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Thursday Poll: What Upcoming Phone are You Most Excited for?

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When summer hits each year, we typically get excited because we know that brand new smartphones are about flood into the market. In this industry, the summer/back-to-school and holiday seasons are always filled with new flagships from the top manufacturers. This year, though not much is official at this time, appears to be no exception. We’re expecting four new phones from Motorola, including the first inspired by the new Google leadership. But we will also see the HTC One finally arrive on Verizon, LG’s new incredibly impressive flagship called the G2, and maybe even a Galaxy Note 3 unveiling in September.

We’d like to know which phone has you most excited. Is it one of the new Motorola devices like the Moto X, the G2, the somewhat-old HTC One, or are you waiting for whatever Samsung has next?

What Upcoming Phone are You Most Excited for?

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  • matt

    I know it’s ~4/5 months off but I’m excited to see what Google will do with the Nexus line this year. I dislike glass back phones and that is the only reason I decided to skip the N4 and stay with a GNex that is working just fine, hopefully they will drop another one this November and I will be able to jump on it!

    I was excited about maybe grabbing a MotoX off contract but if it is going to still be 599 I will pass, I am excited to find out the details about that as well

  • jose

    HTC One on Verizon will be my next phone because I don’t want to play the Moto wait-n-disappoint game. LG would be nice but get real, we’ll never see that on Big Red. Samsung-anything isn’t an option for me.

  • AMTrombley89

    For most of the year, I was quite looking forward to the Moto flagship. But more and more, I’m losing interest in it due to the growing opinion that the MotoX will simply be a mid-range phone. I would understand why Moto would do that, as they need their phones in as many hands as possible, but still, nothing about it screams top-tier to me. That and I also want my next phone to be on T-Mo, as I’m really interested in their plans and JUMP, so the ULTRA series phones go out the door.

    Now I find myself looking forward to the 5th gen Nexus phone. I love the N4, and hope the next phone is just as affordable and awesome, whenever it comes out!

  • Sammys Mammy

    Sony Xperia Z Ultra with bluetooth handset and Smartwatch 2.

  • Daniel Russell

    If this Moto X is Motorola’s hero device, I might kill someone.

    • Marsg

      It probably is, theirs no way they are releasing 5 new handsets in 5 months

    • Sean Royce

      What is a “hero” device.

    • Deylune

      i heard that the Droid Ultra and Maxx may support 5 inch 1080p displays and quad core CPU’s. I Also heard, that the Moto X will be a Mid-Range phone according to various articles but motorola claims that it will be a Flagship phone.

  • joejoe5709

    Nexus or Nothing baby…

    With a couple “what ifs”:

    -IF Verizon doesn’t carry the next Nexus, I likely won’t jump ship. I’ll probably just find the next best thing on their network. That’s worst case scenario.

    -IF Google doesn’t put out a Nexus this fall, I’ll have to find the next best thing – probably a Google Edition of some kind or one of Moto’s efforts. From the early days of cell phones I swore an oath never to purchase a Motorola again so this would be a big change for me.

  • Matt

    Why is there not much love for the G2? Is there something I’m missing

  • dominguez619

    If only the One had a microSD slot. I love the metallic feeling of it. Ever since the OG droid I have preferred metal phones. I’m not a fan of Apple but the iPhone 5 is constructed really well. Oh and these phones with the 5+ in. screens are ridiculous in my opinion. It’s like putting a Garmin GPS in your pocket. I think 4.3 to 4.7 is ideal.

  • Bootleg Zani

    I don’t understand people being hyped for a mid-range smartphone. Please give me a Moto X with middling specs. Thank You. WTF?

    • Detonation

      I think people are voting for it because of the high end “hero” phone coming later. at least that’s why I did.

      • Marsg

        What hero phone? Wasn’t the Moto x the hero phone?

        • geedee82

          Hero moto

          • Jared Tau

            Herro Moto

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Pretty Sure the Moto X is the same “HerO” Phone Moto is talking about.

