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Moto X Feature Tour: Active Display, Touchless Control, and Quick Capture Camera

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Oh the Moto X, I get the feeling that it’s going to be quite the aggressive conversation starter over the next few weeks as we approach launch through U.S. carriers. I love it that people have opinions on both sides about this phone. If anything, it’s going to make for some entertaining chatter in the comments. But no matter what, our coverage will continue! With its $199 price and specs that on paper aren’t matching up to other flagship phones, we are as curious as many of you to find out if this phone can compete or even stand up to its competitors, for that matter. As I’ve said three or four times now, so far it’s doing just fine. 

To move forward with our deep look at the Moto X, we’re taking you on a tour of the three features that Motorola is going to highlight time and time again during their marketing blitz. Here we have Active Display (probably my favorite feature thus far), Touchless Control (Google Now voice actions), and Quick Capture Camera (which I apparently suck at using). Check out the video below to see them all in action. 

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Update:  A number of people asked about security and how this will work with a PIN. With a PIN set, you can still touch the notifications to see previews, but if you swipe into one, it’ll then take you to the PIN unlock screen. Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to use Active Display if security is an issue.

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  • CoCoCalypso

    Its too bad you’re gonna look like a damn re-re shaking your phone so violently in a public setting…
    “OMG that thing over there is sooo cool! I’ll take a pic.”
    GO GO gadget seizure!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Hah!

    • Jordan Webb

      I’m afraid of losing my grip on it and throwing it, honestly. S’okay. It’s the least important feature by a long shot. Saving one second on opening the camera app isn’t going to make a difference on 99.9% of shots I take.

      • calculatorwatch

        I can see it now… blogs and youtube videos about people who crack their Moto X screen trying to take a picture :P

      • calculatorwatch

        I can see it now… blogs and youtube videos about people who crack their Moto X screen trying to take a picture :P

    • jose

      It’s obvious this camera shake thing doesn’t work from watching the video. More gimmick than anything. FACE UNLOCK!

    • typical

      two shakes that no one will ever notice unless your a complete douche, thats your arguement? Really?

      Who watches ppl take out their cells phones and use them?

  • RedXander

    I’d really like to see a tear-down. A lot of details are currently missing or hiding behind marketing black magic.

    • Alex Goings

      X8? Tis simply witchcraft!

      • Paul Hansen

        Voodoo and black magic.

  • fakekellex

    Does it have Gorilla glass? 2? 3?

  • guest

    kellex ..can you shed some light on the driving/car mode on this phone?what does it do when its in car mode, does it detect automatically that its in the car? Is it handy? Can your try that & post your expereincein the review? im in my car driving atleast for 4 hrs in a day ..so that feature will be handy ..Also always on voice commandis very handy too while im driving I can see mylself using that already..thi sphone looks tailor made for me :)

    • RoadsterHD1

      Good questions!!! Kellex?

  • Jordan

    this phone looks stupid but to each their own. note 3 lets go!!

  • Johnny Walker

    The quick camera seems like a great way to throw your phone across the room….

  • RedXander

    I really want to like this device. The concerns that I have still remain unanswered. It works well now but will it have any longevity? If we’re using the X8 system to create a experience, will the lack of cores limit its future?

    Too early to tell, I think. I’ll be interested to see if you would prefer it as a daily driver over a HTC One or and S4.

    • Hayden7200

      Great Point! I want to know how it will perform after I get my apps installed and use the device for an extended period of time. Will it bog down after a couple of months like so many of my previous phones??

      • Andrew Knighton

        my thoughts exactly and maybe that’s why people are so bummed about this. sure benchmarks are nice on a brand new phone that was just turned on but what about 12 months down

        • EC8CH

          Based on the 300 architecture and 320 gpu, it seems the only thing lacking hardware wise are the 2 additional core on the main cpu.

          So I would think it depends on when quad-core cpus are fully utilized within android.

          • Andrew Knighton

            KLP! haha

          • NeedName

            Exactly! In generally the two CPU cores on this are going to get it done for the large majority of users, and the GPU power is there for video and games, thus I don’t really see this thing not having the power down the road.

            Two cores would be a concern if it didn’t have stellar gpu performance, but it does.

          • EC8CH

            Yeah the crappy GPU the G-Nex came with isn’t so fun after two years.

            The more you look at it, the specs that Moto “skimped” on with the X seem like the ones that are least important (1080 resolution, quad-cores).

