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Tuesday Poll: What is Your Favorite Phone Series?


Over the years, our favorite phone manufacturers have created specific lines or brands of devices that we continue to see new iterations of. Samsung has its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. HTC has the One series. LG has the G series. Motorola has the DROID and recently created Moto lines. Sony has its Xperia devices. And Google has Nexus. We know when new versions of each should be released each year, what they should look and perform like (for the most part), and which carriers will likely sell them. Branding and familiarity has been a big part of the smartphone game. These lines have helped define not only our coverage of the industry, but also how we all feel about phone makers.

So, we want to know which is your favorite of all time. Forget for a second the phone you are holding right now and think about which line out of them all has been your favorite over the years. Have you been a long-time fan of all things Galaxy? Is HTC doing things with the One that have caught your eye? Do you wish Sony would bring its Xperia line over to the US? Or are you a Nexus fanboy, even though carriers like Verizon refuse to support them?

Feel free to backup your response in the comments.

What is Your Favorite Phone Series?

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  • Vamsi Krishna Mandavilli

    Who uses Moto they will know about quality In fact I use google nexus 5 I miss badly my moto x

  • Samsung Galaxy S by far.

  • paul_cus

    Sony Xperia line for the designs.

  • Abhishek Chakraborty

    Nexus is my first choice. But currently I’m hanging on with the Moto G

  • Josh Meade

    Motos are just solid all around, battery life, screen, speed, great speakers, water resistent, and decent camera

  • Docca

    Hmmmm weird results.

  • codejunkie

    Been using nexus for sometime now and itsthe most complete package you can get at dirt cheap price. The hardware, the software I.e stock android without those nasty bloatware that Samsung and HTC puts and was of rooting. Battery is a concern but then most of the competition has similar performance. So my vote nexus

  • Richard Giordano

    Motorola DROID Line has always been my favorite phone series since the Motorola Droid and Motorola continues to impress me every year. (currently a DROID maxx 2013 owner.

  • TheRobotCow

    I love Nexus for it’s software, the hardware…… not so much.

  • Wali

    Moto all the way!

  • Nathan

    I would have voted for the Nexus line if I didn’t have to send my Nexus 5 back because of the call issues. Something to do with the noise canceling (mic).

    People couldn’t hear me when I didn’t speak directly and even then the call quality was miserable.

    That’s why I voted for the Moto line, it’s what comes the closest to stock Android after Nexus and also fast updates. The Moto phones at least don’t have issues with basic functionalities and the build quality is better as well.

  • Yatharth Singh Sisodiya

    #Moto G _/_

  • Moto will be no.1 at the end

  • the Droid line of phones will always have a special place in my heart…so much so that i put DR0ID on the back of my first moto x lol…but changed it to my custom license plate on the second

  • Raven

    All of my phone’s have been Motorola’s. Droid > Droid 2 > Droid 4 > Moto X DE I think the DE is the real key. Everyone was hung up on the lure of MotoMaker, but I think the DE edition is the best phone ever made that works on Verizon. Now, if the various companies would have gotten together and allowed a Nexus 4 or or Nexus 5 on Verizon I probably would have been voting Nexus. But, for where I live and travel, Verizon is the only real choice, and therefore Motorola is the best choice for me.

    • i got a moto maker de thanks to a lil chinese guy woo!

    • Bionic

      I feel the same way. However I have tried the Nexus line time and again trying to convince myself I don’t need Verizon. Then I regress.

  • coolsilver

    Nexus first. Moto dropped going to Lenovo, HTC Never Again, Samsung has been pissing me off with bootloaders and Tizen. …… LG is looking as a decent alternative as long as they keep an open bootloader and near pure android stance plus great hardware like Nexus 4/5 and G3.

  • Suman Gandham

    Gotta be Droid. I’ve never even been on VZW, but I’ve always loved the Droids from the first OG model 🙂

    • best phone ever

    • I miss that rotary lockscreen!

      • ROR1997

        I haven’t done it lately, but you used to be able to download that lock screen.

  • MKader17

    I would say Moto, but they are not much of a series considering only one has been released.

