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Why the Moto X is My New Phone…Until the Next Nexus Arrives [Opinion]

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When the Moto X finally goes on sale at the end of this month, I’ve pretty much made up my mind that it’s going to be my next phone. After spending the last week or so with a review unit (be sure to read our review), I like everything about it, even with its higher-than-expected price tag and mid-range-type specs (though they are still painful at times in the back of my mind). The overall package, which includes 99.1% stock Android, solid camera, good display, set of new features I actually use, and a body that feels better in hand than almost any other phone on the market, is something I can get down with. So yeah, I’m ready for my MotoMaker-made Moto X to take me through a couple of months of use before the next Nexus arrives. That’s right, as much as I’m a fan of Motorola’s new flagship, the next Nexus is also on the horizon. What a world we live in.

Stock Android Does Me Right.

So here is the deal. I work in the Android business, meaning I buy new phones all of the time because it’s my job to. I’m definitely not your average consumer. But I don’t just buy any phone, I buy the ones that after I have reviewed them, are actually great products (at least in my eyes) and that I could see myself using in-between reviews of other phones. The Moto X is the next phone to fill that void. Why? Well, because of all of the things I just mentioned, but probably most importantly, because again, it runs mostly stock Android.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve tested all of the important devices in the industry from the Galaxy S3 to the S4 to the Optimus G to the HTC One to the Nexus 4. And you know which of those sat next to me on my desk the longest, even after all of the reviews were said and done? The Nexus 4. No LTE, no expandable storage, and a glass back that I have a love-hate relationship with still didn’t matter in the end. There is nothing better at this point to me than a phone that runs stock Android and also receives updates in a timely manner. The experience of stock has greatly improved over the last couple of years, even offering up features that custom skins from OEMs can’t (Photo Sphere being one).

Sure, I bought an unlocked U.S. HTC One and made it my device of the moment for a solid couple of months. There were times when I wanted to sneak back to the Nexus 4, but I had made the investment in the One and generally liked what it had to offer, including Sense 5. I also reviewed the Galaxy S4 in there and kept the review unit around longer than Samsung would probably like because it’s the most popular Android phone and I always feel like I should keep one close. So those two phones have taken up a ton of my time since they both were launched. But you know what, when the Google Play Editions of each were released, I didn’t even hesitate to buy them.  A return to stock Android on hardware I felt necessary to keep around is like the ultimate situation.

Leading up to the Moto X, the Galaxy S4 GPE has been in my pocket, on my desk, and by my bed at night. It’s an amazing device (which I should probably review). It already has Android 4.3. The camera is insanely good, even with Google’s stock software. And the general feel of the GS4 in hand (outside of the gross, glossy backside) is second to none (or to the Moto X). But beyond all of that, the real decision was made because again, it’s stock Android.

A Custom Phone.

It sure sounds like the Galaxy S4 GPE is an almost perfect device, so why replace it with the Moto X? While they are mostly equal in my eyes, the Moto X has my attention right now because not only does it feel amazing in hand, I really want a custom phone. I know that sounds silly and probably shouldn’t be reason enough to buy a phone, but never before have we been able to have a phone that is 100% our own. It certainly sucks that MotoMaker is only available on AT&T at first, however, the idea is so refreshing that I need to give a shot. And after reviewing the phone and finding no issues in terms of performance, I’m willing to dive into one.

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Sorry, LG G2 and Galaxy Note 3.

Yesterday, LG officially unveiled the G2. It appears to be a spec monster, but personally, there was nothing there that grabbed my attention. The 5.2″ display sounds like a world beater, as does the Snapdragon 800 inside, but the phone’s design, which comes off as a Galaxy S4 copy-and-a-half, is so uninspired. And what’s with the over-done LG UI that might have even more features-you’ll-never-use than the GS4? It has at least two types of multi-tasking (maybe even three), floaty objects with transparency, memo apps that I’d never use, and a volume-rocker-home-button combo on the back that is still confusing me. Did anyone else ever think they’d never see a smartphone company lead off a phone presentation by saying, the “most innovative” feature is a rear placed button arrangement? Not the camera with OIS, or the insanely good FHD display, or the processor that no one else has used to date – the button arrangement is it.

But back to the design – what happened to the Crystal Reflection back from the Optimus G and Nexus 4? Now that was actually a cool design innovation. Sure, the glass covering the Crystal Reflection was a terrible idea, but it’s not like they couldn’t come up with another material to use on top of it. Instead, we’ve got the Galaxy S4’s body, with a more cartoony UI, and a button arrangement that may be more of a nuisance than anything. We’ll be sure to give the G2 a full review, but so far, I’m not seeing how this could be my next phone.

What about the Galaxy Note 3? Yes, it’s coming in early September, at least the announcement of it. But to be perfectly honest, I can already tell you that I’ll let Tim run the Note 3 cult just like he did with the Note 2. Oversized tablet-phone combo devices are just not for me. Even if Samsung goes away from slippery plastic and uses a more premium feeling material, the phone will be too big for my liking. So no, the Note 3 probably won’t replace the Moto X in a month.

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The Next Nexus.

And that all brings us to the next Nexus, which LG is rumored to be making for an October reveal. Aren’t we then assuming that the G2 is a reference for the new Nexus? Probably. You know, as much as I wasn’t wow’d by the design of the G2, I could probably put up with it if there was a big “Nexus” logo on the back and that UI was gone. Actually, I almost wouldn’t be surprised if Google said, “Sure, we’ll use the G2 as a base for the Nexus 5, but we want a matte finish on the back and we’re also going to class it up by tweaking the look a bit.” And who doesn’t love a pretty matte finish? Hello, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10?

But as I’ve already  said a couple of times, a Nexus is a Nexus, meaning you get the 100% stock Android and updates faster than any other phone. So as an Android blogger, this is the device we look forward to the most each year, even if it doesn’t lead anyone’s sales numbers. And that’s why it will more than likely replace my Moto X in 3 months. Maybe.

The Point.

The point of this isn’t to convince you that you should buy the Moto X. It’s also not supposed to convince you to wait to buy a new phone until the new Nexus arrives. In fact, I guess it’s just more of me sharing the thought process behind my smartphone purchases, because I struggle with them just like all of you do. I think in the end it keeps coming back to devices that run stock Android, even though I thought for years that I could put up with skins. Apparently, I can’t.

Over the next couple of months, you’ll have some amazing choices in smartphones. Some will run stock, some can be customized on the outside, and others will run over-the-top skins. My focus will be on the two that closely match up to Google’s vision of Android.

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  • Michael Permana

    I would hate if Nexus 5 is based on G2. The current design of Nexus 4 is great. It will be nut to change the design, following G2’s design.

  • Cory Pitkavish

    I personally prefer the standard flip phone. I mean get logical my peeps. The flip phone will last through a nuclear war. rain on flip phones rain on!!!!!!!

  • skzion

    Dude, I’m through with your site. This locked bootloader, no sd, underpowered, so-so battery life, ATT-only-customizable phone is hardly worth any time reviewing, let alone owning.

    This smells bad, and I no longer feel I can trust your judgment.

    • joejoe5709

      This must be the only site you read because praise for the phone is almost universal. I won’t be buying the Moto X but I agree with most of what he says.

      • skzion

        $500M buys a lot of praise. But yes, this was the only site I came to in the past.

        Now I’m just here because Disqus showed your response.

  • Monk

    So I must have missed it so sorry if I did… Can someone tell me what’s the difference between the X and the droid Maxx? Battery and customization are all I can think of….

  • tianzhen126

    tinyurl.com/lr69xbu
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  • Who cares about stock when you have CyanogenMod? Galaxy nexus on vzw running cm 10.1 nightly

  • TeamNexus

    I really enjoyed this read. I would also venture out to say, despite the lack of major stand-out features, stock Android is what I enjoy the most. That beautiful “Nexus” logo on the back also helps.

  • jbegs

    Will we see a GPE Galaxy Note 3?

  • Joe

    How is the G2 design like the S4? It’s not even close. It looks a lot more like a nexus device than anything.

  • Higher_Ground

    Pretty good insight. I think I agree 100% about the G2. Two steps forward and one step back…. they stick with a good idea (onscreen buttons) and then ruin it with a tweak that nobody wants. They had a good body in terms of materials and style – then went back to plastic.
    I can’t go around buying every phone that comes out but I’m 90% sure my next phone will be a nexus, even if it means switching carriers and losing unlimited data.

  • Don Goncalves

    On Verizon: Moto X or Maxx?

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  • EatUrCrap

    I’m definitely upgrading from my Verizon Galaxy Nexus to the Moto X.

  • mislora

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    same I’m surprised that any body able to profit $9741 in one month on the
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  • Byron

    Debating whether or not to get a Moto X or an HTC One once it hits verizon.. any suggestions?

    • jt O’Brien

      Moto X. The only thing I think is worth contending the Moto X is the Note 3 or the new Nexus. But thats because I’m a software guy. I like optimized, intuitive and innovative software. If you’re a hardware kind of man, the HTC One is your phone

  • Chris Dooley

    Made in America ( finally ) and mostly stock Android is all I need to hear

  • viewthis66

    While I value this sites opinion in almost all cases, this is not one of them. Let’s move on. Thanks.

    • Guest

      No. . . thanks!

  • Anthony Bottari

    I’m with you Kellex..even though the G2 is a spec monster there’s nothing that made me want it..and I’m not to keen on the buttons being on the back I’d have to try it out in person.

  • Robert Kuhlman

    What the new Nexus needs is expandable memory or a 32gb version. Give me enough memory and I’m happy. I also like a quick shot camera that takes good pics.

  • iamnotfan

    Cos you can afford it 🙂

  • Chris

    I currently own a S4 on AT&T and a Note 2 on Verizon. Every once in a while, the Note 2 will seem big for some reason, but the vast majority of the time, it is my preference. I always seem to grab it, unless its battery is low. I will be very interested to see what actually lands for the Note 3.

  • John Clausen

    I love the look of the Moto X. I’m going to wait until the Moto Maker comes to verizon

  • Skittlez

    see, i want stock android as well, and i would love to get the Moto X, but one of my things is rooting and getting my free mobile hotspot. now i know there are ones in the play store that don’t need root, but i don’t think there are any that are as good as when they’re baked into a good AOSP ROM. unless someone can recommend a good app to use. I do like to have the most up to date software, so dev community is still important. baldwinguy and pete did an awesome job at this. If i can have a developer like them working on the Moto X, i’d be perfectly happy. radios actually play a good role as well, being that the Samsung radios aren’t that great, and thats probably the best part of motorola, and one of the best things on the new Moto X.

    How has the data connection been Kellen?

