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Keep the Commentary Coming, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside Reads Droid Life to Get Feedback on Products

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When we tell you (wonderful member of the DL community) regularly that you are as important to this site as any writer will ever be, we aren’t kidding. It’s not grandstanding – we actually mean it. Call Droid Life a blog or news outlet or hypebeast machine, we will always think of ourselves as a community filled with the most passionate and brilliant Android minds on the planet. Together, we have done some amazing things over the years, especially when we all use our voices collectively.

To prove to you that your voice is actually being heard, that we’re not just blowing hot air, and your comment isn’t just disappearing into an internet black hole whenever you click “post,” look no further than an interview that Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside did over the weekend with Forbes. When asked what he does to get a good sense of the “consumer appetite,” Woodside said he takes to a certain site you may be familiar with. More specifically, he called out the comment section for both its brutality, and yet often times complimentary nature. Yes, he was talking about your contributions to Droid Life. 

“Droid Life is a good site,” he told Forbes, “The comments there… People can be brutal and they can be complimentary.”

Pretty cool, right? Because of your feisty, no-holding-back approach to Android and general love of technology, you have grabbed the attention of the CEO of a company who gave us the top Android phone of the year. Keep it coming, folks. Keep being you. Keep being entertaining, brutal, complimentary, hilarious, and honest.

Woodside also mentioned that he reads through Amazon reviews to get a feel for what his company could do better and work on.

Via:  Forbes
  • Goodbye Moto

    Does he know when Google will wind down Motorola completely?

    • anezarati

      this guy had inside information!

  • 6stringslinger

    Holy ¬~¥£! Now that we know it’s really Dennis Woodside and prolly a real Legere sometimes, it flatters me, vindicates me (as to the importance of our DL community) but also is a bit intimidating knowing they actually hear what we say. Maybe I’ll be a little more cautious with my comments from now on…………… naaaahhh, what the heck, they can take it!

  • Keith Lam

    If Dennis Woodside (or his team) is still reading this, a quick THANK YOU!!! for bringing Motorola back to Hong Kong Along with the cool Moto “Dragon” logo!

    It’s two months overdue with the MotoG – on sales late January instead of November 2013 – but better late than never! I hope this is just the start and that more Moto products will be available here. Many folks here carry multiple phones and I have several: one for work, one personal, a Blackberry for work email, and then another one for China. My old Moto phones are on the last legs and will need to be replaced soon. The dual-SIM Moto G will be good for me to keep the count at just two phones (Blackberry will probably just go away), but the initial selling price at ~US$245 is not that great as there are many cheaper options to choose here, such as Lenovo, XiaoMi, Asus, Alcatel, etc. On another note, we do hope this Moto-G will be around for at least a couple of years, with the next being an inexpensive variant with 4G LTE. [32GB will be nice, but I reckon 16GB will do just fine with the OTG feature and after market USB drives.]

    Until then, the Moto-X is most eagerly awaited – with 4G LTE just like those recently introduced in EU. If the local languages are not quite right yet for Active Listening, just leave them as-is and we will be more than happen to stick with English!

  • black_sea

    Okay. Bring back user removable/replaceable batteries.

  • engemasa

    Motorola: MAKE A NEXUS DEVICE!!!!!

  • Richard Giordano

    Can’t wait for a moto smart watch to come out plz do it Mr.woodside .

  • tom riddle

    Can’t wait for the moto X tablet Mr. Woodside!

  • Brian Cohen

    Keyboard, Keyboard, Keyboard. Are you listening Moto??? Where’s my Droid 5 at?

    • danlunatic

      They are not listening, or they are and they just won’t give it to us straight.

  • Brian Berry

    Only three software updates in two years (and still running only 4.1.2), keeping the bootloader locked, and newer HD models appearing mere months after its initial release – sorry Motorola, but the RAZR MAXX is going to be my last Motorola phone.

    • Cesar

      The bootloader and software updates are Verizon’s fault, not Motorola’s.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Dear Mr. Woodside,

    If you’re reading this, how about giving us your honest thoughts on:
    Carrier bloat.
    Carrier stranglehold on how many bits we are allocated in a month.
    Carrier monitoring (CarrierIQ).
    Carrier subsidies.
    Where do you see the industry headed in 3 years? 5?
    Net neutrality (considering it’s basically gone now, what with the recent court ruling).

    Thanks,

    Just_Some_Nobody

  • http://jonathangrubb.net/ Jonathan Grubb

    This is awesome… and encouraging. I’ve been a Moto-fanboy since the OG Droid (now my 10yr old uses it as his camera and as a WiFi phone); same story with my Bionic (which the 14yr old uses). My wife has a Razr, and I use a Razr M AND a 10.1 Xyboard that I bought directly from Moto. And while each of these pieces of hardware were good, I’m encouraged that Moto is determined to make future hardware GREAT. The best way to do that is by listening to users, and who better than the man whose vision drives the direction of the company. Thanks Droid-Life for giving us a forum, one that may help shape the future of our tech … especially when smart companies don’t settle for just “good”.

