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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see How Much Total Storage Do You Need In A Phone?

Let's say that the rumors (and evidence?)of a Nexus program are true, and Motorola, Samsung, LG, and HTC are all making Nexus phones for release before the end of the year. For the sake of our poll, let's just pretend that they are all powered by the same CPU, GPU, and RAM, and had roughly the same screen size and resolution. Let's also say that there are no custom UIs used. As a result, updates are handled by Google directly, meaning they can be rolled out across all of the devices at roughly the same time.

Why all the stipulations? Because I want to know which manufacturer, not which hardware, you'd prefer. Answer via the poll below, then share why you made your choice in the comments. I'll be eagerly watching.

If The Major Manufacturers All Made Similar Nexus Phones, Whose Would You Buy?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/allened Allen E. Dewberry Jr.

    This is a straight up no contest. HTC period for the hardware, camera, and general specs wins out over all of them. You cannot go wrong with HTC

    • http://twitter.com/jordandebarth Jordan DeBarth

      Even if every single aspect in terms of the inside hardware (CPU, RAM, Camera, etc.) was the same, I would buy HTC strictly because of the build quality. I have the One X and its the best feeling phone ive had, and Ive used virtually every Samsung phone from the Nexus S up to the Galaxy S 3.

      • setspeed

        I wouldn't buy HTC - over the last 2 or 3 years there's been so many issues with hardware quality, fit and finish such as dust under screens, ill-fitting body panels, dodgy solder connections inside.
        HTC would be almost LAST on my list, and three of my last four phones were HTC.
        And the battery life - oh God, the battery life should be enough reason to steer anyone away from HTC, they just don't ever seem to release a phone that can get through a day (unless you mess around with custom ROMs and kernels - which should absolutely NOT be required).

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Drizzy-Rojas/100000186636833 Alexander Drizzy Rojas

      I did say Sony or htc. Back when I had the amaze, I would look at it just because it was nice to look at lol. Don't even get me started on the build quality lol.

    • Jeremy626

      samsung has great camera and specs too. where have you been.

  • http://twitter.com/dontsh00tme dontsh00tmesanta

    Moto has the best radios so moto...but has to have jelly bean and 2gb ram

  • UmangKedia

    Motorola, if they provide a better screen and better camera. Otherwise HTC is the winner.

  • ProductFRED

    Assuming they all were high end and had removable batteries and expandable storage (or none of them did), HTC because they have the best combination of build quality and looks. Their main issue is bootloader locking, which is not an issue on Nexus devices. I'm saying this as a Galaxy S3 user and previous S2 owner. I used to be an HTC guy until they start locking me out of my own phone.

  • http://twitter.com/Munszu Munszu

    Wheres SONY?!?!?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.streit.35 Daniel Streit

      yeah i want Sony!

    • AaronGingrich

      Sorry, I used the top 4 Android manufacturers by sales. Totally forgot Sony. I should have included them, but didn't remember until it was too late. Obviously, Sony falls under the category of "Other" :)

      • yarrellray

        Sony??? They are rather easy to forget about that's for sure. They are as bad as Lg..

        • squiddy20

          "They are as bad as Lg" Ummm no they aren't. Sony actually makes some very good phones, the only problem is, as Alvin stated above, the only way you can get them is through AT&T or unlocked on T-Mobile. Sony's phones and UI are usually quite sleek and straightforward, unlike Samsung's clunky Touchwiz.

          • http://twitter.com/WarDraker Hary Ayala

            Samsungs Software is basically shit, agreed... but sony's software and hardware is useless, it's almost as bad as apple...

          • amishra

            But if it was a nexus device then it wouldnt have any of samsungs crap on there.

          • yarrellray

            Samsung and it's touchwiz makes your boring Galaxy Nexus on Sprint useless. Can't help but laugh at your 3g Galaxy Nexus it's slow as dog dod

          • squiddy20

            Please, enlighten me to the ways in which my Galaxy Nexus is "useless". It does everything your supposedly "pimp slapping" SGSIII does, without all the glitz, glamour, and features that only work amongst other SGSIII's.
            Pop-up player? There are several apps on the Play Store that do way more than Samsung's proprietary crap. Additionally, why would I subject myself to having a <2 inch area for watching videos, and only what I've got stored on my phone?
            S-Beam? Only works with other SIII's. So unless you're unusually friendly with a random SIII using stranger (and that person reciprocates), or you've got friends that own an SIII, you'll never use the feature.
            Smart Stay? Only works in well lighted areas (read: not at night) and is really only a reflection on how lazy Samsung thinks people are. Is it really so hard to go into settings occasionally and bump up the screen-on time or touch the screen before it sleeps?
            Smart alert? The same functionality can be had from 3rd party apps, and the best thing is, if you don't want it, you don't have to have it on your phone.
            S Voice? Again, there are other, better 3rd party alternatives, one of which is straight from Google and has been around for years: Voice Search.
            Smart Keyboard? Ripoff of boatloads of other apps that have had the same functionality for at least the past year. Not to mention the fact that Samsung has another keyboard (more bloat) for recognizing handwriting only, which I can guarantee is slower than using a real keyboard.
            Also, what the heck is "dog dod"? You talk constantly about "uneducated simpleton's", and yet you can't even spell a whole word correctly. Sad.