  • Specter597

    I haven’t tried the Moto line. I would love to.
    Honestly, I’ve only owned Droid’s (for smart phones) and despite Big (Stupid) Red they really are solid phones.
    If motorola had had more freedom to maintain the phones without oppressive carrier branding I think they could have been some of the best phones of the last 4 years. Did I mention that Verizon licks the sweat off a dead donkey’s … well, I don’t like them.

  • Pootis Man

    I love the Nexus series of phones and own a Nexus 5 right know. Does that really make me a fanboy for preferring a different phone then other people?

  • turdbogls

    my heart goes in so many directions right now.

    the Droid line-up was my go to for a couple years, I got me started with android, so I will always love it. however the “middle years” of the Droid X/X2 droid 2/3/4, they really soured me with their overlay…but anything from the razr HD on up have been significantly better.

    then there was the nexus line-up (my personal overall favorite)…i had the most fun with ROMs and such on my 2 nexus phones.

    I have never been a big fan of HTC and Sense up until the M7 and M8…..however, it is still not in my top 3

    LG didn’t impress me at all until the optimus G…ever since then, they have REALLY come on strong. I LOVE my G2, and the G3 is taunting me right now….what they have been doing, and what they continue to do year after year is pretty awesome. they are bringing some really nice (and different) hardware, while toning down their software (to a point where I am actually happy with the G3 software on my G2)…they are a close second behind the nexus line, but they are climbing fast.

  • Haha, Nexus in a landslide. Really hope it doesn’t go away.

  • JoshGroff

    Not included phones returned in the trial period, this was roughly my device progression, some were owned multiple times or swapped back and forth with friends.

    HTC Sensation 4G
    Atrix 4G
    iPhone 4
    LG G2X
    Note 2
    One M7
    Moto X
    Nexus 4 (Current)

  • BuckNut614

    Pure Android is all I need…. Sad the Nexus line may be going away but hopefully Google has something up their sleeve.

  • Metoş

    Nexus, of course! The ease of rooting, a fast experience and the very latest Android version packed into an affordable package! What can be seriously better than that?

  • Cruz R.

    I was always on the sidelines on the early Nexus devices. And I had everything in between and even Apple. Then the Nexus 4 came out and then the Nexus 5. Even with all its short comings on both the Nexus 4 and 5. I can never say I love any other device then the recent Nexus line.

  • Nikuliai

    Since only one “brand” made me hype in the last 4 years… gonna go with Moto

  • master94

    Droid only because its the oldest brand there on the list

  • heldadavid

    My favorite phone right now is the M8, but series wise The Note is the tits

  • Nick

    Droid 3 -> Droid Razr HD Maxx -> ?? (probably whatever Moto releases this summer)
    Motorola has a strong history of top notch build quality.

    • BeejRich

      I’m with you. Now all they need to do is get the camera right. It’s so hard getting a decent picture with the Droid Maxx.

  • TopXKiller

    Nexus? They don’t even make those things anymore 😀

  • boballistic

    Lumia and galaxy s love the loads of features and amazing cameras.

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  • Pakmann2k

    OG Droid, Droid X, Thunderbolt, HTC incredible, Droid Charge, Moto RAZR, Galaxy Nexus, Droid Ultra.

    OG was the best for it’s time and I loved the Droid X. The Galaxy Nexus was great because of the support and the Ultra is just something I bought on a whim. I just always liked the construction of the Moto Droids. “It isn’t a tiara wearing prom queen, it’s a robot duct taped to a scud missile.”

    • Pakmann2k

      Miss root though. Not giving up unlimited data though. Developer phone next year. X1

  • moelsen8

    I have such fond memories of the OG Droid, but Motorola tanked that reputation pretty quickly. Moto X line is too new but great potential. Therefore, Nexus. Can’t ever go wrong really.

