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Sunday Night Poll: Moto X or Nexus 5?

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Our comparison of the Moto X to the Nexus 5 is now complete, just in time for Motorola’s mega Cyber Monday discount that kicks off at 6AM Pacific (9AM Eastern). We gave you our opinions on some of the most important talking points between the two, but as a community driven news outlet, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t get your definitive answer in the battle.

If you had to choose between these two, seeing as they will both be available for $349 off-contract tomorrow, which would you choose? Would you go custom Moto X with Active Display and Touchless Control or pure Nexus experience, the way Google wants you to see Android?

Be sure to give your reasoning in the comments.

Which would you choose: Moto X or Nexus 5?

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  • Chris York

    Nexus 5 purely because the camera was better than the Moto X. Low light and indoor shots were just terrible. VSCOcam is out and I need a camera that performs. Otherwise, the Moto X is the smartest most useful phone, imo

  • skzion

    I gotta say that these results were both surprising and amusing. I shouldn’t have been surprised: if you Verizon, you cannot have the Nexus 5. So, the poll should have asked those who were not on Verizon or those who were perfectly willing to switch. Bad Droid Life for this silly poll.

    Why, though, has the price of the X dropped through the floor suddenly? Remember the stories of it being priced at release the same as a Nexus? Has demand been awful, leading Google to decide to cut the price of the X so radically?

    A phone company is not a spouse, people. I don’t understand such affection for Verizon. I don’t understand it for Google either, frankly. A phone is a tool, at least for me.

  • Kev

    Crystal Talk + Active Notification + Near-stock Android = Easily blow all existing android devices away

    You can never fully describe the merits of Crystal Talk and Active Notification with words, you can only experience them. Once I am using them, I simply can’t leave them.

    p.s. Moto X MAXX will be my ultimate phone, just wish it will happen…

  • speed4evr

    I choose the Nexus 5. I bought the white 32gb Nexus 5 from Google and activated it on Sprint. I prefer the vanilla Android experience, priority on Android system updates, price on unlocked version, i prefer the larger screen and resolution of the Nexus 5, how the white Nexus 5 is white/black, and one of the biggest reasons was that it supports all of Sprint’s LTE frequencies. Ive been happy with my Nexus 5

  • feztheforeigner

    LG G2 for sure

  • Frank

    Using Verizon limits my choice here.

  • Nexus 5 just because I want to stick with a Nexus device. I could easily pick the Moto X.

  • zurginator

    If only you could customize a Developer Edition…

  • Nathaniel Otto

    how about compare the LG G2 to the moto x given verizon cant have nexus 5. and also because the g2 is pretty amazing.

  • GentlemanScholar

    Why no option for both? I use both.

  • jbegs

    Moto X just because of Verizon (hanging onto unlimited as long as I can).

  • RedBeaVeR

    So, final result is Moto X barely scrapped a win? Looks about right. Too bad the voters are all DL readers, so…

  • RC

    bad camera on the nexus 5 is the deal breaker for me. If the camera and battery life was as good as the moto X then I would go for the nexus 5.

  • TemplesOfSyrinx

    I finally took the plunge. After more than 10 years on Verizon and dealing with their stance on locked bootloaders and overcharging for everything, I left for a Tmobile prepaid plan and the Nexus 5. I left a grandfathered unlimited data plan, but I didn’t need it. I rarely go over 3 gigs monthly due to the fact that I have WIFI at home and work.

    Don’t be scared to leave VZ. I had the original Droid, then the Gnex. When they announced that they would not have the Nexus 5 I said goodbye. Amazingly enough, TMobile service in my area of NJ seems even better than VZ. No problems at all. Their LTE is very fast and where I don’t have LTE the HSPA and HSPA + are better than VZ 3g. My monthly bill went from $130 to $30. Even if I go over on the minutes, at $.10 a minute my bill is way less. I rarely use more than 300 minutes in a month.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • qwert3y

    I’m hesitant in choosing the Moto X because I normally keep phones for around 3 years, and while the specs are fine now, I don’t know how future proof they are.