          • yarrellray

            You sound pretty stupid and misguided as usual. Throughout your long useless book you wrote here you keep saying third party applications your such a asswipe why download third party apps when the feature is alreadyon the phone that's what Samsung offers . Your a stock guy or at least you think you are. I can't help but laugh at your constant responses to what I post. Your a child at best and have no knowledge of technology yourself.. Getting people to root your devices doesn't make you smarter than anyone. I purchase whatever I want when I want it on any carrier you just came from metropcs prepaid remember your Samsung moment now your on Sprint with your 3g Galaxy Nexus. You had that Samsung Moment for over 2yrs guess you just gota decent job first time in your life . You still need to get outof your mothers home . Man up squiddy20 stop living off people youbum..

          • squiddy20

            "why download third party apps when the feature is alreadyon the phone" You must've skipped over the bit I said about "There are several apps on the Play Store that do way more than Samsung's proprietary crap." For instance, getting any of the pop-up players from the Play Store allow you to view content from somewhere other than what's physically on your phone, i.e. Youtube. Don't you read?
            "Your a stock guy or at least you think you are." Ummm considering I have CM10, which is straight from AOSP, on my Galaxy Nexus, I know I'm a "stock guy". Was that supposed to be an insult?
            "and have no knowledge of technology yourself" Says the idiot who thought the Galaxy Nexus was going to be Verizon's flagship phone. Or that the processor in the Sensation was "crappier" than the one in the Evo 3D, when the only difference was in their connectivity (GSM vs CDMA, respectively). Or how about the fact that you were "looking into" rooting your Galaxy Nexus for over *two months*, while I had mine rooted 5 hours after getting it.
            "I purchase whatever I want when I want it on any carrier" Not even 6 hours ago you stated "My Samsung Galaxy S3 is just wonderful till the Galaxy Note 2 becomes free" over at Android Central. So which is it Richard? Can't you get your miserable little story straight for once in your life?
            "you just came from metropcs prepaid remember your Samsung moment" Wrong as usual. Again. 10 seconds worth of googling would show how wrong you are considering the Moment was never offered on Metro PCS. You have the power of the Internet literally in your hands and you don't even bother to use it to improve your knowledge. How utterly sad.
            "You still need to get outof your mothers home . Man up squiddy20 stop living off people youbum.." How original. You've said literally these same lines for upwards of 2 years and never said anything different. Do you have no creativity? Try coming up with something different once in awhile. You know, change it up a bit? It's getting quite stale.

          • setspeed

            Why the personal attacks when someone disagrees with you? This is a place for discussing Android technology, not a troll-forum for people to dish out random insults when they don't like what is said.

    • Jay T

      I was wondering about that. I have an S3, and an Xperia S, and the Xperia is a really beautiful phone, as well as quite reasonably fast. If forced to choose between, I'd go for the S3, but only because of the faster updates, better community support, and (slightly) better screen. However, level the playing field, and give me aosp, and I'd bite on a Sony in a flash.

      • Guest

        teehee, "flash"

    • Jeremy626

      let's stop getting on the sony bandwagon. they haven't proved anything to people just like LG.

      • Matti

        A Google developer (Jean Baptiste something) mentioned that Sony has been the most accomodating among all manufacturers with regards to making their handsets AOSP friendly.

        As for me,
        Definitely not Korean, especially Samsung. I'm sick of them, and their
        products have the worst reliability record in my household.

        Will probably go for a Japanese company. Panasonic have some nice Eluga
        models out in their domestic market. Not a fan of Sony (especially their
        handling of some PS3 cases), but their mobile division (former Sony
        Ericsson) seems to have some nice models as well.

        HTC would probably be the first non-Japanese manufacturer I'll look to. Their One X series is indeed very nice, plus it uses a IPS display, not that Amoled crap.

        Might give Motorola a chance as well. I hate their Motoblur and locked
        bootloader policy, but if it's an official Nexus I won't have to worry
        about those. Plus, they're hardware is pretty reliable.

    • KL

      Yep, voted for Sony. I think it's very unfair Sony was left out of the list, as it would probably get more votes than LG at least!

    • dude

      Up until now Sony keeps making phones with Qualcomm S3 chip which is a really inefficient performer, even oc'ed at 2ghz it doesn't managed against a proper 1.2ghz OMAP or Exynos A9. They still have Gingerbread and S3 in their new Xperia acro HD, good God! If they are going to make a Nexus they really need to beef up the specs, not crippled it like they crippled the Xperia Play because they didn't want it to compete with their PSP line and let it died a quick death.

