Moto X+1 Final Prototype 'Revealed' by New Leaked Images: Smartphone to Feature 12 MP Camera
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I’m addicted to new phones. I purchase every new device to hit the market, if I don’t like it I return it in two weeks. I usually end up selling on Swappa if I’ve owned for more than two weeks.
My take on the best feature of each of these phones:
My rating from best to worst: G3, OPO, N5, M8, S5, MX
My thoughts on what people criticize each of these phones for:
M8: Camera. I found it was pretty terrible compared to the other flagships. You have to take photos in a way that forces you to shoot to prevent cropping. Most of the disparaging remarks are accurate.
S5: Plastic & lag. It feels slimy, better than the S4, but still slimy. The lag is noticeable, especially with carrier bloat. Remarks are accurate.
N5: Camera & Battery. In my experience, the camera is actually pretty decent. I gave the phone to my wife, and she takes great pictures. I’m consistently surprised by how great her photos turn out. Battery life wasn’t great when I was using the phone. Since software updates, battery seems very decent. Most complaints not warranted.
OPO: Company. I got an early invite, and I stay away from the forums for the most part. My device isn’t faulty, no yellow screen issues. For the price, the device is amazing. Great screen, great camera, amazing caseback. I think most complaints on the device are not warranted. I might sing a different tune if mine was faulty and had to RMA. Most complaints about the company seem to be accurate.
G3: Screen. The screen looks fantastic to me. I don’t notice the halo most people complain about. Battery life has been consistently GREAT. I do sometimes run into the screen being force dimmed due to heat issues. If I had to work in sunlight, it would be an issue. Complaints are warranted on dimming issues, but don’t hinder my use. Complaints aren’t especially warranted on battery.
MX: Hardware/Screen. I think that for $400.00 it’s overpriced. The camera needs a lot of work. The software experience and size just doesn’t overcome its age right now.
I’m using the G3 as my daily driver and have no plans to switch… until maybe that Moto X+1. ☺
Edit: Obviously I meant N5. Reading articles on the N6 made me goof. Brain fart.
Edit 2: I'm glad there has been a lot of productive input here! Lot's of great comments. Anyone who is on the fence with one of these devices can learn a lot reading through these comments.
Posted on 20 July 2014
I've been living in Vietnam for the last six months. Two weeks ago my Moto X was stolen off a beach while I was swimming at dusk. It was stupid on my part, but it was pretty isolated beach, with few people around, and I had become complacent about worrying about that kind of thing here. In total, 4 phones were taken (mine was the only smartphone), along with my wallet and a few other small things.
Luckily, I had google+ photo back up enabled, along with location turned on. For about a week I let him take pictures of himself, his friends and his family, while watching the location habits using maps location history. After a few days I had a good idea of where he lived and what he looked like.
I thought about going to his house myself to try to recover the phone, but a local friend here advised me not to, and informed me that he had a cousin who worked for the police. So I talked to this policeman one night, gave him the info I had, and showed him the photos and maps. Nothing happened for about a week. I gave up hope and decided to try to move on and accept that I would buy a new phone upon my return to the states.
Then today my friend came into my office with three of the four phones, including my Moto X, along with my headphones(!?). I have yet to hear the full story of what happened to get our phones back, but I'm thrilled.
Thanks to photo back up, location history and android device manager, I recovered a phone stolen in a small town in Vietnam.
Posted on 8 July 2014
I noticed that one of the Moto X 4.4.3 updates says "improved photos in low light conditions using front camera."
This has long been one of my gripes with the Moto X camera, so I set out to test it out. I work for AT&T and happen to have my personal unlocked moto x (on 4.4.3) and my work moto x (still on 4.4.2) so I have a perfect opportunity to literally put the phones side by side and take comparison pictures.
Keep in mind the lighting in my living room is extremely ugly IRL, so I'm not going to get a beautiful picture. This is a huge improvement and I'm glad to see it happen.
Posted on 16 June 2014
Hey guys, I've had a Moto X since launch (around 9 months now) and I just wanted to see how everyone's is holding up.
So far I have had 0 problems. It's always been fluid, I love the Moto additions and honestly hands down the best phone I've ever used (and I've had quite a few). I just wish the camera was better. At the rate that they are updating the phone, showing that they care, I will defiantly buy the moto X2.
I want to know what you guys think!
Posted on 31 March 2014
I'm due for an upgrade and I'm pretty convinced to getting the Moto X. Just want to know what's bad about this phone as I've heard all the good.
Edit: To those thinking about getting the Moto X, keep in mind you're about to read some really nit picky stuff and some people have also complained about the android ui itself, not the phone. Keep this in mind while you read.
