No one around here has ever questioned Jony Ive’s ability to make something look nice. Sure, iOS is filled with rainbow colors and semi-transparent shading up the yin yang, but the dude knows design.
In a recent interview with The New Yorker, however, Jony had choice words for an unnamed company which allows users to design their own phone using a website, that company of course being Motorola and its Moto Maker site. On Moto Maker, users are allowed to choose colors and even materials used on the backside of a device, as well as the volume buttons and metal accents. The overall shape and design of the phone, though, remains intact. (more…)
Motorola officially made its return to China this morning in a keynote that was filled with dancing, fist pumping, and excitement. The event kicked off the launch of their whole product line-up in an area of the world that Motorola hasn’t been for some time. If it means anything to you, the Chicago-based smartphone maker pointed out that they managed to jump into China just three months after Lenovo closed their acquisition of them. Of course, Lenovo is a Chinese company, so it’s not that surprising that it all came through this quickly.
Anyways, today kicks off the launch of Motorola’s line-up that includes the Moto X (2nd gen), Moto G (2nd gen) with LTE, Moto X Pro, and Moto Hint. The Moto 360 will come some time later, but for now, Moto wants us to focus on those first four products. (more…)
One of the first thoughts that came to mind after Motorola told us that they had partnered with Horween Leather to produce the leather used for the backs of the new Moto X (2nd gen) and the bands for the Moto 360, knowing that this is the company thats materials are in NFL footballs, was how they would figure out a way to tie-in this country’s most popular sport with their new flagship phone. Now we know. Well, sources told us about this a couple of months ago, so we can’t say we are exactly shocked. But yeah, the Moto X (2nd gen) now comes with an optional NFL leather backside. As in, your Moto X could be a football. (more…)
Shortly after the new Moto X (2nd gen) went on sale for Verizon customers through Moto Maker, readers of ours were quick to point out that the 32GB option was gone within a few minutes. Now that the weekend is over with, it appears as if Motorola is completely sold out of all Verizon variants through their customization site. If you wanted to buy a Moto X for Verizon and customize it through Moto Maker, you can no longer do so. (more…)
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…)