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Tuesday Poll: What’s a Bigger Deal, Hardware or Software?

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With HTC launching a One (M8) powered by Windows Phone exclusively onto Verizon, it got us thinking just a tad on what aspect of a phone is more important to you, the consumer. Each company has a different hardware design language, as well as a very unique take on how software should look and perform. The point is, if your favorite phone was the One (M8), and now that is available running Windows Phone, would you leave Android because of that?

As another example, if Apple does in fact launch two larger iPhones in the near future, will you be leaving Android only because Apple is finally making bigger phones?

For a few of you, we realize that both hardware and software are equally important, but for the sake of debate, if you had to choose just one, is hardware or software a bigger deal to you?

What's a bigger deal: Hardware or Software?

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  • jimt

    Hardware.

    Why would you ever buy a new phone, if software could solve any and all problems you have? You software people will never need to upgrade your phones hardware. So, fix your cameras, battery, screen, radios, speakers, connectors, and speed and the 32 going to 64 bit processors and chip sets by using a software update or an app. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!

  • Kerry Davies

    My company just got me a iPhone 5s sadly i had to grab it now couldn’t wait for the new one. I have no had an iPhone since the OG. I really hated what they became and ever sense I have been all about Android. I can’t really find anything bad about it I wish I had an app drawer. I still use like my email widgets on my nexus. I can even get Play Movies and Now on this Apple product, there are so many of the things i loved about android, it barely feels any different. When iOS8 come out it will have widgets, this makes me think they might add an app drawer. If all the google products i love are on the App Store then really all this means to me is I get one of the best looking phones and best cameras, all whall using the things that make me love android.
    With a potential 4.7′ screen I would really have no problem switching over. I already have a Mac at home and an Air for work, if someone can get chromecast to work with iProducts then why wouldn’t I want to make a change. With Android running so smoothly now, I have not rooted any of my phones past my Gnexus. I wonder how many people are like me, I know that if I make the switch most of my family will follow and many friends will go along after they realize they are not losing all the great Google app, and have a phone that wants to work together with there computers.

  • derick

    Hardware because you can always root and install custom software to meet your wants and needs.

  • joejoe5709

    Software can be changed. Hardware is for life. #SpecsLover

  • Captain Spaulding

    Hardware is more important because I can always change the software to suit my needs. That being said, I still wouldn’t buy any iOS or Windows devices.

    • 213ninja

      so then it’s software…

      • Captain Spaulding

        When it comes to Android, iOS, or Windows, yes. When it comes down to OEM UI (Android), no. So it’s kinda both.

  • Synacks

    Hardware, because developers can always fix and upgrade software.

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  • Good software can make a good experience on mediocre hardware and conversely bad software can make even the best hardware work like crap.

  • Jeff “BIG RED”

    The theme of this whole story should be… Which is better? You by yourself. Or a beautiful lady friend with you? It takes two to tango and no one likes playing by themselves forever. Can’t have one without the other. Keeping it g-rated. I’m sure you all can read between the lines ;).

  • Ismail Akram

    Software is the most important part of phone. especially today when all OEM’s have same hardware so now we have to chose which software we like.

  • Edouble

    Bad software can limit excellent hardware. Great software can make average hardware look great.

  • Josh

    Software, because all phones have amazing specs. Why keep uping the specs when the software still lags no matter what / never gets updated. -> Samsung.

  • jimt

    Imagine a moto x made with the best hardware and with the tweaked software. Great camera, great screen, SD card, 4 gig dram, 64 or 128 gig ram, great HiFi speakers, no home button. Yes both are extremely important. What do you need first, the chicken or the egg.

  • Brandon

    I voted Hardware, because you can change the software with custom ROMs, you can’t change the hardware. If the phone has a crappy processor, low RAM or a poor quality screen there’s nothing you can do about it. If you buy a phone that has great hardware but crappy software, you can just wipe the software off and put something else more optimized on it.

  • Bootleg Zani

    If the Moto X taught me anything it is software.

  • Justin Kos

    Software

    Hardware now a days is fast, efficient and really pretty similar tbh

  • Nick V

    More hardware can be updated through software, which can give devices a longer life span, add new features and more. this is why I believe that software is more important over hardware.

  • IntelCore

    Let Samsung guys see this poll.. 😛

  • Jprime

    I just cannot understand how lag, etc is still a factor in 2014. I think getting software to gel with hardware needs to be the norm. Things need to “just work.” Why does there need to be a video on accessing a hidden menu for the lg g3 to dissable lag through changing settings???

  • Marc

    Hardware definitely. The life of a smartphone is directly related to the quality of its hardware. I made the mistake of buying a cheaper phone with low specs and it was practically unusable in 6 months. The way the smartphone and it’s uses are still evolving you need to have great specs to ensure that your phone will still be able to handle everything 2 years from now.

  • tidusmccoy1515

    I would say both. I love my M8 as the hardware feels amazing and has good specs but the camera does disappoint me. The software is perfect.

    I would really like to own a smartphone that is no compromises in terms of software and hardware. I think the m8 with the lumia 1020 or whatever camera would be that.

    Though software plays a huge part as I won’t be getting another Samsung device cause of how bad touchwiz is. I won’t be getting a lumia 1020 because of windows phone no matter how good the camera is.

  • schoat333

    Software, and that is exactly why I will only but Nexus devices.

  • FritoDorito

    The question is difficult to answer because both hardware and software are more or less useless without each other. You cannot choose one and ignore the other in any realistic scenario.

    I would have to say hardware holds more significance simply because it is the only one of the two that can actually exist without the other. The hardware is more static and less malleable than the software, so when it comes to the absolute limit of a device, the determining factor will always be hardware. Software cannot make a display a higher resolution or make the battery hold more physical juice. Hardware can, however, alter what resolutions the software can draw and determine how long it can run.

    This still doesn’t change the fact that software is incredibly important. While the hardware determines what a device could be, the software determines what the device actually is. I would still choose a Moto X over a Samsung Galaxy S5 despite my assertion that hardware is more significant. While the hardware holds more weight, the difference is not more than software can accommodate for. The S5’s software does not go beyond the Moto X’s physical limitations. If it did, then the Moto X’s software would be insignificant. Since it does not, the Moto X’s software now comes under scrutiny. As defined by my subjective interests, the Moto X achieves higher value through its software than the Galaxy S5 does, therefore I can still prefer the Moto X despite its inferior hardware. This shows that software is still extremely important, but the hardware is still the most important aspect. If the Galaxy S5 had software that surpassed all of the potential of the Moto X’s hardware, then its software would not have even mattered.

