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Old September 15th, 2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Just how bad is Verizon's bloatware? A moto X comparison

I had a chance to play with a 2 16GB Moto Xs, one for AT&T and one for Verizon. I felt that this phone perfectly highlights Verizon's intervention with Android. Both phones were new and out of the box.

User visible storage - this is the amount of storage visible to the user on a brand new device (available storage will be less). This amount is reduced by the amount of the onboard 16GB reserved for firmware.

AT&T Moto X - 10.1GB
Verizon Moto X - 8.8GB

Ram usage - in this case, it was a fresh bootup after about 5 minutes of allowing Android to cache commonly used applications. Typically, my S4 GPe uses about 750MB of its available 2GB.

AT&T Moto X - 493MB
Verizon Moto X - 1.3GB

I was shocked on both ends. The AT&T variant has so little bloatware that is told to always cache, that the phone is very slim in this regard. Apps that you download will of course raise this number over time. But just WOW on Verizon. Apparently they've placed the top running priority on all of their apps and they ALL load.

Thankfully, a majority of their apps can be disabled, but not all can. Please, for the love of God, Verizon, get the fuck out of the way of Android.
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And their 3G speeds are abysmal.

Ugh, I can't wait until I have a decent GSM phone.
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And their 3G speeds are abysmal.

Ugh, I can't wait until I have a decent GSM phone.
Nexus 4 is down to $249 straight from Google. Get it while you can.
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Nexus 4 is down to $249 straight from Google. Get it while you can.
Never mind. It sold out tonight. Outside of T-Mobile, the Nexus 4 is gone. Nexus 5 should be out soon, within the October 15 to November 15 window.
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I've been eying the Xperia Z on swappa. I'd consider other Xperia phones. I know they're not generally top notch, but I like the style, and they typically can be had under $200 (not the Z, obviously).

Of course, I'd also consider an iPhone 5. I think it would be better to wait for the 5s/c to come out and flood the market with 5's.
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Already mentioned that I picked up a T-Mo HTC One S.

I thought Verizon had a lot of crapware on their phones.

JEBUS. Between T-Mobile, HTC, and Google, this thing was chock full of crap. Thankfully, it was easy to root and there's a handy utility for clearing out all the crapware (so it actually STAYS gone). Sneaky T-Mo makes stuff come back if you just delete it with root explorer.
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