  • Stevedub40

    Excellent post Kellen. I feel the exact same way. I recently had the DNA, then switched to the S4, but there is just something about stock that I dearly miss. I was running a GE rom, and when it worked good I was in love. I kept running into strange lag problems, so I eventually had to give it up. I am now on Eclipse rom with AOSP styling, and it is very close looking to stock and I love it. It also runs smooth as buttery, which I love even more.

    I know most likely Verizon will not see the next Nexus, but I wish we knew for sure. I am very close to pulling the trigger on the Moto X, but I would love to have another Nexus device again. Oh well, the joys of being a phone addict, lol.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Finally someone that dislikes the ridiculous buttons on the back. Thank you.

  • n900mixalot

    That’s just too much money to spend. $550 or whatever for the Moto X, then another $400 for the next Nexus?

    I guess you’re dedicated, or paid too much …

  • JMonkeYJ

    I’m a phoneaholic too. Since I went off contract at the end of last year I’ve had 3 phones. I just did the full GPE conversion on my TMobile HTC One so I have access to all radio bands and get direct Play Edition updates to my phone. That combined with the amazing camera (this thing continues to blow me away) and the speakers (louder and much better tone than the new N7) means I’ll probably wait until the next nexus to get a new phone. If Moto X was customizable from the start I would think about it, but by November the next nexus will practically be here! I feel like I pretty much have the beat of all worlds with the HTC One right now.

  • Bazillion

    If Sony do some sort of cool hardware tie-up with Honami and the PS4 ( like some sort chromecast/airplay thing through the PS4) plus a 20 megapixel camera that could maybe record 4k video ( Snapdragon 800 can process 4k), then I’ll probably get that. Otherwise the next Nexus (please god let it have LTE!!) is for me!

  • sk3litor

    Buying a custom phone shouldn’t be silly. In fact it should be the main reason we buy phones at this point. Any new phone that comes out nowadays (let’s face it) will be petty great in terms of performance. I think it’s time we start buying phones that fit our personalities.now I oersonaly can’t understand why someone would ever buy a wood phone but hey, to each his own. So I say customize away people

  • Tim242

    …Why I’m using and promoting this garbage for two months…Moto paid me some of their marketing dollars to do so.

  • jim

    No thanks, never pay nexus prices for a yugo

  • skylordusa1

    “I really want a custom phone. I know that sounds silly and probably shouldn’t be reason enough to buy a phone, but never before have we been able to have a phone that is 100% our own”

    That is not silly at all. That is hitting the nail on the head. Although it sucks Im on Verizon and cant customize the phone right away. The minute they open MotoMaker up to Verizon I will be all over this phone. This is probably the coolest thing any company has done as far as innovation. Its opening the gates up for us to get to a point one day where we can customize our whole phone. The size,camera,processor,display,colors,BATTERY. Thats the day im looking forward to.

    Besides I cant wait to be rocking a Purple & Gold Lakers Moto X to match my custom Lakers NikeID made Airmax. hahahahahhahhaa.

  • CaptainDisillusion

    Holy crap I just had my first experience commenting on BGR. It’s like the movie Idiocracy, but no one is kidding. I’m sorry Droid Life, I will never leave your side ever again.

  • James Hill

    Well, I have big hands and a propensity for larger phone screens. I love your opinion, and I need to take into consideration that we all have a soft spot for Motorola. That being said, I think having the s-pen, and not needing a tablet to go along with phone would fit my needs well; Having a very large phone would do this for me. Therefore, the Note 3 is the phone I would get next, and instead of buying the Moto X before the note 3 arrives, I’ll be saving money for a XBOX One.

  • Trevor

    The seemingly perfect paralleledness of the phones in that picture is making my OCD very happy.

  • duke69111

    “Did anyone else ever think they’d never see a smartphone company lead off a phone presentation by saying, the “most innovative” feature is a rear placed button arrangement? ”

    Answer = Apple and their noise canceling mic.

  • I completely agree with you and this is the reason that I am getting the Moto X as well. And I will have to wait until November to get that MotoMaker experience when I move to Tmo. Unlike most people 16GB is enough for me and I like the move away from SD cards and improving I/O speed. I Love that Moto made stock android BETTER. They didn’t change the look, just included actually useful features. My S3 runs stock because even though I gave touchwiz a shot and liked some of its features I could not stand what it looked like.

  • im on verizon, so i gotta wait it out till November/december anyway. If im gettting a Moto X its gonna be custom damn it.

  • Adam Truelove

    I would also love to buy the next Nexus. But I’m on Verizon. 🙁

  • Scott Huddleston

    I hope this phone is really as good as the “expert techs” are putting it out there to be. There’s gonna be a lot of crow to eat if this things buggy and not faster than the competition.

    • hkklife

      Yup. I can already say that were 99% likely be major snafus/delays in MotoMaker, the phone won’t be as future-proof as everyone is hoping it’ll be. Then the inevitable iSupply teardown and list of the BoM of this phone is going to reveal it’s got the highest margins this side of Apple. Motorola’s greedy/arrogant/optimistic pricing structure will quickly be shot full of holes when 3rd parties start dropping this thing to $100 and below on contract yet no one budges on the off-contract price.

      The market will quickly FORCE this phone to be exactly what it is—a nice little upper-midrange phone that’s masquerading as a flagship and is far from revolutionary that should’ve been marketed and priced as such from day 1.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        Why is it far from revolutionary? in your opinion.

        • hkklife

          Again, it’s a nice phone but the pricing is overly optimistic. Moto may want to end the spec wars but 99.9% of consumers are going to focus on price first. The X would get a LOT more attention had they thrown an extra $100 or even $50 subsidy in there or earmarked some of that marketing warchest for hardware subsidies.

          Example: The average consumer will stroll into a retail store, see a “free” 5″ DNA next to the $199 X and the salesperson will tell them that the DNA has more pixels, a bigger screen and more cores AND is cheaper. Boom, game over Moto. That customer is GONE for the next 24 months and sad but true there’s no guarantee Moto Mobility will even be around in another 2 years.

          With the X, Moto and Google had the opportunity to really break the backs of the carriers by offering a device priced like the Nexus 4 (or with a slight premium for Moto’s margins and the domestic assembly) PLUS the customization factor PLUS totally breaking from the carrier subsidy + contract + bloatware + approvals of updates model. If that mean no CDMA X, then fine. That’s what the Droids are for, at least on VZW. If that meant only unlocked Xs, then fine (the new LTE Nexus 7 is how to do an unlocked cross-carrier device properly). Basically, the X could have been a Nexus for the masses backed by a massive marketing push informing the average American to escape the carriers’ influence as middleman and bring some power back to the users. The timing of it could have worked perfectly with all of the recent Time Warner/CBS/Dish Network wrangling too. But they failed on EVERY single count, as far as I’m concerned. This is now just another handset in every sense of the word other than its battery life and smoothness.

          All of the X’s software jazz has already been emulated or is in the process of being copied. And an optimized dual-core architecture is FAR less revolutionary than, say, when Intel went from NetBurst to Core CPU architecture. The X just has the software massaging that Google should have baked into Android a year or more ago. And Nokia had cool colored and pattern printed shells for their dumbphones years ago (as did Palm for their m100 line of PDAs in 2000 and Diamond for the Rio MP3 players).

          Rant’s over, going home now.

      • Guest

        ridiculous comment is ridiculous!

  • Clackout

    I am trying to figure out why there are no hands on reviews of the MAXX

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Moto/VZ didn’t give out review units.

      • Clackout

        Why not? or how long before they get them? This is the phone I am really looking into. Oh and Kellex, How is the speaker on the moto X?
        I know its not going to be like BoomSound but what would you compare it to?

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          Why not? it’s vz why would they.
          How long? it’s vz…the world may never know
          kellz left a note about the speaker on the bottom of the moto x review.

          • Clackout

            Thanks I did not see that at the end.
            I would think they would get in the hands atleast a week in advance. I mean there is nothing on youtube or anything

  • sk102704

    Taylor Wimberly has said on G+ that he had heard that Motorola would release a Nexus and it would be a new Nexus 4 (like the new Nexus 7) and LG would release a 5′-5’+ Nexus called the Nexus 5. He just posted about an hour ago that Motorola would release a Nexus device in Q4 that is not the Moto X.

    • hkklife

      Could that be Bionic’s “hero” device rumored for October? 5″ 1080P screen but otherwise similar specs to the X?

      • Ibrick

        I was getting curious what happened to the 5in ‘hero’ device.. Glad someone else remembered this was the midrange ‘X’ device.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      And we want that. Yes we do.

    • Tim242

      The Nexus 4 gets its 4 from being the 4th Nexus. So, there won’t be another Nexus 4. The Nexus tablets are named by display size.

      • sk102704

        Not according to Taylor. Its not my opinion, its what he’s heard and he has been about 98% accurate. He was saying the new Nexus 4 would have a 4 +inch screen and the 5 would be 5+ inches.

        • Tim242

          He’s confused on naming conventions. The Nexus 7 has a 7″ screen. The Nexus 10 has a 10″ screen. The Nexus 4 has a 4.7″ screen. The Nexus 4 was named by generation of the product. Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4. Only the tablets are named by display size.

          • sk102704

            Yes, but what he is saying is that he is hearing that things are changing with the Nexus program and with them releasing multiple Nexus phones with different screen sizes, the Nexus phones will also get their names based on their display size. He is not saying this will definitely happen but he did say the information comes from a very reliable source.

          • Tim242

            I guess anything is possible. Apple named their 6th iPhone as the 5th. But, I don’t see Google naming a phone with a 4.7″ display, Nexus 4. For one, they already have that combination, but mostly because it would be confusing by changing the naming convention.

  • Wolfpack93

    The (Real) Point.
    Either I need to leave Verizon (and unlimited data) to be able to enjoy new hardware in a timely manner, or I need to begin a new career reviewing Android devices.

    • Such

      Lol I know what you mean. I’ve accepted the fact that I’d rather have unlimited data than the latest phone plus I’m pretty content with my note 2. Once that unlimited goes away/taken away I will move to gsm for sure.

  • Tim242

    This made me throw up in my mouth. How’s that One doing that you praised so highly/ oh that’s right, you use the S4.

  • Ryan

    Opinion: I think the G2 will be a solid phone, and I’m 90% certain it will be my upgrade later this month. No one even knows if a nexus is in development or will even come out this fall. The only rumor spreading is the one that this blog is kicking around about a nexus device possibly coming. If a new nexus does come i sure hope the specs are better than the last one. Taking away LTE was a big let down, but also made the phone more affordable. For them to do that again you’ll have to sacrifice certain high-end specs. However, if there are signs of one coming by the end of the month or early september I’m willing to hold onto my gNexus to see what happens. I’m really due for a new phone. My gNexus screen has terrible image retention on it near the status bar and navigation bar, and the screen has some really bad display lines all over it. It’s also lagging really bad last few months, and the battery doesn’t hold charge as long as it used to. It’s on it’s last leg…

    • Guest

      G2 later this month? try again!

