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The Droid Life Show: Special Moto X Edition

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Since we haven’t been able to host a Droid Life Show in a few weeks thanks to our travel schedules with all of these major tech events happening, we decided to sit down for a few minutes today to at least talk through some of it. The Moto X is obviously the hot topic of the moment, but we also haven’t shared any thoughts on the new Nexus 7, Chromecast, or new DROIDs in any sort of live on-air format. So, join Tim and I, and let’s talk about it!

The show kicks off around 2:00PM Pacific (5:00PM Eastern). A live video broadcast and chat are embedded below.  

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  • Alexander Garcia

    Woohoo!!! I was wondering if you guys were gonna do this show. Time to plug in and enjoy. =)

  • Brien Gerber

    Best part is touchless control will get better as Google Now gets better.

  • MKader17

    So just a thought here, I’m going out on a limb but here goes. I feel that the Moto X is a DESCENT price for what it is (a carrier connected phone). I, like others, was expecting Nexus 4 pricing, especially considering similar specs released a while ago. However, there is one thing that the Nexus 4 doesn’t have and that is LTE. In the tablet world that equated to an extra $130 at one point for something to work on Verizon LTE only.

    Moto mentioned that the prepaid market is lacking. I’m wondering if the removal of LTE as well as slight downgrades could result in a phone with aggressive pricing.

    Of course I’m fabricating this because it completely fills my niche, but it would be great.

  • HarryBalls

    Never watched one of these before. Both these guy’s parents have pretty nice basements! I think the large microphone is substituting for something tho….

  • Robert Goulet

    I posted this in another thread in which it got buried but I’m reposting because I was curious about what people think of this, because I see this launch as having backfired in a major way:

    I would certainly hope Motorola monitors major Android fan sites about the hype surrounding upcoming releases…and in doing so would have seen that there were many rumors about something in the neighborhood of $299 off contract, and the hype that was resulting from that price point. There were also media reports speculating about the price, suggesting that the Nexus-style pricing may be a reality.

    So my question is WHY didn’t Motorola do some controlled leaking about what the price would be to temper way-too-high expectations? By dropping the bomb all at once without relieving any pressure, they ran right into a hatefest by the people most likely to influence their friends about what phone they should get next. Seems like a serious fumble on the marketing end to me.

    • Mark

      Exactly what I was thinking! The only problem is the price the phone is nice, and they should of said something about it and not let it snowball.

    • Bryan

      The other thing to me that they fumbled is they didn’t tell anyone when they could buy it and for how much. Really? You announce a new phone but then don’t tell anyone exactly when and how much you can buy it for? They seem to have left open as many questions as answers.
      Also, they are really hitting the customization thing (built by you) but then launch with an exclusive of that for one carrier? Did AT&T really pay them that much money to do that? And why would AT&T pay them that much money for a short term exclusive? Do they really think that many new customers will come over to them in the short exclusivity window? It’s bizarre to me on both sides doing this.

      • Tyler

        I agree, I’m on Verizon and assuming I can forgo the extra battery life of the MAXX, I would buy this phone a couple weeks after its released but I will not get it if I cant customize it. Yeah the customizing is coming later but later we will have new Nexus/LG/Note phones later and ready to steal the spotlight. For this to be a success it needed to be everything at once which includes customizing on all the carrier, dev version released with pricing, and when you can pickup the phone with a countdown or something cool. There is so much stuff that’s not crystal clear at this point.

        • michael arazan

          Exactly, really dropped the ball with exclusive customization, and usually exclusives are 6 months, so forget about it.

        • michael arazan

          Exactly, really dropped the ball with exclusive customization, and usually exclusives are 6 months, so forget about it.

    • Idon’t Know

      $199 was idiotic. Motorola cant lose money on phones considering they are losing millions. Nexus phones ate sold at cost.

    • Steve B

      Motorola could give two $#!T$ about sites like these. We make up <1% of all smartphone customers. They're going to market the crap out of this phone to normal customers and it's going to sell like crazy. This phone will put Motorola back on the map after years of terrible devices. Motorola is just testing the waters with this phone and when they refresh, we should get something more "high end" in geek terms.

  • RoadsterHD1

    What about Droid MAXX!!!!

    • LiterofCola

      I know, I know.

    • Tyler

      If the Droid Maxx and the Moto X had a baby, I would definitely buy it.

  • Silver Veloz

    Bummer! I can’t watch and join in at work. Will have to catch the replay.

  • http://androidandme.com/ Taylor Wimberly

    Why can’t you fly with the wood version? I missed this inside story.

  • http://androidandme.com/ Taylor Wimberly

    Why can’t you fly with the wood version? I missed this inside story.

    • bobbyjones

      Ron says it will explode

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      I have no idea where I got that from. I did a little more research and I can’t find anything about the air pressure affecting it. Heat and moisture might, though.

  • droidrazredge

    I’m definitely excited about this phone and will be checking it out. My last two devices have been a Motorola because I like their build quality and their radios. I’m not that big on specs on a phone, I have my PC for getting into the specs war. I like how you guys are giving a neutral perspective about the phone and will give your 2 cents once you give your full review.

  • azndan4

    How much are you getting paid to hype up the moto x?

    • chihova

      why are you here?

    • tony

      I love how these guys deny that Android lags all the time when comparing Android to iOS but all of a sudden when this mediocre phone is released they say how it doesn’t lag and other Android phones do. I guess we know what Moto is spending their marketing money on…

      • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

        I don’t think the team as a whole has denied that Android has lag issues. As an individual I’ve said that many times, specifically in comparison to iOS.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          I’m always the first to say that Android is FULL of jank! :P

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      Zero dollars and zero cents. It’s a rip off.

  • dannyWHITE

    The “Special Moto X Edition” makes me not want to tune in, but I’m going to anyway to hear you guys talk about Chromecast and the 2013 Nexus 7.

  • Flat_Stanley

    My first time watching. As a constructive criticism, try and cut down on the usage of “like” as a filler word. It gets to be, like, distracting when you’re trying to, like, listen to the conversation. Otherwise, great points so far about the realities of the Moto X situation.

    Side note, did anyone ask them about the planned $500 million marketing budget?

  • A.Miller

    Won’t be able to watch live… I hope there will be an mp3 of it later.

  • Thomas

    Amazing