    • Mark

      Please do not listen to these benchmark nerds touting its internals. The software for the phone is optimized for the hardware, so it ruins as fluid as any current day flagship or better. Smoother than an S4, smoother than a G2, can’t say as smooth as a Nexus 5 because I haven’t used one, but the phone will hold up well. Android 4.4 is running very well on it right now.

  • ragnarok180

    Has anybody given this a chance? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.RSen.OpenMic.Pheonix

    Its sort of like active display minus the camera shake gesture and screen notifications. I’ve heard the reason the Nexus 5 doesn’t incorporate it is because of licensing and that its capable of taking advantage of this tech. It has a dedicated core for this just like the Moto X. If I read this correctly.

  • pd240

    Moto X is the closest thing to a nexus on VZW.

  • Joseph Williams

    Can’t go wrong with a nexus device. This one is way nicer than the 4 too, IMO. Gnex is still my favorite if it could keep up though.

  • subiedude85

    Moto X by default for me because of coverage in my area but that said I think I’d still go for it either way. It feels so good in my hand I find myself not wanting to put it down and active notifications is truly game changing.

  • Jack3D

    Between touchless commands and active notifcations + camera wiggle…it’s a no-brainer.

    I thought I’d be disappointed in the 720p display, but I’m not. It looks great for a “low res” screen.

    But damn….dat camera…

  • paticao

    i think today is about 50-50 but in the future the nexus 5 will be a much better phone due to its hardware specs.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    I’m on Verizon and have the moto x… But if I actually had a choice, nexus 5 is better.

  • RacingManiac

    I dropped my VZW and gone T-Mobile and Nexus 5. While with the deal on right now the price for MotoX is certainly more attractive than before, I still get more of a saving on T-Mobile even if I had kept the grandfathered unlimited plan on VZW. I am pretty well covered Wi-Fi wise in daily use so my data rate was never that high, but going with a tiered plan on VZW doesn’t save me anything, neither does going off-contract since rate doesn’t change. I also travel to Canada pretty often and international data/roaming/talk/text plan for VZW is more than T-Mo by some margin. I just spent a weekend in Toronto with my phone and I’ve had no issue roaming or using data for navigation or simple web searches while there, and in my immediate living area the data coverage seems comparable to VZW. So so far, so good for T-Mo + Nexus 5. The battery life of the phone is miles better than GNex(that ain’t hard), the phone is fast and fluid. I am very intrigued by the MotoX’s Active Display and such, but I am more than happy with the Nexus 5.

  • Elliot Kotis

    Holy crap, that is a hard choose, both are beautiful smartphones.

  • Unlimited on Vzw and Galaxy Nexus Battery life scared me of the nexus line.

  • Scott Capodice

    I wish I could bypass all the animation crap and just order…I’ve already got my phone built…grrr

  • ToddAwesome

    I’m shocked that the website is crashing, SHOCKED I tell you.

  • Dylan

    Should be fun trying to order. You can tell there’s some demand for the X. The Moto site is currently somewhat non-responsive.

    • ToddAwesome

      “somewhat” being the understatement of the year.

      • Dylan

        I wonder how this compares to signing up for health care…

  • Scott Capodice

    Moto’s website is already crashing…wonderful

  • tech247

    Is native tethering wide open on the Verizon Moto X 32GB developer option? This is my deciding factor. Searches have not given me a conclusive answer.

  • Mike Kister

    I waited until early adopters had the handsets in use and gave thier opinions and I went with the Moto X on Republic Wireless for $300 and a $25 mo plan. Have had the device since 11/27 and I am so impressed by the Moto X and with Republic Wireless’ service having come from Virgin Mobile.

    BTW, if anyone it thinking of joining the Republic using the link below will get us both $19 off one month’s service: