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The New Moto X: 5 Things I Want to See

At the end of 2013, we called the Moto X the best phone of the year. Even though it had a pretty terrible camera and a not-even-close-to-class-leading display, the overall package of software features, size and feel, quick updates, and customizability through MotoMaker made it the phone to have, at least in our opinion. But here we are, weeks away from the unveiling of the new version, whether that ends up being called Moto X+1 or new Moto X or something else, you can imagine how excited we are to see what Motorola has in-store.

Still, Motorola needs to step their game up even further if they want to hold onto that “best phone of the year” title. The LG G3 is currently topping the charts (our review), with the OnePlus One and HTC One (M8) close behind it.

There are some specific things we would love to see Motorola address in order to make the next Moto X an amazing phone. Here are five of them. 


A Better Camera

I used the original Moto X more than any other phone released last year. Loved almost every moment with it. I can also tell you that I went through a period where I took very few pictures and was scared to share anything on Instagram. The camera on the Moto X really is as bad as Ron makes it sound regularly on the DL Show. Motorola may have built in a handy wrist-twisting gesture to quickly access the phone’s shooter, but the lack of detail, consistency, and quality in the photos taken were a major disappointment, even after a handful of supposed software fixes were issued.

In the new Moto X, Motorola better get the camera right. I can’t tell you the last time that Motorola put a good camera in one of their phones, but now is the time to change that. Almost anyone who has used a Moto X loves it, except anyone who has used it will also tell you how terrible its camera is. Fix that, Moto, and you may yet again have the best phone on the planet.

moto x camera

A Better Display

I can live with a sub-par display for the most part. Hell, I’m using an LG G3 and love it. But the 720p AMOLED panel used in the original Moto X just wasn’t very good. Clearly, Motorola went with AMOLED technology so that their Active Display could be used without draining battery, but the quality needs to be stepped up this year. Last year’s panel was often too yellow, too warm, and lacked the crispness seen in the 1080p panels used by HTC and Samsung. I’m not saying that Motorola needs to match the best-in-class AMOLED used by Samsung in the Galaxy S5, but let’s see if we can’t get close.

The new Moto X is rumored to have a 5.2-inch 1080p display, which is pushing the limits in terms of being a manageable one-handed phone like last year’s Moto X. However, if the quality and color accuracy can step up a notch, you won’t see me complain about the added size.

Bring Back a Bunch of the Same

While Motorola needs to improve the camera and display of the new Moto X, the rest should go mostly unchanged. In the new version, I want it to feel as good in hand as the original. The general design also shouldn’t change, as it was one of the most attractive phones of the past couple of years. There was something special to the original Moto X in terms of size and appearance. Motorola wanted to make a phone that fit perfectly in the palm of your hand that was also capable of being used with that same single hand. Moto avoided the bigger-is-better-so-lets-make-this-next-phone-massive trend that all other manufacturers bought into starting last year, and we appreciated them for it.

I also want to see Motorola continue to focus on making their phones tell me information or let me access it without much work. Features like Active Display, Touchless Control, and the twisting camera shortcut better all return. These three features helped shape the Moto X into the best phone of last year, so if Motorola can bring them all back with slight improvements here or there, we may even be able to overlook a potentially sub-par camera. OK, that might be a lie.

moto x design

No Exclusives

Last year, Motorola screwed up big time by exclusively releasing one of the most important features of the Moto X for two months to AT&T. I am talking about MotoMaker, Motorola’s customization process for the Moto X that allowed you and I to make a phone that was all ours. With the new Moto X, Motorola better open up MotoMaker to all carrier variants from day one. We aren’t exactly sure how MotoMaker is going to work going forward, since they closed the Texas plant that pumped out custom devices, but since Motorola assured us that MotoMaker is here to stay, this needs to happen.

On the day that the new Moto X becomes available, I want to order a custom-made device that day, off-contract, on my carrier of choice. Waiting two months again would only hurt the launch, annoy loyal Motorola customers, and give customers from carriers who aren’t a part of the exclusive to look elsewhere, at devices like the LG G3.

Make My Life Even Easier

When Motorola showed me Active Display, Touchless Control, and quick action camera at least year’s press unveiling, I’ll stop short of saying that my mind was blown, but it was close. After playing with any of these three options for any amount of time, you could tell that your life with a smartphone was going to be easier. Information was there when you needed it, yet you didn’t have to press a button. You could ask it commands without ever even having to wake your phone. You could even launch your camera from sleep-to-camera-open in a matter of seconds, again, without ever pressing a button.

While I don’t know what Motorola can do to add to this suite and make my life even easier, I want them to. Make it even easier, please, Motorola. Whether that be through some sort of combination of the phone talking through the Moto 360 to new Bluetooth accessories teased in your press invite to showing more information through Active Display, impress me again.


Those are my five, now it’s your turn. What can Motorola do to the new Moto X to make it your next phone?

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  • 1. Camera improvements (I didn’t hate it as much as you did) — 2. MicroSD (Moto G/E can do it, please put it in the X) — 3. Keep other features same (or improved), features are amazing!! — 4. wireless charging — 5. improved display resolution, but keep AMOLED

  • mikewelch5

    I recently went from a Moto X to an LG G3. While I like the G3, it is just too big. I can honestly say the Moto X was the best phone I’ve ever owned. It felt the best in my hand and the notifications were amazing. I want to take the G3 back to Verizon, but I bought it with the loophole and the new X won’t be out until after the loophole is supposedly fixed. Depending on how the phone feels in hand, I may have a G3 to trade for the new X later haha.

  • Sal Collaziano

    I have an iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, Nexus 4, One Plus One, HTC One M8 and Moto X. The Moto X is my favorite phone. The iPhone is too small, the S4 is a disaster loaded with junk, the Nexus 4 lacks LTE, the One Plus One is too big and the One M8 is too tall. I have a feeling the new Moto X will be too tall also. I don’t need two speakers. But I love the ease of use features of the MotoX.