      • Ryan

        Idiot.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    and f*** that color s***. My moto X will be white or black. Wait till november my a**. (only if the promise 32gbs)

  • Little Piggie

    This is the most pointless article.

    First: Appearance is probably the SMALLEST factor when purchasing a phone unless its Hideous. (not including on screen buttons)
    Second: My G2 will outlast your Moto x by at the minimum of a year when VOIP goes into play on most carriers.
    Third: Specs are everything. Anyone with small intelligence in buying electronics knows this.

    Conclusion: This article is bad. While you are debating over cosmetic issues of the phone I am laughing because your still waiting for your internet to download over 4G. Hey look! I just downloaded a movie in 5 minutes while on the way home so i can watch it after dinner. And Lastly, until the screens become unbreakable – i will put a case on my phone which therefore nullifies your argument of getting a “beautified” phone.

    G2 > Moto X…Let the 6 year loyal Apple owners switch to the Moto X. You have been subdue to the Software fad. Software makes the most money but does nothing to future proof your phone.

    Rant over.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      1. What? The moto x just happens to look good while fitting in your hand comfortably.

      2. VoLTE, yah whatever dude. Don’t burn through too much data or battery.

      3. UX is everything. First proved my iphone sales, will be proved by moto x reactions.

      your conclusion is…woah. Future proof? Contracts are 2 years, not 10. How often does a company truly innovate? You’ll be upgrading your phone every 2 months and none of he phones will have everything you want.

      and lastly, the bleeping article has a big [opinion[ tag on it. While I respect your hardware > everything opinion, i don’t respect you calling his article pointless. You could say what u have to say with better words.

      I didn’t wanna feed you, but i did. I hope you own the only G2 in the world that lags.

      • Little Piggie

        1. Looks great? Yeah sure…till you put a case on it. Nullified.
        2. VOIP Yes, and the 800 is built around VOIP. Moto X is not. Nullified.
        3. UI by people that know what they are looking for can be removed or disabled to use the one they want. Nullified.

        YOU my friend have been subdue to the software. Move along.

    • BCoils

      This is an opinion post. if you wasted your time reading it, that’s on you, not the writer.

    • Guest

      this is THE most pointless comment. . . ever! and that’s sayin’ somthin’!!!

  • umbrellacorp

    I drank the Ron-Ron juice!

  • BSweetness

    “Oversized tablet-phone combo devices are just not for me.”

    “Aren’t we then assuming that the G2 is a reference for the new Nexus?”

    So, if the next Nexus is indeed based on the G2, and it retains the G2’s 5.2″ screen size (which is just a fraction of an inch away from being the same size as the first Galaxy Note’s 5.3″ screen – which you and this site referred to often as a “phablet” or small tablet), does that mean you’ll be willing to try to get over your dislike of phones with large screens because it’s a Nexus? Or has your definition of a “tablet-phone combo device” changed to only be devices 5.5″ and larger?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      You may have read a little too much into that. BUT good freakin point. If the next nexus is bigger than the nexus 4, it’s a no-go.

      • BSweetness

        I don’t think I read too much into it at all. Kellex has been very outspoken about the fact that he doesn’t care for phones with large screens that border on being small tablets. That’s exactly what the G2 is, so I’m just curious if he’d change his mind on those – or at least try to – simply because it’s a Nexus device.

    • hkklife

      I think Kellen just prefers a small phone as a daily driver, Nexus or not. If the ONLY Nexus available was a phablet-sized device I’d wager he’d be more inclined to give it a shot, however.

      But the G2 to Note comparison is not that valid, IMHO. First, I think that “phablets” have sort of moved to 5.5″ and beyond dimensions just due to general market factors (the arrival of the very mainstream and compact 5″ GS4, primarily).

      Secondly, the G2 has MUCH slimmer dimensions all around than the first Note. AND, most significantly, it has a different screen resolution and aspect ratio. The first note was 16:10 (1280×800), whereas the G2 is 16:9 (1920×1080) so it’s naturally going to be “taller” and narrower when held in hand. That, along with the thin bezel and body and relocated volume buttons make it much more hand-friendly than the Note 1 was. Heck, I think the Note 2 feels much better to hold than the Note 1 does (though I do prefer the Note 1’s general design aesthetic and less slippery surface).

      Think of LG’s horrible 4:3 Intuition. It was only a 5″ 1024×768 screen yet it looks (and is) SOOOOO much bigger and unwieldy than the 5″ Galaxy 1920×1080 GS4.

      • BSweetness

        Upvote because those are all great points, but I still think the G2 to Note comparison is valid. Everything you said is true, but we’re still talking about a device that has a screen size that is squarely in the range of what this site (and pretty much every site) referred to as a “phablet” just recently. The differences in aspect ration, thinness, and bezel all play a huge role in usability, but it doesn’t change the fact of how large the screen is.

        But really what I was getting at was if the next Nexus does have a 5.2″ screen, is that going to impact his decision to go with it or not. I suspect exactly what you said – he prefers a smaller device, but he’d give it a shot simply because it’s a Nexus.

        • hkklife

          Agreed. And if I jumped ship from VZW and my grandfathered unlimited, I’d want the biggest, beefiest Nexus or GPE device I could get so a 5.2″ Nexus would sway me from getting, say, a GPE GS4 or a skinned GS4, Note 3, G Pro or G2.

          I think it’s well past time for Google to fork the Nexus lineup for phones: Have a 4.5″ to 4.7″ Nexus, a 5.2″+ Nexus phablet, then the two Nexus tablets (though I’d really like to see the Nexus 7 bumped up to 7.7″ or 8″ for its 3rd gen). Heck, depending on how low they wanna go, there may be room for a 4.3″ 720p 8GB ultra low-cost Nexus Mini.

  • Jeremy Gross

    how can u survive on such low storage

    • TJWaterskier

      Unlimited 4g?

  • Wes Jordan

    I may actually try this phone now, as long as it is less than $650 unlocked.

  • Rob Schoenfeld

    What do you mean, the Moto X is basically Nexus 4. With the exception of the Moto X being able to always listen (NSA Agent’s Wet Dream) and some active screen notifications. Oh look I don’t have to push a button, I just have to tap on the screen. Wow revolutionary.

    • samari711

      That’s cute, you think the NSA can’t listen to you on your current phone

      • Rob Schoenfeld

        Current phones require a trigger the Moto X is always listening. Dolt!!

        • samari711

          The FBI doesn’t even need your current phone to be ON for them to use it as a bug, just imagine what the NSA can do: http://news.cnet.com/2100-1029_3-6140191.html

          • Rob Schoenfeld

            Oh knows I’m going to only use my phone with a tin foil hat on.

  • Tay

    I still haven’t found a phone worthy enough to make me upgrade from my crappy Droid RAZR.

  • dwboston

    I went with the GPE S4. I don’t like my device being tied to a carrier, and I just can’t pull the trigger on a Moto phone after an awful experience with Moto with the “4G LTE” Xoom. The Moto X looks like a nice phone though.

  • Travis

    What really pisses me off is the lack of communication about the various editions of the phone. So yeah, we know there’s going to be a developer edition and a Google Play edition, but we don’t have enough information to make informed choices. Specifically,

    – We don’t know WHEN these editions will come out. Could be a few weeks after launch, could be months. That makes a big difference.

    _ We don’t know whether the GPE will have the Moto customizations like Touchless Control and Active Notifications, or the ability to use Moto Maker. We know that the One and GS4 both have a few customizations included in the GPE editions – and thankfully they have been updated to 4.3 pretty quickly. However, the Moto X is still an unknown. Even if Moto Maker is available for these editions, it might be too little too late if it’s not until the end of the year before they get here!

    The AT&T exclusivity is purposefully ambiguous for a couple of reasons. Firstly, AT&T doesn’t WANT anyone to know when the exclusivity ends. It’s in their interest to make you think that you can ONLY get the Moto Maker with them for as long as possible. Verizon doesn’t care about not having Moto Maker because they have the Droids that they will be pushing MUCH harder than the Moto X. In fact, the Moto X could be like the Galaxy Nexus in that it’s a device that Verizon doesn’t care about having, nor one that they will prioritize for updates!

    I think the only way to go is to either 1) buy the AT&T version and enjoy the Moto Maker now, or 2) WAIT WAIT WAIT and resist the temptation until we know for sure what’s going to happen with this phone and the next Nexus over the next few months.

  • Kurt

    I think you’re too quick to dismiss the Note 3. A battery that lasts all day is my number one criteria ater putting up with GNex.

    • Tyler

      Same, which is why im considering the Droid MAXX … dat battery.

    • Such

      I couldn’t agree more! I can around 5-6 hrs screen on time & at least 24 hours battery life.

  • Such

    Good piece Kellen! I love stock android myself & being on Verizon I loved my og droid & galaxy nexus but after screen sizes started becoming larger & larger I went to the note 2 & I only wish a note 2 sized nexus/GPE phone comes out one day. Touch wiz is ehhh but I enjoy the benefits of having a bigger screen

  • Chippah

    Alls I gotta say is Galaxy Nexus battery can eat a bag of dildos and everyone agrees with me and are sick and tired of it, Kinda like my band Sick effin puppies.

    • Blue Sun

      Do something about it already. Go to Amazon & buy the 3,800mAh extended battery (with NFC) for $25, add $10 for the extended battery bumper & stop crying about it.

      • Chippah

        all that for 3.5 hrs of screentime..

        • Jonathan Williams

          You can go Beast Mode like I did and buy the 5600 mah ZeroLemon battery. 6 hours+ screen time. $40 with a 6 month warranty.

  • Kevin

    i’d be a lot more likely to get one on verizon if motomaker were available, but my bionic is driving me nuts. i’ll be going with htc one or the G2

  • mule0331

    After reading everything about the new Moto phones, I ordered the Droid Maxx instead. Same features as the X, same internals, same camera. Bigger screen, more storage and huge battery was the selling point, for me but everybody has different wants and needs.

    • Geekdad

      Do you have unlimited data? If so, were you able to keep it?

      • Tim242

        You keep unlimited data as long as you pay full retai.

        • Geekdad

          I was able to keep unlimited data on one of my lines about 2-3 months ago when I updated. I am hoping I can get another rep that will help me out again.

      • mule0331

        I kept my unlimited data because my line was due for an upgrade, and my daughter has a 2 gig line. They let me transfer the upgrade to that line, so it wouldnt affect my unlimited line. When the phone arrives Ill just activate it on my line.

