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Thursday Poll: Does MotoBlur affect your decision to buy a Motorola device?

Mentioning the word “MotoBlur” usually sparks a conversation that should be kept hidden from most children, but today we’ve decided to revisit the subject with a more direct and constructive approach.  One of our readers suggested this poll and we want you to really take the time to answer it and provide meaningful feedback in the comments.  Let’s all do our best to avoid the all-out trashing we’ve seen in the past, and instead focus on giving the folks at Motorola feedback that they could potentially use in their Android skin.  If you like it, we’d love to hear why.  If you don’t like it, tell Moto how they can improve it.  And if that means saying “get rid of it forever”, that’s fine, but say that directly without the extra garbage.  Sound good?

How does Moto Blur affect your decision to buy a Motorola device?

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  • devguy

    I have to setup a Motoblur account to use my new MOTOROLA android phone…OK
    I have to use my email address as a user name…OK
    My email is not editable I can only cancel my account…WHAT!
    If I cancel my account I have to factory reset my phone…ARE YOU JOKING?!!!
    So if I need to change my email adress I loose ALL my settings..YEP!…WTF!

    ,,HOW SHORT SIGHTED IS THAT MOTOROLA!!!

    Just when I though I had a real replacement for my iPhone.  Apple, I want to come home again

  • Anonymous

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  • Rizzidy

    Death to Blur!

  • Wfawcett

    I like my Droid X for the docs (car and multimedia) but the locked bootloader really makes me regret getting it. If HTC would do car docs like Moto does. I would buy HTC every time.

  • Tom

    Where is the “I have no problem with Blur, but I do have a problem with the locked bootloader, and that is why I won’t be getting another Motorola device”

  • m.

    I can’t find any other thread referencing this, but my chief reason for disliking MotoBlur or HTC Sense or any of these other UIs is that it slows updates, plain and simple. Even my friends who aren’t very tech savvy know when their Android version falls behind what’s hip and new, and when they don’t see updates reach their phones in a timely fashion they start looking back to other non-Android devices for their next phones. Older OS versions turn people off from Android, especially when they can’t install certain apps due to older versions.

    Most of the readers here can easily flash different ROMs onto their phones with up-to-date versions of the OS, but most average users can’t. The best idea I’ve seen in these comments is to make MotoBlur an installable app, that can be removed or disabled at the user’s discretion. Not only would that satisfy most users (who can get over the locked bootloaders) but it wouldn’t delay system updates by needing to be built into them before they are released.

  • tjhrulz

    I like MotoBlur so much it makes me want to buy a Motorola device. (2%, 118 Votes)

    we must have 118 Motorola employees on droid life

  • Raven

    Once again, despite the requests, this appears to have turned into mainly a “Blur sucks!” thread with no useful comments about why it sucks.

    I went from an OG Droid to a Droid 2 Global. Of course, the very first thing that I did was put on Launcher Pro, so I have not really experienced the full on Blur. The only thing that I have really hated so far is that it decided to add every single Facebook friend with a listed phone number (whom I will probably never call) into my Contacts. Other than that, what is it that people hate so much about Blur? Please, someone post some itemized reasons why Blur is so bad because I seem to be missing them.

  • Freygrimrod

    I actually have come to enjoy a few of the widgets… but not being able to turn it off… means I don’t own the device I paid for as far as I’m concerned same issue with the bootloader….

    • Freygrimrod

      oh and yes.. my prior phone had died and I broke down and bought a droidx… I enjoy it more than the EnV 2 but there is a little bit of dirt on my consumer soul for ever having given them my money for the bootloader…

  • Its really not that serious to me. I know some people think I’m not seeing the light but I really don’t care about this locked bootloader. Oh and motoblur, I think people exaggerate how horrible it is. I don’t really really want it , so I get LP. To my friends how don’t read tech blogs they are happy with the new blur. Sure Id like pure android , but thats Google fault. Even anarchists have standards….

  • Its really not that serious to me. I know some people think I’m not seeing the light but I really don’t care about this locked bootloader. Oh and motoblur, I think people exaggerate how horrible it is. I don’t really really want it , so I get LP. To my friends who don’t read tech blogs they are happy with the new blur. Sure Id like pure android , but thats Google fault. Even anarchists have standards….

  • Burl

    I have to say the one thing I like about blur is the three icon wide dock on the home screen. It makes for an easy to hit phone button. I can’t find any skin that has a widened dock like that. They all have the gingerbread style or 5 icons. The only problem is I don’t like the third icon (contacts) and I don’t like that it’s impossible to change.

    I took out all the facebook widgets and such. I don’t see how anyone can remember what’s on 7 home screens.

  • Sayersj629

    My take: Get rid of it all together or give us the ability to uninstall blur. But getting rid of it all together will mean faster OS updates for all of our phones since moto won’t have to test and rebuild blur every-time the dessert of the month club over at google puts out an OS update.

  • Dshel61

    What’s MotoBlur?

  • you should add another one that says yes to hardware no to motoblur, and no to locked bootloaders.

  • Djenks24

    As far as I’m concerned, they can put whatever they want on it as long as they leave the bootloader unlocked.

  • SomeDooD123

    I don’t like them because of their locked bootloader more than because of motoblur. Atleast with I can replace motoblur.

  • Jsutin

    1 simple fix.. buy launcherpro. Everyone i know that has a dx uses launcher pro or other home alternatives. I use none of the motoblur features. Neither does anyone i know.

  • wooper

    Blur is awful. Seriously terrible. The only thing worse than Blur is their locked bootloaders. Definitely going HTC ASAP.

  • Xdns2kx

    I like the moto phones sturdy build but dislike blur. OG droid is my fave phone to date.

  • Anonymous

    Rooted OGD here, I Either have a Rooted dev help Moto with the Blur and a function to turn it off if you want pure Vanilla. OR get rid of it. I don’t want people /consumers thinking Blur is Android with all of Blurs bugs and problems.

    Moto could take thier Blur and again with the help of devs like Cyanogen, turn Blur into a custom ROM that would allow for better customization if you want it or not. Just my 2 cents 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Actually you can turn the way sense looks off but you cant turn it off in the apps…still it runs a lot better is nicer and now has so many cloud features….i would choose htc anyday….thunderbolt…. 🙂

  • Rschneidly76

    I feel that Blur is indeed to buggy…and my Droid 2 really lags sometimes and has to many little quirks, I dont know if this is due to Blur or not. My biggest complaint however has to be without a doubt all the facebook contacts…I do not nor do I need 400 hundred contacts from fb, most of them are listed under there user names anyway..when i go to look up someone info I dont expect to have to look up crazydoglover72 or some off thw wall name like that, besides only 3/4 or less actually have a number listed and most of them i have no desire to call anyway….and the ones i do i end up having multiple contacts for them anyway. I would love a way to turn that off. I dont want fb contacts…i just want the people and places that I choose to list as my contacts. Oh and I dont like the bloatware either. and i dont want to have to hide it with a dif home or launcher program. I just want the choice to remove the apps i dont want or need. on that note I probably wont switch to HTC or anyone else. they still skin there o.s. and I am really interested in the Droid Bionic, or maybe one of the qaud core phones by early next yr sometime hopefully.

  • Osiridean

    I’m fine with MotoBlur, but I think there should always be an option to turn it off. Same thing with Sense on the HTC devices.

  • I have a droid 2, which from what I’ve heard has an unofficial version of motoblur, what I can say is the motorola widgets that I use for social interface are wonderful and make my usage of my phone as a multipurpose device prime. I used to be one that didn’t leave home without my netbook but now I feel like I can go a day or two and still be in the loop with what my friends and fam are doing

  • techcruncher

    Do you need to make a motoblur account, or can I just login with my regular android account?

