Pros Feels great in the hand, size is perfect
Screen is bright and vivid
Battery life is amazing on this phone
Amazing notification system
Cons Charges slowly via USB, charges fine if using an adapter
Summary In the effort of impartiality, I will run through the phones/OS's I've used in the last year - I've had the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Evo LTE, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 & now, the Moto X (I get complimentary phones through work, I'm not just indecisive!).Edit:
In using each operating system, there were always small niggles that I did not like - with the iPhone, it was the small screen and lack of customization...in the S4 and One, it was the dismal battery life...in the Lumia, it was the lack of major app support. Finally, I received the Moto X, and switched to it, and here after about two weeks of use, I can honestly say that it's the best phone I've ever used.
It feels great in the hand - the size is perfect - not too small like the iPhone 5, not too big like the HTC One. The back is slightly curved which feels amazing in the palm. The screen is bright and vivid, and although the resolution isn't as great as some phones, I can't really tell a difference. I also don't watch many videos on my phone, so that may be something to look at if you're a heavy video user.
Now, the battery life. I travel quite a bit for work, and need my smartphone to get me from place to place, airport to airport, etc. The battery life on this thing is amazing! For example, my Galaxy S4 (which is still lit up, although on a different network) can be fully charged at the beginning of the day, left on a dresser all day without touching it, and it will be dead by the time I go to bed. On the Moto X, I've used it pretty normally all day long and it'll still have plenty of life left when I hit the sack. The battery life is amazing on this phone. With my HTC One, I needed to lug a big Mophie case along with it all day just to keep me charged throughout my work hours - not so with the X.
One really amazing draw for this (for me) is the notification system. It will show you on the lock screen what notifications you have - and you don't even have to touch the phone. The voice activation, although cool, does not work for me, as I have an exchange account linked for work that requires a password - if you have a password on your phone, the voice activation does not work until the phone is actually unlocked, kind of defeating the purpose.
Although on a spec sheet, this phone is not really special compared to Samsung and HTC's flagships, this phone is absolutely quick as heck - whether scrolling through menus or jumping online, everything is smooth and a breeze. Do not pay attention to specs!
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In closing, this is the closest that I've seen to my perfect phone.
Updated on Dec 1, 2013
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Pros Compact for a 4.7" screen
Almost stock Android
Custom (AT&T Only)
Great feel and weight
Cons Custom only for AT&T
Pricey for a mid tier phone
Camera is okay but almost too simple
No crave worthy feature
Summary I was looking at the HTC One, S4, and Moto X for Verizon. I first bought the One but got three defective phones and got fed up and was looking to get a S4 or X instead. I picked the S4 because I thought the X phone was nothing special, here is why:
So if the S4 feels cheap, slippery, and odd to hold the X phone is the complete opposite with its solid plastic, textured back, and curved form. Simply put the X is a pleasure to hold and you truly forget that the phone is plastic and not aluminum like the iPhone or One. The X has a nice 4.7" screen that feels very compact since Motorola trimmed the bezel down a lot so the phone seems like the size of an iPhone but has .7" more inches. With a 720P screen the X isn't bad since you don't notice any pixels but the screen isn't as vibrant as an iPhone and defiantly not as vibrant as a S4.
The phone runs on a dual core but has several other cores to do other tasks, and flipping through screens or browsing is flawless. Playing games such as Temple Run 2 play smoothly but at times there was a slight lag compared to quad core phones such as the One and S4.
The phone has either 16GB or 32GB which is fine but for $200 for 16GB and $250 for 32GB you aren't getting a lot of space for your money considering this phone isn't cutting edge technology.
What is worth the money is the notification system and the ability to control the phone with just your voice. This seems to me as the X's best feature and for me it came in handy.
Verizon only gets the white and black version of the X which is sad since the second best feature is the customization of the phone through Motorola, obviously if you are on AT&T this isn't a problem.
