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So, we’ve compared the specs of the Moto X to those of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, but isn’t the real story here how they differ in terms software and experiences? After all, lists of details on paper never tell the true story of any product, it always comes down to whether or not a product’s set of features helps to make your life easier. At least that’s the way it should be. Motorola, with the Moto X, is trying to do that in as minimal of a way as possible, which is the exact opposite approach to some of its competitors. 

With the Moto X, you are looking at a phone that was purposefully left with mostly stock Android, so that users aren’t bombarded and overwhelmed by software features. The experience is similar to what you would get with a Nexus device, but Motorola has gone ahead and added in small details here and there to make the phone easier to use in select places, like the camera or lock screen. Motorola has really just tried to add-on useful features where it feels the experience of Android can be improved without getting away from Google’s intentions.

Compare that to Samsung or HTC, who have completely skinned Android, turning it into something that at times is almost unrecognizable. But they certainly pack in the features. In areas like the camera, Samsung has introduced so many special modes or filters, that I couldn’t even list them all out for you. HTC has done some interesting things as well, with Zoes and BlinkFeed. Again, these two have simply taken the opposite approach to what Motorola is trying to do.

In the video below, we take a quick look at both hardware and software of the Moto X, Galaxy S4, and One.

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  • JMac726

    So my Nexus is on it’s absolute last leg and I am due for an upgrade next Thursday. I’m leaning towards the S4 over the Moto X or HTC One, but worried that its soon going to be ‘old tech.’ Do I wait into the early fall September/October time frame for something better? Or is the GS4 still my best option?

  • ace

    The x phone is not at all what I was hoping for. This has the typical motorola letdown written all over it. Now it seems people are pulling at strings to justify all the hype this phone had but be real,this is not the phone we all were hoping for. I’m not saying it’s goingto be a horrible phone but bottom line for me it’ll be slower that htc one and gs4/note3. Screen will be not near as sharp and itll have some motorola glitch just Give it a month and buy it for 99$

  • DrDroid

    I want a Moto X look and relative size with MAXX battery (of course 2mm thicker or something)…is that too much to ask?

  • guest

    Open apps at the same time on two device to see which one opens faster instead of pretending that goomoto isn’t paying you to hype the moto x.

  • JoeInMO

    So far none of the videos answer my questions.

    #1 The screen size on the Moto X is the same as the HTC One, but the display seems much smaller. The Moto X screen size is reduced by the on-screen buttons. How does the actual display size of a normal app compare between the X, S4, and One compare?

    #2 I’ve heard 720p vs 1080i about 100 times, but not a single mention of how the screens compare visually. Is the X as clear as the S4 and One? Can you see the pixels? I want to know the real world visual quality differences of the phones… not just specs.

    #3 How do the speakerphones of the three phones compare? I expect the One to be the best, but how does the X and S4 compare?

    #4 Is there any adjustment to the on-screen notifications on the X? They look very slow and dim to me. I like an LED that blinks fast and I can notice from across the room.

    #5 I wish there was some kind of standard battery test app or a way to test the real world battery usage time of each phone. The battery size doesn’t mean much. Is there some app that you can run for an hour (or until the battery dies) to give a real comparison of battery life?

    • NeedName

      #1 yes, you do lose a little screen real estate due to on-screen navigation buttons. OMHO I would rather have on-screen buttons than anything else.

      #2 from what I’ve heard the people comparing the screens say it’s very hard to tell the pixel density between the screens however, each screen has it’s positives and minus due to colors, brightness, etc. But pixel density really is NOT an issue at this level.

      #3 The One has the best sounding speakers but the X, from what I’ve seen, is as loud and sounds pretty good but does face backward.

      #4 Yes. You can adjust what apps get on-screen notifications. People are raving about this feature.

      #5 Some sites usually run a video in loop mode which gives a pretty good idea of battery performance. However, the X is going to give you certain battery intensive features (on-screen notifications and touch-less activation) without draining the battery due to the hardware implementation — that’s what sets this phone apart from every other device on the market.