          • samari711

            More cores = more raw power but that doesn’t per se result in better performance. This is repeating the same song and dance that’s been going on on desktop/laptops the last few years. There’s generally a huge boost in perceived speed when you go from single core to dual core because then the program you’re running no longer has to give up CPU time for the OS and other background processes. Adding 2 more cores doesn’t do nearly as much unless you’re running a lot of processor intensive stuff in the background or you’re running multithreaded programs. Multithreaded programming is actually quite different and more challenging than writing a single threaded program and not everything makes sense having multiple threads.

            Generally, the slowest part of any program’s execution is loading the code and data from storage, which is why Android is so aggressive about trying to keep everything in memory. So the amount of RAM in the phone is a huge part of how well it performs. The only other option there is faster storage which gets very expensive very quickly. In this area the X is keeping up with the Joneses.

            Dealing with the input from all the sensors can also consume lots of CPU time, and more importantly can interrupt running tasks, since input will always take higher priority. That’s one of the major causes of freezing and stuttering on your phone, so having a processor dedicated to dealing with the sensors is a great idea, and if it can be done with lower power usage it’s even better.

            So what Moto did with the X8 actually makes a lot of sense from an architecture perspective, going for stuff that gives performance the most bang for the buck, but the PR guys have been falling to do their job and getting out in front of the damaging rumors. They haven’t really made the case very well that the phone is worth what they’re asking even though it very well may be a great value.

          • NeedName

            Totally agree. I think this is a rather brilliant device in many ways.

            Not that I’m against the spec race — we all benefit from that in the long run. However, for a “general consumer device” this checks all the boxes and has added some great features that are hardware dependent to minimize battery consumption, and as you put it, cpu strain. And everyone I’ve read that has actually touched and used the device have all stated that it is very fast.

            I’m honestly starting to think a lot of the haters are competitors’ paid trolls.

            If $100 is the big bitch for this device. . . wow, just wow!

            If I were in the market to replace my device I would go for the Moto X just because of the intelligent implementation of voice activation/always on feature + “clean” Android. I would actually use the “handless” feature a lot, but my device will last till the next gen Moto X.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      If you are worried from a longevity aspect, I’d think people who have S4 or the HTC One should be worried. Moto just threw out two specs neither of them have (A core for contextual awareness, and one for language processing). If the S800 chip is going to have language processing on that chip, that’s SoCs that are coming out with this feature that the S4 and HTC One don’t have. What happens when Google picks those processing cores up as driving features of their OS in a year or two? The Longevity argument is currently only on cores, as that’s what we have all seen competition on. Moto just added a new concept to longevity in my opinion.

  • Jonathan Ofalla

    Does anyone know if the notification LED is bi-color or RGB? It’s one of my favorite features on the GNex.

    • EC8CH

      The LED is no-colored… it doesn’t have one.

      • Jonathan Ofalla

        Really?! Does that mean the active display is doing all notification work?

        • Jonathan Ofalla

          I see now, there is no notification LED. I could not tell since video streaming is blocked at my work. Had to watch on my phone to find out.

    • anezarati

      cannot tell if serious or not….

  • Greg Abbate

    I hate to say it but Motorola missed the mark with this one. It is going to fail I am afraid.

    • n900mixalot

      It won’t be a fail, it’s a great device. It’s just not necessarily going to be a sweeping success like the S4 or even the HTC One … oh my god I just complimented the HTC One.

      • Greg Abbate

        In 1 month, nobody will be talking about this phone. I expected greatness. They gave us average at best

  • blix247

    So it seems like the rumors were wrong that you can make that phrase whatever you want? Have you tried training a different launch phrase?

    • fallenshell

      I was thinking the same thing, if he trained it and just used different words would it “learn” that.

  • n900mixalot

    Active display is great, but my phone vibrates twice when I have a missed notification when I pull it out of my pocket, or move it after it’s been relatively still … without having to activate the display, or I can wave my hand over it–you know, one of those useless TouchWiz “gimmicks”.

    I do like that Active display it a bit more interactive, that’s cool … but I’m still waiting for what the really exciting aspect(s) of this device is/are … seriously, I love you guys but what else, really, is there to talk about?

    By the way, how much internal storage space is available?

  • EC8CH

    How long until someone sues Moto over a repetitive stress injury from trying to get their camera to turn on?

    • breadable

      I think Kellen’s lawyer is already working on it

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      Wonder how long it will take for @pple to find something in this thing to sue about? Betcha they have a patent somewhere for wooden battery doors. lol

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      I got carpel tunnel from a photography class. lol

  • MOJO

    How do these features work if you have a PIN on your phone?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      You can still touch to see what types of notifications you have, but once you try to swipe into one, it’ll ask for your PIN.

