Motorola's new Moto X series
Motorola's new Moto X phones at a launch event in New York on Aug 1, 2013.Reuters

Google recently launched its much popular Nexus 5 smartphone running the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat, which has been in much news when compared with other smartphones.

However, Google-owned Motorola has also released its highly customisable smartphone, Moto X that is considered to be an arch rival of Google Nexus 5.

With both handsets sporting their own pros and cons, here is a detailed comparison to see which smartphones wins the battle of supremacy.

Nexus 5 vs. Moto X - Display

The Google Nexus 5 sports a 5in Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD display paired with a pixel density of 445ppi (pixels per inch).

It has also been noticed that the device's screen colours and contrast appear much faded as compared to others. The brightness also seems far from reaching the one's flaunted by HTC One or Apple iPhone 5S.

However, the display is sharp, which makes viewing movies and images a whole new experience, reports Techradar.

On the other hand, Moto X flaunts a 4.7in 720p (1280 x 720) AMOLED display along with a 316ppi pixel density.

Though the handset's screen and resolution is not as good as Nexus 5, it offers deep and rich colours and contrast. The smartphone also sucks less power enhancing the battery life.

If a user can ignore the 0.3in of screen size, then Moto X might be a good choice when it comes to displa, which also looks sharp enough from normal viewing angles.


The Moto X smartphone (10 megapixels) flaunts two extra megapixels in the rear camera than Nexus 5 (8 megapixels).

Besides the megapixel, it has been found out that Moto X has an easy and quick camera features. For instance, the focusing time in Moto X is much less than Nexus 5. Moto X camera is also quick to launch and takes quick shots unlike Google Nexus 5's lagging camera shutter.

However, Google Nexus 5 still gets an edge over Moto X over image quality as the photos captured are less noisy and not over sharpened.

Nexus 5 additionally includes PhotoSphere and HDR+ mode. With PhotoSphere, one can capture 360 degrees panorama images and the HDR+ mode, which retains the image details, highlights and shadows unlike Moto X's HDR, which is said to overdo the effect specially in scenes where the dark and light areas are extreme.

Battery Life

Google Nexus 5's battery, amidst the criticism faced on the internet, is very much comparable with other high-end Android devices such as HTC One.

However, the battery still remains behind that of Moto X, whose battery can easily last for an entire day. It has been estimated that Moto X roughly offers around 4-8 hours more on a single charge than the Nexus 5.


The performance of both the handsets are said to be almost the same as in some cases the Google Nexus 5 was faster and vice versa.

There have been some cases where the Moto X has been faster than Nexus 5, despite having a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro as compared to Nexus 5's 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor.

Nexus 5 was faster in cases that involved launching a heavy game and playing smoothly, whereas the Moto X excelled in loading web pages on Chrome browser and playing videos quickly.

However, the Nexus 5 spec sheet is much superior to Moto X's but in real-life daily use, they both are equal.

Perks and Features

Both Google Nexus 5 and Moto X sport voice action service through Google Now. The Moto X has better touchless voice action support as the smartphone's mic is always on waiting for user's commands.

The Google Nexus 5's handset offers the same quick service but the voice actions can be only given when the user has opened the Google Now service unlike Moto X where voice commands can be given even when the phone is inactive.

Hence, due to much wider voice action service, Moto X might have some edge over Google Nexus 5.