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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:


  • C-Law

    Moto x. Best phone I’ve ever had. Active notifications seals the deal every time

  • trentsws

    Just bought the Moto X….

  • Cameron Laudick

    Moto strictly because of battery for me. I just want photosphere!!!

    • TheDrunkenClam

      You can sideload the apk from the gs4 Google play edition. It only utilizes 5 megapixels but its there for me should I ever want to do a photosphere. Just set all the defaults to still use the moto gallery/camera.

  • fartbubbler

    rockin the X.

  • 4g63mark

    I gotta say the Moto X for sure. I haven’t owned a Nexus 5, but I did use a G2 side by side against my Droid Mini. The G2 was running an AOSP ROM. The G2’s washed out colors, poor speaker, no active notifications, and no touch less control make it a surprisingly easy choice.

  • schwartzman93

    Moto X all the way. I played with my friend’s N5 and while both are stock Android, the Moto X just has those few extra features that make it that much better. The camera and screen quality(not size) are better on the N5, but it is really uncomfortable to hold IMHO. Also my friend’s N5 had a weird sound issue where we could barely hear anything coming out of the speaker. My moto x’s speaker is amazing and I might even say the sound quality is up there with the One.

  • ryan savini

    Nothign better than these late night posts. make my Overnight shift a bit more bearable…. Thank you kind sir

  • Jeff C

    My work-provided D4 is dying a slow/painful death until they replace it, lags/runs hot/battery goes dead in < 6 hrs. I need a personal phone that is reliable and much faster.

    I'm definitely going with the Moto X, GSM Dev Edition, my GF has T-Mobile and can add me on for $30/month of unlimited talk/text and 500MB of data. I don't typically use much data when out and about (away from wifi), but if I do I'm typically in the car. I still have unlimited on my work line, so I'll just plug the D4 into the charger and tether to it using FoxFi. 🙂

    Hopefully the site doesn't crash and I can get my order in on-time.

  • areffes

    Definitely the X. It may not be the spec beast that the LG is, but I’ve had LG phones several times and their quality just isn’t there. I know the Nexus is supposed to be a different story, but no way would I spend my money to find out. 😉

  • azndan4

    You’re all moto fanboys. Smaller battery on moto x? Check. Lower resolution screen? Check. Slower CPU and GPU? Check. Typical gigantic motorola bezels? Check. What is there to like on the moto x? Oh. lackluster voice control

    • guest

      Dumb post and dumb question

    • Mark

      Phone that is better at optimizing battery life and uses a lower powered LCD? Check. Software that is optimized for its internals? Check. Phone that is barely larger than an iPhone 5s with a 4″ screen on a 4.7″ screen and the most ergonomic design on a smartphone to date? Check. Voice control that is the top of the market that listens when the screen is on and off? Check. Moron posting on a tech site that should quit the internet because he has no idea what he is talking about? Check.

  • silentbob2003

    I have the N5 and am happy with it, but if the Moto X had wireless charging I would’ve gotten it in a heartbeat.

  • ki11ak3nn

    If I didn’t already have my Note 3 I would grab a Moto X because I’m on Verizon and I would love to have it customized with the colors of my Michigan Wolverines!!

  • Me

    Nexus 5 all the way. It’s already a better phone, and when the small camera issue is addressed…There will be no comparison.

  • djjsin

    I got a 16gb verizon black moto x. Think I’m going to buy a developer edition off contract and sell my current phone on ebay 😀

  • jrbmed08

    Moto X. The decision was made for me because I’m on Verizon with grandfathered unlimited data, but after seeing review of the Nexus 5, I stand by my choice. I was tired of my Galaxy Nexus not fitting into pockets, smartphone wallets, etc, and wanted a slightly smaller body. Battery life was also a big deal for me, since I was coming from a complete battery hog. Finally, it’s the closest thing to Nexus-like experience that I can get on Verizon, with essentially vanilla Android and a few truly useful add-ons.

  • livin

    Nexus 5 – Moto X is too small for my preference

  • carluverdrm2004

    Near-stock Android, Active Notifications, and Motomaker.

  • mustbepbs

    Moto X hands down. You can keep your beta Nexus devices. I’m sick of Google’s unfinished products being sold to the public. I’m especially sick of their new attitude towards Nexus devices.

    I’m totally put off by the Nexus line.