  • Craig

    I’d like to see a comparison between the Moto X and the Droid Maxx.

    Both phones look very appealing, but is the trade off of on-screen buttons and sleek design worth the extra battery life and not very promising updates?

  • Adam Haas

    Really dissapointed it’s not 1080p.

    • Liderc

      Yeah, I think I’d be more willing to give it a shot if it had a 1080P screen. I know over the next 1-2 years I’d feel bad every time I saw a new phone come out with a better screen which I could have gotten instead. CPU/RAM ect… is not as important anymore, but screen quality and battery life are things that definitely improve the entire experience of a device.

  • Liderc

    test

  • Rob Schoenfeld

    Comparing this device to the Galaxy S3, Nexus 4, and HTC Mini would be more accurate. “Okay Google Now” do something that isn’t a gimmick.

  • http://wwww.minecraftchannel.net/ Minecraft

    Hum. What is made ​​very practical and logical. This article can give us a general overview on the one hand and by the Moto X Vs. Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One.

  • sammy

    People that think the S4 has too many features…… go buy an iPhone if you want lack of features.

    • chris420o

      do you understand the dif between too many and many…i dont think u do bc u mention lack of features…just because the iphone doesnt have half the nonsense samsung threw in their phone doesnt mean it lacks features or any other android phone for that matter…just means it lacks battery wasting nonsense fluff

  • galaxy

    Look at the dialer or messaging for the Moto X and try to say again that it is more “stock android.” You must have no experience with making themes. Make a theme for a Moto phone and you will see how non-stock android the UI really is.

    • chris420o

      why say this when the phones not even out yet…its a totally dif phone its not a droid razr u have no idea how the os is…and fyi i have a droid razr hd and i have xenonhd with theme chooser…and can put any theme chooser theme on

  • http://www.twitter.com/SexciiP JaQuez Avondre

    I have a Galaxy S4, and I’m happy with it.

  • notsureifsrs

    s4 is superior in every way and has the same price tag. Notsureifsrs motorola.

    • chris420o

      meh…i rather an htc one then an s4…phone feels like im holding a big blackberry curve such crap at least if im paying the same amount of money i get a premium build with moto and even htc

    • NeedName

      wrong. . .

      http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/smartphones/motorola-moto-x.aspx

      shows the X beating the S4 consistently in real world tests. Samsung SUCKS at software, that’s why I won’t touch their junk unless it’s a Nexus.

  • Jacob Sconyers

    Please tell me that the Moto X camera app includes photo spheres. Maybe the UI to launch them isn’t obvious?

  • MagicMike Kelley

    I’m a big Moto fan. My last 4 units have been motorola – but I went to the S4 and I love it. I don’t know why they’d put out a machine with older tech, whether it runs great or not. How many OS updates will it get? My guess is it’s not going to handle things the way the S4 or the One within a year.

  • Knlegend1

    I left Verizon because I was tired of the Droids…Motorola. Then they turn around and impress me. I’m on at&t but I have the HTC One and I’m happy.

  • jt O’Brien

    Why has there been no mention of the 2 years of free 50gb google drive storage for the Moto x? Not that I’m defending the phone , but that has to count for something.

  • jim

    You cant tell the difference between 720 and 1080 on a 52 inch flat screen, so why debate it on a cell phone screen

    • Jack3D

      You can’t maybe, but I most certainly can…if viewing 1080p material, from less than 12 feet.

      • Guest

        “Yes, we need good processors, massive storage, and sharp displays in Smartphone. But 1080p 5 inch displays have gone way beyond actual user needs and even beyond capabilities of human eye. In return one of the most important factors, battery life is compromised.This is clearly a result of cold war between Smartphone manufactures and just to make the specification looks good. So of you have a plan to buy a 1080p Smartphone, think twice.”

        • KleenDroid

          You obviously have not used the S4.

          The battery life is very good.

    • jose

      Apples and duct tape. You don’t hold a 52in tv up to your face. Pixel density is all about viewing distance.