    • Alex

      Sony- Asus

    • Iain Searcy

      Yes SONY. Then motorola and htc

      • Kendrick Vargas

        That's basically how I voted. If the OS, features and form factor are basically the same. Then it's Sony, Motorola, and HTC in terms of descending quality. My choice above was Motorola due to the lack of Sony.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Drizzy-Rojas/100000186636833 Alexander Drizzy Rojas

    Sony or Htc. Sony has the best camera, beautiful reality display, beautiful design and feel, and will have awesome specs if like all the others.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    HTC without a doubt. They make the best hardware, bar none. The One X is the best feeling phone I have ever used.

    • duplissi

      surely if it is nexus then there will be no problem with updates.

  • Laurence

    Motorola. Their hardware has always just felt high-quality to me. I like their industrial design, their use of quality materials, and I especially like their newfound tendency to put huge-ass batteries in their phones. The last alone would be a winner for me. I agree that their displays could use improvement though.

    • Iucidium

      HD IPS screen and the innards of a RAZR MAXX? Yes please

    • MeCampbell30

      This. I've owned both HTC and Samsung phones (never Motorola) but I'm consistently impressed by their build quality and feel in the hand. Everything from the Droid series to the Razr Maxx is built very solid. I'd love to see them make a nexus phone.

  • sgtguthrie

    I'd have to say htc or Sony for the camera quality.

  • http://twitter.com/fpietter Freddy Pietter

    APPLE, hahaha just kidding

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShitizGarg Shitiz Garg

    HTC no doubt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1534593949 Vinny Tuzeo

    As long as it's not Apple right?

    • http://www.facebook.com/nklenchik Nick Klenchik

      Apple designed, Samsung hardware, Moto radios and battery

      • Iucidium

        You'd look at it funny and it would scratch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523907787 Maxx Tan

    I'd go for Sony

  • http://www.facebook.com/JoshuaBanks Joshua Banks

    Sony

  • DROID DOES

    Sony

  • http://www.facebook.com/rinalds.egle Rinalds Egle

    LG? Never ever again - year without ICS in Optimus 2X still is in fresh memory...

  • Al

    I dunno why the first comments including mine disappeared...
    AP really has to add Sony into their polls, they make good cameras.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

    Motorola. I love their build quality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/airbornemist6 William Rodriguez

    Probably Sony, but, out of this list, HTC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cristi.istrate Cristi Istrate

    HTC is most popular ? NEVER AGAIN. My Desire (based on Nexus One) has like 1 kb of memory for applications. NEVER AGAIN.

  • http://twitter.com/Xeratun Xeratun

    I voted Motorola, but LG was a close second. I like their hardware design and it is solid and does not easily break, but the hardware has been behind and updates nonexistant, so I just can't accept that hypothetical. So Motorola would have my favorite design of the big 3, which I've sworn not to buy outside of on my next phone.

  • http://twitter.com/Darkmyth_pt Darkmyth PT

    to me it its not question of manufacter... its who meets my demands in every aspect

  • http://trevorsullivan.net/ Trevor Sullivan

    Samsung by far. The AMOLED displays are beautiful!

  • Iucidium

    Nexus MAXX please.

  • LAmDroid

    assuming the hardware and shell design is all the same, then Moto would lose the upper hand.
    I would like to support HTC because they seem to "care" about what the consumers want more than the others. Yet Ive never had an HTC device b/c Im not a big fan of their unibody shells and theyre hardly available on verizon (which Im currently stuck with consiidering the grandfathered price Im paying)

  • http://twitter.com/xXnymphetamine Attila Hargitai

    Samsung without a doubt! Because the design (the shape, the curved edges and display), the HD SAMOLED sreen (no other displays can produce that true black and vivid colours), and a small but really important thing for me, is because: no other manufacturer puts the FUCKING POWER BUTTON on the right side of the device, except Samsung!!! (If it's not on the right side, then it's a dealbreaker for me, period.)

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      Yeah, I like the button on the side. But HD SAMOLED is inferior compared to modern IPS LCD screens.

      • http://twitter.com/xXnymphetamine Attila Hargitai

        I accept your opinion but I disagree with that, sir :)

        • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

          It's not a matter of personal opinion, the SAMOLED screens are objectively inferior, you can measure it.

    • http://twitter.com/Raul_GJS Raul G JS

      I love my S2, but the only thing I don't like about Samsung it's the plastic finish, it feels cheap.... they can make metallic finish, the new Ativ line has it, why the galaxy line doesn't ??

      • setspeed

        Doesn't that phone have a faux-aluminium battery cover? That's worse than plain plastic in my opinion, since it's pretending to be something it's not :-/

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    In what world are LG and Motorola major manufacturer and Sony is just "Other"?

