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Moto X: 9 Things You May Not Know About Motorola’s New Flagship

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It appears, at least from our readers’ standpoints, that the Moto X reveal yesterday rubbed many of you the wrong way. It’s pretty obvious that many of you were hoping for a price well below that of the typical $199 on 2-year contract trend. We sort of forgot about the idea that this phone could drop in at some sort of Nexus-like pricing once we saw the pricing of the DROID ULTRA, but it is what it is. And after all, this is Motorola’s new flagship – they fully consider this to be on-par if not better than the competition.

No matter what, we can tell that you aren’t exactly happy, since many of you were focusing on this as potentially being your next phone. I’ll just say this, you have to give it a chance. You have to go get your hands on it once it hits stores. By no means are we done with a review nor do we have final thoughts, but everything we have seen in the last day with the phone has been nothing but positive. It’s a different type of device, that’s for sure. It’ll take a different mindset, one that isn’t worried about quad-cores and 1080p. If those things are the most important thing to you, then maybe this phone isn’t for you.

Over the next week, we’ll be diving fully into this to decide if we are in that boat or not as well. For now though, we wanted to share some Moto X features that you may not be familiar with that might improve your thoughts on it. If anything, at least take a look at the CPU and GPU section, as there is some confusion on this front. 

Same GPU as the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, performs better in benchmarks.

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Worried about a processor that is a “year old”? We’re seeing that argument over and over again in the comments, so we thought we’d point out a bunch of tests ran by ArsTechnica this morning to kick this thing off. Before we dive into performance, though, we wanted to make it clear that the Moto X, even though it sports a dual-core CPU, uses the exact same Adreno 320 GPU as the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. The CPU is also more than likely using Krait 300 cores instead of the year-old Krait 200 cores that many think it’s using. By all means, this is a custom job with tech on-par with the Snapdragon 600, it’s just not quad-core, so it’ll lack some overall power, something that seems to be throwing you all for a loop. That said, this phone is no slouch.

In terms of gaming, you may see better performance on the Moto X than you will on the One and Galaxy S4. For one, the Adreno 320 GPU will run better on a 720p display than a 1080p display, that’s for sure. You can see proof of that in the frame rates generated in the GFXBench 2.7 onscreen test above. But even offscreen, where the benchmark scales everything to 1080p, to put all phones tested on an equal playing field, the Moto X tops the GS4 and Nexus 4.

Their series of benchmarks also shows the Moto X beating the Galaxy S4 in browser tests, but overall falling in a full performance bench, but that’s because it’s only a dual-core CPU.

The processor and GPU combo in the Moto X is nothing to worry about.

HD Display may only be 720p, but it sure as hell isn’t PenTile.

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Full Macro Shot

In the past, we have been extremely critical of Motorola for using terrible (and I mean terrible) PenTile AMOLED displays in phones like the Bionic and RAZR. So when we saw that the Moto X was carrying another AMOLED display, we were initially concerned. That said, Motorola is making it as clear as possible that this is not PenTile and is 100% RGB. There are no shared pixels, as each has its own red, green, and blue sub-pixels. We’re talking no blurring when scrolling through text and sharp images. You are looking at 316ppi for the Moto X’s 4.7″ display.

So no, it’s not 1080p, but you could argue either way that none of us truly need a 1080p display on a smartphone. From personal experience, I’ll simply say that as long as its a great HD display, I could go without the full HD resolution. Remember, I’m the guy that kept going back to the Nexus 4 and its 4.7″ 720p display, even after there were handfuls of 1080p phones on the market. Sure FHD is great to have, to say you have it, but if it’s a great 720p panel, your eye probably won’t tell the difference, other than icons and text will look bigger when compared to a 1080p panel.

Also, the 720p display on the Moto X should greatly improve battery life over other phones using 1080p displays.

Includes Crystal Talk for HD calls and better Touchless Controls.