  • techcruncher

    Do you need to make a motoblur account, or can I just login with my regular android account?

  • Anonymous

    MotoBlur has some cool concepts, especially the Facebook integration, but it’s poorly executed. Their custom ROM adds so many ridiculous bugs to Android it almost turned me off from the platform all together as I’ve been using it. The worst part is that people will think these are Android bugs, and not Motorola ones.

    Also, why waste the battery, bandwidth, and annoyance of forcing users who want to use the Facebook sync to sync with ALL facebook friends and auto-import numbers from these people? I may have a bunch of friends on FB, but it doesn’t mean I need their number in my phone all the time.

  • Hello Moto can you hear us now?

  • Booboolala2000

    And by their website I mean the manufacturers not Verizon

  • Booboolala2000

    Yep. They will lose sales this time around I think. Slowwww updates, and locked bootloaders are ridiculous. Glad the Iphone came to VZW, hope it makes them get off their asses. Even if VZW doesn’t want an update on the phone, they will have to post it on their website. You have to keep your customers happy if you want them to buy again

  • Jmanin

    Had original Droid and loved it. Don’t really know much about Motoblur as I have Incredible and like Sense UI. Live MOTO’s hardware but hate the locked bootloader!

  • About the locked bootloaders, take it from htc. The G2 is pretty much unbrickable. The only way to change things is to root it very deliberately, and follow all the steps exactly. If you screw up, you have an unrooted device. If you really want custom ROMS on it, you can have them. If you accidentally found yourself in recovery mode, flashing your term paper to where the system apps used to be, you won’t kill it.
    I don’t usually recomend Motorola phones to people, partially its because there aren’t many high end ones here in canada, but mostly, its because Moto doesn’t want you to have the freedom to play with your device. If the bootloaders were unlockable, it wouldn’t matter that you still haven’t updated the milestone to Froyo. People who care could load gingerbread, people who don’t, won’t know the difference anyway. Happy customers.

  • I was really put off by videos of the atrix and bionic, it could just be a bad video, but the phone still looks stuttery, even with 2 cores pushing it around.
    Moto really needs to rewrite blur using strict mode (http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-gingerbread-api-strictmode.html), this is why gingerbread is so fast.
    The widgets look cluttered, even in press shots, The homescreens look really awful. If your marketing department can’t make your software look clean and user friendly, you have an issue. I dig the minimalist vibe they’re going for, but white and bright colours, and square edges don’t work. If the widgets were all semi-transparent, blur would probably look okay.
    Whenever people design things with teenagers in mind, they tend to make it look really childish and outdated. Newsflash: the younger generation doesn’t mind sexy and refined looking software on their socially connected hardware. I was showing off gingerbread on my milestone to some highschool students, they said it looked classy, subdued and refined; not boring and grown up, whatever that would mean. People have no issue with stuff thats designed for people that are ‘better’ than them. If you are going to use the same blur for your high-end and low end stuff, it might as well all be high end looking. It wouldn’t take away form the Atrix if the backflip’s overlay was just as sexy looking, the price tag separates them out anyway. It is a huge strike that the Atrix software looks like the backflip’s though, as the cheesy interface takes away form the otherwise high-end feel of the phone. Which would you rather hear a review say “the UI looks really sextastic for a phone that can be had for free on contract” or “The childish UI is really at odds with the sextastic harware”.
    The social part of blur is not as good as the native social networking already in android, it was cool and a good idea when the cliq came out, but now its old and unnecessary, ditch it and focus on adding value and features.
    Cyanogenmod is the most popular custom ROM out there, Theres more than 100,000 people using it. the features it adds are all things like
    -A scrolling power control in the notification bar
    -An entire menu of things that you can customize
    -Music controls and an extra slider on the lockscreen
    -A music app that lets you use gestures and see your live wallpaper

    These are mostly things that let you personalize your device and use it exactly your way, not give you proprietary new ways to use your phone. There isn’t cyano-facebook/twitter. There isn’t a version of google talk that can only talk to other cyanogen phones.
    The connected music player is a good example, it got leaked and a number of DL readers probably have it. It adds some very cool stuff, but I have a feeling most people use it for
    -making playlists and listening to them
    -listening to the radio
    Adding a whole bunch of social features is great for people who use them, but the novelty wears off for people who don’t use them. I already have dedicated and feature complete apps for soundhound and youtube, i don’t need buttons for them in my media player. the time spent adding this integration could have been used to make the layout better, or the coding more robust. “Leaked Moto Connected Music app is jam packed with nifty connected features” is not as good a headline as “Leaked Moto Music app makes i*hone’s i*od app look unsexy, thrown together and cheap”. It can be done, you just have to do it.
    Blur’s philosophy is kind of diametric to that of android. When you first turn on a nexus S, the centre homescreen has 4 app shortcuts and the google search bar on it, the other 4 screens are blank. Empty. Your phone is a clean slate waiting for you to make it yours. When you first turn on a DROID X, there are 7 homescreens, each filled with Blur widgets. A hasty count shows that 78% of the home real estate is taken. There isn’t even enough room to rearrange them to your preferences so you usually have to delete most of them and start over from a clean slate. The widgets are separated into motorola and android widgets, just to remind you that you are using a blur phone, you have to look in 2 places unless you know exactly what you are after, and it feels like you are fighting with your phone, like it doesn’t want you to make it yours.
    Blur is in a rough state, and to fix it you might have to start form scratch. It might be better to try and “differentiate” by offering plain, stock, unmolested android. No one else is doing it, and it would be refreshing.

  • shr1k3r

    I personally don’t like blur because its lagginess and it’s lockedness. However my Mom, a more average customer, doesn’t like the gray drab. She was quite jealous of the colorfulness in the touchwiz

  • The new Blur seen on the DBionic and the DX2 snapshots doesn’t look as bad as the current Blur. That said, it’s also plenty easy to hide with a custom launcher. The real issue (IMO) is the processing overhead Blur seems to have. Even on a new (or newly wiped) DX Blur never feels as snappy as stock Android, or even Sense (Touchwiz has this problem too in my experience). And putting a new launcher over that means you’re still paying the computing “tax” for having Blur installed. I think that’s where most of the resentment stems from.

    That said, as the phones get faster it’s entirely possible that it won’t really matter in another product cycle or so. Not that I want to encourage the practice of skins that slow down the UI, but I think realistically as we move into Tegra3+ land it really may no matter a whole lot.

    One think I think Blur really lacks is a central time/weather/organization widget. I’m sure they don’t want to seem like a Sense knock-off, but I think users really like to have a central data widget that says “this is the default home screen”. That’s why aftermarket widgets like Beautiful Widgets continue to sell so well. I think Motorola would be well served trying to come up with a well designed “main” widget, perhaps one with a novel look and incorporating some different choice in data to be exposed to the user.

  • Stephen D

    I have no problems with manufacturer skins. With root and LauncherPro, any one of them can be uninstalled. However, the locked bootloader affects my decision. Then it’s very difficult to root.

  • It’s not really Motoblur by itself, but a combination of factors. Like how crappy the quality of the last Motorola phone I owned was (it was a KRZR). Or the hard angles and generally brickish designs of the original Droid and the Droid X. Or the fact that I actually like Sense. Mostly, I’d say it’s my unbridled affection for HTC hardware that keeps me from buying Motorola phones. But Motoblur isn’t helping.