      • greyhulk

        Man, I hate pin lock. I wouldn’t have company email on my phone if they forced it on me. Big inconvenience and it ruins so many features.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      I think standard android has the option to hide the message and it just says the name: new message.

  • joseph barrientos

    that lock screen tho!

  • anezarati

    in the beginning of the video you say people are either mad at the price or mad at the specs. its not that though and i think a lot of people are missing the point. its not just these two issues its a combonation. i have no problem with a $200 phone on contract, i just expect it to have high end specs. i have no problem with mid tier specs, i just dont expect it to be priced the same as high end devices.

    • Alex Goings

      Does it matter if the hardware is mid-tier if it operates and feels like a top-tier device?

      • RedXander

        For how long? My GNex was pretty sweet but it wasn’t really future proof. As apps and operating systems advanced, it was harder to get it to keep up.

        • Alex Goings

          I am wondering the same thing. Moto has been fairly vague when they talk about their X8 chip design. I would like to know how it actually works so I can determine if it will hold up with increasingly demanding OSs

          • RedXander

            From what I understand, the additional “cores” are actually more of always-on sensors that take some of the workload off the CPU. Because those sensors are more power efficient with those tasks, it is an overall plus for battery. In technical terms, X8 seems more like marketing gimmick.

            Motorola is not doing a lot of fact based detailing to alleviate my concerns. There are a lot of factors that are not spelled out. For instance, First Gen Nexus 7 had issues with TRIM and memory management that led to a sluggish experience.

            I’m very interested to see a tear-down.

          • EC8CH

            My understanding is that quad-core processors are not really utilized fully within android, so in a sense quad-core cpus are also currently a marketing gimmick.

          • RedXander

            That’s my understanding as well but what about a year from now? Will the great apps figure out how to utilize those cores? Will a more balanced workload across different threads be the key to battery life?

          • Alex Goings

            I have no idea. But, I would like to know.

          • brkshr

            I would say that quad-core processors are more of a gimmick than this X8 system.

          • Alex Goings

            I am also very interested for a tear-down. It will really expose what is inside, and show us if what were hearing about the X8 is true (which based on what I’m seeing, it seems to be). Look at some of the above comments in response to me. @e5be88d3a071ebd862d01e70d42dac60:disqus did a pretty good job of hitting on key points. Moto has been very quite about real technical specifics though. I am very curious.

      • anezarati

        yes, because some one is making a boat load of money by increasing the profit margin by using older/cheap parts, but selling it at the same price. but i admittedly dont know how the whole assembled in the us deal effects the profit margin.

        • Alex Goings

          The processor is not necessarily old. It is a modified version of the snapdragon S4 Pro. Instead of using last years Krait 200 cores, it uses the new Krait 300 cores. Other than that the only “cheap” part is the 720p screen which is more of a battery management move. Personally, I’m not too concerned about the display difference. But, to each his own.

          • anezarati

            it not necessarily “cheap” as in inferior, but cheaper than other newer/high end parts.

          • Alex Goings

            How is it inferior if it is being proven to preform better?

          • anezarati

            i’m not saying they are inferior, i’m saying they COST LESS TO BUY!

            hell, in then end it might be a great business move by moto – take cheaper parts, create a similar experience to more expensive parts but sell the device at the same price, profit.

          • PhillipCun

            who said it costs less to buy?? I think this phone is just as expensive to manufacture as the HTC one and S4. Especially with customization options and the experience they’re trying to sell w/ the phone.

          • Alex Goings

            Also a valid point.

          • Alex Goings

            Even if the parts cost less, the extra cost is accounted for. Cost is not only dictated by what parts make up a device, but the development. Optimizing these cheaper parts to create a device that is better than devices that look better on paper takes a lot more development. It is a much more complex design and therefore cost is added.

          • brkshr

            Don’t forget they added 2 new, never before seen processors to this phone. It doesn’t matter what the reviewers say or prove with benchmarks. People just hear dual-core & 720p and think this is old hardware. Maybe they just lack the understanding of how these things work. Like the fact that our eyes cannot perceive a difference in dpi over 320ppi, which the 720p screen is basically at. Or the fact that the 2 additional processors off-load a ton of tasks from the main CPU & does so while saving a ton of battery.

            The specs wars are over people! We now have hardware good enough for the OS. It’s time to start fine tuning things.

          • Alex Goings

            You seem to be the only one other than me who has actually done research on the technical side of things.

  • BCoils

    Waiting for the extended use reviews of the new droids and moto x before getting out my pitchfork.