  • I think people deride the camera a little too much, while it’s not the greatest phone camera ever, it’s certainly on par with many other flagship cameras with the software adjustments Motorola has made. My father had a Moto X for over a year and loved it, he was forced to “upgrade” to a Galaxy S4 when he permanently lost root access on one of Verizon’s forced updates. He thinks the camera is much better on the Moto X than his Galaxy S4, because he has shaky hands and almost all pictures tend to come out blurry on all phone cameras he’s ever had with the exception of the Moto X which took ultra sharp pictures even with his hands.

    The display is a Moot point, The AMOLED display on my Moto X is better than any AMOLEDs I’ve seen on any phone as far as color vibrancy excluding maybe a Note 3. I would consider any increase in resolution on a phone with a screen this size to be a downgrade not an upgrade. The simple matter of fact is that the 316 PPI that the Moto X is better than any eye can see unless you’re using some sort of magnifier or looking at it from an inch away.

    By increasing the pixel density you accomplish two things, you decrease the overall subpixel matrix surface area by introducing more gaps between them, meaning less light per square inch of the phone meaning that the display has to use more power to make the same smaller subpixels shine brighter to get the same level of brightness. You also need a more powerful GPU onboard to drive the greater number of pixels which means you’re getting less perceived performance with a more powerful GPU at the cost of increased battery drain for not real benefit. The idea that a 720p display is somehow sub-par on a screen this size is an idea about people who only care about specs and don’t actually think of the real-life consequences.

    What I’d like to see in the next Moto X:

    – Bigger battery, the MAXX line of phones is probably the best idea Motorola has had since the original RAZR line. I’d like to see them continue their dominance in battery life.

    – Removable Battery, less important than a bigger battery but would be very nice to have regardless. I could live without this if we had 50% more battery life than the current Moto X.

    – SD Card slot. This goes without saying, but I have a suspicion we won’t see this happen this generation, as it seems Google is opposed to SD Cards.

    – Better Speakers. Looks like this will happen if the rumors are true! !e might have stereo speakers to hopefully match the wonderful sound quality from the days of the OG Droid.

    – More kevlar. This possibly one of the best materials Motorola has ever used and I’d like to see it used more. It’s durable, grippy, feels premium and generally looks nice, without making the phone overly heavy or prone to denting or cracking and without creating the potential problems of signal interference as with using metal.

  • Trysta

    I agree with everything on this list. The Moto X wasn’t my personal favorite of 2013 but I’ve had one around the house for a while and certain things are very nice.

    I would actually love to give Motorola a try as my next phone (when my Nexus 5 finally dies – it was still the better phone for me)

    If they can keep the good things (near stock, fast updates, wonderful in hand feel, good reception, active display) while fixing camera, screen, AND buttons (they feel terrible but at least you don’t have to use them) I would strongly consider motorola.

    Of course a 2015 moto nexus that isn’t phablet sized would be perfection but I won’t get my hopes up.

  • Droidrazr

    Cloud storage is a JOKE. Give us at least 32/64gb or an SD card slot. Heck I’d even take another 720p display if they made 64gb standard (I know it’s unpopular opinion but oh well.) Switched from HTC one M7 to a Droid maxx and I can barely tell the difference in screens.

  • Kree Terry

    Besides what we already know from leaks my list is:

    Better camera
    Better battery life
    Improvements to motos software suite
    Wireless charging
    customizable Dev edition with the same price as the locked edition.

    Bonus: headphone jack on the bottom

  • Same physical size and screen size as Moto X. If they make it larger, that’s a deal breaker. If I wanted a larger phone, I’d have bought a Nexus 5, or an S5, or a HTC One, or a MAXX, or a OnePlus One, or a G2, or a G3, or an Xperia Z2, or … Seriously, the rumors of a 5.2″ phone make no sense. It would be just another “me too” phone.

    So, assuming it’s 4.7″…

    A faster processor. Faster (or no slower) internal storage. A 64 GB option. And a bigger battery.

    Everything after that is gravy, but I really hope the camera is better and it does wireless charging.

  • Tom

    First, I would like a PHONE. Make reception a priority. I’m tired of dropped calls 5 miles away from a tower. Then give it an Micro SD card, I really really don’t want to use the cloud, they sold all my info and didn’t give me a dime, NOW they want more stuff to sell … I’m thinking NOT. And lastly, how about a really great removable battery.

  • should work

    It would be cool if we could pay extra for unlimite customized so like if I’m tired of how my phone looks in like 6 months just call send it redesign another and there you go

    • tdizzel

      They offer that with the Moto X. You only have to pay about $349 extra and you can get a new one in 6 months. Occasionally they’ll run a special and you’ll only have to pay $299. Cool, huh

  • David Verba

    I just can’t wait for this phone to drop so I can hopefully pick up a white front, bamboo back & gold highlighted Moto X to replace my current black on black Moto X. This phone really is perfect aside from the poor camera and could be better battery, but I’m one of those old school folks who carry a DSLR when pictures are to be taken anyway. Perfect size, comfort and styling. Meowing it’s getting Android L, I’m definitely getting another.

  • macdaddybuff

    Better camera, sd card and I am sold. Already getting the 360 when it comes out…

  • Simon Belmont

    Heh. The camera in my sister’s old Droid X was pretty decent for 2010.

    Of course it pales by today’s cameras, though. Motorola should throw better optics in there, and fine tune the image processing.

  • jim

    Terrible camera and bad display and you rank it best of 2013 ? Really. ??? Sounds like someone is smokin something bad

    • guesswhat

      thats why its a special phone ..the whole package of moto x is what makes it awesome ..by the camera is not that terrible anymore with software updates and display fine.

    • Simon Belmont

      Well. Ever here of the pros outweighing the cons?

      That’s probably why that conclusion occurred. The Moto X’s pros outweighed its cons.