    • the_real_patrick_bateman

      Didn’t vote, but my Note 2 is gonna last me a while, so I’m not really excited for any of the upcoming phones. I am, however, very curious to see how Motorola’s multi-carrier launch goes. I am especially interested in seeing how quickly the Android updates flow to the Moto X on VZW.

      • Sean Royce

        If it’s a priority phone, hopefully it won’t take months on end for them to push updates. And hopefully the bloatware is minimal.

    • Frettfreak

      was thinking the same. Just dont understand. I am definitely rooting for moto and google, but just dont think this mid range handset is going to get the buzz going like they hope. But i hope i am wrong!

    • Sqube

      Coming from a GNex, a device like the Moto X actually looks pretty intriguing. Since it doesn’t have a 1080p screen, you don’t need a monster quad-core to push pixels smoothly, so you might get some quality battery life and good performance out of it at the same time.

      Also, it’s the GoogoMoto device and a lot of us are just intrigued as to how it’s going to look, what it’s going to be like, possibility of an insanely cheap price point (rumors of $200 off-contract)… there are some reasons to like this phone.

      That said, I’m looking forward to the HTC One on VZW because I’ve been lusting after it from the first moment I laid eyes on it. I figure I’ll be slightly disappointed by the camera, but… I have a GNex. I’m used to being massively disappointed in cell phone cameras now. So something that’ll give me quality low-light performance along with all the other goodies I’ll get from the One makes it the next device that I want. Unless the Moto X can do the UltraPixel thing better.

      We’ll find out soon enough.

      • jon

        Hey If you don’t mind paying full price check out the HTC Butterfly 2 it available now unlocked in the US. Not sure if it will work on Verizon though.

        • Sqube

          It’s unlikely in the extreme that it would work on VZW at all, unfortunately. CDMA networks just don’t have to play as nicely as the GSM networks do.

  • BAM1789

    There’s a.. hand.. in the picture….. On Topic: More people should vote G2, I think it’ll be a great phone.

    • moelsen8

      Haha that’s hilarious.. The hand haha.

  • droidbeat

    One Max

  • Trevor

    Watch out Moto X, the tiny hand is coming to get you!!! AAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • imns

    How about a Droid 5?

  • Killer4247

    Already have the S4 and it’s great. Bought it from Costco so when the HTC ONE comes out for verizon, Ill think about it and maybe have it switched out. Other than that, none of these phones are groundbreaking and the Moto X is being way overhyped.

  • Mark Coppock

    Nexus 5. Full stop.

  • EvanTheGamer

    The Moto X…you know, just because…

  • Kiril Vatev

    I am actually not excited about any of those. Of course, I am interested in seeing the Moto X, just because the promise is that it will be different and carefully redesigned, but I am already fairly certain that it will not be my next phone. I am really just waiting for the next Nexus.

  • FelisLachesis

    I’m in a holding pattern, right now. I’ve got an upgrade next month, right about the same time the other GNex owners have, and I just want something similar. The battery life on the GNex is awful, so I want the nice big battery.

    One of my daughters has a RAZR MAXX, and the battery life is awesome, but the (let’s not call it) MotoBlur does confound me from time to time.

    If the Ultra or MAXX is unskinned, then I’ll probably go for that. Other than that, I’m not sure what to do.

    • Nakrohtap

      My upgrade is due on 8/15 as well. I may hold out until October or longer to see what’s all going to be offered. I don’t want to jump the gun for the sake of just having something new.
      If the LG G2 comes to Verizon, that may be an option. So far, it might be the Note 3. If there is ANY chance the Nexus 5 may come to Verizon, we should probably know something by October.
      Verizon has the worst selection of premium Android phones right now. I hope when the HTC One Max comes out, they will be caught up as far as release dates.

      • Alex

        Haha, nice. I wonder how many of us have an 8/15 upgrade.

    • mercado79

      Using a launcher like Nova or Apex might be enough if you’re looking for that rumored 48 hour battery life. Thinking that may be my best option depending on which VZ phone they buy me at work.

  • bose301s

    Other, I am most excited for the next Nexus.