  • Arnoldo Lazaro Rivera

    Why would you pay 5-600 dollars on an already inferior device in terms of power, hardware, future upgrades.. ? Yes let me get a blinged out civic over the new muscle car, for the same price….? Makes no sense

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      That’s where I am at. And people downplay specs but we have seen it happen too many times where specs bite people right in the butt. Look at the Rezound, not very old, good phone, no JellyBean because it doens’t have enough RAM. Way too often have we seen the phones we love get ditched on software updates due to poor specs. This is why myself and so many of us are addicted to the Gnex. It has yet to hit the wall where it won’t get the next update.

      • PhillipCun

        KLP will lower the ram requirements so android can run on lower spec devices. coming soon.

        • Philip A. Kaiser

          That will be nice.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Think about this in reverse, though. Maybe Quad Core processors won’t be the next spec to make a phone hit the wall. It might be a voice processing core or a contextually awareness core that is the spec that makes a phone hit the wall, in which case the Moto X would outlast the S4 and HTC One. Sadly, we don’t know which feature will be more important yet, but voice interaction seems to be coming more and more, as does having your phone know more to do things before you tell it to. Both could be features in Android 6.0 or 7.0.

        • Philip A. Kaiser

          Good point. Very good points. Guess we all have to wait and see.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            And waiting is the hardest part.

    • fallenshell

      What spec or specs are you finding as really inferior? In looking at the benchmarks the real world usages marks it out did the two leading android phones .(S4 and htc one). Yes it lost in synthetic and some brute force benchmarks but I think until its been out and people have found a way to really compare this modified architecture to the ones were all used too. The price is a sticking point for sure and was a let down.

    • MacNificent

      the problem here is that people dont realize the Moto X is the real muscle car here out of all the phones available on the market. They just made it as cool or dope as a blinged out Civic

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Smartest smartphone. Can’t wait for the the review.

  • samari711

    Any chance we could get a compare and contrast on the X vs the new Droids? aside from battery/screen size/buttons how much is common between them and is there anything aside from design style that sets the X apart?

    • Geekdad

      Kellen, please do a post on this!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Press units for the new DROIDs aren’t out yet, but we are going to put together a chart to compare specs.

      • Hayden7200

        And features please?

      • LiterofCola

        Thanks!

      • michael arazan

        The X is definitely faster than my GNex by the video you posted showing off the features. I’d say at least twice as fast. Even going through the settings.

        I’d like to see a Moto X vs Gnex comparison for us Verizon customers, please, because a lot of us want or need an upgrade. Also can you explain in your opinion if you think this phone will be a good 2-3 year phone.

    • EC8CH

      Why should you get the X instead of a Droid?

      Because Verizon wants you to get the Droid.

      Carrier branded phones need to die, manufactures should have control over the design of their phones, and carriers should be dumb pipes.

      • Josh C

        If this goes to Google Play with a decent off-contract price in-tow, I’ll bite. Otherwise, it’ll be the Droid Maxx for me.

        • EC8CH

          The Maxx does has a compelling advantage with its battery, since it should be sharing all the other power saving features with the X anyway.

          • Josh C

            Exactly. However, the updates and dev support are going to be better with the X with the 4+ carrier availability.

          • EC8CH

            very good point

          • KleenDroid

            Dev support?

        • ceejw

          It’s possible that the google play model will have a more compelling price but it’s not like you’d be able to use it on Verizon.

      • Hayden7200

        I think alot of people, myself included, like the fact that the Maxx has a 5″ screen and 3500mAh battery. I agree with everything you said in your third paragraph, but right now, the Maxx looks like a pretty good phone when compared to the X, assuming the software features are identical.

        • EC8CH

          Now that the “droids” are basically stock android again (looking at you OG), they are much more attractive.

          My father-in-law has a RAZR Maxx and i hate the OS on that thing.

        • EraserXIV

          CPU/GPU issues aside, if they just put the Maxx into a slightly thicker Moto X shell I’d be much more apt to purchase the Moto X if only to get insane battery life in a slick package. Now I’m just going to bide my time and see what other OEMs put out.

      • Jordan Webb

        But…Maxx battery…ATT 16gb exclusive…

        It seems really dumb to pay for an X at $200 over the Maxx at $300, especially if you already use Google Music (the Maxx comes with $48-60 worth of free subscription, depending on your rate now). I mean, even if the 32gb X was on Verizon, it’d be $250. If I take $50 off the price of the Maxx for the free music sub, it’s the same cost but with a bigger screen, bigger battery, and wireless charging.

        Oh. And actual availability date instead of wishy-washy “Sometime in the next two months.” That’s nice for those of us itching to upgrade.