Motorola has included CrystalTalk dual mic noise cancellation and noise adaptive hearing enhancements to aid in voice calls in noisy environments. This tech features automatic vocal amplification, background noise filtering, and articulation enhancement, but also plays a role in making Moto X’s Touchless Control feature work well, even in loud situations. So in other words, you get better sounding “HD” calls for both you and the person you are having conversations with.

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Features dual LTE antennas.

This was rumored a week or so before the reveal, but the Moto X does indeed have dual LTE antennas. So you are looking at an antenna that carries the 2G, 3G, and initial 4G LTE signal, like you would see in a normal phone. But then Moto tossed in a second, dedicated LTE antenna to help it sustain and maintain fast connections on 700MHz LTE bands. They claim that this move means less power is needed to transmit and receive data, so in the end, you should see improved battery life and better data performance.

Has water-repellent coating.

To be clear, the Moto X is not a water-resistant phone. With that said, Motorola has used water-repellant coating on the outside and inside to keep you safe in a rain storm or something that would cause droplets of water to sneak onto your device.

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Custom-shaped battery.

This is sort of a random bit, but cool none-the-less. Motorola told us during a briefing yesterday that they are using a custom step-shaped battery in the Moto X because of the space constraints. To keep the phone small enough, they had to get tricky on the inside, which is also why they went with nano SIM cards. They claim this battery enables 31% additional capacity without impacting the size.

802.11 ac WiFi, custom vibration effects, and speaker membrane temperature monitoring.

The Moto X also features the newest 802.11 ac WiFi standard, uses new haptics technology, so that you can customize vibration effects (though I’m still looking for this feature on the phone), and somehow monitors the temperature and movement of the speaker membrane to enable up to 6x more sound power to be emitted.

Just sharin’.

  • MaciQuatl

    besides customization, how else does the Moto X differ to Droid Ultra?

  • slayer91790

    Am I the only one around here not forgetting about the price issue is due to it being manufactured in the USA??

    • yaniv

      That won’t change the fact that this is a MID range phone who is overpriced. Next time people will buy phones made outside of the usa.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Actually this is doubtful as the cost of labor in China has risen drastically and is rumored to come into line with the cost of labor in the USA within a few years. Add in the Tarrifs, Taxes, and Transportation costs, and the cost to make the device in America as opposed to China might be negligible anymore.

  • DonGoncalves

    How does the Moto X stack up versus the new Droid Maxx? If the internals are the same, how about the touchless Google Now and other “experience” features?

    • Jonathan

      That’s what I’m wondering too. Torn between the X and the Maxx.

    • http://twitter.com/Mr_Esquire_K Iron_Catastrofe

      This is what I’m curious about as well. Outside of the difference in battery life and the camera, I’m thinking the performance should be the same since they have the same internals and I thought the both shared the same features too

    • Jack3D

      Should be similar. Droids are more”skin-y”, has hardware buttons, different camera, weird kevlar design, and wireless charging.

      • http://twitter.com/Mr_Esquire_K Iron_Catastrofe

        the Droid line and the Moto X are all using 10MP rgbc cameras or so I thought. I think its just the skin, minor features added, kevler design and wireless charging that are different.

        • Jack3D

          Sorry, I should have said different camera app.

  • patrick

    once my nerd rage subsided, i’ve come to realize that i will probably buy this phone. long before the rumor mill started churning about the off contract pricing, i had resigned myself to the fact that i would be paying $600 to keep unlimited data. why should i now do a 180 because something some blogger put out there didn’t come true? why should i pass up the only phone that’s come along in the past 6 months on verizon that has made me have the “i want THAT” feeling?

    • hkklife

      Pay $700 for a 32GB Galaxy S4 on VZW instead. Keep your unlimited, get a larger capacity removable battery, wireless charging, likely a better camera, 2x the internal storage + the priceless expansion slot, more future-proof SoC and a bigger, better screen and massive 3rd party ROM support and an easily unlocked BL. AND all that Touchwiz crap/fluff is there if you care about it on the stock ROM.
      It’ll have worse reception, true, and won’t feel as nice in hand. But the value proposition IS there in Samsung’s favor.