  • skitchbeatz

    The one with the best camera / biggest battery.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    Wow, people is punishing LG without any reason, I wouldn't even hesitate to take an LG over a Motorola. That said, I share the majority's feeling: HTC.

  • http://twitter.com/fosco_ fosco_

    HTC, no doubt

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I would like to see what ASUS would bring to the Nexus phone table.

  • http://www.facebook.com/farisfitri2303 Faris Fitri

    Sony for their design,excellent feel in hand and underrated screen or Motorola for their large battery and great chassis materials.

  • CeluGeek

    Whichever manufacturer gets me a Nexus phone with a hardware keyboard and expandable storage (microSD).

    • hTc EVO User

      Hardware keyboards will never happen on a nexus and why would you be willing to give up screen size for a physical keyboard on any device with a 4.3 or larger will give you a similar sized keyboard.

      • setspeed

        Because a hardware keyboard doesn't take up half the screen when you're typing.
        Because a hardware keyboard in the hands of the right person is infinitely quicker than any software keyboard.
        I agree that hardware keyboards have pretty much gone the way of the dinosaur, but that still doesn't stop people preferring them and wanting them. I would also buy a QWERTY Nexus in a second, but since that's not going to happen I'm stuck with slab-style phones.

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    Droid-Life fans: Motorola
    Everyone else: HTC

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000372600312 Joseph Pojunis

      I'm a big time Droid-Life follower and I voted for LG...
      Why would everyone from there vote for Motorola?

  • http://twitter.com/Svipur Svipur

    Sony, beyond doubt. Their weakest part tend to be the internals, and you've evened them out. )

  • duplissi

    honestly im waiting for sony's.

    an xperia gx like nexus would have me all tickled... awesome hardware design with stock android!? hells fucking yeah.

    with dual or quad core krait? um yes please.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

    htc ftw

  • http://twitter.com/Raul_GJS Raul G JS

    If Nokia dares to release a Lumia Nexus I'm sure it will blow up the market... I'll buy it immediately.

    • http://twitter.com/xXnymphetamine Attila Hargitai

      I wouldn't buy a Nokia even if they're offering it for free -_-

      • http://twitter.com/Raul_GJS Raul G JS

        I used Nokia before Android devices, and i really miss it's finish quality, I think Nokia makes sexy and durable devices and if it could bring Android inside, It's like a winning choice to me...

    • Jeremy626

      their phones are thick and bulky man.

    • Equis HM

      only if they dare to add the pureview ,wireless charging and colors

      • http://twitter.com/Raul_GJS Raul G JS

        Of course, that would be awesome

    • http://www.facebook.com/riotrick Rick Schippers

      Lumia Nexus I would buy instantly. Too bad it's never going to happen....

  • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

    First an utterly bizarre Anti-Samsung rant/"editorial" this week, and now a poll asking if all devices were the same, which would you choose?

    Not the greatest week of AP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.butler.526875 Steve Butler

    Can you say Galaxy Note Nexus?

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    I agree, software is an issue, the hardware isn't. And they've had good designs too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OneFast3 Toby Kennedy

    Got the shaft with the thunderbolt. So Samsung all the way for me.

  • mesmorino

    You want to know which manufacturer, not which hardware? Those are the same thing.

  • Paul

    Why not put Sony in there? If specs were all truly equal, then I'd throw some love Sony Mobile's way because of how awesome they've been towards Android AOSP and even Cyanogenmod.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    If Google does the software (as in STOCK Android) then I'd leave the hardware to Motorola.

  • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

    LG or Motorola, nice design, good hw.

  • http://twitter.com/vinceklein Vince Klein

    I´d look at the offerings individually and decide then.
    Really, brand preference has not served me terribly well in the past and in such a fast paced industry, race-horses can switch positions VERY swiftly.

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

    HTC, but mostly cos they seem to be making a worthy effort to survive and they need the sales. Im also assuming they would wrap that hardware in a better case than Samsung, which would be my number 2 choice.

    Frankly Im surprised LG is beating "none" right now, which says a lot about how badly the LG Nexus Anime Dumbname G is going to sell.

  • http://twitter.com/metal_legions Mark G

    Motorola on one condition. It isn't ugly AF like the rest of their phones.

  • http://twitter.com/Bl4ckpheniX aaron nyquist

    Any device can have the power button on the right if you turn it ... ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/Raul_GJS Raul G JS

      That's genius

  • Freak4Dell

    If they're all similar, none. We already know LG's is huge, Samsung's will undoubtedly be huge, and HTC will follow. Thus, Sony and Motorola would be huge, too, since they're all similar.

    If HTC, Motorola, or Sony make a small one, I will buy that, with Motorola being preferred. I didn't include Samsung in there because Samsung won't make a small one...I already know that. If nobody makes a small one, then I won't be buying a Nexus at all.