        • EC8CH

          Tough choice between the Maxx and the X for a lot of people depending on their personal preferences.

          The Ultra seems like a loser, and the Mini a niche product for people who want a really small phone.

          • Jordan Webb

            It’s actually kind of awesome. Wife bought an iPhone last cycle purely because of size, so I think I can get her back into the fold with the Mini. The Maxx could assuage my Gnex battery trauma pretty nicely. Then I actually know someone else with a Droid to use the Zap thing once (and then probably never again).

      • LiterofCola

        Consumers don’t really care about the philosophical reasons why one should pick one over the other. Just the nitty gritty specs and real world application.

    • kaydoyle3

      @Loise, you make $27h…good for you! I make up to $85h working from home. My story is that I quit working at shoprite to work online and with a little effort I easily bring in around $45h to $85h…heres a good example of what i’m doing, http://www.pro67.com

  • schlanz

    Could anyone explain why I should get this phone on VZW over the Droid Ultra?

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      You like white? lol

    • Josh C

      Struggling with that myself. I will wait to hold and play with both and make the decision then. The extended battery life and screen real estate sounds nice for an extra $50.

      • ddpacino

        Extended battery life..?

        Ultra: 2130 mAh

        Moto X: 2200 mAh

        Huh?

        • Josh C

          Sorry assumed he meant MAXX. I would buy the X over the Ultra probably.

    • NeedName

      uh. . . the three main features just pointed out in this video. . . not to mention the gpu on this thing is stellar.

      • j

        new DROIDS have these features.

      • Jordan Webb

        All four phones have an Adreno 320.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Pretty similar, but I would tend to like the look of the Moto X more. Not a fan of the glossy back of the ULTRA or the over-the-top kevlar. Features though, all the same.

      • EC8CH

        before litercola jumps in the Ultra has wireless charging I believe and a slightly bigger screen.

        oh yeah and crappy capacitive buttons.

        • Jordan Webb

          Isn’t it only the Maxx/Mini with wireless charging? I thought the Ultra was missing it.

          • EC8CH

            Really?

            When then that makes it have even less of a reason for existing.

          • Jordan Webb

            Seriously. The Ultra’s borderline pointless…it should have been Mini-X-Maxx instead of Mini-Ultra/X-Maxx. The Mini and Maxx seem like better alternatives, but the Ultra…yeh.

          • LiterofCola

            Yup, agree with you there

          • schlanz

            Yeah I believe the Ultra isn’t sporting it, probably to maintain the claim of thinnest 4g LTE phone.

        • LiterofCola

          Actually Ultra doesn’t have wireless charging :)

      • Jeff Miller

        One difference that bugs me is onscreen buttons to hardware buttons…if only the droids had onscreen. I hate physical buttons…

    • MacNificent

      Looks way better. the customization options. the fact that it will be on all major carriers which will increase the amount of development and accesorries. Sounds like a win win situation. and oh…. the on screen transparent background buttons

      • RedXander

        Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The developer support is a good point though but I think having an unlocked device would garner the most developer support. Time will tell….

    • jose

      Ultra? Not much difference. Now the Maxx, that’s a totally different animal vs the X. On Verizon, I don’t even think the X will come in a 32GB model and knowing Verizon, we won’t get color customizations until November 2014.

    • j

      Look (customization), screen size (some may prefer slightly smaller device).. I dunno.

    • Mark Peden

      On screen keys vs capacitive keys. I like on screen keys much better…

    • Jared

      Because the Droid Ultra is ugly? Spec wise its the same (minus screensize), obviously. I think it really comes down to whether you like the Droid brand itself, want a slightly bigger screen, or really don’t care. Me, I’m going to pick up the Moto X. Does everything I want…if the battery life claims are to be true. Also, I feel like a 4.7 inch screen is the exact sweet spot. 5 is too big and 4 is too small, IMO.

      • schlanz

        Having only actually held and played with the Ultra I can’t comment as to which I find more visually appealing, however I can honestly say the Ultra is one of the most handsome phones I’ve ever held. And I wasn’t a fan of the Droid Razr or Razr HD.

        As for screen size I prefer the larger screen with capactive buttons opposed to on screen buttons.

        Isn’t the gpu different on these? I didn’t think the Ultra had the Adreno 320

        Edit:actually it was the Maxx I played with. Forgot the glossy back to the Ultra. Not sure how I feel about that…

        • soap

          how smooth did the phone feel ui wise? compared to lets say the GS4 which actually has some noticeable lag even without apps installed.