      • beng8686

        Well said.

      • MacNificent

        because nothing beats motorola’s build quality and their closest to stock experience. I would never suggest or even buy a touchwiz or sense device over a moto again. I’ve learned that the expensive and hard way. In order… OG droid, dinc1, droid x, bionic, dinc2, droid 4, verizon galaxy nexus, GS3. And out of all the phones, the OG Droid and bionic were by far the best. I’ve actually switched back to my bionic (still wroking like a champ although it hickups some times) waiting on the Moto X

      • patrick

        i’m reserving any final decisions until the phone actually comes out. that being said, i think i would go with the one over the s4, just personal preference.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    something that has spoiled me, is the 5 columns of icons on the nexus 4, android doesn’t look right without it.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i just want you to do the poll again, after the review.

    • yaniv

      I don’t think it will change.

  • StankyChikin

    No hate here…. I think it’s a beautiful device. I’d buy one on if I didn’t already have the N4. The only thing that has changed since the community was in love with it is the price point people were expecting. I still don’t understand where that came from as this is a Moto device and not a Nexus. Maybe Google will still surprise us with a subsidized Google Edition but I highly doubt it. This is definitely something I’d recommend to my family and friends.

  • Tim Swann

    I wish Moto/Google would sell this directly with an unlocked bootloader (compatible with VZ of course). I feel that I may be stuck w my GNex for a long time before I see another unlockable phone come to Big Red

    • ShadrachCA

      There has been no announcement (at least that I’ve seen) that the bootloader will be unlockable. Ships locked? Yes. Unlockable? Who knows. Even the Nexus devices ship with a locked bootloader that you must unlock. There is no way a manufacturer could ship a device with the bootloader already unlocked anymore due to security concerns. If you choose to unlock yourself, they get to use the “go ahead and do it but whatever happens now is on you and not us” excuse.

      • Tim Swann

        That’s a good point. I didn’t think about that. But with the announcement of a Google Edition coming, don’t you think that all but confirms it won’t be unlockable?

        • ShadrachCA

          I guess we’ll know soon enough. At the end of the day, though, it doesn’t really matter. Even “unlockable” devices get unlocked once developers figure it out. It’s typically a bit more difficult to do, but you only do it once, so who cares?

  • Ben Morris

    So much hate for this phone. I’m still excited about it. This appears to be a really polished device to me, not a rushed product. Battery life probably won’t incredible, but I won’t be surprised to see them squeeze more life than people thought they would. It can’t be worse than my Galaxy Nexus (which lives plugged in). Getting hung up on specs just doesn’t work eventually, been like this in the PC world for some time now. I want a fast responsive UI experience, a fast camera (doesn’t have to be the BEST MegaPixels either). I’m also looking forward to supporting a USA built device.

    My biggest hangup is about Verizon not getting customization yet!

  • KleenDroid

    I think this would be a kick butt device if we were able to unlock the bootloader.

    On my S4 I can bypass the bootloader and install the Google Play Edition if I wish. Or any other rom that tickles my fancy. Or at least those that were not dumb enough to accept the ota update are able to. My Gnex was wide open…

    Yes this is something that is still important to me. Motorola phones are locked down like no other.

    Cmon Motorola give us something at least.

    Sure it’s nice to see the improvements they are working on. And I’m sure this is a nice phone. But being full price and also being fully locked and unlockable does not make it something I would want for myself.

    Maybe for my wife who wants a phone to just work well for answering business calls.

    • EC8CH

      At some level it’s also just the principle that we shouldn’t be locked out of our devices by the carriers (who we know damn well are the ones dictating locked bootloaders).