  • Freak4Dell

    If Apple wasn't evil, I definitely would. Hell, I'd consider it even though they are evil. Their hardware is awesome, but I cannot stand their software.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vicky-Cantu/1106179018 Vicky Cantu

    I'm looking for the best camera, and i'm assuming that would be HTC. Even if the camera "app" was the same, I would pick whichever manufacturer had the best picture quality honestly

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    I voted HTC, but I'd strongly consider Motorola as well. However, I wouldn't consider myself to be all that loyal to any OEM. I'll buy a good product no matter who makes it.

  • http://twitter.com/ATechieWorld Gene Liverman

    I picked Moto just 'cause I think they would also include a MAXX-like battery. I like my G-Nex but never have become a fan of the power button on the side, which is standard on all Samsung devices. My OG Droid was great and I loved my Rezound but, as mentioned above, the lure of the battery pulls me away from HTC. Now, if rumors of there being a way for the skin to OPTIONALLY be applied to Nexus phones, then I might shift back towards HTC... doubt it thought as I like to Cyanogen too much.

  • Mike Barcomb

    Where is apple?

  • Laborin_HK

    If I had to choose ONE, ! always favour HTC as an overall package. Samsung make nice screens and processors, but in general, HTC.

    If however, you let me go off in tangents, and let me create a Frankenstein phone:
    * CPU: S4 Snapdragon pro
    * Preferably 32GB (that's a personal preference), 16GB is ok if it means a good price
    * PLEASE IMPROVE THE NEXUS CAMERA'S: 8MP Pureview :p
    * Use the HD AMOLED(+) from Note 2, shrink it down to 4.5 inch.
    * Add a sharp memory display to use as the navbar/ notification bar, reduces chance of burn-in on AMOLED and allows for always on notifications:

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/04/sharp-is03-android-phone-hands-on/

    * Preferably Polycarbonate unibody, aluminium is alright too, just depends whos lighter.
    * Battery which is removeable and at least 2000mah -2500mah.
    * Wireless charging.

  • Simon Belmont

    HTC, definitely. Samsung would be a close second for me too.

    I've had a couple HTC phones over the years, and they've always been great in terms of build quality. I'd love to have a Nexus with that build quality.

  • bytewise

    I will go for HTC. Never had a Motorola and they are not popular here in UK. Samsung are ok but they seem to be a bit too popular for the good of Android as a whole. I would prefer atleast two equally powerful Android manufacturers.

  • JeffDenver

    HTC for sure...the biggest reason not to buy HTC is because of Sense (and their awful record of updates, 2nd only to LG)

    • Nathan J

      My Motorola phone was the company's flagship phone (Electrify) on my carrier at the end of last year, and the beginning of this year. It's not getting updated to ICS. Meanwhile, HTC's flagship on the same carrier (US Cellular's Hero S) is a weaker phone and got ICS over the summer. Motorola is the new Big Bad in not updating.

  • Nathan J

    How do we answer this? If all the specs are the same, what is the difference?

    Let's rule out Motorola. The article stipulates that all updates came out around the same time, but Motorola just announced that they won't be updating 2011's flagship phones to ICS, so even if they will allow updates for their Nexus, their bad behavior should not be rewarded.

    LG has always seemed like the cheap value brand to me.

    HTC is middle of the road, and I don't know what the point of a phone having a "chin" is. Personally I think it's ugly, but I know they have their fans.

    Samsung used to be garbage, but with the S3 and Note 2, it seems they have really stepped up their game. I would be leaning toward the Samsung, but if everything's the same, does it matter whose name is etched on? As long as it runs on my carrier and I can get cell signal at home, that's factor #1.

    • Cuvis

      HTC hasn't really done the chin since the Hero. The One V is a throwback to that design, but most of their other phones really don't have chins.

      • Nathan J

        Ah. The One V is the device I saw. It was pretty horrible.

  • an observer

    Samsung.

    Sd storage and removeable battery.

  • Bill Goss

    I've loved HTC devices since they first came out. My Desire S is flawless.

  • Cuvis

    I'm a fan of HTC. I've had two of their phones, and their build quality is fantastic. Samsung's products feel so horrible and flimsy, and I haven't really tried anybody else's (well, I used to have a Sony flip phone, but I won't count that because it's not really relevant to the smartphone conversation. But it did suck.)

  • CountRock

    Sony!!

  • http://twitter.com/Deafmute86 Joshua Jahoda

    I would have to go Asus or Samsung.

  • http://twitter.com/nipcarlover Nipam

    I'd choose the one that looks best..

  • JG

    Assuming the hardware specs & abilities were the same across the board... I'd say I'd have to get the various phones in my hand & play with them some first before I could make a real informed decision. However, I've been happy with the quality of my two Motorola phones (Q and Droid X). I think I'll stick with brand loyalty & get their Nexus (especially now that that brand is Google). Then probably HTC and Samsung.

