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  1. JobiWan144's Avatar
    I'm patiently waiting for AC's review of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. Am I so weird in wanting a phone display under 5 inches? It seems like Sony's the only Android manufacturer filling this niche these days. Wait, did I just call a phone I can comfortably use with one hand a "niche"? Oh, how the times are a-changing.

    Posted from my Moto X (2013) via the Android Central App
    10-07-2015 07:22 PM
  2. Pollster's Avatar
    I'm patiently waiting for AC's review of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. Am I so weird in wanting a phone display under 5 inches? It seems like Sony's the only Android manufacturer filling this niche these days. Wait, did I just call a phone I can comfortably use with one hand a "niche"? Oh, how the times are a-changing.

    Posted from my Moto X (2013) via the Android Central App
    If you're weird, then call me weird because I am going to head over to Best Buy on lunch and hold a few phones. Afterwards, I plan to go home and draw the shades and lay in bed depressed....
    10-08-2015 12:52 PM
  3. maskedwombat's Avatar
    I spent the better part of an afternoon researching phones just to see what might be a good upgrade to the 2013 Moto X. Frustratingly, there isn't any one good option, although at least one stands out as a possibility.

    This is my personal list of "wants" out of a phone in 2015:
    • Small (4.7" screen size or less)
    • Good battery life
    • Decent storage (32GB at least, or SD card slot)
    • Decent camera
    • Respectable performance


    There's a lot of things that Motorola has spoiled us with that would be hard to let go of, too:
    • Gestures (especially camera twist)
    • Assist
    • Active notifications
    • (Mostly) Stock Android
    • AMOLED displays


    I was hoping the new Nexus devices would make an upgrade decision easy, but the 5x was disappointing in a few ways. The 5.2" size is bigger than I'd like, and the shape is honestly kind of ugly compared to the sleek curves of the 2013 edition. Design matters! Motorola gets this, at least, but they're making their phones too damn big. The Moto X Pure Edition would be an easy choice if it wasn't sporting such a big display, and if they'd stuck with AMOLED. The 5x is also much too expensive for what you're getting: $400 for a 16Gb phone? Wasn't this supposed to be a budget option? The fingerprint reader and the camera are great additions (and I like that they ported over Motorola's Active Notifications), but there are too many compromises in this phone. The 6P would be a great option if it were an inch smaller.

    The only phone I've looked at this year that addresses my concerns with my Moto X is the 2015 Moto G. Having a bigger, better battery and an SD card slot alleviate my two major issues with the Moto X, and at $220, it's a much easier pill to swallow. Still, it sounds the like performance is only on-par, and not better than the 2-year old X. It also has a larger screen with the same resolution as the X, and a heavier and chunkier design. No voiceless control or AMOLED screen, either.

    4 hours later, I think the only conclusion I've come to is the same one I did with my car: wait till it breaks!
    10-09-2015 04:57 PM
  4. wsmather's Avatar
    Well, I can tell you what my next phone won't be...it won't be bigger than my Moto X Classic (2013). I just finished a bit of an experiment. I ordered the Nexus 6. My thinking was, maybe I'm wrong about the ideal size being 4.7". So many customers want bigger that manufacturers ignore the many of us (especially non-geeks) who want flagship quality in a one-handed format. Shamu arrived, and I set it up. Big beautiful screen, cool animations, fast processing. I updated it to Marshmallow. Loaded in all my apps, and used it. And....well.... I'm returning it.

    Rather than make my Classic look worse by comparison, the N6 made it look even better to me than it had before! The comfort in-hand, the ability to reach anything I need with my thumb. And its screen resolution doesn't look substandard by comparison either. 720 is fine!

    By the way, Marshmallow is basically Lollipop with some tweaking and a few new goodies. I didn't find Google Now on Tap that compelling; searching Google for more info on whatever I find is already pretty easy. Doze is a good idea, but I won't miss it; on the rare occasion I must recharge I plug into one of three chargers I have in my bedroom, office, and car.

    And so on.

    Perhaps someday we will see a return to better ergonomics in flagship phones. Until then, its back to the Classic.
    Pollster likes this.
    10-10-2015 06:00 PM
  5. bcandiolo's Avatar
    My next phone is going to be an iPhone 5s 64gb. Motorola is owned by Lenovo and they're making ugly big phones. Android is not offering anything interesting, not even Google with their Nexus phablets.

    Sent from my XT1058 using Tapatalk
    10-10-2015 08:33 PM
  6. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I got it yesterday. I opted for the Moto X Pure Edition.
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    Sent from my Moto X Pure Edition using Tapatalk
    dmark44 likes this.
    10-10-2015 09:04 PM
  7. xpeacemaker's Avatar
    It seems like the consensus here is that we all haven't found a comparable (upgraded) phone that makes us as happy as this phone. I am being forced to switch phones by next month because VZ is jacking rates on the unlimited plan. I'm still on that and I'm not paying another penny more than I already do to big red. Off to T-Mobile, it's just too enticing.