    • Hothfox

      I am impressed (not being sarcastic) that you stuck with Moto past the OG Droid and Xoom. I bailed when I was presented with the Droid X, X2, Droid 2, 3, 4, and the Razr series as upgrades largely due to the abomination that is Blur. I seriously considered the Droid Maxx before getting my Moto X – this is the first time I’ve been interested in Moto in about 4 years.

      • http://jonathangrubb.net/ Jonathan Grubb

        Blur = abomination. You’re absolutely right, but Moto is, little by little, letting Android be Android. And this is why it’s getting exiting. I believe Moto will move toward something close to a Dev or Play device while Google will incorporate some of the new Moto’s software touches. Oh, and only one of my Moto’s ever ran stock (the wife’s; I can’t go near it). Everything else is rooted and/unlocked and running CM or PA.

        I’m considering the Mini, Ultra or X…what’s your thoughts on the X?

        • Hothfox

          I just love it. I do wish the screen were a little bigger, but that’s my only complaint. I’ll admit to being a little bit superficial and preferring the Moto X to the Droid Maxx simply because of the body style and customization options.

  • Matreyu Hermano

    Mr Woodside: it’s simple, let’s get a Moto Nexus device. TIA

  • Sean Walton

    Dennis, We need Kit Kat on the Moto X in Canada. The US got it and we have been left behind. Heck even the G got Kit Kat in Canada.

  • Larry Bublitz

    Motorola– Please include wireless charging in your future Moto X-type devices. After getting used to wireless charging I feel the same way I did after getting used to power windows or locks on cars… yes, it’s possible to use a car without power locks, but every time you’re fussing with manual locks you think of how much better it would be WITH power locks.

    • Larry Bublitz

      I should have started by saying lack of Wireless Charging is the only reason I still haven’t jumped over the Moto X. The docking cradle looks ok, but I’m really hoping the next version will have Wireless Charging.

  • Keith Taylor

    Hello Mr Woodside, First I would like to say that I have a Xoom tablet 4g and even though its dated tech now I am still very happy with it. I am not a tech guy. I am car guy that appreciates tech. One of the major reasons I considered (but ultimately did not chose) Moto X is due to the ability to interact with it without touch. For a person who travels alot (200 miles a day) and loves cars this is a God send. In December it came down to the LG G2, Note3 and MotoX. This has been said before here in the forum but the reason I did not chose the Moto X was due to internal storage limits (I don’t totally trust the cloud due to prior experience) as well as camera performance and overall screen PPI compared to the others. The Note 3 is a great phone but out of my price range even with a two year contract. Got the G2 for a penny and love the screen and size. I like the MotoX a great deal, however, I wonder if in the next one that you could use the chip set that I have been reading about that will be self aware? I cant remember the manufacturer of the chip just that they were working on it. In my mind if you combine your software with the chip set It will be the first time that I don’t have to take my eyes off the road for anything, I don’t know that much about tech like most of the other posters but I do know what works for me. I realize that a bit of the MotoX2 is already baked in (much like cars are at a certain point) so If on the MotoX3 I will be ready to upgrade. My goal is to combine the phone with my Xoom. And speaking of the Xoom, I also read that you dropped the name..I guess its needed for you to start over with tablets. I will just wait til you guys come out with a new tablet since I am not interested in another right now. I prefer larger screens and when I do buy another one I would prefer the 10.1 size or even an 12 inch if available. Since I do spend alot of time looking at the Xoom screen I would need this one to be as high a pixel density as possible. Would also like to see 32 minimum gigs with 64 and 128k options. If the price is reasonable (ie not Apple high) I would consider the 128. I use my Xoom for work and play, however due to its age it does have some hiccups but overall still great tablet. Mr Woodside I realize that Motorola is not a sports team but I am rooting for you guys anyway.

  • EC8CH

    Dennis loves the Pink

  • Adhemir

    Motorola says that consumers want more options, and,
    guess what, they do! So, please, stop doing only one phone that try to
    reach all kind of consumers: Diversify. You have already reached
    the budget consumers (Moto G), the iphone fans (with the moto x,
    as some iphone consumers think moto x is cool, bigger than iphone, but not too big
    for their tastes). Now is the time to try to reach the Specs consumers, which need bigger screens, battery for really heavy use, and outstandig camera.

    • Jeff

      I am not an iPhone fan and think the Moto X is fantastic. I enjoy it more than the Nexus 5 I sold to get it. I do miss being able to easily root the phone, but Kit Kat is good enough as it is that it’s not a big deal.

      • Adhemir

        @Jeff, I’m not an iPhone fan either, but I think Motorola had iPhone fans in mind when did the moto x. I have a moto x, really like it, but I would prefer a bigger screen (5 to 5’2, as I have big hands and read a lot on cell phone) , bigger battery (mine last for 9 to 12 lurs only) and better camera. I think mototola should consider heavy users as well.