  • kashtrey

    I’m not really excited for anything on that list. I’m waiting for the Moto neXt (whatever comes after the X, the true flagship) and the Nexus 5. Now if the X comes out with Nexus 7 like pricing as some have suggested but WSJ seems to repudiate, I’d buy that in a heart beat as a replacement for my GNex with a huge crack on its screen.

  • interstellarmind

    no nexus 5 love?

  • hkklife

    Moto X. Gimped specs and, if the WSJ pricing is correct, is outrageously overpriced no matter how many sensors and software tricks they add. This is a solid midrange release (at best) that they are desperately trying to jazz up and push out the door and make some kind of revolutionary device when it’s not.

    Droid Ultra/Maxx, if EVLeaks’ reported specs are accurate, would be the easy winner (1080P sceen and Snapdragon 800) BUT I honestly believe the other set of rumors saying they’ll be severely gimped with only 1Gb RAM and 5″ 720P screen and a dated SoC.

    HTC One. Old news in every Sense of the word. Pass.

    LG G2. IF this was coming to VZW it’d easily be my pick. But we ALL know VZW only gets lame LG releases such as the Intuition, Spectrum, Revolution etc. My boss just got an Optimus G Pro for AT&T and I am in LOVE with that thing! LG is definitely the manufacturer to watch in 2014!

    Galaxy Note 3. I’m hoping for a simultaneous release on VZW, Premium materials and 32-64Gb of storage. But I have a feeling we’ll get the usual delayed release, 16Gb storage, glossy plastic and branded home button. It probably will end up being too big for most users as well.

    Therefore, I am going to pick “other” for a 2014 Moto release that REALLY packs in top-tier specs (5″+ screen etc).

  • maxx1987

    Moto x for sure. note 3, droid maxx, g2 are all cool sounding phones, don’t get me wrong. and i love my current razr maxx, so i’m definitely interested in the next one. but honestly, there is nothing about them that isn’t outside the realm of the typical evolution of smartphone tech. moto x is the only phone out of those listed that is going to be trying a unique approach to smart phone tech. it’s the only phone where after it is released we could potentially see a shift what we focus on when new smartphones are released, as opposed to just all out hardware upgrades. i’m curious to how it’s going to play out, and how other phone companies may respond in the near future.

  • Rob

    Droid Mini. I have the M now and think the small form factor is under-produced.

    • joejoe5709

      I love my 4.6 inch GNex screen, but I agree the big screen thing is kind of overrated. The Droid RAZR M is underhyped. It’s a great phone.

    • Sam Zaffrann

      M? Moto Electrify M?

      • Sqube

        RAZR M

        • Sam Zaffrann

          Cool

  • Bryan Guerrero

    Other – Next Nexus

    Once you go Nexus, you stay with Nexus.

    • Killer4247

      Disclaimer: Not after Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus.

      • Trevor

        Ha, nice, and depressing.

      • T4rd

        Lol, indeed. I went from Gnex to Note 2 and it’s significantly better in every way, esp. when rooted/ROM’d.

        • Bigsike

          Same here missed my GN being my first so called Nexus on Verizon but the Note 2 makes you forget very quickly.

          • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

            Here 3, the Note2 makes me realize how horrible the vz Nexus was.

          • Ben Landwehr

            Here 4. To me, it was necessarily bad. Yes, no super quick carrier updates. But once rooted and unlocked none of that matter. Great dev support. But after like 7months, phone was just slow as hell.

      • Brian Barcus

        Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus was misbranded, the only thing Nexus about it was the name stamped on the cover.

    • moelsen8

      Eh, I used to say that, but if the next gen comes any bigger than the n4, I’m out.. Maybe even same size. This phone is too damn wide. The gnex is still my sweet spot, size-wise. The low storage and just-average camera are getting old fast, too.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    lg g2

  • hellomoto

    Looks nice. Exiting. New Google Maps SUCKS. FIX IT!

