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Why You Should Consider the Moto X [Opinion]

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The Moto X is the first Android phone in a long, long time that I have actually wanted. If you’re tempted to stop reading right there because you think this is going to be another biased fanboy rant, stop right there. My primary phone is an iPhone 4S and the next phone I buy will be another iPhone. Motorola isn’t paying me and I don’t have a gun to my head. I really do like this phone and I think you should too.

Carriers & Brand Recognition

I think this is going to be the first Android phone since the Droid or the Galaxy S where people will be proud to say that they have this phone because their friends have it too. The Moto X is distinct from the Droid and the Galaxy S (and its successors) in that it offers a level of customization yet consistency that enables a sense of community and individuality at the same time. Like the S4, they’ll be able to walk into any carrier and buy it. Like the iPhone, there are simple options and a built in level of customization to make up for the lack of accessories that iOS users use to create a sense of individuality. In short, it takes the customization that Android is well known for and packages it in a way that I think people will be proud of.

Specifications & Android

This phone is coming at a time when the spec wars have effectively ended, which enables Motorola to emphasize what actually matters: software. A lot of people appear to be complaining that the Moto X has mid-range specs. The truth of the matter is that mid-range specs have been more than enough for a top-tier phone for a long time, but Android hasn’t been ready.

Android devices are somewhat notorious for having issues with framerates, IO performance, and general lag. Many users reported having issues with a phone slowing down with use. While I definitely had many of those problems, I always attributed it to running custom ROMs or my perception after seeing newer hardware. I can remember being frustrated that iOS users often had superior performance despite having less RAM and a slower processor. It turns out that Android needed some enhancements to deal with those issues.

Starting with Android 4.1, the Android team began to address performance issues dealing specificaly with framerates through Project Butter. In Android 4.3, Google has added TRIM, which greatly enhances IO performance. Between increased framerates and better IO performance, Android should be feeling better both out of the box and after being in use for months at a time without a wipe.

While the Moto X isn’t launching with Android 4.3, it is launching at a time when Android has reached enough maturity so that having an insane processor and tons of RAM isn’t necessary. Obviously having top of the line specs does help, but the vast majority of people don’t need a phone with top of the line specs. What they need is a phone that will perform well over a two year contract. I have no doubt that the Moto X can be that phone for most Android users, especially after it receives Android 4.3.

Hardware Customization

This is something that I’ve wanted for a long time. For Android enthusiasts, Android has always been about being able to customize the phone to your liking. A lot of the debate between iOS and Android enthusiasts has been about the level of customization available to each user. A lot of the debate centered around the idea that if you want a simple phone that is easy to understand, you get an iPhone, but if you know what you’re doing then you get an Android phone. While I have a lot of scruples with that idea, I get it. I’ve spent many hours customizing my home screens with widgets and icon packs and launchers and tweaks only to flash a totally different ROM on my phone to enable slightly different tweaks. The Moto X takes that kind of a obsession with software design customizations and brings it to the hardware.

While the customizations are essentially limited to colors and engravings, I love the idea of being able to select the colors I want for my phone. I think giving people tons of options to color their phones and have them shipped to your home in 4 days is going to resonate well with consumers. People already buy cases and covers for their phones to make their phone feel more personal; personalized color options takes that to the next level.

Software Customizations

The Moto X is not shipping with stock Android, but the customizations they have added are designed to enhance and simplify the phone. These aren’t gimmicks like pausing video when you look away; these are real features that change the way you use the phone for the better.

Like I said on the Droid Life Show, I think the ability to launch the camera with the flick of a wrist will be an amazing feature for enthusiasts, moms, students, and everyone in between. The fact of the matter is that people want to be able to take good photos quickly. The Moto X doesn’t come with the best camera on the market, but from what I’ve seen it takes good shots and the interface is brilliantly simple. Tap to shoot, swipe from right to left to enter Gallery, swipe from left to right to adjust the camera settings. Most people don’t want to have a million options when taking a picture. They may want to make some edits before posting a picture to Instagram, but other than that people just want to take a photo to remember a moment.

Active Notifications are another software enhancement that I find ingenious. I personally hate a notification light for two reasons. First, it just keeps blinking at me to tell me something I usually already know: I have a new notification. I don’t need a constant reminder. Second, while some phones allow a great deal of customization in terms of notification light colors and blinking patterns, I still find I would rather know precisely what the notification is so I can decide if it warrants my attention or not. Some of Nokia’s phones have implemented a similar idea for showing bits of information on the screen without lighting up the whole thing. Motorola takes this a step further by adding functionality to respond to notifications in an intelligent manner with swipes.

Voice recognition integrated with Google Now is another feature that I think is innovative, but probably not life changing. I like that you can train the Moto X to listen just for your voice. If anything, having voice recognition prepares for a future where multiple humans in one space are trying to use Google Now with their voice. While I’m praying that history does not go in the direction of people talking at their phones in public, I still think this is a neat way to give voice feedback more security than other intelligent assistants (I’m looking at you, Siri).


The Moto X is not the best Android phone if your expectations include the best processor, the best display, stock Android, and no carrier interference for updates. If that’s what you want, then keep dreaming. If, however, you want a phone lets you customize its hardware and software, has pleanty of power, and is going to be available on every major carrier, then I think you ought to consider the Moto X. There will always be another phone with a higher resolution screen or a processor with more power than you need or more megapixels. If you want power and top of the line specs, go get an S4 or a One; you’ll be happy with either phone. The Moto X isn’t about overwhelming you with specs; it’s about meeting your needs as a device while tailoring itself to your aesthetic tastes. The Moto X really is the first phone that can be designed by you in a meaningful way.

  • Mike

    The spec wars have ended? I’m running 4.1.2 and I still experience lag, stuttering, and even episodes of waiting for the phone to respond with everyday tasks such as media playback, web browsing and Google maps. Sorry, you are simply incorrect. While Google may have started “dealing with” performance issues, unless 4.3 is going to be nothing short of a biblical miracle, the spec wars have in fact, not ended.

  • blackmagick20

    I actually enjoyed the article and he’s allowed to share his opinions on here. I don’t understand why so many android fans feel the need to attack people with that other phone. Does it really matter to you what phone someone else has? Get the phone that makes you happy and that works for you and go on about your life. It’s sad that we’ve come to a day where people want to verbally attack someone on a comment section just because of the phone that they use. Just be happy that we’ve come to a day when there is a selection between phone makers and software and hardware…everyone must forget (or be too young and ignorant) to remember when the only choice was between which way the phone’s keyboard slid out from behind the screen or if it used T9 texting or had a physical keyboard.

    Oh yea…and it’s also just a fargin phone…not a burial plot…get over it…there will be something better announced or rumored tomorrow

  • Jay Michael Headley

    First World Problems

  • Anthony Bottari

    I’m not sure how to respond to this article..my mind went blank as soon as i read “my primary phone is an iphone 4s”…

  • Sporttster

    You lost me at ‘no sd slot’ Googlerola……it’s as simple as that….

    • Taglogical

      I agree. There are a number of times Moto has lost me with this round – I will stick with my Bionic (jeeze right?) while I look for something that is an upgrade to the Bionic; to lose SD, HDMI out, removable battery, and a display that is visible on my dashboard in sunlight… all of the new Motos are substantial downgrades in functionality for me : / Sad day I love Motorola… gosh the soft Kevlar on that Ultra Maxx is sexy…

  • Hoffman

    Does Ron have a Moto X or is this just speculation? If he doesn’t have one then how does he know if these enhancements actually add value and are to his liking? There have been many phones that sound good on paper, but are useless in reality, especially the iPhone. On paper it sounds great, but when I have used one it was amazingly impractical.

  • Shantheman1073

    Really? I rarely comment on this stuff…but Ron…seriously…it’s great that you have a certain affinity for the motoX…but if you had not dumped the integrity of your opinion regarding why WE should also consider one when YOU won’t…then please don’t be surprised over all the confusion when I’m sure you would much rather have had the CONTENT be the topic of discussion.
    Either give the motoX a real chance or leave your opinion on the cutting room floor before expecting us to give it a chance as well. It’s like a Packer fan telling someone why they should be a Bears fan when they won’t be one themselves. Sure…what you say may be true…but the integrity of your recommendation is automatically suspect.

  • Weenie

    This is probably the worst written article I have read in a while but you guys should consider it one of the best. I also only use Mac OX and my next computer will be a Macbook Air but you should all use a Windows 8.

    • blackmagick20

      Then you obviously need to read more

  • XvierX

    This article, in my opinion does nothing to sway me to buy this phone. No offense to Ron, but I’d rather see you an opinion post like this done by Kellen or Tim. I take that back, I’d rather read an opinion piece written by Dave since this handset seems to be more his style.

  • Brien Gerber

    Going to be my next phone.

  • Michael Valentine

    I’d be interested in seeing a review comparing the Moto X to the Droid Maxx. Specifically, if you are on Verizon and want a 32 GB phone, is there any reason to not spend $50 more to get the crazy good battery of the Maxx? In that arena, does the X have anything over the Maxx in any category?

  • David Marzluf

    OK I get it I understand that you don’t need top tier specs. The only thing is I don’t want to get this phone to find out 3-4 months later that the new model is coming out. You know the same issue when I got my bionic to see the razor come out 3 months later

  • Chris King

    Its funny all the comments on here . But every site that HAS the phone likes it. Even M. Brownlee who loves his note 2 likes the phone. Nice review ron haters gonna hate. ALL The negative comments have to be paid Samsung chuckle heads since none of them have the phone yet hate it so much.

  • iamnotfan

    I don’t like it , but you must like it.

  • tech247

    Why does this guy write for “DROID-LIFE” as in an “ANDROID” tech site??? Kellex, “get the typing” on that pink slip…..

  • bakdroid

    Oh god I actually agree and like a Ron post…… *shoots self in head*

  • Michael Kane

    ” My primary phone is an iPhone 4S and the next phone I buy will be another iPhone. Motorola isnโ€™t paying me and I donโ€™t have a gun to my head. I really do like this phone and I think you should too. ” MAYBE its because Apple is telling him to say all of this because he didnt read the TOS when he got his 4S and now he will part of the very first new HUMANCENTIPAD!!!!

  • gr227

    I think this is going to be the first Android phone since the Droid or the Galaxy S where people will be proud to say that they have this phone because their friends have it too.

    Only an iTard would even think this… Oh my friends have that I need to have it too to fit in. Wow just wow. I stopped reading right there.

  • hatboysam

    I agree that this phone is totally worth it, but why should I buy it over the Droid Ultra or Droid Maxx on Verizon? If I can’t customize the hardware anyway, isn’t the Ultra the exact same device, and isn’t the maxx the same device with double the battery?

    • You’ll be able to customize the hardware on Verizon eventually. If you don’t care about the look though, then the Ultra or Maxx would be fine choices.

  • Danny Herran

    The best part has to be: “if your expectations include the best processor, the best display, stock Android, and no carrier interference for updates. If thatโ€™s what you want, then keep dreaming”. I LOLED HARD. Have you ever heard of the Nexus product line? or maybe the Google Play editions of the S4 and One? Jesus Droid-Life, get this guy out of your payroll.

    • Galaxy Nexus was plagued with update issues from Verizon. Google Play editions received their first update very quickly; hopefully it remains that way.

    • blackmagick20

      Anyone that puts in their comments “I LOLED HARD” loses all credibility anyway

  • Greg Abbate

    No…. Just NO

  • LiterofCola

    This is comedy!

  • guest

    Most of the people criticizing here are considered to be tech enthusiasts/geeks/nerds/ ..I dont see any one here behaving like one ..Most of them criticizing here appear to be just price enthusiasts or spec enthusiasts at best. Any tech enthuasist/geed/nerd will appreciate the new tech that Motorola bought to table..

    First -> Did any one realize here that Moto X is leaving the sensors always ON? even though the phone is turned off its able to detect its state, You see this behaviour used in three cases, shake to launch camera any time (even when display is off), Active display notification, show the notification as soon as you take it out of pocket, in car/drive detection.Its definitely exciting for me that a phone is able detect its state always .without burning the BATTERY..As a developer i was always limited from writing apps that keeps listening for sensors by holding wakelock, Moto x solves the problems. If Motorola exposes a new API to developers imagine how many cool things developers can do with it.

    Second-> As with sensors moto x is also able to leave microphone in always listening mode for trigger phrase ok google now enabling true way to interact with your phone without touching it. This also opens up new ways in which you can interact with your phone, Ultimately dont we all want to talk to your computers and get the work done ?
    It appears that motorola manages this without hurting your battary life terribly.

    All smartphones out there are dead and not doing anything when power button is pressed which is 70% of there lifetime, (well except for receiving calls and other push notifications) Moto x is the only phone thats is still in active state looking at sensors state and listening for voice commands, so it is always there for you. The above two reason would be exciting for any techie/geek because motorola solved some huge problems here, Might not not look ground breaking for end consumers but in terms of its engineering it sure is impressive.

    Third : The whole customization thing is exciting and Im sure motorola is going to push this thing to be able to more than just cosmetic customization ..This is defnitly pushing the envelope in terms of supply chain managements and manufacturing process.

    So after the whole Moto x thing I have come to the conclusion that all the people commenting here and some of the tech bloggers are not tech enthusiasts/geeks ..:)

    • guest2

      I certainly don’t want to talk to my computer nor my phone unless there’s a human on the receiving end. Are you really going to create an app that uses the Moto X’s sensors during standby and leave out the rest of the smartphones? Good luck with that. That is if they ever do provide an API for it.

      Also, apparently from some early preview/reviews, even after training other people can actually activate the voice commands during standby. That’s pretty bad.

      The whole twist the phone to open the camera isn’t any bettery than power button then slide to the camera icon. I’d have to test this myself but I hope it doesn’t automatically get triggered during regular handling of the phone.

      All these sensor stuff is just as gimmicky as Samsung’s sensor based features.

      • guesswhat

        Im not the original poster ..but all features seem legit and less gimmicky. Reviews have started coming out and every one who used the phone seem to like it ..read the verge take on the phoen and its feaures ..

  • Silver Veloz

    We are given a lot of options on phones these days. Some are looking forward to having this phone, some have been down on it since the reveal. Why is everyone so angry? The phone is what it is. If you aren’t going to ever buy the Moto X or even consider it, move along and don’t read about it again. Relax and take some stress away. Yes, the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are a couple of top phones out there and yes, I’m still trying to decide about which way to go. I read the articles about this phone to help me decide, not to bash. The more information I get, the better. I thank Ron for giving an opinion. His choice of using an iPhone is just that – a choice (and he has said for certain reasons). We can decide on our own. No one is forcing any phone on us. I still have time before the Moto X arrives on Verizon, to consider a decision. Bottom line, relax people. If this phone is not for you, why are you up in arms about it, choose another and be happy with it. I look forward to trying out the Moto X.

  • joejoe5709

    Alright Ron…

    I’m coming to terms with the Moto X. I really am. I get it. I really do. And there’s a lot to like here and despite the price I won’t mock anyone who ones one (unlike the iPhone). I really really like what Moto/Google has done with the tweaks to Android. It’s probably the best “skin” this side of a custom ROM. A ghost chip running an always listening phone is practically the holy grail of voice control. I could see myself using voice controls FAR more with something like that. The features aren’t terribly gimmicky and they’re actually useful!

    I guess most of us don’t understand why at that price point, you couldn’t have a quad core processor with a 1080p screen. Why not?! Even if your claim of “the spec war” being “over” is remotely correct, why backtrack in specs for a supposed “flagship” phone? You don’t see the new Mercedes S Class only putting 400hp in the engine merely because it’s adequate. NO. They come out with a FLAGSHIP AMG model. Why because it’s a flagship. It’s the best of the best at any price point.

    But let’s get something straight. If you’re going to have specs like that, you’re gonna need something else that’s going to make this phone last two years. And don’t give me the “It’s the experience not the specs.” Yeah, Ron? Tell that to all the iPhone4 users who still don’t have Siri or turnbyturn navigation. Hardware is very very important in a world of quickly changing software (or at least within Android). I don’t see this phone running games or maybe even KLP as well as the HTC One or the S4 will. This phone will lose steam after one year. I could be wrong though… But if I’m right, your $200 is better spent elsewhere. That said, with proper marketing the general public will probably eat this up – especially those coming from Apple due to form factor and custom stuff. So your opinion is valid on those levels. My wife has an iPhone that she’s getting tired of. This would be an awesome gateway phone into the realm of Android.