    Though there are some other considerations than just brand name... I'm hoping they take the Nexus 7 approach - a high quality device with a budget price tag. It'll be helpful buying the device straight out so I can keep unlimited data. And even with updates coming from Google, Verizon doesn't have the best track record with updates (ie their GNexs are just now getting JB, months after its been out). So unless that issue has been worked out, an unlocked bootloader (on Verizon???) would be nice to allow installation of updates without having to wait months...

    But in real life... I'm really looking forward to more intel on the HTC Nexus Incredible X 5... I think I may end up there... Unless of course the Occam speculation a few articles back turns out to be correct & Moto is releasing a Droid Occam Razr Maxx Nexus HD LTE.... (*just had a nerd-gasm thinking of seeing the email tag line "Sent from my Motorola Droid Occam Razr Maxx Nexus HD LTE on Verizon Wireless")....

  • Kaero

    I'd definitely go with a Sony phone.

  • siypion

    My choice would be something like this,
    screen made by Samsung (come on Samsung , apple don't have a lock 326ppi come on)
    body made by HTC (just make sure you add a micro sd slot and a 32 and 64 gb model)
    CPU made by nvidia tegra 3 +LTE (its good and only out shined by Samsung quad core a little)
    Radio installed by Motorola (no one can beat there connection, they just make odd phones)
    OS only made by and installed by Google (no bloatware nothing else to say)
    Name of the Phone Nexus unity (would be a good name i think lol or Matrix )
    Screen size 4.5in
    2gigs of ram
    NFC
    3100mAh battery
    and for GOD sake a 8mp camera
    That would be a true Nexus phone.

  • Chris

    Samsung! I've had 6 HTC Android devices and all of them ended up having battery issues after a while. Tried out an LG once and knew a few others that had them, they make fast devices with good specs, but their QC is HORRIBLE. I haven't heard of one LG Android device that didn't have some kind of defect in the hardware. My Galaxy Nexus is my first ever Samsung phone and it's been 100% solid for a year. I have yet to have a single issue, I was never a Samsung fan, but this phone has made me one. I hope they keep making Nexus devices, I'll buy all of them.

  • PM

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  • Billy_Joe_Bob

    Not me. I own a thunderbolt and I love it. There's been no other phone since that I would trade for (at a cost). I've had no problems with my phone and I routinely get 3 days use with my phone without charging. It's all about power management.

    • juicy

      That's impossible. Even with 4g off and running on wi-fi only there is no way in a million years that phone can go 3 days. I would even say with the screen locked probably not.

      • Billy_Joe_Bob

        I don't leave my wifi on when not using it either. 4G off, GPS off, background data off, and auto syncing off. Widgets easily allow you to turn all those thing on and off when needed. When sitting idle on my desk or in my pocket, it uses .5% an hour. That's actually 4 days without usage. But I do use it and have never gone that long. I get 3 days on a regular basis.

        • nhizzat

          So basically, you don't use it as intended (or at all it seems) and have to jump through hoops just to make it last a single day. Your Thunderbolt must be a unicorn because many people have had issues with theirs, myself and my sister included.

          • Billy_Joe_Bob

            Never had an issue with it. I use it plenty, just not as my main computer. And if you call touching a widget to turn a radio on when needed "jumping through hoops" then I'm sure you'll never be happy with any phone. Smartphones aren't designed to be a primary computer, and it's impossible to make a phone that will last all day if you use it as such. Plug your computer into a 30lb battery backup and see how long that lasts. I guess some people expect the world and don't understand when it's not handed to them with a gold wrapper.

          • nhizzat

            Between my sister and I, we went through 5. I'm actually thoroughly happy with my S3. It lasts a full day and then some with LTE/WiFi/sycning always on. And I can actually use it as I want and choose to without having to turn things on and off just to make it through the day.

            I don't use it as my primary computer, but I'm always on the go so I use it as they're intended to be used: make calls, send txts, check email, read news, and play games.

            There are many phones that last a whole day on a single charge, the Thunderbolt is and never will be one without the user having to "jump through hoops" to do so.

          • Sobr0801

            I turn on my radio when I am not using it, takes 3 seconds. Radio pops on and off so quick.

  • http://twitter.com/chanjoshua Joshua Chan

    Motorola. Simple, because Google owns Motorola.

  • WilliamSurname

    I couldn't be happier with my Asus TF300, so all other things being equal I'd probably go with Asus if at all possible.

  • LGSUCKS

    I'd would buy from anyone buy LG

    • LGSUCKS

      but*

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.vainshtein Alex Vainshtein

    Sony

  • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

    asus

  • mesmorino

    You don't get my point. The manufacturer MAKES the hardware. An HTC nexus phone is going to be different from a Samsung nexus phone, so if you prefer one over the other, you like their hardware.

    Asking "which manufacturer, not which hardware", is like asking if you want six of one or half a dozen of the other.

