Officially, I have not selected my new Android phone. I’m leaning toward Nexus 5, but since Verizon doesn’t support the phone, and I have 1 year left on my contract — it’s way too expensive to buy out and buy new phones for everyone — I’m leaning toward keeping my devices until it’s economically feasible to switch to T-Mobile (I do have student loans to pay, after all).

Well, I was lamenting my current situation until I saw this news from Motorola Mobility:

This seems like the best of both worlds: new phone and stay on Verizon (for now).

Moto X Cyber Monday Deal

I also discovered that you can pre-order your phone (everything but checkout) on the Moto X website, and then visit the site on Monday to complete the transaction and still receive the deal.

With the $150 discount, you’re basically paying the same amount as a Nexus 5 for the 16 GB or 32 GB phones. So, with both devices running Android 4.4, it’s a difficult decision.

If you’re still not sure about the comparisons between the Nexus 5 or Moto X, check out this new video from Marques Brownlee.

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.


Russ Bowen · November 28, 2013 at 6:41 am

Thanks for the heads up Jeff, have standard Driod RAZR w 8 months left w Verizon also but no options on carriers in this mountainous cell signal challenged area. Looking ahead @ Note3 but this is an enticing option, a lot of phone for the $! Blown away the X has not been a big seller w the customization possibilities it presents, on the other hand offers up some nice discounts to those of us that are anxious to get our hands on Kit Kat! Made in America too! Happy Thanksgiving to all Russ

    Jeffrey Taylor · November 28, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Some people won’t like the smaller screen, especially when compared to the Note 3. At 4.7 inches, the Moto X feels smaller than any other phone I’ve tried. The 1/4 inch, when compared to the Nexus 5 is a lot.

    I like Moto X because it’s the first non-Nexus device to get KitKat. That tells me that Google actually cares about helping Motorola succeed, and is not going to leave it limp. I also like the camera, which compares well with the Nexus 5.

    Plus, as you mention Russ, the Moto X is made in America, in wild and crazy Austin.

    If you order on Monday, you can have the phone in about 8 days.

      Russ Bowen · November 28, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Yes camera a big deal for me w the X looking real good compared to this RAZR, also .4 increase in screen would seem huge & still be pocketable and display is supposed to be comparable to the retina display that I must say is nice. This RAZR has been a great learning device but in 16 months is now hard to see, pics are not what I would like and 4.3 is small, although still looks huge compared to that phone w a fruit on it! Are you looking to buy unlocked @ 349$ and still able to ride out contract w verizon? I see a lot of changes coming in contracts, locked vs unlocked ect. I haven’t really studied all the options and w big red in the drivers seat what do you see as my best bet? Put you to work on a holiday! Thanks

        Jeffrey Taylor · November 28, 2013 at 7:58 am

        I’m going with the 32 GB version, though I think 16 GB is fine for 90% of users.

        I doubt that the carriers will change their plans too much, especially since Verizon likes to lock its customers in by using non-universal equipment. I suspect T-Mobile will continue to take down AT&T’s and Verizon’s market share.

        I think you have to consider performance and usability in your overall decision. I think if you have limited coverage, where only 1 provider does well, then you have to stick with that. Personally, I think you’ll see many more off-contract options for devices, especially from Motorola. I’m thinking some of the prepaid plans might be good options for some people.

John bard · November 28, 2013 at 8:33 am

Jeff, are you sure 100% about this, could you mind telling us your source:
“I also discovered that you can pre-order your phone (everything but checkout) on the Moto X website, and then visit the site on Monday to complete the transaction and still receive the deal.”

Danny · November 29, 2013 at 8:27 am

I love my moto x. This year I have had 8 different phones (I like to try out different phones by buying and selling in the classifieds), but have no desire anymore now that I have the moto x.

    Jeffrey Taylor · November 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Danny, that’s comforting! I have a lot of good reviews.

Ali J · December 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Hi Guys, I wish to know will the Moto X on $349 deal work outside of the US? I am in India and really keen on getting my hands on it. Shipping is not an issue, have an aid in US. Only thing worrying me is the compatibility. Is it an ‘unlocked’ phone or just a ‘ no-contract’ phone? Awaiting expert opinion on the same. Cheers!

John · December 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

The T-mobile variant is a no contract, unlocked gsm phone

    Jeffrey Taylor · December 5, 2013 at 10:55 am

    There’s going to be 1 more chance on Monday to score a code. Plus, I might have 1 extra code if anyone wants it.

    Ali J · December 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Hi John, Thanks for the info! Are you sure on it though, I chatted with Motorola on their live chat and they say all their phones are going to be tied to their respective carriers. You need to talk to the service provider, to check if they will unlock it? That adds to the uncertainty

John · December 5, 2013 at 10:57 am

I want it!
do you already have it or you are planning to get it on monday?

    Jeffrey Taylor · December 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I have the extra. I’m trying to see whether I get enough money to get Google Glass. If so, I’ll use the money to buy Glass.

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