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Question of the Day: What Does the Moto X Need to be to Win You Over?

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In less than two days, we’ll know everything there is to know about the Moto X. We’ll see a confirmation on specs, how Motorola plans to let you customize it, if there are any extra tricks in store outside of what we saw last week during the DROID unveiling, and probably most importantly, when it’ll be available and for how much. But what we want to know, since this has been one of the most hyped phones since maybe the Galaxy Nexus LTE on Verizon, is what do you need to see on Thursday to make the Moto X your next phone? 

The specs, from everything we have seen, show a phone on par with the DROID ULTRA. We’re looking at a phone with a dual-core processor (with some special Moto tweaks), 720p display, and mostly stock Android. Compared to the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, it can’t really compete from a spec standpoint. But even though we have known that side of the equation for a few weeks now, people can’t seem to stop talking about this phone. In fact, we seem to know so much about this phone, yet tech enthusiasts are still buzzing with every story we write about it.

Is it because we’re all realizing that the spec wars have finally come to an end? Do we believe that Motorola will show us a phone and experience that won’t need to have the ultimate in processor and display? Are we expecting the price to be so good that we can’t say no? How innovative can their team of engineers be in terms of smartphone technology? Will there be surprises that push it all over the edge? Or are wis it simply because we are all ready for a new player to emerge?

With less than 48 hours until the official unveiling of the Moto X, tell us, what do you need to see to go back to Moto? Or have you already made up your mind?

  • JeffColorado

    Vanilla Android. SD Expansion.

  • ToddAwesome

    Longer (much) battery life than my GNex, perform better than my GNex, oh, and be no more than $300 off contract. Otherwise, the GNex lives on.

    • PowersUSA

      I would add, must have a better camera than my GNex too. I’m willing to go to $350.

      • ToddAwesome

        I suppose if it had a better camera I’d actuallyuse it more, or at least it would change my opinions on using my cell phone camera for anything more than something I use in a pinch, or to remember where I parked. I may be exaggerating a tad, but, I still lug my dslr with me when I know pictures will be taken.

  • Jarrett Guma

    $300, keep my unlimited on Verizon, that is all

  • mmm

    cheaper retail / off contract price, better battery life (~2500mah at least?), and decent camera at least on par with S3, close to stock android. seems so simple on paper.

  • mike w

    definitely cheap price for example 299 like the nexus 4 and I think the phone has to be better than the nexus 4 or equal to and of course unlocked

  • it doesn’t need to be somehow special, it just has to be cheap phone with decent specs (doesn’t need to be quad core, dual core is enough) 2gigs of RAM, good camera, well optimized OS… and… it has to be available in Europe (and I really doubt it will, Motorola doesn’t care about other countries than US)

  • bkosh84

    Price and Battery life as of right now.

  • n11

    Long Battery life comes to mind, the slick design is a big plus, price that isn’t too high, the specs don’t need to be top-notch really. Front-facing speakers maybe? Great camera.
    Some other innovative hardware features would be great.

  • chikpee

    Why, Moto, can’t you make one of these with the same battery as the DROID ULTRA MAXX? I can only hope that maybe a Moto X MAXX might come later (like how Samsung released Mini and Active versions of their handset).

    After being so spoiled by the RAZR MAXX I’ve been carrying for over a year, I don’t think I can go back to a sub-3000 MaH handset.

  • Brandon Golway

    5″ screen, quad core processor clocked at 2.3 ghz, massive battery. I wouldn’t give up my S4 unless it had that.

    • GoBlue

      Seems a little out of reach in today’s age. I’m sure you’d also include .01″ bezels on all sides and a 500 ppi screen?

      • Brandon Golway

        Little out of reach you say? Not at all considering Samsung has already made it: it’s called the Samsung i9506 which is essentially a Galaxy S4 with a Snapdragon 800 (clocked at 2.3 GHz) instead of the current 600 (clocked at 1.7 GHz). The only thing it doesn’t have is a massive battery which can easily be fixed by buying an extended battery.

        Proof: http://www.gsmarena.com/android_for_43_caught_in_the_wild_nexus_4_system_dump_available-news-6406.php

        • GoBlue

          I stand corrected. Maybe I should have said this: just because it meets those specs doesn’t mean it has any less lag or uses any less energy.

          • Brandon Golway

            You’ve obviously never used the S4, this thing is amazingly fast. I can’t imagine what it would be like with the snapdragon 800. It’s pretty damn good on battery with stock settings. Before I messed with anything I was getting 20-30 hours out of it, with only about an hour screen on time though but streaming music and stuff.

        • GoBlue
          • Brandon Golway

            If you actually read the article you would see that it was for the Exynos version of the S4 and not the Snapdragon 600 version. What are you trying to prove with an article about Samsung OCing their phones to bump scores? I have mine OC’d to 2 GHz currently.