  • brandon

    I’d love to see a ‘your dream phone’ type of poll/discussion. That being said:

    3200 may battery or higher
    Snapdragon 801 or higher
    5.1 inch screen no higher (with good viewing angles )
    1080p is OK for me
    3gb ram
    32gb storage with expansion
    13mp camera or higher
    Stock android with flashlight toggle ><

    I voted for Nexus line BTW 🙂

    • chelsea

      I would pay a premium price for this ^^

    • You pretty much just described the One+

    • thats like every phone that just came out pretty much…

  • SkylaC90

    The Note line should be first followed by LGs G line and the Moto line tied for 2nd ending with the Nexus and Xperia line of phones

  • Viet Hoang-Tran

    Wheres my Droid 5 🙁

  • 213ninja

    Pleasantly surprised to see the Note so highly regarded.

  • missing link

    LG Dare (Crappy phone) -> Droid Bionic (Didn’t live up to the hype) -> Droid Maxx (Best phone I’ve ever had and love it).

    • missing link

      Oh insert OG Droid between Dare and Bionic. Sorry.

  • Quint

    Currently on the Galaxy Note line, with the Note 3. I love the cutting edge specs; however, the Samsung OS is mediocre. Used the note 2 last year. Before that I was DROIDed out (RAZR MAXX, Bionic, Incredible). I don’t miss the DROID branding, but the Samsung OS isn’t really doing it for me. Hopefully there will be some nicer phablets this time around! I’d try a Nexus, but Verizon won’t be getting that in my lifetime, if ever.

  • Captain_Doug

    HTC incredible line wasn’t bad. They weren’t top tier phone but fit a style well and stuck with it.

  • JMonkeYJ

    My all-time favorite is Nexus. Even when they aren’t all you hoped for, you can never go wrong buying or recommending a Nexus. That being said, my current favorite is Xperia. The Z2 is easily the best phone I’ve ever had.

  • nosedive94

    it sucks that no Nexus devices ever go to Verizon. I’ve considered jumping ship to T Mobile so many times to get one.

    • ki11ak3nn

      What’s stopping you?? Millions of other people have done it.

      • 213ninja

        In many cases, lack of coverage

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      You can also use AT&T or a number of MVNOs that operate on T-Mobile’s or AT&T’s network.

    • I left Verizon for T-mobile last fall when the Nexus 5 dropped and I couldn’t be happier. It’s really freeing knowing you’re contract free and have an unlocked phone which you can take anywhere you want.

  • John Smith

    Nexus. there is no substitute.

  • hyperbeatser

    the phones that stand out most in that picture….the Moto Xs, therefore the Motorola Moto series

  • Azn_Android

    I read this website to keep up with Android news and to see what’s going on/what innovations are happening in the Android world. It’s also interesting to see Android fan’s viewpoints on iOS and how that viewpoint has started to thankfully become less extreme. With that said, I’m an iPhone user. There I’ve come out of the closet 🙂

    • Pakmann2k

      Love the construction of Apple products but I prefer some of the innovations that Android offered earlier. As Apple slowly integrates more Android-like features and vice versus, it will become interesting to see where people are led.

    • Cool story bro

  • Bill Mattheis

    For me it’s been the iPhone line and then the Nexus line. Personal preference.

  • austin

    No love for lg?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    This Is a good poll. I don’t really have an answer.

  • Bionicman

    unfortunately the Galaxy Nexus left a bad taste in my mouth. it made me realize that there are phones (Nexus line?) that would have compromises that i just didnt want to deal it. the Note 2 made me see that the only compromise i had to make was size and i actually didn’t mind the large size.

  • Haha

    Apple’s iPhone

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      i’d love a bezel-less, 5 inch iphone style body running AOSP with a hint of sense. just a dream…

  • Mark Mann

    Motorola Droid->droid x->droid razr->droid razr hd->Sony Xperia z… Give anything to be able to go back to the Droid line… Minus vzw of course… But currently waiting on the g3

  • TC Infantino

    I love the Droids. I started out with the OG Droid with it’s metal frame, completely unlocked, iPhone beating customizability, and of course the slide out keyboard. I have since had a Droid Razr, and now the Droid Maxx. Motorola makes some fine tough phones. I hope very much that Lenovo doesn’t ruin the Moto phones.