    And another thing – if this were a Nexus we’d be a little disappointed but probably not crushed. The Nexus line has proved worthy despite occasionally not living up to the hype. The Nexus line has huge benefits that the Moto X likely will not – most notably the massive support of devs. And like the GNex that was gimped with somewhat dated specs even for its time, a Nexus can get away with it more that a “flagship” Motorola.

    So would I be happy with a Moto X? Sure! I think it’s a great phone. But if given the chance I think I’d get an S4 over this. I’d root it, ROM it, and hope for the best.

  • Mike

    Get outta here iSheep douche

    • Alan

      You seem to be a fandroid douche. I guess people like you exist for every brand.

  • elvisgp

    You guys complain about iSheep , but you guys act the same way they do. Let Ron use whatever phone he wants. Yes, he works for an android site, I get it, that doesn’t mean he has to follow a freaking oath to only use android devices the rest of his life. Do you guys want him to get a tattoo of an android on his chest too? So what if he uses an iphone, if you ever heard Ron on the droid life show, he clearly knows what he’s talking about when it comes to android. Gosh, I’m as big an android fan as the next guy, but I’m also a fan of good technology, not some biased fanboy.

  • Sirx

    Can someone pass me the sack of potatoes?! It’s my turn to beat Ron something fierce!
    In all seriousness, thanks for toughing it out, Ron. It’s always good to hear your opinions during the show as devils advocate, and the extra discussion that you create. Thanks for your post ๐Ÿ™‚

  • billpittser

    I must admit I am disappointed that someone is writing on an android site when they don’t know crap about Android. Lag??? My note 2 has no lag and I have had it a year. I come here to read android news. Not opinions that have no clue about android. I have owned and rooted/romed the OG Droid,Droid x,Droid Incredible,Samsung Gs 2, GS3,and note 2. Have helped others root there phones as well if I listed those I could be here all day. Thing is I am a android Die hard being such you don’t see me posting my opinons about IOS on BGR(which we all know has Iphone shoved up there ass). Still love Droid Life but probably be looking for things that is written by other authors. No offense to the Author that wrote this. He sounds like a great guy. Just not what I am looking for on a android site.

    • NemaCystX

      android has lag, google even admitted to that fact, and they simply said it will always be there because of the Linux Kernel

      when you hear lag, what do you immediately picture? video game choppy lag or delayed reaction? *can we put 10 secs on the clock please? and go!*

      • billpittser

        While I am not disagreeing with you. The point is in real world I am not seeing it. I have seen it on other phones and even have seen it on the Nexus 7. Heck the author was right on. The nexus 7 started out great but after time slowed down. I have herd that it got better with 4.3 but I gave my tablet to my daughter so can’t comment. Fact is I have seen none of that on my Note 2. It has run like a champ from day one. I have used my friends Iphones and to be honest I came away hating the apple market. It took forever and a day to update or install apps. The android market was way faster.. Fact is there may always be something the other has that may be better. But that is what makes all of us get better stuff.

    • guest

      Just use nexus 7 before android 4.3 update you will release what they mean by android lag ..

  • Timothy Sternig

    The article was worth the read. I liked some of your insights. However, you probably should have just left out the whole first paragraph. The article would have gone over a lot better without it. I don’t know why you really felt the need to tell Android users that you use and own an iPhone and your plans are to buy another, but at least you’re objective.

    I’ve been trying to read as much as I can about the Moto X because it really appealed to me for some reason and while I think the whole gesture based and voice recognition features seem like cool ideas I’ve found with my Galaxy S4 and a few other phones that I owned or played with previously that those features never really work all that well in practice. I’d definitely like to try a Moto X out for myself and see how well everything works, but until then I’ll just keep reading and watching videos about the X to gain a little more insight.

    Too bad there’s not a lot of feedback about the phone in the comments of this article. That’s what I really came here to read. Unfortunately they are all about you and your iPhone. I guess just take it as a learning experience and write something better the next time around.

  • eazy

    All I read was blah blah I own an iphone … go home man you’re drunk

  • guest

    here is the verge review ..and it is really +positive , I think Motorola might have winner in its hands. everyone who used the phone says its awesome, Who ever read the spec sheet say its crap .. ๐Ÿ™‚ . I think Im just going going to get it for Assist Driving mode App, As I drive for 4 hrs a day


  • Higher_Ground

    Look, I get the argument that you don’t need top of the line specs, and even that Android in general can’t take advantage of them.
    But what about 20 months from now? People who have phones <1 year old aren't looking for a new phone anyway unless they're the type to always want the latest and greatest. Fr people who want not necessarily the best you can buy, but something that will outlive most of the other choices, you almost have to go with the top of the line phone at the time you upgrade.

  • OMJ

    ugh another nonsense opinion from Ron.

    Shrugging off gimmicky features on other phones but endorsing the gimmicky features on this one seems pretty silly.

  • Jon Berg

    I kind of get what Ron is saying but… Who are you talking to Ron? The Moto X, to me is very iPhonesque. It is very much what a typical iPhone customer would want in a phone. Packaging and user experience wise. However, an article titled “Why You Should Consider the Moto X” loses credibilty when the first paragraph declares that the writer is going to choose to buy a phone no one has even used from another brand over the one he is touting “we” should consider. Not exactly selling it for me.

  • evenmaddermax

    Geez….this whole comment thread turned into an iOS vs. Android thing just because the writer mentioned that he happens to use an iPhone. Guys, Android has come far enough that we don’t need to bash iOS anymore. I guess people didn’t get the memo. I just wanted to read comments about the Moto X but there doesn’t seem to be many ๐Ÿ™

  • Geez, people are so close minded to anything they don’t want to hear. And all people have done is just complain and complain some more ever since this phone has been talked about on here. It’s an OPINION article about an android phone guys. So what if he has an iPhone. (I know we don’t like iPhones here, but that’s not the focus of the article) He obviously stated that he was excited about this device towards the beginning of the article.

    Noticed a few spelling errors, but the was well written and very insightful. I’m ready to see Motorola re-establish its presence once again against other’s like Samsung and HTC. It’s much needed

  • John

    Where were you when the One was announce, the “best” phone on the planet.
    Where were you when the S4 was announce, the “best best” phone on the planet.
    Will you be recommending the Note 3 when it’s release, should be the “best best best” phone on the planet.

    Why this one?

    “If, however, you want a phone lets you customize its hardware and software, has pleanty of power, and is going to be available on every major carrier”

    Are you describing the Moto X or the S4, cause that’s what the S4 can do and hell of a whole lot more.

    • NemaCystX

      Minus the customization options

  • zerocool79346

    Good article.

    These comments are enough to make me buy an iPhone myself just to piss people off. Go take the sand out of your vags somewhere else crybabies.

  • Michael Pahl

    you use an iphone 4s? aren’t you a little young for that?

  • NemaCystX

    Ok now give us a review from Kellex and one from Tim

    It would be a great way to get 3 different reviews to get the idea from a non-biased perspective. Ron, your review was a view from the iPhone users perspective, respectable but at the same time I want to know from an Android users perspective as well

    • Frettfreak

      I would think ANY of the current flagships would be great coming from an iphone. Not saying that as a fanboy but there are a lot of things they can do that the iphone just cant

      • NemaCystX

        I know that but when you have a nearly fully stock android experience device, almost on the Nexus level, you want to hear what they as an Iphone user would think of it because it isn’t widdled down by a custom OEM skin. Many people use iPhone for the simplicity not the features or customization options (none!) It was built to just launch apps in my opinion. Android gives your phone more purpose than just an App launcher with a fancy dialer to make voice calls.

        I think it was a great idea that Droid Life had a non-Android user post the review but again, it would be nice to get a review from each editor/contributor to the site to get an un-biased perspective and second/third opinion. You can’t always cut out bias but you can get different opinions on the matter and then condense them down into one nice little final thought THEN decide what you want to do.

  • coolestmage

    If you think the spec wars have ended you are fooling yourself. If history has taught us anything it is that the spec war is never over. Not in PCs, and certainly not in phones.

    • For everyday users, the spec wars are over in the PC/Laptop world. Unless your technophile or gamer, the average user really doesn’t have the wherewithal to adequately compare one system to another except for screen size, hard disk space, and perhaps available RAM. Most consumers want an adequately equipped system at a good price (or whatever’s on Black Friday sale at a big box retailer), or something stylish and thin for which they are willing to pay a premium.

      • NemaCystX

        or SSD speed, SATA Speed, Video Card etc. Its all “My Peni… computer specs are bigger than yours”

        Its basically the Penis car of computers/phones now

        Specs can only take you so far a dual core or a quad core? The average consumer would say quad core because they think its faster, but sometimes the dual core is faster even though it only has two cores

        Its ALL marketing, and sadly we live in a generation where marketing fools the consumer into giving up their hard earned money for something with numbers vs quality

        I see the Moto X as a flagship mainly because of what its bringing to the table. Sure it has a 720p screen, so what? we’re spoiled by 1080p screens that make everything really tiny. so what if its got a dual core instead of a quad core. it has the battery life to make up for that

        there are alot of trade offs that are positives because of those lesser specs compared to todays phones.

        Think of the Moto X as a car, a revised version of a car that is already out but with better stability (battery) and more options (software tweaks and customization Moto Maker)

        Most people would buy the car that was revised because it would have gotten the bugs out of it right? I think the market for smartphones is pushing specs too fast, there digging their own grave if they keep this up, at some point it will accelerate so fast, no one will want to buy one because their older devices are working better or just as good.

        You have to ALWAYS be prepared for worse battery life than predecessors with lower end specs because of the higher specs draining the battery even though they slightly increased the batt size, it doesn’t make any difference.

        They say they add a bigger battery but again its all marketing “oh you’ll get a bigger battery and a bigger screen with a 4k resolution” umm that battery difference will be no use if its only a slight bump compared to the previous model.

        I think of the Moto X as a car that has been tweaked for years because of them making right choices to use lower end hardware but still gives you the same experience you can with todays higher end devices (not speed, don’t talk about that unless you need it for games or CPU hungry apps).

        I can go on lol

  • Armyof2

    “You should buy this phone because it’s not as good as other phones out there but will be the same prices..just like the iPhone!”

  • tgom222

    It’s not that the Moto X is a bad phone. It seems like a nice phone. The problem is that they are charging the same price as current flagship devices from other companies (GS4 and HTC One) that are significantly more powerful.

    People were excited about the Moto X when there were whispers of reasonable off contract pricing. For that, people would trade some top level spec for the freedom. But Moto laid a huge egg and announced this “welterweight” phone for a “heavyweight” price.

    • Frettfreak

      I completely agree. Honestly, there are 2 things that REALLY are keeping me phone wanting this phone… 16gb non expandable storage is a non-starter for me. 32gb is serviceable and i would be fine with that, but then you are looking at the off contract price… which i feel is just not justified. Then you go to a 720p screen which is my other main issue. I probably would have never batted an eye at this second one if i didnt have a 1080p screen on my One, but i do, and i feel it would be hard to go backwards when given the pricing on the X.

  • crazed_z06

    Article goes into how this isnt a fanboy rant, but then dismisses the GS4’s software features as gimmicks and laudes the Moto X’s features as functional. Moto X features are just as gimmicky..

  • DOUG-E

    I was under the impression that Droid-Life was a new source for Android enthusiasts BY Android Enthusiasts. This article doesn’t make much sense to me considering the writer is an admitted iPhone user (and apparently will continue to be, despite no reasoning as to why). It’s decisions like these, that go against the very origin of your success that lead to steep reader drop off rates. Stick to what makes you unique…

    • mustbepbs

      If you haven’t noticed, only the Droid-Life Show sets them apart. They comment and report on the same news as everyone else, often times later because of the time zone difference from a lot of readers.

      • DOUG-E

        The Droid-Life Show is a relatively new addition to droid-life offerings. As a long-term reader, the site used to be a fantastic resource for rumors and un-announced news (specifically relating to Verizon Android devices). You are very much correct in that, today, most of the top “news” articles are rehashed write-ups drawn from larger news sources. To me, this article just points out how far they’ve strayed from their original purpose. If it weren’t for old habits (checking the site daily for 4 years), I probably wouldn’t read this site regularly anymore. I’m still holding out hope that they can find a way to keep their content interesting.

        • mustbepbs

          I feel the exact same way. It’s like they’ve run with their success and become lazy. Oh well, nothing stopping me from leaving.

  • Robert Macri


    Why would anyone read this article after the first paragraph?

  • RoadsterHD1


  • Motorola Zine

    Motorola Moto X hands-on: First look

  • Motorola Zine

    Sucks Droid Life. If you doesnt have Motorola X in your hand; just shut up.

    • makav3ll1

      What you just said makes no sense.

  • LiterofCola

    Well that escalated quickly.

  • meijin3

    Good article, Ron.

  • beaumac

    This is hilarious. “If you want to maximize your return on spending $200, buy another phone”. Great advice. This is probably posted on the wrong website .

    • Monk

      ” If you want power and top of the line specs, go get an S4 or a One; youโ€™ll be happy with either phone.” He says you don’t need those extra specs…. Think you need to reread the last paragraph… if you even got that far before posting

  • Matthew Rebmann

    Dear god, You guys all sound so whiny and obnoxious. It’s almost as bad as the comment section on Gizmodo or even as bad as something Jesus Diaz would write. This IS an opinion piece. While I agree that I think the price point is a LITTLE steep, this phone DOES have some real enhancements. Another commenter put it perfectly below, Moto figured out how to optimize the software so sensors can be ALWAYS on and not rape your battery. I absolutely love my notification light with LightFlow and I did cringe when I found out that the X won’t have a light, but an OLED screen that can be lit up the way this one does? It’s kind of freaking cool. I love Android. I love all the options that exist because Android is so versatile. Did I hope this was going to be the “god” phone? Just as much as everyone, but it’s not and Moto isn’t going to fail and fall into obscurity because of this release. It will succeed. Whether it’ll sell as well as the S4 and the One? We’ll see.

  • starnovsky

    To the point of this article: I agree, Moto X is a very cool and interesting phone. However, I’d never buy it because:
    – customization to exclusive AT&T. WTF is that?! And this is coming from Google-owned company?!
    – no reasonable off-contract pricing
    – I already have Nexus 4 and happy with it

    • Monk

      By the time it comes to VZ or other markets in the moto maker you can get it, and just stay happy with you N4

      • starnovsky

        Moto-maker should not be carrier-depended. Why did Moto pulled that [email protected]?

        • guest

          Well ATT might have promised marketing or certain amount of no questions asked shipments volume in return, Remember Moto is loosing tons of money, and it is the poorest OEM amongst all OEMS, even though Google own them I see motorola results are reported separetly and there balance sheet is shrinking

  • Zack Kolev

    I have an S4 (running Google Play Edition ROM) which I bought outright from T-mo but I still lust after the always-on features of the Moto X. While the S4 has good specs and is overall well built, I don’t feel much of an attachment to it.

  • carl rainey

    Looking at the price of the Moto X on contract is the same price as a Galaxy S4 and HTC One. So when I go to buy a phone with an upgrade it will be the same to buy a top of the line phone that has many more features and better specs as compared to a Moto X. I’m still wondering how the carriers will handle replacment phones when each one is unique. I drop my Moto X and have to wait a week to get another one? Right now I can have a replacement sent to me the next day. I always love reading articles where the writer claims to know what the majority of people want without having any statistical data to back it up.

  • guest

    all the reviews and first impressions I see till now say the phone is really snappy and fast, gaming is good and in fact beats galaxy s4 in terms of snappyness and graphics performance. I dont understand the whole bitching about the Moto X specs ..

  • iiBinxx

    Why is he taking so much heat? Nobody knows this man’s reasoning for picking an iPhone over an android device. Maybe he doesn’t like how big android phones are getting

    • DOUG-E

      He could easily fix that by writing an article explaining his preference for the iPhone. He’s taking heat because he’s recommending a product that even he himself isn’t going to use…

      • iiBinxx

        But how do you know he’s not going to use it… He never said he won’t buy it, all he said was that the next phone he does buy will be an iPhone, maybe an upgrade to the 5 or he’ll get the 5c when that comes out. Most tech bloggers use more than one phone.

  • The Moto X isnโ€™t about overwhelming you with specs; itโ€™s about meeting
    your needs as a device while tailoring itself to your aesthetic tastes.

    This sounds like something TechCrunch would write in defense of the iPhone.

  • Adam Medina

    Over 300 comments on your article Ron! Every Droid Life article should start with “my primary phone is an iPhone, but…” and fAndroidBoys will be all over it like stock android on a nexus!

  • Liderc

    You lost me when you said you hate notification lights.

    They’re possibly one of the most important things on a device. And since you already know about Light Flow (or you should) you would know that it can all be precisely controlled and used exactly like a user wishes. Notification lights are vital once one becomes reliant upon them.