    I keep coming back to the S6... it seems like the most well rounded phone to me.
    10-13-2015 08:11 AM
  8. terrrrrible's Avatar
    Not really sure yet. Trying to hold out as long as I can before I upgrade. Looking to do so in January, so I'll have to see what the market is like then. I'd really like to stick with Moto and go with the Pure, but I'm not so sure I like the size, and all these reports about poor battery life have me worried. I use an HTC One (M7) as my work phone; like it but don't use it enough to see how it would be as a daily phone, so that's always an option for me too. I don't really like Samsung, I feel like they're the new Apple, but my girlfriend may be getting the S6 when she upgrades so I may have to see how that is.
    10-13-2015 09:05 AM
  9. cardsfanbj's Avatar
    I'm hopefully getting a iPhone 6S Or 6S Plus next year
    On the Android Central forums? BLASPHEMY!

    I love My Moto X 2013. I love the pure android and I love the few customizations Motorola did make. But battery's shot and the memory is full.

    I looked at the GS6 Active, since I'm on AT&T, and I was impressed with the hardware, but not with Samsung's UI. I looked at BestBuy to see what else they had, and the only thing comparable to the X Pure was the Nexus 6, and I don't like the ginormous size. Anything else that I did like was too expensive for me. Well, the GS6 was, too, anyway.

    My thought now is that I might like the X2. It's close enough in size to the 2013 X that I could live with it, and it's $100 cheaper than the X Pure. But who knows how long it will last, since it's already a year out of date, and the memory is still limited, even if it is double what I have now.
    10-13-2015 10:54 AM
  10. Pollster's Avatar
    I got it yesterday. I opted for the Moto X Pure Edition.
    Sent from my Moto X Pure Edition using Tapatalk
    3 days in, how are you adjusting to the size (if you don't mind)?
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    10-13-2015 12:56 PM
  11. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    3 days in, how are you adjusting to the size (if you don't mind)?
    I'm actually liking the size a lot. I thought it would seem huge, but I like it better than my smaller phones. Then again, I don't talk much. I'm looking at the screen for most of what I do, and the big screen with nice resolution is wonderful.

    Sent from my Moto X Pure Edition using Tapatalk
    10-13-2015 01:31 PM
  12. diablo9's Avatar
    iPhone Plus. I am extremely ashamed of android/google's lack of interest and hundreds of flaws in their operating system.
    bcandiolo likes this.
    10-13-2015 08:47 PM
  13. terrrrrible's Avatar
    I got it yesterday. I opted for the Moto X Pure Edition.
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    Sent from my Moto X Pure Edition using Tapatalk
    That thing looks pretty nice! How's the battery life been so far?
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    10-20-2015 05:28 AM
  14. codeda's Avatar
    I spent the better part of an afternoon researching phones just to see what might be a good upgrade to the 2013 Moto X. Frustratingly, there isn't any one good option, although at least one stands out as a possibility.

    This is my personal list of "wants" out of a phone in 2015:
    • Small (4.7" screen size or less)
    • Good battery life
    • Decent storage (32GB at least, or SD card slot)
    • Decent camera
    • Respectable performance


    There's a lot of things that Motorola has spoiled us with that would be hard to let go of, too:
    • Gestures (especially camera twist)
    • Assist
    • Active notifications
    • (Mostly) Stock Android
    • AMOLED displays


    I was hoping the new Nexus devices would make an upgrade decision easy, but the 5x was disappointing in a few ways. The 5.2" size is bigger than I'd like, and the shape is honestly kind of ugly compared to the sleek curves of the 2013 edition. Design matters! Motorola gets this, at least, but they're making their phones too damn big. The Moto X Pure Edition would be an easy choice if it wasn't sporting such a big display, and if they'd stuck with AMOLED. The 5x is also much too expensive for what you're getting: $400 for a 16Gb phone? Wasn't this supposed to be a budget option? The fingerprint reader and the camera are great additions (and I like that they ported over Motorola's Active Notifications), but there are too many compromises in this phone. The 6P would be a great option if it were an inch smaller.

    The only phone I've looked at this year that addresses my concerns with my Moto X is the 2015 Moto G. Having a bigger, better battery and an SD card slot alleviate my two major issues with the Moto X, and at $220, it's a much easier pill to swallow. Still, it sounds the like performance is only on-par, and not better than the 2-year old X. It also has a larger screen with the same resolution as the X, and a heavier and chunkier design. No voiceless control or AMOLED screen, either.

    4 hours later, I think the only conclusion I've come to is the same one I did with my car: wait till it breaks!
    Wouldn't the Xperia z5 compact fit all your "musts"?
    10-20-2015 08:10 AM
  15. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    That thing looks pretty nice! How's the battery life been so far?
    Battery life has been great! I always get a full day, and the turbo charger is fast. It's way better than the 2013 Moto X, which didn't have very good battery life.

    Sent from my rooted Nexus 7 (2013) running Stock/AOSP (Android 6.0 Marshmallow) ElementalX-N7-5.00 using Tapatalk
    10-20-2015 11:30 AM
  16. terrrrrible's Avatar
    Battery life has been great! I always get a full day, and the turbo charger is fast. It's way better than the 2013 Moto X, which didn't have very good battery life.

