Yesterday, you may have noticed on Twitter that we asked for feedback from those who had pre-ordered the new Moto X. We asked about your Moto Maker order status, which type of back you had chosen, and if it had shipped yet. We were curious because the order we placed minutes after the pre-order period opened up had not yet shipped, while a handful of readers had already received their units ordered around the same time. According to the feedback we got from you all, it seemed as if order shipments were pretty hit or miss. Some had received theirs, while others’ were in the same boat as us.
As it turns out, there is a large enough pool of delayed pre-orders that Motorola customer support sent us an email acknowledging the delay without us even inquiring. (more…)
The new Moto X (2nd gen) became available last night through Verizon, an hour or so before the clock flipped the day to September 26. We pointed it out, but also noted that Moto Maker was not available just yet. If you were hoping to customize a new Moto X or make one with a leather back, you had some more waiting to do. That wait is now over.
If you cruise through Motorola’s store, choose the Moto X (2nd gen), customize it, and then click the “Buy” button, you will see Verizon listed as a carrier option. (more…)
The new Moto X is officially arriving tomorrow, September 26, at Verizon.
The Moto X (2nd generation) will run $99 on new 2-year contract with 16GB of storage. Verizon didn’t state the off-contract price, but Motorola announced at the beginning of September that it would cost just $499, a full $100 cheaper than most other flagships. Moto Maker customizations will also be available if you don’t want one of the stock models sold directly from Verizon. (more…)
We just placed our order for the Moto X “Pure Edition” and wanted to make sure one thing was clear – it does indeed work on both AT&T and T-Mobile 4G LTE networks. The device ships “unlocked,” which means you can take it to either carrier without interference, you will simply need a SIM card and service from one or the other. (more…)
It seems Motorola was not kidding when it gave a launch timeframe of “late summer” for the show-stopping Moto 360. According to PhoneArena, the company plans to coincide the smartwatch’s release with the unveiling of the Moto X+1. If history is any indication, that could place a retail date squarely in August. (more…)
This morning, Motorola told members of the press that they would be closing the Texas plant where they assemble custom orders for their 2013 flagship, Moto X. The first question we asked after being told this news was, “What about Moto Maker?”
Moto Maker, for those not familiar, is the web interface that allows customers to customize a Moto X through options like the color and material used on its back plate, how much storage is included, and if your phone will greet you with a saying upon boot-up. It is without a doubt, one of the biggest selling points for the Moto X, and a service we hope lives on for future Motorola products.
According to a short-but-sweet note from Motorola, we now know that Moto Maker will indeed continue on. (more…)
According to the Wall Street Journal, Motorola is closing its Texas factory that has been used to build custom versions of its Moto X due to weak sales and high costs. The close isn’t happening immediately, but will be done before the end of the year.
As you all know, the factory opened only a year ago and was used to build custom versions of the Moto X through a site called MotoMaker. The whole point was to quickly assemble made-to-order devices that could be shipped to US customers within a couple of days. Since sales of the Moto X did not exactly top charts, Motorola wasn’t able to keep costs low enough. (more…)
Update: Motorola reached out to let us know that Rosewood replacing Walnut was a back-end bug or issue that has been fixed. In other words, Walnut is back, Rosewood is gone again.
Rosewood, one of the original “natural” backs shown off at last year’s Moto X launch, is now available as an option through MotoMaker. We aren’t sure why it took this long to get Rosewood in the line-up, but we should point out that it seems to have replaced Walnut. So if you had your sights still set on a custom Moto X with a Walnut finish, those days are over. Rosewood is here.
The finish is still an additional $25 add-on, just like Ebony, Teak, and Bamboo. (more…)