          • schlanz

            Very smooth, much moreso than the GS4 was when it came out. I only played with it for a few minutes so I didn’t put it through a rigorous multitasking test or anything. But experience with it was favorable albeit brief. Felt nice in the hand. And honestly, a striking design, surprisingly so considering I wasn’t blown away by press renders.

        • Jordan Webb
    • nsnsmj

      The Ultra isn’t worth anyone’s time. It shouldn’t even exist. It should have just been the Mini and the Maxx. Aside from the mini being smaller, and the Maxx having a huge battery & slightly larger display, the Droids are all the same as the X. The X definitely has a better design and shape to it though. The Droids are ugly in comparison.

  • BRIM

    You probably missed it, but you’re supposed to do the “screwdriver” motion to activate it.

  • http://www.friv250.friv200.com/ friv250

    Very interesting and very funny.

  • Nicholas Kent

    I think Motorola’s stance with the Moto X is that the CPU is fast enough for almost anything most people could throw at it, the GPU is faster than the other flagship phones, and it offers features not found on other devices. They made trade-offs (quad core CPU, 1080p screen) to add features that they think people will find more compelling (battery life, voice interaction). I think the goal was to make this the most helpful and useful phone possible; one that could do more than be a portal to the internet or trump other phones in synthetic benchmarks or on paper.

    IMO, the customization options are interesting but silly considering the majority of people (not just us vocal advocates) use full-body cases. Another question: how much does the customization add to the bottom line for each phone, regardless of options chosen?

    It seems like us vocal advocates are stuck in the performance per dollar mindset while Motorola wants to change the conversation to instead be thinking about the usefulness per dollar. That being said, they would have made a tremendous splash had the phone been priced $100 cheaper.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      I think they are trying to mimic what the Ultrabooks have done to the laptop market. Simple, light, useful, but not a powerhouse.

    • Alex Goings

      Moto is offering a clear case option. I’m not sure how good that would look, but it will be interesting to see.

  • Hayden7200

    Is anyone else concerned about privacy issues with the Active Display? Not that I’m in this boat but what about people who don’t want, say a girlfriend looking at their notifications. And if you turn off Active Display, how will you be able to tell if you have new messages?

    • BRIM

      Of course not.

      Phone always listening to what you’re saying? Awesome.

      **NSA signing off**

  • Nathaniel Newman

    Wonder if the Droid Maxx will have these same features?

  • bboyairwreck

    LG G2 baby! But i will still consider the Moto X once i play with it myself.

    • UNCNYY04

      Don’t we all play with it ourselves?

    • jh123416

      Same boat.

  • MikeCiggy

    But how does all of this work with a security pattern enabled?

    • brkshr

      Most likely, you will be able to see the type of notification, but you won’t be able to see the details of the notification until you unlock the device. Similar to how they work now.

      • MikeCiggy

        And touchless controls?

        • brkshr

          Ahhh. Didn’t think about that! I wonder if your voice signature would be enough to authorize an unlock? They said you have to say “ok google now” 3 times for it to know your voice. So no one else could trigger the phone. Interesting… need confirmation here Kellex

          • MikeCiggy

            Very true, it should know my voice.

            I’m not putting down the features just used to be disappointed when lockscreen type things don’t work for me great because I always want security on. Definitely would like Kellex to show how it works when there is a passcode enforced on the device.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Motorola is also working on setting “safe zones” via geofencing, having NFC-based security tags that will allow the feature to work when its within a few feet, and “trusted” Bluetooth devices.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Added pictures to the bottom to show you.

      • MikeCiggy

        Thanks <3

  • JG

    I like how the article kind of calls out how we think it will not stand up to the likes of the N4 and the One and S4. Pretty sure most of us didn’t say that. We need that low off-contract price and im without a doubt in for one of these over my N4. The N4 had the same kind of scenario here. T-mobile sold is for a crazy amount (kind of like what AT&T is rumored to be doing) and $199 on-contract. Then, the play store came out with their pricing which was half of what t-mobile wanted.

    It’s still possible we will see that 399 or under pricing…maybe.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      If you notice, T-Mobile said nothing regarding pricing, only that they will not stock it, and that one that works on their network will be available online. They were mum on an unlocked version through the whole event, but I’m not getting my hopes up only to be dashed again.

      Makes me wonder if they are waiting until all the carriers announce their pricing first.

  • RedXander

    I’m curious if you find yourself using those features regularly? The concept seems nice but I could see myself getting really frustrated with consistency.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Active notifications and Touchless control I can see myself using all the damn time. Quick capture, maybe, it really depends on if its reliable. Like he said, maybe you just need to practice it and its second nature after a little while, but that may also be wishful thinking, relegating it to “gimmick” status, unlike the other two features.