  • I don’t like Blur, but I don’t really care either way because it only stayed on my phone for a day or two. It’s the locked bootloader that gives me pause. I love my DX but probably won’t buy another Moto phone, as much as I love the hardware. (I’m aware my opinions aren’t groundbreaking, I just wanted to throw my two cents in.)

  • Anonymous

    Moto Blur is not why I won’t buy a motorola device… the locked bootloader is… on my OGD I could just flash w/e rom and be fine… and if something ever “broke” i was one usb cord, a computer and 5 nerve-racking minutes away from it being perfectly fine again… if they’d give us that back then we’d be able to simply flash a truly different rom completely seperate of motoblur

    • Tarsis Brito

      even with a custom rom you cant get rid of blur? so why do we flash roms on the first place. I mean i do not mind some blur like i always mentioned alarm, messaging social networking, gallery

  • Anonymous

    I have the OG Droid,
    I use LauncherPro on it,
    for my next device I want it to have HTC Sense,
    but if it doesn’t,
    I’ll just keep using LauncherPro.

    • Anonymous

      thunderbolt…..

      • Anonymous

        Can’t upgrade yet

  • Anonymous

    The combination of MotoBlur and locked bootloaders makes Motorola devices completely unappealing to me

  • Kidheated

    Blur is garbage. When I say garbage, I mean = to a dirty diaper. Much of the way the skin functions just does not make any sense. I use a Droid Incredible and my brother has a Droid X and he tells me everyday how he wants to spike his phone against whatever hard surface he comes across. Just the simple task of adding an app to the Droid X home screen goes through too many additional selection panels and I stand there and am like “why?!” Forgive the terrible example, but HTC’s Sense just makes more sense. Moto needs to invest in user intuitive studies to understand how to make their devices better. When I read that Sanjay said that “We like Blur. We think its a good skin (or whatever).” I felt like polishing my sniper scope. My two thoughts were, “idiot” and “this guy definitely doesn’t read Droid-Life.”

  • Jroc869

    blur doesn’t bother be, I just slap launcher pro on any moto phone and ignore the rest.

  • regy augustin

    Blur is okay but could be better if it had some added customization, better Widgets and just learn from works with the other great ui’s

  • texashorns88

    Motorola is ignoring the very reason that the OG Droid became so popular and essentially lifted their company back into national relevance: It was really cool. Call it the “Facebook” factor if you want to, as coined in The Social Network, but the reason the OG Droid and early edition phones were/are still so cool is b/c of the unlocked bootloader and the ability to really embrace the hardware on our phones and give a big “F-U” to all the Jobby sheeple who never shut up about simpleton apps and phone use.

    Motorola locking the bootloader and forcing Blur on everyone has taken them from the company that really embraced their customers in helping them overtake “the man,” and has basically sold out as soon as they realized a modicum of success and flipped the tables on their customers now becoming “the man.” Blur isn’t just about Blur, it’s about locking bootloaders and FORCING Blur on us. The smartest thing Motorola can do is realize that there is nothing “cool” about locking bootloaders and forcing Blur on a consumer base that flocks to “cool” things. Wake up Moto, before you repeat history.

  • Christopher M Brannan

    I have a Droid 2 Global with Launcher Pro, which I immediately installed, as I already had it on my OG Droid that I upgraded from. I read all these negative comments about MOTO Blur, but I have the most vague idea of what it is. Are they the Motorola widgets that you can place on the stock home screen? I’ve spent maybe a total of five minutes on the stock home screen, so I don’t know.

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  • motoblur isnt an issue here in fact i like it but its the lockdown devices, i bought an android phone for a reason, if i wanted a phone locked down i would have bought an iphone

  • Scott

    I’d personally like to see Google lock down the android similar to Microsoft’s approach with WP7. Microsoft has said that they will not allow custom “skinning” of the WP7. Microsoft says this provides a consistent experience from phone to phone. I perfer the vanilla android UI rather than the “fat” that HTC and Moto lay on top an already great stock android UI. I feel like anything that HTC or Moto provide in Sense or Blur vastly enhances the stock build.

  • Scott

    I’d personally like to see Google lock down the android similar to Microsoft’s approach with WP7. Microsoft has said that they will not allow custom “skinning” of the WP7. Microsoft says this provides a consistent experience from phone to phone. I perfer the vanilla android UI rather than the “fat” that HTC and Moto lay on top an already great stock android UI. I feel like anything that HTC or Moto provide in Sense or Blur vastly enhances the stock build.

  • KJB

    I loved my OG Droid…my Droid 2? not so much. I will probably try a HTC device if Moto doesnt release a stock android phone soon.

  • KJB

    I loved my OG Droid…my Droid 2? not so much. I will probably try a HTC device if Moto doesnt release a stock android phone soon.

  • geoff

    The stock android experience is almost always better than whatever any company, Motorola included, decides to slap on top of it. REMOVE BLUR PLEASE! It will save you money in the long run, as you won’t have to waste money developing inferior software.

  • Not being able to take it off is what bothers me

  • Sdouglas3673

    I’m in a weird spot.. I love the moto hardware but hate blur.. If they would allow us to root the device and put a new overlay ontop.. I’d be all over the bionic… so I’m settling for the Thunderbolt… much more user / root friendly

  • Tnvprofen

    I really like moto hardware and thats what I loved about the original droid. Moto only did hardware. I love stock 2.3 and would love to see it on the new phones. But all these companies putting their custom overlay on top of stock Android is killing it. Blur is very laggy and not worth it at all. I find sense so much better than any other skin. I have never had a issue with it. I work in a Verizon store and I find a lot of people switching to iphone bc of the ease of use from one device to another. And this Blur is turning people away from android bc they think every Android phone is like that. Its a shame bc Android is great. If moto wants to keep selling phones they need to do better on software or just stay to hardware in my opinion

  • SamIam

    …the locked boot loader, on the other hand, completely SUCKS. I fully understand avoiding MOT for that.

  • SamIam

    Based on the complaints I’ve read, 90% of the folks out there that complain about BLUR haven’t even used it. I have a Droid 1 & Droid X running BLUR & it pains me every time I’m forced to use the ‘official’ Facebook app (which can even rotate my uploaded pictures correctly!). The dialer is another example — with BLUR I can look up my contacts via the dialer MUCH faster than on my D1’s Froyo (& now Gingerbread). I don’t particularly like all the crap MOT & VZW puts on the homescreens by default, but it took me all of 15seconds to trash those & start my own layout. The resizeable BLUR widgets make my homescreens SO much more useful than the default Android widgets. Yes, BLUR slows down boot up & the seems to load a bunch of things after boot up & that slows the phone down for maybe 10min or so after boot, but after that I don’t notice a difference.

  • Interstellarmind

    in my opinion (remember moto, if you read this, i spend $$ based upon my opinion), the the original droid revived motorola from the dead. and it was stock. (i’d say the xoom would have done the same for moto’s tablet ventures, but, the price point i think will kill the xoom)

    moto, why are you messing with a good thing? stock android got you to where you are. if you turn your back on it now, you will lose consumers.

  • Kyle R.

    i hate motoblur i own a OG Droid and stock android is not laggy like blur, and i think its alot more functional, maybe add the widgets but don’t put your skin on it PLEASE

  • Anonymous

    None of the options really fit me, but the closest was I dislike MotoBLUR so much that it makes me not want to buy a Motorola phone.

    Before I start I know that getting rid of MotoBLUR visually is as simple as installing LauncherPro or any of the other launchers. But that only gets rid of it visually and some of its affect on performance. It is still there and still running in the background because it is hooked in deeper than just a launcher.