        • AbbyZFresh

          iPhone fans are attracted to the magic and marketing that the iPhone gives off by Apple. Motorola definiely did a good job with the design but the phone doesn’t have enough of that brand name and magic the iPhone fans love so much.

          But then again, i seen more iPhone fans liking the Moto X more than from Android fans using high spec Nexus 5s and Galaxy S4s.

    • Hothfox

      I’m not sure about the camera bit, but their Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra were designed to meet your specs requirements – bigger battery, bigger screen, etc.

      • Adhemir

        Kind of, @hothfox:disqus . As far as I know, the droid maxx and ultra are only avaiable in USA, And they are Verizon exclusivity. So, that is a very limited offer. I live in Brazil, so, no droids for me. Besides, although the droids have 5 inches, they keep the same screen resolution, which becomes annoying with bigger phones. After using a fantastic screen on lg g2, it would be kind of frustating to use a big display without full hd. And the droids doesn´t have the more ergonomic form that moto x have, as well as LG G2 with its rounded corners. Finally, no motomaker for them. They are more of the old motorola.

        • Hothfox

          Oh, that is true.

          Sorry, American here who is unfortunately in the habit of assuming all DL readers are also American :X

          • Adhemir

            Hothfox , I´ve had, previously, a Razr HD, and I´m sure the droids are much better (as I have a moto x now, which has the same processor of droids, I can imagine they are just as smooth). I just don´t think they are as good as the competition.

            As far as the pixel density, I think 720p are fine for a 4,7 inches phone. However, if Moto opt to go for a bigger screen (5 or even 5´2´´, like the G2), i think bigger resolutions start to make sense, especially if you read too much texts.

            And the LG G2 proved it is possible to manage a higher resolution and bigger screen with excellent battery (moto x battery is good, but still isn´t enough for power users). As far as Amoled, I understand they are better to improve battery life, especially in a phone with active display, but I wish Motorola engineers could figure out a “magic” way to make Amoled look better under sunlight, just as lg g2.

  • Adhemir

    1-
    A bigger screen.
    I had a LG G2 for a week (unfortunately, I had problems with gps, so I decided
    to try moto x, which I really like, but there are lots of space for improvements).
    The LG G2 has a 5,2´´ without being too big or to heavy. The rounded corners
    help with that (I had a razr hd before, which is much more difficult to handle,
    because of the square form). My girlfriend has a sony xperia zq/zl, with 5
    inches. She likes that, and…well, she is a woman with little hands… Both these
    screens sizes I think are better for me than 4,7. Please, Motorola, do a moto x
    phone with at list 5 inches, but no more than 5´2´´. I think the phone could be
    less narrow and could be wider, like the nexus 4. I always type with two hands
    anyway, so a wider phone makes it easier to type. I read a lot of FLIPBOARD,
    and 4,7 inches is still to small for reading…We look to the screen all the
    time. It deserves a bigger screen.

    2-
    You started
    selling the moto x whith the same price of Specs phones. If people are willing
    to pay a premium price for moto x, they deserve the best specs as well.

    3-
    With a bigger
    screen, I believe you should go for full HD. You probably will say that this
    uses more battery. Yeah, it does. But with bigger screen/bigger phone, you can
    have BIGGER BATTERY…, like the G2, which is pretty good!

    4-
    Again, bigger
    battery. I´m a hard user. My battery usually dies after 9 to 12 hours. This is
    not enough yet…I use gps a lot, and listen to streaming music to run (although I don´t play any
    Game).

    5-
    LG G2 screen was
    much better to read under sunlight. I live in Brazil, where Motorola is strong,
    and so is the sunlight… I know IPS displays are better to read under these
    conditions and amoled is important to keep battery, especially considering the
    active display… Try to figure out a way to do a better screen under sunlight,
    without sacrifice the battery.

    6-
    Snapdragon 800 or
    even 805 processors. I know moto x is pretty smooth, but at the end of 2014…
    maybe we would need something even more powerful. And the Snapdragon 800 proved
    to be pretty efficient to manage BATTERY… (at least on G2).

    7-
    CAMERA. Moto x
    camera is DECENT… Consumer doesn´t want decent cameras anymore. They want OUTSTANDING
    cameras. They want to leave their point to shoot cameras at home, even on
    vacations. LG G2 has a considerable better camera with its OIS technology. Motorola
    has to be AT LEAST on par with the completion in this regard (especially if it
    charges the same premium prices of the competition)

    Keep the nice
    features (touchless control, active notifications, etc), and keep pure android,
    but add some useful extras like LG G2 knock on, ability to see ahead scenes of
    the video without stopping to watch the actual scenes, ability to answer the
    phone without having to touch the screen… I really liked the button on the
    back as well, but it seens I am a minority in this regard.

  • Tomek G

    Q W E R T Y keyboard (either as part of phone or addon)
    — Thank You

    • Foo

      For shit’s sake, yes. We are overdue for OG 2.0.