      • http://twitter.com/Mr_Esquire_K Iron_Catastrofe

        Verizon being a great offender to this. It basically breaks down to having a great dev community if any lucky soul gets a particular device rooted, unlocked, or finds a workaround for it

  • Lee Sandy

    I am ok with 720p on my phone display; who uses their phone to watch Netflix instead of using a tablet, PC or TV??

    • RedXander

      Who can tell the difference between 720p and 1080p on a screen that small unless they are 2 inches away?

      • NemaCystX

        Resolution can be subpar if the pixel density is high enough you can’t see the difference

        • Jordan Webb

          And honestly, I still think the Gnex’s screen is still pretty acceptable. Text is a little blurry, but that should be fixed by removing Pentile from the mix.

    • MacNificent

      or chromecast

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

    If, when MotoMaker finally comes to Verizon, you are able to choose from more front colors than just black and white, I could definitely see myself getting it. The customization capabilities at play here is something that I don’t think we will see from any other company for at least 2-3 years.

  • cphilano

    If any of you have dealt with the Galaxy Nexus then you get the point to this article. Even though it too came out with specs that didn’t blow the mind or that were even better than phones release months earlier (though in was in the same generation of processors), it ended up being a phone that maintained a better user experience than any other not named Nexus 4 over the last two years.

    But in saying that Kellex, it’s hard pressed to not seeing where the disappointment is coming from on this. True that the Moto X seems to be outperforming the GS4 and One, but not by much at all. And with the locked bootloader and carrier updates just how future proof is this phone when Google ups the ante on the OS?

    I keep reading that this is mirroring the iPhone philosophy, but I don’t recall when the iPhone ever used processor technology that was a year off, and it usually had a refresh that ups the processor. And besides, isn’t Android eating up market share because it doesn’t mirror Apple’s philosophy? I’m looking at the Moto X youtube videos, and they really do remind you of iPhone Siri commercials.

    And I’ll have to admit, it’s hard to trust some of these write ups when we were just reading a few months ago that quad core processors were the answer to our battery woes, but now going back to dual core is the answer. I’m not sure why the OS couldn’t have been optimized using a quad core processor rather than a dual core considering octo cores are now being mentioned in mobile phones. Motorola isn’t even suggesting upping the ante on the processor. They are revealing that they are working on downgrading it to make it affordable.

    I mean you’re just not going to convince people that they are getting a bang for their buck with this price point. It’s sounds like retailers who were trying to get rid of their older TVs right before 1080P came out.They were pitching a 120Hz 720P TV with a Blu Ray player is every bit as good as that 240Hz 1080P screen because over the air and cable stations weren’t even broadcasting in full HD. I think I’m glad that I waited and went with the 1080P.

    Motorola could have really done some damage coming in at $200 dollars cheaper on the initial off contract cost. The numbers on this just make you scratch your head especially when you are speaking of a company that is trying to claw its way back into consumers good graces considering two years ago they totally betrayed them with their line up.

    • hkklife

      Software aside, this turd is just as a bad as what was offered up under the Jha regime. In many aspects, the Moto X is worse relative to the current crop of competition than the Jha-era releases.

      The Droid X was still the largest, highest resolution screen around at the time of its launch and its 8GB internal (ALL dedicated to app storage) + microSD slot was unmatched in mid-2010.
      The Bionic was still Verizon’s first dual-core LTE phone and arguably their best release of 2011. And both of those phones (and RAZR Maxx as well) still sold out and were backordered for QUITE some time after their launch (I know, because I bought a DX & Bionic at launch).

      Heck, just simply being able to bypass the carrier approval process for OTA updates would have cemented this phone’s place as a success in the heart of many (still probably wouldn’t have helped its sales much). Your point about the numbers being head-scratching and a terrify lack of future-proofing on this phone are especially on point.

  • http://www.rogue-penguin.com TempestDash

    I haven’t seen any word of it, so can I assume inductive charging is not present?