  • shecalledmejay

    Galaxy Nexus 2 lol

    • jh123416

      Sign me up. I’m ready for another rodeo haha

  • cloud12077

    Other – Sony Xperia Z Ultra…if Verizon actually gets it…

  • Shane Redman

    Moto X not for the phone itself, but to give us a glimpse of their vision for the future.

    • jh123416

      Just a private event.

  • Shin Chopz

    wasn’t there supposed to be a Moto X announcement today?

  • RoadsterHD1

    MOTO has the best hardware and radios. The Ultra and Droid MAXX is going to be a game changer. I can’t wait. Time to save my pennies.

    • LiterofCola

      Droid Maxx all the way

    • BRIM

      Best hardware? Based on what?

      • RayLovesick

        Pretty sure that meant “battery” and “build quality”. Which is true.

  • NorCalGuy

    Wish Sony and lg had some mid to high range phones for verizon

  • Tyler Durden

    Note 3

    -powehouse
    big beautiful screen
    Amazing camera
    And big azz battery

    • XphoneTroll

      I’m with you on that. I have the S4 with clean room install and I love it. But I miss my note 2, so I’m thinking about getting the note 3 once it hits Verizon.

      • Brett Wagner

        will trade you a note 2 for your s4!?

  • John

    The Optimus G2 looks pretty sweet

  • lunasc

    I think the Droid line of phones that is slated for release is probably the last of the Sanjay Jha era phones. Don’t forget when el Goog took over they said they had about year’s worth of pipeline to get though and Moto has only released 2 phones since then. I believe that the X is probably the first of the “Google Motorola” phones. Personally, I’d wait to see what else Moto has in store (at least VZW wise) for after this Droid Ultra and MAXX launch.

  • geedee82

    I honestly can’t believe I’m saying it but if the LG G2 comes to verizon and has an unlockable bootloader then it very well could be my next phone. The nexus 5 won’t come to Verizon, the moto x is a mid range, and everything else has freakin hardware keys. Hopefully moto drops something worthwhile later this year but if not, i guess I’m lookin at the G2. It has on screen nav keys, great specs and looks super sexy!

    • calculatorwatch

      The G2 looks like one damn impressive phone so far. It’s a tough choice since I find myself less interested in getting a phone with the biggest screen and fastest specs this time around. I’d rather have something with solid battery life that’s easy to hold so the Moto X is also pretty enticing if it meets expectations. Totally agree on the hardware keys though… why do Sammy and HTC have such a hard time letting them go?

      • sdny8

        If the g2 was 4.7″it would be perfect.

        • Tyler Durden

          Too much bezel

          • calculatorwatch

            I dunno they look pretty tiny to me. Have you seen the super-small screen that goes in it?

    • Sean Royce

      Am I the only one that actually likes physical hardware buttons?

      • PhilD41

        Yes! Just say’n

      • nate

        I do as well, but just because the black bar of the softkeys burns a blueish tint into the screen at low brightness on my gnex… I guess with a better screen they could be better.

        I think softkeys make the phone look better, but they also remove a bit of space from the screen. If Pie controls worked better, I’d be in expanded desktop mode all of the time lol.

        • Sean Royce

          I personally like hardware buttons, but that’s because it feels better to me. I also like the extra bit of screen real estate. I also think pie is pointless and takes longer then normal soft buttons, but that all comes down to opinion.

        • Eric Ramos

          I think the burn-in had more to do with the Amoled screen than the actual software buttons. I had banding and blue-ish tint on my gnex. If the bottom bezel was decreased so the software buttons are wear capacitive buttons would be, it would actually give you more real estate when watching videos

          • nate

            Whenever I get a large amount of red on the screen at low brightness, the banding is TERRIBLE. I have not noticed it with any other color, but red makes the phone look broken lol.

          • Eric Ramos

            Dang, my banding was anything gray or if the phone was under 50% brightness, and then when in landscape I had a blue hue on the left side as if I hit the end of a page lol. It became an eye sore for me and I had to sell it lol even though it was probably my favorite phone

          • nate

            My Droid 3 (biggest POS ever) crapped out a month after the 1 year warranty, so i bought a refurbished gnex on ebay for 130 and for that price off contract, and it was a fantastic buy.