    • Nikuliai

      may be as an addon, but I would absolutely hate it on the phone

  • JolleyMan

    Dear Mr. Woodside, my wife and I are loving our Moto X’s. A camera improvement would be the top improvement for us. Allowing easy root access would be a close second. This would allow ultimate customization of each of our devices to suit our rather different preferred experiences. Do let me know if you need an Application Engineer in the Charlotte area.

    • Jeff

      Agreed, I would love easier root access on my Moto X.

  • Adhemir

    just one more thing: SD CARD. Cloud is good, but it isn´t the best solution yet. Photos and videos take to much time to download. We need at least 32gb in Brazil, or the SD Card option.

  • alisan

    Mr. Woodside,

    Please bring the rosewood moto x to belgium :)
    I’ve been delaying my purchase since the iPhone 5S came out, because i’m sick of iPhones..

    Also you guys will come to europe in februari but seriously that is too late.. it’s like thinking of Europe as a second degree market..
    on top of that the phone is already months old.. that made me doubt to buy a nexus 5.

    Anyway tbh the fact that nokia’s color schemes or apples 5C do not show up a lot here in europe means people don’t care about the colors too much, BUT
    A smartphone with a wood back is something totally different, I think the colors won’t work in europe, but the wood might since I’ve seen a lot of wood cases these last couple of years

  • Nish Junankar

    Battery life + Camera. There are so few phones with a top of the line camera (iPhone 5s, Galaxy S4, LG G2, HTC ONE, Note 3). I do not think there is any phone with both.

    • Rich Robinson

      Seriously. G2 easily has both and won awards for each. Battery life is insane on the G2 and the camera is one of the top 3 available. Excellent hardware.

  • Ryuuie

    Dennis! Hi! I have a question (edit: and some suggestions!):

    I’ve heard that the non-developer Moto Xs don’t work on AIO Wireless because Motorola doesn’t support AIO. This means that I, being on AIO Wireless couldn’t use Moto Maker. Could you do something about supporting AIO Wireless? I mean, I don’t know if that makes ANY sense, but those who have a non dev version of the Moto X and have updated to Kit Kat have had issues with the phone not going back to mobile data or losing signal or something.

    I’d really like a Moto X (actually, I’m wanting the next device you guys have in that line), but I want to make sure this issue is fixed. :)

    Also, as far as improvements, I’d like a better camera and much better battery life. I’ve struggled with battery life on every single smartphone I’ve had from the Optimus G on Virgin Mobile to the Sprint Nexus $ 4G and now to the Nexus 4 on AIO Wireless. I’ve heard a lot of awesome things about Motorola’s batteries and I’d love for my next phone to have some awesome battery life. :D

    Also, if it’s not too much trouble, could you stick a Kit Kat bar in the box since Google apparently missed the mark on this one with the Nexus 5? Please? :P

    Edit: As for the better camera, since I didn’t really go into detail in the non-edited post, I’m not talking super hi-def 4K shooting camera. I just want something better than the Nexus 5. I’d say better than the Nexus 4 but, from what I’ve noticed, it already is better. I really like the camera software (it’d be great if you could talk Google into using it or something). However, I’ve only played with an X on display in Best Buy, so I’ll leave the changes to that up to those who own the device. =)

    Edit 2: Storage! 64GB of storage would be SWEET! I use cloud-based storage so an SD card doesn’t mean anything to me, but I’ve filled up my 16GB Nexus 4 with about 500 pictures and 10 videos once. I REALLY would love to have the ability to fill my next phone up with even more.

  • NexusMan

    I’ve always been vocal about my love for the Moto X, but if DENNIS WOODSIDE is reading this, what I want from the next Moto X is Moto Maker availability from ALL CARRIERS at launch…no more exclusivity, MULTIPLE WOOD BACKS available at launch, from the start…not a delayed rollout of just one wood back months after release (had that Rosewood been out at launch, I wouldn’t have waited until the Holliday Sale to purchase my Moto), ADDITIONAL COLOR AND MATERIAL OPTIONS (including brighter colors like BABY BLUE), a groundbreaking quality CAMERA, WIRELESS CHARGING, continued development of Touchless Controls and Motorola Assist, including a sort of OFFICE mode in Motorola Assist, allowing, among other things, responding to texts by voice while not driving, even LESS CARRIER BLOATWARE, possibly a slightly larger screen, but without making the size of the device much bigger, an EVEN LONGER BATTERY LIFE, and possibly a 1080p screen, but only if battery life can be maintained at least to the level that it currently is.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    MOTO NEXUS. {{-_-}}

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    Why GREAT battery life is STILL EXCLUSIVE to BigRed’s Droid phones??? Don’t you think Moto X (all versions) will sell much much more if you have added that 3500mAh battery to it??? Thank you…

  • interstellarmind

    I think this is all a calculated move by Moto to reach out, again, to the hardcore Android enthusiasts who were created by the OG Droid (interview with MKBHD, DLife, now this shout out).

