Samsung S5 vs Nexus 5 vs Moto X

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Today a friend approached me asking me my verdict on the purchase of Samsung S5 versus Nexus 5. I told her that I will give it to her in the form of a shoot-out by adding another phone to it – the Moto X. And here it is:
Here is the comparison on the three phones (I’ve considered 16gb models for all):
Price (Flipkart):
Moto x: 22K for the red model and 24K for the rest. I wonder why they have priced the red one lower. I feel it looks sexy 🙂
Nexus 5: 28.4K for black and 31.5K for white one! Again, I wonder why so much of a diff in price just for color.
S5: Ranges from 35K to 36K for diff colors.
Considering that S5 was launched just some days back at a price of > 50K it has been a massive fall in its price. All Samsung S series phones have the same history. They don’t hold their value much longer.

Camera:
In the camera department Nexus 5 is lagging with primary camera at 8MP and secondary camera at 1.3MP. While S5 has it as 16MP and Moto x has it as 10MP and 2MP. S5 scores big over its nearest rival. Samsung is good with pictures too.
The videos taken by all phones is full HD.

Memory: All have 2GB of RAM which makes all of them even in this field.

Processor:
S5: 1.9 GHz + 1.3 GHz + XMM6360 Adonis Prime2 Here I think Samsung short-changed indian market with a poorer processor than the one they bundle for west.
Nexus 5: Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz. This is a very good processor.
Moto x: Krait 1.7GHz. This is also good.
In this department, it is Nexus 5 that wins.

Display:
S5: It has a 5.1 inch screen and a resolution of 1920×1080 pixel density, which is also called full HD. No complaints here.
Nexus 5: 4.95inch screen with a full HD resolution too.
Motox : 4.7 inch screen with 720×1280 pixel density. This is HD screen but not full HD.
Here, though Moto x has lower features it has an AMOLED screen which are considered to give the most vivid picture. S5 is the obvious winner though.

Battery:
S5: 2800mAh (it mean milli-amp hour). Talk time of 21hrs
Nexus 5: 2300mAh. Talk time of 17hrs
Moto x: 2200mAh. Talk time of 13hrs.
S5 is the clear winner here. The bigger battery, however, makes S5 heavier than the other two by a few grams.

Looks:
All are made of plastic and might tend to develop scratches on their back cover in the long run. But the only place where S5 scores over its rivals is that Nexus 5 and Moto X do not allow for easily replace your phone battery. Whereas Samsung S series have always been built with a easily removable back cover to replace battery. S5 scores here again.

Overall, features and performance wise the S5 wins hands down. But have a look at the price versus feature chart and make your decision. Here, I have to point out one thing. S5 will come with an Android version with a Samsung’s (bells and whistles) wrapper over the regular stock Android OS. This has two disadvantages. The wrappers consume some performance of the processor. So, though the processor in an S5 might seem powerful on the paper it might not perform as good because of these wrappers. The second problem is that because of this wrapping that Samsung does it is not able to release an upgrade for the latest Android versions as soon as they are out. Whereas, Nexus and Moto phones come with the stock Android versions. So, they will be able to get the latest Android releases as soon as Google releases them. At least, theoritically 🙂

Personally, since I get bored with phones very easily, I might go with the Moto X. Then my investment is less and performance wise I am not getting too much less than the leader. And when time comes I can dispose it off and take a new phone.

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Moto-e, the most feature loaded android phone that least amount of money can buy

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Moto E, the phone that even Micromax wished it had in its portfolio of products. With Micromax making efforts to enter the middle-level and premium segments of Android phone market the recent launches by Motorola must surely have ruffled their feathers. Because the Motorola has a clear winner in each of the 3 segments they have launched a phone in. But this review is for the Moto E phone.

First the pros:

1. Price. I had to purchase this phone for my android development purposes. Otherwise, I am an iPhone user. Just because I am an iPhone user doesn’t mean that I am not price conscious. I had to purchase an iPhone 5, again, for my development purposes 🙂 But Apple doesn’t offer much choice price-wise to choose wisely. But, thanks to the mature market for Android devices there is a wide price range in which you can select an android device from. If it were before the entry of Motorola phones and I had to purchase an Android phone for development I’d have gone with a Micromax phone because they are known to offer decent phones in the 5000 to 10000 rupee segment. But I’d had to live up with poor camera, poor screen, poor memory, poor battery and poor speakers. But in the same price that I’d pay for a lowly Micromax I am getting a superior deal. We’ll see how.