      • jim

        And no removable battery and no SD card , with those 4 problems it shouldn’t even have been in the running

  • BoFiS

    How about having MicroSD slots again please, and huge, removable battery

    • tdizzel

      Nobody cares about MicroSD slots or removable batteries, although a high capacity battery would be nice.

      • Simon Belmont

        I keep hearing that no one cares about that. But then I see a gaggle of people flipping their wigs about it when a device doesn’t have that (probably the enthusiasts).

        The funny thing is, when a device does have that, they just go “Oh….okay *shrug*.” Sort of funny.

        • CoreRooted

          Exactly. I used to scream about SD cards, but now, I actually don’t want them. I don’t care if the slot is there or not, to be honest. There are enough cloud storage options (including ones that are encrypted end to end) and WiFi hotspots that I don’t need to have anything more than 32GB of storage on any of my devices.

  • chris_johns

    wish they wouldnt mess with the size…all i want is a bigger battery better camera 1080p screen and an sd card would be nice all in the same form factor…stero speakers and wireless charging be a bonus

  • cns2007
  • RoboCop

    Touch less control and active display are the two reasons why I won’t upgrade right now. I say Ok google now at least a dozen times a day and in the car. Saying that and “directions to” is fantastic.

  • CCCO

    I’ll play along…I’ve had my X since the Black Friday apocalypse when the Moto site crashed. Best phone I’ve owned so far. Also, I’d agree with most and say that I’ve found the camera to be perfectly acceptable. Now, to my list of demands; Moto Maker open to all at launch with more options. That was the dumbest exclusive I’ve personally ever seen. Keep the price low for off contract buyers. SD card expansion would be cool but not deal breaking. Camera bump up, again not that it’s been a problem for me. Make an affordable bundle with the 360 and I’ll be sold. I’m actually a little bummed that the screen size is bumping up. 4.7 is perfect for me BUT if they can keep the overall phone size down with thin bezels or through magic, etc then I’m game.

  • Antonio Stephens

    WTB pogo pins. I miss my Gnex car dock :'(

  • ithinkfresh

    In my oppinion, it needs wireless charging, 1080p screen, miro SD slot. Removable battery, and high end camera. Removable battery is not nearly a deal breaker, just a bonus.

  • Jonathan Ly

    The alleged leak of the 801, 1080p, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage better lead to a better price point. 32GB option should be available too or no dice from me.

  • William Gartee

    I’d like to be able to change the “OK Google now” phrase to something more personal.

  • DanSan

    ugh another phone face down on a rock. killing me here.

  • RoyD77

    1. With the invite focused on “choice”, I’d LOVE (but not really expecting) a choice of screen sizes, a.k.a. an “X line”. Offer the phone, with the same exact internal specs & features, in 3 varieties – 4.7 inch 720p model, 5.2 inch 1080p model, and phablet (and Shamu inspiration) 5.9 inch QHD. Brand each as Moto X, with that being just another option or customization, and price accordingly. This would allow non-contract to maybe start in the $350-400 range for the 4.7, the $400-450 range for the 5.2, and the $500+ range for the 5.9.

  • BobbyG

    MASSIVE BATTERY!

  • Chris K

    I would like to see a better vibration motor. You’d think this would be a gimme. I’ve had two X’s and had to turn vibration and haptic feedback off because the rattle drove me nuts.

  • Teddy Chen

    What kept me from getting a Moto X was the MotoMaker exclusivity. With how fast a new Android phone comes out, a 3 month exclusivity is just too long to wait.

  • David Roche

    I’ve gotten some fantastic shots with the camera in my Moto X… I’d even go so far as to say that most of the shots I’ve taken have been great. I must be lucky, or have a really steady hand, but I’ve been very happy with it.

  • Higher_Ground

    1. Must have wooden back available on Verizon from launch.
    2. Must not cost more than other off-contract devices.
    At this point in time, those are probably the only two things that would prevent me from buying the phone when it arrives.

  • Gfame103

    Get rid OF THE NANO SIM— PLEASE LET THERE BE A MICRO SIM. I use other phones and that is the Only reason besides the Moto X camera that I got the G2.

    • Isn’t it likely that every new phone model from now on uses a nano SIM? Going backwards seems strange to me.

      • Gfame103

        Going backward? What is your definition of “new phone model from now on uses a nano sim?” GS5 and LG G3 does not use nano sim?

        • The natural progression has been from large to small: SIM, mini SIM, micro SIM, nano SIM, …

          Apple , Motorola, and HTC have all adopted the nano SIM. Interesting that Samsung and LG haven’t.

  • M3D1T8R

    Great signal/reception/call quality.
    Front facing speaker(s) with great sound quality.
    Good camera.
    64GB option for Verizon at launch at a reasonable price ($50).
    SD slot.
    Larger battery (3Ah).
    Improved OLED display, 5.1″ max, 1080p.
    Not huge, 68mm wide max.
    Qi wireless charging.
    Waterproof.
    Dev.Edition or unlockable bootloader.
    $500 off contract for the above, and I’ll buy it.

  • enigmaco

    All I want is wireless charging, bigger screen. and more memory as standard. I have a 16gb moto x and the memory is a little bit of a problem.

  • MKader17

    I could not disagree more with the first 2 points. Don’t get me wrong, I would never turn down a better camera, or a better screen, but I love both on the Moto X. I would turn down a “better” screen if it meant worse battery life. I actually will sometimes take pictures with my camera and then my phone camera because the quality is so close to the camera and the ease of sharing is already there. I’ve never thought once to complain about the screen. I’ve used the LG G3 but going back to the Moto X after didn’t leave me wanting more.