    It’s a total grassroots outreach to the people who give a yea or nay to mobile devices (I can count a number of times where I had no intention of getting a certain device, but DLife’s coverage convinced me otherwise).

    As long as sites like DLife remain honest, i.e. not bought out by these companies, I’m all for the outreach as a means to foster communication to ensure products we the consumer actually want.

  • santhosh ramadev

    Dennis : Sammy has it , LG has it . HTC has it ,Sony has it , Nokia has it , even HP is set to release one . When can we expect Moto Phablet ?

    • Dennis Woodside

      check.

  • chjapa

    Heres what I’d like to see. The Moto X developer addition customizable the same as the non-dev edition. Also, a selection of exotic woods for the backs, Sycamore, Birch, African purple heart.
    So by next November (when my contract is up) I would like a Moto X 2 Developer Edition. The X2 will have a 5″ screen, at least a Snapdragon 800 with 3 gigs of Ram, and with a white sycamore back. I would love that!!!!

    • chjapa

      Oh and wireless charging, can they do that with a wood back. Figure it out!

  • Hadi Bakhtiyarvand

    moto need one munster for next year . motorola just need realeased faster for all market , some market like india . brezil and … moto phonesare very popular . please attention more to global market .
    we are winer . we can do it

  • Hadi Bakhtiyarvand

    ni denis . im moto fans from 12 years ago . please visit and like us . we are first an best only motorola fanpage in fb . we need your support . https://www.facebook.com/pages/Motorola-Fans/362432030490274?hc_location=timeline

  • Chris

    If you really want to listen to your custmorers do something like dell does

    http://www.ideastorm.com/

    • Dennis Woodside

      will look into

  • Rayman

    Dennis ! I’d be very interested in learning when Motorola is going to re-enter the India Market – we can really use the Moto G here !
    Also, an awesome job the currently line of devices. I think you are doing great ( compared to other OEMs and Carriers ) at wooing your enterprise customers. As you would already know, Android has potential to grab a bigger share of the enterprise market, however, enterprises are wary of adopting android due to security concerns. It would be great to see your software development team address security concerns quicker.

  • Steve Douglas

    Moto has nailed everything except 2 things for me. The camera needs to be top tier and the lack of a SD card (or a 64GB device) drove me to my Note 2. Otherwise Moto has everyone else beat on a lot of fronts…. I want my next phone to be a moto!!

    • Dennis Woodside

      We are working on camera. SD has its place in some devices, but not all

      • Steve Douglas

        Thank you for the reply! I’ve recommened the moto x to people and they love it! Another area you might want to consider is the moto g blows the ipod away. I bought one for Christmas for my daughter and never wants to go back to her ipod again! guys are doing the right thing! Keep up the good work Sir!

      • Adhemir

        @ Dennis Wodside A bigger display, 5 to 5’2 would be nice as well, and a bigger battery. LG G2 whith its rounded corners is a good example of that. Fantastic display, perfect to read outdoors and still, better batery life. Maybe Motorola should have one moto x for the masses (like iphone) and one moto x a little bigger, whith more stamina, for hard users. I believe there is a market for that. Features that are really useful (as you just did with moto x) PLUS amazing specs. You could charge a premium price for that bigger moto x and a more reasonable price for the basic moto x.

  • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

    Go ahead and dust your shoulders off.

  • RedBeaVeR

    Mr. Woodside.

    Moto Maker in Canada.

    When?

    I have a Moto X already but I’ll gladly buy another one I can customize.

  • Petro Dragoumanos

    Gee now I’m going to really feel pressure when I post here.

  • a) youth.in.asia

    Moto x Maxx with improved camera?

  • AC

    He’s probably wondering who the hell Sarge is.

    • Abgar Musayelyan

      Oh he knows.

  • sdcardssuck

    DO NOT DO SD CARDS. IF YOU DO THIS, I WILL TELL EVERYONE I KNOW TO NOT BUY A MOTOROLA DEVICE EVER AGAIN. SD CARDS ARE WORTHLESS AND SERVE NO PURPOSE IN TODAY’S WORLD. DO. NOT. PUT. AN. SD. CARD. SLOR. IN. YOUR. PHONES.

    • lookatmyfunnyusername

      yes everyone you have been duped. HOODWINKED BAMBOOZLED HORNSWAGGLED SD CARDS DO NOT STORE INFORMATION.

      • Guest39225

        Except they do nothing for storing an ENTIRE app, cause issues like file managing which is something Google (aka Motorola) don’t want with Android, and are nothing more than remnants left behind when Android had less storage than iOS.

        They do nothing but fail easily or cause issues with Android that stock doesn’t have.

        If you want more storage, ask for a 64gb phone, not a phone with outdated technology just because you don’t know how to use cloud storage.

        • Sporttster

          Absurd post….if you can’t figure out a SD card, go back to your flip phone….bye bye now….