    Before, I might go 30 minutes before checking my phone and I’d have a missed call or a text message that needed a response. Now with a notification light and Light Flow managing it, I can see that if red is blinking it’s a call, if green is blinking it’s a text, if white is blinking it’s an email, ect…

    If I don’t want to be bothered by any notifications at all, I simply disable it until I need them again. I disagree entirely with the reasonings given against them, “They just blink nonstop.” Well, check your notifications then, or manage them better, then only the ones you actually need will be there and will go away as soon as you attend to them.

    And using a 4S as your daily driver? What site am I on again? Who would even purchase a 4S unless forced to, it was possibly the least upgraded device in the iPhone lineup.

    The Moto X isn’t a terrible device, but it certainly isn’t the right direction for Motorola and Google. 9/10 people don’t care about swapping the colors of their device, it’s a total waste of time for Moto. The price is entirely wrong for the device’s hardware and the screen is a year behind where it should be (1080P).

    They should have focused on making a device that competes with the GS4, the One X, and the iPhone 5. Instead, they went for a mid range color swapping set. It may be a good device, and it may work great, but for its price, it’s all wrong.

  • guest

    Most of the people criticizing here are considered to be tech enthusiasts/geeks/nerds/ ..I dont see any one here behaving like one ..Most of them criticizing here appear to be just price enthusiasts or spec enthusiasts at best. Any tech enthuasist/geed/nerd will appreciate the new tech that Motorola bought to table..

    First -> Did any one realize here that Moto X is leaving the sensors always ON? even though the phone is turned off its able to detect its state, You see this behaviour used in three cases, shake to launch camera any time (even when display is off), Active display notification, show the notification as soon as you take it out of pocket, in car/drive detection.Its definitely exciting for me that a phone is able detect its state always .without burning the BATTERY..As a developer i was always limited from writing apps that keeps listening for sensors by holding wakelock, Moto x solves the problems. If Motorola exposes a new API to developers imagine how many cool things developers can do with it.

    Second-> As with sensors moto x is also able to leave microphone in always listening mode for trigger phrase ok google now enabling true way to interact with your phone without touching it. This also opens up new ways in which you can interact with your phone, Ultimately dont we all want to talk to your computers and get the work done ?
    It appears that motorola manages this without hurting your battary life terribly.

    All smartphones out there are dead and not doing anything when power button is pressed which is 70% of there lifetime, (well except for receiving calls and other push notifications) Moto x is the only phone thats is still in active state looking at sensors state and listening for voice commands, so it is always there for you. The above two reason would be exciting for any techie/geek because motorola solved some huge problems here, Might not not look ground breaking for end consumers but in terms of its engineering it sure is impressive.

    Third : The whole customization thing is exciting and Im sure motorola is going to push this thing to be able to more than just cosmetic customization ..This is defnitly pushing the envelope in terms of supply chain managements and manufacturing process.

    So after the whole Moto x thing I have come to the conclusion that all the people commenting here and some of the tech bloggers are not tech enthusiasts/geeks ..:)

  • starnovsky

    “people will be proud to say that they have this phone because their friends have it too” – this a motto of iPhone user. And then they are offended then being called sheeps.
    I don’t give a rat a$$ regarding which phone my friends have.

  • interstellarmind

    I can’t believe the MotoX is a good buy. Especially not when the Nexus 4 is readily available.

    The Nexus 4 has a more powerful cpu, the latest Android OS, and, most importantly, costs half the price.

    I’m willing to sacrifice a few superficial customizations, and a couple of gimmicky software features for that (which, I’m sure developers will make available to all Android users eventually)

    • guest

      keep thinking like that none of these features will be coming to existing android phone, all features are harwdare depending, it cannot be ported ..

  • Mike

    Lame article is lame. “I’m buying an iPhone but you guys should consider this” …wow

  • Dominick White

    So pretty much save your money and just grt the droid mini. Or for the same price as the x get the s4, htc one or wait for the lg g2 or note 3

  • Mitch Joa

    Ron seems confused while writing this…”these are real features that change the way you use the phone for the better” to “Google Now is another feature that I think is innovative, but probably not life changing”.

  • Gr8Ray

    As an iPhone user, and future iPhone buyer, your opinion of which Android phone I should buy (and technology in general) means FACK ALL to me.

  • hello

    Droid-life is pulling out all the stops to promote the X, and its starting to bug me a little.
    Originally, we were all led to believe that this mid range phone would buck the 2 year contract architecture, sell retail at a reasonable price, and give us a Google experience on a Motorola handset while keeping our unlimited data on Verizon’s awesome(-ly overpriced) network. We thought, in essence, a manufacturer might finally favor the consumer. And we were completely wrong. Like starry-eyed teens we had our hopes steamrolled by the realities of capitalism. How naive we were.
    But, for me, articles like this underline a more insidious issue: droid-life is actually buying into the X as if we have not all been duped. They are doing their best to convince us the piss in our hair is only a summer shower. It makes you wonder if they are buying into the X because they have been bought. The backtracking they have done since the X became official has been an impressive spectacle, but unfortunately, I can no longer really respect their opinions, because they change with the tide. I hope I’m not the only one who feels this way.
    Enjoy your Monday, android family!

    • SparkysShocker

      How is this different then what they have done with any other flag ship phone, or phone that they felt was game changing?

      • yaniv

        Do you really think the Moto X is game changing?!

    • yaniv


    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      I think you’re reading way too much into this coverage. They are treating it just like any other flagship launch. The difference is that instead of the majority of the community going “hell yeah!!!”, the majority is bashing it without having ever touched the thing. The amount of misrepresentation in the community regarding this device, from its specs to its features, is entirely unprecedented. Hence, Droid-Life is doing their best to inform, as a good blog should, and for their trouble they are being accused of everything from bias to being on the Motorola payroll. Frankly it’s shameful to level such accusations based on nothing but your distaste for the device they are reporting about.

      Did you ever start to think that maybe, just maybe, the device might actually be (gasp!) a good device? That is might actually be worth *more* than its competitors overall? No, you simply liken your own personal disappointment to “piss in [your] hair”, rather than doing what should be done at every device’s release which is ignore every rumor about what it “should” have been, and instead evaluating the whole of what it is. And even if the end result is that it is not the device for you, don’t trash the writers simply because they don’t share your puerile outrage over what “could have been”.

    • schlanz

      Totally can’t understand how a device that is estimated to cost $225 to build is going for $575 off contract. It’s highway robbery. How anyone can defend mid range specs, regardless of how well they perform, at this price point is beyond me. One can hope that the next Nexus will be available on VZW and at a reasonable off contract price. Unlikely I guess. VZW wants you off unlimited and won’t make it easy for you to get a nice phone at full retail. You could always get the Lucid 2 I guess! Only $350 off contract, has amazing battery life!

    • interstellarmind

      TOTALLY agree. I find it curious that most reviewers are waiting before doing in eoth reviews and instead touting the same software features over and over. Almost seems like Moto has set terms on when it can be reviewed and what reviewers must talk about. Very disappointed in droid-life right now. You can’t say this is a good phone when there’s the nexus 4, one, and s4 out there (unless you’re bought).

    • NemaCystX

      the majority of the Moto X is gonna have this, gonna have that etc coverage is compliments of hype troll Bionic, he set up everyone to get excited and when he ended up being wrong about alot he all of a sudden disappears when the flamewar erupts

  • E. Tasche

    “These arenโ€™t gimmicks like pausing video when you look away; these are real features that change the way you use the phone for the better.” And the necessary hardware to support those features – if that second bit was not true we would see android apps (and probably iphone apps) cloning those features..

  • ssl48

    You should consider the Moto X because the blogger is being paid to suggest it to you.

  • Silver Veloz

    The more I hear about the Moto X, the more I’m heading towards this being my next phone. Ron’s article above, just added to my direction there. Yes, he uses an iPhone….so! He said he uses it for a specific reason. My company has a contract with Apple, so some people have to have an iPhone as part of their work, but their personal phones are Androids. I, personally, will never have an iPhone. My nephew, has always had an Android phone and may be working for Apple soon, but doesn’t really care for the iPhone. He may have to have one for work, but will still keep his Galaxy S4 as his private phone. I like choices, Apple doesn’t give many. Ron is giving props to the Moto X and I will take it. For those who are already bashing the phone because of specs, etc., just move on since you are not going to get it or be interested in it any more. Those of us who are considering it, want more info and are awaiting reviews from everyone. I thank Droid Life (including Ron) for giving us any information we can gather. Everyone continue to enjoy your Summer and Verizon, hurry up with this phone and customization.

  • Jon

    I hear the voice recognition software can be activated by anyone even after you trained it. It would suck when your phone does something when it’s in standbay (voice recognitions in standby) when someone else is voice controlling their phone.

  • Reuben Jacobs

    Yeah I agree. “My primary phone is an iPhone 4S and the next phone I buy will be another iPhone”. I stopped reading right then and there lol.

  • Matt

    All I know is that I’m skipping upgrading my phone until at least next year. This hasn’t been a good year for Android hardware.

  • RedXander


    With all due respect, your article doesn’t tell me anything I don’t already know and it bleeds ignorance of some of the technical aspects. I want a phone that performs, not one that you think is “cool.” Your analysis is not substantiated by anything objective but rather your subjective opinion, at times flying in the face of my personal experience (and that of my wife, frustrated owner of a iPhone 4S).

  • RSS70

    Any time you have to spend the first half of an write up defending the specs of a product instead of touting its differentiating features, you know you have a product problem . . . .

  • n900mixalot

    “These arenโ€™t gimmicks like pausing video when you look away; these are real features that change the way you use the phone for the better.” And this is where I stopped reading.

  • nobody72

    rather disappointed with your analysis. I mean where do you mention if the reception is any good; or battery life; or duability; or sound quality or …

    It sounds like your basically saying this is a google (moto) phone it must be the best without touching on usability, quality, duability, .. (ok you did make some vague comment about software but for the most part they sound incremental and not make/break deals)

    • This isn’t a review of the phone. It’s an opinion piece. The review is coming.

  • yaniv

    What’s going on with Droid-Life lately??

  • Lawrence

    You call him one of the iSheep because he uses an iPhone, despite the fact that he’s actually considering an Android phone.
    And yet you consider yourselves amazing, intelligent people by degrading him solely because he uses an iPhone. Of course, that definitely can’t be sheepish behavior, because we’re Android fans, and we’re automatically better than iPhone users!

    • makav3ll1

      Like I said, some of these android fans are just as bad as iSheeps and don’t even realize it.

  • C-Law

    How in the world can you say “my next phone will still be an iPhone but you guys should all get the Moto x.” It makes you sound like you think you’re better than us. Right there your article loses all credibility. You shouldn’t have even bothered at that point

    • I didn’t say everyone should buy the Moto X. I said I think you should consider it if you’re an Android user. I’m definitely not better than you. I promise.

  • Tay

    If you have to try to sell this phone to people, then it isn’t that great.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I’m fairly sure most manufacturers have to try to sell their products. Even Samsung and HTC try to sell you on their phones. Ron’s not trying to sell you on the phone, he is trying to point out people aren’t even giving this phone a chance because it isn’t the specs you wanted it to be and instead Motorola decided to shake up things by throwing in new technology. The sad thing is, most people on here aren’t seeing their new technology for what it is, and are focusing on “OMGZ the CPUS aren’t Quad core!”

  • makav3ll1

    Anyone who is hating on this ovbiously non biased article is an idiot. Some of you android fans are almost as bad as iSheeps. FOH.

  • prestone1

    nice knowin ya ron

  • specs aren’t bad either

    • JoshGroff

      Pushing less pixels with the same GPU will do that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • It beats everyone in offscreen too

  • EvanTheGamer

    Why would you even THINK of saying that you’re using an iPhone on an ANDROID BLOG?! Have you LOST your bloody mind, son?

    Now people will just think you’re an iPhone loving fanboy. How is that any better?


    • It wasn’t a secret. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • EvanTheGamer

        Fair enough, but still, why even start with the iPhone line? I know you did that to prove a point, that you want to let D-L users know that you aren’t showing any bias towards the Moto X, but it really caused more harm than good. Not smart.

        Ah well. ‘Tis life.

        • I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on whether or not it was smart. I stand by what I wrote. I knew some people would be upset and focus on that instead of the argument of the article. It happens every time. Like you said, ’tis life.

  • G3spike

    The Moto X phone is getting HYPER-BEASTED by all the Tech news sites even though it is an inferior phone to even the Galaxy S3

    • Reginald Jefferson

      Is the phone truly inferior if it provides a better experience?

  • j

    All of you have gone full retard!

  • DJ SPY

    I have a question, do we have to have Google Now turned on to use the touch less controls? If so, that kills it for me since I don’t use Google now.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths


      • DJ SPY

        After I posted this at question I realized it was in the wrong place/article. You know how you can say โ€œok Google now” to do searches and commands without touching the phone? I want to know if Google now has to be turned on in order to use that feature.

        • Ryan Cota

          The first question I would ask is, why aren’t you using one of the single most useful features of your android phone? It really is a great tool to use, I use it daily. And second, I would think that the general search functions of the Google Search app (which powers Google Now) would still be available to use through voice commands.

          • SparkysShocker

            And if privacy and search history is an issue you can disable both location and web history and still have a useful tool, even if it isn’t as personal as it could be.

  • Brett Lizotte

    I use my 4s and note 2 in tandem. The iPhone is hands down the best pure smartphone on the market. I prefer ios on the phone because I don’t think that widgets etc are important on my phone and I like how small the screen is. 4s is the perfect size screen for a personal smartphone.

    Note 2 is the perfect size for a mobile tablet.

    Nexus 7 is perfect for my videos and games

    • DiegoKokomo

      “4s is the perfect size screen for a personal smartphone”

      • Brett Lizotte

        Sigh I use my note 2 one handed. I just prefer having a small phone. Why do I need a huge phone when I have a tablet?

  • fauxshizzl

    Seems many people here aren’t familiar with Ron’s posts. It is best to just stay away from them. They are usually total flame bait. I am guessing whenever they need a boost in comments and traffic they let him write an article.

    • Al-Burrit0

      Yet you didn’t stay away so in fact you contributed. Nice..
      EDIT: BTW with the moto x coverage there was alot of traffic and comments. There was times i couldn’t access their site.

  • Ralph Luciano Padro Jr.

    I thought Droid-Life was about Android and not about Google Services. It’s quite the double take to mention Apple on a pro-Android site. But hey, I’m not poking at iOS. I have an iPad and I’m pretty happy about it. Still weird.

    As for the Moto X. I’ll consider it, but Motorola really screwed me over with their devices over the years. I’m still getting over how horrendous the Bionic was. It’ll be hard to trust them again.

  • WickedToby741

    I don’t think the iPhone comment helped the credibility of this article much. Perhaps a better way to frame this article would have been to say “I’m an iPhone owner, and here’s why I’m considering the Moto X” and then dive into the nuances of how it better appeals to iPhone owners and “normal” consumers who want a phone that “just works.”

    It’s important for people to understand why this phone exists and why it’s not for most of the people who read this blog. The GPe devices are for people who read this blog. This is a mass market product, not a niche market product for the geeks. The mass market doesn’t make their purchasing decisions from a spec sheet. That’s why the iPhone is still so popular. Finally we have a phone who is willing to challenge Apple on Apple’s terms.

  • jbdan

    I enjoyed the article and your opinion Ron thanks!

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    You lost me at “I use an Iphone as my promary device.”

    Also, since when have iphones not been laggy. All my friends who have them always complain about how laggy they are. Old ones and the new 5.

    You attribute android lag to custom roms!? WRONG. Most custom roms that are based off of the original factory rom have done a good job of speeding things up a bit. But the only way to get rid of the lag is to RID the phone of Sense or motoblur and put CM or AOKP on it. I have put CM on very old android phones and it’s super fast and smooth. But if you try to do that with IOS, oh wait you can’t. So it will be laggy forever.


  • RoboCop

    one of the worst blogs ever on this site.

  • arthuruscg

    FYI: The case is not hardware. If I could customize the amount of ram, storage, ect, then that would be Hardware Customization.

    I really do not understand the draw be able to custom color the phone case. A phone case is only a few $ on Amazon and I can change the color when ever I want, rather then being stuck with the same color for 2 years. The case color is just a gimmicky as pausing the screen when you look away.

  • The only reason to “Consider the Moto X” is if you’re the blindest of Google or Motorola fanboys. The only phone I’d consider getting right now is the GS4. Period.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      So you are basically saying you are a Samsung fanboy.