    A lot of people seem to be saying that hardware mattered ___ years ago and that only software matters now, but that’s definitely not the case. Software matters more nowadays only because the hardware is so evenly matched among most flagship phones. Still, if some company released a flagship phone today with a QVGA display, resistive touch screen, 200 mAH battery, and a 512 MHz single core ARM 11 CPU along with software that perfectly utilized every single molecule of that hardware, it would never compete. Just because most flagships are extremely competitive when it comes to hardware doesn’t mean that it doesn’t matter. This simply shows that phone comparisons have become a lot more intricate.

    • flosserelli

      I was going to post a similar comment. Hardware and software are not mutually exclusive. It’s not an “either or” choice.

    • bhayes444

      I totally agree. I voted for software in the poll only because I feel that the current hardware out right now isn’t even close to being fully utilized by the available software. Another good point you brought up is the fact that there is a fairly even distribution of hardware among manufacturers, with their major differentiating factors being either: design, an extra feature here or there, or their software experience. Out of those 3 things, the software experience is how I choose my phone; all other things being as equal as possible.

  • AndTheWorldMayNeverKnow

    With all the rooting and modding hardware is more important imo, you can always change the look and functionality of phones one way or another

  • miri

    I guess I’d err in the direction of software. I like the iPhone’s hardware fine. The reasons I’ve never owned one is pretty much all to do with software quirks (many of which are getting fixed in iOS8).

  • Wayne Chan

    I checked them all. SAMSUNG Smartphone brands are the best. Samsung designs both Software n Hardware beat the competition!!!

  • t6rf6n

    Hardware(and price), because you can’t update it. But WP M8 is redundant. Metro UI looks already outdated.

  • Keagan van den Heuvel

    Hardware’s my choice because if my smartphone is running Android, I end up flashing an AOSP ROM in anyway.

  • Nikuliai

    We got to the point that most of the hardware updates are kind of meh, any well made 2014 flagship could easily last at least 3 more years without getting truly obsolete

  • Avery Pelle

    Software. To put this simply, let me use the example of the Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 has the ability to be flashed between Android and Ubuntu touch (another mobile OS). Without a good ecosystem of apps and services, the Nexus 7 becomes nearly useless. The Ubuntu Touch OS has nearly no apps other than the default ones, and (while I know it is Beta software) it really makes the device lose most of its purpose to me. The hardware is very important, but the software is ultimately what the end user is interacting with and what decides how the user does the tasks that they bought the phone for in the first place. Nice cameras are really great on a smartphone and a good screen is a pleasure to have, but without the app ecosystem, built-in APIs, and intuitive user interface provided by well-made, thought out software, the devices we buy cannot be used the way we want them to be used.

  • Karan

    Hardware because software can always be updated, but not hardware

    • NexusMan

      Tell that to someone running Gingerbread.

  • NexusMan

    Absolutely software. I’d take n Android HTC One over a Windows Phone HTC One. By the same token, I’d take a Moto X, over any HTC One (which many claim to have better hardware), as the software experience on the Moto X is so much better.

    • Ismail Akram

      Touchless control, active display and motorola assist are only cool things about Moto X.

  • jimt

    Both.

  • Hardware = Nokia C7-00
    Software = Android

  • Just saying “hardware” is a bit tough, because if you’re asking me if I care if my phone has the fastest CPU or RAM, then no I don’t care, but if you’re asking if I care about the screen, battery or camera being top notch, then yes.

    Software on the other hand, stock Android is better in every way. Mostly because you can add anything you want (almost). So I think that stock Android should always be what an Android device comes with and then you should be able to switch to a company’s software if you choose to.

    Android phones give us choice and companies that are forcing terrible UI’s on us are a step in the wrong direction. Samsung is making some great phones, but their software is terrible. Motorola is making some right moves in their software, but their hardware is crap.

    So we have a problem and the Nexus program was on the right track, but they still can’t make a solid camera, so it’s caused a problem with Android right now. We still don’t have the whole package, which Apple’s iPhone 6 will have after the screen is increased.

    They’ll still lack software options, but their hardware will finally be complete. A 4.7” iphone screen + good battery life + an epic camera means we’re going to see a lot of Android users switch to the iPhone and in all honestly they should. It’s the more complete device.

  • s.m.

    You can change software, not hardware. Hardware comes first.

  • Adrian

    its an unfair question posed as it is, because it would logically be answered software with those constraints. However, within ecosystem, hardware is a far bigger deal, point being that any android device running a stable CM rom or similar near vanilla AOSP rom would perform better with better hardware, because of that if that is the sole intent, to throw a custom Rom on it, the hardware is far more important.

    Same thing goes with every iteration of apples iDevice. The software gets upgraded to run on the older machines as the new hardware comes out, but there is no beating the newest, latest and greatest hardware they develop. Within their ecosystem.

    So, does the specific OS matter, or the hardware running it matter? The OS matters.

    As stated by others, software optimized for specific hardware runs far better than software ported onto hardware it wasnt originally intended to run with.

    this is a comparison of apples to zebras in a measure of which tastes better. depends on your desire of fruit or meat.

    for me, its hardware. all the way hardware. again, within an ecosystem.

    • NexusMan

      Not that hard…Android HTC One or Windows Phone HTC One? If it doesn’t matter to you, which one you pick up, then you’re answer is Hardware.

  • Chris

    Software drives the experience. It’s the brain and soul of the device. The hardware is just the skin. Clothing

  • Carlton Crasher

    I voted hardware…because nexus line means stock android….so gimme all the hardware ya got!

  • John Clausen

    I’ll say hardware, as long as we’re staying within the Android community. Yeah, my Moto X is plastic and only 720p (even though it is really well made), but the iPhone 6 could be made of pure diamond and have a 4k screen and I still wouldn’t switch. And the software has to be comparable (as in similar, if not same, versions of Android). Manufacturer skins are annoying, but 3rd party launchers are amazing. I can’t exactly download an app to change my plastic Moto X into the beautiful metal chassis of the M8.

  • Mazeko

    It is really hard to pick one because bad software or bad hardware could ruin your smartphone experience. Would I want a phone that has great hardware but the software is buggy as hell or would I want a phone that software has all the functionality I need if only the hardware could run it smoothly? I would say hardware for the potential of the software updated where I couldn’t update the hardware without buying a new phone.

  • edward

    It must be a combination of both hardware and software. The hardware can be impressive but the software is the to compliment it and to distinguish it. It must be a zen like experience in order to be truly great. I’m betting on Motorola heading towards this direction and I really hope others find their own style, but without taking away from the experience or quality *cough cough Samsung * .

  • StankyChikin

    Pre Moto X was Hardware – Post Moto X is Software

    Moto has shown what properly optimized software can do to a lower spec device.

  • Software makes or breaks a phone, but I chose hardware because I pretty much exclusively buy phones that have unlocked or unlockable bootloaders. Software you can re-flash to CyanogenMOD or whatever else you prefer. Hardware is something you can’t change, at least not easily.

