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Nov
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The Moto X got a price drop on all American carriers late last month, bringing the on-contract price down to $100 for all American carriers (though you can find it cheaper at some retailers). It looks like Motorola is following suit with the unlockable developer versions of the phone, which are sold directly from the manufacturer and without subsidy. Previously the Developer Editions were $649.99, but you can now pick one up for $549.99.

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The discount has been applied to both the GSM-LTE model (basically an unbranded AT&T phone - the T-Mobile model doesn't need a developer edition) and the Verizon phone. Verizon and AT&T are the only American carriers that have opted to lock the bootloader on Motorola's new flagship, much to the consternation of Android purists who appreciate the phone's relatively light 4.2 software load. The DROID MAXX Developer Edition, which is only available for Verizon, is still $649.99.

Aside from the 32GB storage option (which isn't available from Verizon) the user-unlockable bootloader is the only difference between the carrier models and the Moto X phone sold on Motorola's website. They still use Motorola's custom launcher, Active Notifications, and Touchless Control features, and the Verizon model has quite a few carrier-specific apps thrown in. AT&T customers might find the Moto X Developer Edition a hard sell against the new Nexus 5, available with Android 4.4, an unlockable bootloader, better specs all around, and an off-contract price that's still $150 cheaper for the 32GB version. Verizon customers.... well, you'll just have to take what you can get, I suppose.

Source: Motorola Store - Moto X Developer Edition GSM, Moto X Developer Edition Verizon

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • moelsen8

    don't confuse people - the gsm dev edition is the xt1053 - the T-Mobile model. its a 32gb T-Mobile model.

    • jonathan3579

      That's very interesting. They did the complete opposite of what HTC did with their Dev Edition. I prefer having the T-Mobile as the base for Dev/Google Play Editions.

    • ProductFRED

      That's hilarious. It's the T-Mobile model with an un-customizable, "Developer Edition" back.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      I suppose it's technically the same model that gets sold is the T Mobile version, but it's absolutely intended for AT&T customers. The AT&T model is the same thing, with a locked bootloader and a few AT&T software customizations. I even made this distinction up there in the story.

      • Freak4Dell

        For what it's worth, the AT&T carrier model (the XT1058) either doesn't have or locks out the AWS bands for HSPA.

      • moelsen8

        definitely intended for yes.. the tmo version has all the bands necessary for US GSM networks. could just get the 16gb version and call it a day on at&t too.

  • Freak4Dell

    The T-Mobile version has also dropped by $100. It is now $499

  • cy_n_ic

    for that kind of money one could pay verizon ETF and buy nexus 5 off contract

  • chadstone30

    why? why would anyone buy this instead of the Nexus 5? please tell me. i am asking a serious question. is it important to develop on multiple devices? do you need a bunch of dev phones or can you get by with just a N5?

    • HonKudasai

      Battery life? Haven't been hearing good things about the N5

      • chadstone30

        this is anecdotal, so take it as you wish, but, i've had my N5 since monday. i drained its battery monday when i got it and charged it fully monday night. took it off the charger tuesday morning at 7 am. when i got home from work at 10 pm tuesday night it was at 21%. i didn't charge it tuesday night because i wanted to see how long the battery could go. it died at 8:30 am wednesday on my subway ride to work. that's over 25 hours on the first full charge. wednesday i charged it at work. took it off the charger at 2:30 pm wednesday. battery was at 69% remaining at 11 pm wednesday. finally killed it at 2:00 pm on thursday. so that's 24 hours on the second charge. took it off the charger at 5:00 pm thursday, today, and now i'm at 60% remaining at 10:45 pm thursday night. it's possible that i'm a special case as i don't actually use my phone much at work, but, for me, the battery life is pretty impressive. i posted a screenshot of my Battery Monitor Widget stats. as you can see i'm a bit battery obsessed.

        • CaptainDisillusion

          Sounds pretty similar to the Moto X. If Verizon had the N5, I'd be right there with ya (though I'd miss Active Display).

    • Eric Mixon

      Because Verizon hates me?

      • chadstone30

        yes. you're right. i forgot about the google / verizon beef. i was actually on verizon and had the galaxy nexus but i chose to pay the ETF back in June and port my number to T-Mobile so that i could get the N5 when it came out. when they first rolled out LTE their network was fire in NYC, but as of late it's been no faster than anyone else's network. i got tired of paying premium prices for average service.

        • Eric Mixon

          Ironically, I'm in the opposite boat. I have a Galaxy Nexus on T-Mobile but I have to switch to Verizon because of T-Mob's service in my area. Oh well

          • chadstone30

            Now that is ironic. I should have passed you my unlimited data plan.

          • Jonathan Isenberg

            Out of curiosity, how much would an Unlimited 4G Data and Unlimited 4G Hotspot on Verizon go for?

          • Oli72

            U have to do what u have to do. Good luck with vz. Hopefully t-mo will be better n ur area.

    • simp1istic

      You get an off contract phone that: feels better, has great additional features, and has a better speaker.

      I've got an N5 and an X and so far I carry the X...

      • CaptainDisillusion

        Does the N5 seem much faster than the X? I honestly have never used a phone as snappy as the X, which is crazy considering it's supposed to have mid-tier specs. I might trade up to the Dev edition because I can't stand this locked bootloader.

        • simp1istic

          Yes it does, a lot. That's one feature that the N5 clearly wins. Multitasking is something I do a lot and task switching is a lot better on the N5. Sometimes, when I click recent apps --> click a different app my touch is too quick and i'll load some other app or the desktop, never happens on the N5.

    • CaptainDisillusion

      Verizon doesn't support the Nexus 5, and this is still a pretty great phone. If you don't think it's a very solid choice of the phones available, you probably don't own one.

      • chadstone30

        You're right. I forgot about the Verizon / N5 situation. My bad.

    • Camilo Gomez

      The always listening mode doesn't work from Sleep/Off Screen on the N5. With the Moto X it does. Then the active screen notifications seem handy. I bought the N5 and Im thinking really hard about selling it to buy a Moto X

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        I think hardware wise the Active Screen Notifications and screen type may give the Moto X a slight battery advantage. But other than the need to be on Verizon I wouldn't pass up a Nexus 5.

    • john

      I have small hands. nexus 5 great price, too big -_-

    • Eric Vaughan

      I haven't played with the N5 yet. I had a Moto X for a few days (long story) and I loved it. The always listening feature and the Active Notifications by themselves are making the decision between the two phones very difficult. The phone also felt great in the hand.

  • Oli72

    Good luck on vz. Thx god for t-mo.

  • Cage

    I ordered a Verizon Dev Edition on Monday that hasn't even arrived yet. Think they would refund me the $100 price drop? I plan to call customer service tomorrow.