Coming from a Galaxy Nexus, I was deciding between the Nexus 5 and the Moto X. I have concluded to switch to Moto X.
Posted on 17 March 2014
Hey guys, I was thinking it might be helpful for new Moto X people if we had a set of links to useful things to do with their Moto X. I was thinking this could include:
I think this subreddit is a great place for newcomers, but I think we'd get better posts if half the front page wasn't asking how to root their phone. I'll update the original post with any comments people leave for links!
Sorry it took me so long to update this. Message me if you have anything that you think would be useful to add!
Features and Tricks
Posted on 16 January 2014
Quick overview: this is my first week as an owner of a Moto X device, I ordered mine with a navy back/black front/black accent, I soon became nervous that I was too conservative in choosing the color scheme but once it arrived those fears went away, the device is beautiful, its shape was one of the factors that made me want one, and it’s even handsomer in the flesh, it’s also smaller and thinner than I thought.
(My second choice for a color scheme was olive back/black front/orange accent, feel free to use it, I've seen pictures of this arrangement and it’s a looker).
So as I mentioned the shape of the Moto X was one factor that drew me to it, it’s curved back, reasonable size, and the almost “all-screen” front. The bells and whistles I didn’t take too seriously, I just wanted a proper phone with decent battery life and near stock Android.
Active Display is the first thing you notice, an elegant circle in the middle of the screen with a digit clock inside it, you tap it and a “lock” icon appears at the bottom of the screen you swipe towards it to unlock the phone, when there is a notification the digital clock is replaced with the relevant app icon and when tapped a snippet of the text or email or whatever the notification is appears on the top of the screen and if you swipe towards it you open the relevant app, you can also dismiss notifications by swiping sideways. I find it delightful to see the clock in that elegant way whenever I pick up the device, and it’s very battery friendly as only the needed pixels are activated, and you can choose which apps you want to see notifications from, I love it.
As for Motorola Assist it’s basically how they solved contextual behaviour of the device in the most straightforward way:
It kicks in when you add an event to your calendar, so during that time period your phone is silent or set to vibrate only if you want it too, you could also dictate an auto reply to send to those trying to contact you that you are at a meeting or busy or something, and you can allow “favorite” contacts or those that call twice to always be able to reach you during meetings and appointments.
Driving mode aptly enough kicks in when you're driving, it can read your messages out loud, it can also be made to auto reply saying your unreachable, and it can resume playing your tracks via bluetooth or headphone jack.
Usually these additon are useless bloat but this stuff is extremely useful, in fact I think they are a must for every mobile device.
Also a notable mention is warranted for a slightly less useful feature but the interactive “Windy Day” animation made everyone I showed it to smile.
Needless to say the I’m very happy with my Moto X and recommend it to everyone.
Posted on 8 January 2014
I am thinking of getting the Moto X and am quite interested in the new bamboo option (and the other woods that will be released in the future). Any comments?
Posted on 1 January 2014
Seasonal boot animation enabled on the Moto X & G by changing the date to December 9th. Really nice touch but do people reboot their devices often enough to notice?
Posted on 7 December 2013
As many of us have done (myself included), we have picked up more moto x discount codes than we needed today, be it out of paranoia or for a friend who is on the fence. But I figured it'd be good to have a centralized place where people can post and decide how they want to distribute their extra codes!
Edit: Good to see that this idea is taking off! Just to note, I haven't received my codes yet, so not sure if anyone else has or not. But I'll keep everyone posted!
Edit 2: Got my first code, but my extra hasn't come in yet...
Edit 3: Still no signs of my second code... sorry everyone! Hope I can make someone's day soon!
Edit 4: Gave the code away! Sorry about the long wait, was away from comp. But a few people reached out to me and I picked one at random. Best of luck to everyone on Monday!
Posted on 4 December 2013
2nd time's the charm, right?
Welcome back everyone! This is a thread for all of us to discuss what's going on with our Moto X orders, what color combos we're getting, if any issues are arising, etc.
For those who do not know, the deal will be going on today at noon EST, and Monday, 12/9 at noon EST.
You will not have to rush through checkout like you did on Cyber Monday, you'll just register for a one time use code that Motorola will email you, which you will use on checkout. More information can be found here.
That's all I got, so lets get ready to order our brand new phones!
Never forget Motopocalypse 2013
Now begins the long wait for the email.
Posted on 4 December 2013
SEE YOU ALL WEDNESDAY
I'm bored of waiting, and still in a Football mindset. Here's the unofficial Moto X Cyber Monday thread. Post what's happening on your end, talk about color combos, whatever.