    • Carlton Crasher

      same here…but after i broke my nexus 5 i bought a note 3 on payment with AT&T i like it…i run a dynamic xtreme aosp hybrid rom…but i’m so readdddy for the next nexus i’m tired of lack of customization lol..

  • Arty McBert

    Definitely software. Phone specs at this point no longer matter to me, all I care for is a consistently smooth experience at a buttery 60FPS. I understand it takes good hardware too, but what good is super good hardware when you have crappy software? On another note, I do care about specs when it comes to my PC.

  • Disqus_n00b

    Would you consider an iPhone w/Android? Yes.

    Would you consider a Galaxy Note with BB OS 10? No.

    Software

  • Stock Android FTW

  • Can always change software. Can’t change hardware.

  • Jason Bittner

    hardware…… software can be updated, removed or changed.
    good unlocked hardware is all you need

  • Voltism

    Doesn’t everyone here put roms on their phone anyway? I love samsung phones despite touchwiz because once you put cyanogen on it it’s great

  • Franz

    Software now. Hardware 4 years ago.

  • Kree Terry

    Software, in that i want it to be smooth and enjoyable with features i care about. That’s why the moto x was a no brainer for me. Hardware with the software to use it is pointless to me, but the same could be said of software without the hardware. But we dont see the later quite as much.

  • droidrazredge

    Software wins for me at the end of the day, Why ?
    iPhone 5S: Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based), 1 GB RAM DDR3, PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics)
    Moto X: Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320(quad-core graphics)
    LG G3, Galaxy S5: Quad-core 2.5 GHz, 3 GB RAM (2 GB Ram), Adreno 320 (Adreno 330)

    Apple and Motorola must be doing something right, with the exception of the camera of the Moto X, which is why I included the iPhone, that they are able to give great experiences with their optimization around their hardware and out-due the performance of the competition. Makes you really wonder what is better, software optimization or hardware ?, and how the other OEMS are doing it wrong.

  • Havoktek

    Hardware… Software is designed to scale to the HD..Software can be coded all day…But good powerful hardware in a small package… Is king…

  • Fer

    Software for me, I don’t want a phone with lags, malware, spyware and virus, I want something simple, and don’t want to try millions of roms to find the one that lags the least, sadly Android has all of these problems, and more, I just don’t get why so many people like licking Google’s ass

  • mcdonsco

    Is it too much to ask for the PERFECT phone? I mean seriously, as Tim mentioned in the Note 4 things he wants to see entry, ALL phones have some sort of compromise.

    To the OEM’s I say this; it’s NOT TOUGH GUYS! Here’s a blueprint:

    -5″ 2K Screen
    -Moto X style ergonomics
    -64GB memory
    -4GB RAM
    -Latest Android w/ commitment (and FOLLOW THROUGH) to update to latest within 30 days of new version release for a minimum of 2 years
    -3,200MAH battery that’s swappable (and then have the samsung’ish style “battery system” available for it, and for $50 or less like sammy)
    -13+mp GOOD camera (leave the gimmicks out, just give us a kick ass high QUALITY camera; looking at you HTC!)
    -Good radios across the board (they don’t have to be amazing, they just CAN’T suck)
    -Qi Wireless charging (sad that AT&T makes me have to specify Qi)
    -SD Card support
    -Front facing speaker(s), doesn’t have to be “boom sound”, just good quality front facing (sorry sammy, the bump on the back doesn’t work)
    -Minimal skin, think “nexus”
    -Plastic is fine, if it’s DONE WELL (I’m LOOKING AT YOU SAMMY! Enough with the Faux Aluminum edges!)
    -Fingerprint sign-in would be great *if* it’s done well (think: sammy failed, apple succeeded –> go from there)
    -GIVE US OPTIONS IN THE SOFTWARE! Knock on, option to use the enter key in messaging instead of the dumbass emoticon key etc.
    -If the chin can accommodate capacitive buttons without looking like Jay Leno, then give us the option like the mythical pink unicorn One+ did (supposedly; –
    cause it’s mythical) – otherwise, on screen buttons.
    -THIN BEZELS, but not the fail top bezel sharp just did
    -And a request from me, create a keyboard that FOR ONCE doesn’t lag as EVERY OTHER ANDROID KEYBOARD ON EARTH DOES. I don’t care how, just do
    it.

    And last but not least TEST THAT SUCKER FOR LAG AND FIX IT ALL FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS.

    Do it, and I’ll pay; ehh, $700…Done.

  • cgalyon

    I figure the hardware cannot be modified after it’s released. Software can be tweaked and changed. Similarly, new versions of Android are released, which means the software can change fairly quickly. For those reasons I choose hardware. Need a good base to work from

  • tenshi yuki

    Hardware definitely, while bad software can hamper top specs, you’re still limited by the hardware that’s in the machine, so no amount of software is going to allow a 8mp med tier sensor camera to compete with a 41 mega pixel camera with a bad ass censor, no amount of software is going to allow a 720p phone to compete clarity wise with a 4k phone, etc etc. That’s why I’ll probably be updating to the note 4 because it actually sounds like a next tier phone.

  • tyler

    IF hardware was so important, the iphone wouldnt even be in the top 30 smartphones, so its obviously optimized software

  • thelolotov

    Software can be changed, bad hardware is bad forever.

  • live

    That’s y I always stuck with HTC even if galaxy had the better specs …I loved sense

  • Hardware. You can easily changer software, as so many devs do, however you can’t change how fast a processor is, how good a camera is, or how large a battery is.

  • wtd2009

    hardware is only as good as the software it runs. apple makes a pretty good case for that statement.

  • Zac Audette

    A cake fork is useless if the cake is terrible…

  • Richard Giordano

    Software. Because it rlly doesn’t matter how gd of hardware u have in a phone want matters is the user experience because like for example the gs5 has topp tier specs n yet its still lags cause of the overwhelming of features in touch wiz that no one rlly uses vs the moto x having specs from 2012 running stock android with features that ppl actually use n never rlly lagging.

  • Michael Suriel

    This discussion begins and ends with the S5 and Moto X.

  • Morlok8k

    Hardware: Looking at Project Ara.

    (I miss hardware keyboards.)

  • MKader17

    Software, but a lack of it in most cases.

