Moto X developer edition

Carrier-free and unlockable, the Moto X Developer Edition still looks and feels like a Moto X

If you ordered a GSM Moto X developer edition, you might already have yours in your hands. If so, you're probably playing with it and will just smile over this post. If you haven't received yours yet, the good news is that they're shipping out — you'll probably have it soon. Run and check for a tracking number right now, if you like. We'll wait.

Essentially, this is a pentaband, SIM unlocked Moto X. There is nothing different about the way it's built, there is nothing different about the features, and other than the words "Developer edition" engraved into the back, it even looks like a white and black Moto X from Moto Maker. There are two differences, though.

The bootloader is completely unlockable. You're free to get in there and fool around with stuff if you like, and doing things like flashing a custom recovery or rooting should be fairly easy. 

The second, and to me, equally as important, difference is that there is no carrier branding or involvement. No T-Mobile or AT&T "value-added" applications are present, and software updates will come directly from Motorola without your carrier doing months of testing. It also means little to no support from your carrier, so keep that in mind if you're thinking of going the dev edition route.

Enough talk. I wanna play with my new phone. Hit the break to see the unboxing video.


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Moto X Developer Edition unboxing


Really thinking of getting one shipped but cost too much, there's a website in UK that sells them for £500. I'm thinking of getting a Razr HD because I can't but this!

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I am big on rooting and roms, custom kernels, etc. When I thought the off contract att price was 579 plus tax it was about an 80 dollar difference. That's when I pulled the trigger and was ordering it. I hate the white back, but wanted to tinker. Come to find out the att variant is only 582 out the door without contract. I picked that up instead and will continue to tinker with my HTC one and nexus 5 when that comes out. The hundred plus price difference was not worth It. This will be one phone I use without unlocking the boot loader.

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May be wrong, but it has several midrange features including:
Dual core (even nexus 4 is quad)
312 PPI (Even nexus 4 has higher)
10mp camera (other highrangers: 13, 20, 41)
Battery (not great, thou it may be true it can last a full day)
Also, the back looks great, but the front looks like a kids phone. I haven't seen the front in black, but the white is not good at all.

When you're making enough excuses as to why the phone is a high-ranger you might as well have bought an iPhone.

Last week the Verizon version was showing a red box with the price at $449 and a slash through the $649 price. It was later changed back but because of that I still have hopes that a price drop will be here soon. They appear to be selling a lot at the $650 price though so I may just be waiting for nothing.

That phone just looks so nice. Sadly i am not able to by it in Norway :(

on galaxy nexus^^ o-jea!

I love my HTC one. But the moto x is amazing in its own regard.

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"Carrier-free and unlockable, the Moto X Developer Edition still looks and feels like a Moto X"

Unlockable? Sounds like a security issue, who wants a phone they can't lock?

I'm pretty sure they were trolling, guys. I mean... I'm hoping..

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Looks sweet and I like the part about no carrier entanglements. Still waiting to hear about the next nexus but this looks cool. Glad to see 32 GB models more and more.

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Saw the unboxing video, the SW version(57) installed on the dev version is the new software which has camera fix. Thats sweet.

"The second, and to me, equally as important, difference is that there is no carrier branding or involvement. No T-Mobile or AT&T "value-added" applications are present"

I just wanted to point out that there is nothing t-mobile on the t-mobile moto x. No branding, no apps, nothing. I believe since it's sold directly from Motorola they don't care or want to add any of the bloat. It's not even branded with the t-mobile logo

Well, why would Motorola put T-Mobile branding, on a handset directly sold by them?

Out of the kindness of their hearts? /s

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Well you can buy the at&t version directly from Motorola also, and If you do it will be branded with the the at&t logo. My point is, that the T-Mobile version is basically the same phone as the developer edition just without 32gigs. Also you can go on Motorola's website to unlock the bootloader and void your warranty. With the developer edition you get it unlocked with no warranty out of the box.

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Actually the bootloader comes locked. And it does have a warranty. But you can easily unlock it.

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Jerry can you tell us if the Google Wallet with NFC purchases work on the DE. I purchased both the t-mobile version and the DE, but I have to return one. I wanted the DE for the 32GB, dont want to root the phone but want Google Wallet. Can't stand tmobile disabling GW on their phones.

I think I remember reading it doesn't have a secure element, so even though it has NFC it won't work..

it does have a secure element hence why the Sprint Moto X works... its a good question i have the AT&T version but i want google wallet to work

Motorola Moto X on Sprint
Motorola Moto X on US Cellular

Jerry, this is probably one of the best phones I have used. It just works. So tired of everyone calling it a mid range phone. Motorola has finally got it right. It is not all about specs, but the user experience. I was all about those specs until I got this bad boy in my hands.

You did not say how much it costs or what the differences really are other than the build date and the fact the it has some words etched on the back of the phone.

My dev. edition will arrive in just a few days! yooooo
Nice review Jerry, but short. We need full review from you!

I have my Dev Edition a week now and I love it. I went to a lot of trouble to get my hands on it as I am in Ireland and it's not available over here. The build quality is fantastic and the battery life seems to be very good. It got updated to 4.4.2 almost immediately after powering it up!!
The notifications are brilliant and it is so so smooth/fast. I would not let the spec sheet fool you, this not a mid-range phone.