          • Guest39225

            Better an absurd post than an absurd person. Why don’t you give us some good examples as to why you think modern phones need SD cards, hmm? Or were you taught poorly in your crappy American school system to not know how to back up your statements with actual facts.

            I guess you like old tech. Maybe you should go back to your iPhone.

        • lookatmyfunnyusername

          Oh I agree with everything you said in your last response. That wasn’t what you said initially though.

  • Nikuliai

    I would say that Motorola should:

    -Focus on the camera: this is -sadly- one of the biggest deal breakers about the Moto X, it’s not really a big issue to me cuz I don’t really take many photos, but in this aspect I’m not really the normal case, a lot of people decided to get another phone cuz the Moto X’s camera was kinda “meh” (now it’s average, but it started really bad), so I think it would be more market friendly with a nicer camera.

    -Moto Maker on all carriers AT THE START: This is kind of mandatory, especially now that people got used to the Moto Maker, if they do the AT&T exclusive deal again… well, 99% of the forum would have “brutal comments”.

    -Moto Maker on Brazil and Chile: Considering both of those markets absolutely LOVED the Moto X (even tho here in Chile the price is something like ~900USD off contract, and IT WAS THE FREAKING 16GB VERSION), so I think this is a huge market for Moto Maker cuz people bought the phone at that ridiculous price, so customization would give them an even better market share (I know this is a huge investment, but a man can dream).

    -Bigger Internal Storage: 32 and 64 would be great choices as standard since it’s not really likely that Moto is going to have SD cards again, so the internal storage is a HUGE deal. I know Moto gives some gigs on Google Drive but not all of us have unlimited data so it’s not the same than having storage.

    -Play a litte with phone sizes, and make those options count on battery: we all know the Moto X has really good battery life, but some people want bigger displays, and with bigger displays there is a little extra space for battery, on that same note:

    -Some people would love a smaller Moto X (~4.3”) cuz of the size of their hands, I disagree, but I’ve heard this many times, a Z1 Compact like phone would be ideal (smaller phone, but with decent specs)

    -I love the 4.7” Display, so nothing to say there, please keep it!

    -A 5” Moto X with extra battery would satisfy a lot of people, something like a Moto Maxx

    Obviously all of this considering a worldwide release with a “decent deal” price. I’m not talking Nexus deal, but some love to our wallets would make this a better deal than it already is, especially considering most of the “ignorant” people think that specs are everything and -for that same reason- think that the Moto X is overpriced.

    PS: Not gonna comment on specs like Processor or the 1080p since we all know they are going to make the Moto X specs grow since it’s a new year.

    PS n° 2: Keep Rockin’ it Moto!

    • Dennis Woodside

      Thank you! You should become a product manager :)

      • Droid 1967

        except for the fact that people that pay top price for a device expect it to have the same specs as other devices. the original price of the moto x was outrageous. Take the couple original software ideas and sell them for other devices to cover the cost. as the cost of the hardware you produced was not worth the price, my only assumption is you were trying to recoup for the software development. The specs for the moto x were disappointing towards all the hoopla you guys were pushing out prior to announcement. Sorry moto maker does nothing for me at all. And by the time you offered it to anyone but att the phone was even more dated than when released.
        I would love for a american company moto/google to be the top android seller (we wont talk that fruit aphell company) But what you are selling mid tier devices for top tier prices and that wont work. If you haven’t made a financial deal with this website than you should pay them now as noone has pushed this moto x device like they have. I dont pay the same price for a 720 tv as i do for a 1080P , and most people wont pay that for a phone either. This site has become a huge fan boy site for the moto x so i felt you needed to have an opinion form someone that had the original droid (still do) and that was a great phone. and I want an american company to win my business and many others. If you continue along the lines you did with the moto x this wont happen. You cant continue to release year old specs as a top tier priced device. you moto g for a low cost device is a good deal there i believe most that would want that would be happy with 3g so i think that wasn’t a bad idea for the price point. Want to have the biggest selling phone next year? 32 megs, 1080p,latest processor, 5.5 inch screen, removable battery, camera equal to the g2 or apple devices. sd card slot, actually offer what you advertise when phone is released in moto maker not 6 months later, I actually lost a lot of respect for moto with the announcement of moto maker and wood backs that both were not available to the masses for what 5-6 months after release. That does not show a trust worthy company it shows someone trying to make their product look better than it actually delivers. As i stated I really want moto to be top dog so i am giving my actual opinion to someone that has input. i wouldn’t waste the time at this point i already posted my disappointment with the device that was the talk of android for quite awhile only to be disappointed at every step of its release. and you lost my business to LG ( who i had despised after their g2x) so you can definitely win my and many people who trust me for their device choices but if the moto x2 or whatever is anything like the moto x release it just wont happen. Here’s hoping my next phone will be MOTO! p.s. thanks for getting rid of moto blur :)