  • MichaelFranz

    Must haves
    – Wireless charging on all models out the box – Qi standard. I have now 3 chargers that are Qi….wouldnt want a device i coudlnt use them with..
    – Battery of 3000mah or better.
    – Camera drastically improved to be comparable and in the same conversation as the S5/G3/M8
    – Immediate Motomaker availability with more choices/options (leather, metal, colors, etc etc etc). No exclusives to any carrier for any specific device. Unless its something like only a Dev Edition device can have this special back but its still available for all carriers dev edition phones.
    – Advancements in touchless controls, active display and more ease of use. I would love to see touchless controls be able to control hardware. Turn wifi on/off, bluetooth on/off toggle flashlight, toggle sound profile, toggle toggle toggle based on whatever settings you have. Even if you can say something liek “Ok Moto X, sync my accounts” where it would sync any or all enabled accounts that dont require manual sync.
    – SD Card slot for expansion. im sorry but 16GB doesnt work for all I keep on my devices, picutres music etc. The cloud is nice but i like having access right there and nto have to worry about always being on wifi or worry about data usage

    Like to haves
    Health sensors (pedometer at least)
    Front facing speakers (based on leak could be confirmed)
    enhanced audio drivers (both external on headphones)
    root access right away on ATT and Verizon (HA)
    unlockable bootloader thats not dev edition (HA)

  • B Brad

    Wireless charging and a battery door.

  • MKader17

    Here’s my 2 pennies.

    1. Wireless Charging
    2. Implement accessories I really want! A wireless charging bedside/desktop dock, a car dock with wireless charging, etc. To me this is the absolute biggest flaw of the MotoX. And when you do implement them, make them available at a reasonable price.

    That’s really it for me. I love the form factor, the ease of use, the minimal software. An incremental hardware bump would be plenty for me.

  • Customizable Droid MAXX. Front speakers. Even better battery life and better camera. This phone is already near perfect.

  • More importantly, let us customize the Dev Edition, please!

  • Bryan

    I want:

    1) Touchless control should only be used when the phone is asleep. I want to be able to use the “OK Google” hotword detection from everywhere else. It’s so much faster when it fires right into Google search instead of having to fire in to the Motorola Touchless Control, and then fire up Google Search to perform my action. My Moto X won’t allow this option to be turned on because it wants to grab all mic listening.

    2) Assist – give me an option to pipe the reading of text messages, etc. to the built-in speaker while I’m connected to something via Bluetooth. If it’s connected to my car stereo via Bluetooth, then it wants to route all of the sound to the stereo whether or not my stereo is on the Bluetooth input. Many times I’ll miss the text because the phone was “talking” through Bluetooth, but my stereo wasn’t playing that audio. This really goes for all apps (not Motorola’s problem). I want to be able to tell Maps to send the voice nav to the built-in speaker even if I’m connected via Bluetooth. Many times I just turn Bluetooth off because none of my sound will work unless I’m listening to the Bluetooth input on my car. We generally just have the FM radio on or the radio off completely.

    3) I don’t think the 5.2″ screen will be much bigger than an S5 or other 5″ phones. With the S5, it’s a 5.1″ screen plus the bottom buttons. With the Moto X, it will be 5.2″ including bottom on screen buttons. Should be similar in size, if not smaller. I want a screen around this size with 1080p resolution.

    4) Qi wireless charging.

    5) Better camera. I actually get pretty good shots with my Moto X, but I have to work hard sometimes to make sure I get a good shot. It can be inconsistent.

    6) Bigger battery with even better battery life. I get pretty good battery life with my Moto X (on WiFi, 4G forget about it). I would like to get closer to MAXX battery life.

    7) Get rid of the Bluetooth Volume warning. I hate that it wants to limit my max volume on Bluetooth and I have to dismiss the stupid warning when trying to set it to max with my car stereo. I control the volume with the car stereo, I want it to get max signal via Bluetooth. Don’t act like my mom when I can make my own decisions about my volume levels. 🙂 If you need to display it once for legal CYA reasons, then give me an option to never show it again.

    8) Waterproof.

    • CCCO

      That audio warning is so annoying!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    No certain order..

    1. wireless charging
    2. microSD
    3. water and dust proof like Z2/Z3 (I live near the ocean and live and active life)
    4. 3gb RAM
    5. 5″ max size

  • Kevin Gallagher

    Most importantly (for Tmo users) PLEASE HAVE BAND 12 LTE

  • Kevin Gallagher

    Big battery and waterproof please 🙂

  • Straylight

    My one complaint about the Moto x (this was best android purchase i ever made BTW) is that it’s a bit of a metropolitan phone. Meaning, its good for the work day and the night I go out to play, but i believe they intend me to charge it every day.

    It would be nice to have a phone that performs well and has decent battery life. We, as consumers, have set the bar so low nowadays for battery life no one blinks twice if we have to charge our phone every 16 hours.

  • Gf1fanatic

    32 GB or forget it, since I assume there will not be a SD slot. A decent camera is also a must. About $400 with MotoMaker on Verizon on day one, and I’ll but two!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I hate to say it again but I will. Fingerprint scanner and better camera.

  • Marlon

    Also hope they don’t add any UI, leave stock which is cleaner. I haven’t had a need to root my Moto-X at all since it’s vanilla Android.

  • SHunter

    Kell, you do know that the Droid MAXX is essentially a beefed up Moto X right?

    • cns2007

      Yes, but tied to a single carrier.

      • SHunter

        touche

        • cns2007

          I should have added “unfortunately” as it is a great phone. Motorola really needs to offer a Maxx version of the X to all carriers, and that’s coming from someone on Verizon. Perhaps Sept. 4 will hold a couple of surprises.

          • SHunter

            AGREED! Now i feel bad all other carriers were left out, people really need to experience all that is Droid MAXX

      • tdizzel

        Except for the part where it isn’t

        • cns2007

          What are you talking about, the Droid Maxx is only on Verizon?

  • Tyler

    Battery, camera, battery, camera…

  • Voltism

    What do these camera improvements even do… I keep hearing about them, and I also keep hearing about the camera is still bad

  • Arty McBert

    I just want an SD card slot and a “mini” version with a 4.7″ or so screen.