  • RedBeaVeR

    Moto X. Just an FYI, since Friday, for us Canadians, both phones are $0 for any 2 year contracts. It can even grandfathered my data plan, and I have been testing both of them at work, so I took a shot today. And it’s the X.

    Active Display and Touchless actions. These 2 alone trumps pure numbers on paper. It’s VERY VERY hard to describe it in an Internet review, because one can only appreciate it after using it for a while.

    Yes, N5 can give you a longer investment due to it’s over-the-top specs, and at such ludicrous low price to boot.

    But the Active Display and Touchless command? Oh man, I don’t know how can I go back. It’s mind-blowingly capable of changing your personal view of a “smartphone”. For me, gone are the days when my phone is an advanced piece of technology that can make my life easier. The Moto X *IS* my life. It has become a part of me. I don’t need to “interact” with a device to get things done, things just happen as I normally try to issue a verbal command.

    It’s crazy. It’s the future. Yes, it doesn’t have super quad core and the faster graphic; but wow, it’s just slick.

    PS: I am still pissed off that MotoMaker isn’t available for Canadians though…

  • Chase Chick

    Touchless control and Active notifications are just such dealmakers. I literally use both all day every day. I can’t imagine life without it at this point.

  • Nayners

    It boils down to this; if you’re on Verizon, your next phone should be the moto x (no nexus in sight). If you’re on any gsm carrier, you should go for nexus, g2, moto x, etc.. I’d venture to guess, that 75%+ votes for moto x are Verizon customers.

    • wesmo

      Then why not G2 on Verizon?

      • Nayners

        Because the moto x is the closest phone, on Verizon, to a Nexus. Period. (Without mods)

        • wesmo

          Yeah but why rank G2 second (and ahead of the moto x) on the other carriers (which also carry Moto X) and then not rank it at all on Verizon?

          • Mark

            Not everyone wants a phone that is:
            A. Full of gimmicks or features that you will most likely never use.
            B. 5.2 inches and uncomfortable to hold.
            C. Has shrunken versions of buttons on the back that are painstakingly difficult to press.
            D. Not stock Android.
            E. Slow at carrier updates on the carrier that up until now is known for the worst efficiency in updating flagships.
            F. Part of a company that is no longer focusing R&D in their smartphone department.

          • Nayners

            It wasn’t a ranking. If it was, I wouldn’t of said “etc”. Relax.

    • Tim242

      Note 3

      • Nayners

        That qualifies as “etc”.

        • rthvk

          How about Verizon? Note 3, LG G2, and Moto X should all be on Verizon subscribers’ radars too

          • Marsg

            Lol you listed them in the exact order I would have rated them.

  • Amar Dhingra

    Moto X Maxx

  • jbdan

    N5 for me, by a landslide. Had both. My sister and my wife? Moto X. I’m hoping big & great things for the X sequel

  • Rodeojones000

    The Moto X is great. My wife has one. With that said, if I was getting one of these it would be the Nexus 5 and I wouldn’t even have to think twice about it. Go to any Android development forum and check out the Moto X action. Complete ghost town. For some the lack of development isn’t important. For me it’s very near to #1, if not in the top spot.

    • Marsg

      You think that’s a ghost town, the Note 3 development page is non existent . Nobody wants to touch it because unlocking the boot loader trips Knox and voids warranty lol

      • Tim242

        The Note 3 has many ROM’s. I’m running one of them

  • Chippah

    The white verizon g2 on contract is free tomorrow.
    should be $499 retail.
    This is the best android device on the market right now, and the development support
    Looks as good as the gnex did.

    The g2 was a huge surprise hit that no one saw coming.

    • I’m loving this phone. It has all the bells and whistles. Not to mention this battery is AMAZING. I ride for over 2 hours on my bike while streaming music over 4g, using gps with both endomondo and Ingress. screen on 100% of the time (minimum brightness), and even using the flash as a headlight sometimes. I never use more than 50%.

    • Rodeojones000

      I LOVE my G2. Development for it (if you’re into that stuff, and for me it’s super important) is amazing. Surpassed only by Nexus devices.

    • RedBeaVeR

      Too bad the stock ROM is the crappiest ROM of the year.

      I played with it for 3 minutes in the store and I’m ready to throw it out of the window.