Good luck everyone.
FINAL EDIT: If Moto Maker is not up by 9:30 EST, they will be delaying it to Wednesday at Noon EST and next Monday. Looks like the hug of death killed Moto today. Hopefully Wednesday will go much smoother, and we won't have to have a whole 1000 comment thread detailing our woes on getting the moto x. It was a pleasure waiting with you gentlemen, see you Wednesday.
EDIT 17: Moto Maker still down, Moto promises extra stock for when it does come back online.
EDIT 16: Coming up on hour 10.
EDIT 15: Site officially showing GSM and VZW DE phones out of stock. Still working on Moto Maker, according to MotoSupport.
EDIT 1004 (well, it feels like it): MotoSupport is just telling us that they're working on stuff. No need to spam them, they're not the ones working on it. Hopefully it'll be back up today, but there's a possibility it won't be.
EDIT 13: Moto is working on getting the Moto Maker service back up today.
EDIT 12: MotoSupport is back up and keepin' us informed.
EDIT 11: @MotorolaSupport hit their tweet limit. We're on our own now, gentlemen.
EDIT 10: 5 hours. Yay....
EDIT 9: What we know so far: We broke their site. They tried to fix it. DE phones sold out. They doubled the stock of Moto Maker phones. We're waiting for fix #2 right now.
EDIT 8: We had a brief period where it worked for some people, but we're back to where we started.
EDIT 7: Looks like VZW DE is sold out. Meanwhile, us Moto Makers are still waiting.
EDIT 6: Looks like Dev Editions can check out, Moto Makers cannot.
EDIT 5: THE DEAL IS ON! Wait for it...
EDIT EDIT EDIT: 2 hours in. I still haven't left my bed. Thank god I don't have class until 2.
EDIT EDIT: "You cannot check out with a Moto X right now" itshappening.gif?
EDIT: Yes, we know the site is down. No need to link us to Moto's tweet, we know about it. All we can do at this point is wait and then mash checkout once we see the promo applied.
Posted on 2 December 2013
Just spoke to Moto Maker customer service. They confirmed 350 for custom moto x. Remember you have 14 days after you receive it to return it. Making it a great early christmas present. Custom, no contract, any carrier, awesome cyber monday deal.
12:30pm eastern - Looks like everyone can add to cart, and they see the discount price, but it does not allow you to checkout. Motorolas twitter still hasn't said anything about the deal going live yet.
If this deal takes any longer to take effect... I officially declare tomorrow Cyber Tuesday. Maybe they'll have it sorted out by then.
Posted on 2 December 2013
I've had my Moto X essentially since launch, and I really like everything about the phone.
The other day I began to notice some screen burn-in from the on-screen buttons while watching a YouTube video.
I knew this was a potential problem with AMOLED screens, but didn't think it would be an issue this soon into ownership (this is my first AMOLED device, so I have no prior experience here).
Is it common for burn-in to happen this quickly? Is anyone else noticing this already on their Moto X? Any fixes other than sending my phone in to Motorola?
Just to clarify, I understand why burn in happens. Was more curious as to the time line for when it usually shows up.
UPDATE: Spoke to Motorola, after explaining my issue they informed me I have a warranty for a year and that I can send the phone in for "evaluation" and a fix. They weren't real clear as to whether burn-in was actually covered by the warranty. I opted not to send it in for now, but when I do I'll make a new thread to let any other Moto X/new Moto Droid owners know how it went.
Posted on 27 November 2013
Let's compare the Nexus 5 to the Moto X.
On paper, the Nexus 5's main advantages are the 1080p display and the quad core Snapdragon 800 SoC. What does this mean? Very little. In real life performance, we've hit a point where adding more cores and more pixels have very little noticeable effect.
What other advantages does the Nexus 5 have? Stock Android? Moto X comes with basically stock Android with software improvements like touchless control and active display notifications. Quick updates? The Moto X received the Kit Kat 4.4 update in record time (even on Verizon!), while some Nexus owners are still waiting for theirs.
Where does the Nexus 5 fall short? Battery life has been a common complaint in all the Nexus 5 reviews. The Moto X on the other hand has phenomenal battery life. The Nexus 5 camera is another common complaint. And while the Moto X had camera quality issues at launch, they have been fixed through software updates.
The physical phone itself is another huge selling point for the Moto X. The Nexus 5 comes in black or white. The Moto X comes in thousands of custom color combinations, and Moto Maker is now available to all major carriers. Most Moto X users have also commented that the Moto X is the perfect size for a phone, and the gentle curvature of the phone makes it one of the most pleasing to hold. The build material of the Moto X is also of higher quality than that used in the Nexus 5.