  • Enflu3nza

    Every android phone ive owned has been a nexus (minus the one and 4). and the Nexus 5’s camera isnt that bad although its a bit undersaturated.

  • Carlos Reyes

    Og Droid, HTC Thunderbolt, LG Marquee, S3 and S4. Biggest buying factor for me is SD card support.

  • Droid Ronin

    I believe that after the G3 arrives on US carriers, the G series will be moving towards the top in the poll.

  • Tony Byatt

    Nexus…Simple, Clean, Customizable…No hassles…

  • Alexander Garcia

    I used to be a hardcore Moto fanboy (OG Droid, Droid X2, Droid RAZR Maxx, Droid RAZR Maxx HD) but the Droid Maxx kinda turned me off in several ways (ugly physical design, mediocre display, and awful camera). So I turned to the G2 and it has been the best phone I’ve owned so far. The G3 looks even more attractive, but I’ll hold on to my G2 til the G4 or LG’s “Silver” phone phone shows me what’s up.

    • Tom Vera

      Same lineup as you except substitute Droid X2 and Maxx for Bionic. I know lol. Also now G2 rooted and romed. Going to wait for G4 or Silver. G3 does not seem a big enough jump for me at this time. Of course this could change after having G3 in hand at store. lol

  • PlasticPremium

    #1 SAMSUNG Galaxy NOTE
    #2 SAMSUNG Galaxy S

    And the sales of NOTEs and S-S5 speak for themselves.

    • Orion

      It only speaks for people that bought them. The question was what is your fave line….not who sold the most.

  • ki11ak3nn

    On my second day with the Moto X, I have to say that it’s too small for me. I have to adjust my thumbs when I text and I wish the screen was just a little bigger for YouTube and movies. So I have to say Nexus line. Hands down the Nexus 5 is my favorite flagship phone right now. Perfect size. Perfect feel in the hands. And great software. Can’t get much better than that.

    • needa

      i chalk that up to a learning curve. the same thing can be said for any change in screen size.

      • ki11ak3nn

        Maybe. Took me a few days to get used to the Note 3. It just seems like I’m downsizing with the Moto X. I think I have above average sized hands and the G2 and Nexus 5 just fits in my hands better.

  • wtd2009

    Moto is a line? I thought they only had one product out thus far…

    • grumpyfuzz

      Moto X, Moto G, Moto E.

      • wtd2009

        Ha, how forgetful of me.

  • Christopher Moore

    I voted Nexus but I haven’t owned one in 2 years. Because of Verizon I’ve rocked the Note 2 and Note 3. Better from a hardware standpoint but Nexus has the most bang for your buck and it’s a hobby grade device.
    It would be a major mistake if this is the last year for the Nexus.

  • mcdonsco

    OG Droid > Droid X > Droid X2 > Droid RAZR > Droid RAZR Maxx > Droid RAZR Maxx HD > Galaxy Note 2 > Galaxy S4 > Droid Maxx > Galaxy Note 3 > LG G2 > Galaxy S5 & HTC One M8 (returned both) > Moto X –> Next is either the G3 or Moto X+1.

    • Christopher Moore

      How does one go from a Note 3 to LG 2? Last year for me it was LG 2 to iPhone 5s to Note 3. Then again I should not be talking.

      • mcdonsco

        I actually did the note 3, lg g2 and moto x all twice…

  • KennyB

    I’m gonna have to go with LG (including LG Nexus Phones) The G3 will be my next device as soon as it’s released.

  • Orion

    Also we would like to know what’s your fav line? Tim too.

  • Orion

    The Nexus line without question.

  • Rodeojones000

    I chose the Nexus, but I really don’t have a favorite. I’ve owned a couple Nexus device, Droids, Moto X and a G2. All were good (at the time).

  • Mike Aurin

    I’m biased. The OG Droid was my favorite phone and wins me over with the entire series…even though everything after OG was Poo P. Word.

  • Adam Truelove

    Is there anything but Nexus?

  • wmsco1

    Google screwed me on my first Nexus with Verizon so I’ve never been since. Droid every time I bought one with in one month to 3 months they came out with a new one. HTC they kept screwing around with updates if any. I have been happy with the note 2 & 3 and Samsung 10.1 2014 edition and the 12.1 PRO.

