Thursday Poll: What is the Android Phone of the Year?

2014 is less than two weeks from being officially in the books. It has been a solid year for smartphone tech, especially on Android, though I’m not sure this year carried the same weight or significance as years past. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year and a bunch of really great smartphones were released that will last a long time, I just don’t know how many of them will be all that memorable in a couple of years from now. With that said, we still need to decide who came out on top.

We saw follow-up flagships from all of the major players, like Samsung, Google, Motorola, LG, Sony, and HTC. None of them really took any chances, but they all still delivered phones that you would have no difficulty finding supporters of. Beyond the standard crew, we also saw Sony finally enter the US market while its newest flagship was still fairly fresh, and OnePlus made a big splash while pissing people off along the way. Like I just said – there were a ton of options, all of which were good in their own right.

We will have our DL staff top lists here shortly, but for now, we want to know the DL reader phone of the year. Who are you taking?

What is the Android Phone of the Year?

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Final Day to Use Moto X Cyber Monday Promo Codes, Share Any Unused Here!

December 15 has arrived, which means this is the final day to use Moto X (2nd gen) $140 off promo codes from Motorola’s Cyber Monday deal. In fact, you have until 11:59PM CT to use it.

As a reminder, the deal was to receive a code that would land you $140 off of a brand new custom made Moto X (2nd gen). For the 16GB model with a standard back, you are looking at just $359. That’s under $400 for a phone that many tech reviewers are calling the best Android phone on the market (our review). Of course, if you choose premium upgrades like Natural or Leather backs, or a bump to 32GB of storage, the price goes up.

For those who missed out on the opportunity to sign-up to receive a code, we thought we would open up the comments as a place to potentially grab one. In other words, if you have an unused code that you would like to share, dive into the comments and post it.

Good luck!  (more…)

Moto X Tip: Use a Whistle Instead of a Cheesy Phrase to Launch Moto Voice

The new Moto X (2nd gen) introduced the option for its owners to initiate Moto Voice by teaching the phone a custom launch phrase. Rather than having to say “OK, Google Now,” as was the case on the original model, users can say almost anything as long as it has enough syllables for the phone to understand it each time. For example, mine has been “Talk to me, Moto X,” for months, but you could also say something silly each time like, “Silly cheeseburger fackwors.”  (more…)

The Droid Life Gift Guide [2014]

We are nearing Christmas (three weeks away!), plus it is now officially the holiday season, so that means it is a time for giving. If you need help picking out something special for that tech-savvy person in your life, allow the DL Gift Guide to help you make the right decision.

From phones to tablets, each of the DL staff gives their top recommendations, as well as an oddball gift that may or may not quite belong in the tech category. Along with each product, we do our best to sell you on why these would make great gifts for your loved ones.

Have at it.  (more…)

Moto X “Pure Edition” Receiving New Update to 22.21.11

The Moto X (2nd gen) “Pure Edition” appears to be receiving another update this afternoon, bringing it up to the same system version as the recently updated Verizon model. At least one of our readers received the update, showing a new system version of 22.21.11, up from the original 22.11.6.

It isn’t obvious what the update includes, but I would imagine it’s here to squash bugs. The original Android 5.0 “Lollipop” build that arrived on the “Pure Edition” a couple of weeks back is mostly great, but certainly contained some issues (like Moto Display not working properly).  (more…)

Motorola Cyber Monday Deal is Live! $359 for a Moto X (2nd Gen)!

The Motorola Cyber Monday deal is live! If you want a brand new, Moto X (2nd gen) without a contract for $359 ($140) off, now is your chance. All you have to do is hit up the link below, fill out the form, and then sit back and wait for your redemption code to arrive.

As a reminder, your redemption code is good until Monday, 12/15 at 11:59 pm CST. Full deal details here(more…)

Deal: Verizon Moto X (1st Gen) Developer Edition for $219

Need another phone deal to take you into Thanksgiving? How about Verizon’s Moto X (1st gen) Developer Edition in brand new condition for just $219? This is the phone that we called the best Android phone of 2013, plus it has the “developer edition” tag attached, which gives you an unlocked bootloader and a custom colorway.

Again, the device is brand new, has 32GB of storage, runs a “pure” version of Android, should see Android 5.0 “Lollipop” before long, and works on Verizon’s network. If you need a phone to tinker with, a cheap replacement while you get something newer, or just like last year’s Moto X, this isn’t a bad deal to jump on.

This deal also includes free shipping.

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Motorola’s Cyber Monday Deal: $359 for the Moto X (2nd Gen), 30% Off Accessories

Motorola unveiled its much-anticipated Cyber Monday deal this evening, announcing that they would be slashing the price of the new Moto X (2nd Gen) by $140, while also discounting accessories that you buy with it by 30%. If we do a little math, that drops the $499 Moto X (2nd gen) down to $359 without a contract. That, my friends, is a really good deal. We are talking a phone that is up for phone of the year in the minds of most tech reviewers.

If you decide you don’t want to go the off-contract route, Motorola and Verizon are also discounting the Big Red variant to $0.01 when you sign your life away for two years.  (more…)