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  1. Crispy's Avatar
    These are versions of the Moto X phones with upgraded specs. They run almost a near stock skin. The only differences seem to be -

    1. capacitive instead of soft keys
    2. no unlocked bootloaders (no custom roms)
    3. extra Moto sensors and features like Active Display, always on voice etc

    They seem to get updates pretty fast from Google, even on Verizon. #3 is a big benefit though.
    10-06-2014 02:24 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I'd say that the main disadvantage is the Verizon bloatware, some of which you can't disable unless you root. It's difficult to know how much that bloatware might interfere with performance.

    Also, consider that the 4.4.4 update for the Droid Maxx seemed to come with a number of issues, while the 2013 Moto X has been less problematic.
    10-06-2014 02:33 PM
  3. Crispy's Avatar
    I would love a Nexus 6 on Verizon as rumored, but the Moto software additions are really useful, and if Verizon doesn't end up getting the Nexus, I might just go for a Droid Turbo as it'll be the next best thing.
    10-06-2014 02:38 PM
  4. Crispy's Avatar
    Last year, they had to commission the N5 from LG, and due to price limitations LG had to cut back on some components. That's how we got the G2, the phone the N5 should've been (in hw specs).

    This year, the new Moto X is a perfect match for a Nexus phone. Google can easily release Shamu as a 5.9" phone and a rebranded X as a smaller alternative.
    PFKMan23 and chezm like this.
    10-13-2014 02:30 PM
  5. STARGATE's Avatar
    Sounds interesting, I guess they should.
    benbar21 likes this.
    10-13-2014 02:34 PM
  6. grunt0300's Avatar
    I hope that they do.
    10-13-2014 03:01 PM
  7. stylez619's Avatar
    Last year, they had to commission the N5 from LG, and due to price limitations LG had to cut back on some components. That's how we got the G2, the phone the N5 should've been (in hw specs).
    Just to add a little clarification, the G2 was on the production roadmap well ahead of the N5 (i.e. the N5 was based off the G2, not vice versa).
    Aquila likes this.
    10-13-2014 03:25 PM
  8. Robbie317's Avatar
    Last year, they had to commission the N5 from LG, and due to price limitations LG had to cut back on some components. That's how we got the G2, the phone the N5 should've been (in hw specs).

    This year, the new Moto X is a perfect match for a Nexus phone. Google can easily release Shamu as a 5.9" phone and a rebranded X as a smaller alternative.
    Wasn't that earlier rumor? That Google could rebrand the Moto X to a Nexus 6 if it didn't sell as expected? I thought I had read that about a month ago... That they would create a Moto S (Shamu) and a Moto X..... Shamu would be the Nexus 6/X and Google would wait and see how the 2014 Moto X sold and decide what to do from there.

    Other than a few small Motorola exclusive things.... I'd say the 2014 Moto X pretty much is a Nexus like device.... Just probably a little on the higher end price wise (You can still get a Nexus 5 with similar specs for $100 - 150 less)
    10-13-2014 03:38 PM
  9. mookiekillsit's Avatar
    Won't a Moto X Play be a Nexus w/ a 5.2" screen?
    10-13-2014 03:39 PM
  10. stanleywinthrop's Avatar
    One of my pet theories is that the XT1092 will become the Moto X play edition/nexus X.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    10-13-2014 11:18 PM
  11. smooth3006's Avatar
    im hoping were all being had by google with this shamu device. i hope its just a play edition motox phablet, not the true n6.
    10-14-2014 05:48 AM
  12. happasaiyan's Avatar
    Wasn't that earlier rumor? That Google could rebrand the Moto X to a Nexus 6 if it didn't sell as expected? I thought I had read that about a month ago... That they would create a Moto S (Shamu) and a Moto X..... Shamu would be the Nexus 6/X and Google would wait and see how the 2014 Moto X sold and decide what to do from there.

    Other than a few small Motorola exclusive things.... I'd say the 2014 Moto X pretty much is a Nexus like device.... Just probably a little on the higher end price wise (You can still get a Nexus 5 with similar specs for $100 - 150 less)
    I've heard the Moto Nexus referred to as the "play." Maybe it's a play version of the supposed Moto S. I dunno.