  • joejoe5709

    I’m starting to get a little concerned Moto paid all the bloggers. Or is the phone really that competitive after all? The tech world seems to be almost begging us to pay attention to the Moto X. Anyway… Great write up! I did not know these things and I’m actually really excited for the new WiFi standard. A recent router upgrade leaves with unused awesome WiFi speed.

    • Clark White

      Has been my concern since yesterday. I’m hoping it IS that nice, but it just seems odd that every site I’m reading is going overload.

      Granted – some of that is also because of the embargo I would figure. They may have had these phones for a week, or possibly even 2 (or longer) so have had quite a bit of experience with it, plus the time to write the articles.

      • joejoe5709

        Well whatever they’re doing… it’s working. I’m coming around to this phone. The more I read about it, I like it far better than the S4 even if it doesn’t quite match up in specs. I think the dev community will keep this phone alive longer than the S4. But I have a feeling I’ll have to wait and see how the new Nexus plays out in the next couple months. Honestly… if the next Nexus was based off of the MotoX with the same exact specs, I really wouldn’t be too broken hearted. If that isn’t an option, I think the MotoX (or the Droid Maxx – that battery is impressive) is still going to rank very high on my wishlist. And who knows… by then it may drop down to a price I can justify.

  • htowngtr

    Soooo…. Camera sucks, last year’s tech, locked down BL, carrier restricted, etc etc… for more price than the current crop of HTC One’s and G4′s. Yea, go home Moto, you’re drunk.

  • yaniv

    Any reason why a Google phone is still on 4.2.2?

  • Anil Reddy

    Everything is fine, but the custom vibration effects are already present in apps like Go sms where we can customize the vibrating pattern precisely! And it works on any android phone with android 1.6 and above!

  • NemaCystX

    Hey Kellex, does the Moto X have a removable back so we can buy additional backs as they are released?

    also, how loud is the Moto X compared to the S3 or the HTC One?

    • GoBlue

      The back is not removable, per Android Police.

  • JoeTi

    Thanks Kellex! Awesome prelude to a review of the Moto X. I’m curious, though. The detals of the new Droid lineup havent been nearly as detailed on the x8 What features, if any, are available on the Moto X that are not available on the droid Ultra/maxx/mini? Obviously, the form factor, battery, level of customization isn’t there. Is the x8 chips exacltly the same? Same GPU? For the loads of us deciding on VZW with a GNex upgrade, it would be nice to see the subtle differences that exist. Is that worth an write up?

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      I’m curious about this as well….

  • sdfasd

    people are annoyed about it because Moto said they were going to shape up and start making devices people actually wanted, then they went back to the drawing board and came up with an average phone missing certain features that are becoming common-place on new devices.

    the bloatware included on the verizon phone makes this even more laughable

    Motorola said they were going to do one thing and then did the opposite.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Motorola said they were going to make a phone that would be great for a majority of the people. As much as I dislike the end result, techies aren’t the majority of people and this phone looks like it will do very nicely for the average consumer (IE: the majority). It looks like Motorola did just what they said they were going to do, and we all just forgot that we aren’t considered the majority.

  • Zack Nebbaki

    I am really curious about the battery life. Can you let us know how it has been since you got your review unit? @kellex:disqus

  • GTIguy

    I’m not worried about a quad-core CPU or 1080p display. But don’t f’n charge me like that’s what your giving me! My only complaint is the price. Over-hyped as a game changer for price and was, at least for now, a total letdown. I thought assembled in the U.S. = savings? Seems like this is directly targeting hipsters with the color combinations. Just give me a black device and lower the price.

  • pookietookie

    If the bootloader gets unlocked and AOKP supports the device, I am SOLD.

  • Anonymous

    Nice touches, but nothing groundbreaking or defining. That’s why everyone is upset, not to mention the anticipating of this phone revolutionizing phone to carrier relationships in the US. It just didn’t deliver, so it’s just another phone with some new features and missing others.

  • BRIM

    No need to protect the phone, Kellex.

    It’s the principle here. Motorola dropped the ball.

    We all know benchmarks mean nothing in real world use.