  • Matt

    Thank you for getting a verizon review model!

  • 2Berad

    I hope to see a battery life report soon… I know it may take a few days to get a real feel for how long this thing holds a charge.

    • http://www.techmantis.net/ Minja Miketa

      According the the droid life show he got 10 hours with it left at 18% having 3hrs of screen on time. And that was the first charge, might do a good job with battery.

      • Frettfreak

        i get that with my one. Yes, its good, but its not that market changing battery life that moto was hyping it up to be. I wont be buying one regardless cause for me 16gb is just not enough, and i am not ever going to be on att. If it had an SD slot (or bigger storage on other carriers) i would maybe possibly consider it… as long as all the reviews said this thing was the second coming….

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    Not to add to the banter of this all but can’t those features be ported to the new Droid lineup? I am not super upset about the price but I just don’t get it. For all the carriers except VZW, I can see this doing quite well but when I go into a VZW store and see this lined up next to the Droid lineup, I can’t fathom spending the money on this, over them. For what? Add to the fact that I like black or white phones, (I am sure a white Droid will come out soon) I really have no reason to choose this over them.

    • brkshr

      I thought they were on the new Droid line?

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        Re-read your post. My bad. Yea, I didn’t check to see if the new lineup had these. Sorry about my original comment, I thought you were asking if the X is part of the Droid lineup.

        • brkshr

          Cool. I thought they announced that these 3 features are on the new Droids as well. I’ll have to check into it. I didn’t pay much attention to the Droid announcement.

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            Someone in another post just said they announced these things for the Droids a while ago.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            They did, and they are all there. The reasons to choose the Moto X are (eventual) increased customizability, different design, and onscreen keys. However, if you prefer a smaller screen (Mini), thinner device with a larger screen (Ultra), or a larger screen with a massive battery (Maxx), Verizon has you covered.

            Personally, I’m going with the Moto X, as I really really want to customize it, and I much prefer the overall design, not to mention the reports that those ordered through Moto Maker are unlockable, both SIM and bootloader.

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        Moto X is not part of the Droid lineup. The Droid line is exclusive to Verizon. That’s why they launched last week or whenever and not with this.

  • emoney

    is there a way to make the touchless controls work with a simpler phrase? like “ok google” or something similar?

    • NexusPhan69

      Nope. Not yet. I’m sure CM will allow for it tho.

  • Matthew Eklund

    hopefully they will roll out an update for the quick launch camera. i’ve seen a lot of fails using it.

    • greyhulk

      It’s kind of awkward and works nowhere near as well as it should.

      • jose

        but…but.. it works perfect in the commercials o_O

  • John Simonelli

    How do the 4G LTE Download speeds compare to the HTC ONE and the SGS4? I’m interested to see how that extra LTE antenna helps out.

  • bob

    #hailcorporate

  • BRIM

    “Activ. Display” – already plenty of apps that can accomplish this. Unless Moto will let you use ANY notifying app, it’s pointless.

    “Quick capture camera” – it’s not that you suck at using, it’s just that it’s a terribly executed gimmick.

    • @1MPitts

      which apps?

    • Alex Goings

      However, it wont give you the same battery efficiency with other devices. Because chip-set.

      • NeedName

        doesn’t seem that the people complaining are getting what’s really going on hardware wise on this thing.

        • Alex Goings

          Indeed

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      So far, its any and all notifications I’ve seen. They basically take your notification icons and enlarge them in the center of the screen, with the latest as the actionable one, though I’m going to assume they ignore persistent notifications.

      Gotta say, if Quick Capture really is that unreliable it is absolutely a gimmick.

      That said, I noticed you didn’t mention anything about touchless control ;-)

  • LiterofCola

    Soooo, the Droids should have these as well? I wouldn’t see why not.

    • NexusPhan69

      Yes they do. That was announced a while back.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      They do, yep.

      • LiterofCola

        Cha-ching!

  • SpeakWithYouAndMe

    Today AppGratis’s app is the pro version of Shake, which does the same thing as the Quick Capture Camera, except that it can do many more things (turn on/off wifi, 3g, or launch custom app, etc) when you shake your phone. Check it out, pretty cool I think.

  • jose

    When do we get to see some real-life photos samples with the camera? That’s one of the things I’m REALLY interested about

  • Tyler Durden

    Got a good forearm workout for the day I see

  • ObviousNinja2

    I think active display is a great idea. And if it’s true, the extra chip is used to manage it. It’s clearly a win. More so than the touchless controls.