  • J. Gilbertson

    Software. Why? Look at Samsung. Has fine hardware with terrible software

  • droidrazredge

    I use to be into specs hardcore (CPU, RAM, Storage). I use to think that having specs in a phone was all that mattered, but I found out that you can’t beat the hardware race. What is top when you purchase it one day is outdated within a few months because integrated circuit companies are always innovating to out-due the competition and push the limits of hardware. That was the first thing I learned about facing the hardware race. The second thing I learned was that all that hardware means nothing especially if the software & code that runs on it is poorly optimized. It’s just not going to perform at its absolute beast compared to something with better code optimization and lower hardware specs. Now after owning a device, The Moto X, that’s definitely not brought up when you mention high end specs on Android, but sure performs just as well if not better than those phones with “high-end” specs. I use to, as I’m sure many android users as well, knock the iPhone because of the specs it has, but at the same time was amazed at how well the software performed 6months after using the device something I could not say the same for my android devices prior to the Moto X without rooting or factory resetting the device. I feel that’s what Motorola thought when it designed the Moto X. If Apple can make a phone built on an X architecture that can keep up with beastly spec android phones then we definitely can do the same with an android device. You can even see with software on computers with games like: Crysis 1 and Watchdogs and Operating systems like Windows Vista. What good is having all that hardware if the software you use on it runs like crap and slows your system down. Now I go by this motto: there’s no point in having amazing hardware if the software isn’t optimized to run on that hardware

  • Joe Zollinger

    Two types of people will answer this question. Those who will say hardware, and those who will lie.

    The great thing about android is that it’s customizable. I hate it when reviewers go strictly on the “out of the box” experience. If you want the best software/out of the box experience, get an iPhone. But android has a ton more to offer with very little effort.

    With android so customizable, the right hardware should be the primary guide your purchase.

  • Xavier_NYC

    The most important thing is software optimization.. Doesn’t matter how great the specs are if you can’t tell while using the device.

  • Pakmann2k

    What a good argument to have for the day.
    Software? The Moto X and Moto line have made huge strides in making their software optimized to run more efficiently on even the most conservative of hardware configurations. They are the single manufactorer that really used “software” to make their devices better and stand out. Sammy and others seem to move in the opposite direction. Their software becomes so overwhelming and complicated that without the cutting edge hardware, the device will lag and run like poo. Their software is what kills them.
    Speaking of Hardware… The Gnex almost single handedly has proven that even with the most customizable of software, poor hardware can cripple the device to being almost worthless. Bad radios, horrible battery life, mediocre camera, and even a cheap build quality, the Gnex could be loaded with even the most desireable software available, yet still was a failure due to poor hardware.
    In my opinion, no one seems to line the stars up just right. Not since the D1 have we seen anything that everyone can circle the wagons around and claim to be perfect. (at the time!)
    Someday I will have my Macbook Air with Retina Display running Chrome OS.

  • jb

    Whichever I’m least happy with at the time, that’s the more important of the two.

  • Nathan Bryant

    Software. It’s the most interactive part of the device. Hardware limits to the same things. Physical design, camera, screen, exterior pretty much. With today’s specs you shouldn’t have to worry. The software take care of everything else if executed. Image quality, attractive skin/OS, features. People keep complaining about the build of a Samsung device. Honestly, if they tone down their skin and get out of that gingerbread era, they would get over the lack of metal. People think a metal phone magically makes your phone better and do everything better. It doesn’t. You literally can take the ROM out and put it in another phone. Essentially the same phone different build. Think CM. And virtually have every feature. So the crying on hardware needs to stop. Every phone has almost identical specs nowadays.

  • erikiksaz

    Software. Proof? The moto X.
    Given it’s poor specs relative to its competitors, its software experience propelled it to be the most innovative device of 2014.

    • jimt

      How is that camera again?

      • sirmeili

        I actually have no issues with the camera, TBH.

        • jimt

          There are a lot of people and reviewers that do have issues. You honestly would reject a new phone that had a camera that was 10 times better. Sharper, higher resolution, better low light higher contrast, better dynamic range, better optics. For maybe say $5 more in the cost of the phone. Come on. I’m not asking if the camera is just OK for you.

          • sirmeili

            If the trade off is the overall user experience I get with my phone (MotoX), then yes. The truth is that I don’t need my phone’s camera to be the best camera in the world. The camera is more than adequate for what I use it for which is quick pics here and there to post on G+ or Facebook. If I want to produce really great looking photos, then I would use a Camera and not a phone. A great camera is a great investment.

          • jimt

            I would like my phone to take pictures like my Canon 7D DSLR camera or close. I don’t want Kodak instamatic pictures like you seem to think are great and could not be better. Have you looked at your pictures on a 80″ flat screen compared to a decent camera?

          • sirmeili

            So seriously you want your $600 phone to work just as well as your $800-1000 DSLR (based n quick google search, may be inaccurate)? You’ve got to be kidding me! I’ve never understood this argument one bit. Why do you think that a $600 phone with a smaller sensor, non-replaceable lens, and internals to do other things besides tak pictures should operate like a $1k camera? That makes absolutely no sense to me. That’s like people who complain their Point and Shoot cameras aren’t as good as a DSLR. You want DSLR like quality, use your DSLR. d

            I also never said having a good camera is a drawback. I said if I had to give up a great camera for an ok camera in order to get the user experience I have with my MotoX, I would gladly do it as there are better cameras out there anyways specifically made for the sole purpose of taking pictures. If I need to take some really great pictures, I wouldn’t depend on my phone no matter how good the camera is. I would grab the device best suited for the job.

            Also, as I stated, I find my camera on my phone more than adequate enough to take pictures for posting to facebook or G+ (which I would argue the majority of people do with their cameras). If I want a picture for printing out or for displaying on a larger format, I would use a better camera better suited for that purpose. People just plain expect waaaay too much from their phones these days. You know the saying “Jack of all trades, master of none”. That is your smart phone.

          • jimt

            My point sir is that the moto x camera could be better than what it is, there are several phones that have a better camera.

          • sirmeili

            And my point is that in the current situation, I am more than willing to give up a great camera in exchange for the excellent user experience I have with the phone. Could the camera be better? Perhaps, but at this point, the user experience is what is keeping me with the phone. No camera on another phone is going to pull me away from that.

          • jimt

            i guess you won’t get a Moto X2 or X+1 or a Moto X3 if they improve the camera. The moto x is your last phone. The world will pass you by. You sure have an odd position. What makes you think the Moto X + won’t have the same if not better experience? My guess they will improve the camera and even more people will buy it and enjoy the user experience of the new phone. Enjoy your Moto X.

          • sirmeili

            You’re guessing wrong. There is a very high chance that the user experience on the Moto X+1 will be similar if not better than that of the Moto X, so I don’t see why you don’t think I’d upgrade. I however, will not go get a Galaxy S5 because people say the camera is better. I don’t believe, that for myself, the user experience would be as good. So in that regard, I choose “software” over “hardware”. I think you know that and I would only assume you are smart enough to know the original intent of my position.

            That being said, at my next upgrade, if I were have to choose between the “Galaxy S6” and the “MotoX+1” and the former has a better camera while the latter has a better user experience (better optimized), then I will choose the latter.