    A Nexus version of the X seems almost pointless to me for the reasons you mentioned. If it's substantially cheaper, then that would be a good move. If Moto drops the price like they did with the 2013 X, then it really doesn't make sense.
    10-14-2014 10:13 AM
  13. Robbie317's Avatar
    I've heard the Moto Nexus referred to as the "play." Maybe it's a play version of the supposed Moto S. I dunno.

    A Nexus version of the X seems almost pointless to me for the reasons you mentioned. If it's substantially cheaper, then that would be a good move. If Moto drops the price like they did with the 2013 X, then it really doesn't make sense.
    If the 2014 Moto X was $399 for the pure edition and I didn't want the 5.9 inch SHAMU I'd get the Moto X pure..... at $499 I'd just get a Nexus 5 for $100 less with basically all the same specs.... (or $150 less if you can live with 16 gig)

    There is still some value in the 2014 Moto X at $499..... just not enough for me personally....
    10-14-2014 11:01 AM
  14. Crispy's Avatar
    im hoping were all being had by google with this shamu device. i hope its just a play edition motox phablet, not the true n6.
    Lots of people want a 5.9" Nexus.
    10-14-2014 01:01 PM
  15. brosko's Avatar
    Lots of people want a 5.9" Nexus.
    ...and lots don't. All the more reason to have 2 sizes. Problem solved.
    chezm likes this.
    10-14-2014 06:27 PM
  16. someguy01234's Avatar
    No, because the Moto X is a good phone due to the Moto softwares, which is the primary reason for me to buy it. If the Moto X didn't have it's unique features I wouldn't have bought it, so taking them away takes away what's good about the phone.
    10-15-2014 10:15 AM
  17. Crispy's Avatar
    All the New Stuff in Android Lollipop

    ""OK, Google" Now Works Even When Your Phone Is Off"
    This one will certainly be interesting to see when everyone's phones have this feature. It apparently requires hardware support, which means for now it will be limited to the brand new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. However, according to Google, any device with support for "digital signal processing" can enable this Moto X-like feature."

    ""Where supported by hardware" (an unclear distinction that may refer to anything with an accelerometer or gyroscope), Lollipop will now wake up when you pick up your phone. Or, alternatively, you can tap the screen twice."

    Not sure where they get this as I don't see it on Motorola or Google blogs.
    10-15-2014 01:39 PM
  18. Crispy's Avatar
    10-15-2014 02:07 PM
  19. xoomer1's Avatar
    looking at the specs, they both seem to have the same or almost the same specs, so what does it come down to, just one being a nexus and the other droid with Verizon skin?
    10-22-2014 02:23 PM
  20. dankev's Avatar
    looking at the specs, they both seem to have the same or almost the same specs, so what does it come down to, just one being a nexus and the other droid with Verizon skin?
    They share the same SOC, ram, and screen resolution. Pretty much everything else, including size and design, is different.
    10-22-2014 02:30 PM
  21. Gekko's Avatar
    looking at the specs, they both seem to have the same or almost the same specs, so what does it come down to, just one being a nexus and the other droid with Verizon skin?
    there's only one Nexus. there is no substitute.
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    10-22-2014 02:38 PM
  22. Benjamin_NYC's Avatar
    looking at the specs, they both seem to have the same or almost the same specs, so what does it come down to, just one being a nexus and the other droid with Verizon skin?
    Droid ugly.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    BRIVERS73 likes this.
    10-25-2014 03:27 PM
  23. tdizzel's Avatar
    looking at the specs, they both seem to have the same or almost the same specs, so what does it come down to, just one being a nexus and the other droid with Verizon skin?
    There's no such thing as a Verizon skin
    10-25-2014 03:32 PM
  24. Crispy's Avatar
    Camera is different, no OIS on Turbo and it has a different sensor. Turbo has no dual front speakers. It will have a locked bootloader also. But it has a great battery and is a size many people want.
    10-25-2014 04:01 PM
  25. Benjamin_NYC's Avatar
    There's no such thing as a Verizon skin
    Yeah, more like a pelt.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    10-26-2014 08:00 AM
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