Moto X, HTC One mini, Galaxy Mega 6.3
I stopped by AT&T today since they released a few new phones last week, and I wanted to see what they were like in person. I only spent a few minutes with each, but enough time to give my quick thoughts.
Moto X (White model)
Hardware: Great size and weight. Almost perfect feel in hand. The woven back felt nice and premium; a bit slick, but not slippery. Small bezels meant a more immersive experience (which should be further enhanced by a black front).
Screen: Good resolution and PPI; no jaggedy edges or font. Very clear. A bit warm in appearance; whites aren’t very white. Brightness is also pretty low when compared to the One or other LCD screens. But the colors definitely looked more natural than what I see on the GS4. Looks pretty good overall, but not the best.
Performance: Felt pretty snappy and smooth. No lag, but it’s a brand new device without many apps loaded or usage.
Misc: The AT&T logo is annoying (just like every other AT&T device these days). Couldn’t get Active Notifications to work because of the "Device Alive" app, even after I force closed it. Too loud to program Touchless Control.
HTC One mini
Hardware: Out of the three, my favorite device based on feel. Premium metal body in a smaller package – it’s significantly narrower and shorter than my HTC One, and the difference is unreal. Since the capacitive buttons are on the bottom bezel, you get the full 4.3", so it feels like you have almost as much room to play with compared to the Moto X. Nice buttons (solid press and feel), and the plastic trim around the device is glossy, but it doesn’t detract much at all from the design.
Screen: Gorgeous and sharp. Definitely not losing out on the screen by moving to a 720P 4.3" screen compared to the HTC One’s 1080P. More than bright enough.
Performance: Smooth and fast, although the same comments about the Moto X apply here. 4.2.2 is a nice addition, and I was able to confirm a few 4.2.2 features: 1) it’s easy to expand notifications with 1 finger 2) it’s easy to launch an app under Intents by quickly double pressing it, instead of pressing the app and then pressing Just Once 3) Battery % in status bar is a nice feature 4) No more Power Saver persistent notification unless it’s enabled. Shame that it has a S400, which I could probably live with, but the single GB of RAM is a real shame.
Misc: I would get this device if I didn’t have my One and I could get it on T-Mobile if they bumped up RAM to 1.5 or 2GB. I could probably live with the S400 processor for the smaller overall size of the device.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
Laughably huge. I almost dropped it a few times trying to do anything with one hand. The screen is nice and bright, and the lower PPI doesn’t seem to be a real problem. TouchWiz felt a bit laggy, but nothing terrible. It's a cheaper device, which is good for those who want a big all in one device but the Note series is out of range and a separate tablet isn't what they want.