"Not quite there..."3.5 starson by jrasero23
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.