          • jimt

            Why upgrade to the new phone (Moto whatever) since the hardware doesn’t make a difference. Just update the software on your Moto X. You say software is all that matters. You have hardware now so keep it. Why have the expense of new hardware since hardware means nothing.?

    • PoisonApple31

      No. It came out in 2013. Most innovative features of 2013 – sure I can see that. Overall? Not a shot in hell.

    • Ismail Akram

      How you says moto x? install applications all apps icon order got changed and next time you open up menu oh where is my favorite app. oh its moved here now. that sucks… moto x is good but its is not perfect at software side cuz it provide with less customization. I hope android L change that. but Sense rocks for me.

    • jimt

      The X8 is hardware that other phones don’t have, so no not proof. Without the X8 chip the software would not work. At best it would be like the other phones. Sorry, Hardware first then software.

  • pball_inuyasha

    I vote hardware, so long as the hardware is not locked down so you can rom.

  • Hardware, because you can always flash Cyanogenmod if the software is not up to scratch.

    • trixnkix637

      Not if you can’t install CyanMod because it’s incompatible with the hardware.

    • regkilla

      I got Cyanogenmod 11 Android 4.4.4 running on my 2012 quad-core LG Optimus G and it’s flawless!

  • Josh

    Software that is optimized like on the Moto X.

  • Michael Bassett

    Everyone picked software to seem/look smart.

  • Pakmann2k

    When I hear people say software, I can’t help but think of the Gnex. You can load some fantastic software on that phone but it is still crippled by poor radios and an atrocious battery life.

    • trd105

      Oh man. I’m having flashbacks to carrying an extra battery and one of those motorola portable chargers just to make it thru the day.

      • Pakmann2k

        Still have a handful of those batteries. I fired up my Gnex a couple weeks ago and actually used it for a couple days. Drove me nuts! Kind of enjoyed some Kang though. Ahh,the good ol days. Sporting a Moto device again. No issues except that I miss my tethering.

        • sirmeili

          Gotta love my MotoX (t-mobile version) on straight talk (AT&T service). Tethering is working for me. I don’t abuse it and I really only use it for tethering my tablet for navigation on long trips. I was stoked to find out it just worked 🙂

        • Dan

          Can you send me those batteries?
          I’ll send them back after I get the X+1

          I only need to survive a few more weeks!

    • trixnkix637

      Installing a rom on that bad boy is what got me through. If it wasn’t for software I would’ve sacrificed that God forsaken device to the bowels of Tartarus.

  • tiev

    I care about root access, unlocked bootloader, unbloated, roms, voice recognition, contextual services, etc.

    I believe they are mostly software based with minor hardware requirements(eg. contextual services)

    As long as the standard hardware such as signal strength, gps, are good, the only two hardware features I care about is battery life and QWERTY keyboard

    • trixnkix637

      QWERTY keyboard?? On screen or physical?

      • tiev

        Physical hardware QWERTY keyboard.

        I went from the OG Droid 1 -> Droid 3 -> Droid 4 -> Moto G(cheap daily driver)… no QWERTY devices left in the market… 🙁

        • trixnkix637

          Overall thinness & bezel design killed QWERTY.. I’m pretty sure there’s a slight few being marketed but not in the US. I’m at a point where I can’t go back to physical keyboards. Swiping is just 2nd nature now. Give it some time, you may come to like on screen keyboards.

  • burkett375

    You can update software….hardware is long term

    • sirmeili

      But is it? How often do you change your hardware? With Google continually optimizing Android to run on less and less specs, your hardware should last more than long enough. However, even great hardware can be crippled by bad software. I think Motorola really showed that you can optimize the software to run on ok hardware. That hardware hasn’t shown a sign of slowing down (at least for me). The big test I guess will be when Android L hits.

      • burkett375

        So moto showed that only a Google owned company can optimize android correctly. Until all manufacturers follow this, we need better hardware.

        • sirmeili

          Maybe no other companies have tried to optimize Android like Motorola did. Maybe the have this dumb as thinking that “better specs will just solve our issues”. There are TONS of companies out there that think that hardware can fix crappy poorly optimized code. It’s nothing new. I am dealing with it now at my job (old legacy code). WE are told “You could throw hundreds of thousands of dollars of hardware at it, or just optimize your code. One is faster than the other and the other will likely cost the same by time you factor in labor”.

          The truth is, it is easier (and sometimes cheaper) to throw better hardware at a problem than to do the right thing and optimize. This is especially true for a device that is “disposable” like a cell phone where people don’t really keep them past 2 years.

          And finally, Yes, it took a Google owned company to say “Hey Dickwads, this is how you should be doing it”. Every phone I’ve had before the MotoX has at some point slowed down (due to updates mostly). The MotoX is the first phone that I’ve owned that has not done that and I’ve had it 9 months or so. That is a testament to “optimized software” over “brute force hardware”.

          • AbbyZFresh

            Motorola is a different case. The only reason they managed to optimize Android to run well on lower specs is because they use stock android.

      • trixnkix637

        Most people used to change hardware every 18 – 24 months. So I’d say he has a point. Hell iPhone users do it annually it seems.

  • chris125

    Why do we have to choose? Why can’t these OEM’s put the best of both into their devices? HTC was close, but the camera was a letdown. Their software is nearly nexus like smooth.

    • trixnkix637

      Hmm.. *Looks at Moto X’s software lovingly… Glares at Moto X’s camera harware*

      • sirmeili

        I must be missing something or maybe it was cause I went from the OG Droid to the Gnex to the MotoX, but I don’t have issues with the MotoX camera. It does exactly good enough for a “phone” camera (for me).

        • trixnkix637

          It does good very well. But it could do great like the Samsungs or Nokias of the world. If I could get a Moto X with one of those Lumia cameras in it, I’d be set!

  • TheRobotCow

    Software hands down.

    Apple’s iPhone is a great example of this. The hardware it has is nothing to run home about but the software is optimized to run beautifully on its hardware.

    • JayMars84

      Plus, why did Blackberry for so far behind and to this day are still struggling to catch up? Lack of apps. I think most would say software makes or break a phone eventually. Imagine waking to a phone with lower specs, then imagine waking up to one with a different OS altogether. iOS users wouldn’t care about now having a Snapdragon 805, they don’t even know what it is.

    • Pakmann2k

      Ironically, I like the build quality of the Apple Devices. They somehow feel clean and asthetic. Had iOS though. 🙁

  • Régis Knechtel

    Both. Hardware with poor software is nothing. Same goes for software with poor hardware.

  • Justin

    I would never leave android for iOS and most likely not for Windows Phones either. The debate about Hardware or Software is difficult. They are both very important, it just depends on who is buying the phone, what they expect from it as well as what they will be using it for daily and how tech savvy they may or may not be.