  • Raven65

    I want it to drive my car and feed my dog.

  • morgan boyle

    just give us crazy battery life and a very decent camera. with that i could sell this phone to a ton of people.

  • thewogltd

    Am I the only one who never really had an issue with the Moto X’s camera? Sure it wasn’t iPhone 5S or Galaxy S5 quality but I got great shots from the Moto X camera all the time.

    • Bryan

      I have actually had iPhone 5s people tell me that my Moto X takes great pictures. When vacationing with friends at the beach at sunset, we were all taking pictures of the kids and they were all amazed at how good my pictures turned out compared to theirs.

      I will say it is inconsistent at times, but you have to turn HDR off and make sure you focus on what you want to take a pic of before you take it. And then you have to hold steady. It could be better, though, so I’m looking forward to what they have in store for the next phone. My wife’s Galaxy S5 takes pretty good pics, so I’m hoping for something closer to that.

      • thewogltd

        I was constantly told by iPhone owners that they preferred the photos taken my my X to their iPhone. That said, there’s plenty of room for improvement. I’m not giving Moto a pass on the camera on the X, but I just don’t get all the hyperbole about its “terrible” quality.

        • jimt

          The iPhone guy needs glasses and a phone.

        • Higher_Ground

          for most people cameras are reallly subjective. I mean it could be as much as having a smudge on the lens and never realizing it. Unless you go from great camera to mediocre, I wouldn’t think it’d be a big deal. Then again, I’m not on instagram and don’t take that many picutres (on a gnex, could have somethign to do with it :))

  • Fabricio Tomasini

    FM Radio!!!!

    • epps720

      Such an underrated feature that no one talks about. Had it on my M7 and have missed it ever since

  • trixnkix637

    I want the option to change which camera app opens via the twist gesture. Really sucks that the stock Google Camera app is better than Moto’s but I’m forced to open the Moto one via the gesture.

  • Silver Veloz

    Great points. I’m with you Kellan.

  • Kelly Hauenstein

    I’d like to see active display expanded a little bit. The ability to access ALL notifications, not just the most recent one. That’d be the killer feature for me.

    • Maybe Motorola has been watching all of the Active Display clones mature over the last year and will adopt some of their thinking.

    • trd105

      I want to be able to prioritize the notifications in active display.

  • Mike Dillinger

    One thing I would love to see is the availability be right away. If they wait to release the phone, I’m afraid Samsung or Apple will kill them with their new respective devices being announced around the same time frame.

  • Crysmic

    Just want well-optimized software, better battery life, better camera, nice FHD display, good speakers, and flawless call quality.

  • Am79

    The size is going to be a huge part of my decision for this. If I can’t use it comfortably in one hand, it’ll be a very sad no go for me.

  • Pretty good list. I thought the display was fine for the screen size though.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Reasonable price from the beginning.

    • Charles Walker

      Moto X was actually underpriced when you consider how much BETTER it was than the LG G2 or Galaxy S4 which at the time were hundreds more.

      • M3D1T8R

        No, Moto X was around $600/$629 at launch, same as other flagship. Didn’t start to drop until a couple months later.

      • Droid 1967

        the moto x was never better than the g2 . and cost more than the g2 at launch. When you talk you should at least know something about what your talking about. The g2 was and still is better than the moto x in every aspect. Im not going to argue with you cause i already see your other posts Im just stating facts and stating that what you state above is 100% fanboyitis as the price was more for much less of a phone Period!

        • Charles Walker

          The G2 is only better than the Moto X if you’re a spec whore, which apparently is the case. Enjoy your high spec’d laggy phone while I enjoy a fluid, well engineered phone!

          • Droid 1967

            You are funny. pathetic but funny!

  • alberteezy

    Agree with all the points here Kellen, especially on the camera & display. I also want Motorola to tweaks Assist, Active Display, and Touchless Controls to be more accurate. For moto maker i want them to add different build materials and of course more colors!!

    • Really interested to see what they do with MotoMaker. If they moved it overseas, how quickly can we get custom phones? What new options can they give us? Etc. Would be too bad if the shipping times slipped to like 10 days or something because they are making them elsewhere.

      • Tony Spencer

        North Carolina? After the Lenovo acquisition.

      • alberteezy

        Yes and many of us are assuming(and hoping :P) that Lenovo brings them down to their plant in NC, but all of that is just us speculating. If they do move it overseas and it slips to say a 7 day window or so i wouldn’t mind.

      • Higher_Ground

        Well they’re still making custom Moto X’s, but I’d imagine they aren’t really moving all that many of them right now. Still, I wonder what the lag time is now that they aren’t being made in Texas. All things considered, China is only a day away.

  • moelsen8

    my wishlist: wireless charging, microsd card, IR blaster…. and a real camera

  • Doug

    Hypebeast engaged.

  • Dustin

    Good article. I have owned the Moto X dev edition on Verizon since one of the first sales they had on it before Christmas. By far my most used features are Active Display and Touchless Control. They have become so much a part of how I use a smartphone now that I would find it hard to go without them on any future device.

  • JSo

    Lets just list all the high end features that everyone wants and say that should be the next Moto X.

    • Charles Walker

      The G3 was already created for such spec whores. Motorola actually focuses on making a phone good.

      • Bryan Mills

        But not appealing to many. I don’t care how good it is. I want new specs. Not paying the same price for old shyt.

        • sirmeili

          So basically you’d rather throw hardware at a solution instead of optimizing it. Funny cause right now I am dealing with some SQL optimization issues (legacy code from before me) and we were told “You could throw hardware at it, but it would be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Better yet, you could just optimize your queries and code and double your performance on the same exact hardware”.

          I think Motorola takes the latter approach. Sure, it might cost the same when you consider development time (I’m not cheap), but the end result is likely the same.