    ESPECIALLY allowing the prime unique thing about this phone be exclusive to a carrier at launch.

  • Josh C

    I’m thinking it will be DROID MAXX over this in the end. $50 more gets you dat extra 1300 mAh and 0.5″ more screen.

  • jaredgreenwald

    The question I have about this thing with all the custom options is will you be able to customize it after the fact? As in, can I buy it in all white and then decide after the fact that I want to change the buttons to some other color, buy the buttons and then install them myself? Or the accent pieces? Or a different back?

    Another question I’ve wondered is: will all of the different carrier models be the same size? I know it was only slightly different, but the difference between the VZW GNex and the model for every other carrier was a deal breaker when it came to things like accessories. Also, in conjunction with the above question, it might be nice if the back were replaceable and I could rid myself of the VZW logo all together.

    • RedXander

      I would not think so since a lot of it seems to be detailed to fit in a specific footprint. MAYBE you could find a way to remove the back, but that’s the only feasible part without getting into some heavy modification. Will be interesting to see a tear-down.

    • Jack3D

      Devices are identical, nothing can be customized outside the factory. Unless you snap it on top of the device…

      • jaredgreenwald

        So, its completely sealed a la the One?

        • Jack3D

          Yes.

    • MacNificent

      http://youtu.be/NVEeGZIQhh4
      Your answer is at 1:20

  • john owens

    Will the new Verizon Droid Mini have the same dual LTE antennas as the Moto X?

  • WickedToby741

    I think what I find most interesting is what new stuff they did show off – the dedicated processors for natural language processing and contextual awareness, the customization, and assembled in the USA – all seem very applicable to Google Glass. The rumor is that Motorola is helping Google sort out manufacturing issues for Glass and I guess there’s even the potential for them to take the lead on the project.

  • fakekellex

    One question. If this had a snapdragon 600 instead of an optimized and “overclocked” S4 PRO, would it still get destroyed in here?

    • RedXander

      Opinion: Probably. It’s not the individual specs as much as it hasn’t lived up to the amazing phone people have been pining for. I think the sum of its parts might be better overall but people just see it as coming up short.

      • fakekellex

        But wouldn’t a Snapdragon 600 automatically make it high end? Consider all other specs are high end (top end GPU, 2GB ram, 10MP camera, large-ish battery).

        I have a feeling that if it was a 600, people wouldn’t complain at all and except the 720p display due to battery savings and better performance.

        • fakekellex

          *accept

          sorry for typo.

          • RedXander

            If someone had the answer to that – “What would make consumers happy” I think they’d have a job at one of these phone manufacturers. For me, the locked (as of right now) bootloader is a deal breaker for me.

          • RedXander

            I should add that I think Marketing (as much as that makes me cringe) will push a lot of common users to buy it. Look how well it worked for Apple to sell a phone with outdated hardware. Perception is reality so if you can artificially generate a perception that sells phones…. again.. sound like Apple….

          • RedXander

            Haha, I think it’s funny when people get bent out of shape over internet grammar/spelling. I understood what you meant. Isn’t that the point of communication?

  • SecurityNick

    So far everything I’m seeing about this phone is really cool. The only thing that I hope gets resolved is either someone figures out how to unlock the bootloader, or a dev option or something gets released that has an unlockable bootloader.

  • Bill Newman

    Why so much love for the manufacturers and not the users lately, D.L.? I thought we were fighting “the man” here?! lol It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out, for now I’m passing. Going to need more than a benchmark, “the screen is okay”, and “revolutionary vibration”, to change my mind. =

  • joseph barrientos

    i think im like everyone else here, its not that the phones horrible or that the price is crazy, its all about bang for your buck. theres only a few dollars that i can let slide because this thing was “made in the USA”.. funny thing is, its only assembled here in the states but parts made elsewhere, not a bad thing, but i feel its just bad advertising. those are my 2 cents

    • Alex Goings

      The parts may be made elsewhere, but it was designed and assembled here in the USA. This is more than you can say for any other phone.