  • Nick

    Software, as the Moto X showed just how much you can squeeze out of mid range specs with an efficient backend and additions to AOSP that actually add value. Here’s hoping the Moto X+ maintains the same stragey and adds a better camera

    • staticx57

      How is that software working for you? Has it made that crappy camera and screen good yet?

      • hc792

        Crappy screen? Nah. 720p at that size is enough for me. I’ll give you that the camera isn’t top notch, but otherwise, this phone is pretty much perfect.

        • staticx57

          compare it to a contemporary phone-the G2: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7251/lg-g2-and-msm8974-snapdragon-800-a-quick-look/2

          G2 has better battery, better CPU performance, better GPU performance, better display characteristics. That is with a skin as well.

          • Suralin

            Did you just provide proof that the Moto X doesn’t have as bad a display as other phones?

        • Ismail Akram

          Moto X screen sucks. but if you never use high end devices you would never know the difference.

  • monkeybutts

    Software is most important.

    Hardware specs don’t mean crap if the software isn’t optimized.

    I have seen $30 phones from walmart run kit kat very well with specs that obviously aren’t the latest and greatest.

  • Josh

    Ugh, a decent camera experience requires both 🙁

  • Suralin

    If you asked this question a few years ago, I would have said hardware. Phones have caught up to PCs in that there is only so much hardware is capable of solving a problem. Optimization must now occur to utilize the hardware to its full potential. Then hardware would become more important again.

  • J Pan

    Software….. The S5 is a beats of a phone hardware wise but TouchWiz completely hampers the device. We have seen over and over again how a great piece of hardware is completely ruined by the software experience a company pushes out.

    • Ismail Akram

      agreed.

  • Grayson

    Software for sure. I have loved phones with mediocre hardware and great software and have hated phones with phenomenal hardware and crap software.

  • The Doctor

    Software can always change. The hardware in you’re phone is what you’re stuck with. Hardware is the most important.

    • burkett375

      People are forgetting this!

    • velocipedes

      In addition, the wide open state of competition means that hardware is exactly what most manufacturers are competing on. Obviously, hardware is what influences our decision when it comes to choosing an Android device.

    • Agreed, and let’s not forget hardware isn’t just the processor speed and how much RAM a phone has. You can’t change the size or quality of the display, you can’t change how good the camera is, you can’t change how large the battery is, or the build material and quality of the phone..

    • schoat333

      Unfortunately, a lot of the non developer phones are stuck with software now too. I would take a mid range spec Dev phone over a locked down top hardware spec phone any day.

    • Adam Truelove

      So you’re saying a phone with good hardware but crappy software is just fine? All you need is good enough hardware to run the software smoothly.

      • The Doctor

        No. What I’m saying is software can be changed. Hardware cannot.

        Do people read anymore?

    • Justin Kos

      I’m satisfied with the performance of my nexus 5, and because of that I pick software. However I see your point.

    • Josh

      But it rarely changes unless you’re on a Nexus.

    • michael arazan

      It’s more of a Ying Yang thing, both have to be equal for quality experience.

      The software sucks on my GS3 and janks, the Moto X is almost identical in specs and runs twice as fast as my GS3

      • Ismail Akram

        after using HTC ONE M8 and then moving to Moto X I can say that HTC have great software experience well Moto X have good software features and smooth but don’t feels as fast as is HTC M8.

    • jj

      Disagree whole heartedly. the S5 has good hardware but Touchwiz is complete junk software. Couldnt wait to get rid of it. Happy I made the switch to the G3. LG’s software has been great!

      • The Doctor

        Ever mod a phone? Software. Can be changed!

  • TC Infantino

    Hardware, because I want a phone that has the ability to do what I want with little to no lagging and the specs to last at least a year, with software updates to keep it up to date and interesting. If you are asking if I would switch from Android to a different OS just because I like the hardware the other OS is offering, then not just no, but Hell No. There are other things you need to consider other than the phone’s specs when thinking about switching to a different OS, such as app support/availability, which Windows phone doesn’t have. Then there is ecosystem and infrastructure, the iPhone might be a decent phone, but if you want seemless integration with the rest of your tech, then you need to have an Apple computer.
    So, I voted Hardware in respect that the feel, the specs and the capabilities of the hardware have to meet my needs, but I don’t see myself leaving Android anytime in the future. The software will continue to be updated to keep things interesting, if the past is any indication.

    • Kevin

      Moto X begs to differ. It just shows that a well optimized OS can run really good on older hardware. Mean while Galaxy phones have lag even with their up to date specs.

      • monkeybutts

        And shows that software is really important for cameras as well… 😛

      • TC Infantino

        Actually, I am in agreement with you. I have the Droid Maxx, which is the Moto X with just a slightly bigger screen and a bigger battery. My statement was “I want a phone that has the ability to do what I want with little to no lagging and the specs to last at least a year, with software updates to keep it up to date and interesting.” Which the Moto X and the current Droid Ultra/Maxx have. It has lasted almost a year already and I have had little to no lagging, and the phone ‘still’ is phenominal.

  • JayMars84

    Software. I’d rather have a phone with lesser specs if it was the only hardware compatible with Xposed.

  • Raven

    The definitions of hardware and software can vary a lot. I am not a spec whore and really don’t care if my phone is running an 800 or the latest 805 or better as long as it has enough RAM and storage space. But, I do care that my phone is running Android. I don’t care how great the hardware is, I would never own an Apple or Windows phone because of things like openness and eco system alone. So, I voted software.

  • Justin W

    Hardware because Software can be changed (though the OEM software does make a difference on if I’ll purchase a phone or not).

  • Mudokon83

    Life would be alot easier if S4 and S5 had unlocked bootloaders/rooted easier. Getting that great camera, fast hardware, micro sd.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    I’m sorry, but hardware has to win. Software is limited by the hardware it can run on. All the software optimization in the world can’t overcome bad hardware. Take a look at pretty much any Samsung phone. The antenna’s are just not good at all, all the software in the world can’t change that. The Moto phones have sub-par cameras, yes, software optimization has helped them, but still hasn’t overcome the sub-par hardware. Yes, Software is important too, but you have to have good hardware to put it on!

  • SeanPlunk

    Hardware. Since I’m paying full price to keep unlimited I stick to Dev. Edition devices so I can flash different software if I don’t like the stock experience.

  • Hardware. Especially after looking at the pics of the Sharp Aquos phone. Damn that thing is sexy.

  • Tony Byatt

    Software…

    Motorola and Samsung showed us that, but with different results from each…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    The only thing that matters is software. Mobile products are software. Specs wise all hardware are the same these days. If you’re looking at “Design” before you look at what the actual phone is (Software) then you just don’t care about what the device does…you just want something pretty to show your friends.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      All hardware is the same these days? Tell that to Motorola with their sub-par cameras, or Samsung with their phones that generally have bad reception when compared to others.