  • Hayden7200

    Thanks DL for all the great coverage of the Moto X spectacle! You have always been and will continue to be my go to site!

    • KleenDroid

      Yep, every since the OG. I keep coming back to see if they will ever put out something that could compare.

  • Andrew Knighton

    why do i have a feeling the active display will be ported so people can have their cake and eat it too.

    • Alex Goings

      It will, but on any other phone it will just destroy the battery because of how the chip-set works.

      • Tyler Durden

        Cough Gnex

      • Andrew Knighton

        i seriously don’t see it taking that much of a hit considering it only uses a portion of the screen. that being said i am only speculating

        • Walter Partlo

          Try grabbing NoLED from the market and trying it out. It kills LCD battery life.

          • Andrew Knighton

            EDIT: also couldn’t it just only be enabled when you take it out of your pocket. light sensors. basically just like when you normally take it out and press the power button.

            well if that’s the case then i only want the touchless controls to be honest which i feel will be easy to get ported.

          • brkshr

            You could run into the same problem with the touchless controls. The Moto X has a low voltage native language processor, that controls this. This is why I have been telling everyone that the X8 system is revolutionary. Because it enable us these new features while using less battery life.

          • Alex Goings

            I like you. You get it. I’ve been running around trying to make people understand how it works and that it is not an old processor…

          • brkshr

            It’s infuriating & saddening isn’t it? Maybe Moto needs to publish an educational video or something. I just don’t think others understands how this stuff works.

          • Alex Goings

            Haha. That would actually be pretty cool if they did. Now I want them too. It would save me a lot of explanation.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Again, it will kill your battery. Motorola has said that they had to put in the NLP core to handle that feature, because they would need 3x the battery size they have to keep the same battery life just using the SoC.

          • Andrew Knighton

            ah well i forgot about that actually. oh well still not worth it IMO.

        • Jason B

          AMOLEDs can light up individual pixels. LCDs need an entire backlight that has to come on every single time, regardless of how small the area on the screen is.

          BIG difference.

        • guesswhat

          well it just enable the pixels on the screen, there is low power core which also enables touch sensor so you intercat with the notification without waking up your phone entirely, all the work done when display off is done my the low power core motorola added in x8. So any phone currently in the market cannot have this feature without impacting battery life considerably

          • Alex Goings

            Well said!

      • ObviousNinja2

        It will destroy any LCD based displays. Amoled….well samsung already incorporates it in their S4 if you use a cover.

        • Alex Goings

          Perhaps not destroy for amoled. But it will have a significantly smaller impact on the X.

          • Kagnon

            It will destroy your battery life cause lcd lights up the whole display as a whole.
            AMOLED can light up each pixel as required.

            Samsung pretty much did the best marketing for amoled using this functionaliy

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Best phone.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Ever!

    • BRIM

      It hasn’t even released.

      Stop.

    • KleenDroid

      LOLOLOL, Yes it is the best phone I’ve never used.

  • sc0rch3d

    what happened to the wrap around glass rumor?

    • brkshr

      They said the glass is molded into the plastic bezel seamlessly some how. So it appears (& feels) as though the glass wraps around the edge.

    • PhillipCun

      you’re still looking at it. its just beveled

  • Tyler Casilio

    I wonder if this Touchless Controls will be part of Key Lime Pie

    • ObviousNinja2

      I don’t understand why it couldn’t. Motorola claims its because of the native language processor which will help with battery life, and maybe voice recognition but they just store your voice. They make it sound like they are the ones talking to google directly. No, all they are doing is inputing what you said to google now and google now is giving back the answer.

      So basically google, not motorola. Did 90% of the work. If that’s the case, i don’t see why option couldn’t be enabled on any phone now (minus the battery life hit).

      • joejoe5709

        Yeah I was going to say that the real trick here is a ghost chip that keeps the feature from running down the battery. So lets hope more phones (including the next Nexus) feature a similar ghost chip and a similar feature because I really really like the idea of Google Now ready at all times.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Technically you can get similar functionality on your phone now. Dragon Naturally Speaking’s Android app/assistant app has always on listening with Interaction by a keyword/phrase. It seems to eat about 15-20% of the battery life on my GNex so I removed it though.

  • Chris Hilbert

    I have a feeling this will have the same success as the HTC One.

  • StankyChikin

    Nice

  • Elliot Kotis

    AWESOME :D Shame it isn’t for anywhere apart from NA, DAMMIT MOTO! Piss me off!
    https://www.change.org/petitions/motorola-for-motorola-to-sell-the-motorola-x-world-wide-australia-europe-and-asia