    • Liderc

      Maybe you can’t, but I definitely can. Not to mention, you hold your phone a lot closer than you watch a 50+” TV, so pixel density is even more important.

  • bloob

    Although the Moto X may be smaller than the HTC One even though they have the same screen size, you also have to consider the fact that the on-screen navigation buttons takes up some of the screen making it a bit smaller.

  • rlorenz

    For some reason, that screen seems like it is slightly discolored… Almost a slight purple / brown hue. Can you see that in real life, or is it just the camera?

    • chris125

      most reviews that I saw said because of the amoled it gives off the slight discoloration. Im guess it will be similar to the old droids that used amoled screens, minus the pentile

  • RoadsterHD1

    Kellex, do a speed test on AnTuTu

    • Wayne Peterkin

      So the s4 can beat them both by cheating?

      • RoadsterHD1

        Maybe but I’d still like to see how it compares, Don’t you? How would cheat?

  • jose

    Gawd that Samsung plastic is disgusting to look at.

    • LiterofCola

      I really thought so as well. Till I closely examined my co-workers GS4 in black. Gotta admit, it looked good

      • MagicMike Kelley

        Looks AND feels good. I don’t know what people are complaining about.

        • chris125

          same reason people are complaining about “mid range specs” on the moto x. aka people just like to complain

          • carlisimo

            Dunno. I’ve played with my friends’ S4s and I thought the plastic was ugly. It felt fine, but I found the look to be a major turn-off. Just a matter of opinion.

        • Diablo81588

          It feels like plastic crap.

          • KleenDroid

            I bet if you had not read other people writing this here you would never have thought this. How does it feel to be a follower with no original thoughts of your own? :)

        • jose

          Looks and feels good? HA. You should try picking up another phone. Samsung plastic cases look like sh1t. The S4 Active on the other hand is a great looking phone. I don’t understand why Samsung does’t incorporate this look into the entire Galaxy line.

          • MagicMike Kelley

            I have picked up other phones. Actually I haven’t owned anything OTHER than a black metal Moto phone until my very recent purchase of the S4. I checked it out versus the others on the shelves first, on top of endless research on the web (had to wait till I had the funds anyway :P).

            I’m not saying the plastic looks or feels better than the metallic ones and I agree the “Active” should have just been the S4 to begin with. I’m just saying that the whole “the plastic looks and feels like crap” is a big overstatement much of which likely comes from fanboy bias (not in all cases, nor am I implying yours). I’m of the mindset that if the choice is between a plastic back with SD Card and changeable battery and a metal locked down phone. I’ll take the plastic (though my motos were metal with both before)

            Additionally – with these phones now-a-days I want them protected since I’m hard on my phones anyway and I do not want a ugly or bulky case. I picked up the Spigen Slim Armor View. Hot damn is this case functional AND sexy. Still feels and looks great.
            http://www.sgmobilemall.com/images/item1/13718084781_1833.jpg

    • galaxy

      OMG THE PLASTIC!!!!!!!! Yeah I’ve dropped mine from 4 feet up and not a scratch. Give it a rest please.

      • jose

        Who said anything about durability and build quality? I said it’s f’ing ugly because it IS. Look at the Moto X. Plastic as well, but it looks great. Samsung phones look like plastic easter eggs, regardless of how durable they might be.

  • sean.yesmunt

    Would it be possible to port some of the “touchless” features on the Moto X to another phone? It would be pretty rad to try them out.

    • kidtronic

      Probably not without the contextual and/or natural language processors. Otherwise, your application processor would have to be always on and that would drain your battery fairly quickly.

  • ToughSell

    I just watch 11 minutes of absolutely nothing.
    How about comparing some real world testing like opening the browser, Google Now, Map, games, media files etc…

  • jnt

    @kellex:disqus so how do the actual camera’s compare in picture quality, speed, and ease of a straightforward shot?

  • Firelight

    (Wonder why I can’t Chromecast the video w/o directing it from YouTube instead of the embedded player on this page?)