  • S.Scott Turgeon

    The Moto X has received above average reviews from Engadget,The verge,Cnet and Droid Life.I don’t know who’s l
    Now it will be up to the consumer to rate the product, if it can make good call I’m in!
    Every monster phone I’ve had the reception sucks.
    Also of note every review I read on the Moto X started with I expected to dislike this phone and ended up loving it verbatim!
    Its almost like they wanted Motorola and there what appears to be outdated dual core phone to fail but every review called the phone pretty much revolutionary and a brand new take on how cellular technology is being used by the company that created cellular technology.

  • Travis

    The Moto X is one of the most polarizing devices in recent memory… and I am completely torn on whether to buy it or not. I do not work in the industry, but I have enough disposable income to upgrade my phone whenever I’d like. I have accounts with both Verizon (where my family is) and AT&T (just me). Right now, I am rocking an HTC One on AT&T as my main phone and I have an iPhone 5 on Verizon with a grandfathered unlimited data plan.

    So I am getting the Moto X? Probably! On one hand, I love the customization, the form factor, the active notifications, and touchless display, and the nearly-stock version of Android running on it. Those are all great! On the other hand, I hate the AT&T exclusive Moto Maker, the locked bootloader on AT&T/Verizon, and the inevitable delayed OS updates that have to go through the carrier. I could wait for the GPE or Developer Edition, but we don’t even know if those will have the capability of Moto Maker customizations, nor do I feel confident that they will be coming out any time soon.

    With all that in mind, I’m probably going to get one, but it will be against my better judgement! LOL. I too want to have a phone to call “my own” – that is unique to me. I also use Google Now a whole lot, and being able to use it with only my voice is a great boon. And though I know there are some apps/mods that allow this ability on other phones, it’s not the same if it isn’t as quick or as power-efficient because battery life and responsiveness is paramount.

  • mjl

    Nice to see your thought process, it really matches mine (GNex owner on Verizon). What do you think the odds are of Verizon getting an LTE “Nexus 5” or whatever it will be called? And any whipsers of a more powerful follow-up to the Moto X in the next 6 months?

  • TheWenger

    If the G2 is used as the reference for the next Nexus, I wouldn’t be surprised if Google put the buttons back where they belong.

  • JoeTi

    Nice write up, Kellex [opinion]! Please update us on your decision to go with the X as you go down that road. Like many here, I’m still rockin’ the GNex and sitting on an upgrade. My thought is to upgrade to 4.3 (ROM) and go with a “wait and see” approach with my upgrade. I want to LOVE my next phone so its worth some time and I would appreciate the feedback on your decision. Thx

  • Michael Valentine

    Can you go into a little detail of why you’d go with the Moto X over the Droid Maxx?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Design and feel. The word on the block is the Moto X fits better in your hand.

      • Michael Valentine

        Good to know. Reason I’m asking is my next phone will be Moto X or Droid Maxx. I do like the look of the X a lot more, but if they have the exact same specs and exact same software, I can’t pass up on that huge battery!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    So this is sort of like why ur not buying the next few phones. I wanna know why you put the gs4 and n4 down. Has the Moto X changed the way u use your mobile device? You said you use the features, but is it deeper than that? Thanks for keeping it real about the g2.

  • Daff

    I just wish that the nexus 5 would come to verizon…just some thought on verizon and android:
    OG Droid – Android 2.0
    Motorola Xoom – Android 3.0
    Galaxy Nexus – Android 4.0
    ?? Nexus 5 – Android 5.0 ??

    All released to Verizon. Is it just wishful thinking on my part? Sigh…

    • aye_winchell

      Yes, but i appreciate it none the less.

  • Damien Luna

    I agree with you on stock android. I had a tmobile g2 and i had put miui on it and thought it was a great ui. then when i bought my galaxy s3 i installed AOKP on it and wow. i just love the ease and simplicity of stock android. since i will always use Nova Launcher it doesnt matter so much if its sense or touchwiz or whatever else but stock android is the best and has come a long way. and only getting better

  • Drome

    why did you like the GE s4 over the GE HTC One?

  • Joey Funk

    this is why i still have my Gnex (also because I’m stuck with sprint until xmas or i would have the nexus 4) Stock android and a great feel to the device. even with all the problems it has, and the cracked front screen, and some of the nice newer phones coming out, i still love it. I’ve tried others, but theres just no other quite like a nexus.

  • Stewie

    GNex user, update coming, but … losing discount, no nexus = I’ll trade off and leave VZ for a Nexus, just won’t decide which network yet.

    As for the GF unlim data I have, well, being that 4G sucks batt, I’m mostly on wifi at work and home and short bouts of 4G/3G when traveling, so while holding it seems great, I’m not one who us using to it’s fullest (Have checked the data logs on the OS).

    Besides, upgrade fee; fee for this, fee for that, there is only so much one can take, perhaps time to go prepaid and buy the phone outright as well.

    As for the wife, well, she has an iPhone from work (free), and a dumb phone on our plan, so no real loss there, we were even considering killing it off, as we could just get another if she moves jobs, etc.

    But to me the fun part of making it two years with my GNex is that I’ve not yet really worked it out, yes a custom ROM, but if a custom kernel is put in place and OC, it could go another two if need be.

    It will be an interesting holiday season, as many GNex first adopters reach upgrade capability, it;s the two year wave, (and most would love to wave bye bye to VZ wouldn’t we? 🙂 )

    • Joey Funk

      make sure you sell your account somewhere because there are people who would love to pay you to get the unlimited vz data.

      • Cory_S

        You cant really sell it. If you go through proper channels with a transfer of liability then Verizon removes unlimited data. If you just hand over payments then you run a huge risk of someone screwing up your credit.

        • Philip A. Kaiser

          He meant people will pay for the opportunity to have you transfer the account to them. It is not so uncommon anymore.

        • Tim242

          Verizon does not remove unlimited data during an AOL (assumption of liability). I’ve done it.

  • Cody Revels

    I’ve taken apart dozens of phones for coworkers/supervisors….Lol and here’s my plan and why the lack of motomaker doesn’t bother me on Verizon.
    I’m going with the black model on Verizon with an upgrade or device payment plan and then I’m going to buy me a different back for my x off ebay or a similar site and some different colored accents and bam! custom Moto X on Verizon.
    It has to be easier than replacing the screen on the OG Razr…or the thunderbolt….or the mobo on the Nexus 4….on the fascinate screen or mobo…External parts should be cake. 😀

    • Cory_S

      It could be put together like the HTC One, which required ifixit to basically tear the thing apart.

  • Zeph

    Kellex, I like the post. Made some good points about the Moto X. The biggest glaring problem is that 90% of people can’t/won’t buy a phone for only a few months of use. By default that would put people with similar views to yours to pass the phone up. I was excited about a new Moto device for sure, but in my eyes the LG G2 or Nexus stole its thunder.

    • joejoe5709

      Not unless they institute their extended holiday return policies again. I owned a Rezound for about 2-3 months before returning it. I had to pay a small fee, but it was worth it. If you phones is on its last legs, this would be a good idea.

      The G2 is the anti-Moto X. It stands for everything the Moto-X isn’t. I’d say they’re both getting equal press, but for difference reasons. Lol.

  • bonix

    As a Verizon dweller I think I might get the Moto X. If the nexus comes out and happens to be on Verizon (HA!) it won’t be too big a deal to buy it off contract. I love my gnex but it is aged and beat up, the Moto X is a great successor to it.

    My only issue is waiting for customization or just getting it in black. ughh

  • Robert Boluyt

    I have an HTC One . . .the X isn’t an upgrade for me and not compelling enough for me to switch. Granted, Sense is a horrendous joke and I’d love to be on stock-ish Android again.

    • joey

      just flash google edition to the One

  • Matttya

    I still rock the galaxy nexus which is old and outdated and runs fine. The x probably crushes my old nexus in specs and with almost stock android I think it will last fine for two years. I want one

  • Daniel

    Can you really live without expandable storage?!

    • Did it with the Nexus 4. Had to limit some big games, but otherwise, had no problems. I don’t record a lot of video though.

      • Cody Revels

        Everyone seems to forget…..every Moto X gets 50gb free storage on Google Drive. Its a nonissue with storage.
        It was a nonissue with the Nexus 4 too.

        • jose

          And a big issue when you don’t have access to a network connection.

        • Tim242

          Only free for two years, and you can’t use games/apps from Drive.

          • zionlion02

            Well in two years, you’ll have a new phone anyway with removable storage, right? Just saying, not trying to be a jerk at all. Two years is forever in phones. Plenty of time to jump ship to the next greatest.

          • Tim242

            Yeah, no doubt. The Drive storage is good for storing files. However, it wouldn’t help those that want to download huge games and such.

  • Galaxy Nexus owner with an update here. Grandfathered unlimited and keeping it til they pry it from my cold dead hands.

    I’m aboard the X ship myself. Very unlikely that next Nexus will be available on Verizon anyway. This will be the closest stock device on that carrier. Even still, if the next Nexus gets the LG G2 back buttons, I’m just not feeling it…

  • Malia Obama

    I’m getting pretty tired of Android. The original Droid turned Android into a credible contender. There were a good few years there, but Google’s inability to release a spec monster with stock Android is astounding. Their move toward minimal internal storage and no SD support is mind boggling. Non removable batteries are infuriating. The only value proposition imaginable to justify that is a completely waterproof phone. And finally, ignoring Verizon with Nexus devices after they were the carrier and customer base that gave Google a shot….is just rude. I get that Verizon sucks to deal with, but they are kind of the premier provider in the world.

    I used to update my phone every six months. I have a Galaxy S3. I’ve been waiting for a credible phone to come out for almost a year and a half. I’m starting to consider going Windows Phone out of spite.

    • Jordan Webb

      You know, I’ve realized that my opinion and purchasing power is insignificant, and it’s not worth inconveniencing myself in an attempt to make a statement. Now I just buy whatever product is actually best for me regardless of how I feel about the company.

    • joejoe5709

      As far as Nexus is concerned – I’ve come to terms that Nexus phones are necessarily about specs. It’s about highlighting the next version of Android. It’s about showing what well-optimized software can do. It’s a reference phone for apps. It may not be top-shelf specs but in a weird way it still leads the way for Android development.

      But what I always thought Android meant was CHOICE. I want the choice to have an SD card. And I want the choice to replace my battery if I want to. It doesn’t make sense to have “open” software and an open mantra with closed phones. What next? Locked bootloaders? I know we’re no where near this level, but closed ecosystems remind me of Apple. No thanks.

      That said… Google has made their case and it isn’t changing anytime soon. So either get used to it – or don’t.

    • jose

      “I’m starting to consider going Windows Phone out of spite.”

      LOL. Start a petition too while you’re at it.

    • sagisarius

      It’s funny, I’m getting tired of Android for kind of the opposite reasons. It seems like all of the well maintained flagship phones are bigger and bigger every year. Though the Moto X still sounds a bit big to me, I’m kind of hoping that phone will turn it around.