    Sent from my rooted Nexus 7 (2013) running Stock/AOSP (Android 6.0 Marshmallow) ElementalX-N7-5.00 using Tapatalk
    Good to hear, was worried about the battery life. I currently have the 2013 Moto X and I can barely get through a day with it if I try and use the thing consistently off the charger. I'm going back and forth between the Moto X and the Nexus 6P, but I have some time to decide so I'll be going through all the reviews again I'm sure.
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    10-20-2015 02:35 PM
  17. diablo9's Avatar
    6plus==android platform has became too erratic and buggy
    10-21-2015 12:25 PM
  18. PapaGary's Avatar
    What's your next phone?
    My next phone when my almost two year old Moto X 2013 goes belly up will be another Moto X 2013 which waits patiently in its box waiting to be used. I keep it up to date with Lollipop and all my apps but other wise it has had very little use. I should be good for another two years or so with a phone that works perfectly and does everything that I want a phone to do.
    ScottMGS likes this.
    10-21-2015 07:44 PM
  19. TommyZ23's Avatar
    My next phone when my almost two year old Moto X 2013 goes belly up will be another Moto X 2013 which waits patiently in its box waiting to be used. I keep it up to date with Lollipop and all my apps but other wise it has had very little use. I should be good for another two years or so with a phone that works perfectly and does everything that I want a phone to do.
    The battery will go before the phone goes belly up. I still have the original Droid and use it everyday as an alarm clock. It works great, but I'll bet the battery is shot. I use it in the base with the display on all night.

    Sadly the battery on the Moto X 2013 isn't the easiest to change. My battery is shot on the Moto X. I'm lucky if I get half a day out of it, usually less. This was happening before the 5.1 update, so it has nothing to do with the new software.
    10-22-2015 09:26 PM
  20. xpeacemaker's Avatar
    Note 5 is the phone I'm getting next. I believe that is my final decision
    10-22-2015 09:50 PM
  21. PapaGary's Avatar
    Sadly the battery on the Moto X 2013 isn't the easiest to change. My battery is shot on the Moto X. I'm lucky if I get half a day out of it, usually less. This was happening before the 5.1 update, so it has nothing to do with the new software.
    Ear;er this year I was getting less and less battery time on my oldest Moto X so I unboxed the newest one and did a Moto Migrate, did a factory reset on the old one and put it away. A month later I got the old one out. synced it to the new one and carried it for a few days just for grins. Much to my amazement it would go all day and still have ~30% charge left when plugging it in at night. I've carried it ever since and the new one is back in the drawer. Was it the factory reset? I don't know but the old one is working like new now.
    10-23-2015 08:36 AM
  22. veritas_vincit's Avatar
    The beauty of Android is their variety of devices and budget reach. In my case, I don't require a premium phone as I'm not a fan of taking pictures nor I'm a gamer. I use my device primarily for reading tweets and news in the browser as well as data management via the cloud. It would surprise you that I replaced my iPhone 6 Plus for a $40 gophone from AT&T, ZTE Maven to do all of this as my daily driver. Android 5.0 has improved a lot from its predecessors. It does what I need and does it well. This device responds as I need and does the job. I was having issues with iOS not being able to manage notifications as it should, and seeing that android does this very well I decided to switch. Also, given my near sight problems I will get the larger screen ZTE ZMAX 2, which happens to manage very well its RAM memory. That combined with the fact that I know how to tweak my device to disable the bloatware and only use the programs I need, it really works very well.
    10-26-2015 07:18 AM
  23. Bill Hong's Avatar
    I'm probably looking at a Moto X Pure, 32 gB, when the time comes. I have two Moto X 2013 models, the one I'm currently using is a Developer Edition that's bootloader unlocked, rooted and fitted with Xposed/Gravity Box and other goodies under 5.1. So I'm not in a big hurry to update. I'm a little different from others in that I actually am looking for a larger screen, because I want to use the MXPure as a preferred alternative to taking my laptop on short business trips, and the extra size screen is useful in that regard (as long as I'm not doing documents writing or editing). Whatever problems Google's system now has, I can't go for the lack of flexibility and individuality of iOS. I also absolutely can't stand iToonz--I prefer to take media like music and vids onboard, and not stream, so the SD card will be a great backup to the native capacity without the ridiculous prices the iPhones now command.
    10-26-2015 11:25 AM
  24. hene's Avatar
    LG G4 is big, is excellent, is a major battery spender and if "upgraded" to Android 5.x.x OS it becomes a major pain-in-the-neck each and every day of any uncautious buyer. Believe me.
    02-03-2016 06:01 AM
  25. ScottMGS's Avatar
    I recently made the switch to the 2015 Moto X Pure Edition. Before I bought it I wasn't happy about the huge jump in size over my 2013 Moto X. My older eyes, though, appreciate increase in screen size. The larger battery, QuickCharge 2, and the addition of the microSD slot are big benefits, too.
    02-03-2016 12:10 PM
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