Motorola's Moto X is now cheaper: $399 off-contract on all major US carriers
The $399 Moto X is, of course, the 16GB version. The 32GB one now costs $449. Both prices are $100 lower than what Motorola initially charged for the two Moto X models, and include any customization that you may want to apply via Moto Maker (except the bamboo back, which will set you back an extra $100).
We know, the Moto X was sold for as low as $349 not long ago, but that was during limited time promotions, while the newly announced prices are here to stay.
Moto X sales didn’t seem to go too well in Q3 2013: only 500,000 units may have reached customers in that quarter. There is no word on how sales fared in Q4, but the new prices could drive volumes up this year.
As you should conclude after reading our Moto X review, this is a very good smartphone, despite not having a 1080p display like its high-end competitors. Being able to get it for just $399 off-contract now is something.
4. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Nope it isnt. You can spend a little more get a nexus 5 which has much better specs.
6. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
As an owner of both I disagree. In my opinion the Moto X is an all around better device. Feels better in the hand/build quality, completely stock Android experience, Motorola voice features and active display, and as of recent updates an all around better camera. All reasons why the Moto X is the better of the two.
8. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
anyone who makes any use of the screen, will appreciate the difference between 1080p and 720p video. one can argue by that fact alone the nexus is better.
also the nexus comes unlocked. unlocked for both boot loader as well as the phone itself. android is known for its customizable features, something that we haven't seen much of since the wm 6.5 days.
one of the benefits of running unlocked is different roms. i think it's safe to argue the developers of many roms out there are superior in code and design than apple and google developers combined.
in fact based on the looks of ios and the current android, a lot of the features and appearance can be pointed towards the developers that are in the android scene.
the locked down devices is getting annoying. anyone can see verizon att and now it seems google are hard set on locking down their devices and it's getting annoying
20. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
Between the display on the Nexus 5 and the Moto X theres absolutely no pixelation between the two. I'd argue it's quite a worthy trade off not having slightly, unnecessary pixel density for far better battery life.
You can't judge a phone based off the software and ROMs you COULD put on it, you judge it by what it comes with. You could just as easily put customizable software on either device. As of now though the pure Android experience is better imo than the "Google" experience.
28. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
crap half my comment disappeared.
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i understand your comments and it is completely valid. i believe you fit the profile of the consumer att and verizon applauds, one who is dependent on provider/manufacturer/google to satisfy one's needs
but my comments are valid as a power user because my voice constitutes people in the (millions?)
although we might not count as the majority. there are many of us who consider the amount of control we have over a device almost sacred. we believe every device we purchase should come unlocked especially the bootloader.
many of us believes the independent developers are far superior at coding and software development than either the developers from ios, android, and certainly windows. i think it's our independent right to choose what rom, bootloader, kernal, and other software mods we would like to use
29. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
See, here's where you're wrong. The great thing about Android is that by it's very open nature you can get different software that differs from the provider/manufacturer/Google without changing the ROM.. However, we were talking about comparing the Nexus 5 and the Moto X, in particular the T-Mobile Moto X which is the one I have. Both have unlocked bootloaders, making your point about ROMs and custom developed software invalid. Straight from the factory, which is what this site reviews and compares phones to, the Moto X is almost entirely a better phone than the Nexus 5.
31. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
your points are somewhat valid for stock users and the minority of phone users in america.
android is not open. it never has been. people shouldn't have to stick with stock os or stock rom. if people are stuck with stock it never was open.
lets just agree to disagree. i think your arguments are
somewhat valid you speak behalf of stock rom users and i speak before the custom/power users and a minority group out of the majority of phone users in america. i wouldn't be to surprised if the minority power users from att and verizon population numbers are bigger than base tmobile users.
tmobile is the smallest one out of the four. tmobile is definitely a much smaller base of users compared with att, verizon, and even sprint. so what? tmobile moto x is unlocked so what. so is sprints. how does this help the majority of the phone users in america?
32. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
No my points are just vaild for the phones. Software can't change hardware. The Moto X has better hardware. Android IS open by comparison to the other OS's out there. That's where the term came from, since it was compared to the leading OS at the time, iOS. People are never stuck with stock, they can get home replacements from the app store or just put new ROMs on the phone. Both Moto X and Nexus 5 offer these options, both have unlocked bootloaders. You're too dense to realize this. You're even dumber than you sound if you think there are more "power users" on AT&T and Verizon than there are smartphone users on T-Mobile, which has as of now 45 million subscribers.
16. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)
I have to disagree as an owner of both. I haven't felt the need to use touchless controls (it also seems slow compared to doing a search the regular way) and the main thing I like about active notifications is that the time appears on the screen automatically as I take the phone out of my pocket. If you take those two pieces out of the equation which by and large I have then there's no way to choose the Moto X over the Nexus 5.
17. TechBlue (Posts: 62; Member since: 06 May 2010)
cool but...active notifications can be done with an app called " Dynamic notifications" on any OLED Phone
19. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3625; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
It'll never be as optimized as the Moto x version.
9. Doakie (Posts: 1261; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Yeah. Too bad so many phone reviewers like the Moto X more than the Nexus 5. I guess specs aren't everything.
I know I love my Moto G, it runs almost as smooth as my Note 3 and it only has a Snapdragon 400.
18. promise7 (Posts: 458; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
I think it should've been this price or even $349 when it was released.
22. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
The Moto X and the Nexus 5 are two completely different beasts and really shouldn't be compared.
The Moto X has proprietary OEM software and is built for a smooth user-experience, with touchless controls being emphasized.
The Nexus 5 is targeted towards developers but is now more consumer friendly. It's the cheaper of the two, is easier to unlock/root/customize, and has a freakin' Snapdragon 800.
Comparing the Moto X to the Nexus 5 would be like... comparing a Ferrari 458 Italia (built for overall user-experience, only a 4.5 liter engine, relatively expensive) to a Corvette ZR1 (monster engine, easily modifiable, fast).
30. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
The Moto X is completely stock android with a few Motorola apps for touchless controls. The Nexus 5 is running a version of Android that is based off a "Google experience" which involves Google forcing all of their software down your throat rather you like it or not. Both are easily modifiable, with unlocked bootloaders and all. The Moto X just has better hardware in every way aside from the processor and pixel density and a different user experiences. Your comparison is flawed.
2. verbalize (Posts: 86; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Great phone.. It may not have the best specs but everything about the user experience is great. Can't beat the price and it being a quality built phone. I had high end Android phones in the past such as the Samsung note 2 and Galexy S4. Those phone never felt this good.
7. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6560; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
At least they mark down their price. I'll wait till Motorola makes a better design before I switch back.
10. ihavenoname (Posts: 1420; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I used to dislike Motorola, but Moto X and G have make a fan. I really hope that they start to import to Finland again.
11. JunitoNH (Posts: 920; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Good, but it should be around the $200 price point.
13. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Great deal, too bad the phone wasn't sold at this price initially like it should have been.
14. jellmoo (Posts: 685; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
A great deal on a device that many tech and mobile sites are saying is the device of 2013. The Nexus 5 is a great device, but one of the best decisions I've made was trading my Nexus 5 for a Moto X. Amazing device.
15. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
At this point they should have been releasing more types of wooden backs. When are they going to release the rest of them, 2015?
23. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Decrease in price can only mean decrease in demand. The deciding factor of how well a smart phone sells is still popularity. Motorola was silly for thinking they could compete with Apple and Samsung based purely on name brand recognition. It doesn't matter if they've created the slickest user-experience possible if nobody knows about it.
I got a Nexus 5 as soon as it was released. If I had known the Moto X was going to be on sale for $350 I wish I would have held out though. The gf I bought a Moto G for $200 for Christmas, it's her first smart phone and she loves it. It's just as slick and responsive as the Nexus 5, and only lags when you're asking it to do heavier tasks, but for 90% of daily tasks it does the job great.
Is the Moto X worth twice the price of the Moto G? I truly think Motorola has a winner with the Moto G. The Moto X is going to take time though to win consumers over, and by the looks of things so far it's not doing so well.
27. ialex123 (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)
Good news for moto fans... And i came across the review from gadgetride.com/review/motorolas-moto-x-review.html, it has nice features.