    I don’t like MotoBLUR for a lot of reasons. The main one is that hurts performance. The phone is slower running MotoBLUR. If you’re going to preload something and make it so I can’t fully remove it, don’t have it affect performance. Period. On the ATRIX it doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on performance but I think that is more that the phone is so high spec’d that it is unnoticeable, not that it isn’t having an effect (if that makes any sense)

    Second problem with MotoBLUR is that it is pointless. Only two advantages that I know of for MotoBLUR is that you can resize widgets and you can pull updates instead of having to wait for a push to rollout. That’s it. Everything else it does is either done by Android already or is done by another launcher better. Let’s be honest, the only reason you have MotoBLUR is for “differentiation” something you can point to in a spreadsheet as the difference between your phone and someone else’s. I don’t care about that. I didn’t buy the phone because of your software. Motorola is not a software company. I bought your phone because it is running Android (the actually software I want) on a well built phone for a good price. Differentiate on hardware and price, leave the software alone.

    I don’t know how Motorola makes decisions but what they need to do is take a look at their best selling, and most loved phone. The DROID. It was a stupidly hackable well built, high spec’d well priced brick of a phone running stock Android. That is what we want. Update the specs, update the look, be as aggressive as you can on the price. Leave the software alone. You want to differentiate? There is AFAIK no top tier manufacturer making a completely stock, high spec’d Android phone with the exception of HTC and the G2 is only on T-Mobile and is a single core phone. No one else is doing that. You want to put your stamp on something, do that.

    • Tarsis Brito

      Hello the only reason droid sold more was because the droid x nor the droid 2 was not out yet. The droid was the first android that started it all so everybody had the fever of getting that phone. Droid can not compare with droid x nor the other moto droids. Droid xtreme is the best cell so far and the only one that will detrone it will be atrix and bionic enough said

  • Anonymous

    the MOMENT htc comes out with a phone that has a magnetic sensor that works to automatically trigger car mode when using the car dock or multimedia mode when using the multimedia dock I will jump ship instantly.. other than that motorola makes such damn nice accessories it is so hard to switch… Im not like the most of you who hate skins.. I think sense blows most roms out of the water, and I want sense so damn bad, but the car dock is absolutely crucial for me.. I bought a bmw 335i and skipped on the $2500 idrive system and opted for just bluetooth and my droid x can do everything plus more since it is connected to the net

  • AwesomeJames

    i dislike blur just for the same reason i dislike sense and touchwiz. leave android alone!

  • Amiel

    I like Motorola’s hardware, but their stance on locked bootloaders, and their bedfellows putting proprietary uninstallable software on their phones has me at a big no. TBolt will probably be the first HTC phone I buy. Shame…I was really looking forward to the Bionic…

  • theBIGmann

    I think what it comes down to is that from a business standpoint, Motorola doesn’t care (as much) about users like us who are on sites like this one. Their aim with Blur is to get the low-level users that don’t know the difference between Blur/Sense/iOS beyond the pretty colors and social functionality. Now with the locked bootloaders, users like us can’t even root as a solution. Hence, the uproar in the community.

    A choice is all we want. Until we get that, Motorola will see high-end users seeking alternatives. It is a shame too, because we are the users that would truly appreciate their hardware.

  • I think it does some things well, but it’ll never be as good as LauncherPro

  • Mr.Joe

    I can’t believe a SKIN means so much to y’all. Can’t you just go over it with LP or ADW?

    The disgust towards blur on here is really sick.

    • kurttrail

      Say you have a kid, but the best hospital in your area forces any kid born there wear a tattoo that makes your kid act like a slug for the rest of its life, would you go to that hospital?

      Hello no.

      So why should I buy any moto product that is made more sluggish by blur?

      • DBK

        Di…di….did you just compare having stock Android to having a child?……….wow………..

        O.O

    • Tarsis Brito

      i know very ridiculous i like some old blur and i am looking forward to my droid bionic. Remember verizon will punish the people that tether on their phones and use a lot of data. Rooted will be pointless that’s why moto is making their phone so fast so we do need to overclock rooted or not lockbootloader or not bionic here i come 🙂

  • Shiiiiiityeahhhh

    What an utterly predictable poll.

  • EC8CH

    What’s funny is that when I first imagined this Poll, I anticipated that the last answer would get exactly 2% of the vote 🙂

    • Chris Nimon

      well they know what we want ( yeah right). Im sure they’ll make jokes about this around the water cooler tomorrow.

  • sspediacci

    I mean tell me why I put a ROM like Rubix or Liberty on my Droid X and it automatically runs what seems like 10x faster and has longer battery life?

    The locked bootloader and not releasing SBF files deal is only limiting the people who love Moto’s hardware more than anyone out there.

    The DX is a gorgeous piece of hardware that I hated having Blur on and luckily Rubix saved the experience. Now it’s hands down the best phone I’ve ever had and it made me a fan of Moto’s build quality and as an Android person that’s all I want from a manufacturer.

    I actually don’t like any of the phones hardware wise HTC has built (personally) but when the time comes that I want a new phone, I will go HTC because 1) No locked bootloaders 2) I can do whatever I want to it because I PAID FOR IT!

    Let us phone nerds have the option to turn off Blur or uninstall it or simply unlock the bootloader and give us full SBF files so we can do it ourselves and revive it when we eff up.

    • Tarsis Brito

      i dont care about the lock bootloader but if i have to buy another phone i will go to samsung better

  • i dont care i just wait until someone makes a blurless rom, i love moto devices

  • Here is my thing. I want and most likely will get a XOOM. However, this is based on the face that it is supposed to be a “pure Google experience”. If it has MotoBLUR on it, I may pass. Thing is that when I saw Sense on the new Flyer, I was not impressed. I am thoroughly impressed with stock Honeycomb. I truly wonder what would happen if a phone provider would allow the end user to choose between their bloatware and stock Android. Make it the default, but give me the chance to turn it off.

  • Alvinm 77

    I can’t deal with blur. The minute I got my DX I was running ADW and Launcher Pro Plus. Then I rooted it and started flashing custom stock roms. I love the hardware but the locked bootloader messed it up for me and is sending my back to HTC (Thunderbolt). Devs like Fab, Drod, Jrummy, Kejar, and others did a great job with DX roms, but I would like to see CM7, Miui, and others. Only way I would ever buy a Moto Android again is if its stock (rumored for the Droid 3) or if they unlock the bootloader.

  • John

    For me Blur is not the issue, but rather the locked phone. I want to be able to add or take off whatever I want including Rom Images. Sure, put Blur on the phone, just unlock it.

  • Superglen99

    What’s wrong with you people? Blur is awesome and I’m not being sarcastic!!

  • thebigmann

    Motorola should focus their time on making top-notch add-ons and apps that can be optionally added/removed. I want Android, not a lesser (and it IS lesser) skinned version.

  • Madog55

    Just give me a pure android!!