  • Nathan Borup

    Hardware… if software isn’t up to my standards, I’ll write my own!

  • zephiK

    Software. Because you can’t beat the hardware race.
    Also theres no point in having amazing hardware if the software isn’t optimized to run on amazing hardware. Programming 101.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      And the software that comes from the factory, or is bloated specific for VZW is that good awesome clean code?

      Frankly, I just after-market ROMS and software from proven Devs over at XDA over any stock released OS or ROM.

      • WAldenIV

        The Moto X.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          100 phones out… you give me 1 that “you think” has great optimized from the factory code? One? So looking at the big picture, that leaves 99 that do not that can be improved by aftermarket ROMs and software.

          I’ll stick with powerful hardware, and get the software I want a la carte.

          • Kevin

            ROMs have too many bugs even with the most recognized devs.

          • Pakmann2k

            You realize that Google’s Android software itself is nothing more than a ROM and they are the developer. And for some devices, you can load it directly from them.

          • Kevin

            You realize that I’m talking about Custom ROMs from XDA?

          • Pakmann2k

            Touche.. Just playing devil’s advocate.

          • mcdonsco

            NOW THAT WOULD BE SAWEET! Google would only need to add, what, a small department, to port AOSP to all major carrier flagships right? They should 🙂

          • Deez

            For real. I hardly have ever used a ROM that didn’t have bugs. I used to install ROMs all the time, but got tired of it over the years because they were just not really worth it.

            Not to mention you have to sit there and literally read 100s of pages of posts to sit there and figure out what the fix for this bug is, what’s the fix for that bug, track down the linked files because they’re no longer up there, figure out what recovery version is compatiabke eiyh ehat ROM, who’s using what kernel, etc. Keeping up with that sh!t is like having a part time job with the amount of hours you have to put into it….

          • Amen

          • mcdonsco

            Aman! someone else said it already.

          • Xavier_NYC

            Agreed to the Max… I’ve been running CM for a couple months now and even tho it’s one of the better ROMs out there, it still suffers from bugs even with Snapshot builds.. I’m just tired of it and once I sell my G2 and get either the G3 or Nexus 6 I’m not flashing any ROMs. If I get the G3 most i’ll do is root and de-bloat it and call it a day.

          • DanSan

            same here, i just really wish verizon had the nexus 5. i wouldnt flash anything, just use xposed modules and call it a day. or at least give me awesome t-mobile coverage in my area so i can switch.

            dont get me wrong, love using cm11 on my verizon GS4 but things just dont like behave sometimes.

          • Jason Downing

            Did the same thing coming from my G2 to the G3

            Give this a shot if you want to try something new … http://www.emccann.net/nuclearmistake/VanirAOSPNightlies/vs980/

          • grumpyfuzz

            the one bug free rom I know of is rastakat, and honestly it’s worth flashing. It doesn’t have a ton of features, but it has some to improve the experience. It’s only for nexus devices, so if you get the nexus 6, I think that is one rom to consider. On my Nexus 5 it was as stable as stock.

          • JoshGroff

            “On my Nexus 5 it was as stable as stock.” Coincidentally, my stock nexus 5 is also as stable as stock. 😉

          • grumpyfuzz

            Obviously, haha. But this rom has more features, which overall in my opinion improve the experience.

          • JoshGroff

            I’ll have to check it out, but I usually just install apps a la carte to add features I want/need.

          • picaso86

            I did that to my G2, Rooted it, de-bloat it and running stock all the way. I flashed a few ROMs but they were just a hassle more than help.

          • HarvesterX

            Not to be rude, but when properly flashing ROMs optimized for your device variant (wiping everything before hand) issues rarely pop up and ones that do are easily fixable.

          • Deez

            That’s not my experience at all. I’m pretty savvy. You would just have to take my word on that. I’ve flashed TONS of DOMs on plenty of phones. You’re preaching to the choir. Go find a thread right now on XDA where people are saying this and that don’t work or is buggy. Sh!t FCing and all that. Granted some posts will be newbie b.s., but guaranteed they all have legit complaints in them…

          • Deez

            *ROMs not DOMs obviously…

          • archercc

            Dude is upvoted because its true. I used to mess with the ROMs but, like said, there were always bugs even if you followed procedure when flashing. And while they are “easily” fixable its a pita to discover teh fix because the ROMs thread is 130 pages long, there was a 14 page argument on the bug so there are a few dozen false fixes to comb through and then once you find the legit fix the link to the file was taken down.

            Not saying I dont appreciate what the devs are doing, its just that anymore Android is mature enough to stand on its own and I like having a phone with support I can call. Want a clean phone, get a Nexus (or Moto X)

          • C-Law

            Even dealing with the biggest roms like CM, I’ve had bugs. Most recently my Note 2 with CM had constant camera problems. So you’re right. That’s why I got a moto x and haven’t had a single issue.

          • Big EZ

            Try stripped down stock roms (stock to the device not AOSP) they have less bugs, run faster and already have running drivers for all the hardware. AOSP is over rated unless it’s on a Nexus device.

          • mcdonsco

            But I’m on Verizon (and not giving up my UD until they pry it from my cold dead; uhh, statement) so no nexus for me and while I LOVE Motorolas (owned all but the ultra); I finally couldn’t take the camera any more.

            Fuuu….

          • mcdonsco

            Funny you mention the camera that you sacrificed in doing so 🙂

          • Big EZ

            Especially AOSP. Unless it’s on a Nexus device AOSP is always missing something, camera, 4G, etc. Sometimes I can deal with what’s missing, but even still AOSP doesn’t run as good as the skinned roms. The least buggy roms are always based on the stock rom of the device. The fastest roms are stripped down stock roms.

          • calculatorwatch

            Yeah but here’s the thing. You wouldn’t get whichever phone out there is the most powerful if you couldn’t put good software on it. Therefore you still think software is more important. It just so happens that the most powerful Android phones all have access to the same software which you happen to think is the best. So you get to choose based on hardware.

          • archercc

            I actually still choose based on software. The most powerful phone in the world isnt worth that much when the software is crap or well outdated.

            Putting my aging N4 up against S4s and S5s and its amazing how poorly those phones aged. Jank from a poorly made launcher, cheezy features eating up memory, etc. Samsung is so bad its got them wanting to switch to iPhone aftger comparing their newer phones to my Nexus (on Verizon/Sprint so GPE/NExus options are limited).

          • malcmilli

            Actually,my Nexus 4 does not feel faster than the s5 or s4. People complained a lot that the g3 lags and my nexus 4 felt the same speed.

          • archercc

            Dunno man. My coworkers are having a lot of issues in the launcher (not saying its faster in the apps). When they try to wake or unlock the phone they often get a lag on it, while my N4 comes right up. Moving through the launcher is also faster and Google Now seems to play nicer.