      • Fair enough. But $ aside, there’s no reason to consider a phone that’s short on specs and behind on OS version.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Well, it will ship with 4.2.2, currently the S4 has 4.2.2 unless you have the GPe which is just pushing out. So, how is it behind?

          • You said it: “GPe.” That said, I don’t own either phone and I won’t be looking for a new handset until official support for the GNex ends at the very least.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            So now we are comparing GPe phones to non-GPe phones expecting them to both get updates at the same time? I guess that makes about as much sense as comparing a GPe phone to a phone that hasn’t even released yet.

  • t3chi3

    Who the hell is Ron?

  • LoganLopez

    Ron, you completely ruined your article by including the first paragraph. This article should be just about what you think of the Moto X. Now the comments have turned into Iphone vs Android and it should be a discussion about the Moto X. If possible, i would edit your first paragraph, clear the comments and start again.


    • yaniv

      Too late to edit, we’ve all seen it

  • Steven Elliott

    I think this might be my next phone. I’m very excited to go back to Motorala after my time with 2 Saumsung devices (Gnex and S3). I haven’t heard any real bad things other then the locked bootlaoder and that doesn’t really bother me. I haven’t unlocked my S3 because I haven’t needed to. Thanks for the artcile that has swayed me away from anything else almost for sure.

  • speraider430

    Wow the quality of discussion here has hit an all time low. If you hate a phone without using it, shame on you first of all. But most importantly no one is forcing you to buy it.

    Remember this phone is for a large chunk of the general public and will be great for their general uses.

    The people on this blog complaining there is no space for their 64gb SD card or it’s not an OCTOcore processor please remember we comprise is very small cross section of the android world.

  • mustbepbs

    I’m considering jumping ship to Windows Phone. I’m really sick of the lag and issues on Android and the beta software Google dishes out. I’m certainly not entering the walled garden of Apple either. Both of these companies leave me no choice.

    • I would avoid Windows Phone and stick with Android if you don’t like iOS. Windows Phone has a ton of different issues: http://www.droid-life.com/2012/12/21/review-windows-phone-8/

      • mustbepbs

        Sorry, I really don’t take your opinions seriously and they have zero weight.

        This article had nothing to do with it. I simply don’t care for your thoughts.

        And that was 8 months ago. 8 months ago Android was basically on 4.1.

    • Weber


      • mustbepbs

        I’m not much of a fan of jumping on sinking ships.

        • Weber

          Yet you want to jump ship to WP? That’s a dying OS as well.

          • mustbepbs

            Windows Phone 8 is pretty new, and Microsoft has all the money in the world to dump into it. And you can be certain they will.

    • starnovsky

      Try Nexus is you haven’t already.

      • mustbepbs

        I pretty much only look for Nexus. I have a Nexus 10 that is pretty awful. The Nexus 10 proved to me that Google doesn’t have its sh** together and I’m absolutely done with Android slates.

        • starnovsky

          Nexus 4 seems to be flawless (I have it).

          • mustbepbs

            I have the HTC DROID DNA and it rocks. My wife’s Nexus 7 is pretty solid too. There’s just no good 10″ option yet. Maybe the next Nexus 10 will be better. I won’t be around to find out though. Jumped ship to Windows 8 tablets.

    • bartdog

      Wp is super smooth even on budget handsets.

      • mustbepbs

        That’s what I read. Just that the app situation isn’t great. Oh well.

  • JoshGroff

    Ron’s awoken the trolls.

    I’ve owned more android devices than the majority of the people on this site, and I don’t complain just because a fellow tech enthusiast uses an iPhone. (Hell, I’ve even owned a few iPhones myself) Feel free to complain, but you’re only making yourself look bad.

  • aye_winchell

    “The Moto X is not the best Android phone if your expectations include the best processor, the best display, stock Android, and no carrier interference for updates. If thatโ€™s what you want, then keep dreaming. ”

    1)No. And as long as I’m the one paying the bills I will keep telling OEM’s, carriers and engineers what i want, as opposed to just taking what they give me.

    2)It was a valiant attempt at ending the spec wars, but they are not over, and anybody who thinks so is plain wrong. Just because you cant see where they go from here doesn’t mean they are over. How long has the processor industry been around? How long has the mobile processor industry? There is a ton of maturing to do in this market.

    3)Every one seems to be in agreement that the specs are not top of the line, and while i think they are better then what they are getting credit for, nobody is going to want to spend top money for what they perceive as a, maybe not mid-range, but not top end device. If mototrola had come out and said, “look we wanted to hit a $400 of contract price but we couldn’t do it and still give you a great experience but look we hit the $500-$550 price point by using a 720p display and an architecture that maybe is not the bleeding edge but is still very very good, and coupled it with great software ideas,” then maybe this whole thing would have gone smoother. Instead what they did was say “yeah, its not top of the line per-se but your still going to pay like it is.” Sorry but that’s not gonna fly, I understand this phone was never going to be at the $350-$400 price point, but I don’t think one person cared what this was going to cost on contract, on-contract phones are all relatively the same price, $100-$300 and quite frankly no phone, no matter what it has, is going to entice me to giving up my unlimited data, so if you want me excited, you want me to spend my hard earned and convince other why they should, because as much as people like to piss on the community and claim we represent a minority of phone users, we are the first ones asked by our bosses, coworkers, friends and family on our opinions of where or how they should be spend their hard earned money.

    • Al-Burrit0

      And yet family, friends, coworkers, etc choose apple

      • Daeshaun Griffiths


        • mgamerz

          Because they don’t care about specs. The same reason people don’t buy high end computers, or they buy Mac computers that don’t have killer specs. Why? The OS runs fine on the hardware it has. It’s the same reason the iphone runs well even on ‘slow’ hardware. Seriously, do ‘android fanboys’ not understand this? Is this concept that hard to grasp?

          Seriously, go to any normal person on the street, tell them ‘My phone is faster than your phone!’, and watch their reaction. They aren’t going to care.

          • Reginald Jefferson

            Finally someone gets it! A voice of reason.

      • aye_winchell

        less and less every year…

  • blix247

    Someone in the press needs to take a stand on this whole “mid-range” specs garbage. Its NOT midrange specs. It defeats the S4 on both javascript and graphics benchmarks: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/08/performance-preview-the-moto-x-sports-a-great-gpu-respectable-cpu/

    The display is nearly edge to edge, it has the same size display as the HTC one but is significantly smaller. Same goes with the Nexus 4. It also has hardware that the other devices don’t have.

    I think its a great device, I’ve bought every Nexus phone released and this is the first non-nexus I’ve seriously considered. The two killer features of always on voice recognition and active display are actually differentiators and useful, unlike Samsung’s five beeeeeelion camera filters and weird proximity sensor.

    Edit: One more rant, I bet 99% of the people hating on this device are on Verizon or were looking for a Nexus-like device they could buy off contract on the cheap. Nothing would have made them happy other than that. Specs are just an easy way to hate on the device that wasn’t priced the way they had hoped.

    • starnovsky

      Specs are fine. Moto X was a huge let down for everybody because of the pricing. Nexus-like pricing was widely expected, and instead we got yet another carrier-locked phone.

  • emoney

    Everyone needs to calm down, people are allowed to use whatever device they choose and yes they still can recommend phones that aren’t said device.

  • Raj Bhatt

    Ron, your suspension continues.

  • I’m on the guest list

    I don’t think people on this site understand the concept of “software optimization”. Specs are not everything. My S3 is a better spec’d phone than the iPhone 5 but it didn’t operate as fluidly and lagless as my friends’ iPhone 5’s until I flashed CM onto it.

    I’m getting a new phone this month and it will be the Moto X or the HTC One.

    • yaniv

      How dare you even consider buying the HTC One? It’s so…”High End” !! Are you supporting the “Specs Wars” ? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I’m on the guest list

        I love the hardware on it and i heard it’s lagless

        • yaniv

          I was making a joke, i wish i had the $$$ to buy the HTC One

    • Raj Bhatt

      Ok specs don’t matter, the experience does. I can agree with you. But as far as the Moto X, it’s really hard to justify paying Porsche prices for a Dodge Stratus no matter how smooth the ride is.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        How is it Porsche Prices for a Dodge Stratus? The Moto X has a CUSTOM SoC. That’s not cheap to make and could prove very useful. Keep in mind, the S4 and HTC One don’t have those custom processing cores. If dedicated cores for language processing or contextual awareness come up as features in Android, the Moto X would be FASTER than those two phones as their CPU would have to process that information. For your analogy to be correct, you’d be paying Porsche prices for a Porsche with different features.

        • SparkysShocker

          I seriously doubt any of the angry mob here actually gets how the X8 system could change the way we look at mobile systems. All they see is old chip and 720p and cry that it should be cheaper, but don’t take into account the cost of developing the X8.

          Yes Motorola could have put in a quad core processor and it has been stated that they can, but had they done that with the X the phone would likely be in the 800-1000 dollar range. They will wait until the development costs of the X8 come down and then start building the X’s successor.

          • Kamesen

            In all honesty I would prefer manufacturers not create custom chip sets for their phones.. It’s like having the nuances of TouchWiz and Blur at a hardware level – it’ll contribute towards fragmentation of Android. We’ll see if the Nexus 5 will have this type of customized hardware. I doubt it unless Google are more ingenious about their software design than I could ever imagine.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Or it will become more of a standard to have additional cores dedicated to processing processor intensive tasks to free up the CPU to process things.

          • SparkysShocker

            The thing is that this chip set from what Motorola has said is all ready ready to have a quad core plugged in. The chip is optimized to control things that quad cores currently do between there chip and the gpu. All this does is separate it out even further. And I do think we will see the Quad core version of this phone out next year.

            I don’t think Google has any plans (yet) to optimize Android to only run or run better on the X8 chip set. If they did then I would share your concern. But in reality I think this is a good step in the mobile market and will help bring us one step closer to an all in one device (Phone/PC).

        • Raj Bhatt

          It’s a Snapdragon S4 Pro with a couple of low power coprocessors.

          I like to root and ROM my device. That’s the fun of Android. If those coprocessors are dedicated to Moto software enhancements then they won’t be of use to me when using ROMs. That is just speculation though.

          I’m willing to pay this price for a Snapdragon 800 but not for something that won’t be able to handle ROMs two years from now because Moto decided to use an older processor. They could have offered it at a lower price because opting for older hardware probably saved Moto many millions of dollars.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Have you thought you might be looking at this wrong? What if those low power processors allow those custom roms to do something you haven’t thought of yet. How do we know that a year from now, having those two extra cores hardware processing things won’t be the standard and the S4 and HTC One won’t be able to keep up because they don’t have them.

            This is a new technology. Take a look at what went on when GPUs came out. Or any other chip that allowed the CPU to offload processing power to something that was dedicated to that aspect. It changed how computing happened. I think this X8 chip changes how computing will be happening 2 years from now.

            Think about it this way. When the Samsung S5 comes out, if it doesn’t have a contextual processing core or a language processing core, it could be considered mid range.

  • Itchy_Robot

    I am more interested to see how these “always on” phones will interact with the Chromecast. Imagine being able to simply tell your phone to “Cast my music to the Living Room”, and it starts playing. Or, “Cast Netflix to the Living room”. Or Cast Youtube to the Living room”. I think the ‘always on’ voice abilities of this phone have a lot of potential.

  • Drome

    Look I read the entire article and have tons of friends who own and love iPhones. As a matter of fact, I live in San Francisco, I have friends who work at Apple and the majority of people here use iPhones. However, this opinion on the moto x just isn’t tied to reality for me and apparently many others. The android community’s reaction to the announcement on Thursday was a resounding “Hell no”. I understand that this phone is more geared towards the average consumer, but priced at $200 on contract, no one with a strait face could recommend this phone to some one over the S4 or the HTC One. Unless of course, your kid sister wants a leopard print or pink back for her new phone. There will be a market for this phone due to the customization aspect, but going on an android enthusiast blog and talking about how that reader base should consider this phone based on those points is just completely off mark, and if you look at the reactions here in the comments, you should be acutely aware of that.

  • wolfedude88

    This phone doesn’t have gimmicky features like the GS4, then he brings up the camera with flicking the wrist? Kellex could barely get it to work and it is by far really gimmicky more so than looking away from the screen.

    Sure active notifications and the new voice actions look awesome but the camera feature is a joke currently.

    • They might need to adjust that feature so that it’s better in practice, but in theory I think it’s a great feature.

      • ConcernedReader

        You didn’t get the memo? Ron is the foremost authority on which features are gimmicky and which ones are great.

  • NorCalGuy

    I thought the title said “Why You Should Consider the Moto X [Sponsored]”

  • Wow, I think I speak for all the loyal and open minded DL readers when I say I feel a little betrayed at Ron’s iPhone comment. I shouldn’t feel that way, having an Android phone is certainly not a requirement. I’m sure there was no intentional deceit… I just feel surprised. I remember when DL was only Kellen, long before the others and the DL Show, which is awesome, btw.

    That said, I always appreciate Ron’s input and opinions and I will continue to! Don’t go anywhere Ron, and don’t listen to the haters… it’s important to have a well rounded writing staff and DL obviously has that. Keep up the great work.

    I think we’d all appreciate a bio editorial though, why do you have (and will continue to have) an iPhone rather than Android and write for an Android site? …especially one that’s not run by AOL, Gawker, or SB Nation, etc. I’m genuinely curious, I mean no disrespect.

    • I think I’ll have something about that up soon. I definitely wasn’t trying to hide that I use an iPhone; you can tell if you follow me on Twitter. I don’t blame you for having that feeling though. It makes sense. Thanks for taking the time to write a thoughtful response. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thank you for taking the time to read my post!! I appreciate your words, and look forward to reading more!

    • EvanTheGamer

      I think it was always Kellen AND Tim(correct me if I’m wrong), but the others showed up much later. I miss those days. But hey, it’s all about growth.

  • Tonytj

    I have read just about every android site speak highly of the moto X but because it wasn’t $300 off contract ,no quadcore processor, and no1080p people are all butt hurt and angry. People should take a look at what apple did. They created an OS that doesn’t need PC like specs to run smoothly and for years. Android moved very fast from 2.2 to 4.3. And it seems like the movement from 4.0 to 4.3 has taken its time. Which is good. That means they’re not just focused on making a whole new UI which needs huge specs to run it. Which helps older devices get the latest and greatest. People aren’t seeing the X8 system as innovative. But it is. No one has done anything like it before. I cant wait to upgrade (when it comes to vzw in 2015).

    • Joshua Bailey

      “I cant wait to upgrade (when it comes to vzw in 2015).”

      Lol. My thoughts exactly.

  • Mvrcel Lgt

    “that they have this phone because their friends have it too” -> that would be the galaxy S-Series or the One-Series ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The Moto-X being jailed to At+t right now, missing out some awesome aspects (first wooden phone!) and NOT being international won’t make it anything but a missplaced US-only phone people overseas wont even know if they are not geeks like us.
    And when being not exclusive and maybe having wooden-possibililties, the Note3 and Iphone5c will be placed international (around the same ON contract prices) making the Moto X look somehow…not valueable. Followed up by a Nexus5 for the geekmasses, the Moto X wont stand any more chance.

    This is MY opinion, but yeah, so-called experts do see it kinda the same way: right phone, wrong time.

  • carluverdrm2004

    I enjoyed the article, Ron! I appreciate the opinions coming from a different direction than most.

  • Joshua Bailey

    I think Moto and Google may be on to something here. There are multiple people in my office making the switch from iPhone to the Moto X because of these supposed “smoke and mirrors.” My upgrade is due in a few weeks, but I think it would be dumb to jump the gun and not wait for Google’s Nexus event in October to see what the Nexus 5 brings to the table.

    My wife on the hand will be enjoying the Moto X as she can finally get that purple phone she has always dreamed of. Lol.

    • She didn’t like the Rhyme? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Joshua Bailey

        Haha She has been itching for something iPhone like with the way you can switch out the casing pretty easily. She had a massive purple Otterbox for her GNEX, but it was very poorly designed.

        I think this may be the phone for her. I may follow suite pending the Nexus 5 reveal, but who knows. I am torn right now.

        Good article, though. It is nice to have a review/opinion from the other side of the spectrum.

      • Joshua Bailey

        Also, I like the faith based portions of your blog. Good on ya.

  • GTIguy

    This site loves to use the buzzphrase “the spec war is over” when it clearly isn’t to hype a sub par device. Please stop saying that. The author of this article is a habitual iPhone user telling us about Android considerations. Get your sh!t together @DroidLife.

    This thing is way overpriced, I don’t care how it performs. It needs to be priced at Nexus 4 or below. Customizing on AT&T only at launch and no word on pricing through the PlayStore for GE devices? Moto f’d up so badly. Good luck herding some sheep Moto.