      • G2 Owner

        What don’t you like about the stock rom? I’ve had mine rooted for a while and running CleanRom with a few custom mods and have no desire to really leave stock. Reading through XDA this seems to be the majority of opinions there as well, that Stock just needs a few tweaks and is actually well done.

        • RedBeaVeR

          If the tweaks are turning off a couple features, then yes. I agree.

          My personal issue with it is the plethora of useless apps (in the form of guides and notifications) that swamped the users. Coming from a Moto phone and a handful of ROMs, which doesn’t usually have a lot of bells and whistles, it’s just overcrowded.

          Your post actually answers your own question. You are a G2 owner. Now you had it rooted, running a new ROM (named *CLEAN*Rom nonetheless! lol), and agrees it needs a few tweaks. A good ROM shouldn’t require you to do all that just to enjoy the phone.

  • Alex Goings

    Nexus 5 for android diehards Moto X for regular folk

    • gtg465x

      Android diehard and developer here, and not on Verizon. Ordering Moto X tomorrow. Sorry, but nothing about the Nexus 5 is exciting to me. If it didn’t have developer support and didn’t get updates first, it would just be another plain, boring Android phone. Personally, I don’t care about developer support, and Moto shocked everyone with their update speed. The Moto X hashas innovative features that could profoundly change the way I use my phone.

      • Alex Goings

        I respect that. I was absolutely torn between the two devices. After the X was announced I was defending it against all of the haters. The difference for me was the 1080p display, display size, photosphere (I know that it is kinda dumb and if I wanted to I could put it on the Moto X but it just made me feel good), and the price.

        I would like to clarify that when I say regular folk I am not implying that the Moto X is not a top tier device. I’m saying that to most people the developer support and the fact that it is a nexus is irrelevant so the Moto X is clearly the superior device for most people.

  • nexus 5 fan boi

    Nexus 5 is the superior phone! close poll.

  • Tim242

    I vote no wasted space on a persistent top bar. Leave it at the top of the page. It does not need to follow.

  • wesmo

    What about Moto X vs. LG G2? There is only a $100 difference.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Ferrari vs Lamborghini. Only $100,000 difference.

  • HarleyGuy72

    What Colin Zack said….

  • rthvk

    Verizon plus active notifications

    Will probably pick up this guy tomorrow!

  • knightracer

    I’m also on Verizon…

  • adam

    i have unlimited data and currently have a droid razr maxx…i compared it to the moto x at the vzw store and it doesn’t seem that much better. should i buy one tomorrow? convince me!

    • Jonathan Berry

      The two-generations old Droid RAZR MAXX? Better screen (the screen on the RAZR MAXX was particularly bad), faster processor, more RAM, newer Android version, more stock-Android experience, Touchless Controls, Active Notifications. Wait, didn’t you just say you had a GNex? …

  • gpaine

    Nexus 5. I want my phone to last. I don’t want to drop hundreds on a new phone every six months, and while I think the Moto X is exceptional now, I wonder how it’s low end specs will hold up over time.

    • gtg465x

      Low end specs? Maybe you need go look at Anandtech’s benchmarks. It outperforms the HTC One and Galaxy S4 in most benchmarks because it is better optimized and because Android doesn’t benefit much from more cores. I’m sure when the N5 review is up on An and tech, you’ll see the Moto X right up there with it performance wise.

      • Kamesen

        I hereby predict Motorola will come out with a revamped Moto X with a better processor and X8 architecture before summer 2014.

      • gpaine

        I’m definitely not trying to disagree with you there. Absolutely not. I guess I’m just to set in the spec war ways still. Incidentally, I just bought myself a free white G2.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “or pure Nexus experience, the way Google wants you to see Android?” Pretty sure my Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013 has 2 different experiences with the Same KitKatt… I don’t think Google is sure at this point how they want us to see Android.

    Either way…. I’d still love a Moto X… Something about it!…. But not without WOOD!

    • TheDrunkenClam

      Who would have guessed Pinocchio would want wood?

  • Ricky Blanco

    Duh, my Nexus 5! 3 years ago I said I would never buy another Motorola phone. Aside from that, folks still crying about battery life but for my usage (read: MY USAGE), i have been consistently getting 16-20+ hours to a charge.