            Although, I suspect its Samsungs launcher. I showed them the Google Now launcher in the play store and they all switched. I havent seem them much recently but everyone was pretty much raving about that launcher.

            Not saying the N4s hardware is superior because it isnt. Just that, for some reason, the software was holding the better hardware back. Same goes for my other coworkers Moto X, by all rights it should be a dog but it isnt.

          • malcmilli

            yeah i really liked the google now launcher. I am enjoying LG’s launcher though, even though it’s not nearly as optimized as it could be.

          • I’ve been down that road. Trust me it’s definitely better when you don’t have to jump through hoops to get (often buggy) software.

          • malcmilli

            Htc m8 as well, nexus devices, and ironically iphone, and some windows devices.

          • nosedive94

            Sense 6 is honestly really good as well. Then of course there’s always Nexus devices.

        • C-Law

          Agreed x 1000

      • Eddie Jr

        All carriers have bloat, and the others more than VZW. VZW has the least amount of bloat, and has actually been the only one cutting back. I also think it’s funny that majority of people say software, yet so many rip Moto.

      • mcdonsco

        Given, I’ve only messed with ROM’s on a handful of phones, but on those phones I tried everything available (that I could find on XDA) and I have yet to come across a single Dev ROM that is SOLID…All of them always had *something* wrong. Be it nav that didn’t work, hotspot that didn’t work, or random reboots, freezes…something. The closest I’ve seen was I think it was called spooky rom for the vs980 (maybe not spooky, something ghost related and I’m too lazy to look it up right now) – It was PERFECT, no freezes, no reboots, smooth as butter BUT hotspot didn’t work…AT ALL. Thought I had finally found a good one…err, nope…oh well.

        • Deez

          It’s cool when you find a solid ROM, but it’s way too far and in between. These ROMs nowadays aren’t a benefit. Your phone is slightly faster but your camera FCs :/ lol

          Not worth it.

      • Ismail Akram

        you should go for then Unlocked versions which are not from carriers to have less to no bloats.

    • Azn_Android

      Which is why I own an iPhone.

  • Jason B

    Software. You can have the best hardware in the world, but if it’s crunching through poorly coded software, it’s not going to perform at its absolute best.
    (I’m looking at you Samsung)

    • Marikel

      Exactly. Highly optimized software over hardware.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        Yeah, and what vendor provides this great, highly optimized software out of the box?

        More times than not, a ROM developer kicks it up a notch with their ROM and can add things now like ART and better optimizations and build in advanced functions that never come stock from the factory.

        There are way better devs making ROMS out there than most manufacturers have working at their companies. After-market software can be so much better than the crap we get.

        • Marikel

          HTC, Motorola, Sony, any recent Nexus device.

          • FortitudineVincimus

            The fact it is a Nexus device virtually implies people are going to (1) root and (2) modify it as they want with the software they want.

          • Allen Byrd

            No it doesn’t. I know several people personally who have a Nexus 5 and haven’t done any of that.
            I’ve rooted, but stayed stock. The software experience is the reason I chose a Nexus.

        • Jason B

          But they’re also riddled with bugs. I love the developer communities, but their resources are limited (time, especially).

          At the end of the day, the software has to work and work right. Plus, Qualcomm isn’t very 3rd party developer friendly. They keep their stuff pretty locked down, so the ROM devs have to rely on factory stuff to keep things working. It’s a shame because Qualcomm’s graphics drivers aren’t very good.

        • Ismail Akram

          HTC Does. especially in its flagship mobiles

      • WAldenIV

        Everyone should have a Moto X then.

        • Marikel

          I have an HTC One M8 and I love it

        • Ismail Akram

          Moto X software is not that good as all says. just it have few software features which make it stand out. otherwise it feels slow but yes smooth. I was HTC ONE M8 user but just bought Moto X cuz of its unique features but it often times feels slow

    • HarvesterX

      Software can be modified after production and sell though…

  • Alan Paone

    No ota is going to make a galaxy feel good, or move the misplsced headphone jack. There’s roms that correct any software flaws, and some that add a bunch too

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    Software is portable, hardware is not. I think it’s a simple choice which one has greater value.

    Ultimately for the a $600+ phone I expect both to match its worth however.

  • Jackson D

    At first I thought, “duh, software will make or break the phone” but then I realized you can flash ROMs and all that. Hardware it is.

    • JayMars84

      ROMs are software. You’re basically saying hardware doesn’t matter because you’ll find an awesome ROM.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        No, he is saying that software doesn’t matter as much as hardware, because he can find ROMS to flash that allow him to have the software features he wants. There aren’t ROMS that allow him to add functionality that isn’t in the phone. No ROM in the world can allow your phone to take a picture if it doesn’t have a camera.

        • JayMars84

          I see. But at the same time, I’d struggle to touch a Samsung phone even if just to use the camera since the camera hardware is good but the software so awful.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Which is why there are camera apps out there you can download. Software can help, but if the hardware is bad in the first place, all the software optimization in the world won’t help.

  • Buur

    The most important thing for me is a very convoluted means of acquiring the device. If I don’t have to jump through hoops I don’t want it.

    • Patrick Crumpler

      I was just in those forums earlie. Not sure why I want one.

    • Bryan Mills

      Entitlement, i see.

    • Eric R.

      The One Plus One shade

  • Greg

    Unlocked hardware and let me put whatever software I want.

  • jwildman16

    It’s gotta be both. A phone lacking in either will always be crippled.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Hardware.. with software, I can root and fix and get or delete or improve whatever I want. So, for me, it is all about the hardware.

    • Kevin

      Can you improve Touchjizz? :p

  • mystikalrush

    Hardware, if it don’t look good, don’t eat it!

  • Bryan Mills

    Both. If I’m paying $500+ i want the latest. I also want software that will keep getting updated and supported.

    • so what did you vote….

      • Bryan Mills

        Hardware always first.

        • bogy25

          I agree – hardware – but everyone voted software? Why? So, my question to you all is if it has the best software – always up to date yet comes in a phone that is one inch thick and seven inches long that is OK?

    • mcdonsco

      Here’s the thing, you’re reading DL which leads me to believe it’s possible (likely) you have a phone addiction issue (like me)…swap phones, what, once every 3-6 months? For me, I can care less about updates and support as I generally keep a phone for less than 4 months.

      I’m TRYING to find that “perfect” phone that won’t let me be tempted by new phones; haven’t found it yet…but when I do, then I’ll care about updates and support, till then…Meh, latest as you said is what I go with (though, after trying the GS5 and M8, I went back to my G2 while waiting for G3, Note 4, X+1, iPhone 6 to see which of those I want next…I’m tempted to just get the G3 for the time being, but knowing the others are *just* around the corner, I’m trying to be more reasonable with my addiction.