    @kellex:disqus – after playing around with the X now – do you have a personal conclusion yet? Do you like it as good or better than the SG4 or HTC One. What is your daily driver as of right now?

    • KleenDroid

      I wonder the same thing about the Chromecast not playing embedded YouTube videos. I look forward to devs creating a permanent cast button so we can cast everything.

  • droidrazredge

    If the Moto X is already fast with 4.2.2. I’m wondering if you guys can do a comparison when all these phones receive 4.3. Also I’m wondering how fast it does searches through each of the voice commands using Google Now and how fluid the UI transitions are through various applications and finally how the browser experience is compared to the other two phones.

    • Mapekz

      Agreed, I’d love real benchmarks in this light as opposed to simply stress testing the CPU and GPU. And 4.3 will add TRIM support for even more performance in terms of storage I/O over time.

      • galaxy

        Why? Benchmarks mean nothing in real world experience, do you guys not know this yet?

      • chris125

        I am more excited for 4.3 for Trim simply for long term so hopefully this will help with making the phones stay running smooth even a year or so down the road.

    • Liderc

      Have you had any problems with the new Navigation app? It’s been awful for me since the update.

      • KleenDroid

        I also dislike the new Google Maps navigation.

        They have completely ruined it.

        I am considering going to something else.

  • DevelopmentalDad

    Pretty cool article. I got to play with the moto x a few weeks ago at Google at an event held by Guy Kawasaki. Read about it here. http://developmentaldad.com/what-google-wants-you-to-know-about-the-motorola-x/

    • Flat_Stanley

      On your blog, you mention a hardware accessory called “Skip”. That wasn’t revealed in the press event, was it? I wonder what happened. Can you elaborate on it some more?

      • http://developmentaldad.com/ DevelopmentalDad

        Rick Osterloh demonstrated it for us. It is a hardware accessory that allows you to bypass your lockscreen when it is near. It doesn’t seem to be a key feature they are highlighting now though. I can’t even find it on moto maker.

      • NexusPhan69
        • Flat_Stanley

          Awesome! Thanks! No reviews seem to have mentioned the accessories. I think there was only one that mentioned the trusted bluetooth devices. But I think items like Skip and color-matched headphones will be a real hit with shoppers.

          • NexusPhan69

            That’s an awesome idea to make them colored. I hope they hear you. I’m not so sure I like the accessory. But, I’ve never kept a password on my phone so it’s not targeted at me anyway.

  • Hunter

    I think the real question for Verizon customers is the HTC One or wait?

    • Mapekz

      Wait. This Moto X has specialized processors for things that normally eat up the CPU (and thus compete for resources with background data calls in all apps and always-running-services). It will feel noticeably more fluid.

      • azndan4

        Except not. The snapdragon s600 is a superior CPU. The moto x is coming to market 6 months after the htc one and still has a processor and screen resolution inferior to the nexus 4.

        • bd1212

          In case you don’t know, it has been reported by AnandTech that the processor used in the Moto X is almost the exact same as the Snapdragon 600 in the One and GS4. The only difference is that the Snapdragon 600 in the One and GS4 is quad-core instead of dual-core like the one in the Moto X. Other than that they are essentially the same. Same GPU, pretty much the same CPU.

          • chris125

            no the GPU is the same as in the s4/one the cpu is what is different

        • Diablo81588

          The s600 is a rebranded quad core s4 pro. Get your facts straight retard.

          • MeCampbell30

            No it’s not. The architecture is different (as well as the model number) between the S4 Pro and the 600.

          • Diablo81588

            Wrong. They both use Krait 300 cores and have an adreno 320 gpu. They’re built on the same 28nm process and support all the same wireless bands.

            http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snapdragon_(system_on_chip)

          • Jason B

            Actually, the APQ8064 S4 Pro quad-core uses Krait 200 cores, just like its dual core counterpart MSM8960T. The Nexus 4/LG Optimus G uses the APQ8064 SoC and is limited to 1.5GHz (not 1.7GHz like Wikipedia says). The newer Krait 300s can top 1.9GHz.