2. Memory of 1 GB. Any phone offering 1GB of RAM for the price of 7000 is unheard of before Motorola came along and showed it to be possible. RAM is one of the most important parameters which dictate the performance of a phone, along with the processor, of course. Motorola, with this phone, has shown that one needn’t cut corners when you are offering a phone in the lesser price segment.

3. Display size of 4.3 inch. Again, this is a rule breaker. You might see Micromax offering big phones for lesser but they are lowly in every other respect. This is an qHD screen with a resolution of 960×450 pixels. With a Corning Glass 3 covering, no less. No wonder then in my usage of this phone for one month I haven’t found a single scratch on the screen though I have not put any protective screen. The display is pretty nice. Videos on youtube seem to show without any distinguishable pixel. The contents of the screen are clearly seen even outdoors.

4. Battery life. Sometimes I go two days without charging it and it is lying in my back pack silently sipping battery to stay alive. In standby mode it can stay for more than two days without charging. This is quite an achievement considering that I don’t switch off the WiFi when I keep it like so.

5. Speaker sound. One great thing about this phone is FM Radio. Just plug in an ear phone and put on the FM radio and put it on the speaker. And there you go. You are all set for music in your office or your home. The speakers produce a distortion free sound which is a music to ears 🙂 You can also watch videos on speaker.

6. Ear phones. Moto E comes with a basic set of ear phones with a mic on it with a sole button. With the button you can stop or start the music that is playing or you can pick up the phone and end the conversation. The best thing about this ear phone is that it is compatible with an iPhone too 🙂 So, if you lose your iPhone ear phones you can make do with these. In the same vein I can use it on my Macbook Pro to carry on skype conversations! For me, the advantage is that I keep one ear phone at home and one at office and use them on both devices! Don’t expect great sound with the ear phones, though.

7. GPS. At this price point many vendors skip this feature. With this device you can know your exact location in the various map applications and use it navigate through unknown territories. There are huge number of applications which are built on location services. And you have a suitable device in this phone to work with them.

8. WiFi hotspot. Just don’t want to miss some very simple but extremely useful features. Is there any feature missing? At this price point you even get to have a mobile with which you can share its internet with others with Wifi hotspot feature. Isn’t it great? 3G – I have to club this in this point. 3G, should become the minimum connectivity available on all phones, these days with all service providers offering it. And this phone doesn’t disappoint you again.

9. Dual SIM. So, you are a frequent traveller between two cities. And you have two SIMs localized to those two cities, to save phone costs. Now, you no longer have to tear apart the phone as soon as you reach the other city to replace the SIM with the SIM of that city. Isn’t it great!?

Though I want to go on and on about all features I must put a full stop here and go over to the cons now.

1. Bulky. Motorola has not made any effort to reduce the bulk of the phone. Though they have made the SIM slots to be micro SIM ones the reduced SIM sizes doesn’t translate to thinner phone. It meant that I had to cut my full size SIM cards to put it in before I could use this phone. The phone has a convex(bulgy) shape at the back. It works for many people but I’d rather have it flat.

2. Internal memory. The phone comes with an inbuilt internal memory of 4GB. The brand new phone had only 2GB of memory available for apps, pictures and other stuff. Well, for this price one can’t ask for the world but this definitely pinches. At least, they didn’t compromise with the RAM memory! It doesn’t mean that this phone is hopeless. You still can increase the memory by adding a microSD card upto 32GB.

3. Battery. Motorola has constructed the phone in such a way that one can take the back cover off to insert SIM cards and microSD card but they can’t remove the battery. Still, I am sure there must be many videos on youtube to replace the battery. But I am left wondering why they’d go for such a design.

At this price point it would seem like I am indulging in nitpicking if I included any more cons. Overall, you must’ve got a very good idea of where I place this phone. It is a 9/10 phone for me. Go ahead and just buy it if this is all you are looking for.