  • question or everybody out there? Is motoblur worse than HTC Sense? Are they pretty much the same thing. I seriously have not owned a device with either of those, but my wife had a HTC sense product…was not a fan, but it looked “Pretty” now she has the samsung touch wiz, and seriously that is worse than all of the others. Looks like the iPhone to me…so I ask, How many people run the vanilla android “UI” compared to how many people run ADW/LP or any other variation….cant you do the same thing with blur? If you can then what is the big deal…and no I am not going to talk bootlockers or anything like that, because well this is about motoblur

  • question or everybody out there? Is motoblur worse than HTC Sense? Are they pretty much the same thing. I seriously have not owned a device with either of those, but my wife had a HTC sense product…was not a fan, but it looked “Pretty” now she has the samsung touch wiz, and seriously that is worse than all of the others. Looks like the iPhone to me…so I ask, How many people run the vanilla android “UI” compared to how many people run ADW/LP or any other variation….cant you do the same thing with blur? If you can then what is the big deal…and no I am not going to talk bootlockers or anything like that, because well this is about motoblur

    • Anonymous

      When I was in the store playing with a DX, the UI just felt incredibly slow to me, whereas Sense on DINC had -slightly- more polish, and it certianly ran faster. I went with DINC though ’cause I got for free with a 2 year contract back in like October. At any rate, I ended up hating sense and now I use GOLauncher and sometimes LauncherPro. Just to be fair though, I rather regret the decision, I had an OG before this and it just felt like a quality build and I imagine the DX would’ve been similar.

      Long story short, if you don’t like tacky UI’s (Sense or Blur) and you’re not the type to use ROM’s and the like, I think Moto is the way to go.

  • Chris

    I really like Motorola’s hardware, but after buying a Droid 2, there are 2 Motorola items that will affect my buying decisions in the future: Motoblur (or any other layer on top of Android) and locked bootloaders.

  • i’ve been using the OG Droid since November 2009.

    i’ve never used blur, and the recent negative reviews for Motorola make me never want to try blur. moreover, blur is fugly.

    as a Verizon customer it seems impossible to get another unskinned Android, so my plan is to go with HTC and Sense this summer.

    • EC8CH

      I am in the exact situation as you, and I am in total agreement.

      I am played with Blur some in stores, and my wife has an Incredible that I’ve played with. It’s pretty clear to me that if I can’t get a vanilla android phone, Sense is the clear choice over Blur.

      • it’s hard to believe, but i think there were only four unskinned Android phones, ever: HTC Dream, Nexus One, Nexus S and OG Droid.

        i feel lucky when i look at that short list.

        your wife made a wise choice; the Incredible looks pretty good.

        i’m puzzled about why HTC hasn’t received the same push from Verizon that Motorola has. Motorola has more phones, true… but i’ve seen only a handful of Incredible ads- nothing like the Droid marketing blitz. in addition, the Incredible suffered a supply shortage, so although it was released last April, it really wasn’t available for most until August. not sure if HTC or Verizon is to blame for that.

        Motorola must have thrown a ton of cash at Verizon, much more than HTC, that’s all i can figure.

        • EC8CH

          Well… SHE didn’t decide what phone to get 😉

          The Dinc is great, always very snappy, and Sense is a great skin for someone who want to leave it stock and not play with ROM’s. Only problem is it feels very cheap compared to my OGD.

  • Dsim91

    The problem is blur is just OK at best, mostly it just uses up my phones resources causing lag and random reboots my DX lags as much as my g1 and that is sad. Although my decision will not be based on blur but based on a locked bootloader.

  • TheCraiggers

    I’m not buying Motorola devices any more because of their stupid efuses and stance on not letting me install the software I want on *my* device. Motoblur is just icing on the crap-cake for me.

  • Anonymous

    I have the D1 so its a Moto device but it came vanilla so i never experienced the good or the bad of it, but i have played with a few friends DX’s and i do like the looks of their widgets i feel it has a polished look but seemed a but slow. I am sure as time goes on the newer versions of blur will fix the lag issues people had but as may people know a new launcher can solve your blur woes.

  • Mysticist82

    Unlock the bootloader, and put blur in the market. Send the devices out WITH the bloat-ware & blur, but give the option to uninstall it. If we want it, we’ll download it. This way, the novice can still have their hand held by blur, and rest of us are free to enjoy the device we purchased. I want to buy Motorola, but I’ll never buy another device that stops me from using it.

  • I don’t like motoblur, but it can easily be fixed within 1 minute by downloading launcher pro or the gingerbread launcher and rooting.

    • kurttrail

      BS. All you are doing is hiding blur. All of its resourse-zapping bloatware is still running in the background.

      You can put lipstick (launcherpro) on a pig (motoblurified android), but it is still a resourse hog.

  • I never comment here, usually just read….

    I have a Droid X, and to be honest the motoblur and locked bootloader are why I’m dying to get a thunderbolt. My phone locks up all the time, is slower than friend’s incredibles, and I have grown to hate the look of it.

    All I have done to this phone is try and make it look and feel like an HTC device, i deleted all bloatware, put on a vanilla rom, put on launcher pro, cleared all my memory up, and the damn thing still is laggy and crashes all the time… I even tried overclocking, still laggy, but crashes less… i dont know what it is, but moto should just not mess with anything, they do more harm than good….

    i feel like HTC phones are just more complete and well thought out phones, software seems optimized, and ill be able to ROM it do death….

    release the dang thunderbolt and let me be free of blur forever, screw dual core, pcmag.com atrix review said its still laggy and buggy, whats to blame? motoblur…. menwhile the inspire 4g review said they couldnt get it lag if they tried…

    i have had my first and last moto android phone…until they get rid of blur

  • Kkinderen

    Give me a simple Android experience. I’ll add and remove whatever I want using the Market. This goes beyond Blur to the carriers… please don’t force your software on me.

    Why couldn’t Blur be an option? I’m sure there are plenty out there at appreciate the look and features it may have. It can’t be that difficult. Even with Windows I can turn off the Aero interface and opt for a plainer, easier to navigate, faster interface.

  • Kkinderen

    Give me a simple Android experience. I’ll add and remove whatever I want using the Market. This goes beyond Blur to the carriers… please don’t force your software on me.

    Why couldn’t Blur be an option? I’m sure there are plenty out there at appreciate the look and features it may have. It can’t be that difficult. Even with Windows I can turn off the Aero interface and opt for a plainer, easier to navigate, faster interface.

  • Kkinderen

    Give me a simple Android experience. I’ll add and remove whatever I want using the Market. This goes beyond Blur to the carriers… please don’t force your software on me.

    Why couldn’t Blur be an option? I’m sure there are plenty out there at appreciate the look and features it may have. It can’t be that difficult. Even with Windows I can turn off the Aero interface and opt for a plainer, easier to navigate, faster interface.

  • All these built-in customizations like Motoblur or Sense are pointless – Android is very well customizable via downloadable home replacement app and widgets.

  • Frencha

    I’ve been on the OG Droid almost since it came out, but I recently got to try a Droid X @ work. Here are my quick thoughts

    Pros:
    Cursor movement on text input
    Text selection

    Cons:
    Homescreen lag was disgusting since we know it can be smoother.
    Non-removable(let me get rid of Blur if I don’t want it)

  • EC8CH

    I think stock android is great, and if I need something different or extra there are thousands of apps that can deliver whatever functionality I want. So when I’m looking to buy an Android phone I already know I’m going to get the software I want. To me then, manufacture’s skins like Blur are simply a distraction when deciding what phone to buy because I am focused on who has the best hardware.

    I doubt Moto will ever listen, but regardless of what they keep telling themselves, no one buys their phones because of Blur.

  • Moving from the OG Droid to a Droid 2 was very eye-opening. Unless Blur drastically changes, my next device will not have it, I will be buying from HTC or other.

  • Moving from the OG Droid to a Droid 2 was very eye-opening. Unless Blur drastically changes, my next device will not have it, I will be buying from HTC or other.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s my take, my wife has a Droid 2 and the camera on that is a bit different but way faster. The camera on my Droid 1 OG running Gingerbread 2.3.2 has the same camera as Froyo and Eclair? and it still is slow and laggy so is her camera part of Blur? or am i missing something? Can the apk of her camera be installed in my OG Droid? I basically don’t care about Blur BUT I want to pick and choose what Blur I want running. Give me the power/option to keep what i want and delete what i don’t want.
    OG Droid
    ChevyNo1 SS5.0 GB
    LV1.0GHz Kernel
    LPP

  • Anonymous

    Blur doesn’t necessarily make me pass on the device. Motorola makes me pass on the device because of their current business practices.