  • Jonathan Berry

    Moto X. Mostly for the better battery life. But also more manageable size (my 4.65″ screen GNex can be cumbersome enough for me when one-handed) and innovative features like Active Display and Touchless Controls. The only real advantages the Nexus had in my mind were: fast updates, unlockable bootloader, and factory images. Motorola proved to me with 4.4 that they could deliver fast updates. And the Developer Editions can be unlocked without voiding the warranty and they have official factory images. So that bumped the Moto X above the Nexus 5. Yes, the specs are better on the N5, but I think the Moto X has plenty of horsepower.

    • Marsg

      Size is a matter of preference , my Gnex was pretty small in the hand. I could reach all 4 corners of the screen without much of a stretch. Rocking a Note 3 now but since I’m on Verizon the Nexus 5 isn’t even a choice.

      • ki11ak3nn

        Same here. GNex to Note 3. Loving it. But I’m getting my wife a Moto X so she can ditch her iPhone 4.

      • Jonathan Berry

        Definitely. Obviously my hands are smaller than yours. 🙂 The big phones just aren’t for me.

  • stang68

    I love my Moto X. Phones should be this size…plain and simple.

    “Specs” you say? My Moto X hasn’t burped or hiccuped once while playing games or using Chrome, etc.

  • Lakerzz

    I like the flat back on the nexus. Great when eating cereal and using it on the table. Also, I’m hoping that Google will update the camera software soon. Really happy with the quality is the pics, just hate how long it takes to take them.

  • elemeno

    Does the T-Mobile Moto X have carrier branding on it?

    • Jonathan Berry


      • grumpyfuzz

        Would you happen to know if the T-Mobile moto x works on at&t without unlocking it? Just wondering.

        • Jonathan Berry

          Should come SIM unlocked. It’s basically a GSM Dev Edition with Motomaker (the phone bands are identical). Except for the new warranty policy. For now, unlocking the bootloader on the T-Mo still voids the warranty. That may change, but that’s the way it is now. The AT&T model does have a couple of LTE bands that the T-Mo and Dev don’t, but I don’t think they are in common use yet.

          • grumpyfuzz

            Alright, thanks for the info!

  • AbbyZFresh

    Moto X all the way. This is the best phone i’ve ever used. And i have both the N5 and the Moto X.

    Moto G also is on its way to my doorstep by Thursday. Can’t wait.

    • Sarah

      i’m very undecided between the Nexus 5 and the Moto X. Do you still think Moto X is better than the N5?

  • hoodieNation

    It’s killing me, but I’m just gonna keep my S3…

  • Eric G Canoy

    gonna stick with verizon, one of the better services where I live

  • vespers

    I’m going to buy the Moto-X, mostly because my friend who has an iPhone recommended it. lol. In all honesty, I’ll be buying a Moto-X Dev. edition for myself, so I can always tether my unlimited data, and a MotoMaker X for my wife. We’re on VZW, with a pair of aging Galaxy Nexus’s.

    • 4n1m4L

      Wish we could customize Dev editions. Best of both worlds.

    • T-DOH

      Do we need to get the Dev edition for tethering?

      • Jonathan Berry

        Only if you don’t pay extra for a tethering plan. You can more easily mod the Dev Edition to get around the tethering checks.

        • T-DOH

          Ugh. That means the Dev version for me. No customization.

          • Jonathan Berry

            nexus fan boi notes that you can use FoxFi for tethering.

          • knightracer

            FoxFi doesn’t work with Kit Kat yet

        • adam


          • Jonathan Berry

            True. I assumed that’s why you mentioned Dev and tethering, though.

          • Wesley Pardue

            Adam. Tell me more on foxfi. I have used it in the past, but had read it had been blocked now. Do you have it working on a locked/unrooted moto x?

            The only thing keeping me from pulling the trigger on it tomorrow is fear of losing tethering.

        • InyRules

          Isn’t tethering available in the T-mobile version since it’s actually an unlocked model?

        • Higher_Ground

          I thought they got rid of tethering plans altogether when they moved to share everything? Shouldn’t the native app work just fine?

          • Jonathan Berry

            Not everyone is on a share everything plan.

          • Higher_Ground

            But I didn’t think the app knows what kind of plan you’re on

    • adam

      foxfi works on the moto x

      • Chase Chick

        Really? I haven’t got it to work. I got USB tethering to work but not wireless

      • jrbmed08

        I may be wrong, but I think the KitKat upgrade broke FoxFi.