          • sirmeili

            Oh, and let me add that software optimization is the better long term solution as writing crappy (unoptimized) code WILL eventually catch up with you.

        • Charles Walker

          Agreed. It’s unfortunate how uneducated consumers are to make more sensible decisions and support the manufacturers who deserve it.

      • JSo

        But we got people in here asking for removable storage, bigger battery, etc. It’s the same thing everyone wants for every phone.

  • Charles Walker

    If they could just improve the camera and display, all the other areas are pretty solid. Though I wish they kept it under 5″.

    • Hopefully at 5.2″, if that’s what it ends up at, it won’t be big. Imagine they will do like last year and keep the device with mostly display and little bezel.

  • Orion

    Yeah this thing better not do the exclusive crap with any carrier again. I think this will be a great phone but I rather wait for the Nexus 6. I want that bigger screen.

  • Mudokon83

    micro sd slot????

    • I get the feeling that this won’t happen. You never know, Moto G now has one.

      • Mudokon83

        Moto G has micro sd?

        • M3D1T8R

          Yeah the newer LTE model. Only 8 internal but has SD.

      • Mudokon83

        did you mean MOTO E?

  • Droid Ronin

    Removable battery and expandable storage.

    • stayshift

      This is still a thing people harp on about? Get out of 2012 and welcome to 2014. All the cloud space you want and the battery-life on the Moto X was damned near perfect (for every day use, not heavy Ingress use. Ask me how I know).

      • Mudokon83

        i totally agree, i would love to just use cloud storage BUT when you’re data plan is limited, and you want to stream your 40gb of music, with no wifi nearby, you’re suddenly LOVING having a micro SD loaded.

      • Arty McBert

        Cloud storage freaking sucks. Get the hell out of here, you probably work for Google Drive to shill your BS here. SD cards are here to stay.

      • Plenty of people like using their phone a lot, running lots of background stuff and chewing through battery without having to worry about it. I just got back from a vacation and if I didn’t have spare batteries and an external charger, I would’ve been without a phone when I needed it most (having a charged backup battery literally saved my life because had I been without a phone I would’ve been in MAJOR trouble.) I’m not willing to tote around charge-your-phone-back-up battery pack; they make using the phone a hassle while it’s charging back up and they’re too large to carry around in a pocket in addition to phone, wallet and keys.

    • I want expandable storage but I rather have a thinner phone and not buy a cheap $10 battery that I have to keep swapping and worrying about.

  • jbdan

    Good choices although I have only 2 things: Camera & screen. That’s why I chose the N5 over the X when I had both. I think many did the same. (How is the G3 ranking so high I’ve played with 4 of them now and they are so laggy/slow. Am I spoiled by my N5?)

    • Kevin Verdesca

      The nexus 5 is crazy fast and smooth and how all smartphones should be. Sadly, the LG G3 isn’t that.

    • Bryan Mills

      G3 isn’t laggy at all. I’ve spoken to many people and read a lot of reviews also and use mine all the time.

      • jbdan

        I’m sure it could be rectified, but the 4 I’ve played with were stock, out of the box, and painfully jerky. I am spoiled by the fluidity of the N5

      • guesswhat

        you havent experienced lag free phones like moto x and nexus ..so devices like s5 and g3 will appear lag free to you

  • mcdonsco

    I dont know how someone running an android blog apparently doesn’t take issue with the battery on the moto x…that was my biggest problem with it (besides the camera). I had to charge the thing 2-3 (sometimes 4) times a day!

    For me, I just can’t do any phone with less than a 3k mah battery.

    • Walter Partlo

      I get good battery life from mine. All day, even when I forget my charger.

      • Bryan Mills

        Everybody is different.

        • Matthew Rebmann

          True. Which is why I’m curious to hear what exactly the OP is doing all day. I can understand 2 charges with this phone if you’re an incredibly heavy user, but I can’t fathom what he would be doing to require 4 charges.

          • mcdonsco

            When I had the phone I OFTEN ran the battery down completely by 10:30am.

          • Matthew Rebmann

            When did you first pull off the charger for the day? 10:30 could be 2 hours into your day or 6. Or more, I suppose, depending on your line of work.

          • mcdonsco

            Around 6am

    • Matthew Rebmann

      I won’t declare this phone for having the best battery ever, because it doesn’t. But I never have the need to charge it back up more than once. What in gods name are you doing all day? Watching Netflix with full brightness up all day? But really, I don’t comprehend needing to charge it quite so much.

      • mcdonsco

        “What in gods name are you doing all day?”

        Working…I start my days reading tech sites, news sites etc…then throughout the day I’m texting, emailing and talking to people and using some hotspot here and there and using Pandora / similar for a few hours (in car and in office). Plus, my work days aren’t standard 8 hour days (self employed)…sometimes they’re less than 8 (rare), most of the time though they’re 12+ hours (and that’s 6-7 days a week).

        I’m in a business where I can work as much or as little as I want, but if I do the latter, my income plummets quickly and is extremely difficult to increase again…so I *try* to work as much as possible (having just been married, honeymoon etc I’m on the little side now working to increase it again).

        • Matthew Rebmann

          First off, Congratulations on the new marriage. Second, I didn’t mean that to sounds quite so dickish, I was legitimately curious as to what your daily usage looked like. The hotspot and streaming, I would assume, are the biggest hits in battery life. I stream pretty steadily too and I’d agree that I hope the next version will have a larger batter life but I manage to get by pretty okay just charging mid day

          • mcdonsco

            No worries, you were fine…my daily on screen time is usually somewhere around 4-5 hours, that’s a huge hit as well (and most of that is outside so high brightness too).

          • Matthew Rebmann

            Brightness is a killer :/

          • mcdonsco

            Yea, I used to go the droid maxx line for my phones all the time (owned every one of them), but I got to a point where I just couldn’t stand the camera(s) any longer. Now I’m using the g2 and I still have to charge it by late afternoon to get me through the evening, so instead I just make it a habit to plug it in in the car and set it on the wireless charger when in the office.