            I have the Google Edition ROM on my phone and it’s still fast as hell. Easily 12,500-13,000 on Quadrant just to give you an idea.

  • Justin Kos

    Nothing, I have a nexus 4

  • SizzlePhizzle

    Full HD screen, bigger battery, micro SD, faster processor

  • DanWazz

    Unlocked bootloader, $300-350 price tag, good camera. Pretty much just want an newer phone until my contract expires and I can get that Nexus on T-Mo off contact.

    • Steve B

      $299 off contract EVERYWHERE, even Verizon. If this happens, I will buy it the second it’s available.

      If it’s $299 through the Play Store/other carriers and $399 or above from Verizon, they are dead to me forever and will never get business from my family again.

  • Wolfpack93

    Is having this phone release on VZW at the same time as the other carriers too much to hope for?

  • Bretton Key

    I’ve been a loyal droid head from jump but moved away from them for the following reasons:
    1. UI too starch and low customization
    2. Camera being subpar
    3. Locked bootloader
    4. Build quality (use of gorilla glass is not as strong as they say, and carbon fiber/plastic just not eye pleasing)
    5. Price
    6. Updates/development
    If these issues were tackled I’d gladly come back Motorola products.
    I’m on Verizon which is one of the slowest carriers to allow updates, but OS and other firmware updates for my motorola devices have been minimal or just very untimely.
    Currently using a Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
    I will give them credit for the battery department and at least trying to implement some customer request in their builds of phone. But Motorola phones really are using what competition as a barometer to what they create versus being pioneers, especially since they have google directly backing them….
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    • Steve B

      Good thing the MotoX isn’t a Droid then.

      • Bretton Key

        Steve hahahaha, very valid point LOL

  • Mordecaidrake

    I’m skeptical about this phone. The sub-par hardware leads me to believe it won’t be that powerful of a device and will suffer some serious lag. However, if the updates to the device can be pushed from Google rather than Verizon and potentially sold through the Play Store for a cheap price, I might drop my Razr HD and pick it up.

    • Steve B

      With the X8 chip can you really say the hardware is sub-par now?

      • Mordecaidrake

        I guess the lack of a quad-core chip, the 2gb of ram is nice though.

        • Steve B

          This phone is essentially an optimized octo-core phone. Each core has a specific function. Some cores are more powerful to handle the big stuff and some cores are less powerful to handle the background stuff, like the always listening function and on-screen notifications.

          • Mordecaidrake

            Yes but will it actually perform this way with heavy use? The listening stuff they’re adding I’m sure is a heavy amount of bloat, which if I got I’d instantly turn off. I’m also curious how much other crap they’ve added on + the crap the carriers add.

  • Just price. If they come in at $299 or less I will buy. I loved my OG Droid, tolerated my Bionic, and moved to GNex solely for the stock experience — I hate the hardware. If Moto X is Motorola quality hardware with near stock software, all I need is for it to fall into my price range.

  • USAndroid

    made IN USA!
    designed by me

    • Steve B

      I agree with everything accept $700. This phone will fail hard at $700. Needs to be somewhere in the $299-349 range to compete and be successful.

      • guesswhat

        It will be priced like any other phone 199 subsidized ~500 off contract ..and it will sell OK with all marketing moto Google will put behind it.

        • Steve B

          I think you’re way off on that.

  • Jon

    Removable battery!!!

  • Tim Swann

    unlockable on VZ with solid camera and good battery life. not sure I’ll get one of them let alone all three

  • Tristan

    I think the specs wars had to end, at least if the specs are limited to “CPU, RAM and memory (and maybe SD card slot).” That would be like judging cars based only on horsepower or torque or top speed. There’s lots of other things that determine how good a car is – how it looks, it’s fuel efficiency, the ride, even things like how comfortable it is, which is a very subjective judgement. And of course price.

    It used to be an accomplishment just to get a fast processor and stuff it in a phone, along with the “most” of everything else, and then pack in a huge battery to try to keep it all running.

    Hopefully the Moto X (and the droid line) will show that there’s a big market for phones that are a little more balanced, or have specs that are “just right.”

  • Casey Maines

    At least 5 inches!

    • fd2blk78

      That’s what she said

  • Jérôme Besnard

    Cheaper than the Nexus 4. Otherwise, might as well stick with the program…

  • Drayton Fair

    Really, as below, it has to have more memory, either internal or SD. My Gnex is almost maxed out with its 32gb. There is no way anyone with typical apps and photos alone will not require more. Maybe they are going after the same start-up market that is gobbling up Chromecast because they don’t have a “smart” TV (or internet connected DVD player, HDMI cable, etc). The processor tweaks are all well and good, but services don’t cover enough to allow all off-device storage yet.

  • Ned Danov

    I am looking for top end hardware specs available around the time, CAMERA significantly improved, replaceable battery, sd card slot, latest software updates and promise to be upgraded to at least one more major Android OS.

