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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).

Conclusions

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.

  • 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?

    • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

      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 that’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.

    • http://ronoffringa.me/ Ron Offringa

      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 ..
        http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/5/4588922/moto-x-review

  • 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 :-)

  • 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 .. :) . I think Im just going going to get it for Assist Driving mode App, As I drive for 4 hrs a day

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/5/4588922/moto-x-review

  • 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 :(

  • http://twitter.com/Mr_Esquire_K Iron_Catastrofe

    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.

    • http://bjunity.org/ Bill B

      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

    WTF?

    Why would anyone read this article after the first paragraph?

  • RoadsterHD1

    respectable

  • Motorola Zine

    Motorola Moto X hands-on: First look
    http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_x-review-961.php

  • 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; you’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.

  • 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.

  • 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 cr@p?

        • 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

  • 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.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    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.

    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!

  • 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 ..:)

  • 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.

  • 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 ..

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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”.