            I actually went back to my old LG dare for a few months, waiting for a friend with an iPhone 4 to get the iPhone 5 (he was going to sell it to me for around $120, which was under half the normal selling price on ebay at the time) but he never did, so i decided to give vanilla android jellybean a chance, after a lot of the jailbreak devs i followed on twitter said android was actually becoming good, and after my horrendous experience with motoblur gingerbread…

            This phone showed me how awesome android could be, so I’ve put up with the problems (mostly just bad battery life, poor reception, and obviously the screen lol)

          • Eric Ramos

            $130 is a great buy! I had to pay $320 lol since gsm variants cost more. I went back to the s2 and even though I loved the camera, I missed stock android and flashing Roms only helped a little since there were plenty of bugs to get fixed still. The Gnex is actually why I’m interested in the moto X lol even if its slightly better specs, it’ll have a better camera, soft keys, better speaker, less bezel on the bottom, and a larger battery. And the curved design reminds me of the Gnex too, which was really comfortable to hold.

          • nate

            Yeah. the company i bought it from sold a little over a hundred at the price in under 10 days lol. When i first got it I didn’t have any intention to flash custom roms because i didn’t understand it at all. Then i watched a video, and realized it was extremely easy haha… I came from 4 years of jailbreaking ipod touch, and it is a very different process to modify android.

            I went to CM for the slight productive modifications while maintaining the stock android experience, and have actually had less problems and crashes with it than stock android 4.2.2. I’m pretty sure the battery life has been better, as well.

            I have been really watching the moto x, too, but am finding that it might be hard to buy a phone with a 720p screen and a dual core processor when all of the phones around it have 1080p screens and quad core cpus. It will most definitely have very good battery life, and i’m really hoping the camera is the best of the year. I still have a long time to decide, since my family stole my upgrade in march and now i have to wait until february to get a new phone hahaha….

          • Eric Ramos

            Yeah I only flashed Roms on my s2. Never felt the need to with the Gnex since I enjoyed everything jelly bean had, I sold it right before 4.2 or else I probably would’ve rooted it lol. But yeah rooting is a bit different than jail breaking when you have to deal with commands and such. That’s true but hopefully the price is a little less then I wouldn’t care that much. Android doesn’t really need a quad core IMO if the software is properly optimized for the hardware, and 720 p won’t bug me as much since its most likely a 4.4-4.6 inch screen. But I’ll wait till it comes out to give it proper judgment. I’ve had good experiences with my moto phones so I’m excited they’re going for a nexus-like approach.

          • nate

            Yeah. Moto phones seem to be alright, but they shafted everyone who bought the droid 3 by never updating it and releasing the droid 4 a few months later…

            I like the way they seem to be going with google and the X, so hopefully they won’t mess it up lol

          • Taglogical

            Aye – the amoled tech is designed to be discarded after very short term use. For instance, you would never want this tech in your TV… unless you like buying new TVs every couple years. LCD ftw.

        • Cory_S

          I had 4 Gnexs they all burned in on the top and bottom bars, but my 2 GS3s never did. I think the Gnex just got a cruddy screen.

          • nate

            It was one of the first 720p screens on a phone, so maybe that had something to do with it.

          • Cory_S

            I think it had more to do with it being the first 720p AMOLED screen on a phone. My instincts tell me it got a GS3 reject/prototype screen from when they were testing it.

            But, then again AMOLED up until the GS3 was pretty well known for image retention in general.

          • nate

            Yeah that would make sense. It seems like most android phones have amoled or pentile screens. The iphone’s screen tech seems to have less color saturation making it looks very dull, but it seems to be very clear and lacks problems (at least that i can recall, i could very easily be wrong).

            My gnex also gets extremely hot near the top half at times, and it turns a portion of the screen to a yellow tint lol. its not very noticeable, and only noticeable at low brightness, but it is a problem.