  • brainstorm

    First a 6 inch screen. Second a powerful high speed process chip with high resolution.this is the future.I want to do everything on the go without having a laptop.oh a flip out key baord with a phyical key baord. Last but not least a connection so I.can run a.printer cable to my office printer. I will pay 500.00 with a contract without a second thought!!!!

  • socalrailroader

    GSM 🙂

  • Robabobbob

    If it is definitely dual core and only 720p then I won’t own one but it does look to be a good entry level phone and will likely recommend it to others who don’t want to spend the money for a flagship device.

    Some people would say this is mid rather than entry level but I think the entry level devices are so sub par that they do Android more harm than good. I know a lot of people that tried an entry level device and had such a bad experience they bought an iphone. Therefore I see this as an entry level and anything less than this is just a lost Android consumer waiting to happen.

    • Allas

      gtfo your opinion is so stupid to take it seriously

      • Robabobbob

        In what way?

        • Steve B

          Entry level? This phone is just a notch below the One and S4. This is more than simply a dual core phone. With the X8 chip it functions similar to an optimized octo-core phone. It should perform as well or better than the One and S4. My only gripe is the 720p screen as I’d love for it to be 1080p. If Motorola hits a low price point with this phone they’ll a $#!T ton of these.

          Here, this will explain a bit more: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422513,00.asp

          • Robabobbob

            Well maybe entry level is doing it a dis service but it’s not exactly cutting edge. I’ll wait to see the official announcement before I make a complete judgement. More my point is that I think manufacturers should stop making the low end phones as they do nobody any favours.

          • Steve B

            Yeah, I agree on the low end phone stuff. I can’t stand it and it dilutes and tarnishes the Android eco system. Most of the bad press Android gets comes from the cheap phones. Luckily the high end phones are good enough that it keeps Android competitive and the #1 OS in the world.

            With that said, the MotoX is not a low end or even mid level phone in my opinion. However, I too will wait til I see the MotoX tomorrow to cast final judgement. One thing is for sure, Moto is heading in the right direction with their design and software, thanks to Google.

  • trophynuts


    engadget reporting that it will use a nano sim. I’m a fan

  • Mike

    If I can sell my Note 2 and buy it out right then I will get it. Oh wait, it must also be unlockable from the start. Seeing what people are going through with the S4 on Verizon is enough to make sure that I only buy unlockable devices from now on.

  • digital4trees

    Basically it needs to convince me it’s nothing like the last Moto I had many years ago….and it needs to beat out the LG G2

  • thelolotov

    Needs a keyboard. That’s all.

  • Price. This reminds me so much of the pre Microsoft Surface release. There were rumors of it being super cheap… turns out it was not super cheap (despite the rumors) and look now how much of a failure it’s been. I really hope Moto/Google get this one right.

  • Jerome Liamzon

    low cost, good battery.

  • nobody72

    It needs a micro-sd slot.

  • kcmanuel

    Would love it to habe microSD card support, if not, at least make it availabl in 32GB and 64GB

  • Marcus Low

    I just need a great camera and great battery life. Beyond that almost everything I want to do on my phone is hindered by the software side.

  • Moto X a phone par with DROID ULTRA. It can make a lot of people pay attention because this information.

  • Emily

    A micro SD slot

  • Björn

    A price below 350€ Yes €

  • EnterTheNexus

    5 inch screen, 1080p, unlocked bootloader, Android 4.3, and SD Card slot.

  • Matthew Merrick

    It’s already a VERY intriguing device, but i simply cannot use anything smaller than a phablet (5.3″ minimum)

  • David W. Skyview

    if this warrants a ‘meh’, ‘not meh’ question, imagine come October/November when new SKUs from other OEMs release. most likely a super meh a week after release. the ultra has more of my attention than this, or even a red One on vzw.

  • JMonkeYJ

    i definitely don’t think mobile spec wars are anywhere close to their end.

    to win me over, the X has to have comparable day-to-day performance to other top-tier smartphones (i know it might not be priced like one, but i’m just being honest as to what would win me over), a Nexus 4-esque full-retail price, OTA update support from Google, and some trick up its sleeve that we haven’t seen yet and isn’t gimmicky (or evidence that the ones we already know about aren’t just gimmicks).

  • Patrick Bateman

    I’m still rocking a palm pre 2 on verizon… (unlimited everything plan)….. soo i hope they make a cdma version for $299 so i can fuq verizon for the rest of my life!!!

  • Bruce

    cheap, long battery life, smooth and enough storage

  • jo

    Not me. I m done. I m happy with my note 2. Will look forward to note 4.

  • Dude

    Honestly, if it had the same specs or better than the S4, I would have waited and gotten this over the S4.

  • badnewsbear

    Nothing. Ill stick with my s4. You guys are dreaming if you think this phone will be $300 off contract. Look at the new Droid pricing..

  • James Hill

    At this point, nothing.