      • joseph barrientos

        point being? theyre still using cheap labor to get cheap parts and most of the build done here in the US is by machine, theyre only making them here to have that stamp and probably a tax break.

        • Alex Goings

          They are at least supporting the US economy. I would rather support an american company than an asian one. Even if they are using a lot of machine work, manufacturing it here created over 2,000 jobs.

          • joseph barrientos

            true, at least theres a brightside…i guess if you’re going to support a marketing ploy, atleast pick one that brings jobs!

  • EC8CH

    Give it to me straight… is this the closest thing to a Nexus we’re going to get on Verizon for the foreseeable future?

    • enigmaco

      Saying nexus and verizon in the same sentence just made me cringe…..

    • Alan Fortte

      After Verizon screwed things up with the GNex, yep.

    • Bill Newman

      This is no where near a Nexus device. Locked (possibly encrypted) bootloader, updates from the carrier, and tons of un-deletable bloatware.

      • EC8CH

        and yet… still probably the closest thing to a Nexus we’re going to get on Verizon for the foreseeable future :-(

    • WickedToby741

      Maybe. The Nexus 5 (or new 4?) could eventually get Verizon support if they include the right LTE bands after Verizon allows LTE only phones, but it’s impossible to say. Next year’s Nexus (the one after this one) should be a definite though.

  • UpdatesFromHTCAreAJoke

    So what exactly is the difference between this and the new Droid Mini?

    • Can’t Access Account at Work

      It doesn’t have Moto’s skin on it, it’s 90-95% AOSP android

      • Jordan Webb

        Is there actually a difference in the skin? I thought “Moto’s Skin” was already 90-95% AOSP. Difference there would seem really weird to me.

      • UpdatesFromHTCAreAJoke

        As Jordan said, I was under the impression that the new Moto skin was basically no skin. It’d be interesting to see them side-by-side.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      The screen is .4″ larger, has onscreen buttons, but is nearly the same height, and is built with a different design. The Moto X lacks Droid Zap and DROID branding/theming.

      Overall, I’d easily choose the Moto X

      • UpdatesFromHTCAreAJoke

        I see, so Moto X is actually closer to AOSP then? The design I thought was the same with X8 or whatever they are calling the new chip in all of their new lineup.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          All the internals are identical between them, its the external design/size that changes. The few software differences are extremely minimal, and questionable in their usefulness.

          • UpdatesFromHTCAreAJoke

            Ok, thank you for explaining. That’s kind of what I thought as well.

            I am hoping at least one good thing comes out of it and that’s smaller phones – I am pretty excited that the new ‘Mini’ phone has the same specs as it’s bigger siblings. Finally options for errone!

  • Rabid Rotty

    I think this is a great device, If there wasn’t a nexus program, I’d pick it up.

  • http://twitter.com/Mr_Esquire_K Iron_Catastrofe

    “It’s a different type of device, that’s for sure. It’ll take a different mindset, one that isn’t worried about quad-cores and 1080p” Nuff’ said. Least someone has a brain and isn’t worried about the spec war

  • enigmaco

    Yeah the pricing is the only problem with this device, other than that I would be on this like maury on a dna test.

  • Jeremy Gross

    internal memory sucks

  • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

    Since it’s not coming to Verizon until later this year, I’ll just have to wait and see if the next Nexus will work on Verizon (from a Play Store device, not subsidized, rub a lamp, i know). Anyway, I still like the phone. Liked it from day one. I can use my wife’s upgrade on her line to buy the phone then move it to my line which is unlimited data.

    So here’s my plan if anyone wants to steal it or tell me where my thinking is wrong. I’ve got two lines and my wife doesn’t want a smartphone. So i’ll use her upgrade on her line this year, then move the phone to my line. Then next year i’ll trade my upgrade to her line and do it again. Upgrade on her line, move the phone to my line. Made my own EDGE/JUMP/(insert new ATT upgrade plan i can’t remember the name too right now).