    • Larizard

      One thing i regret, although I was at work when the cyber deal debacle went down.. Never did it cross my mind, that I needed an unlocked bootloader to tether my unlimited data… SIGH. Tomorrow, I’ll be getting the customized MotoMaker version instead.. hopefully it gets cracked sooner than later..


    Moto X for the custom but I need that MAXX battery. I would rather have my girlfriends Nexus 5 though.

  • MJZ

    Moto X + $60 ‘Loyalty’ plan = WIN!

    • trixnkix637

      what’s a $60 loyalty plan?

    • rthvk

      Ah man. Can’t thank you enough!

      Beats the crap Share Everything prices I’m on now

  • nexus fan boi

    Nexus 5 hands down. close poll.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Maybe if you’re a developer.

      But the everyday man will feel much more comfortable using a device that just works great. Like the Moto X.

      • n5101

        Are you implying the N5 doesn’t work great? Lol. N5 is really simple, yet customizable. That’s what I like about it. I haven’t tried the Moto X yet but I am a raw Google fanboy so I’ll stick with the N5.

        • Tim242

          The N5 isn’t stock Android.

          • Guest

            Ummm… whut? LOL. Go Some @tim242:disqus, you’re drunk.

          • CG Nobles

            Ummm… Whut? LOL! Go home @tim242:disqus, you’re drunk…

          • Tim242

            Stock Android is AOSP. GEL is not in AOSP.

          • CG Nobles

            I think you need to rethink what you mean by “Stock”. Stock “Launcher” and Stock Android are two entirely different things.

          • Tim242

            Stock Android runs the stock launcher. As of now, the launcher is not separate from the stock OS. The Nexus 5 runs GEL, yet no other Nexus phone or tablet does.

          • CG Nobles

            The Launcher is definitely separate from the Stock OS. You install a Launcher on any phone running KitKat and you get a nice little menu that pops up in settings allowing you to fully and freely move between your choices of launchers. There has to be a launcher of some sort on the phone to manipulate Android via UI. Again, this goes back to Stock vs Stock. GEL is a Launcher simply put, a launcher infused with google services albeit… but you try and take something like TouchWiz or Sense and treat it like a launcher and you can’t even separate them from the kernel without serious system modifications… hints the difference between the stock “Launcher” and stock Android.

          • Tim242

            If the stock launcher was separate, it would be in the Play Store. No other Nexus device has it.

          • CG Nobles

            Ummmm…. no? Nothing dictates that the stock launcher or GEL have to be on playstore or there lack of being on the playstore signifies their existence as stock… And Nexus 4 (And actually the nexus 7.. although bugs are rampant due to it being a tablet) can both install GEL with little headache… I believe without root because of KitKat (again) having that nice little launcher chooser built into it at the system level… Also, if your argument one moment is “Stock is what is AOSP” and then the next moment its “What the majority of Nexus devices” run then I’m going to stop arguing with you because thats just illogical… if anything “Stock in that regard” is what the newest version of the nexus line is capable of running and what google decided to stick on it…

          • Tim242

            This is Android, anything can be side-loaded. That is irrelevant. The point is that the Nexus 5 experience is totally different than any other Nexus experience. The GEL is part of the OS, as it is not in the play store for download. So are you saying Google is operating two forms of stock Android? That is illogical.

          • CG Nobles

            No what I’m saying is that GEL stands for “Google Experience Launcher”, which is a launcher in itself. You are saying that the very existence of GEL makes the phone “Non Stock” and thats completely crazy. When people refer to the stock versus other argument they ALWAYS refer to things that a ROM has modified on the system/Kernel level to give it some sort of “Added benefit”. Aka, TouchWiz, Sense, or ROM Developers adding “bloat” and locking certain parts of the system down and/or adding enhancements that aren’t part of the “Stock experience”. Everything google did can be undone in two seconds by adding Nova Launcher. The same cannot be said for the other examples I posted… theres nothing being changed on the system level like in the other examples… THATS what makes it (AGAIN) The difference between Stock Android and the “Stock Launcher”.

          • Tim242

            The very existence of GEL on the Nexus 5 makes it non stock. You can’t say that the Nexus 5 is stock with GEL, and still claim the Nexus 4 as stock without GEL. The launcher is a big part of the OS. The existence of 3rd party launchers has nothing to do with this. The Nexus 5 out of the box on 4.4 is not the same as any other Nexus device on 4.4, The Nexus 5 is the odd man out. Why would Google fragment its Nexus devices? You can’t claim it as stock, when it runs a proprietary launcher.