  • Ron,

    Time to put your money where your mouth is. If you like the phone so much, ditch the iPhone and get one! Until then, you’re not going to be taken seriously here.

  • Shaunwin

    Janky opinion article….

  • HellNOMoto

    Ron is turning into the Jesus Diaz of Droid-Life. Although he is far more polite in his responses.

    • LMFAO. I stopped reading Giz because of two reasons:

      1) The TMZ-like iPhone 4 scandal, subsequent deterioration of posts and genuine tech journalism.

      2) Jesus Diaz.

  • Eric Shelley

    IPhone user thinks mediocre phone is awesome. Big surprise.

    • mgamerz

      Armchair reviewer thinks phone sucks before they’ve used it. Big surprise.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        armchair reviewer lmao, i’m using that.

  • Joseph

    I feel like the Android sites are heavily backing the X while their readers and fans are not.

    • EC8CH

      calk that up to the bloggers either getting their hands on the device before any of us and actually really liking it, or them getting paid off.

      • Kamesen

        Ron hasn’t touched this phone yet…

        I think that should have been taken into consideration somewhere in the article.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      That seems to be because the fans are hurt it wasn’t 100% matching the specs and price point we all THOUGHT it would have, instead of us waiting to have it in hand to see if it could do what we want it to do. We are all focused on our own opinions, having never held/used the phone.

      But the phone must be bad because it doesn’t have an S800 and isn’t $300 off contract. /s

  • fd2blk78

    Buuuut, if u are on Verizon, you should not get this.
    You should get the maxx, because it is essentially the exact same phone, with a world beating battery.
    Am I right?

    • EC8CH

      Comes down to physical design preference I would think (aside from that huge battery of coarse).

      And if you care about buying into either the Droid or X branding.

    • jnt

      Pretty much, unless like EC8CH said and you simply despite the look and “Droid-ness” of the Maxx

      edit: the new Droid’s do have the ‘always on’ feature don’t they?

    • bogy25

      Wrong – the MAXX HD has a terrible camera even in well lit areas the focus will dim, colors are off, etc it is really bad. The battery is good but since I purchased the Maxx HD it has shown some decline in stamina. Good still but not as great as it was – something to factor in. Also, the customization of hardware is pretty unique and the Maxx can’t do that other than a cover of some sort.

      • Jordan Webb

        The new MAXX has the same camera hardware as the X, the X’s battery deterioration will be at best the same as the MAXX, worse if you don’t charge the MAXX every night like the X. Neither of those points are really valid in the current comparison.

    • You could. I personally don’t like the look of the new Droids and I really love the idea of being able to choose the colors of my phone, so the X makes more sense to me.

  • Chris Welnetz

    I love this site but this dude is the weak link. Horribly written article.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      How was it horribly written? It was well written. I think you meant it didn’t share your view.

  • thebigmann

    When is Droid-Life going to do a camera comparison? I’m not buying into this ClearPixel stuff yet. Given that this phone is pandering to the Instagram/Facebook-heavy crowd, this could be a deal breaker when competing against an iPhone.

    • jnt

      Or an S4… I’m very curious about this as well. And not just quality, but how well it can take a “quickie”…

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Guy Kawasaki has been posting a pretty steady stream of pics on G+. To me, it looks like it has its strengths and weaknesses, but so does the iPhone.

      Stregths: Low-light color and exposure are stellar, action shots are particularly crisp in all situations

      Weaknesses: Color saturation is on the low side with no in-app way to tweak it, reasonable detail but nothing stellar, and a little noise/artifacting related to somewhat aggressive sharpening.

      Overall, just judging the shots I’ve seen and without seeing full-res outputs, I’d say its not the best at any particular attribute, but is nonetheless an all-around solid camera.

      • That has been my impression as well from what I’ve seen.

  • imns

    If Moto offered a slider keyboard option as part of the customization I would have been all over this.

    • Godzilla

      while i think slider’s are way outdated, your idea makes sense.

      • imns

        I don’t think they are outdated at all. I just got an S4 and even with the large 5″ screen, it simply does not compare to a true physical keyboard. I will likely end up getting one of the many bluetooth slider attachments.

  • I know plenty of people who have purchased Galaxy devices because someone they know had one and loved it.

    • Godzilla

      word of mouth advertising.

    • Weber

      And plenty of people on VZW have it because it has been the only option for a while. I want a new phone so badly, but I refuse to get the s4.

  • Steve DeBellis

    ‘If youโ€™re tempted to stop reading right there because you think this is going to be another biased fanboy rant, stop right there.’

    Nope, I stopped when you said you had an iPhone. What is this guy doing here?

    • JoshGroff

      I read the entire article, maybe you should too, it would answer your question.

    • elvisgp

      Why the hell can’t he use an iPhone? Not everyone is a fanboy you know. Now I can’t speak for Ron, but I’m assuming he’s more of a fan of good technology than just a fanboy of apple or android. He wrote an article praising the moto x, you people should be happy and thanking him.

  • kfath1978

    Read this Nexus 5 article and you wont get the X….I will wait for this!

    • Godzilla

      nothing is confirmed

      • kfath1978

        True, but I will still wait.

        • Godzilla

          good idea

        • sk102704

          By the time the X is released at the end of August/early September we will probably start hearing more about the Nexus 5 and a lot of Android users will be thinking the same thing.

    • Carlos Lopez

      You can’t seriously believe that

      • EC8CH

        also comes with bacon infused gorilla glass.

      • kfath1978

        No…but my point is that I will wait for the next Nexus phone. Bottom line is you cant go wrong. I do believe that the next nexus will be 4g.

      • kfath1978


        “At the Breakfast with Sundar event last month, Android honcho Sundar Pichai also confirmed that a new Google Nexus 10 was in works. The tablet could see a release in October, around the time of the 5th birthday of Googleโ€™s mobile platform. This has led to rumours that Androidโ€™s version number five, Key Lime Pie could make its debut this very year. After all what better timing than releasing Android 5.0 on its fifth birthday. Some rumours also suggest that the Nexus 5 could be announced along with the update, marking a hat-trick in the series of โ€œ5โ€ for Google.”

      • sk102704

        My thoughts exactly.

  • jcampbell474

    I’m glad Moto & Google stepped outside the box. I really don’t care about external customization though. First thing I’ll do is put a case on it. There goes most of the external mods. I could not care less about a preloaded wallpaper pack or not having to enter my google username when setting up the phone. All in all, nothing really special to me about it.

    I think a really good first step in the spirit of customization is allowing the battery to be removed/replaced easily be the consumer. This applies to the SD card too. These are two big reasons I like Samsung phones. HTC and Moto obviously don’t think it’s important. Wonder how that’s working out for them?

    • JoshGroff

      Looks at every Nexus device since the Nexus One…

      • jcampbell474

        Never owned a Nexus phone. They’re not that impressive to me. I’m on VZW and had the OG Droid, Thunderbolt, and now the S4. Many more before that…just not Android devices. Blackberry, Moto Q, etc…

  • EC8CH

    Seems to me that Moto skimped on the specs in two places. Since there is no cost savings passed onto the consumers, the following questions need to be answered to determine if those decisions provide a good value.

    1. 720 screeen instead of 1080. Is that a smart decision on a 4.7″ screen? Is the drop in resolution justified by higher framerates and longer battery life without providing noticeably inferior image quality?

    2. Dual core instead of quad core. Apparently the architecture of the cpu is the same Krait 300 that is in the Snapdragon 600, which is used in the latest top end phones. In most applications how much of a real world performance increase does a quad core provide? By removing two of the main cpu cores and replacing them with lower powered cores dedicated to their “always on” features, does Moto improve battery life while providing more compelling user interface features?

    Otherwise GPU, memory, etc are all on par with other top end phones.

    • Godzilla

      Totally agree on the screen. How hard would it be to put 1080 on the damn thing?

      As for the CPU the jury is still out on that decision.

      • EC8CH

        If the screen doesn’t look noticeably worse than a 1080 screen, then why work to drive more pixels just for the sake of “OMG 1080p SCREEN” marketing?

        I know when I compared my G-Nex’s screen to the DNA’s, it looked noticeably better, but I’m not simply going to write off the X because of it’s 720 screen until I see it. If it looks good compared to the competition’s 1080 screen, then it was a wise decision in my mind to conserve computing power.

        • Jordan Webb

          Keep in mind that while the Gnex is technically 720p, the RGBG Pentile submatrix effectively reduced the PPI by about 33% (down to about 210). The DNA is 440. The X’s RGB screen will have the full 315 and look much sharper than the Gnex.

          • EC8CH

            That’s why I’m willing to give the X a shot since it’s 720 AMOLED screen should also be a dramatic improvement over my G-Nex’s.

          • Jordan Webb

            I just hope it holds up on the 5″ Droid versions.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          That’s my general thought. It will probably fall short of the S4 and One in terms of quality, white balance, and color reproduction, but not so far as to be considered “bad”. Think Note 2 screen quality, since it uses a similar sub-pixel arrangement, and you’ll probably be close.

          Either way I’m certain it will be a massive improvement over my Razr and Bionic. The dingy/greenish white on the Razr is especially terrible sitting next to my new N7. Though, given the N7 is possibly the best mobile display currently available, but whatever :-).

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      The BoM cost savings on the screen and SoC are basically lost when you factor in the additional processing cores, specialized battery construction, and Clear Pixel camera module. I wouldn’t be surprised if the BoM of the Moto X is actually higher than the S4 and HTC One.

      • EC8CH

        Exactly, and does the trade off between the items you listed and the lower numbers on the typical spec bullet list result in an equal or better experience for customers?

        What’s more BS… quad cores and 1080 screens, or the claims being made by the Moto X marketing. To me that’s the question.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          And to me, that is what makes Motorola’s bet so fascinating and unique. They are applying the “work smarter not harder” philosophy to a smartphone. How well it actually works in real life will determine how much longer they are around as a company, but it’s most assuredly awesome to have this kind of competition.

        • SparkysShocker

          I want to play with the X or Ultra(Maxx) for a month, just for this reason. I hate that the return time is only 2 weeks.

  • ConcernedReader

    Please never post another Ron opinion article again.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Did anyone read that article on why the iphone is the best google phone?
    (good thing i saved the link)

    • Godzilla

      dude go troll elsewhere. we dont care about the iphone here. It is bad enough I have to look at my wife’s i phone.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        who is “we”? Droid-life? because the author is clearly caring about the iphone. Troll? U mad. I posted the link to open eyes. The same this article is trying to get people to be open to the moto x. Run along…

        • chihova

          bro why would you post an iphone article on a DroidLife page? who’s the troll?

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            Why does Ron own an iphone and write stories about android? That’s why i posted the link. You’re the troll.

  • Cody Revels

    Lol wow the comments on this thread are kinda hilarious. I for one agree with Ron. This phone seems more than adequate for most people. I myself tend to nitpick about specs and the like alot of the time, but recently I’ve come to realize that it doesnt really matter. Most modern phones that are at least mid range in terms of specs are good enough to not lag.
    My Galaxy s3 performs just as smooth as my old Nexus 4 and I think one of the main culprits is the 2gb of ram vs 1gb of ram that most phones of 2012 had in them. Samsung realized with the s3 that what people care about is the overall user experience. This is the direction that Motorola is going in now. Just look at the S3. Its the one device that has sold more than any other.
    The spec wars also ARE over. But Samsung will always continue to pump out better and better products because they will produce anything that they think even one person will buy. Hell, look at the Galaxy mega.

  • Tony Byatt

    “My primary phone is an iPhone 4S and the next phone I buy will be another iPhone.”…smh…Why is he allowed to post?

    As far as the Moto X, not happy about the pricing and exclusivity. Nearly year old specs at $200 subsidized and ATT getting all the good customization features, fail. I may be swayed if the off contract price is sub-$400 and the exclusivity ends soon…

  • Weber

    I guess all of these comments are what you get when you have an opinion on the interwebz.
    I, personally, want to hear as much about this phone as possible from the people I’ve come to trust when it’s come to their opinions. Especially when I need to make a decision on which phone to purchase next, their opinion makes a difference to me. Take his opinion or leave it. If you don’t appreciate it, don’t read it. Simple as that. Having an opinion shouldn’t cause you to grab your torches.
    Again, this is my opinion. Let the downvoting commence.

    Edit: People apparently don’t appreciate Ron’s objectivity.

    • JoshGroff

      Exactly, it’s just that, an opinion. Comment if you want and state your opinion, but trying to start an argument over opinions is pointless.

      • Weber

        They want to burn him at the stake because he uses an iPhone. Who cares what phone he uses? He’s obviously pretty knowledgeable on the subject, and coming from both ends of the phone spectrum, his opinion has more validity to me.

        Edit: The article is his opinion on why you shoudl buy the phone. All anyone read was “I use an iPhone,” and that’s what they comment on, not the actual phone and their opinion of it.

  • kfath1978

    I will be waiting on the next Nexus phone…Got burned on the Bionic and I told myself that I would never get anything other than a Nexus…

    • JoshGroff

      Having owned a myriad of phones including the G-Nex and N4, I can say they really aren’t all that and a bag of chips. I’ll take my top of the line flagship phone and throw a stock rom on it before I buy another Nexus with average (still good, but admittedly not top tier) specs.

      • EC8CH

        But having the option to use a Nexus phone with it’s much more affordable retail price on Verizon off contract would be a really nice option to at least have.

        • JoshGroff

          Definitely, but until they go VoLTE, that’s pretty unlikely.

          • EC8CH

            I wonder when that days comes if we will be equally as disappoint as this last August 1st?


            I hope not.

  • master94

    For those who want TRIM on their device but don’t have Android 4.3 can use this app. It requires root but does the same thing for anyone who is intrested https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.grilledmonkey.lagfix

  • Mario

    RON.. GET THE F OUT of here… i think iBGR will suit you better..

  • viewthis66

    this whole push for this phone on this site is out of hand now… get it together and lets move on. thank you.

    • Al-Burrit0

      Way too much before evening trying it out that’s why.

  • Fenuxx

    I don’t agree. The Moto X’s big failure is price. The specs of the phone are OK, but not for the price. The average, lame-brain customer is going to see “Oh, the Galaxy S4, I’ve heard of it. It has all these neat-o features, and it has all the cool, hip buzzwords.” This Moto X doesn’t. People will see 1080p on the One and S4, and 720p on the X. People will see “QUAD-CORE” on the One and the S4, and some confusing marketing jargon on the X (maybe they’ll see “EIGHT CORES!” but I doubt it). All for the same price as the S4 and the One.

    • JoshGroff

      The customization is nice, built in US is nice, drives the price up though, so it’s to be expected. What really disappoints me is they skimped on specs and are still charging top of the line pricing. Choose one or the other, but not both.

  • Robert Boluyt

    Its not the Moto X’s hardware, specs, or software. Its pricing. The Moto X is priced too high for what it is. Simple as that.

    • JZ

      I’m curious, why do you feel the price is high if you don’t take issue with the specs or software?

      • Robert Boluyt

        Its priced equal to or higher than the HTC One and GS4, phones with full quad core CPUs and 1080p screens. The Moto X is a dual core CPU with a 720p screen. A customer can get an HTC1 for less than a 100 down at TMO easily, a Moto X will set them back 200 for less phone. And those are the ‘contract’ pricing. The full MSRP is even worse.

        There’s a lot I like about the Moto X, but I’m not going to downgrade key aspects of my phone since I own a One now. From the perspective of a new customer, why pay more for an X when you can pay less and get more with a One or GS4?

        • JZ

          So then I guess you do care about the hardware. Personally, I don’t care about the specs, and consider the phone worth the value if the experience it offers is as good as it promises. There’s nothing wrong with wanting the specs, I was just curious about what variables you consider when making a value judgment.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Robert, I think you are not realizing that the Moto X has a custom built SoC with custom built processing cores in them. That isn’t cheap to design, and would help in performance. It’s sort of like what we saw when GPUs came out for computers. No one understood why you needed them, at first, and now every computer and mobile phone has a CPU and GPU. Going forward, I think you are going to start seeing more phones with this type of custom setup. Cores built in the phone to process different aspects of the user experience.

          Think about it from another angle. AMD has higher GHz CPUs than Intel, and AMD has octocore CPUs, yet a dual core Intel I3 is faster than the AMD Octocore chips. Why? Because the I3 has a different architecture allowing it to run more efficiently, offloading different things to dedicated hardware, instead of having the main CPU core process everything.