    Maybe it should read "which manufacturer's design tendencies do you prefer"

  • Eric G

    I have a lot of Samsung devices, but their new devices have the look of cheap plastic cases. I find them awful. Like you are holding a budget phone of 30 dollars. Only for that I go for HTC (which I had before the Samsungs).

  • cyleo

    Fortunatly, not everybody lives in the US. My vote for sony :)

  • Asj_2410

    You should've included Sony... Xperia Nexus is clearly much awaited.

  • Vladimir

    HTC because I love the build quality and their designs. Sony would be next on my list and Samsung & LG last.

  • http://twitter.com/ToinouECW Antoine Iglesias

    HTC. No questions asked. Best build quality, great design.

  • rayjt9

    Wouldn't mind an Apple Nexus myself. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Lammjr Lamm

    GAHHHH I hate pools on this site, my brother and I share the same network (same IP), and if he votes, I can't VOTE. Damn IT. Also - Motorola.

  • Equis HM

    i would be in between HTC and motorola. i miss HTCs quality built but the OX didnt match up to the S3 and im very impresse with motorola razr maxx hd would love to have that battery. also a universal wireless charging all use the same idea to make it cheaper for us consumers i think is time for this already with nokia and palm pre having them available. disapointed on sammy for this one.

  • treypoundz

    Motorola if they give me that battery

  • dude

    This is inconceivable because I owned phones from all those brands from the past including Sony and they all make different phones, some with better display (amoled, not 'better' but my preference), better durability (sony, moto), less locked down (samsung), more updates (none, except nexus), etc. I owned more Samsung phones than the rest, but even then I'm slowly receeding from them due to their poorer and poorer built quality after each new release. I
    I prefer to not be a fanboy to a certain manufacturer, so I will wait until the phones are actually released and make the decision myself. I had 3 Nexus device up till now, but I'm less concerned about getting a Nexus device now due to some Cyanogenmod have a wide support of models. I think LG can make a good Nexus device, despite lacking of microSD and removable battery (which is why I won't buy one, regardless of being a Nexus device). I do know Google will likely sell it at a lower price so it will be good for consumers who are aware of Nexus devices, than to buy locked down phones at higher cost that gets less to no updates.

  • borislemke

    HTC for their remarkable build quality! :)

  • Amrish

    HTC of course, I like their design

  • Iucidium

    Motorola - because of MAXX batteries.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ccrew02 Cory Crew

    That's what I was looking for

    • chrisbramm

      Yep. I'd go with sony as well

      • Douglas Anderson

        Definitely Sony!

  • robringer

    htc because they make really nice looking devices. All internals the same I go HTC because its probably going to be a great looking phone out of quality materials. (although I would expect the same from Sony too)

  • Stu

    It certainly wouldn't be LG or Motorola for the lack of updates or support. HTC, Samsung and Sony all get my vote not much between them in my opinion.

  • Niels

    I like HTC because of the build quality of their devices (and their devices are good-looking too)

  • Trey Collier

    I'd have voted for Asus too if it was a choice. Motorola won't get it as they have a very poor update policy on their phones. I'm still waiting for the one they announce last year for my Bionic

  • Ali

    my vote for Sony

  • Ahmed

    htc or sony! definitely not samsung, too plasticy! (although i have the galaxy nexus now)

  • http://twitter.com/mxfox408 Jake Fox

    I have a Rezound and only complaint I have is the battery life, other than that its so far the best phone I've used, ofcourse its a subjective response because I love the phone.

    • nhizzat

      I never considered one because of all the issues that people were reporting.

  • Christopher Theofilaktos

    Whatever was the best one with a fair price. I've had bad luck with every smartphone I've owned, on my 4th HTC Desire Z (all hard bricked), and just sent an Atrix2 back for repairs. At the least the HTC was easy to root and unlock the bootloader to hack and install roms on. I like the build quality of HTC, Samsung phones can feel cheap. But realistically I'd probably buy the cheapest one.

  • Mike Williams

    No contest, HTC all the way. Once you go HTC, U never go back.

  • Sootie

    I voted for Samsung because of the stipulations you specified, if they are all the same as far as everything else I would go with what I have now, my s2 has been rock solid as far as build quality and seems to just work (reception, speed volume etc). I would be interested in a Motorola too because of the positive things you guys have previously said about them however they haven't really been easily available in Australia in the past so I have no hands on experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stuart-Anderson/1003157262 Stuart Anderson

    Seriously you couldn't even put Sony's name in there? +1 vote for "Other"

  • BamBam

    HTC all the way. Love my rezound, awesome display, awesome camera, superb reception..only thing that could be better would be battery life but w custom rooms and about 3hrs of screen on time I'm not complaining much. Seems like the hox is kind of a evolution of the Rez so I share similar enthusiasm. I do agree tho Sony deserved its own option in this poll. I like Moto for its build quality and reception but they need to step it up in the display and camera department.