    • jimt

      I think the screwer was Verizon, I had a gnex, I love my nexus 5 and Tmo.

  • Joe

    Cliq XT > OG Droid > Droid Inc> Droid X > HTC One X > Gnex > S2> Droid RAZR > S3 > HTC One M7 > Nexus 5 > Moto X > Note 3 > S4 > and currently on G2 I’ve been around.. :p lmao but honestly the ones I’ve held the longest was the nexus series.

  • steven sullivan

    How can I not be a fan of the Nexus line? Even with Verizon and their terrible approach to OS updates I am running 4.4.3 on my 2.5 year old Galaxy Nexus.Thanks to great developer support I am more current than my friends with their new S5.I hope the next Nexus is available on Verizon or I will probably have to leave them for somebody who does have it.

  • Andrew Thompson

    Nexus. I don’t need to backup my reasoning.

  • Prime7

    It’s Nexus or nothing*.

    *”nothing” probably meaning OnePlus One or iPhone.

  • elvisgp

    I really love the nexus series, but the moto series has become my new favorite.

  • Ray

    G1,OGD,D2G,Droid X,Gnex,S4,LG G3 i just want the best

  • Alan Paone

    It was Nexus for me until google started only working with LG and making devices with the headphone jacks in the wrong place. Now it’s HTC One’s until they screw up again.

    • MelchiahX

      But doesn’t the One also have the headphone jack up top?

      • Marikel

        Mine doesn’t.

        • Alan Paone

          Mine neither. I love it

          • MelchiahX

            Oh okay sorry I thought it did lol

      • StrattHacks

        The M7 does, the M8 does not.

    • Erstam

      I’ve owned every nexus and think the lg ones are the best and made most improvements from previous nexus phones each year. I don’t get why people care about headphone jack. But then again I rarely use mine.

      • Alan Paone

        The LG’s just never sat right with me, and I listen to music all day. Really wish the galaxy nexus had aged a little more gracefully.

        • jimt

          I have Bluetooth buds also but what is the problem with the earphone jack position? Can’t you just turn the phone upside down if you want it at the top? Or is it out the side on an HTC one?

          • Alan Paone

            If it’s on the bottom, you can hold it, put it on a desk or put it in your pocket without having to reposition the phone; the jack/cable is pointed towards you all the time. Pocket drops are super common with top jacks because you have to flip the phone over to get it in your pocket. HTC moved it from the top to the bottom on the M8 and that was one of the only reasons I upgraded.

          • JSo

            I had the Galaxy Nexus with the headphone jack on the bottom. I didn’t like it all that much because I used to plug my phone into my car stereo and put my phone in the cup holder. So when it was plugged in, the phone was upside down.

      • Patrick Smithopolis

        I also rarely use mine. I have Bluetooth earbuds.

  • SeanPlunk

    I’m part of the Note cult so that’s my vote. Say what you will about Samsung’s software, but they do it right with the hardware.

  • jamison

    Note. end of discussion 😛

  • umataro42

    I’ve only had 3 smart phones, including my current Nexus 5. Before that was the OG Moto Droid and the Galaxy Nexus. I love stock Android, and how much dev support it gets, not just from custom ROMs and a way to root it being discovered pretty quickly, but also that Google keeps it possible to unlock the bootloader and/or root. The OG Droid was even similar to a Nexus, out of the box it was on pure Android with no bloatware (some was added later).

    • jamdev12

      Why you had to go and copy me? That’s the same line up I have.

      • umataro42

        Did you leave Verizon for the Nexus 5, or to get a full Google experience Galaxy Nexus?

        • Paul

          Exact same lineup here too, left Verizon for straight talk just to get the nexus 5

          • Corey Foltman

            Same line up here. Left vzw for net10 to save a buttload of money. I do miss the unlimited data though.

          • michael lewis

            Yep, I did the same thing. Got me the Nexus 5 and switched from Verizon to go Straight Talk with the AT&T sim, and love it, getting better coverage. Now waiting for my sons contract to expire in September then taking him to straight talk also. Hate Verizon and their overpriced plans.