            As much as I hate touchwiz, I’m likely going to end up with the note 4 due to battery almost entirely (large and easy to swap with their charging system + wireless charging back).

            Its also a hassle in my business to swap phones all the time like I do, but I’m addicted…need to settle on one.

          • Hector Sanchez

            Or… you can just get one of these

            http://m.ebay.com/itm/321255592537?nav=SEARCH

            and put it in your other pocket. That way you’ll never run out of battery.

    • alberteezy

      The battery life is decent for me. It just depends how heavy of a user you are. I’m a bit of a heavy user. There is times where I have to charge twice a day but I already have like 2 1/2 hours on screen time. The best I’ve done in one charge is a little over 4 hours of on screen time.

    • Kevin Verdesca

      I barely ever have to charge mine. By night time I still have like 50% battery.

      • mcdonsco

        Light user then by comparison.

        • Kevin Verdesca

          Yeah, I definitely don’t use it as a hot-spot or call a lot on it.

    • I had pretty good battery life with the Moto X when using it. It wasn’t great, but wasn’t bad either.

    • Diablo81588

      That doesn’t make sense. I wake up at 630am and go to bed at 11pm with around 50 percent battery left. Either you’re on your phone the entire day or there was something wrong with yours.

      • mcdonsco

        I’ve had two of them…both, same problem…I run through 3k mah batteries by mid-late afternoon with my usage.

  • red014

    #6: A screen that doesn’t scratch when I put it face down on rocks/concrete.

    • hyperbeatser

      I hope this is a joke

      • Tony Spencer

        I think he’s referring to the photo in the article.

        • hyperbeatser

          touche

      • mcdonsco

        Its Kellens specialty in photographing phones. Always face down on rocks or concrete.

      • michael arazan

        Through a bumper case on it and it should not happen

    • You know I do this just for you guys. 😛

  • PoisonApple31

    Moto getting the camera right is like Samsung removing Touchwiz from their devices. Good luck!

    • Bryan Mills

      Stock camera app blows. Hopefully L fixes it.

  • cgalyon

    I 100% agree with this article. I think it summarizes exactly everything I think about the next Moto X as well. Here’s hoping they keep the bezels small to fit a 5.2″ screen into something appropriate for one-handed use too.

  • zepfloyd

    With Moto looking likely to make the Nexus 6, I’ll wait.

  • Alec

    And a $350 – $400 price point!!

    • Ralph Bretz

      I highly doubt that will be price. If Motorola does go with the 801 processor and a 5.2 inch 1080p AMOLED screen there’s no way it will be priced that low. That’s unrealic to eevn think it will be priced that low.
      The only reason that the Nexus is priced that low is being backed by Google. Now maybe the Moto Nexus if true will be priced that low but not the Moto X+1. Not right away at least.

      • Alec

        Nothing is official yet, including the specs. Last year Moto took a different approach by offering mid tier specs with excellent optimization to make it a great smartphone. It appealed to the average person. Do you think they are going to change their approach this time around? Just asking

        • Bryan Mills

          It didn’t appeal to a lot because of their approach to specs.

          • Alec

            A lot of people on these tech blogs!! I keep repeating there’s a fine line between the average person and android enthusiasts. If Moto would have had the money to market it more, it wouldn’t have mattered. If the Galaxy S5 had inferior specs, the average person wouldn’t have cared. As long as they kept advertising touchwizs endless features

      • chris125

        All those Chinese phones can do it, moto can. There’s no reason for phones to need to be $600 plus

        • say592

          They also dont have to go through the expensive regulatory hurdles and certifications that the other manufacturers go through.

      • calculatorwatch

        When OEMs sell phones through carriers, they do it for a lot less than the typical off-contract price. I think Moto might have figured out that if they price it off-contract closer to what they make from carrier sales, there’s a huge market out there that also happens to be the people who might be interested in a Motorola device (i.e. not oblivious Samsung phone buyers).

        • michael arazan

          Carriers won’t “approve” the device for their carrier/ network if it’s cheaper than the same ones the carriers are trying to rip off their customers with at a more expensive price for bigger profit and subsidy contracts

    • Bryan Mills

      This is Moto we’re talking about. Pricing right isn’t their thing.

      • Fatty Bunter

        I would say that is exactly their thing. Actually it is probably their main thing. Moto X, G, E all fantastic price points.

        What are you talking about?

        • Bryan Mills

          Moto X was $499+. That was terribly priced. All the rest are priced like any other low end phone.

          • Fatty Bunter

            Priced like any other low end phone, except without the low end feel. They have phenomenal value – read pretty much any review. They all agree. The MAIN pro for Moto phones these days is value. And value goes hand-in-hand with price.

          • Bryan Mills

            All im saying, price it like the Moto X and you’ll get poor sales again.

          • Fatty Bunter

            That’s not all you were saying. You backpedaled, and now that’s all you’re saying.

            did you see supposed Moto X+1 specs? It’s basically a Nexus 5 a year later. it’ll be 300-350.

          • Bryan Mills

            Did you see the starting Moto X price?

            Im guessing not.

          • Fatty Bunter

            Remember how the Nexus S was $550 off contract when it came out, and then the next gen Galaxy Nexus was $350 off contract? Believe it or not, companies can change their pricing models. It’s better to extrapolate price based on specs, not previous phones.

          • Charles Walker

            Agreed. Intelligent people will opt for Moto X where the spec chasers will go for G3 and other ridiculously spec’d phones to water their epenises.

          • Charles Walker

            $499 isn’t too shabby for being a superior phone to the $700+ LG G2, Galaxy S5, HTC One, etc. The only people $499 didn’t appeal to were the spec whores who chose the laggy LG G2 or Galaxy S4 phones for their “specs”.