  • mad_rao

    Moto...My 1st tablet - the Xoom WiFi is still going great guns with no plans to retire anytime soon...I guess one can say that the original Xoom WiFi was an early example of the kind of Nexus device Moto can dish out...looks good, feels solid, and still works like a charm, now that it's jellybeaned :)

  • http://gplus.to/rn3aoh Eugene Medvedev

    Nokia's. Wait, hear me out.

    Nokia decided not to go the Android way for some mysterious reason, which probably has to do with hiring an ex-Microsoft CEO. The cited reason was that they didn't want to make the same stuff everyone else does, which is obviously nonsense. However, were they to make an Android phone in the vanilla Nexus vein, without trying to be too different for no good reason, the quality of Nokia's hardware design and manufacturing that I have previously experienced on their Symbian phones (I still keep my Nokia 5800 around as a backup phone.) would probably be sufficient to make me prefer them to their competitors -- even if all of them used the very same CPU/GPU chipset and based their hardware on the exact same reference design, which most of them do anyway. Nokia's would have very good chances to just be better designed, better assembled, and more efficient.

    Well, not doing that is what's going to kill Nokia eventually.

  • http://www.facebook.com/riotrick Rick Schippers

    HTC or Sony depending on the looks.

  • Tíghearnán Carroll

    Anything Samsung. No cheap plastic for me please.

  • KreeTerry

    i was stuck between moto and sammy, sammys ergonomics are just phenomenal but i love the materials of moto. stock android on a phone that combines these 2 factors would blow my mind!!!!

  • patapongirl

    Sony, HTC, Motorola or Samsung - any of these

  • Cathan

    Sony or Motorola

  • J.C. Diaz

    It's pretty evident that people like what HTC and Google did with the Nexus One. The effort put into that device poured out of the device itself, and even though I still own a Nexus S and a Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus One was a special device. The idea of of an HTC made Nexus 2, or Nexus X, with bleeding edge processing and display power and build that matches the Nexus One gives me chills.

    Google should take a look at this poll and take it seriously.

  • Shaun McCarthy

    Anyone but Motorola. I was a Bionic owner and will never buy another Motorola phone until they give everyone a full refund and give hard dates for OS updates

  • Daniel Wiggins

    If everything were the same except build quality( which is what i think is the only thing left really) I would go with HTC. My Evo LTE is awesome in that department.

  • Daniel Wiggins

    were either of those nexus deices? um... no.

    • nhizzat

      What exactly does that have to do with anything? The Galaxy Nexus was never considered to have the best hardware, so being a Nexus has no bearing whatsoever on specs. The Nexus 7 is a great device but its hardware isn't mind-blowing either.

      I own both, as well as the Xoom WiFi.

  • http://twitter.com/Januz_ Januz

    Definitly HTC is the best :D

  • bevardimusg

    Asus (if they made phones) has my vote

  • Michael Jon Carter

    Asus all the way

  • Michael Woodward

    I won't buy a nexus product, phone or tablet, due to the lack of microSD. Internal storage is not enough. Cloud storage is dependent on connection speed and data limits. I want my music, pictures and books when I want to access them, not limited by connection speed, dead spots, or data limits.

  • Sobr0801

    Love my Rezound, No complaints.

  • 80hd

    Unless everybody that used to work there has been fired. Motorola's Nexus would still have a locked bootloader, a slow ugly UI and a blockbuster app that is cryptographically protected against removal..

  • Bon K

    I don't really care who makes it. I still need to see the product first unless "similar" means identical.

  • Jack

    We have Motorola, Samsung, HTC and LG in our house. Standing next to each other Motorola has the best signal.

  • neowiz73

    I'd love to see an Asus Nexus phone. I've always liked how the padfone looks and seems like it would be a great phone. But I don't care to by the all-in-one tablet and phone combo. I'd rather get the Asus phone by itself, subsidized even would be nice.

  • setspeed

    Hearing that is strange to me, because my current Samsung has better radios than my last 3 HTC phones put together... Maybe it's the area I live in.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.d.aldridge David D Aldridge

    I go for HTC. I own an EVO LTE and the materials as well as the unibody manufacturing process are beautiful. It would be great to have a Nexus phone built in a similar fashion.

  • http://twitter.com/dontsh00tme dontsh00tmesanta

    Then why the Reply lol

  • Daniel Malick

    I'm team Samsung. Had you asked me, say, a year ago, I probably would have voted HTC. But I loved my GNex so much, and having moved on to the Note 3...I must say, I'm slightly in love with Samsung. Used to be a huge detractor of manufacturer UIs, but Sammy's newest TouchWiz is actually really fantastic, and I'm glad I have it. It feels so dirty saying that =/

  • Opvind

    Nokia is also missing on the list. They've been making solid mobile phones for decades, and their newer handsets do have some awesome features. Just too bad they are not offering anything with Android.

  • Major_Pita

    The one I would buy would have expandable storage, a removable battery, 3 MB RAM and have the largest/best screen. Those trump branding for me.

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