            The quad-core 8064T S600 and dual-core 8960Pro (Motorola) have been updated to Krait 300.

            Therefore:
            8064T S600 != APQ8064 S4 Pro
            AND
            8960Pro S4 != MSM8960T S4 Pro

            The Adreno 320 is also clocked higher in 8064T and 8960Pro. 480-533MHz (if you include Samsung’s BenchBooster).

        • NeedName

          from

          http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/smartphones/motorola-moto-x.aspx

          “In everyday use, the Moto X was positively blazing, allows us to switch between apps and exit back to the home screen in the blink of an eye. Unlike the S4, there’s no lag here. The camera opened from the home screen and was ready to fire in 1.4 seconds, which is faster than the S4’s 2.2 seconds. The Moto X also beat the S4 in opening the “Minion Rush” game (18.2 seconds vs. 22 seconds). The Moto X deftly handled “Riptide GP 2,” delivering swift frame rates and detailed animations.

          To test the Moto X further, we transcoded a 203 MB 1080p video to 480p using the VidTrim app. The handset took 6 minutes and 59 seconds, compared to 7:27 for the S4. That’s nearly 30 seconds faster. The HTC One took 7:34.”

          now read the highest ranking comment on this post ;)

      • chris125

        lg g2 is what you should be waiting for. Super small bezel, snapdragon 800 and rumored 2/3gb of ram. Plus it is being announced next week. That could really make the moto x DOA when it launches end of the month

      • Mark Mann

        wrong, because look at me and how much i know about things that i’m going to claim you know absolutely nothing about because i know everything

  • Godzilla

    eww white

  • Chris Stuart

    Replace moto X with iPhone 5 and this argument sounds oddly familiar.

    • mrjayviper

      except we all know iOS doesn’t use much resources compared to android?

      • Chris Stuart

        I was just making note that when the iPhone came out android fans scoffed at the specs while ios fans said it was about the user experience and specs didn’t matter. Now we are doing the same thing with the moto X. My comment wasn’t meant to compare android and ios.

        • mrjayviper

          but moto x is running android. other than the camera, always on google now and the notifications, which other feature makes this a high-priced phone?

          • Chris Stuart

            None. That’s the point. Now that the new phone doesn’t have top end specs, a lot of people have changed their tune about what makes a phone.

          • Dominick White

            100 times this

          • jose

            We’ll see if that tune applies to all Android phone manufacturers or just Moto..

          • Liderc

            Agreed. Saw the same people complaining about the iPhone’s specs, now we have the same problem with a “high end” Android device and it’s totally fine. I’m glad someone else sees the community’s problem.

          • chris125

            Made in America! Yeah take that apple and all those others making their phones in sweatshops! ‘Merica!! ha

    • Jason B

      700MHz over the iPhone 5 is pretty substantial; 200MHz over the N4, and 200MHz less than the GS4. The Nexus 4 has a quad-core S4 Pro (basically the 600) and is throttled so much that it performs worse than it should. The GS4 is more of an indication of what the S600 should perform like.

      With less cores, you have higher overclocking potential too.

      Krait 300 cores – 2
      Language core – 1
      Contextual processing core – 1

      Here’s what Motorola did. They removed 2 generalized processing application cores and used two specialized cores for certain processes. With single threaded apps, you won’t notice a difference between dual or quad. The numbers will be higher for multi-threaded benchmarks because of the lack of the 2 extra generalized cores.

      Can you show me an app, aside from benchmarks or 3D games, that uses all 4 cores on the CPU? Android can only divvy the load. If the app is single threaded, you’ll only use 25% on each core, max, at any given time in that app. Of course, background processes count, but while in the background, they too, are limited in CPU tasking. So, how about it? Where are those quad core optimized apps?

      • MeCampbell30

        4 open apps.

        • Jason B

          Background processes only get CPU time if they’re doing something intensive, like compressing an archive or transcoding a video. Will you be doing that on your phone?