        • Colts5609

          I left VZW for 3 reasons.
          1. I hate Verizon
          2. I wanted the Nexus 5, was not a fan of my GS4 and wanted to get rid of it.
          3. I wanted to give T-Mobile a try with little obligation (so far so good).

          • umataro42

            This must be common, those are the same 3 reasons I left Verizon. I slightly miss the unlimited 4G, but T-Mobile is so much less expensive, even when I was getting a work discount on Verizon, and them screwing up the Nexus experience with the Galaxy Nexus (even though the devs saved it and I have 4.4.3 on it), and being the only major carrier to not work with the Nexus 5 was the final straw.

    • JDMendiola

      -OG Droid
      -Droid X
      -Droid Bionic
      -Nexus 4
      -Moto X
      -Nexus 5
      -Moto X

      Missed the motox too much. So bought myself another. Now I switch between the N5 and motox . . .

  • Brent Cooper

    Hardest decision of the day…

  • OG Droid > Droid X > Sammy GNex > Droid Maxx > Samsung S5 – Waiting for summer before I can decide on the next one but would have to say Moto has the best radios and better build quality.

    • Eric R.

      This htc m8 I have is crap compared to moto

    • tomn1ce

      OG Droid >>G-Nexus>>G-Note 3 waiting for what Moto will be releasing in the next 18 months….

  • brandon

    I am biased towards nexus because this is my first android after 2 years with the iPhone 4s. Increase the battery life and improve viewing angles and I’ll never leave you…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Nexus line first. HTC Line second.

    • Jee

      Why Nexus? I have yet to see a Nexus with good battery life and camera.

      • Eric James Salcido

        From a power user perspective, I enjoy the ease of rooting/unlocking the bootloader. Other than that, There are many other phones that do other things better.

        • Christopher Moore

          ^This. I accidentally took a ota update on my Note 3 this past weekend. I got root back but I lost my rare bootloader. Now I got to worry about NC2 roms and NC4 roms. You don’t have to worry about that when you pick a unlocked Nexus with the same model number.

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          • krish

            moto rocks

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Battery life hasn’t really been much different that phones that were released around the same time. And a camera is a small deciding factor for me… It’s about A. The Software. B. The flexibility.

      • Tony Byatt

        “I have yet to see a Nexus with good battery life and camera.”

        And you’re entitled to your preference as are all of us…

      • JD

        Honestly I have found People complaining about the Camera has more to do with the user than the Camera itself. My Photos turn out just as good if not better than my Galaxy S4 or LG G2’s 13 mp camera back when i had those.

      • arod

        For me its always been the ability to easily unlock root and run the latest and greatest version of android…also nexus line has always been clean design of hawdware and elegant.

    • Marikel

      Spot on. I love my HTC One M8 but I also love the Nexus line because of stock Android. Not that Sense 6 is bad, I just like stock Android a little more.

      • p4

        I concur .. of all the phones I’ve had, sense 6 is the best take on a skin ive seen .. but it still doesnt beat stock

  • Moto Droid -> Moto Droid Razr Maxx – Moto Droid Maxx

    Can’t wait to see what they have in store for me this summer!

    • Long live the Maxx.

      • Josh Meade

        Don’t expect updates in time

  • silver_arrow

    I have to say Galaxy S not because I like Samsung, the only phone of theirs that I have had was the Galaxy Nexus but because, whether we like it or not, they created the Android that we know today, the monstrosity that has made Android the most popular mobile OS. Though personally given the choice of who I like most as a Nexus user it is either Sony HTC or Moto depending on the time of year.

  • ScoobySnack

    Most favorite series: Google Nexus!
    Most purchased/owned series: Samsung Galaxy 🙁
    It’s all Verizon’s fault, though.

  • yodatom10

    Nexus duh

  • Eric James Salcido

    I have to say the Note for setting a new standard for screen size. It’s really nice to have a 5.7″ display on a phone.

  • yessir

    droid and nexus because of their history