          • CG Nobles

            I can simply because Google Built the Launcher, they created the OS, and they had a hand in creating the phone… they took the launcher out of the equation by creating a selector for the launcher on the OS level and put it right into settings…meaning they don’t consider the launcher to be “Part” of the OS (at least on the kernel level). The Nexus 5 Is the New man in, and GEL will be on all new nexus devices going forward (and I suspect its because of the CPU). Also, you keep dodging all the examples which I find funny.

            Also, referring back to the original reason for this back and forth, if all of these examples are that nexus 5 isn’t stock… why are you even flaming… I’m pretty sure the same argument can be made against the Moto X as well… and if thats the case, then tell me a phone that has come out this year that is “Stock”… the last thing I can think of is the Nexus 7… and its not even a phone…

            (I’m going to bed)

          • rthvk

            Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, anyone? (HTC One has Beats Audio stuff)

            And no, the CPU on the Nexus 4 and new Nexus 7 both run GEL wonderfully with no lag.

          • Tim242’s got a point. If you built straight from source you would not have the same experience as the ROM Google built. It’s Google Experience, not stock Android.


          • CG Nobles

            Read below…

          • Dylan

            GEL is as stock to Android as TouchWiz is.

          • RedBeaVeR

            You’re picking on semantics here. What MOST people would assume is that “stock” means how Google meant to exhibit Android. How YOU define “stock” is a complete unadulterated AOSP.

            It’s like, a basic “stock” Honda Civic. Most people think it’s stock, because, well, there’s no add-on. You, on the other hand, would argue that a “pure stock” Civic are unpainted, no AC, no central lock… hell, not even a cup holder. Because they’re all “customizations” done (by Honda itself, to boot).

          • Tim242

            So if that is how Google means to exhibit Android, why is it not on every Nexus device?

          • TheDrunkenClam

            You mad bro?

          • RedBeaVeR

            Different hardware. Different capabilities. Google wants to do a lot, but LG and Motorola can only provide so much.

          • Tim242

            Did you type that with a straight face? Are you really telling me that hardware is preventing the use of their launcher?? You’re drunk.

          • RedBeaVeR

            Straight face. It’s not the ONLY reason, obviously. But how that launcher performs on different hardware may have a big impact on the decision of omitting it from certain devices.

            You’re drunk if you can say Samsung Galaxy Nexus will have the exact identical experience with Nexus 5 if it has that launcher.

    • rthvk

      Well I wouldn’t trust “nexus fan boi” anyway…

      Not saying the N5 is bad, but neither of these are “hands down” devices

  • besweeet

    Given the price of the Moto G and all that it has going for it, I picked that. Not that the Nexus 5 would be considered “overpriced” or anything like that, but that’s my reasoning.

  • trixnkix637

    I wonder what the odds are of VZW honoring or price matching this in store or on their website?

    • gpaine

      Often times the reps will run your deal through on the website if it saves you money, so I’d say it’s worth a shot. That’s been my experience; I can’t speak for all Verizon stores.

      • trixnkix637

        That’s what I’m hoping for. Going for a “money now with VZW” or “no money for VZW” approach. Hopefully I can work some loyal customer angles in there too. I’ll report back if I’m able to assuming DL doesn’t beat me to it!

  • Colin Zack

    I’m on Verizon so…

    • Guest

      It’s good for the VZW versions as well. Developer editions too.

      • Colin Zack

        I know, but my point was that because I’m on Verizon there’s only one choice

        • decidedtochangename

          There’s always the ETF 😛

    • Adam Truelove

      And that is the main reason why the Moto X is winning the poll.

    • Bradley Albert Nemitz

      And I’ve got grandfathered unlimited data, sooo…..

      • stang68

        Sooo I upgraded to a Moto X a few weeks ago and kept my Unlimited Data on Verizon.

        Just add a $10/month dumphone linen and boom…done. $40 a month for unlimited is pretty spectacular considering I use 10gb a month.

        Or just buy the Moto X outright!

        • Bradley Albert Nemitz

          The plan is to buy one tomorrow outright – I meant my first comment as “the moto x is the only choice”.

          • David

            The G2 is better IMO.

          • Pakmann2k

            I liked the ultra. Same as the X but it is a personal preference.