  • Anonymous

    Blur doesn’t necessarily make me pass on the device. Motorola makes me pass on the device because of their current business practices.

  • pj

    I had my heart set on a Droid x at launch, so I went to check it out. The very first thing I notice is the childish blue and green launchers that look the same as my buddies cliq and backflip. I spent hours trying to figure out the cliq for my friend, and I was immediately put off that MOTO had included that on this high end phone. It ran fine, but I thought it was just plain cheap looking. So, I walked over to the HTC phones and the first thing I see is the sense full screen animations. Gimmicky, sure, but beautiful. So I had to decide, blue and green launchers or full screen animations. Pretty easy choice. Needless to say, I got the HTC phone instead. The sad thing is that I went in to get the x. I was already sold. MOTO talked me out of it with their cheap UI skin they call BLUR ! After that, I talked as many people out of it that I could.

  • pj

    I had my heart set on a Droid x at launch, so I went to check it out. The very first thing I notice is the childish blue and green launchers that look the same as my buddies cliq and backflip. I spent hours trying to figure out the cliq for my friend, and I was immediately put off that MOTO had included that on this high end phone. It ran fine, but I thought it was just plain cheap looking. So, I walked over to the HTC phones and the first thing I see is the sense full screen animations. Gimmicky, sure, but beautiful. So I had to decide, blue and green launchers or full screen animations. Pretty easy choice. Needless to say, I got the HTC phone instead. The sad thing is that I went in to get the x. I was already sold. MOTO talked me out of it with their cheap UI skin they call BLUR ! After that, I talked as many people out of it that I could.

  • Chris Nimon

    I really think this needs one more option. “Does having a locked bootloader make you not want to buy a Motorola device?” Other than that, i couldn’t care less. I took it off within 15 minutes of getting myDX.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s what gets me.

    All of these manufacturers want to differentiate themselves with their skins (Sense, TouchWiz, Blur, etc). Are they too stupid to realize that no skins would not only save them a ton of money in development, but also differentiate themselves from every other manufacturer anyway???

    Seriously, could you imagine if LG (the new guys in Android-town) said, “all of our devices will be vanilla-Android”!

    • Chris Nimon

      I can, I can. Im daydreaming of a vanilla Droid right now, aahhhhh. 🙂

    • Chris Nimon

      I can, I can. Im daydreaming of a vanilla Droid right now, aahhhhh. 🙂

    • EC8CH

      imagine if Dell, HP, Toshiba, etc all thought they needed to differentiate themselves buy customizing windows because they couldn’t make their desktop hardware standout from the competition enough.

  • Blur wouldn’t be so bad if

    A) It wasn’t so laggy. Its laggiest UI of all the custom UI’s

    B) Moto committed to a no phone left behind policy

  • 3 2tlshane

    When it comes to skins, I don’t think blur is that bad. However I would prefer a phone with outstanding hardware specs and no skin. Let me have stock android and have my way with it.

    • I would love it if Blur were ONLY a good-looking launcher with some resizable widgets…

      It wont be so slow and causes so much trouble for people who don’t like it.

    • I would love it if Blur were ONLY a good-looking launcher with some resizable widgets…

      It wont be so slow and causes so much trouble for people who don’t like it.

  • Silksmooth12

    The Bootloader situation is the primary reason why I will be looking elsewhere for my next phone. I have an OG Droid running Pete’s vanilla Gingerbread. Love it. Can I do that with the X? Nope! Sorry Moto, but locking the bootloader is an awful decision.

  • Anonymous

    I will buy a Motorola product if it does not have Motoblur. I don’t want anything that gets in the way of prompt Android updates.

  • Ive never had a device with it so i cant really judge. Though lots of you hate it so there must be a good reason.

  • There are some good features about blur like the camera, but blur really slows down the phone too much. The deep integration also delays the system update – this is very annoying as android is getting important features with each new release.

  • Anonymous

    When I come off the OG, I’ll go with a different mfgr because of locked boot loader on new Motor hardware. Holding out to compare LG to Thunderbolt.

  • Anonymous

    Bury it and be done with it. Focus less on trying to add unnecessary software to Android, and focus more on providing top-notch hardware that takes full advantage of Android.

    You are a HARDWARE company. NOT a software company! Let Google handle the software, you focus on the hardware.

    Simple as that.

    • Actually I like the idea of webtop shown recently by moto, it’s good for moto to develop software if it’s really useful, it’s not buggy/laggy and most importantly can be uninstalled easily.

  • Aaron

    Their corp e-mail doesn’t work and their social network integration is significantly lacking compared to the direct from network apps in the marketplace.

  • Anonymous

    Blur makes the Droid X feel slower than the Incredible when both are stock. That should say enough about it. If they could keep the functionality without bogging down their devices so much, I wouldn’t have any problem with it.

  • FutureDroider

    This is an interesting poll. I am in the market as a “new droid” user (coming from a Bberry). As I am a prospective buyer of either HTC Thunderbolt or the Moto Bionic, I’ve been trying to decide from the two. Earlier on, I wanted the Bionic, but since then, and all the negative stories of their “skin” Blur, I’m leaning towards the Thunderbolt.

    So long story short, I’d be interested to hear if Moto addresses the “issues”. Or what exactly were the issues to begin with.

    • Aaron

      HTC devices > Moto Devices if for no reason other than unlocked bootloaders.

  • Devator22

    I much prefer the stock experience my OG Droid offers, and would probably go with the first phone to offer it. Blur is not a deal breaker for me, but HTC sense is so much better, I wish moto would take a few lessons. In the end it doesn’t really matter to me though, because I will probably root whatever phone I get anyway. Just wish it wasn’t a prerequisite to getting the stock experience.

  • Devator22

    I much prefer the stock experience my OG Droid offers, and would probably go with the first phone to offer it. Blur is not a deal breaker for me, but HTC sense is so much better, I wish moto would take a few lessons. In the end it doesn’t really matter to me though, because I will probably root whatever phone I get anyway. Just wish it wasn’t a prerequisite to getting the stock experience.

  • bobo

    If MotoTurd is their idea of adding value in the mobile phone supply chain, they need to re-evaluate themselves before HTC puts them out of business.

  • bobo

    If MotoTurd is their idea of adding value in the mobile phone supply chain, they need to re-evaluate themselves before HTC puts them out of business.

  • Anonymous

    I think Moto is fooling themselves if they think people are choosing their phones because of MotoBlur, or, that they need Blur to distinguish their phones from the competition. Somebody has sold them on this idea, and they’ve swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. I’ve worked for other companies that made similar mistakes by refusing to admit the reality of what made their businesses a success. They need to do what they do best: make really good phones, and get out of the software/custom UI business.

  • Anonymous

    I think Moto is fooling themselves if they think people are choosing their phones because of MotoBlur, or, that they need Blur to distinguish their phones from the competition. Somebody has sold them on this idea, and they’ve swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. I’ve worked for other companies that made similar mistakes by refusing to admit the reality of what made their businesses a success. They need to do what they do best: make really good phones, and get out of the software/custom UI business.

  • John

    Shits just so slow!