      On your verizon concerns, i think the more LTE they get deployed, the more they’ll become google friendly (hence the nexus 7 working with verizon LTE).

    • Eduardo Cruz

      Wah wah wah boo hoo!

    • KleenDroid

      Everything sounded ok till you mentioned going to yhe the windows phone.

    • Tim242

      Windows has all of the issues you mentioned…and then some. Go for it!

  • Michael Harrison

    Why not lead off about the buttons? Sadly it’s one of the only real design changes we have seen from any phone in the last 2 years other than “we get bigger”.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    And it only took a week. I cant wait to get home and read this.

  • Ian Smith

    Nexus releases usually in October or November? Can’t recall and don’t know if it is typically the same month every year. Verizon’s coverage means nothing to me when my GNex can’t even hold a good LTE signal so will probably be jumping ship to T-Mobile.

    • Betting on October announcement, early November release.

      • Jack3D

        Unless it was like the GNex, in which case it was mid-December release…

  • joejoe5709

    Blah Blah Blah… The Next Nexus. Ah here we go. Good article! 🙂 Lol. I know it’s all speculative and no one knows anything for sure but I was nice to hear your perspective on the next Nexus. I too wish for a matte back. Not a fan of the Samsung-esque gloss.

    I know there wasn’t a massive difference between the Optimus G and the Nexus4 so here’s hoping they don’t water down the G2 too much. I’m a little curious if I would like a 5″ phone. When I got the GNex I thought the screen was huge and now it feels just right so who knows. Honestly the size of the MotoX is just about perfect. Personally, I think there will eventually be a Nexus4 AND a Nexus5. There’s enough of a demand and that would round out the Nexus family just perfectly. Well… until we get Google glass and a smartwatch this is… 😉

  • Sacrifist

    Definitely my next phone. I haven’t seen a single review complain about actual performance (though a few have whined about benchmarks), it’s a functionally beautiful phone, and I’m not really put off by the price at all.

    The question is, do I wait until my contract is up and switch from Verizon to US Cellular? It would only be a couple extra weeks assuming the 24th is an accurate release date.

  • CHRIS42060

    Honestly I am interested in buying this phone just because it is made in the U.S. I think it is a good device, and I will definitely have to play with it in store to make my decision.

    • Dave

      Made in the US with all foreign parts I’d bet….

      • joejoe5709

        I think AnandTech said the battery is made my LG. That’s one major part at least.

      • CHRIS42060

        Hey you cannot be picky in the current US job market. Motorola is at least heading in the opposite direct of the US auto industry. They went from assembling vehicles in the US using parts from the US to using foreign parts. Motorola is going from foreign assembly with foreign part to US assembly with (probably) foreign parts. Nice step in the right direction.

  • I can really only buy one phone a year (tops), so my N4 will be replaced with the next Nexus, but right now the Moto X would be my second choice (and it may end up my wife’s first choice, if she isn’t smitten with the Note 3).

  • The Dude

    Kellex, you can afford to upgrade/switch phones every few months, so your choice isn’t really representative. Having to live with a phone for 2 years is an entirely different matter.

    I like the MotoX, but there’s no looking past the specs (cpu, screen etc) which barely match current flagships, and will surely hot hold up well for 2 years. Add to that the fact that this phone won’t be getting updates any faster than any other phone and will be locked down as is usual with Motorola, and will have less dev support than say Samsung.

    The only reason this phone is getting so much hype is –

    1. Moto created the hype
    2. MotoMaker for colors
    3. Made in USA
    4. Active notifications
    5. X8

    These are absolutely irrelevant reasons except for 4 and 5. 4 is already ported to any 4.3 device. And we have yet to see the true advantage of 5.

    Phones coming out soon will blow this out of the water – faster cpus, 5.2″ 1080p screen in same form factor with no bezel, and same battery life.

    • And you are right, the most difficult decision in tech is finding a phone that you know will last you two years. I think we’re at a point when every company’s flagship can get you through a contract. A couple of years ago that was a different story, but in 2013, phones are just so damn powerful and built so well that even with a dual-core processor, you should be fine. At least I feel like that’s the way it should be heh.

      • ToddAwesome

        Ah, the OG Droid, I was ready to kill it with fire after about 9 months. How that thing lasted me 2 years I’ll never explain.

        • NeedName

          I had HTC’s MyTouch on T-MO. . . lord that thing became painful but mainly due to HTC’s last update that made is very buggy and even slower than it originally was — I truly believe they did it on purpose to push people to upgrade. I did, but not to another HTC device.

        • T4rd

          Lol, same here. I went from OG Droid to the Gnex. Once I learned that Gingerbread just wasn’t meant for the Droid and put a nice Froyo ROM back on it, it went back to being adequate/tolerable. I had it running at 1.1 GHz (100% overclock for it!) for most of its life too, hah.

        • jose

          I still have a chunk of drywall missing to remind me of my frustrations with that phone.

      • PhoenixPath

        “And you are right, the most difficult decision in tech is finding a phone that you know will last you two years.”

        Bah…

        6 months. T-Mobile’s got me hooked now. Sure, I’ll be paying fo’ life, it’s basically a tech subscription at the cost of my insurance.

        • NeedName

          cheaper than a $name of illicit drug here$ habit.

      • The Droid X was my first smart phone. It was a good phone too for its time. That’s when i started reading Droid-Life and other blogs an i remember then everyone agreed that anything more than a dual core would be overkill. my how the times do change. now we expect quad core in everything.

      • RoadsterHD1

        The X8 Computing System will change the way Cell phone
        operate.
        Motorola will have an advantage over others because Google owns them, don’t let anyone tell you different

        • hkklife

          Bah, X8 is RIGHT up there with Sega’s “Blast Processing” (look it up, kiddies) as the marketing-tech-hype-speak scam for this generation.

      • zionlion02

        The other thing too, is that you buy the phone once. If you want a new one, you sell the phone. You’ll end up losing a net of 50-150 depending on the phone. It’s not pocket change, for sure. But if you think about the bill over the life of your two year contract, it’s a drop in the bucket. By not being on a contract, you can do it this way. (though I of course know not everyone can leave Verizon cause of their service area). But I think Kellen has the freedom not because he is Mr. Money Bags and affords new phones, but he’s not on contracts to begin with.

        • zionlion02

          Reply was to the Dude, not Kellex. Post fail.

    • joejoe5709

      Agree 100%

    • NeedName

      read your comment. . .. and it’s so ridiculous, I just can’t read anymore. . . I’m outta here.

    • guesswhat

      4. is not ported, if you use it, it will drain your battery life even though you use it on amoled screen ..Moto x is controlling Active display with a low power core which is part of new x8 system. Same can be said about always on voice activation too, they are apps that can do that, but they impact your battery life. So nobody will use these apps and feel happy about the user experience when battery dies in few hours, So you will end not using them in couple of days ..

  • Alex Goings

    Very well said. I just wish that photosphere were on the Moto X. I think I’ll get the X once customization comes to Verizon… assuming the next nexus doesn’t come to Verizon…

  • Tyler

    Those of us on Unlimited data still over at Verizon shouldn’t even be considering this phone. The Droid MAXX has every feature this thing has, a bigger battery and screen, and wireless charging for $125 more. That coupled with Verizon’s Device Payment Plan… just the the MAXX.

    Seriously, $450-$500 off contract with the customizing of colors at launch on Verizon… would have been all over this, as would have many, many others.

    • Alex Goings

      I an on the Verizon unlimited data boat and I’m gonna go with the X. The screen size doesn’t make too much a difference for me as long as it is between 4.5″ and 5″. Personally, I would trade the battery life difference for on-screen buttons, the sleeker design, and customization.

      I do agree that if it were $450-$500 off contract with customization at launch on Verizon, this phone would have been a massive success. I do think it will still do very well.

    • KleenDroid

      They will say because they dont like the back of the phone because it gets fingerprints.

      I’ve also noticed that nobody complains that this phone is made of plastic.

      • NeedName

        Not all plastic is the same. Some “composites” are pretty nice materials.

        Since I haven’t held one, I don’t know but, most everyone that has held one says it’s pretty nice — not the same as the S4 and G2 basic craptastic plastic.

  • jer85008

    I am right there with you. Despite my Android nerdy-ness, my daily driver for the last 10 months has been my trusty locked/stock RAZR M. Why? Near stock android, indestructible build, and reasonable size. I could definitely use a larger HD screen, but otherwise I am good with what I have. I’m pretty well entrenched with Verizon still, at least for the next year or so (working my way out of a five-contract family plan – two down, three to go) so the Nexus was never an option. Even if it was, I’m not sure I could live without 4G at this point. I’ve gone up and down over the Moto X, from love to hate, now coming back to the point where I will most likely get one as well once it’s in hand and I see it in person. Sure, I’m tempted by the uber-phones coming, but what I really want/need is a simple near stock device I can use with one hand. I won’t buy a Samsung, ever, and we won’t see a G2 and/or Nexus on Verizon any time soon. As for the HTC one, not a bad phone at all but Sense 5 kills it for me (and the over-hyped speakers which seem to sound no better than most other phones). If a Verizon Nexus is announced before I buy the MotoX, I may wait – otherwise I will be in the same camp as Kellex this round.

    • socarwolverine

      If you’re on Verizon, why not just get the Droid Maxx over the MotoX? You’ll get 32gb of storage, a 5.0″ vs. 4.7″ screen, and a much bigger battery.

      • MacNificent

        because it ugly and nobody wants to be stuck with a girl that looks like that for that long. Moto X Is not the hotest girl in school. but she has a banging body, is really smart, and some day when she starts getting her eyebrows done, she’ll make a great wife!

      • jer85008

        You know what? That’s a great point. And the MAXX is only $199 on Wirefly right now. Still prefer the Moto X for some reason, I’ll give it another week or so to decide.

    • Tyler

      I’m torn between the Moto X and the Droid MAXX. Both phones are speced similarly, but I wish i could get a similar form factor to the X with the MAXX battery. If i go for the X im going to wait to customize it to see if there is a Nexus on Verizon (which I doubt). I really want a dev phone on Verizon without the extremely expensive price that comes with dev phones usually.

  • Keepfiring

    Just out of curiosity, why the X over the MAXX, since it seems like the software feature set is pretty similar between the two? On screen keys? Feel/design? Or are you switching to At&T for motomaker?

    • All of those heh. Not a fan of the MAXX appearance. It’s not terrible, but prefer the Moto X look. And then the on-screen nav buttons are a big thing to me. After spending so much time with the Nexus 4 and then going to the One and Galaxy S4, it’s been a breath of fresh air getting back to on-screen.

      • Alex Goings

        I definitely agree about the on-screen buttons. After having the galaxy nexus since launch, the lack of on-screen buttons (along with the weird layout of them) were enough to stop me from getting the One. (That is if it had been on Verizon a month ago)

    • KleenDroid

      They said they dont like it because it gets fingerprints on the back.