        • Nikuliai

          man that’s most likely not him.. but anyway…

          they had to MAKE the X8 system, they probably worked on that a long time, I do agree that they most likely tried to transfer the investment from the Moto X to their users, but the hardware is actually pretty good (not top tier but pretty good), and the performance is near to top tier anyway, but besides that, the phone gives people an added value, in this phone you don’t need the last Qualcomm (but maybe it would be a good combo now that they are adding the X8 idea to their processors), but I do agree on the fact they overpriced the phone, and they shouldn’t do the same mistake with the X2 (or whatever it’s called)

          About the “most people won’t pay that for a phone [with 720p] either”, dude you’re completely wrong, the 5S has that display and people love to throw money at it, why? CUZ OF ADDED VALUE, not to trash on the other brands but the S4 performs like crap considering their specs and to be honest, Android doesn’t look that much of a multi core system (I may be wrong, but to me it looks like we got to the point the number of cores doesn’t reflect the performance at all) so I differ with this, many people trash on the 720p display but it’s kind of irrelevant unless you compare it side to side with other phone, a RELEVANT issue is the yellow-ish white of their AMOLED, but the 720p… it’s just a 4.7”, you don’t need a 2K and even a 1080 seems like an overkill (but they may add it anyway).

          PS: the SD card slot is not going to happen

          • Droid 1967

            Think you misundestood overall i think were thinking same. Just on 720 im talking they priced the phone as if it was 1080p it was not what the hype prior displyed and was too costly for what they produced. And sdcard wise just want it for music and video. Cant compare what peolke buy with specs on an iphone different animal, nothing seems to matter with iphones other than its a bigger number or has a letter behind its name.

          • Nikuliai

            Apple has a brand tha “is” added value (they do, I think they don’t add value since like 2 years ago but they still have the brand so people buy their phones either way), to me they overpriced it because of the features (X8’s functionalities), the camera and the 720p were sacrifices to make the phone cheaper (I think they screwed up on pricing it that high at the start, but I guess it was about recovering the investment, still not a wise choice, but whatevs)

            I say the SD is not going to happen cuz is most likely not gonna happen, they are a Google company now and AFAIK Google stopped using it because:

            “We got tired of seeing OEMs include many GB of
            internal storage for music, while users were still running out of space
            for apps and data. This approach lets us merge everything on one volume,
            which is way better.
            — Dan Morrill, Android engineer at Google”

            So for that reason is really not likely to have a Moto X¿2? with SD cards, I do think they should improve the size of the internal storage if they are going for that approach but at least for now we know that the Google approach is that the SD’s are evil

          • Droid 1967

            except the 1 volume approach for apps and system doesn’t override the ability to also have a sd card at all. But i agree most likely wont see it. You state they did these things to cut the cost but they still sold the phone at the same top cost of the higher tiered phones. The x8…. its not like they didnt know the s800 would have this capability the specs were out long before the processor was available so to put any amount of expensive work into the x8 architecture which is nothing more than retina display a term to throw you off its low specs. Was a complete waste of time and money. Moto put so much blast and how great the moto x was gonna be and how greatly priced it was gonna be. I think they have lost touch and i believe the next phone will also be a large let down luckily at this point i have the g2 which will be fine until the following cycle But i have no trust in moto anymore after the entire moto x debacle as i stated in my first post. Again i hope they succeed and we have a us company number 1 for android but i wouldn’t bet 1 dollar on it. 1 thing if products from usa companies can not compete in price and specs than they are better off selling the specs at a higher cost and pushing the made in america. selling a lesser product for the same price as lg or samsung they will lose. Ill pay more for a good brand but wont pay more for less features because its a good brand if that makes sense. But most importantly GO BRONCOS!

          • Nikuliai

            I think it’s not a capability thing, they worked with qualcomm to make a modified processor, they could had done it with the s800 but that would involve deliver the processor (before the testing and stuff) a lot later and most expensive, what about the retina display? I didn’t get what you meant there.

            And of course they made a blast… it’s marketing… And again, they most likely overpriced it to pay for the other investment (bad practice but still), I am betting on Motorola, I hope 2014 it’s their year but not sure yet.

            PS: I know the SD thing doesn’t make sense, but that’s their way of saying “we’re not paying Microsoft a dime for their freaking SD Fat licences”, but they can’t say that, ergo the response I posted last post, and since Google owns Motorola now, it’s most likely that Motorola isn’t going to pay for that licence either

            2nd PS: I don’t think the Moto X is a lesser product, just a different one, I’ve seen it outperform the S4 and being on par of the One, I haven’t seen a thing with the G2 so I can’t say a thing (nothing but that LG seems to be doing better, when I used their phone back in 2012 it was decent, just decent, but worse than Samsung), point is, it’s close to top tier phone in regular performance, it may not be the best in games, but who cares, the only real deal here is the camera (the 720p display for me is utterly irrelevant, in fact, it’s even better than a 1080p since it doesn’t need to move unneeded pixels on a little screen, it may be better next year with a better proc and maybe battery, but right now it would be dead weight)