  • Spatak

    Not a fan of Blur. It looks almost childish in nature. I like simple themes with simple color variations. I run black/red/white. This is the reason I haven’t bothered with Blur since August on my DX and have been using LP. the addition of the LP widgets after a few revisions sweetened the deal, and the ability to theme widgets and icons makes it even better still.

    I don’t know who picks the people in charge of Blur, but they need to seriously consider finding new developers.

  • Joe

    Coming from a Eris to the Droid 2, I think I actually prefer it over Sense. I always use a home replacement anyway, so basically it’s just a bunch of widgets for me.

  • Jeremy

    I love the build quality of Moto devices. I don’t personally like Blur, but I have come to accept that manufacturers are going to skin their devices. I’m comfortable enough to just root my device and put a different blur-less rom on. I do wish they’d have unlocked bootloaders though.

  • Motoblur is why I don’t care about the Bionic.

  • Anyone have a simple guide, maybe with pictures, that shows what MotoBLUR actually is? I’ve only owned one Android phone (a Droid 2, actually), and have had no issues with anything, but I don’t know what I’m missing.

    • DBK

      Blur is the UI on your phone. I have a Droid 2 (my first as well) and like you, I have had no issues. I don’t really understand what all the hubbub is about. And the new Blur looks sweet. I guess some people are so anti-blur that the smallest of flaws seem like fatal head shots to them. Se la vi.

      • Tarsis Brito

        lol i do agree with you also if they do not like blur let them to go to htc, which i feel it can not compare to moto the closest are samsung but they have problems bringing the updates soon

      • Tarsis Brito

        lol i do agree with you also if they do not like blur let them to go to htc, which i feel it can not compare to moto the closest are samsung but they have problems bringing the updates soon

    • Anonymous

      blur isn’t as bad as people make it out to be.. I had an OG droid (vanilla) then went to the droidx.. there are so many features that the droidx has that I am so greatful for that the OG droid even on 2.2.1 doesn’t have.. the ability to end a call from the notification bar, the pulsating green bar when your in a call and not on the call screen, the ability to type a number on the dialpad and it starts to bring up your matches, the ability to pull updates on your own and not have to wait for moto to send it to your device, other than that, all of the widgets are crap (but you don’t have to use them) unlike sense you still get the news and weather widget that google made in 2.1, you get the power control widget google made, and I don’t use any of the other widgets motorola has made, and of course i’m using launcherpro, also it is kinda cool to go to a contact, swipe over and see EVERY communication, text call email whatever in timed order you made with that person, stock doesn’t do that.. the only TRUELY annoying thing about blur is the crapware that comes with it, BUT our droid’s with motoblur have 8gb of internal storage meaning you have nothing to complain about storage wise, and launcher pro allows you to hide apps in the app tray, so I have no idea anymore what crapware is even there

      people are just ignorant I think

      • Tarsis Brito

        i do agree with you very ignorant. Moto are making their upcoming phones superrrrrrrr fasttttttt and we will not have to worry about speed nor ram the lite blur is awsome

        • Hurfdurf

          This is a defective way of thinking. Great–so developers can be even lazier and make the faster processors and more RAM moot points as the software gets more and more bloated and sluggish. No thanks.

    • Anonymous

      blur isn’t as bad as people make it out to be.. I had an OG droid (vanilla) then went to the droidx.. there are so many features that the droidx has that I am so greatful for that the OG droid even on 2.2.1 doesn’t have.. the ability to end a call from the notification bar, the pulsating green bar when your in a call and not on the call screen, the ability to type a number on the dialpad and it starts to bring up your matches, the ability to pull updates on your own and not have to wait for moto to send it to your device, other than that, all of the widgets are crap (but you don’t have to use them) unlike sense you still get the news and weather widget that google made in 2.1, you get the power control widget google made, and I don’t use any of the other widgets motorola has made, and of course i’m using launcherpro, also it is kinda cool to go to a contact, swipe over and see EVERY communication, text call email whatever in timed order you made with that person, stock doesn’t do that.. the only TRUELY annoying thing about blur is the crapware that comes with it, BUT our droid’s with motoblur have 8gb of internal storage meaning you have nothing to complain about storage wise, and launcher pro allows you to hide apps in the app tray, so I have no idea anymore what crapware is even there

      people are just ignorant I think

  • The350zWolf

    Fair is fair and motorola oes build some awesome and bullet proof hardware, but blur does suck!

  • NINJA_VANISH

    It angers me that they believe the clunky garbage they throw on top of android is supposed to enhance our experience when it in fact 1) slows it down 2) hogs memory/battery life. I’ll admit that these effects are not catastrophic (they are still very annoying) and that there are ways around them; but the fact that they stand by blur so blindly shows me how much they respect the opinions of the demographic that cares about them the most: US!

    The X will be my last moto device. Bring on the HTC Pyramid!

  • Between blur, the locked bootloader and the horrible software I will never buy motorola again

  • Anonymous

    Blur: a four-letter word that evokes more four-letter words. A disable option would be the best improvement. Of course, unlocking my bootloader would be even better.

    Dear Moto,

    Let us have our phones back!

    • Your posts are always the best. Just sayin.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you! I appreciate the kind words. Now, I am off to buy some bigger hats. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        Thank you! I appreciate the kind words. Now, I am off to buy some bigger hats. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        Thank you! I appreciate the kind words. Now, I am off to buy some bigger hats. 🙂

    • Your posts are always the best. Just sayin.

    • Anonymous

      Lmao! Great definition

    • Tarsis Brito

      i do agree make an option that way if some people does not like it they can disable it. I love apex because it lets me have the blur that i like. I do not know how to do it on apex 1.4 i hope they did not remove that feature.

  • Motorola needs to stop forcing blur onto its products. If it comes with a device, fine….but at LEAST make an option to get rid of it as we please! Also, it seems that with these top manufactures, they try to make their phones stand out by making a “better” skin (Sense, Blur, TouchWiz) than their competition. Instead, they should simply focus on improving the hardware…IMO

    • Destin4death

      Totally agree with ya, but the idea of overlays going away from any of these mfgs is about slim to none. It is the only way they can make there device stand out different from the next Android device is there idea ( which mind you is a piss poor reason). The thought process is if they don’t change the interface all the devices will look and function the same so it will be a very difficult sell to the consumer. However for folks like us who like playing with our phones it is a load of garbage and turns us away

    • Anonymous

      And getting updates out faster!

  • Anonymous

    MotoBlur is only a secondary enemy here. You can get rid of MotoBlur quite easily with LauncherPro. No easy replacement for the locked bootloader on Motorola devices, however.

    • Anonymous

      LauncherPro, ADW, <launcher du jour> only replace the launcher UI. They do not fix all the broken changes to everything else that are part of Blur.

    • Anonymous

      LauncherPro, ADW, <launcher du jour> only replace the launcher UI. They do not fix all the broken changes to everything else that are part of Blur.

  • CoFoltman84

    The only thing that really affects my decision is the bootloader situation. I’ll probably want to root my next like my current OG Droid.

    • Jeremy

      Locked bootloader doesn’t mean anything towards rooting the devices. I doesn’t allow you to change kernals. On Moto devices now there are work arounds for everything. You can root, rom, wifi tether, over/underclock, custom recovery, change boot logo and animations, etc.

      I just want an unlocked bootloader so we can have true asop roms

  • Anonymous

    Somebody should tweet this to them.

  • Kevoskee

    for me it does as much as I wanted the DX, I felt like Blur would ruin the android experience I wanted plus it lags. The new Blur doesn’t look as bad but still

  • Wctaylor79

    Motoblur no problem.. as long as you can root and get rid of it.. oh wait thats right this is moto were talking about.. D1 will forever be in my heart, but HTC here I come..