      • Cory_S

        That’s the Ultra.

  • sirmipsalot

    Absolutely nothing has impressed me very much. I really want a phone with better battery life than my galaxy nexus (verizon) – doesn’t need to have awesome speed or specs, but apparently the moto x is a bit of a let-down in the battery department. Updates with the droid maxx are almost certainly going to be terribly slow (if at all). So I’m thinking of buying a phone with the intention of reselling it in a few months… something I know plenty of people around here do, but which I never have. None of these are phones that have much promise of me wanting to use them for a year or more.

    • So we need a Google Play Edition Moto X with the MAXX battery and MotoMaker.

      • sirmipsalot

        On Verizon.

        I have a feeling I’m going to have better luck with the tooth fairy than Verizon’s offerings at this point.

  • Mark

    Given the Motorola coverage here, you were getting the Moto X next whether it was the best or worst phone in the world. Make fun of iSheep all you want, but the Motorola love affair DL has is just as bad.

    • Justin W

      If you haven’t noticed, most Moto articles have 200+ comments within 20 minutes of them being posted. It’s not DL that has the Moto love affair, it’s us readers of DL that love Moto.

      • hkklife

        Yes, and at least from my standpoint, the reason many of us are bitching and/or disappointed with the X is because are longtime diehard Moto fans and want to see them succeed and we KNOW they can do better than a midrange overhyped phone at flagship prices!!

  • MichaelFranz

    I hate the whole picking a new phone thing….especially being a tech geek like most of us. Let’s look at it this way, right now im torn between Droid Maxx (for battery) or Moto X. both are relatively the same, but then there is moto maker.

    And on the flip side – if i am eyeing a moto x, then i have to think about, ok what is the next phone coming out after this that i want (nexus probably) and will i be able to get it for my carrier of choice and blah blah blah

    #firstworldproblems

    • Seriously, it keeps getting tougher.

      So MAXX for battery life is a no brainer. Moto X is solid, but battery life isn’t amazing by any means, plus you won’t get MotoMaker for months more than likely.

      • hkklife

        For me, 32GB on the Maxx ends all deliberation since we have no idea if/when the 32 gig X will arrive on VZW. 16GB just doesn’t cut it anymore no matter what.

        • Bryan Kirby

          My thoughts exactly. Wish we could customize the look of the Droid Maxx like the Moto X, but the rest of the package is all there

          • hkklife

            If you are in the market now and can live with a lesser camera, no expandable storage and a 720P screen, go with the Maxx. Otherwise, the Verizon GS4 in 32GB form (or the Note 3 if we are lucky) is potentially the final devices (or at least one of the final devices) we will see on VZW with:
            -High end specs across the board
            -Plenty of internal AND expandable storage
            -Removable battery

        • Aardvark99

          I agree if you’re in the market right now and can’t wait I think the Maxx is it. I’d rather have a 32GB Moto X in a custom color (that olive green one!) but I need a phone now and on Verizon.
          Maybe an HTC One, maybe…

        • Jeremy Gross

          i need more than 32, that really means like 27 proboly, and my music is 15, i watch alot of media at a time so i need room for that, i have gb of video i record

        • socarwolverine

          The 32GB MotoX is restricted to Moto Maker. Moto Maker should be coming to VZW in November.

          edit: Per “reports”

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            is there any way we can get “Sarge” to confirm this?

          • Charlie R.

            This in no way means that Verizon will carry a 32gb version at all.

          • socarwolverine

            How do you know this? The 32gb was only mentioned as being exclusive to Moto Maker, not ATT.

        • Jason B

          Motorola has definitely been confusing. It says the 32GB version is available “online.” They don’t specifically say MotoMaker because you can, apparently, order standard versions from motorola.com as well (at least, when it launches).

          Limiting customization to a carrier isn’t smart, but AT&T paid for the exclusivity.

          But limiting customization AND storage space options to a single carrier is REALLY dumb.

      • jose

        Moto X Maxx?

      • MichaelFranz

        if moto X had the same type of battery as razr HD had (2530mah) i would be all over moto x. Maxx is just so tempting because it has the complete package spec wise that moto x does. you just lack 2 things – on screen nav, and moto maker. Everythign else – camera, x8, cpu, gpu, is the same, and you get a slightly bigger screen.

        Wish i could use both for a week then decide.

        or just gimme a damn nexus….

        …unicorn thought!!….moto x + maxx battery + 32gb = new nexus device (in all of our dreams)

  • Jason V

    I have a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon and I really want to get a new phone I am just worried about how long its going to take the Moto X to get updates

    • jer85008

      Outside of a Nexus, probably faster than any other phone on the market.

      • ToddAwesome

        But will it receive timely updates on Verizon? eh? eh?

        • NeedName

          lmao. . ..
          your fault you signed up with Verizon!

        • Jordan Webb

          But no slower than any other Verizon phone. Except the iPhone, ’cause, you know.

        • jer85008

          Current gen RAZRs do, so I suspect yes.

    • NeedName

      Read an article this morning, Moto CEO stated 4.3 is nearly finished. Guess we will see how they push it out. . . should be before actual release of the device.

    • ohcalcutta

      If this phone truly pans out as being Android’s “everyman” phone (aka Android’s iPhone), I think Verizon will make sure the updates get through certification in a timely manner. It’ll just be up to Moto to do the same when it comes to submitting them to Verizon. Due to the Google connection, I don’t see why they wouldn’t.

    • Motorola has really changed in terms of updating phones. They have committed to be one of the fastest OEMs with updates. I’d hope that with this being their new flagship, that they will be as fast as possible.

      • Jason V

        Thanks guys. I am really considering this phone as I am going to buy it outright. Since I don’t want to loose my unlimited data.

      • tyguy829

        In terms of Verizon, how do you think upgrade speeds will compare between the X and Droids?

        • hkklife

          If anything, the Droids may get updated a TAD faster, since VZW has incentive to expedite the approval + testing process since it’s their exclusive baby and essentially their flagship and signature device (from a branding, marketing and profitability standpoint, not specs).

          Remember how similar the OMAP architecture of the Bionic, RAZR, Maxx and Droid 4 were? Think of that keeping the X and Droids all in the same family. Once an update is ready to go for one there’s no technical reason to keep it from being for the others (just the usual carrier delays and whatnot).

  • NeedName

    You’ve pretty much stated my opinion. Did the OEM-locked-down-Android thing when Android first got going. Will never do that again, a Nexus or “clean Android” is the only way I will go — specs be damned!

  • I want to buy the Moto X, after playing with it for 5 minutes. I will buy the Moto X, but will hate the fact that I can’t make a custom version for Verizon (because I will not wait until November).

    • Kover on board!

      • chucklehead322

        If Verizon allowed one to return their device, pay a restocking fee and reorder a MotoMaker customized deivce…. I’d be all in. Otherwise I might wait until November only because I want a customized phone!

        • Wouldn’t that be awesome? Order a Moto X now, with guarantee that you could trade it back in later for a custom one.

  • Jeff C

    i have an S3 right now and have an upgrade available for verizon. but without the motomaker, i dont want this phone. and dont know what other one to get. sit and wait?

    • Tough call. I really don’t think the Nexus will be on Verizon. The Optimus G and Note 3 are coming though, and a lot of people will love them. You’ll have a ton of choices within the next month or two.

      • Jeff C

        true. can’t justify having a note thought because i just bought a nexus 7. keep killin it kellex

      • Lunkman

        So it sounds like if one intends to stick with Verizon and wants a
        new phone this fall, then Moto X is the recommendation- as the expectation is that there won’t be Nexus…and I guess in some twisted way, the delay of the Verzion/Motomaker is a blessing in disguise as it means we’ll probably have a definitive Nexus/Verizon answer by the time Motomaker rolls around for us….

        • EC8CH

          Yep… wait for the inevitable bad news that the next Nexus is not coming to Verizon, then pick up a Moto X and wait for the whole VOLTE thing to play out and see if that opens up VZW to sim unlocked phones like the next next Nexus.

          • Alex Goings

            Again, read my thoughts.

        • Alex Goings

          I was thinking the same thing

        • Jeff C

          true. and by then we will have had enough time to hear about first hand experiences with the phone from regular people.

    • meh

      I’m waiting. I’ve been able to upgrade for a month and my contract ends in November. I have unlimited data and don’t really want to lose it. The timing works out well since in Nov I’ll be able to see if VZW gets the next Nexus or not and that’s when MotoMaker should be available to them as well (hopefully with wood back plate options). It may also be when I jump ship to T-mob or ATT if VZW doesn’t carry next Nexus or somehow screws everyone with the MotoMaker.

  • vOc627

    I must be in the minority; I personally would not be willing to buy a device without knowing if it’ll get dev support such as CM or AOKP. I’ve used the Nexus 4 and 7 bone stock and still found myself flashing CM.

    • At one time, I would totally be with you on knowing if it would have support or not. Problem with my life now, is that I don’t have time to settle into a device and go down that route. Damn I miss those days.

      • Jon

        Former “crack-flasher” here. I totally hear ya Kellex. Those days were fun, but I just don’t have the time anymore. Stock Android has come a long ways…it’s awesome now and only getting better. Most of what is awesome is that Google is stripping much out of the OS and making those features apps that are in the Google Play store. This is how they are allowing people to get a taste of stock Android on any device.

      • jer85008

        True story. I modded the hell out of my Rezound, but have had my RAZR M stock since day one. Barely have enough time to catch a favorite TV show these days, let alone spend hours tinkering with my phone.

      • vOc627

        If I were in your shoes and on Verizon; the Moto X would definitely be my next device. Though people on another carrier using a Nexus 4 would be hard pressed to justify this upgrade. They could easily wait for the next Nexus device.

        Or if we’re buying the phone unsubsidized I would take a good long hard look at the GPE S4.

    • UpdatesFromHTCAreAJoke

      Right there with ya. I hate having an outdated phone with an outdated OS. No dev support or native AOSP = no me gusta

    • Drome

      agreed. I find myself going back to CM even with the GE roms for the HTC one running like butter.

    • Ibrick

      Agreed, although seems less important on a device like the Moto X than say the G2, which will more than likely decide if it replaces my DNA.

  • AxemRed

    I’m doing the same thing. I have a Verizon GNex and have had an upgrade available since June. I’m about fed up with my crappy battery life and occasional lag, and I’m ready for something new. I really thought about buying a GS4 but decided to wait for Motos offering. Now that it’s here, God knows it’s not perfect, but I think it will be the best fit for me…for now.

    • Jason V

      I’m in the same boat. I am going to see how much the Moto X cost without a contract then decide on the GS4 or the Moto X

  • Shane Redman

    “The point of this isn’t to convince you that you should buy the Moto X. It’s also not supposed to convince you to wait to buy a new phone until the new Nexus arrives.”