          • Reginald Jefferson

            I think your second paragraph is the perfect analogy for the X’s processor versus quadcore processor’s in phones. All these people screamin’ about specs seem to miss that.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I think people forget that technology can and will change. The way things work right now, won’t be the way things work 20, 10, or even 5 years in the future.

          • thebigmann

            It seems like there is this underlying perception that engineering these devices just means grabbing parts and sticking them together. As if the whole story is: more expensive parts warrant higher prices. This is true in part, of course, but there is a lot more to it. This seems like a really well-engineered device – providing this level of optimization, customization, etc. costs money, and necessitates a higher price than the hardware alone would dictate.

            This phone is impressing me more by the day, although I don’t think I’m quite on board yet.

  • j973

    Its Motorola look At there updates when I saw the bloat ware on the vzw X I laughed because updates on that thing will take forever . Motorola And vzw updates =terrible .do the writers work for Motorola saying why we should buy this phone really . What’s up with that .

  • Snsnsjsjdbaja

    LOL this must be a joke.

  • punkroyale

    The next iPhone is already out, its the iPhone 5. That being said, I do like the overall design of the Moto X.

  • Zach Armstrong

    If you use a Iphone as your main phone why are you writing a article on Droid-Life

  • rfranken

    Is this a serious piece or a joke?
    And no this phone won’t have a big following community as its Motorola and we all took the pledge of NEVER AGAIN

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    While i root for this device to be successful and can definitely see mobile being more aware, i started to think about the future of android. If the GPE/Dev version is released, would it support the touchless actions and active display? Because thats for sure not a part of vanilla. In 5.0, will this be native? Will the Moto x’s features be the future of normal android phones? I’m beginning to think the world isn’t ready for contextual awareness in a handheld.

    I know this was created very closely to El Goog, but idk this is fishy. I want to get on board with this, i think it’s the way to go. I wanna see how far it can be pushed. We’re too close to the next level of android to consider anything non-nexus.

  • Armus

    I couldn’t get past the iPhone part. All I heard was a large sucking sound coming from this page

  • jnt


  • MafiaMM

    Ron go write on a iPhone related blog not this one

    • Joseph A. Yager

      I actually think it’s good to have input from an iPhone user – but it is kind of bogus to say “here is why you should think about a phone I’m not ever going to buy”

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        ^ a faithful iphone user is considering an android phone. That’s all we should take out of this.

      • I don’t think it’s bogus. It would be similar to a Verizon user recommending a Sprint-only phone to a friend.

        • Joseph A. Yager

          I change my stance – I agree with Daeshaun and Ron. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Weber

          Exactly…I’d have recommended the HTC One to anyone on a different netwrok from VZW. Just because you use an iPhone doesn’t make your opinion invalid. If anything, it gives you a better perspective.

        • JoshGroff

          Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      MafiaMM, Why is it that just because someone doesn’t share your same view on something, their opinion can’t add something of value?

      • MafiaMM

        Because’s he’s asking you to consider something HE’S not considering himself. “My primary phone is an iPhone 4S and the next phone I buy will be another iPhone.” That’s like someone saying “I think you should go to this hospital but I’m going to stick with this one” Don’t you understand how that automatically makes an opinion invalid. So for someone to tell you as an opinion to consider something even though their not going to consider it at the end is making the opinion invalid.

        • SparkysShocker

          Yet you only read part of the statement. PRIMARY phone would imply he owns and at times would carry more than 1 phone. He may not be considering the X as a primary phone, but that does not mean he won’t consider it for a 2nd device (hard concept to grasp I know).

          One of my manufacturers still requires employees to have BB devices, that doesn’t mean they also don’t have a personal phone that isn’t and iPhone or Android.

        • Kamesen

          In logic class the teacher said “if your statement fails under 1 scenario it cannot be taken as law”. Consider this: “That hospital has better nurses, newer facilities and they take a wide variety of plans, however, I go to this hospital over here because its the closest to my home and they accept my specific insurance plan. If I lived in your area I would go to that hospital.”

          I don’t know what Ron’s reasons are, and I don’t think he prefaced his article in the best possible way, but you’re argument about his opinion being invalid is flawed.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          That doesn’t automatically make your opinion valid. It’s your opinion. It’s also his opinion. He has already stated that he has reasons he uses an iPhone. Maybe there is some over-riding factor in his decision to use an iPhone. The fact of the mater is, it is an opinion piece trying to get people to realize they shouldn’t judge a phone without even trying it first.

  • triangle8

    He should write an editorial about why he uses an iPhone and writes for an Android blog.

    • I would read that.

    • JoshGroff

      I read quite a few of his op eds, they’re well written and he has a firm grasp of both ecosystems. Just because he doesn’t carry around an android device as a daily driver changes nothing.

    • KleenDroid

      And they should post it elsewhere.

  • Unless you’re an AT&T customer, you lose out on the the customizations and the 32GB model. Yeah, there both supposed to arrive on the other carriers eventually, but why is Moto being so coy about exactly when that will happen? And about the off-contract pricing?

    • I think Moto is being coy about it because either a) they can’t say how long AT&T’s exclusive is (which is common), or b) they don’t want to focus on AT&T’s exclusivity because they recognized it was a mistake. Either way, customizations will come to all eventually.

    • KleenDroid

      Why doesn’t Verizon get any of these decent exclusives?

      • Apparently Moto bent over and AT&T shoved truckloads of cash their way.

      • Weber

        Why should we when we’re so lucky to have the Droid line? It’s the only exclusives we need. /s

      • KJFX Labs

        Droid Maxx is the better phone, so AT&T was thrown a bone with the X.

    • Al-Burrit0

      I feel that Verizon wanted to wait since they don’t want The X to steal the thunder of their “precious” DROIDS, but that still doesn’t explain for Sprint and Tmo. Are they getting any customization?

    • googlyeyedfrog

      My guess is that they aren’t sure of the demand for the customization at this point, and are very keen on keeping the order-from to arrive-at-your-home date to around 4 days. They are using AT&T as a sort of pilot study to see how many customers utilize this service. After they collect some data they can then determine how much more resources at their Texas plant they’ll need to devote to customization orders once the other carriers have access.

  • Phil

    I think it looks cool ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Buur

    Weird article from an iphone user. “I have no intention of buying this phone because I like Apple products but you should like it!”

    • I never said I have no intention of buying the phone because I like Apple products. The article is not about why I use an iPhone, it’s about why Android users should consider the Moto X.

      • Buur

        You said immediately you have an iphone and that your next phone will be an iphone. If your article was “I have an iphone and the Moto X will be my next phone, here is why.” then your article might have some legs. But as it is you are asking people to consider a product that you yourself won’t consider. So it is pointless, except to get views and comments… which you got.

        • I have no idea how many views this will get and I don’t personally benefit from more or less comments. The point of the article was to share my opinion about a phone that I’m really excited about. I have very specific reasons for using iOS, but that doesn’t mean I don’t recommend Android phones to people if it fits them best.

          • Omar

            Here’s the thing, Ron: With that statement you lost credibility on the article. I think Buur has put in a nice summary why on his two comments above.

          • Mike

            Omar, you’re an idiot, and Buur, you’re stupid.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          He actually said the iPhone was his primary phone and that his next primary phone would be another iPhone. I know many of us on this site have more than one phone. My Primary phone is a Gnex, that doesn’t mean I don’t also have a Droid Charge, a Blackberry, and an iPhone 4. Granted, my other phones are mostly for work, but who is to say he doesn’t use multiple phones?

        • yaniv

          Agree, just go and look on Tim’s last tweet about Droid-Life reaching 1m comments. Fun to read Ron’s respond, or maybe not so much fun:


        • Kisuk3

          While the clicks matter, I’m sure he didn’t write this article for the comments/views.

          That being said, this is an Android blog. If I went to a Ford dealership and the guy selling me a Ford is driving a Chevy I leave. I find it hard to believe you guys could not find an Android enthusiast to write opinion pieces…

      • feztheforeigner

        Clearly you never gave it a real chance since you chose an unannounced phone that basically nothing is known about over the Moto X…

      • MikeC

        Shut up. Enjoy another “dislike”..

    • chucklehead322

      He actually said, “The Moto X is the first Android phone in a long, long time that I have actually wanted.”

      While he may be an iPhone owner, he’s implying this a phone he actually “wants.”

      • feztheforeigner

        Also that he hasn’t wanted an Android phone in a long long time. On an Android blog, no less.

  • jnt

    “I think this is going to be the first Android phone since the Droid or the Galaxy S where people will be proud to say that they have this phone because their friends have it too.”

    That will ONLY happen if Motorola markets the heck out of this and gets it in the brain of the mainstream public like Samsung has done… otherwise that’s a pipe-dream I’m afraid.

    • richie97

      $500 Million marketing budget. That’s not bad.

      • jnt

        very true!

  • Rick Nelson

    I like the moto x but I can’t get past the performance specs. Hardware customizing is awesome I just don’t see myself getting one. Things may change come November when I uograde. But the HTC One is great for me know and I feel the moto x would be a downgrade.

    • drparty

      Because it would be a downgrade. Moto obviously did a fantastic time courting all the tech bloggers with the amount of buzz this thing had but I’m using a freaking note 2 and I can still slow it down under certain circumstances. The hardware race isn’t close to over and these guys rooting for a slow mid range phone are just parroting their talking points.

      • MikeR

        I disagree. We are at the point where the hardware isn’t getting us better performance, as evidenced by the Moto X. The X is running android AS SMOOTHLY as S4 or One with half the cores. If that isn’t a sure sign the hardware wars SHOULD be over, I don’t know what is.

  • Futbolrunner

    I stopped caring for his opinion once I read, “My primary phone is an iPhone 4S and the next phone I buy will be another iPhone.”

    • Ron,

      Time to put your money where your mouth is. If you like the phone so much, ditch the iPhone and get a Moto X! Until then, you’re not going to be taken seriously here.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Exactly. He should not have started the post with “Oh hey everyone, I’m using an iPhone! Look at me! I’m the coolest!” Come on…now everyone will be thinking about THAT fact and not actually read the post.

        Not the wisest thing to do.

        • ezbbycame2play

          He never said any of that

          • EvanTheGamer

            Haha, yes I know.

      • NyesNyo

        “I like this phone but I am too closed minded so my next phone has been decided a while back” That’s what this guy is saying, that is disgusting journalism. You can’t start an article by saying you’ve already made up your mind but if you hadn’t then maybe this would have worked.

    • KleenDroid

      I hope he hacked into Droid-Life.

      I certainly hope they didn’t actually post this themselves.

      I am starting to think they are getting paid to push the phone. Part of Motorola’s marketing budget.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Yeah, I’m pretty shocked that an iPhone user is even writing for D-L.

        Hey, each their own, but come on! This is ludicrous! lol

        (I’m entitled to my own opinion. I have a right to speak my mind about certain subjects such as the iPhone. I’ll never get one myself, but hey, that’s just me so deal with it)

      • JDub

        Shhh, don’t say that too loud! I called them out on that in a previous article and got down voted like crazy. This website use to be about the latest news in what’s new or rumored (not saying that has changed), but when you see 20 articles for stuff like the NVIDIA shield (a device we knew was going to fail) you kinda have to wonder. I am not saying they shouldn’t get paid for advertising, but it seems they are trying to push junk on us in the articles now, because they are getting paid to do so. The honest opinion seems a little askew.

    • This is Droid Life! iSheepGTFO

      Hang him by his two apples!

  • Godzilla

    The jury is still out on this phone. I agree it does have a market, but I still believe the pricing is way too expensive for a phone such as this.

    I also believe that the complicated architecture of the CPU will make it more difficult to update when new Android versions are released. We shall see.

    Does it have some cool stuff? Yes very much so. But again, its very complicated and priced wrong.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Just as a counter, any BoM cost that they saved using a dual-core (read: binned) version of the 600 and a 720p AMOLED panel was more than erased by the two additional processors, laminated aluminum chassis, and specialized battery construction.

      Motorola is a hardware company, just like Samsung and HTC. Why should they be expected to sell their device at an operating loss when HTC and Samsung aren’t expected to? All the specialized engineering, software development, testing, R&D isn’t cheap.

      The Nexus was an anomaly, and is cheap only because Google has no need to make a significant (10%<) profit off their devices and didn't have to fork over anything for LTE licensing fees. To expect the same (or greater in this case) level of device at a similar price point from any dedicated hardware manufacturer is just ridiculous, and borders on an extreme sense of entitlement. I'm all for driving down costs, but not to the point that a company can't make a reasonable profit off their work.

      So, please, tell me again how the Moto X is priced "wrong"? It's a flagship device, being sold at a flagship price, plain and simple. If you want cheap, get an S4 or One Mini, and deal with the performance/quality hit, or buy a Nexus 4 and not have the features that were added to the Moto X or LTE.

      As a side note, it is faster to fix firmware issues than it is to fix firmware issues and reintegrate a custom overlay, so I expect the Moto X to have a software update timeframe of ~3 months longer than a GPE device for the carrier locked devices due to carrier testing delays, and ~2-4 weeks longer for the unlocked versions, which is substantially faster than their competitors. As for not launching with 4.3, it was out for a grand total of 1 week before the Moto X launch, so it is unreasonable to expect anything that quickly of any real quality. They probably already have working builds that require another week or 2 of tweaking before being sent off for carrier testing, so I'd expect OTAs sometime around early/mid October. If anyone else gets a skinned 4.3 build out OTA sooner, kudos to them, but I doubt it.

      • Godzilla

        First of all, i have an S4 and in no way is it cheap and I have had zero problems with it.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Apologies, I can see how it could be read that way. I meant S4 Mini or One Mini, but was being lazy.

          I agree that the S4 is indeed a great device.

  • Defenestratus


    Why you continue to write nonsense articles like this at Droid-Life baffles me. I think the only reason you’re still employed at this site is because your stories are clickbait for the enraged masses to feast upon.

    The spec wars are *not* over. Reference HTC One, S4, Note3.

    • Godzilla

      run your own website? bro?

    • lol @ “clickbait”

    • Franklin Ramsey

      The spec wars are over. Some people just aren’t used to that fact, yet. A High end phone doesn’t need the best of the best specs to run well and do everything you need/want it to do anymore.

      • Kamesen

        Ever heard of consolidated computing? Spec wars are not over until the phone I carry around in my pocket makes for a decent PC when I attach it to a monitor wherever I want.

        But thanks for your opinion.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Ok, how about this. The Spec wars as we know them are over. Technology can and does change, those who don’t adapt to it, get left behind. So maybe instead of saying it is low spec, we readers need to adapt our thinking and realize that maybe a single processor that has 2,4, or 8 cores isn’t the future. The future might just be having a single core processing a single aspect of something that needs processed (IE a core for the sensors, a core for vocal input, a core for video input, a core for touch input) and a single core to process any overlap that doesn’t have a core already.

          We went from having CPUs processing everything, to having CPUs and soundcards, then GPUs got added in. We need to realize that this could be ushering in an entirely new type of spec war. A year from now we could all be looking back saying, oh, the S5 doesn’t have a contextual awareness processor, I’m not going to buy it because that is just a mid range phone.

          • Kamesen

            To say that there is no need for a faster processor with multiple cores is ignoring the possibility that thereโ€™s still important software out there that will need ever-faster processors to get the job done.

            Yes, the addition of low power chips for specific purposes is innovative but a number of these low power chips will never replace a fast, multicore CPU. In addition, ICs are already used to control touchscreen inputs.

            Are you implying mobile computing has broken Moore’s law?

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I’m not forgetting that or implying that at all. What I’m saying is that perhaps the processor that is in the Moto X is fast enough to handle what is currently out there, and that the processor in it is already able to handle general processing that might take place 2 years in the future. I’m also out right going to say that processing audio isn’t exactly an easy thing for a processor to process. So it is more likely that the CPU in the Moto X will be able to handle the processing needs of software 2 years down the road, but that the S4 or HTC One might not have the hardware to cope with an increase in the use of audio cues and contextual awareness of devices.

            Also, Moore’s law doesn’t apply so I don’t know why you bring it up? Unless you don’t realize that “Moore’s law is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years.” It has nothing to do with processing power and only deals with the amount of transistors on an IC. I’ll also flat out state that I think Moore’s Law is going to be dead very soon as it is widely recognized that the amount of transistors that they can place on an IC has a finite limit and instead of doubling the amount on ICs every two years that is now almost every 3 years.

        • SparkysShocker

          That will come when 2 things change with processors. The power used to perform as a PC can run off the phone battery for more than an hour or two. And the heat produced by the processor is minimal.

    • Al-Burrit0

      It seems that Motorola is pulling out of that war. If the phone turns out to be very successful I wouldn’t be surprise seeing Samsung, HTC, LG, etc change their strategy for the masses.