          • Stephen Long

            I have had my Sprint GNex for over a year… and have no problems with the screen …

          • nate

            you are very lucky then. Just try going to the lowest brightness and google red, green, gray, and then blue single color images. (to fill the screen with a single color) to test to be sure. You will be able to instantly tell if you get the banding problem

  • dannyWHITE

    I dont understand all the hate against LG lol

    • Matt

      They have a history of making budget/economy crap android phones.
      It’s like kyocera will you ever take them seriously?

      • dannyWHITE

        I think ever since they released the Optimus G they have proven that they can produce good smartphones.

        • Matt

          I agree, but they still have that stigma. I do want them to succeed btw,

        • T4rd

          It’s going to take a couple generations of phones for us to forget their craptastic phones of the past and for them to prove themselves. The Optimus G was a good start, but it was missing from Verizon and T-Mobile and their AT&T/Sprint models had exclusive features, which detracts from their appeal (at least for people like us who follow the gadget news), esp. from a software support prospective.

          • michael arazan

            Not to mention their lack of updates to their phones, I know people who bought LG phones from almost 2 years ago who are stuck on Gingerbread

          • LG is Fine

            My last two phones have been LG, and both have performed admirably- the N4 (current phone) and the Optimus V (very good for the price and release time, but I wanted the N4). They have some winners and some losers, like everyone else. I read reviews and picked winners :)

      • calculatorwatch

        Kyocera gets some credit from me for trying to make the phone that I desperately want: 2 screens that turn into one (aka the Echo). Unfortunately they screwed up the implementation pretty bad. I would love it if a real phone manufacturer tried making a phone like that.

      • bitch_please

        So does Samsung.

  • tomn1ce

    This is the order of my excitement.
    1. G-Note 3 n Moto X
    3. Droid Maxx

    4. LG G2

    • XvierX

      Ditto.

  • Luiz

    I picked other because I could not find the “iPhone 5S” choice.

    • trd105

      Good, thats what it’s there for.

  • cjohn4043

    Two thoughts.
    1. I’m pretty tired of the Moto X already and it hasn’t even been officially announced. Mid ranged device with a couple extra customization options don’t really mean much to me. Maybe my opinion will change after its actually announced.
    2. I seriously think the HTC One coming to Verizon will be an afterthought to Verizon in the long run. With their new Droid phones coming out in the near future, they won’t give the One that much thought after the launch. Not to mention the One+ HTC probably already has testing…

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Looks like we are at a point, when there are a plethora of devices available AND upcoming. No such thing as a universal phone. People like different things, and that’s a positive aspect.

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    other – “nothing”

  • ki11ak3nn

    The only reason I said HTC One was because it felt awesome in my hands when I played around with it at Best Buy. But the Note 3 looks really interesting, I just can’t wait much longer to upgrade from my GNex.

  • King Lo

    I’m excited for what comes AFTER the Moto X.

    • KleenDroid

      I agree. I look forward to when they swing for a home run verses a safe hit over the third baseman’s head.

  • Jason Brown

    moto x and the next nexus. ive been spoiled by the stock android experience via the og droid and gnex.

  • Esmegma Medieval

    1.- Sony Honami.
    2.- Htc One Max.
    3.- Quad-core Lumia with awesome camera and 1080p screen.

    • Marsg

      And none of them exist

  • Christopher Ryan

    Other – Nexus 5

    • Mammys Sammy

      Sony Xperia Z Ultra with bluetooth handset and Smartwatch 2..

      • dsteckel

        Totally its gonna be a sick phablet

      • Sean Royce

        If only it had a camera flash.

    • Sam Zaffrann

      Haven’t heard many rumors on the Nexus 5. I heard one that it may come out with 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Not sure. Cool though

  • Alex Sherer

    Honami (Xperia i1). 20 MP, 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 4K video capture, waterproof, dust-proof, life-proof. Nuff said

    • Tyler Durden

      Keep dreaming.

      • bret

        stupid

  • satsmine2k4

    1. Sony Xperia Z ULTRA
    2. Nexus 5
    3. Galaxy Note 3
    4. LG G2

    • Nakrohtap

      You must not be on Verizon, unlike me. They will probably only carry the Note 3 on your list.