    • Tux

      You can root and get rid of Blur, even on the locked devices.

  • Collin

    Some people like it, some (like me) don’t. At least give us the choice to turn it off.

  • Kent

    I think that if Motorola thinks blur is so good then they should put it on the market and let people install it if they want. I have an OG Droid and my wife has a DroidX. I can’t take playing with her phone for very long even with adw on it. It just takes away from the great features that are already there. If a feature is missing I go to the android market. I like Motorola hardware but my next phone wont be Motorola if it has blur on it.

    • Anonymous

      Man I completely agree with you! All of these skins and extra stuff need to be in the market for users to download if they want and all Androids should be shipped stock (that goes for Sense, TouchWiz, and all the other ones). and if people like the skins that would make them more likely to check out devices from that manufacturer in the future

  • Just load LauncherPro, problem solved.

    • Anonymous

      Blur is still running under launcherpro making your phone slower.

      I used to think the same as you said. The more you look in to what blur is and what it does, the more you dislike it.

      • Hmm, interesting. Any good sites on what exactly Blur is?

        • EC8CH

          I’ve got a good one for you, but Kellex’s request to keep it clean prevents me from unleashing the hilarity.

        • I’ve reversed a couple of Blur apps and part of the framework, and blur is a very heavier infrastructure and deep system mod(poor moto guys must have spent a lot to build it), it’s listening an generating tons of events even it’s hidden under another launcher 🙁

        • I’ve reversed a couple of Blur apps and part of the framework, and blur is a very heavier infrastructure and deep system mod(poor moto guys must have spent a lot to build it), it’s listening an generating tons of events even it’s hidden under another launcher 🙁

        • SamIam

          Not sure where you’ll find it, but one of the guys on phonedog.com likes BLUR & has a few videos showing how it cleans up a bunch of Androids rough edges.

      • Hmm, interesting. Any good sites on what exactly Blur is?

    • Anonymous

      Blur is still running under launcherpro making your phone slower.

      I used to think the same as you said. The more you look in to what blur is and what it does, the more you dislike it.

    • Kkinderen

      LauncherPro does not get rid of Blur.

  • katiebug3k

    Motorola, I shouldn’t have to root my phone in order for my contacts pictures to update from Facebook.. And I especially shouldn’t have to root my phone to avoid bringing everyone I’m friends with on Facebook into my contacts list. Even RIM handles this better than Blur does. While it’s nice that you’re trying to help, this is not an instance where it is appreciated. Give your users options, don’t lock us unto things!

    • SamIam

      Katibug3k — maybe you shouldn’t be basing your response on the edition of BLUR that came out in 2009. The newest version is SLICK

      • katiebug3k

        the newest version meaning the version that isn’t available if you aren’t rooted because Moto is taking time to add it to gingerbread? my X isn’t from 2009, so i’d say i have the latest Blur available from Moto

  • It’s less about Blur…and more about the subpar build quality, the poor camera performance, the shaky data connection reliability I’ve been experiencing lately on my DX, the keyboard flaking out recently, and a variety of other things. I’m probably going HTC or Samsung next time around.

  • I don’t think MotoBlur is nearly as bad as I was reading when I first bought my DroidX. I will say that running a custom ROM like Liberty or RubiX does make a significant performance difference, so MotoBlur uses more resources than it should in my opinion. But at the same time, my wife and father do not see the difference in performance and think their DroidX’s run very fast as they are (stock).

    There are a couple things though that I really like about MotoBlur, mainly being the camera features. In my opinion, Moto has done a great job with the gallery and camera software and whenever I put a custom ROM on my phone I load these two pieces back on as well.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think I’ve heard *anyone* complain that the OG Droid did not have MotoBlur.

    • EC8CH

      Exactly!

      As an OGD user I appreciate vanilla android, but as I look to upgrade if I have to get a phone with a manufacture’s skin, it won’t be Blur… sorry Moto 🙁

      • The only problem is… HTC has the Thunderbolt and the rest of their line-up for this year is horrible.. Maybe LG can bring something good.. because Samsung is horrible for updates

    • EC8CH

      Exactly!

      As an OGD user I appreciate vanilla android, but as I look to upgrade if I have to get a phone with a manufacture’s skin, it won’t be Blur… sorry Moto 🙁

    • EC8CH

      Exactly!

      As an OGD user I appreciate vanilla android, but as I look to upgrade if I have to get a phone with a manufacture’s skin, it won’t be Blur… sorry Moto 🙁

    • EC8CH

      Exactly!

      As an OGD user I appreciate vanilla android, but as I look to upgrade if I have to get a phone with a manufacture’s skin, it won’t be Blur… sorry Moto 🙁

    • EC8CH

      Exactly!

      As an OGD user I appreciate vanilla android, but as I look to upgrade if I have to get a phone with a manufacture’s skin, it won’t be Blur… sorry Moto 🙁

    • EC8CH

      Exactly!

      As an OGD user I appreciate vanilla android, but as I look to upgrade if I have to get a phone with a manufacture’s skin, it won’t be Blur… sorry Moto 🙁

    • EC8CH

      Exactly!

      As an OGD user I appreciate vanilla android, but as I look to upgrade if I have to get a phone with a manufacture’s skin, it won’t be Blur… sorry Moto 🙁

    • Shiiiiiityeahhhh

      I’m really upset that the OG droid didn’t have motoblur.

  • Anonymous

    I tried a X for about 3 days, I couldn’t stand how laggy it was with blur and I like to keep things pretty stock so back to my DINC I went.

  • Lord_20_bucks

    I will get the HTC thunderbolt and never look back

    • Tarsis Brito

      you will have the third best phones because if samsung start to bring the updates up to date they will be the second best manucfature number 1 moto lock or unlock bootloader

  • Cprieto013

    Motoblur is awful, ugly and cumbersome. Really would not even consider a motorola device now that they put it on everything. OG Droid there will never be another like it.

  • No.. Blur does not bother me as much as the locked Bootloader… Blar…

    • Soundwave1026

      I second that!

    • The350zWolf

      Sure, but isn’t that equivalent since with an unlocked bootloader you can get rid of blur? Or at least the annoying stuff?

      • True you can’t but I will never experience blur again if they keep the bootloader locked..

    • I third that. If I can remove it then I can.

      I know you can load custom roms on the Droid X…but it kills me what the devs have to go through.

      • kwest12

        Yeah, custom roms without custom kernels is basically “a lot of tweaking”. When a friend rockin an OG Droid can match my rommed, optimized and overclocked Droid X in performance and can just about double my battery life…. Well that should probably tell you something about the limitations an encrypted bootloader imposes. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my DX but I will NEVER make the mistake of buying another product with an encrypted bootloader.

    • Anonymous

      Bye Bye Motorola. I am buying a Thunderbolt simply because of your locked bootloader policy.

    • Anonymous

      I could really care less about blur since most of it will be gone with a custom launcher and it will all be completely gone with a custom rom!

  • Jon

    I really like Moto’s build quality on their phones. And let’s all be honest here, we’re going to root our phones and get rid of it anyway…

  • Jon

    I really like Moto’s build quality on their phones. And let’s all be honest here, we’re going to root our phones and get rid of it anyway…

    • Moto is making great hardware, but when I was trying Milestone 2(the GSM version of Droid 2) in a store, I couldn’t believe a phone with 1G CPU and 512M RAM lags so obviously.

  • MotoBlur is not the problem but more feel like they are being humped by Motorola after we helped them promote their line.