Smartphone Madness 2015: Moto X vs. BlackBerry Passport

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Congratulations to the BlackBerry Passport for taking out the Motorola Moto X with 60 percent of the vote. Check back on March 18 at 10 am ET to vote in the next game.

So far, this year's Smartphone Madness competition has seen a couple of big upsets with the iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S6 both being knocked out. In yesterday's (March 16) match up, HTC One M9 beat down the ZTE Grand X Max+ in a whopping the likes of which I've not seen since Kentucky took on Kansas at the State Farm Champion's Classic in November.

Game four promises to be just as exciting, if not more so. It's truly a battle of personal devices, as the Motorola Moto X goes up against the BlackBerry Passport. The polls are open from now until Wednesday, March 18 at 9 a.m. ET. 

On one end of the court is Motorola's highly customizable Moto X. Starting at just $99, Motorola has a real contender on its hands. Not only does it have a stunning 1080p, 5.2-inch display, a powerful Snapdragon processor and impressive voice commands, it's got style. With the Moto Maker, you can customize this smartphone to your heart's content. It offers 18 back-cover designs, seven accent colors and two front colors. There's even a leather or wood option. However, we do wish the battery endurance on this smartphone was better.

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The BlackBerry Passport is definitely not your old BlackBerry Curve. This new, square-ish smartphone has a very polarizing effect on people, but for the true BB fans, this is one to watch. The Passport features an extra-wide 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass 3 display up top and a three-line, physical keyboard at the bottom. We were happy to see the inclusion of the Amazon Appstore for access to Android apps. Unfortunately, we found this smartphone's performance to be a bit hit-and-miss.

So which will it be: the custom-built Moto X or the physical keyboard of the BlackBerry Passport? How will you cast your vote? You have until Wednesday (March 18) to make up your mind. The poll closes at 9 a.m. ET.

Anna Attkisson is the managing editor at Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag. Follow Anna Attkisson@akattkisson. Follow us @TomsGuide, on Facebook.