    Well…since VZW won’t be seeing the next nexus….

  • wolfedude88

    Kellex I thought you were going to pull a Ron.

  • Ian Smith

    If Ron had written this… then screw this site. Thank God.

  • Godzilla

    Kellex your last two articles about the X conflict. You say that the X isnt worth the price in the last article but now you say its your next phone until October.

    Would this be your next phone if you had to pay for it instead of getting a free one? This is a serious question im not downing you at all or your choice. Just asking.

    • I’ll be buying it, yes. I hate the price, but I like the phone enough at this point that I’m willing to buy one.

      • Godzilla

        interesting. I can totally understand your reasoning because of the stock android. But thing is, its not fully stock right? But its stock enough for your taste?

        • Only differences are the camera UI and…that’s actually it. Motorola then made Google Now more powerful with Touchless Control and then made the lock screen better with Active Display. The rest is stock.

          • Godzilla

            well in that case i can understand your decision.

      • Matt R Carner

        I’m curious. Are you getting in on contract or buying full retail?

        Do you have to get it on contract to use MotoMaker?

  • fgonzo98

    Agreed!

  • Ryan Powell

    Am I the only one that thought Ron wrote this based solely on the [OPINION] in the title?

    • There are others that open up from time to time too. 😛

    • Sirx

      What was strange is that when you click on “Ron”, it shows you all of his articles: Ron ever only writes [OPINION] pieces for Droid-Life! I want to say it makes sense that he doesn’t cover Android news like Kellex, Tim, Eric, & Company, but it makes him seem disengaged from the community. And if that is true, then exactly how informed can his [OPINION]s be…

      • Droid Life is nowhere near being my full time job. I joined the team to write opinion pieces. You’ll see an occasional review or news article from me, but I’m here to write opinion pieces.

  • Nashdroid

    I hate to say it, but I’m getting a VERY strong feeling that Droid-life is getting a little bit of kickback $$$ from Google/Motorola. There’s just no way Kellex, of all people, would think this phone is better than the Galaxy S4. I’ve been a Droid-life reader for probably 5 years. This is completely out of character. Just stating my honest opinion. Something seems fishy.

    • Sooooooooooo much kick back. Moto just bought me a ‘rrari. 😛

      • gabe

        yes. its completely 100% true

      • Ryan Powell

        +1 for calling it a ‘rrari. I truly laughed out loud.

        • Tom

          ‘rraris and rovas

      • zepfloyd

        Did they let you customize it with MotoMaker first?

        • Nah, but they did with the Lambo that’s being delivered to me on Moto X launch day.

          • NeedName

            Lambo’s suck. . . always a year behind ‘rrari in specs!

          • So the Lambo = Moto X, ‘rrari = Galaxy S4?

          • NeedName

            Lambo = Moto X, ‘rrari = some futuristic speculative device that has every feature every Android fan wants. . . that’ll never be made.

          • Guest

            So the 2014 ‘Vette = new nexus?

          • NeedName

            that sounds ’bout right.

          • Alex Goings

            So 2014 ‘Vette = the next nexus?

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            Quick question, if you could have any device from any carrier with an unlocked bootloader and bone stock Android, which one would it be? Inquiring minds…….

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            You realize that when Verizon announces a customizable version of the Moto X, if their ad has a Moto X made with black, pink, and white parts, there will be torches and pitchforks around here?

      • PhoenixPath

        They….bought you a lollipop??

        • EC8CH

      • Jonathan Williams

        A pink Droid-Life edition one? Powered with Google Fiber?

    • dtraini30

      So.. you didn’t notice the [Opinion] in the title, eh?

    • emoney

      maybe… just stay with me here… it’s a good phone?

    • GoBlue

      Just to throw it out there, Samsung spends $1 billion plus and Apple upwards of that on marketing. $500 million is less than half of what both pay for marketing. I’m tired of people saying that the bloggers are getting paid- if they were, Samsung and Apple would be paying those same people.

      • joejoe5709

        The G2 coverage almost seems sneakier to me. Some websites are just blowing up with love and videos (look at Phonearena’s YouTube) while others are skeptical at best. With the Moto X it was nearly universal love so unless they paid every single press source and blog (entirely possible..) then I don’t think there as many kickbacks as you think. When things calmed down a bit, the more honest Moto X reviews started to surface.

      • Bryan Kirby

        Actually, was just reading an article on this. Samsung spent $4 billion on marketing. plus another $5.3 billion in “sales promotion,” while Apple spent $1 billion. But, you’re point is still valid. Just providing the info

        http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-06/motorola-cheaps-out-with-moto-xs-500-million-ad-budget

      • Jonathan Williams

        On a side note, 23 days until we can hear Hail to the Victors in the Big House again.

        • GoBlue

          YES! Always nice to meet a fellow wolverine- especially on Droid Life.

    • ToddAwesome

      Judging by the quantity of comments by Kellex in this post alone, without a doubt, he’s been paid. Handsomely.

      I kid…I kid…

    • Hanover

      x2

    • gyuesswhat

      Its not just kellex/DL ..most of the reviews I have checked 80% of them have called Moto x the best android phone in terms of user experience .I think this is kind of phone that people like it after using it, with just the way it feels in your hand, with snappy performance and with some usefull and less gimmicky features. I think people here just criticizing moto x for specs should just get over it and dont read articles about moto x ..

  • sc0rch3d

    i’m considering Moto X if you can customize a Google Play Edition. Depends on the price of the off-contract phone as well and if it’s unlockable (if the GPE is not customizable).

  • Jaxon Wright

    I own a nexus, and plan on getting the next one. But you should get a moto x

    • Hah that did come off almost Ron-ish. 😛

      Point is, these would be the two phones I would focus on.

      • Joshua Bailey

        Wife is getting the Moto X and I am getting the Nexus. That way we can have the best of both worlds.

      • jose

        We need moar details, reviews and info on camera quality and battery life. From your last review these seem to be the biggest letdowns (for me).

        • NeedName

          There are lots of reviews on the Moto X now. . . droid-life doesn’t need to supply you all your Moto X info 😉

          • jose

            Look at another tech site? Might as well cheat on my wife too 😀

          • Jason Brown

            “I have only 1 rule…New is ALWAYS better.” =D

        • Karl Ludwinski

          Yeah, it’s kinda weird, I was pretty surprised and disappointed at the battery life DL got. I checked a dozen other reviews just to compare see if other people’s experience matched that, and everyone else has said it’s lasted them a VERY long time. Engadget got 11-some hours on their video-loop test, I think? A couple others who said they used it very heavily didn’t charge for two days. So I’m wondering if the unit DL tested was defective or something.

          • Big_EZ

            Everyone’s opinion of “heavy” usage is different. No current phone can last 2 days of heavy use. I kill a RAZR MAXX and Galaxy Note 2 in 8 hours with the brightness all the way down. Most phones used to only get about 4 hours with me. With light use I can get 2 days out of my Note 2, but that’s rare. I hope the rumored Moto “Hero” device has a larger screen (5″) and at least a 2600+ mah battery, and maybe it’s the/a new Nexus (please tell me Moto-Maker isn’t out of the question for a Nexus, or a Nexus on Verizon :- ) but now I’m just dreaming.

      • J Davis

        Ron-ish – The art of contradicting your opinion while giving your opinion.

        • jose

          I hereby nominate the word “Ron-ish” by inducted into the DL Dictionary, right below FACKWORS.

          • Gnex

            Along with a picture

          • JoshGroff

            Yes, because sticking to 1 ecosystem/manufacturer makes your opinion not matter. /s

            If anything, having an iPhone devout say something positive about an android device should give them more credibility.

          • Gnex

            It’s a joke. Hardy har har. Ron’s a cool dude.

          • JoshGroff

            I get that, but I’m adding my 2 cents for the people that actually think his opinion doesn’t matter because he happens to own an iPhone. Which, if you look through the original thread, are quite a few people.

          • Gnex

            Ah, I gotcha.

          • joejoe5709

            We need a T-Shirt.

            A simple Apple symbol on the front. On the back it’ll say “Think Ron-ish.”

          • jose

            In.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Not this again…..

          • fartbubbler

            also including Tato-isms, starting with “if you pay for jank, you’re getting jank”.

          • vyduxawanuxe

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            Definitely possible as long as the phone doesn’t have the latest
            update installed on it (I wouldn’t think any new ones would at the
            moment, just reject the update when you get it and unlock the
            bootloader).

          • jose

            On-topic spambots? WHOA

          • JasonIvers

            They’re not actually on-topic, they just copy an existing comment, and put their crap at the top.

      • Austin

        I agree, the g2 is basically an s4 and I’m sick of looking at skins. Moto X all the way

        • Idon’t Know

          Except it has a much better screen.

          • Adam Truelove

            Who cares how good the display is if the software is garbage.

          • Dillon Brown

            So you can see the garbage UI in better detail?

      • Don’t forget the Oppo Find 7. It sounds like a beast, and they are very open to developers.

        • paul_cus

          I’m looking forward to how Oppo follows up the Find 5.

          • The specs sound crazy.

      • Suspiro

        Kellex: I’m getting a freebie Moto X from Motorola that I will use for about 3 months until the next Nexus comes out but you guys should sign a new 2 year contract and pay $200+ for one or buy one at full retail for $600+.You’re welcome!! Love your comments

        • The free one has to be returned since it is a review unit. He will have to buy his phone like anyone else. There is just the added upside of already playing with it.

          • Suspiro

            Kellex will never buy a Moto X dumb ass!

          • ” work in the Android business, meaning I buy new phones all of the time because it’s my job to. I’m definitely not your average consumer. But I don’t just buy any phone, I buy the ones that after I have reviewed them, are actually great products (at least in my eyes) and that I could see myself using in-between reviews of other phones. The Moto X is the next phone to fill that void.”

            How about you learn to read before calling someone a dumbass. You make yourself look stupid.

          • Suspiro

            Anyone that actually believes that Kellex will buy and use his own Moto X is a Dumb Ass so therefore Minja Miketa in English translated from Croatian is Dumb Ass

          • Aww, Isn’t that cute. You can do some research. Why don’t you use that knowledge to see that blogs that review phones don’t get to keep the phone that’s sent to them. It’s a phone with a working plan on it for them to use for the review.

          • Suspiro

            You’re right that he will use the review/demo Moto X for a couple of months, then return the unit but he will never buy his own Moto X. By then, the new Nexus phone will be out and he will use that phone instead and the Moto X will be history

    • joejoe5709

      Ha. Okay. You get my upvote of the day.

    • EC8CH

      See… you change one little word and it becomes a much more compelling argument.

      • soap

        Yeah I’d get the nexus, but the chances of Verizon having another one after the galaxy nexus are on the low end of improbable.