So what does this all mean? To me it means that the Moto X is clearly the better phone and in my opinion, unless you're strapped for cash, it's well worth the extra $150 over the Nexus 5.
Posted on 19 November 2013
By making the Moto X the way they did and where they did Motorola set out to introduce their take on the smartphone. They proved that you don’t need high end innards to deliver a high end smartphone experience, and they made a great device (just ask an owner).
Nevertheless you only have to take a look at it’s GPU benchmarks to understand that it’s far from dull under the skin, not to mention the X8 system that allows for the “always listening” mode without sacrificing the battery, in fact it has a great battery life, among the best you can buy.
With the X Motorola experimented with new methods of customization, and a new ordering experience. The phone is assembled in a factory in Texas garnering Motorola a great deal of good faith.
Now as for the recent report about analysts estimating that Moto sold around half a million devices and how that might be considered as underperforming, that seems like a narrow sighted view of the role of the Moto X, some comments also didn't fail to mention that carrier exclusivity for the customization features might have contributed to the sales figures, but they don’t even consider that 500,000 units might be well within range of Motorola expectations and that they did actually benefit from the exclusivity deal as they were paid for it while assessing their unusual production and sales methods.
There are many obvious factors to indicate that the X wasn't meant to achieve the sales figures of Apple or Samsung products, the main one being that it was produced in a US factory with relatively more expensive labor, and that it was sold only within the United States, but as mentioned above there are many corporate benefits of doing something like that.
Moto X was the first Motorola product under Google and it was the device that established the company’s new direction, their design language, their software and hardware additions, and a way to calibrate and explore their manufacturing capabilities.
It’s a phone that looks great, runs great with more than respectable battery life, now if they could take these qualities or something very similar and do away with the cost by making it with more conventional means and offering it in more countries. Well … here is where the Moto G comes in.
Posted on 13 November 2013
My Verizon contract is about to expire, so I'm going to move to T-Mobile. Obviously the Nexus 5 is a good phone, but for someone like me that just favors simplicity and a phone that could do basic things, is it worth going with the Moto X? I really like the customization for it, but also love the pureness of the Nexus 5. Thoughts anyone?
EDIT #1: Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I'm a geeky guy myself and I was drooling all over my screen when they announced the Nexus 5. The thing that I noticed is that I barely use my phone for anything other than texts, calls, and tethering. I dont really need all the speed that the Nexus 5 offers, I have a Nexus 7 for that. The Moto X seems like a better device for my needs, and I'll be getting that. Thanks again for all the submissions.
Posted on 11 November 2013
So, I finally decided to upgrade my Galaxy Nexus to the Moto X through Verizon. I arranged for my Device to be picked up after purchasing it online with the "Verizon30" coupon code, making it $140. I showed up at the store, was told I was next in line, and spent an hour looking at accessories while the salesmen took forever. Eventually he asked me what phone I was purchasing and went into the back to get it. He came back up to the iPad/register and brought up my sale. All of a sudden he looks up at me and says "What the hell? How did you do that?" and I asked him what he was talking about. He then flipped his iPad over and showed me that I somehow had the Moto X, originally $200, for $19.99 in my order. He and I were both stunned. So, he had me sign twice, and then handed over my Moto X. We both laughed and he was happy to give me the sweet deal. Did I just get extremely lucky or what?
Posted on 7 October 2013
I have been using all Google Devices since I have had a smart phone: OG Droid, GNEX, and finally the Nexus 4. I have never seen any manufacturer's skins or add-ons that really seemed to outweigh the clean STOCK experience especially up until recently.
I have had the opportunity to use the Moto X for a few days and it is obvious to me that it is the future direction of smart phones. It is the little things and the polish that set this phone apart.
The hands-free talking/hotword activation is CLEARLY the direction Google Now should be headed.
Active Notifications are IMHO the best part about the phone. Any time I pick the phone up, it knows and is ready to be unlocked. No more clicking of buttons. It sounds incredibly simple and it is but it has made such an impression on me.
My question is.. Does this stuff make it to all Android Phones eventually, or will it be secluded to Goog/Moto devices. On one hand I am happy for Moto to make such a stride and want to see them succeed. But at the same time I would like to see these features on the Nexus 5 or other phones in the future..
EDIT: Is there a way to change the title? This was meant as a question, not a lead on... Sorry for any confusion/hope
Posted on 7 October 2013
I haven't really been able to vent my happiness about this to anybody (wifey doesn't get it, coworkers simply don't care). So I'm going to vent to most likely next to nobody here as well.
