touches. The two also have similar sensors, but the Moto X has the active voice recognition that is always waiting for your command.

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For the hardware, the Nexus 4 and the Moto X have similar connectivity tools, like the NFC, Bluetooth and GPS. But the Moto X has more storage capacity. It has a 16 GB base model while that of the Nexus 4 has only 8 GB. The Nexus 4 has a 16 GB version and the Moto X has a 32 GB version. Neither phones have memory card slots, which therefore makes it impossible for a memory expansion on the devices.

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When it comes to sound quality, the Moto X has a better sound. It is a better music experience when using the Moto X, which has a fuller and richer sound. The speaker is also a bit louder.

And for the voice recognition, the Moto X has three active microphones.



The Google Nexus 4 has a 2100 mAh battery, while the Moto X has a 2200 mAh battery. Both can last for a whole day, but the Moto X has the ability to save more on its battery. The Moto X makes use of the Active Display. This is the feature where only a few pixels light up, making the device more power efficient. You will no longer have to wake the device to see if you have text messages or missed calls. You will readily see those notifications as well as the time. The Moto X's dual core CPU also saves a lot of energy, unlike the quad core of the Nexus 4.

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The Nexus 4 has an 8 MP camera while the Moto X has a 10 MP camera. Both phones are behind the times, if we compare them to the newly released phones this year, but when comparing the picture quality of both these phones, the photos taken with a Moto X are better. When we look at the colors, the photos taken by Moto X are richer, making its color closer to real life.

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Another advantage of the Moto X is the new way to activate its camera. It is the gesture-based camera, wherein you only have to flick your wrist twice and the camera will activate. You don't have to touch several buttons or do several taps on your screen just to activate the camera. It will make it almost impossible to miss a perfect moment to capture on your phone.

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Both phones are running Android Jelly Bean, which enables them to access to more than 975,000 applications from the Google Play Store.

The Moto X has an added feature, which is the Google Now. This feature allows the user to make a command, and the device will accomplish this task, like setting an alarm, searching on Google Maps, creating and saving notes, to name just a few that can be done with voice command. It is like the iPhone's SIRI.

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Using this feature makes use of the low-power contextual awareness processor, so even if it is always active, it uses a very minimal amount of energy.



The Google Nexus 4 is priced now at $199 for an unlocked device while the Moto X is also priced at $199 but it is bundled with a contract. So, in effect, the Google Nexus 4 is more affordable but with the added features of the Moto X and with somewhat polished specs from the Nexus 4, the price tag of Moto X is irresistible.

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The Google Nexus 4 and the Moto X are in a head to head battle when it comes to their specifications. With the design, performance, battery, price and software, the two are in a close fight with one another. The overall performance of each of the two is quite impressive at their own level, so it is still hard to choose between them.

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It is like comparing two oranges, wherein we get almost similar juice out of it, they have similar taste, and are offered at almost the same price. The only difference is their availability on the market.

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So, if you have followed the success of the Google Nexus 4, you have probably read in the news that this phone has sold out, and there are no plans of making more units.

Android enthusiasts are now thinking that a new Google Nexus will be out soon, but there has been no confirmation yet about that or about the release of the new upgrade to Android. Could it be that the Android Kitkat will be released together with the Nexus 5? That is one thing we have to watch out for.

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This time, it is up to you to decide whether it is the Google Nexus 4 or the Moto X. Both may still be available at your local gadget stores. Either way, you will get almost the same experience. These two phones will definitely be part of the Android history.

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