        • Big_EZ

          I don’t know how long Verizon and Motorolas contract for the Droids are, but if it’s up they may be able to negotiate a deal to allow them to release semi unadulterated phones if they
          continue to produce Droids. This is just speculation, but this may be how they are releasing the X on all carriers at the same time, by giving Verizon the new Mini, Ultra, and Maxx.

      • Gnex

        Yeah, I want to customize this mudafuka. November, come faster.

      • Trevor

        This is a big part of the reason why I’m considering switching to AT&T once my Verizon contract is up. I want to be free to buy (and use) the Nexii, the unlocked phones, or any other phone sold direct by manufacturers to avoid contracts and any general carrier BS. Can’t do that on VZW, and I don’t trust T-Mobile’s coverage.

        • JasonIvers

          I have a Verizon phone for my personal cell phone, and T-Mobile for work. I live in the LA area, but have relatives I visit that are pretty far outside the metro area (75 miles, give or take). I have better data, better calls, better performance in general from the T-Mobile phone. As soon as my Verizon contract is up, I’m switching.

          In other words, you might want to see if you can find someone in your area that has T-Mobile, and ask how their coverage is… it’s actually substantially better for me.

        • The problem with AT&T is that they are the Verizon of GSM carriers. Hard to switch to them…

      • Karl Ludwinski

        Yeah, I was on Verizon in Fargo too, but moved to the one place in the US without Verizon and had to switch to AT&T. I’m actually using a dumbphone at the moment, but will probably be getting a smartphone again soon, and it’s nice knowing I can get pretty much whatever unlocked phone I want.

        That being said, I’m also probably going to get a Moto X. 😛

    • T4rd

      I was hoping this article was going to be by Ron, lol. that woulda been a little awkward for him…

      • michael arazan

        I think Ron took a sabbatical, after the SNAFU that happened

    • Alexander Garcia

      Haha! C’mon guys. Give m’boy Ron some slack. I actually enjoyed reading his piece. Sure I got a few laughs from the comments, but I understand where he’s coming from and I really dug what he had to say. That being said… Nice one Sir. You win the interwebs for today. =)

    • creed

      My next phone will either be a nexus or gpe. Stock android is the way to go, as well as getting updates from Google as opposed to the carriers. I don’t believe that the moto x will get timely updates from Verizon.

      • Jason Brown

        I have the same feeling. since it’s not a true nexus I think it would still lag behind on the updates.

        • They wouldn’t be immediate, but since there is no skin to cater to it should be pushed out rather quickly. Especially when the GPE version is released.

      • michael arazan

        All I want is a stock android experience, and a stock experience is the hardest one to get on Verizon. I’ll probably go with a Moto X, unless by some miracle the Next Nexus comes with LTE. But I might wait till next year to invest $650 for a new phone with stock android on verizon and just buy a used one or keep using my GNex

        With Motorola already catering to verizon’s cdma network and probably has the most experience with it, and the New Moto X with dual lte antennas for a speedier data experience, allegedly, I would think Google and Verizon would take a chance at Moto getting a Nexus device, but too late now since it has probably been in the works for the past 6 months. Maybe Next year we’ll see a moto nexus device, maybe with customized features. Just Food for thought.

    • Guest

      That’s played out man.

    • Sirx

      Dead horse has been turned into glue and given new life.
      Well played, sir.

    • New_Guy

      Ghaaaaaahahahaha!

      Bingo :D!

  • JG

    SO you already had a motorola, you plan on getting another one, but we should buy the new nexus?

    Ron would be proud.

  • SpecMe

    More SPECZ FOR FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dtraini30

    I am right there with you. Moto X will be my next phone, unless Verizon get’s a Nexus… so basically the Moto X is my next phone lol

    • T4rd

      I’m replacing my wife’s Rezound this month and it seems like it’s going to be a hard decision between the One, Moto X, GS4, Droid Maxx or Droid Mini (she usually prefers smaller phones). This is like the month of new phones for Verizon, hah.

      • Kind of nice to finally have choices though. Verizon has been so lacking up until this point.

        • Chris

          Yeah, it’s much better. But I won’t be applauding them until they get the Nexus included. 🙂

        • T4rd

          Yeah, it’s hard to believe that the only decent Android phone they’ve launched so far this year is the GS4. She might consider the 928, but I really think she’d miss some of her favorite apps on WP. The 928 would be perfect for her if it was Android!

        • Weber

          What choices, really? As far as what’s been confirmed, we have the S4 and the Droids.That’s all. We have our “leaks” and speculation, but to this point, we have nothing. It’s so unbelievably frustrating to be able to upgrade and not have anything worth upgrading to. Not TRULY knowing what’s on the horizon makes it worse. What’s so bad with giving a date for launching phones other than their own Droid line?

          • The One is coming, even Verizon confirmed it. Last I heard was August 29 though, so it keeps getting pushed. Then they also confirmed the G2. And they’ll undoubtedly get the Note 3. So that g ives you the S4, DROIDs, Moto X, Note 3, G2, and One. Not a bad lineup.

          • Weber

            Not bad at all, but I’m speaking strictly in terms of confirmed dates. Devices, sure, the options that are “coming soon” are all wonderful, but how long do we have to wait? It’s just frustrating. I’m sick of waiting.

          • EC8CH

            Not bad… unless you want a Nexus 🙁

          • Bootleg Zani

            Dammit we all want another Nexus on the Big Vagina. I don’t think I can settle for the Moto X. Still gonna wait for the Note 3 at this point.

          • T4rd

            If you’re that hard up for a Nexus experience on Verizon, your best bet is prolly to get a GS4 and load the GE ROM onto it.

          • soap

            Is this even possible on the verizon variant? The hardware is different and the bootloader is locked for the mojority.

          • T4rd

            Definitely possible as long as the phone doesn’t have the latest update installed on it (I wouldn’t think any new ones would at the moment, just reject the update when you get it and unlock the bootloader).

            http://pocketnow.com/2013/07/15/verizon-galaxy-s-4-google-edition

          • fartbubbler

            hear hear.

            I’ve got the GE rom on my GS4, and it’s awesome.

          • luke

            the issue is when verizon gets it.

            the htc one…it will be outdated by the time it gets to verizon. still running snapdragon 600? needs to be 800 at this time in the year with G2 and N III coming out very soon. And cant run htc one or s4 ge on verizon or nexus 4 so that is a fail.

            They wont have the best lineup to go with their best network until they release all top tier phones on same day or very very close to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile etc etc

          • Sirx

            “still running snapdragon 600? needs to be 800 at this time in the year with the G2 and N III coming out very soon.”

            *SIIIGGGGGHHHHHHH*
            Sorry: Accidentally let a rage-sigh out.

            Why?! It’s been 6 months since the One came out and absolutely ZERO leaps in cell phone capability in that time–So WHY does it “needs” to have a whole new processor model?!

            If you need me, I’ll be over here feverishly chewing off my fingers…

          • I agree with you fully.

          • Really? You are that dependent on the spec war? The HTC One is, in my opinion, still the best phone to get. Next I would jump into the MotoX. Also the Verizon S4 CAN run a GPE Rom…

            Lastly, I don’t understand the obsession with the Note or the G2. They are way too big. It’s getting to a point where the Nexus 7 could be a phone.

          • RoadsterHD1

            I’m buying the Droid MAXX

          • T4rd

            What’s been confirmed so far: Droid Mini, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Moto X, HTC One, and the G2.
            Along with the GS4, that’s quite a bit to choose from by the end of this month (except for the G2).

          • Weber

            Confirmed that they’ll be coming to Verizon “soon.”
            Only confirmed dates are the Droid phones and obviously, the S4. Everything else is just a terrible, up-in-the-air game that Verizon is playing to get us to buy their crappy Droids.

          • T4rd

            The Moto X is all but confirmed for the 23rd. The One is still kinda up in the air on the date, but I’ll bet it will be out by the end of the month at least, which is all that matters to me so I can compare them all at the same time. Last I read, the One is supposed to launch on the 15th though.

          • Weber

            Exactly my point. Nothing confirmed but the aforementioned phones. It’s my own fault for being on sites like this. I get excited about phones only to be sitting there with blue balls because of VZW. I guess my point is that confirmations of launches would be appreciated. I could finally make up my mind about what I want.

          • jose

            haha seriously! All we have is info. Nothing tangible. To this day if you walk into a Verizon store you can only choose from a pathetic selection Droid turds.

        • jenn

          Verizon!? Try being on Sprint for the last 13 years. lol. “Here, pick one of 5 phones and all but 2 suck, and the 2 that don’t suck are ginormous”. So thankful for Moto. :D.

      • dtraini30

        Finally, us Verizon owners get some good choices! I have the RAZR M right now and it is really nice. If the Droid Mini interests her then she should definitely get it.

        • T4rd

          I almost got her a used Razr M a few months ago because the battery life on her Rezound is Thunderbolt level horribad. It seems like a really nice phone and I’m glad they made a Droid Mini to replace it. 720p 4.3″ displays are hard to come by these days!

          • dtraini30

            Yeah if the Droid Mini is a better version of the RAZR M, she’ll like it!

      • UpdatesFromHTCAreAJoke

        Mine’s getting a Razr M for now. It’s almost the same hardware as the Rezound, but has official CM support and will hopefully prove more stable. Just need something to last until the next Nexus! 🙁

      • richk

        What’s wrong with the Rezound? I have one and love it. Due for an update but see nothing yet that makes me want to ditch my Rezound.

        • T4rd

          Battery life on it is comparable to the Thunderbolt, which is to say it’s disgustingly bad; maybe 90 mins of screen on time before the battery is dead and it won’t last half a day just in standby. Nothing is running in the background keep it awake either and it’s not awake while the screen is off. I’ve repaced the battery too.
          It’s also about as smooth as my OG Droid was, which is lagtastic in everything you do. HTC forgot about the phone 8 months after launch and it got ICS, no 4.1+ is coming for it, which is horrible for a phone of its specs. Moto has the Bionic on 4.1 and it came out months before the Rezound.

    • MJ04

      i am waiting to see if verizon will be getting the Next Nexus, if not Moto X will be my next. it looks great.

      • Travis

        Might as well just get the Moto X then. I can’t imagine the next Nexus arriving on Verizon, and if it does, it will most likely be a complete disaster like the Galaxy Nexus was on Verizon. I don’t think we’ll see any true Nexus phones on Verizon until they can shed their CDMA network and use LTE for everything (maybe next year?). That’s why I ended up getting an AT&T account in addition to Verizon. My family is all on Verizon – and I still have a grandfathered account with them on my line – but AT&T just has the better offering of phones and the ability to use unlocked devices.

      • Adam Truelove

        Verizon will not get another Nexus.

        • Roguefort

          well if they don’t, ill probably get a Moto X.