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Motorola Moto X vs Google Nexus 4


The Motorola Moto X was finally unveiled earlier this month after, after a lot of leaks came out. Since it’s a Motorola phone, and Google bought Motorola it obviously matches the same market that would want a Google Nexus 4 smartphone, too. The fact that it has pretty similar specs makes that decision that much harder, although it may be more suited for people who buy phones on contract than those who buy phones unlocked.

So let’s see how the 2 smartphones compare.

Motorola Moto X


  • CPU: dual core 1.7 Ghz Qualcomm S4 Pro
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • Display: 4.7″ AMOLED, 1280×720 resolution
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage:  16/32 GB
  • Camera: 10 MP, 1080p@30fps
  • Front-camera: 2 MP front-camera, 1080p@30fps
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, DLNA
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 (near stock)

Google Nexus 4


  • CPU: quad core 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm S4 Pro
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • Display: 4.7″ True HD IPS Plus LCD, 1280×768 resolution
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage:  8/16 GB
  • Camera: 8 MP, 1080p@30fps
  • Front-camera: 1.3 MP front-camera
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA
  • OS: Android 4.3 (stock)


The phones seem pretty similar specs wise, so which is better? The Motorola Moto X will be better at single-threaded performance, which means just about every app should be faster on the Moto X. On the other hand, the Nexus 4 has a quad core processor, which means it will be better either for apps that can take advantage of quad core processors, or for multi-tasking and being able to better do multiple things at a time.


The Google Nexus 4 didn’t have an amazing display, but it was quite okay. The Motorola Moto X’s is not amazing either, considering it still uses a pretty poor Super AMOLED display from the Galaxy Note 2. The Galaxy S4 has a much better AMOLED display (still not perfect, though), but Samsung wouldn’t let them use it. Both use roughly the same resolution

Pros and Cons

The advantage Nexus 4 has over Moto X is that it’s a Nexus device, and therefore will receive more upgrades, and faster, too. Moto X on the other hand, while it has very close to stock Android, it still hasn’t received Android 4.3, months after it was launched, so clearly it’s not going to receive updates as fast as Nexus or Play Edition devices, too.

Moto X on the other hand has stuff like touchless control, where you control your phone with voice, without even touching it. Then you can also customize the Moto X with whatever color you want, so that might be a huge advantage to some, too.

One other thing that could be a pro or con either way, is that Nexus 4 costs $300 unlocked, while Moto X is $200 with a year contract. If you prefer unlocked phones, Google Nexus 4 is the best way to go, because Moto X costs twice as much. If you don’t really care about that, and you want it on contract, then you might actually find buy Motorola Moto X for cheaper upfront, since you only have to pay $200.

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