Top 5 Phones to Consider Before Buying the Moto X [July, 2014]

The Moto X is closing in on its first birthday though thanks to its hardware, updated software and price tag, it remains a solid option for those that want a fantastic, customizable, Android smartphone. That said, there are five devices that we think prospective Moto X buyers should consider before buying the device.

Last year was a busy year for Motorola. One of the highlights was the Moto X, a flagship smartphone built in the United States and a device that introduced a number of enticing features to consumers. While it didn’t have a 1080p display or an absurd processor, the Moto X did and still does come with a quality camera, smart Motorola-enhanced Android software, and a design that is very customizable.

Thanks to those features, a recent upgrade to Google’s new Android 4.4.4 KitKat software and a price tag that is in decline, the Moto X remains a high quality smartphone option and the top dog in Motorola’s smartphone lineup almost a year after release. So it’s no surprise that we continue to get questions about the Moto X from consumers in the market for a brand new smartphone.

We are constantly bombarded with questions about which phones to buy. In particular, we’re constantly asked about the phones consumers should weigh against the Moto X. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five.

These devices represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

That said, here are the top five smartphones to consider before buying the Moto X.

Moto G

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Moto G

If you want to get into the Motorola ecosystem with quick updates and solid software but don't want to shell out a ton of money, take a look at the Moto G.

The Moto G doesn’t provide a full HD 1080p display, a high quality camera or 4G LTE data speeds, but the Moto G's HSPA+ or 4G networks, good-looking 720P display and 5MP camera are good enough for many consumers. It also helps that the device recently got upgraded to Android 4.4.4 KitKat, an update that delivers a number of fixes and enhancements to the Moto G.

It also comes with an extremely cheap, unlocked price tag that's worth investigating. It's not the Moto X but it's arguably the best phone that Motorola has on sale right now. Take a look at it before buying the Moto X.

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