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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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. :D

    • Cory_S

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Daniel

    Can you really live without expandable storage?!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      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.

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    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…

  • 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”.

  • 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!

  • 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.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      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… ;-)

  • http://www.skeletaldrawing.com/ Scott Hartman

    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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      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.

      • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

        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 ..

  • 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?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      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.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      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.

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          Correct, on Verizon.

  • 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!!

  • 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.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      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).

    • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      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)

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

    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).

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      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!

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          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?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      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.

  • 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

  • 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.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      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.

      • http://www.getintonursing.com/ 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.

  • wolfedude88

    Kellex I thought you were going to pull a Ron.

  • 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….

  • Ian Smith

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

  • 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.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Sooooooooooo much kick back. Moto just bought me a ‘rrari. :P

      • 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?

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          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!

          • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

            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 ..

  • Ryan Powell

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

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      There are others that open up from time to time too. :P

    • 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…

      • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

        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.

  • 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.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      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?

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          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!

  • JG

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

    Ron would be proud.

  • Jaxon Wright

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

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Hah that did come off almost Ron-ish. :P

      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 :D

          • 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.

      • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

        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.

          • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

            The specs sound crazy.

      • 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?

      • 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

        • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

          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!

          • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

            ” 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

          • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

            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.

        • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

          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. :P

    • 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.

        • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

          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!

  • 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).

  • 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.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        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?

          • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

            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…

          • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

            I agree with you fully.

          • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

            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.