          Otherwise, Android tasks the CPU to foreground apps, or the one you’re currently using.

      • Chris Stuart

        You do a lot of comparison to the n4, which is much older and much cheaper (presumably off contract). My major issue with this is that the phone asks for a lot of compromises for the same price as competitorslike the gs4. The gs4 has a higher dpi, better processor, same gX u, I get 24 hours out of my gs4 battery, and the moto X asks for the same price. Tell me why this should be the same price as the gs4? If it was 99 on contract, or 199 for a custom moto X I wouldn’ be bbringing this up.

        Your argument is exactly what IPhone users have been saying in response to android for years. “no one needs all that extra stuff, so I am ok with paying the same price for less technology.” I think within a year the ability to multi task on android will take off, Samsung has already started, and you will really want the extra power then. My question to you is why should I pay 199 for a dual core processor with a 720p screen, no removable battery, no sd, when for the same price I could have a higher resolution screen, better processor, removable batter, sd slot etc

        I’m not saying I don’t like the moto X, I actually like the looks etc, but what I wonder is if this is worth the same as a gs4, one, or worth the extra money over a n4. I F this had dropped in at 99 on contract I would be very impressed. It seems to me. Before the moto xthe android community would ask “why should I get this phone over the other” but now I see a lot of people saying “it’s all good enough, so why not.”

        • Jason B

          1080p is a good marketing tool as well. Personally, I don’t see a point in watching full HD videos on a small phone screen. It makes more sense on my 23″ monitor or even a tablet with larger screen sizes (where you’d benefit from the resolution). My pixels are smaller than yours. My pixel density is larger than yours. Those sound familiar too. A lot of it is a placebo effect.

          What’s the advantage of having a 1080p screen on a phone? Just to say you have it? It requires more of the GPU to render things on screen. Most of Android’s UI is hardware accelerated via Open GL ES, so you’re just burning up battery power all the while.

          Most phones don’t even have touch capability beyond 2 points because there’s not enough room.

          I rag on the Nexus 4 because it’s a quad-core, but it’s throttled down as it heats up, which happens more often than it should. So, performance suffers. That’s primarily targeted towards people who expect quad-cores in everything.

          Even Skyrim won’t run on all 6 of my desktop PC cores. At most, it can run 4-5. Mobile apps aren’t even past 1-2 yet.

          We have to face things: Apple will control most of mobile app development. If they don’t jump onto quad-cores, most developers won’t take advantage of them on Android during porting from iOS. Right?

          • Chris Stuart

            I’m not going to disagree that 1080p is a little over kill, but I remember when these phones first started coming out how Kellen talked about how great they looked compared to 720p etc. Beyond that, 1080p phones (such as the GS4) get great battery life with the 1080p screen.

            Again, my question is why should someone get the moto X over the other top tier phones? If its aesthetics that’s one thing, but what bugs me is how in the matter of a few days I have seen the android community switch from wanting their phones to push the limits of tech, to becoming apologists claiming “720p and dual core is good enough, so it should demand the same price as something that is objectively better”

          • Jason B

            The community as a whole was definitely on the more is better bandwagon. I’m not there yet. I’m still rocking my qHD (what a joke that was) Droid X2 (or the failed Bionic) that I want to run over about a million times.

            I may try the Moto X, but I don’t think they’ll convert anyone who already bought into the GS4 and HTC One. Then again, I may wait even longer, but at this rate, I might be out of a phone from just throwing it out of my car window.

          • Chris Stuart

            Dear lord i feel sorry for you with that X2. I had that unpleasant experience as well. Please, go out and find the nearest phone to replace it with. I think the moto X is a good phone, I just think it may be a bit overpriced compared to the competition. What irks me a bit more is the shift in community response from a spec oriented focus to a “good enough” perspective because googrola wants us to think that.

          • Jason B

            Hahah, then you know just how bad this phone blows. My OG Droid would be ashamed.