    • Unrealistic

      I think you wrote that wrong. “Enraged masses”. You mean, “enraged extreme minority” – which is what DL users are, especially the ones that post comments like that. The “masses” are going to find this phone fantastically appealing, for all the reasons you dislike it. Which is the entire point. Come on guys, think about this from a business/brand/marketing standpoint. Nobody knows what a Spec is besides us.

  • Geo

    “My primary phone is an iPhone 4S and the next phone I buy will be another iPhone”

    Ummmm what? WHY?

    • Inimical

      I had to do a double take. A guy that writes for a blog called “droid-life” uses an iPhone as his primary device? Hmmm

      • watson111505

        Agreed. Never believe the Isheep.

        • bkosh84

          Maybe it’s his work phone.. I work at a employer that gives certain employee’s iPhones and they also are allowed to use them as their primary phone.. Just a thought.. I hate this iSheep stupidity name calling.. It’s childish and makes you look like an idiot..

          • KleenDroid

            Calling someone an idiot isn’t name calling?



          • EvanTheGamer

            People have a right to say what they want. After all, this is the internet. lol

        • Adam Medina

          How is Ron an iSheep when he writes for Droid-Life?

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Why not? If he feels more comfortable using an iPhone, let him. It’s his choice. As long as he writes in an un-biased fashion and is knowledgeable about what he is writing about, what’s wrong with him choosing to go with an iPhone? It wouldn’t be my choice, but you have to admit, iPhones generally run smoothly and with less lag. I prefer using my Gnex with all the customization that allows me, and getting used to some lag, but I understand why some like iPhones.

        • JasonIvers

          I understand why some like iPhones, as well, it’s just odd that someone who values the reasons you would choose iOS over Android more than the reverse would write on a totally Android focused blog.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Well, as he has also stated, he has other reasons for using an iPhone.

          • aQuickBit

            Well there is a thing called a tablet….maybe, just maybe, he has an Android tablet and and iPhone. Get the best of both worlds. I have the opposite and have an iPad with and android phone.

          • New_Guy

            I highly doubt that he is so vehemently iPhone, but would rather an Android tablet. Much like you it’s usually the other way around if so. But seriously, to invest into both ecosystems does not make much economical sense to be honest.

          • aQuickBit

            Economical sense how? If you have a desire to play games 24/7 on both then I guess so, but if you have certain apps that you like to use on each then at seems pretty good to me. I have certain games on my ipad and certain on my android phone (and a few novelty ones on my HTC 8X). My ipad is mostly dedicated to school apps for college. Notability is amazing. My GNex has a ton of amazing free google apps that have their own dedicated use….Google wallet to pay for groceries, google now obviously for pretty much all aspects of my life (bus schedules), etc. I guess it just depends on the type of user you are.

          • michael arazan

            If this was an iOS blog and saying he uses an android over iphone, he’d be crucified.

            But Ron has pretty honest opinions, and I’ve never heard or read anything by him to be bias. Maybs he uses it because he is already invested in ios and has a ton of paid features in their market which is expensive to rebuy for another platform. He can be fans of both

        • E. Tasche

          In this bit the bias is not really as important, as it is clearly stated in the title that it is an opinion-piece. Also, worth noting, is that it is great to see it actually formally marked as such, which is a disclosure that is often forgotten online.

        • Little Piggie

          I think this is another case of TOS neglect and Apple got ahold of him!

      • EvanTheGamer

        Yeah, something is definitely wrong with that picture.

      • smart-phone life?

        • You mean….both OSs? No, never! ๐Ÿ˜›

        • sams son

          Agreed. Let’s change this site to smart-phone life immediately!

    • Alanis

      Hey guys, Imma buy an iPhone and I currently have an iPhone, but you guys really should buy this new Moto X.

      • I’ll have an article at some point explaining why I use iOS, but the point of the article is that if you’re dedicated to Android then I think you should really consider the Moto X.

        • Drome

          I chain smoke 3 packs a today but you should quit smoking..

          • NemaCystX

            That was a douchebag thing to say. He basically is saying its likely not enough to change an iOS users idea or opinion of Android, plain and simple

        • jnt

          Indeed, and I don’t disagree with you or dislike your articles… But why not write that about every new Android device? Any top-tier Android device deserves a “why you should consider this” article, as well as a “why you shouldn’t…”. Android is so diverse with so many great devices, to cherry pick the Moto X feels a bit like click-bait. I guess it really boils down to the X is the first phone that you, as an iPhone user, feel is worth considering? And since you’re already on staff here? ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I really don’t mean that with any disrespect…

          • John Davids

            Because not every top-tier Android device gets the unwarranted fan boy backlash that the X has gotten. Thats why.

          • jnt

            You know that IS a good point…

            Edit: actually I think that’s probably a key point, thanks for reminding me of that.

          • NemaCystX

            The ONLY reason the X is getting ANY backlash is because SOMEONE hyped it to no end and now fans that listened to the hogwash are now disappointed and fuming about it. I’ll give you a hint, it rhymes with Moronic

          • John Davids

            This is where I get confused. What, exactly, got hyped about this phone that did not turn out to be true? Everything that was hyped from this site that I have read (which is most if not all of it) has been confirmed. Dynamic notifications, built in the USA, mid-grade specs that are highly optimized, available on every carrier, highly customizable colors / materials, and so on. All hyped. All true.

            The only thing that even comes close to hype not matching reality was the price. And even that really wasn’t hyped…it was pretty vague speculation off the D.Woodside comment “we are interested in the low-cost, high quality market.” Thats it.

            Obviously I am all ears if you can point to a DL article that hyped something about this phone that was just flatly false.

          • New_Guy


          • I’ve owned a lot of Android phones, but for a long time I haven’t liked the design or the software on most flagship phones. There have been some exceptions (the One X), but the Moto X is the closest phone I’ve seen to what I’ve wanted in an Android phone since I first started using Android (back with the Eris – yes, you should pity me).

          • JasonIvers

            Does that mean “the closest to an iPhone”? I’m honestly curious, as you’ve already stated that you don’t like this phone (or any other) well enough to switch away from iOS.

          • That’s not necessarily what I mean. A lot of people are calling the X to iPhone of Android, but I don’t think that comparison makes complete sense. What I mean is that this is the first Android phone I’ve seen in a long time that focuses on experience, adds helpful customizations, and lets me customize the hardware to meet my personal aesthetic preferences.

            Also, it’s not that there isn’t an Android phone out there that isn’t good enough for me to switch. There are specific reasons why I’m on iOS. If I were going to switch, I would get the Moto X.

          • monk

            Thanks for taking the heat about the Iphone…. I have a few friends that swear by it but love the features on my phones… Maybe this article and actual device in hand is what they are looking for.

            Plus its always handy to have someone that understands IOS in conversation to add $0.2 kudos

          • Liderc

            What does customization have to do with the iPhone, there are no customizations other than white or black.

            And what does focusing on experience have to do with the iPhone, you have zero ability to customize your experience, you get what Apple gives you. Android’s “experience” is allowing you to customize what your experience is like. If you’re talking about lagging UI or something, then you’re using the wrong Android devices.

            I’m not an Apple hater, their devices are very well made and great for the average user, but what you’re saying makes zero sense.

          • EdubE24

            I just sold my Galaxy Note 2 because of the “jank” that it had. That is an Android flagship device, that should run as smooth as my iPhone 5, but is nowhere close. It’s great to be able to customize and “make it my own” but it comes with a price. Some of us are not willing to pay that price!

          • jlsushman

            You bought a lemon my friend or you have no idea how to use a smartphone. Lets just hope your iphone 6 isnt a rehashed iphone 5.

          • EdubE24

            I guess the two I had we’re both bad…..

          • DainLaguna

            Lol. I thought I sheep were bad? So no galaxy note 2 EVER had an issue with android jank? All the ones I’ve used have. Maybe yours hasn’t, but that’s hardly conclusive evidence bruh

          • elvisgp

            Touchwiz has jank. Stock is the best way to go if you want a smooth android experience.

          • EdubE24

            I did love my Gnex and OG Droid!!

          • elvisgp

            Can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic….

          • EdubE24

            Serious….loved them!!

          • elvisgp

            Load a stock android rom onto your note 2. I did it and it makes it so much smoother. I’m running carbon rom, you should try it.

          • KleenDroid

            I appreciate this post more than your actual article.

          • KleenDroid

            Fully agree

        • Geo

          I didn’t mean to put you on blast about the article, I was just questioning why you use an iPhone. But I’ll find out soon I see! The only thing I like about Apple products is that they do for some reason seem smoother than most. FYI I don’t own any Apple products.

          • Don’t worry about it at all. ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone is allowed to share their thoughts and opinions.

          • Weber

            Apparently not…

          • KleenDroid

            Yes. Especially if they are in with the rest of the comments.

            But if its an article written for an Android forum it should be written by an Android owner if they are trying to push an android product.

            But I don’t blame you unless you hacked the site.

          • Apostrafee

            So Ron what’s the best treatment for 3rd degree burns?

        • TheRobotCow

          Thank you Ron!!! I’m actually going to buy the next iPhone but I also want a Moto X along with it. The blind fanboyism on this site sometimes is a bit annoying. As soon as you mention either Apple or iPhone everyone loses their mind. I love how Motorola did not give the Moto X high end hardware but decided to try and work more on the software side and optimize it.

          • Francisco Rodriguez

            I don’t get it either. I’m an iPhone 5 owner and I’m not ashamed to admit it. There’s quite a few reasons I use iOS as it fits my use better than Android right now, mainly the quality of apps that I use the most (Tweetbot, Vine, Alien Blue, Clear just to name a few), but I also really love Android. I’ve had plenty of devices (starting with the Eris and OG Droid going all the way to the Galaxy Nexus) and I’ve rooted and rommed but right now I don’t feel like I need to do that as much anymore since a lot of the tweaks I’ve used before are now built into the OS. I just want to have a phone that works for what I need it to do and do it reliably. I hope the Moto X can be it.

        • KleenDroid

          Please post this article of yours elsewhere.

          Your opinion is of little value since you don’t even use the same os as us.

          You have already demonstrated a lack of decision making abilities.

          • trixnkix637

            As if you were really going to buy based solely on the opinion and review of a tech blogger?

            Calm down chief. He can post what he wants when he wants. Hence why he’s employed by DL. If it’s not your cup of tea I suggest simply not reading it. Much like you probably will avoid buying a Moto X.

          • KleenDroid

            I didn’t say I wouldn’t buy a Moto X. If it turns out to be a great phone who knows.

            I just don’t understand how he can push this phone so strongly when he doesn’t own one and he said it isn’t his next phone. It seems everyone is parroting all of Moto’s talking points.

            It would mean something if he owned the phone for awhile

          • trixnkix637

            Ahh now I understand your stance a bit better. And in that case I do agree. But I do find it interesting that this phone above all others would be the one to push him to the Android ecosystem. That for me alone warrants some play time with a demo unit when it hits VZW.

          • Reginald Jefferson

            What makes your blind disregard for his opinion any better? It’s not like he wrote an opinion article on why you should ditch android. Some people take fanboyism to crazy levels

          • EdubE24

            So far you are winning biggest whiner on the comment section today!

          • NemaCystX

            Maybe you should go somewhere else? Its called the internet and its NOT your blog now is it?

        • Monk

          People prefer different things from their phone… If I get what he said straight, if he chose and android phone this would be it. Not everyone and their mother has to own an Iphone or an Android to make an opinion on it.

      • KleenDroid

        I am surprised Droid Life posted this.


        I could write this silly opinion and insert about any phone.

        I hope we are not going to start seeing much more garbage like this.

        How about writing something about Chromecast…. And hopefully written by an Android owner.

        • Josh Eck

          And if he started the article with I own a Nexus 4 and I will get the next Nexus, will that then make the article less “silly”?

          • JasonIvers

            Yes, to some extent… at least that indicates an affiliation with the Android ecosystem. I actually appreciated the article, and agreed with most of it, but I see this point, as well. As the mindset of most iPhone users (in my experience, at least) is quite different from that of most Android users, the opinion of an iPhone user who _does not like this phone enough to switch_ is less useful to me (and presumably, a lot of the other readers here) than that of someone who is more part of the Android community/system/whatever.

          • Josh Eck

            I guess I can’t understand that viewpoint. Why does it matter which ecosystem he’s partial to. If he prefers iOS, but understands the desire for Android, then what’s wrong with writing an article about it? Also I think saying the mindset of most iPhone users is different than Android users is a blanket statement that no longer applies today. The average consumer is not just on iOS anymore, and you see a lot of Android phones in the market. Before it was nothing but iPhones, but now, you can’t go anywhere without seeing just as many Galaxy S phones. The average consumer (not us techies) don’t care about what they have or own, as long as it’s either “in”, or it meets their needs. It has nothing to do with the platform of choice.

          • Casey Maines

            “If he prefers iOS, but understands the desire for Android, then what’s wrong with writing an article about it?”

            It would be fine…if it were an iPhone or iOS blog. But it’s not…it’s Android blog site…therefore, the writers *should* be using Android phones (one would think). Just my opinion I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • New_Guy

            Seriously, I get his point and good for him for admitting it, but most companies don’t let a COO who works for Coke be seen in public drinking Pepsi. You just don’t do that.

          • NemaCystX

            Marketing! An honest company doesn’t do that to their employees

          • jzwerlz43

            this isn’t a company though, this is a blog page, so you cant really compare the two

          • NemaCystX

            I disagree, i use both platforms but Android as my main OS for mobile and iOS for my tablet

            Having an iOS user as an editor/contributor is actually a good idea, it gives you an idea of what their opinion or what their thinking about what they’re writing about in perspective.

            believe it or not, other blogs don’t use the devices they are talking about either but I think you guys can figure out which blogs they are. BGR is very easily an iOS fanboy blog but there are some Android fans there too, you have to mix it up a little, it gets a discussion going and having all users use the same thing would be pretty boring don’t you think? its one of the same reasons Android exists, diversity and choice along with Freedom!

        • Chris

          is there some law saying you must be an android owner to use google services?

          • KleenDroid

            Of course not.

            But I come here to read information, not opinions meant to push phones just because they are being paid.

            Especially when the article says he isn’t going to buy it cause his next phone will also be an iPhone.

            Example: “the S4” is the best phone… Blah blah, you should consider it… Blah blah, but I’m going to get something else. Dumb.

          • Chris

            Theres a reason theres “opinion” in the title. I dobut they are being paid

          • zionlion02

            What about other major tech blogs that review phones? I’m honestly asking here, do you go there for their opinions and reviews on new Android phones? Because the vast majority of those people are iPhone users. Just saying, not blasting you at all. I’m more curious.

          • KleenDroid

            To be very honest with you I very rarely go to other sites so I don’t really know.

          • aQuickBit

            “Opinions meant to push phones just because they are being paid”

            I’d like to refer you to this nifty little article

            Droid Life editors should tell us if they are getting paid for a review of a device. Since I have yet to see this on their site, I’m going to trust the guys typing the articles despite which phone they use.

          • I can tell you right now, we are never ever ever never ever ever paid to write a review on a phone/tablet/device/accessory. Ever. There, that settles that.

          • aQuickBit

            I figured! It’s why you guys are one of my favorite sites to read from! ๐Ÿ˜€

          • DainLaguna

            ‘But I come here to read information, not opinions’.

            ….and then clicks on an article clearly titled as an opinion piece?

          • KleenDroid

            Yes an opinion written based on what? His owning the phone for awhile?

          • NemaCystX


        • Adam Medina

          “I base my opinions on the quality of an article by what phone you use.”

          Ron has a dream he will not be judged by the maker of his smartphone, but the content of his articles.

        • DainLaguna

          Right…because a prerequisite of chromecast is that you use android.

      • EvanTheGamer

        For that I won’t even go near a Moto X now.

        haha, just kidding. Even if he didn’t write that he was using an iPhone as his primary device, I wasn’t going to buy an Moto X anyways. SGS4 or GN3!

      • starnovsky

        I think I’ll apply for a resident adviser position at appleinsider

      • ragnarok180

        Cut the guy some slack. I use a Nexus 4 and I recommend iPhones to some people. They don’t find me less credible on my smartphone knowledge because I recommend something I don’t use, it just isn’t for me.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      because it doesn’t get as many force closes,it’s smooth with awesome games, and it’s supported for the next 3 years. who’s laughing because it’s true? *raises hand*
      -the biggest android junkie.

      • Godzilla

        Breaks if you drop it 2 feet, horribly small screen, locked down operating system that looks like it is designed for kids, docks that keep changing so you need to buy adapters, need i go on?