I got my new Moto X yesterday... and I could not be happier with it. I know it has gotten some flak for not lighting up the spec sheets, but I'll be damned if this isn't functional as hell and just simply works.
I like how there is some nice heft to it, coming from my GSIII's cheap and light feeling plastic. I really enjoy the form factor on it. It feels good to hold. The screen is not 1080p. It is also not 5+ inches. It looks great. It fits in my pocket. I now believe that 1080p does not matter to me on a phone with screen this size.
The active display is great. It stops the compulsive phone checking all day long. I surprisingly found the always on voice commands useful as well. I never really used them on my GSIII, and didn't care too much for the idea of voice command in general (I'd rather just use my fingers), but I'm actually using and liking it now.
Minimal carrier bloat is so nice, and close to vanilla android looks SO much better than the Samsung version.
In closing, I'm finding myself on the same train of thinking that it looks like Google/Motorola is on... specs are nice and all, but that is not what makes a phone great for the user. I was a bit hesitant to get the Moto X because of the lack of truly top of the line specs/processor/screen but I am so glad that I got it.
Posted on 26 September 2013
I posted this thread a few days ago about switching to Android. After an insane amount of deliberation, I decided to go with the crimson and black Moto X. I placed my order on Friday the 13th, and it showed up at my door today (Monday the 16), shy of both Moto Maker's 6 day estimate and Motorola's original 4 day estimate. Active Notifications, Touchless controls, and voice recognition work great. I honestly struggle to find anything I dislike about this phone.
But all things are possible.
Which brings me to the camera: It sucks. Like, hard. Actually, I shouldn't blame the camera. In adequate lighting the 10MP shooter performs pretty damn well. The default app however, has NO idea how to auto adjust exposure for different lighting environments. When I downloaded Camera JB+, which has the ability to manually adjust exposure, the pictures were at least decent in every lighting scenario. The only issue is that apps like Snapchat and Instagram use the default camera firmware. This means in low-light settings, your Snapchats look even worse than Snapchat makes them look by default (which is pretty bad). You can take pics with Camera JB+ and import them to Instagram, but that's one more step. If anyone knows a better solution let me know.
The only other thing I dislike about the phone has nothing to do with the phone itself. There simply are little to no accessories available in meatspace. My Moto X arriving early was awesome, but it also meant it showed up 3 days before my case...Venturing to local stores in search of temporary solution brought next to nothing.
Overall, this is one of the best smartphone experiences I've ever had. The phone read a text my girlfriend sent me aloud flawlessly (the text said "suck my balls", which is odd to hear in a computer's voice), the fact that I can pull the phone out and check the time without touching anything else is more useful than I'd have thought it would be, and after charging it for a while, it seems to be sipping battery like fine whiskey rather than guzzling it like Bud lite.
I give it a 9/10. I'm glad this is my first Android phone.
Posted on 16 September 2013
I found a pretty great coupon code for getting 30% off on orders at verizon. I saw it in an HTC One post but i tried it and it worked fine on my Moto X order. Give it a whirl:
Posted on 28 August 2013
So, to start with, I've owned a ton of smartphones and devices. Right now within reach I have a Moto X, iPhone 5, GS4, HTC One, Lumia 920... etc.
I was excited about the Moto X after checking out it's size and the touchless voice features. I love Google now and the idea of activating it with my voice is amazing.
I've had it for an little while now and I'm going to randomly list some impressions on the device, I'll be happy to answer any questions.
EDIT: Some comparison shots: http://imgur.com/a/63NNc
EDIT 2: I've also discovered the right side rim around the screen is "raised" just a tiny bit and is quite annoyingly catching my finger every time I swipe (which is a lot).
Posted on 24 August 2013
Based on all the leaks and measurements it's possible to make a pretty accurate comparison. If you're interested in how the Moto X's size is going to compare to your phone (or a phone you're thinking about), here you go. http://i.imgur.com/nkBIZBA.jpg
The black boxes are a comparison of screen sizes (which include on screen buttons, if they exist)
Edit: to get an idea of what effect small changes in the measure of the body size can have on how big the screen ends up being, I redid the image, but used a measurement of 4 15/16" (instead of 4 13/16" for the first one) for the height. The screen ends up being about the same size as the Gnex: http://imgur.com/WKll7cC
Posted on 20 July 2013
Here's the new logo for reference: http://i.imgur.com/Lr4CEwS.jpg
Some of the leaked colored backplates: http://img.talkandroid.com/uploads/2013/07/x_phone_colors-630x354.jpg
Posted on 13 July 2013