            I think Motorola is thinking more mainstream than tech-junkie. That’s fine. It’ll definitely appease Samsung. It sort of fits with Chromecast too. Why have a 1080p screen on your phone, when you can just cast it to your 1080p TV and sit back?

            Snapdragon S4 Pro is a bit misleading though. It’s definitely a dual-core Snapdragon 600, but there isn’t such a thing. It’s not a Snapdragon 400 because it doesn’t use Adreno 305. And it’s not really an S4 Pro because those are Krait 200.

          • KleenDroid

            All I want is an unlockable bootloader on Verizon. If Motorola had done this they would have won me over.

            I have my S4 rooted and Loki’d (bootloader bypassed). But the latest update patched the exploit for new people which greatly slows down development. This makes me very unhappy.

            I have wanted Motorola to give me something as great as my OG for years.

            Verizon just doesn’t seem to be the place to get what I want. But I am stuck because I am getting a good deal along with unlimited data. Ugg

          • KleenDroid

            The latest update for the S4 added back support for moving apps to SD.

            I agree with much of what you say. But I am surprised at how many movies I have watched on my S4. One of the benefits of unlimited data. And I am looking forward to my Chromecast being able to cast any video to my TV.

          • Joe

            You’re really proving Chris’ point dude. Sure, the X has some software enhancements, but again, nobody has answered the question of why we are paying such a high price for cheaper hardware components?

          • Jason B

            No matter what you do, people will apply the ideal that a higher price equals higher quality. It’s a perception game. Apple has done a good job playing that game. Some of us know that it’s “perceived quality.”

            Why does Apple charge $850 for their top range iPhone 5 with a 640p screen and a 1.3GHz A6 dual-core? Because they can (it’s also extremely profitable).

            If OEMs don’t price it similarly, buyers (of the general masses variety) will assume it’s a cheaper product and not give it a second thought. It’s stupid, I know, but that’s the game. There’s already a perception that Android is a lower-quality operating environment than iOS.

    • NeedName

      There was a point when specs actually mattered, especially when considering an Android device. Now what we are using dual and quad-core processors that are well above 1Ghz with very good GPUs. .. that argument is no longer valid and people need to move on and realize that for most “average users’ specs should no longer be concerned — we now need to focus on companies doing poor optimization and lack of updates and the Moto X & Nexus devices are bringing these issues front and center.

      • Chris Stuart

        I don’t disagree with you. Samsung and HTC have already realized this and are trying to differentiate themselves with proprietary software and other features.its just a hard pill to swallow with the moto x because they are essentially doing the same thing but without the top end specs. The real test for the moto x will be whether the consumer thinks these unique differentiations between the manufacturers are more important than having cutting edge specs.

        • NeedName

          IMHO the biggest issue is LONG TERM updates. Every non-Nexus device we’ve had has become total crap after a year due to the updates pushed by the OEM — HTC & Samsung. That’s the reason I won’t buy anything other than a Nexus. However, Motorola may change my mind.

          It seems Google has driven home the point to Moto that a properly running device is primary over everything else.

          As far as price. The phone warrants it. Just the two additional chips for natural language and sensors pushes this up to having a S600+ chip. People seem to forget the amount of work and R&D to produce something like this. So, it does have top end specs:
          1.7GH dual-core 300 series Krait
          Quad-Core 320 GPU
          Sensor chip
          NL chip
          The 720p screen is the only place anyone can say it is NOT top end specs and it makes sense here — 1080p won’t give much benefit but will hinder battery life, and the SAMOLED was chosen to give a killer feature — on screen notifications.

          If all people have to bitch about is the 720p vs 1080p well. . . then there really isn’t any point in having a discussion about anything — they need to purchase whatever has the highest spec numbers — more cores & pixels, please.

          This is a very well thought out devices and by far the most interesting thing to show up in the Android ecosystem for some time.

          Not to mention the fact that after years of bitching about skins Moto is getting NO love at all for finally giving a clean Android experience.

          All the people that believed the ridiculous rumors and are now bitching need to get a grip and let it go, and look at what Moto has gotten right with this device.

