Motorola X (2014) Quick Review
The Nexus 5 was my last phone and aside from the various bugs, I've loved it dearly. It's been a great phone. The Nexus 6 was a complete turn off once it came out. I'm really not interested in a phablet.
I took advantage of Motorola's generous 140USD coupon last month and ordered an unlocked 64G model in Red. I've been using it since last week and here are my impressions.
* Lovely screen - which can be dimmed to use very little power
* Reasonable battery life - certainly better than my aging N5
* Very quick - little or no noticeable lag
* Excellent reception of both LTE and WiFi - having the antenna be around the edge of the device is obviously very useful
* Well constructed. I put mine in a cruzerlite TPE case as is my habit, but the thing feels very solidly put together
* Moto extensions are actually useful instead of just annoying
* No gratutious UI changes. I'm looking at your Samsung! Oh the horrible sammy on screen keyboard, how I hate thee.
* Turbo charge seems to work - though warning it will heat the phone up a lot
* mono speaker is very loud - much louder than N5
* Just at the limit of size. 5.2" is just within my comfort range of holding 1 handed. And I don't have particularly large hands.
Overall I'm very happy with this handset. I did have to do some surgery on my old SIM card to get it to fit in the new slot - nano vs micro, but everything powered up just fine.
The biggest hassle was moving all my credentials over - think Google Auth. Fortunately this experience has gotten better. A lot of web sites I use now have porting UIs, so you can simply request a new token and it will let you re-register a new device without disabling 2FA, cough cough Amazon...
Would I recommend it? Yes if you want a stock Android device and are close to a charging station. I get a working day's (10-16 hours with moderate usage) worth of charge with no problem, but I'm usually near a power outlet.
I hear a Moto X (2015) is in the works though, so it might be worth waiting a bit longer and seeing if you can't get one with a bigger battery. For those of us who don't want to be tied to a carrier though, this is an excellent handset.