One of my biggest problems with the X is its camera. Motorola has never been known for smartphone camera quality by any means but the X is a huge step in the right direction, BUT I still find the X's camera to be inadequate. The X's camera is very simple almost too simple so your not going to find S4 features or even One features, so if your a smartphone camera nerd that specializes in Instagram look to the S4 or One with features or the iPhone for overall quality. Speaking of quality the X's photos are a huge improvement from past Motorola phone BUT I found the pictures to have a lot of artifacts and the pictures looked very processed and unnatural.
So overall with the X you get a very good phone, but the problem for me is that the market is flooded with a lot of very good phones and a few great ones with the iPhone, HTC One, and Galaxy S4 so why pick the Moto X? Some might find the almost stock Android experience a selling point but for me I don't mind Sense or Touchwiz. Originally it was rumored the X phone would be a budget minded phone off contract, but at $200 (16GB) for 24 months on contract, the phone is no where near a budget phone but rather just a gussied up mid tier phone trying to play with the big boys. Maybe next generation will be better but for now it is hard to recommend the X phone over other companies flagship phones since the X phone does every good but nothing great.
Pros perfect size, just big enough
love the curved ergonomic hold
double wrist flick to open camera
Motorola assist is awesome
Summary My favorite part of this phone is definitely the wrist flick to open he camera. I know it sounds weird to have that "gimmick" type feature be my favorite thing but honestly after using it for the last two months I don't know how I went without it. I use it constantly! That said the picture quality varies more than I would like. Even with the update, sometimes the pictures are STUNNING and other times so pixely I feel like I am in 2005. This is the phones greatest flaw, but I end up getting mostly good pictures.
I love the size! Bigger than the iPhone for better media consumption but not huge so that I can't use it one handed. I mostly use my phone with one hand and I think this size is the perfect sweet spot. Continuing on the build, I love the curved ergonomic back and the little "button" spot under the camera lense. I am still really angry at Motorola for keeping moto maker from Verizon for so long though. What the heck!?
I love the relatively minimal bloat on the phone, it makes it feel clean. Motorola Assist (one of the few pre-installed apps) is actually really great. I love connecting moto X to my computer, or being able to recieve a call when I am sleeping ONLY if they call twice. Reading texts in the car is the most used feature, I just wish it would let me reply specifically instead of a canned "I'm driving I will call you later".
The screen is hard to see in direct sunlight. I live in Las Vegas so this is a bigger issue for me than I thought it would be. I LOVE LOVE active display and I know they need an amoled display for that but it still gets frustrating. I haven't decided if I would trade active display for better sunlight visibility yet, I wish I could have both :/
Android apps are glitchy. I have had iPhone since they launched and never experienced this kind of weirdness. I asked my boyfriend who has a Galaxy Note II about it and he said he gets the same glitches sometimes and it is just the price you pay for a system as malleable as android. For example on instagram my profile pic never shows up. It is there, and when I go to my profile page it shows up and then it will work but if I just open straight to the timeline it will just not load. Like I said I don'y have huge android experience but I have a lot of iPhone experience and between me and my boyfriends problems this seems like an android app issue.
Even with all of this, I still prefer the Moto X to the iPhone 5 or any other iPhone. I am sick to death of apples incremental upgrades. They would really have to WOW me to bring me back because right now I am LOVING the Moto x. Just an overall really enjoyable experience. Not perfect, but doesn't need to be because the innovation it offers is worth the small (and infrequent) glitches.
Pros touchless feature
remote access via motorola connect
wrist mechanism activating camera
runs andorid smoothly
Cons picture quality can be less than impressive at times
charges very slowly
Summary this is my first android phone and i couldn't be happier. As an avid google user, this phone felt familiar with many of the google apps I had already been using. The phone is fast and i haven't had any problems with the OS. I think the touchless features is truly amazing. Active notification is a nice way to check messages/texts without having to unlock the phone. I would recommend this phone.
Pros - Nice sized screen.
- Google Now works perfectly, very intuitive.
- Amazing battery life.
-Can sync with Google Chrome so you send text messages from your browser
- Smooth OS.
Cons -Need to unlock phone every time you use Google Now, unless you don't have any sort of passcode.
- Speaker sound could be stronger.
Summary Amazing phone. Highly customizable (AT&T only, for now). Worth it. Costs half what the iPhone 5s costs and it's a better option.