          • Silky Johnson

            ive had both the moto x and the g2 for a while. I sold my moto x because i felt the g2 was way better, Even stock unrooted i didn’t notice any of this lag youre talking about

          • epps720

            First off all those phones did not run $700+. Second, you’re claiming that a phone with lackluster camera, screen and processor is superior to all those other phones. Obviously to each his own but at least with those other phones you can root the phone and throw on stock Android, issues like TW and lag are then taken care of. There is no fix for the X’s camera or screen. People who advertise touchless controls and Active display benefits, there are apps that take on those features pretty well. I honestly don’t understand the hype of the X, too many negatives to it.

          • Charles Walker

            Lackluster camera – Camera is fine, just not great
            Screen – Plenty good

            Processor – This is the part where the Moto X’s underspec’d processor somehow whoops the competition’s ass; the processor is far from a negative

            That leaves your “too many negatives” to an acceptable camera. With the camera aside, the X destroys most of the competition in every category without having to mess with rooting (which results in less stability and security issues).

          • epps720

            Guess it depends on what you’re needs are but I’ve seen pictures taken from the camera and unless it’s ideal conditions I’ve seen some real bad pictures (Ron would side with me on this). If screen was plenty good, would so many people be asking for a better screen?… think not.

            I didn’t mention the processor, Moto did an acceptable job in making that processor work for them. Kudos to them. Just to state I know someone who had both the X and N5 and the N5 was noticeably quicker and lag free but the X was still able to take on the tasks.

            I own a G2 (never rooted) and I have yet to see a single way that the X DESTROYED my G2. Is the UI better, yes, but with Nova I didn’t really have issues. Really don’t know one way the X is better. Touchless controls I use either Dragon or OK Google. Active Control, I use ACDisplay. Camera G2 > X; Screen G2 > X, both have good batteries, Verizon version of G2 even has wireless charging.

          • lgreg64

            This phone looks to have spec around the S5 and M8 both are $599. So why should moto sell there’s for less than $499?

          • M3D1T8R

            Because it’s coming or five months later. And Moto has made a point of wanting to release phones for less than others.

          • lgreg64

            Yes but that is the price for those phone today not 5 month ago.

          • Ralph Bretz

            What they should of done was skimp on quality and customer service, hold an invite system to drive up demand for a phone that turned out to be shotty, hold a contest that pisses of the magority of people, and makes the the company third tier joke. That’s the business model to follow.
            The Moto X is only low end to dufus spec whores.

        • Grayson

          When the Moto X was first released it was like $600 off contract. It didn’t drop down to reasonable levels until a few months later.

    • If they could do this out of the gate, would be a huge win. We kind of thought they were going to last year…and then didn’t. Guess we’ll see.

    • Name

      I think we’ll see something closer to $449 – $499 off contract.

      • clobberedchina

        499.

  • schoat333

    No carrier branding, and a one devices for all networks approach would be nice.

    • htowngtr

      Good luck with that

      • schoat333

        Yeah, it was wishful thinking for sure. LMAO

    • Bryan Mills

      That’s not happening until Verizon plays nice.

      • schoat333

        Unfortunately, Android/Moto need a phone that is a “must have” in order for VZW to play nice. They play nice with Apple.

        • jimt

          Nexus 6 might qualify for something to play nice for but they won’t. It’s Verizon.

      • Nice and Verizon, two words never before used in the same sentence. 😛

        • Ryan

          Except when the word “ISN’T” is between them.

        • DroidLife community

          Please do not feed the troll

          • MicroNix

            Ever notice the troll’s upvotes are never anyone you see commenting here? 🙂

    • bob

      Speaking of which, anyone know how to easily remove the Verizon logo off of a wood-finished X?

  • Miguel Zamora Oceguera

    I only need two things: Better camera & Wireless charging. Everything else is perfect!!! Please don’t mess with the size!!!

    • Jérôme Besnard

      I’m with you. Make it immediately available with Republic Wireless too.

  • John R

    Couldn’t agree more with this article

  • cjlee89

    I would like to see wireless charging.

    • guyalon

      if the 360 has it, the x + 1 definitely has it as an option

    • Bryan Mills

      It’s a nice bonus but there’s plenty else they can focus on.

    • Birtzer

      Every phone should have Qi wireless charging. Not that At&t G3 junk. Stick to your guns manufacturers, sell a take it or leave it phone and make the carriers eat it.

    • Shane Redman

      Maxx ftw 🙂

    • Jared Denman

      I would like to see slimport added too.

    • Agree, would be really nice to see. I know that some people don’t think this is necessary, but once you have it, and own a charging plate, it makes life a lot easier.

      • jimt

        It also works great in the car. I modified a ogdroid car mount with a nexus plate and it works great for the Nexus 5.

        • Cory S

          I got the Air Dock and love the heck out of it.

          • crashinghero

            +1 on the Air Dock. Absolutely killer device.

      • Kahsay Cooley

        This is why I hate the fact I have to have a qi nexus and other devices and PMA for my lg g3 🙁

        • Tim R.

          You can blame that carriers for that one though.

      • JeffColorado

        I poo-pooed wireless charging last year. Even though I bought a nexus 5, I never ued the wireless charging. After finding out that I could get a charging pad for only $12 on eBay, I tried one last week…now I am wondering how I lived without it. It’s a much bigger deal than I expected it to be.

        • niuguy

          We’ve been tellin ya! 😉

    • Guest

      No MicroSD = No Sale, Don’t point me to cloud, at my work My M8 is always on 1x (tried many phones – Note 2, G2, Note 3, Droid Max, Verizon says building is the problem which is a bull, it’s single story concrete office building with a very clear view to the sky, even out side i get only 2 bars of LTE).

      • JeffColorado

        Yep…ESPECIALLY if you are advertising UHD video on your phone…16 gigs of non-expandable storage is not enough in 2014.