          • Sporttster

            Note 3, thanks….

          • B!


          • feztheforeigner


            G2 > Nexus 5 > Moto X

        • Tim242

          It’s actually $15/month after tax.

        • Larizard

          I’m still confused and if anyone can help me out here, that’d be great!

          So I have the GNex on Verizon with unlimited data. After much debating, I decided I’d jump on this deal and get a Moto X, despite the fact that my nexus 5 is on the way and should come this week. lol. Also my contract is not up until May 2014…

          But how do this? I went to a VZW store today, asked about this, and the rep suggested the exact same thing: add another line with the Moto X and get it for a contract price. Then switch my Gnex line out for the Moto X (so I keep my unlimited data), and then get a dumb phone line for $10/mo. But that means I have to pay $240 for two years, with a phone sitting there, not being used… And also, how does that work when the new line added is a smartphone line.. it requires a data plan, doesn’t it? The Rep was telling me, why would I spend much money on the Moto X off contract (550+? not sure how much it was).. Seemed like he didn’t know about the Moto deal on Cyber monday, so i kept hushed.

          My other option of course, is order my Moto X from Moto Maker at full retail with the discount: $399. But what do I do with it then? With the phone in hand, I just go to VZW store and have them move my unlimited plan to the Moto X? With the 6 months contract still intact? AM I correct?


          • Colin Zack

            If you buy it tomorrow off contract ($350 or $400) then when you get it you simply activate it on your line and keep unlimited data because no new contract.

            I don’t know how you buy it with a new line. I used a family member’s upgrade who was on limited data and then just activated it and got the numbers switched. I think there’s post on the site to explain how to do it, but buying it off contract is definitely the easiest solution.

          • rthvk

            If you buy it outright: Take your SIM out of the Gnex and pop it in the Moto X. Boom, you’re done.

            Buying it on contract: Buy it from anywhere you want with the “add a line” option. Make sure you have the X active and working on that line. Then take the SIM out of the Gnex, cut it, and put it in the X. It should be working on your primary line now. Call Verizon or go online to change your secondary line to a basic phone line (which should cost $10 a month with the extra data plan costs only for the first month).

            Hope that helped, and good luck!

          • Daniel Best Buy

            You’ll need a new sim card, the moto x uses nano sim instead of micro sim

          • rthvk

            Which is why I said “cut it”

            That also is an option

          • TheDrunkenClam

            Doesn’t work like that and you know it…
            The phone will come with a sim already in it…

          • billy

            Sure, but the SIM in the new Moto X isn’t activated (the one in the old GNex is). Typically, you can simply pull an activated SIM out of one phone and pop it into another phone to transfer service without involving VZW. If you buy an off-contract phone, this is all you need to do.

            As noted above, the problem here is that the SIM cards in the Moto X and GNex are different sizes, but (as others mentioned) there are inexpensive cutting tools that can fix this. There’s actually a tutorial on Droid Life that lays it all out:


          • C-Law

            All you do is go on vzw and activate the new Sim by entering the number on it.

          • Larizard

            Thanks, I think I will go with the Moto Maker deal. Can’t wait to get my code tomorrow! Only thing I regret is not jumping on the Dev Edition one, which could’ve made my root aspirations a lot easier.. oh well. At least I get to design my phone lol.

          • subiedude85

            Do the moto maker deal and then buy a sim card cutter from Amazon that will trim your micro sim from your GNex to a nano for the Moto X for about $10. Most of those cutters also come with adapters so that you can put the smaller nano sim that you have cut back into your phone that uses the larger sim like the GNex. No need to involve Verizon with anything as long as your are still using the same sim. There is also a DL article on the sim cutter if you’d like another reference.

          • Larizard

            thanks I will look that up!

        • B!

          I’m thinking of doing this to get the Maxx.

      • Akeem Da Dream

        Sounds like most of us are Verizon unlimited data customers. Moto X for the win!

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      moto x $350 off contract tomorrow. Verizon. No excuses.

      • Colin Zack

        Already bought and love it, but going to buy one for my brother

    • 4g63mark

      Yup. Best phone on the best carrier. The washed out colors and poor speaker make it hard to desire the Nexus 5. And visually, how did Google go from the Nexus 4 to the Nexus 5? It’s such a drastic step down cosmetically. Plus the Moto X’s looks and ergonomics are SOOOO impressive.