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          like none of that plagues android phones. Let’s start with Google android: Nexus 4. Made of glass, break from a 1ft drop, Screen quality? pfft. Wifi/notification bugs amass. Need I go on?

        • true..

        • turdbogls

          lets not start this. what is good for one person does not make it good for all. maybe he likes his walled garden and “kid” like interface….who are we to bash? He has had a “lag free” phone for YEARS and we are just now getting it.
          I’m a big android guy….but I’m not going to say iOS sucks or that no one should buy it. it has its market….it usually consist of people the just want a phone to work without much thought….the iPhone is perfect. but for people that want to customize their phone, make it look how they want it to look, nothing can beat android and the Moto X

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            NOTHING can beat android AND the moto X. You sir, are on the money. (until the moto x2)

          • JasonIvers

            Is that coming in 3-4 months? The history of Motorola might lead one to believe that ๐Ÿ˜›

            I think Motorola has abandoned that approach, by the way, just couldn’t resist.

          • jose

            Motorola XXX

          • barney5

            Motorola X0X0X0X

          • googlyeyedfrog

            “but I’m not going to say iOS sucks or that no one should buy it. it has its market….it usually consist of people that just want a phone to work without much thought”

            Isn’t that the point though? That people who choose iphones generally don’t desire the freedom and functionality that android offers. Why do we want a person who doesn’t value these things to be providing us his opinions on which android device is optimal?

          • turdbogls

            I wouldn’t say they dont desire freedom and functionality…..I just think they usually wouldn’t know, or care to look into, how they could actually use this.
            and IMO, an iOS user saying we should buy this is a pretty big deal. it might sway others into switching over. who knows, it was a very Odd start to an android article.

        • Josh Eck

          Have you ever owned an iPhone 4, 4S, or 5? I’ve owned all three, and have dropped them higher than 2 feet and only my 4S cracked, but hey, so did my Nexus 4. The OS that you talk of “designed for kids” is your opinion, not everyone’s opinion, so why try to pass it off as fact? It doesn’t make you look like very smart passing off opinion as fact. Docks keep changing? Once it happened with the lightning port, don’t make it sound like it changes with every iteration. Again that statement doesn’t do your intelligence any favors.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            and the lightning port is reversible, how do you argue with that.

          • JG

            God forbid an apple user had to remember which way to put the usb cable in. Might have to ask siri to remind them…

        • CasperTFG

          And has less lag because the whole OS is just an app drawer.

          • NemaCystX

            thats exactly how I feel about iOS, its so limited, its basically a glorified app launcher. No file explorer, no download manager, no access to synced files (unless you use a third party app that doesn’t work that great)

            Android might be too much to some people because of that i guess, iOS is simple yes but only because of that reason. Android can be too since widgets are optional

      • Droidzilla

        It’s actually been shown that iOS gets more force closes than Android, on average (though both are pretty low). It’s just that iOS doesn’t tell you when something force closes; it just dumps you on the home screen. As for support, Nexus or GTFO.

        • EC8CH

          unless of coarse it is Verizon Nexus

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          oh u mean like that galaxy nexus support? Did the nexus one get ice creamsandwich? oh iight.

          • ragnarok180

            And like the iPhone 3GS got iOS 7?

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            nexus 1 : 2010
            ics: 2011
            ip3gs: 2009
            ios7: 2013
            hmmm…. maybe…just maybe, u have a point.

          • Droidzilla

            Removing a ton of features from an update doesn’t mean the phone got the update. At least Google was honest about that instead of stripping off a ton of features and then claiming that the N1 got ICS. Also, iPhone 5 in 2012 has less of the stuff I want than a 2011 Android phone, so I don’t care if it says “iOS OVER9000!”, if it doesn’t have newer features, I couldn’t care less what the version number is. The latest iPhone is still missing features that were on the N1 at launch.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            Google was honest? lol.
            Apple atleast TRIED and kept the device support. Users getting bang for their buck.
            Isn’t that the problem with oems? not supporting their devices for 2 years?

          • Droidzilla

            I have family members with iPhones from the 3 on up to the 5. Knowing how they treated the updates for the 3GS, 4, and 4S, Apple most certainly didn’t try to keep up with device support. All they got was a new number on the end of their iOS version while the new phone got the real goodies, even though the old phone was capable. MEanwhile, Google separates out most of the system apps so even if you don’t get an update to the latest and greatest OS version you’re virtually guaranteed to continue to get meaningful upgrades to core functionality (GMail, Maps, Navigation, etc.).

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            I just cant believe u think none is better than some features out the upgrade.

          • NemaCystX

            Apple doesn’t try, they only at most support their users that are LOCKED into a contract so they keep them faithful to buy an expensive upgrade when that contract is up.

          • NemaCystX

            + 1 for the DBZ reference lol

          • EdubE24

            And there are features that the Nexus 4 doesn’t have that the iPhone 5 does. We were all hoping that “Babel” was going to be the Android iMessage.

          • ragnarok180

            But didn’t they omit key features from iDevices that somewhat defined the version jump?
            On iOS 7
            -iPhone 4S, but does not support: AirDrop
            -iPhone 4, but does not support: AirDrop, Panoramic photos and Siri

            Not that its the case but to me these would be some of the most important from iOS 7. Haven’t been an iDevice user for a long time but to give me half an update on my previous generation device and call it the next full iteration would feel like a slap on the face. They should just call it iOS 6.5 for those that can’t get the full features.

            Anyway to not deviate from the “support” topic:

            The point I’m trying to make is that when a Nexus device is dropped from support (Verizon Nexus excluded due to being a failed LTE experiment) Its because of minimum hardware requirements. When an iDevice is dropped from support its because they want to push you to buy the latest generation. (air drop is just a glorified bluetooth app. The same can be said for Panoramic photos and Sir. They’re just apps that can be installed through jailbreak) On Android, you can’t simply install Project Butter or Trim so its understandable how older Nexus devices can’t make the jump and if you must insist bringing the Verizon Nexus into this, the problem with it is hardware related (The LTE hardware that Verizon rules over)

          • NemaCystX

            Dare I say “Fragmentation”! ?

          • ragnarok180

            I’d say iOS is the worse of the two. Case and point, on my previous post.

            “But didn’t they omit key features from iDevices that somewhat defined the version jump?
            On iOS 7
            -iPhone 4S, but does not support: AirDrop
            -iPhone 4, but does not support: AirDrop, Panoramic photos and Siri”

            We’re talking about an iPhone 4 and 4S running the “same” OS version yet they have different native apps and services installed? Dare you say fragmentation!? You bet…

          • EdubE24

            Or you can say that IOS devices don’t get key features because it would disrupt the user experience. They could add all the features, but the phone would not support them properly. You could throw Jelly Bean on a Droid X and the user experience would be diminished. Your Verizon Galaxy Nexus might have 4.3 but if we are being honest is it running smoothly? I know my Galaxy Nexus(which I loved) showed its age with in the first year!

          • ragnarok180

            The same can be said for previous Nexus devices. They just don’t meet the minimum spec requirements but I was just trying to counter his point of device support from one OS iteration to another on both sides by comparing two phones that were practically released at the same time. I could just be speaking for myself here but when my GNexus was infused with project butter, it was like the phone got a second life and now with TRIM support on 4.3 it will keep the phone running smooth longer without having to wipe every few months.

          • NemaCystX

            For a while there, we were getting two OS upgrades a year, now were down to one major upgrade a year so Google did pretty good I think

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            you’re right. The n1 was january 2010 and ics q4 2011 so 22 months is close enough.

          • NemaCystX

            the Nexus One started out with Eclair, that was a LONG time ago.

            Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, it had its 3 OS upgrades just like Apple does its share of support for its devices

        • NemaCystX

          That is so true, people don’t think they have crashes because they don’t get the error message like you would on a windows pc or like on Android when it happens on iOS. I get a ton of that when apps don’t run properly on iOS 7 and some other apps I have don’t like me lol (I’m looking at you Tetris Blitz)

        • feres13

          I hate the fact that only Nexus devices get great support makes me sad. The iPhone 3GS got all the updates until iOS 6. Sure, it doesn’t have all the features the iPhone 5 or the 4S got, but even 2 new features is better than nothing. Even support for Nexus devices isn’t that great, the Nexus One’s last update was 2.3.6 (20 months of support) ans the Nexus S’s last update was 4.1.2 (23 months of support) while the 3GS got iOS 6.1.3 (45 months of support) and that’s frustrating because you can use Google Now on it while you can’t use it on the Nexus One, the Google phone that is newer.

          • Droidzilla

            I think they should release a Google Now app for the older phones; I’ll agree with you on that. But it’s not like the 3GS got the actual iOS 6 update; they got the neutered iOS 6 update. Slapping a version number on the OS with missing features is not getting the latest OS. Like I said prior, many of Google’s core features are stand alone apps, so even if you don’t get an OS update you’re still getting updated Play, GMail, Maps, Navigation, etc.

          • feres13

            Aren’t updates for the Google apps in the play store restricted to either ICS or JB? I don’t think Google supports GB devices anymore. But my point still holds the same : i’d rather have one single feature than nothing, having the latest OS means more compatibility with apps.

      • NemaCystX

        Here’s the thing about that statement. ANYONE can say they’re an “Android Junkie”

    • EC8CH

      While I agree with the sentiment of this article, I think it could have been written in a much more compelling manner considering the readership of this blog.

      It should have focused more on the reasoning and stated benefits of the spec design decisions that were made. Which then should be followed up with some testing to see if the specs that were “skimped” on provide any real world benefit to users. Since they are charging the same amount as phones with superior specs they need to demonstrate other real world improvements to the user experience if they are to prove the X provides an equal or superior value to consumers, other than the hardware customization options (which are stupidly limited to AT&T at launch).

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Well consider that this is also his opinion and it isn’t a full review. I think the review should focus on some of these things, but an opinion piece before the review is out, I don’t think those points need covered unless the review doesn’t.

        • EC8CH

          Good point, I really hope someone does do a review that fully tests how big of an impact any of these “skimped” specs have on performance and compare that to any improvements in overall user experience.

          *hint hint*

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Personally I don’t think the specs are skimped. I still think back to when AMD and Intel were having the GHz wars and all of a sudden it changed to architecture and then CPU and GPU. Now you have dual core Intel I3 chips that have optimization in their instruction sets beating AMD octo core processors. What if the spec wars are still on, but now it won’t be about who has the fastest CPU or GPU, but who has the best Language processing core, or contextual awareness core. I’ve been in the tech industry for 16 years, and built computers for 8 years before that. One thing people always seem to forget is hardware and technology always changes and those of us who don’t adapt our thinking to those changes, get left behind.

    • Tyler Durden

      After reading that sentence I was hesitant to read the remaining article. This is a no iSheep zone! ๐Ÿ˜›

      • starnovsky

        … days without incidents: 0

    • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

      Haha I don’t have kids but let me tell you a little something about raising yours. SMDH Ron kills me sometimes.

    • Steve B

      Everyone knows that Ron is an iOS guy but also loves Android. He brings balance to DL.

    • EvanTheGamer
    • JakeS41

      There is nothing wrong with having an outsiders point of view. In fact, its preferable. I don’t mind hearing what an Apple devotee has to say when its constructive. I would never use the iPhone as my primary phone, but for some, its perfect. A lot of people have bought into the Apple Ecosystem and keeping products Apple makes it easier for them. Also, it sounds like he’s not just some Android hater. He said the iPhone is his “primary”, not his “only” and then goes on to talk about loading custom ROMs. I’d say he’s qualified to write this.

    • Liderc

      What’s even more ridiculous is saying “I hate notification lights.” Clearly an iPhone user. The only reason to hate notification lights is because you either don’t know how to use them or you use an iPhone, I think this guy is both.

      • StopWithNarrowMindedness

        Really? That’s the only reason to hate notification lights? This guy.

    • Zimek

      Pssssh no surprise here, after reading a few of his previous articles. The only thing I’m surprised about is why he’s still allowed to post articles on this site. Can we please change that? Kellen, please?

    • New_Guy

      It’s Ron. There’s apparently a reason I don’t usually like his “opinion” topics. But, he does shed some needed light on the good things that Moto and Goog have done with their first true Googorola device.

    • NemaCystX

      Not everyone wants the freedom that android provides. Some people may find Android too complicated or too feature rich with too many bells and whistles so to speak.

      I admire his honesty

    • Alexander Garcia

      Umm… because he is a human with a preference/taste for iOS who also understands the aspects in which Android “bests” iOS. It’s his right to state this opinion and also his opinion in why he thinks the Moto X is the Android phone to get if you dig what it has to offer. Kudos to Ron for putting this piece out there.

    • EdubE24

      Wow….what a bunch of cry babies on the site today. Butt hurt because he carries an iPhone? I carry an iPhone and this is my favorite site on the web!!

      • NemaCystX

        I am just curious, but why is it your favorite site if you don’t have an Android? is the comment section for entertainment or is it genuinely because your waiting to switch? I have an iPad so i use both so not flaming or anything I am just curious as to why you are a fan of the site when you don’t have an android phone.

        • EdubE24

          I started reading this site when I got the OG Droid years ago. Since then I have owned multiple Android devices with the latest being the Note 2. But when Verizon got the iPhone I bought one and fell in love with IOS. Now both my kids and my wife have iPhones and everything just works well for us. iMessage is awesome and FaceTime works a lot better then hangouts for us. I buy my Android phones off of Craigslist, and if I fall in love with them I keep them for awhile knowing I will get bored and sell it in the future. If I hate it I sell it immediately and put the cash away for the next purchase. I guess it’s just a hobby that I enjoy!

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      This is why.. lol

      • DainLaguna

        IOS โ‰ osx

    • NemaCystX

      I sure hope your proud, you pretty much ganged up the whole comment section against the poor guy.

      Putting the quote in there for everyone to see without even reading the article is why most of the negative comments are being placed here because it has what us Android users dislike in it “iphone”

    • TheSimpleTruth

      My primary phone is an IPhone 5 and the next phone I buy will be another IPhone. Why you ask? Because they’re beautiful, small, have great battery life, and aren’t outdated after 2 weeks. PLUS.. they integrate well with pretty much everything, and everyone I know has one, which makes gaming, iMessage and other Apple specific features very convenient. Now if only they could do away with iTunes and give me my 4″ flash drive back.

      But I do love my Android, and that fix is fed by my new Nexus 7.

      • googlyeyedfrog

        I think it’s ironic that the aesthetics of apple products are often touted as a strong asset, yet look around and you see how many hideous cases (I’m looking at you Otter Box) people have on their delicate glass phones because they’ve dropped them in the past. Seems like iphans actually value a phone that won’t crack at the slightest drop over the beauty.

        • TheSimpleTruth

          I never understood why people put those hideous cases on their phones. I rock mine naked and I’m in love with the feel and look. With the 5 they got rid of the double glass which was nice.

          I’ve dropped mine several times and it still is fine. The little knick here and there gives it personality.

  • chaoslimits

    Not for that price; cannot justify it. I dislike both HTC and Samsung but I’d take One or S4 over the X. Vzw GNex gonna have to hold on for a little while longer.

    • Godzilla

      totally agree. It should have been 100 on conract and a max of 400 of contract.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        May I ask why? I’m seriously trying to understand why people don’t get that adding extra processor cores into a CUSTOM chip wouldn’t cost Motorola MORE than using, say, an S600. Then take into consideration that engineers had to design said customer SoC, software engineer’s had to create the new software features and get them to work with these new, non arm, cores. That’s not exactly cheap to do.

    • Ben Schoon

      I’ve got a gnex on vzw too and it might see its end when verizon gets the customization options…

  • Adam Truelove

    Why you shouldn’t buy the Moto X: not stock Android. Case closed.

    • Nick Miller

      This thing is going to have a thriving community

      • JimmyHACK

        As do the big selling other non-stock android phones

      • Adam Truelove

        If there are no pure AOSP ROMs, I’m not interested. I don’t want any AOKP/CM crap.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          So, if it doesn’t have something you don’t want, none of the other 7 billion people on the planet should want or care about it.

    • Stock Android = better phone calls and better facebooks, i guess.

    • Godzilla

      It is still way more stock than a lot of the competition.

      • jnt

        Indeed, but it’ll be a tease… it’ll feel like stock Android without the immediate updates…

        • You need those new user accounts for your kids? Android updates are minimal these days. You aren’t missing much. Google updates THEIR APPS now.

          • Adam Truelove

            This thing is running 4.2.2. 4.3 is a big update as far as performance goes.

    • Ben Schoon

      I agree stock is amazing and i love it, the changes in this phone are so minimal, i could definitely live with the battery issues