          • Droid 1967

            on the retina just that its not a great resolution but ive talked to people and they think its the highest available anywhere :) marketing done greatly. just as the x8 its a marketing gimmick. Im not saying the moto x is a bad phone although i am tired of hearing about it again top story of the day here wood backs without any knowledge of what the actual wood is for stuff advertised 6 months ago. I think this is where the moto x fits in this custom stuff and it just doesn’t interest me so with the rest of the phone having very little to offer its a total failure to me . 16gig is not enough and wont purchase a phone with only that. the droid version would of fit the bill but they put hardware buttons on it thus ruining it so for me this entire line is a failure. But man i cant say i remember any other phone making daily headlines for 6 months too bad the marketing is not being matched by the sales. If they would of put the moto x out at the rumored cost of 350 off contract when it launched we wouldn’t have this convo as it would be too popular to even talk about negatives. The 1 thing they got right was quick update to new os. Also not that 720 is a klller its just that you dont charge the same for 720 as you do for 1080 which is what they did. They continue to try to lower the price push out more reasons for people to buy the phone. and im betting that the next moto x is the same size so they can interchange the stuff from moto maker it will just have some updated internals , hmm sounds familiar. Well i think we’ve exhausted this well see what happens going forward LG sure came back from hell (kinda-still haven’t seen kitkat for the g2 ,) :)
            We did learn 1 thing from the moto x. don’t listen to anything until moto puts out official specs!

      • Adhemir

        Listen to this guy, Dennis! I’m from Brazil and would love to have a moto x with bigger battery, 5 to 5’2″ display and a camera at least on par with the best on competition. I really don’t care too much about the processor, as moto x is pretty snap and responsive and neither moto maker, but all the other specs I believe motorola should take into account.

        • Adhemir

          And, yeah, I would pay a premium price for a phone like that.

    • Adhemir

      Agree with almost everything. Personally, I think 4,7 is too small, as I read a lot on cell phone.

      • Nikuliai

        Agreed, but for a lot of people 5” is a lot in terms of pocket size, that’s why I said it would be awesome to have 3 size options (with similar hardware so it’s not adding to fragmentation)

  • mike carder

    It’s pretty cool that he actually reads Droid Life. Hopefully he takes the comments seriously good and bad. I am curious as to Motorolas plans for this year. I am due for an upgrade soon (from Droid Razr Maxx)and really like either the Moto X or Droid Maxx- but my last 2 phones have been Moto’s and they always start to lag and I am getting frustrated. I try rebooting, factory resets, clearing cashe, but they always lag. My family all have the Note 2 with no problems. Thankfully I have another month to decide. Moto or Note 3. Tough choice…… come on Dennis help me decide!

    • Nikuliai

      the Maxx had the old UI, it may be just me, but every time I use the Moto X it kind of flies (do things almost instantly), I think the UI plays a big role here, since even tho the Maxx is a great phone, it doesn’t have the same love (I haven’t actually tested it so I can’t say for sure, but my guess is that the UI is laggy, as the one from Samsung -> lags even more when you have the phone on a couple of days)

    • Dennis Woodside

      We redid entire software line, lag is gone. Maxx or Moto X

      • mike carder

        Wow! I can’t believe you actually replied- hoping its really THE Dennis Woodside. Iemailed customer support a week ago and they only asked me to send the phone in for repairs. I thought I would just wait until my upgrade instead of spending 150.00 for repairsthen getting a new phone. I have always had Motorola phones and donor want to switch, but only getting a new one every 2 years makes it tough. I promise to give Motorola my utmost attention -especially with the strides you have taken. I’m also able to take bribes or discounts. LOL!

  • Amorel79

    Moto X with a bigger battery AND 1080p screen! Nuff said.

  • Martin Cohen

    If the Droid 5 (or the equivalent with a slider keyboard) comes out, I will buy it.

  • jbdan

    Pretty freaking cool he reads comments here. My only input towards someone like DW would be to keep doing what you’re doing….it’s only going to get better!

  • Droid

    Awesome

  • Greg

    Please make the next nexus. That is all.

  • Leonardo Rojas

    My thoughts about what Motorola is doing is: Congratulations for the Moto X’s success!
    Although, I didn’t buy it because of the 16GB storage only, in my country (Peru) and that little flaw made it look like it was over priced.

    Please at least give [the] two variants if microSD cards are forbidden by the big G!!

    I convinced my brother to buy the G2 just because of this. And that way you’ve lost many customers, you see?

    Second: I think the Moto G is very good, too good for its price, actually. But I’d say Motorola is giving this good, capable smartphone for a very low price to the masses and sooner than later there won’t be buyers replacing their smartphones for longer periods. Well, that might be ok with Google.

    Third: Please build a Razr i 2!!!!!! With the latest SoC from Intel! That device was superb!

    I hope Dennis have read. Thanks.

    Thanks Droid Life team! Now this is the place to leave messages to Dennis Woodside. Ha

    – L