Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X vs Motorola Droid Maxx – Hardware, Camera, Specs Review (Google vs Motorola)

Alex Bezeau November 18, 2013 0

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Today we compare the Google Nexus 5 with two of the most powerful smartphones from Motorola, the Motorola Droid Maxx and Motorola Moto X. The best of Google goes head to head against the two best smartphones from Motorola.

The Google Nexus 5 took the smartphone market by storm when it was officially offered by Google on its Play Store. But just before that happened, Motorola surprised the world with the Motorola Droid Maxx and the Moto X. The Droid Maxx was the battery macho man of the smartphone world whereas the Motorola Moto X was the first ever smartphone that allowed consumers to customize the handset from the outside.

The best part about this battle is that Google’s Nexus 5 goes head to head against Motorola, a company that is now owned by Google itself! So how well did Motorola do or was Google one step ahead. Let us find out.

Google Nexus 5

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Motorola Moto X

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Motorola Droid Maxx

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DISPLAY
The Google Nexus 5 has a 4.95-inch full HD IPS touchscreen display. The display has a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with a pixel density of 445 ppi (pixels per inch). The display on the Nexus 5 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The Motorola Moto X has a 4.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. The display has a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and a pixel density of 312 ppi. The display also has Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

The Motorola Droid Maxx has a 5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and 294 ppi pixel density. The display has Corning Gorilla Glass protection and supports 16M colors.

WINNER – Google Nexus 5 (because of the 1080p IPS LCD display)

HARDWARE
The Google Nexus 5 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. The smartphone is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 450MHz Adreno 330 GPU and has 2GB of RAM.

The Motorola Moto X has the Qualcomm snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and is powered by a 1.7Ghz Krait dual-core processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. This smartphone uses the Motorola X8 architecture that consists of 4 graphics processor cores, 2 application processor cores and 2 low-power cores.

The Motorola Droid Maxx also has the Qualcomm snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and is powered by a 1.7Ghz Krait dual-core processor, Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Similar to the Moto X, the Droid Maxx also uses the Motorola X8 architecture that consists of 4 graphics processor cores, 2 application processor cores and 2 low-power cores.

WINNER – Google Nexus 5 (because of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset)

OPERATING SYSTEM
The Google Nexus 5 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box. So you don’t have to worry about waiting and searching for updates. Also remember that the Google Nexus 5 will give you a pure Android experience, there is no separately added UI layer.

The Motorola Moto X runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box. The device provides you an almost stock user interface with some widgets and customizations from Motorola.

The Motorola Droid Maxx also runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box. The device provides you an almost stock user interface allowing you to get a taste of pure Android experience.

You might not be able to use Android 4.4 KitKat on the Motorola Moto X and Droid Maxx right now, but since the company is now owned by Google, the update roll out should not take much time.

WINNER – Google Nexus 5 (because of the pure Android 4.4 KitKat experience)

STORAGE
The Google Nexus 5 is available with internal storage options of 16 and 32GB only. The smartphone does not have a microSD card slot so storage expansion at a later stage is not possible.

The Motorola Moto X is also available with internal storage options of 16GB and 32GB. But similar to the Google Nexus 5, the smartphone does not have support for storage expansion using a microSD card.

The Motorola Droid Maxx is available with 32GB of internal storage. There is no other option apart from 32GB and the device does not even have a microSD card slot. So storage expansion is not an option on the Droid Maxx.

WINNER – Draw (all provide 32GB of internal storage space)

CAMERA
The Google Nexus 5 has an 8MP primary camera and a 1.2MP secondary camera. The primary camera comes with features like autofocus, LED flash, optical image stabilization and HDR+ that help you capture some of the best quality photos. The primary camera supports 1080p video recording whereas the front facing camera supports 720p video recording.

The Motorola Moto X has a 10MP Clearpixel primary camera with autofocus and LED flash. The front facing camera on the smartphone is a 2MP secondary camera. The primary camera as well as the secondary camera provide support for 1080p video recording.

The Motorola Droid Maxx also has a 10MP Clearpixel primary camera with autofocus and LED flash. The camera features include full HD video recording, touch focus, geo-tagging and face detection. The device also has a 2MP front facing camera.

WINNER – Google Nexus 5 (because of the high performance camera)

BATTERY
The Google Nexus 5 has a non-removable Li-Po 2300mAh battery. You can expect a talk time of up to 17 hours and stand by time of up to 300 hours. Even though this 2300mAh battery might seem low to you, let us not forget that Google has already optimized the Nexus 5 for better performance and sustained battery use.

The Motorola Moto X has a decent 2200mah Li-Ion battery and unlike the Nexus 5 and Droid Maxx, the battery is user replaceable. With 2200mAh of juice, you can expect a talk time of up to 13 hours and a stand by time of up to 550 hours.

The Motorola Droid Maxx has a massive 3500mAh Li-Ion battery. This is one of the best battery capacities offered by any next-gen smartphone available in the market today. You can expect a talk time of up to 48 hours and a stand by time of more than 600 hours.

WINNER – Motorola Droid Maxx (because of the extremely large capacity)

DIMENSIONS
The dimensions of the Google Nexus 5 are 137.8 x 69.1 x 8.6 mm; the dimensions of the Motorola Moto X are 129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm and the dimensions of the Motorola Droid Maxx are 137.5 x 71.2 x 8.5 mm.

WINNER – Motorola Droid Maxx (slimmest in spite of the massive battery)

WEIGHT
The Google Nexus 5 and the Motorola Moto X weigh just 130 grams. The Motorola Droid Maxx weighs 167 grams, that’s 37 grams heavier but is justifiable because of the large capacity battery and Kevlar coat.

WINNER – Draw (we leave it up to you)

CONCLUSION
This battle was definitely a tough one. As you must have already noticed, the Motorola Droid Maxx and the Motorola Moto X are almost the same when it comes to internal hardware, camera and storage space. The only major difference between these two smartphones is the enormous 3500mAh battery present in the Motorola Droid Maxx.

But since we have to come up with a winner in this battle, our vote goes to the Google Nexus 5! There are many reasons why we chose the Google Nexus 5 as the winner in this battle. Take a look at our list and let us know what you think about the same.

  • Next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset
  • Full HD 1080p display resolution
  • Pure Android 4.4 KitKat operating system
  • 8MP high performance camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
  • Very slim in dimensions and light in weight

These are just some of the reasons why we feel that the Google Nexus 5 should be the winner of this battle. Google has added a lot of performance improvements on the software part, which makes the Google Nexus 5 extremely fast and battery efficient.

In spite of having a 2300mAh battery, the Google Nexus 5 provides a very good talk time and stand by time. You cannot compare these stats with the ones offered by the Motorola Droid Maxx, but it definitely is impressive.

Here is a specifications chart of the Google Nexus 5, Motorola Moto X and the Motorola Droid Maxx:

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