          Regardless if this is the device you (no you specifically) want or not, one ought to appreciate the innovation.

  • bonix

    I’d love to see a quick comparison to the Galaxy Nexus. I don’t care much about the S4 or One as both are ugly compared to the beautiful clean front of the Gnex and the X. Off the top of my head I can think of speed, battery, and screen comparisons. Ideally off of a 4.3 Galaxy Nexus as it fixes a lot of the 4.2 slow downs.

    • fritzo

      same here. i still got my VZW GNEX and getting a upgrade phone soon. The GS4 and HTC One are just too big for my liking. Moto X is in the running for my next phone. Hoping the battery life is leaps and bounds better than the GNEX.

      • Flat_Stanley

        I’m the same. I can’t deal with a battery worse than the GNex any longer, or the terrible camera for that matter. My wife refuses to move to anything larger, so her options are really limited.

  • guesswhat

    i Just read this in venture beat article “I’ve had the phone on for around 18 hours as I tested apps and took photos, and its battery life is only down to 70 percent.” Looks like battery life is awesome ..
    http://venturebeat.com/2013/08

  • MafiaMM

    Moto X is smaller then the two top phone, that’s nice…………………………..

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE THE LATEST PROCESSOR IT’S OUTDATED 2011 SPEX NASCAR MY WIFE IS FAT BOOMSOUND

    • Qwerty

      I had to re-read that a few times just to make sure I made the correct distinctions.

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

        I too had to re-read and am now laughing hysterically. SPEX!

        • tyguy829

          THESE SPEX ARE FACKWORS

    • RedXander

      you forgot “HEMI ‘MURICA TERRORISTS COWBOYS WIN”

      • LiterofCola

        and MUSTANG FOOTBALLLLLLLLL

    • emoney

      LOL people in other countries scavenging for food, while we sit here bitching about the amount of pixels that allow us to see snapchatted dick pics

      • LiterofCola

        lmao

      • michael arazan

        I prefer snapchat TiT pics myself, but to each their own = P

        • chris125

          +1

    • Dude

      I’m glad Motorola is focusing on software instead of hardware. You shouldn’t need a quad core processor to run a mobile OS and apps smoothly.

      • Cowboydroid

        ‘640K is more memory than anyone will ever need.’

        • counsel dew

          It was 64K with the Apple //e, & that was a big jump from thecApple ][+..

    • LiterofCola

      I lol’d, when I saw Nascar I lost it.

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    • Jason B

      RAID0, SATA3 6Gb/s now in the Samsung Galaxy S5!

      Super small fine print:
      (Disclaimer: Actual performance limited by SoC I/O throughput)

  • Greg Morgan

    Have you noticed any difference with LTE and the Dual Antennas?

    • Qwerty

      +1. Also very curious.

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

        Couldn’t tell you just yet. I get decent VZW service at my house, but I wouldn’t say I’m noticing anything extra strong or stable in particular yet.

        • brad kou

          hows the standby time when you aren’t using it

        • Thomas

          Where can I get that android guy wallpaper you have on the lock screen on your S4?

          • Mackaroon

            It’s part of the Stark icon pack as far as I know

        • Tyler

          Can you do speedtest.net checks between the phones? and show the dB rating on each phone?

        • Adam Elghor

          You should compare the signal strength between the moto x and other phones in places like large sporting events where all the bandwidth is being sucked up by the mass amount of people…

        • michael arazan

          That would be the point, because you only get true fast lte with in 4 miles of an lte tower, outside of that and the signal gets exponentially worse.

          Can we get a Moto X VS VZW Galaxy Nexus side by side comparison., please?

          So many GNex users will be needing or wanting an upgrade, would like to see if it is worthwhile for the Moto X to be a 2-3 year phone.

          • triumphtriple

            I’m the same with 4G Verizon speeds. Its amazing how much slower it has become over time. Even when I have 4 or 5 bars, I still don’t see anything over 12-13mbps down.
            Makes me want to consider AT&T 0.o