    • NYCHitman1

      Don’t hold your breath.

      • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

        I need a Genie and a magic lamp for Nexus to work on VZW, i know. I love my GNexus. hate the thought of giving up unlimited though. hate it. all other unlimited seem to be throttled after 2GB. i need to do more research on that though.

    • Alan Fortte

      Yeah the AT&T upgrade thing is called ‘Next’ but I wouldn’t be too sure about getting that. I’ve seen on articles that it makes you pay more for the phone than the actual price, and they pocket it. Not completely sure, Google it if you want more exacts on that.

      • http://www.baldypal.com/ BaldyPal

        Thanks for reminding me.
        i was saying that i think i might have a manipulative plan to avoid those plans and still get an upgrade every 12 months.

        • Alan Fortte

          No prob. I think JUMP from T-Mobile is the best, it’s 10 dollars a month and includes protection, not sure on the level of protection though, but it’s better than nothing, right?

          • Josh C

            Please take a look at price comparisons over the 2 years before you JUMP over. T-Mobile’s is by far the most expensive.

          • Alan Fortte

            Actually AT&T’s is, it makes you pay more for the phone than it actually costs.

          • Alan Fortte
          • Josh C

            I saw somewhere else that JUMP was highest, followed by ATT, VZ, then Sprint. Might have been bad info.

          • Alan Fortte

            Sprint hasn’t announced anything yet, but I assume it’ll be the most expensive since they’re the biggest assholes in the industry. Verizon is nicer than them. By like 0.00001%

          • Josh C

            I can’t stand the fact that I’m tied to VZW. But they put all the other carriers to shame with coverage. And I might as well sign a 2-year and get the phone as cheap as possible since I won’t be leaving anytime soon.

  • EC8CH

    Performance of the Moto X camera isn’t really impressive:

    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Motorola-Moto-X-first-camera-samples-showdown_id45966

    Colors looks very washed.

    • NemaCystX

      Well alot of those comparisons are also Oversaturated in color too so its hard to get a good comparison. They should compare the shots with a DSLR to get real color and detail quality to compare against.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I, for one, thought the pictures looked fairly good until I saw the comparisons to the other pictures that were taken. Then, I realized the better looking pictures had the saturation levels much higher. It could be that the pictures are very accurate in real life color production and just look washed out because they are compared to over saturated pictures. At least, I’d hope. Still doubtful I will get an X.

  • matt

    how are the speakers?

  • RedXander

    I think I might have seen the day that Google has done something evil. They’ve compromised the overall strength of one of their products and put more of a focus on marketing to dupe the customer.

  • Alan Fortte

    Very interesting article, but the customization exclusivity is total bulls***. It’s a bust, will wait for the N5.

  • Michael

    This will be the next nexus….i can see it. Not this exactly, but similar model, made in china, no custom, no lte, no verizon, no moto ftrs.

  • MichaelFranz

    Kellex – what about the new droid line. Do all of these facts hold true to that besides the battery size thing. What about the LTE antennas?

    • Jordan Webb

      Pretty sure the dual-LTE thing is common to most phones, but I am curious about stuff like the speaker temp monitoring and call sound features.

    • Charlie R.

      I commented earlier, but I’d also like more on this as well. Same GPU, Wi-Fi AC, Crystal Talk?

  • Greg Abbate

    Note 3 here I come. Is it November yet?

  • DoShe

    The biggest issue – more than price (because the majority of people do not purchase phones off-contract) – is the exclusivity of MotoMaker and the fact that outside of AT&T, only the 16 GB variant is offered. That doesn’t command the price they’re asking.

  • Flying_Hellfish

    I’m planning to buy my next phone off contract to keep my unlimited data. With the pricing of the moto x I might just wait a little longer to see how the note 3 shakes out . The X is still a contender for my Galaxy Nexus replacement but not the front runner yet.