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Motorola Moto X Review

0. phoneArena 05 Aug 2013, 05:54 posted on

Enter a new era in Motorola’s history, where they intend on bringing to market a single new flagship device that would take on the competition. Instead of seeing different lines of Motorola made Android phones, the Moto X is that diamond in the rough device that Motorola is banking on to attract consumers to Motorola’s new approach to the business. In an era where cutting edge Android smartphones are leaving long lasting impressions, it’ll be intriguing to see whether the Moto X will have the guts and execution to redefine the game...

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posted on 05 Aug 2013, 06:24 6

6. Jason2k13 (Posts: 918; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

so this is the phone that got the nerds drooling 3 months ago... i dont see anything special and why the small battery?

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 06:57 2

14. jharkem17 (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Jul 2013)

small battery..are you kidding me?

E X P E R I E N C E ....

yes nerds,,awaits this phone..
ignorants critcize this..

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 08:41

31. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9880; Member since: 14 May 2012)

What does the Moto X offer that stops me from picking the Droid MAXX?

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 09:09

37. jellmoo (Posts: 961; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Smaller form factor, lighter, slightly more PPI vs larger screen, thinner and larger battery.

Plus the Maxx limits you to a single carrier.

It's all about what you prioritize. If you are a heavy mobile user that is on the device constantly, the Maxx is the better purchase. If you want a more comfortable fit in the hand and one handed use, the Moto X is the better choice.

If you aren't on Verizon, then the choice is already made for you.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 09:50

42. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9880; Member since: 14 May 2012)

You said the Moto X has a larger battery than the MAXX lol.


posted on 05 Aug 2013, 10:34 1

48. jellmoo (Posts: 961; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Please re-read. I listed the Maxx as having the benefit of a larger battery.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 15:26

66. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

being on Verizon the MAXX vs. X decision is on for me and i'm leaning more towards the X because of it's more compact design with virtual software keys and less aggressive styling. i personally like the Droid's style, i've had many Droids but i'm kind of tired of having Droids and i want something different. i work in the phone industry so i immerse myself in it all the time and i think i'm headed to the point to where now i want a phone to help me get my mind away from the phone industry and the constant spec wars and the "bigger numbers means you have something better" talks. i just want something that's comfortable to use and is styled to my tastes which the Moto X does to a T and on top of that the Moto X offers a handful of great features that i'd use day to day on top of stock Android. frankly this is the phone i've been waiting for.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 14:03

90. Jillxz (Posts: 148; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

No , he's not kidding you. It has a small battery.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 06:25 3

7. Zeus.k (unregistered)

Good job done by moto. They are trying to sell an experience instead of only a device. There are a lot of things which can be improved considering the price but they are definitely going in the right direction.
However I am waiting for Nexus 5 preferably by Samsung or LG.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 14:11 1

91. Jillxz (Posts: 148; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

Experience instead of only a device? Lol , that is too funny. My user experience consist of a fast phone. When I download , it is fast. When I click on anything , it is there . This so called " User Experience" is not reality. It's a marketing gimmick. Sure , we all want a good " User Experience" , but we need a good high-end phone to get that "User Experience. How can there be a good user experience with a lagging , freezing , phone. Give this phone a few months of downloads , movies , songs, apps , etc and it's doubtful it will even run. I want som ething that will last me 2 or 3 years. This piece of junk won't do that.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 21:21

115. lola99 (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Aug 2013)

You should read the reviews, people comment on the speed quite a bit. lol @ lagging, S4 is the laggiest pos of all time.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 06:28

8. sonisoe (Posts: 386; Member since: 06 May 2009)

video review coming ?

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 06:56 1

13. shamashu9 (Posts: 142; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

Nexus 5 by cherry mobile

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 17:39

69. mottykels (Posts: 373; Member since: 15 May 2013)

Pinoy? Hehe

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 07:00

16. Sesameopen (Posts: 106; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)

I don't care how much this will cost. I am getting it.


OPEN. SESAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 07:24 1

18. jellmoo (Posts: 961; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Wait, wait, wait... How was this overall score calculated? There is one listed Con: "Moto Maker is only exclusive to AT&T."

That results in an 8.5? Where did those 1.5 points go? Every single section came back with either a positive or neutral to positive remark. I honestly want to know why this phone has an 8.5.

Do you automatically deduct a point if it doesn't say "Samsung" on the front?

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 07:53 4

23. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

200 dollars with contract is outragious.

you can get a s4 or one for cheaper and higher specs. makes no sense at all

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 08:06 1

25. jellmoo (Posts: 961; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

But that isn't a point of contention within the article: "It’s arguable that it’s a bit pricey, but it’s still within that sweet golden price point we’re accustomed to seeing attached with flagships."

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 08:43 4

32. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9880; Member since: 14 May 2012)

$200 on contract when the Nexus 4 is $300 unlocked and performs just as fast. Phone isn't worth the price.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 08:56

34. jellmoo (Posts: 961; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Yes, but that would be your opinion, which is fine, we all have one of those.

I am talking about the content of the article, which does not list this (or price at all) as a negative

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 09:51 2

43. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9880; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I'm surprised it received a 8.5.

8 sounds like a better rating imo.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 10:07 2

45. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I was thinking 7.5. If L1020 scored 8.5, there is no way the X is equivalent to the L1020.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 22:58 1

76. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Well the 1020 costs 100 bucks more... So

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 10:42

50. jellmoo (Posts: 961; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Which would be fine. Heck, I'm not sure about the 8.5 myself (though I also think that devices like the S4 and One are scored too highly, but I digress).

I just want to know "why" the device gets that score. And hell, I know why, and you know why, and pretty much everyone here knows why. But the review itself needs to contain this information, otherwise it's an arbitrary number thrown at the end of an article.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 20:27

99. lola99 (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Aug 2013)

Because the user experience is very very good. All reviews all over the web by tech sites say they like the phone and enjoy using it.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 14:01 1

61. rafabr (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

Actually the benchmarks outperformed the Nexus 4. Plus it's got a slightly better camera, 4G LTE (dual antenna), great software additions (for some people), 50GB on GDrive.

PERSONALLY, it's a better overall phone that the N4 for me.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 20:25 1

98. lola99 (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Aug 2013)

You mean you can get a big ass phone with lots of stuff on it you don't want with no new features. yes, one can, but many don't want that.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 09:24 2

38. Taters (Posts: 5032; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

LOL Fanboys don't seem to realize that rating systems are not based on their own way of thinking.

There were many things mentioned in the article that would deduct 1.5 from the score.

Pricing, unremarkable design, thickness, 720p screen when everyone has a 1080p screen etc.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 10:38

49. jellmoo (Posts: 961; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

You know what I hate? The retort of "fanboy". I am not a Motorola "fanboy". I don't particularly care about the company or their products one way or the other.

What I do care about are quality reviews, where you can extrapolate a score based on the content of the review. Please read the review in its entirety. The points you mention aren't listed as negatives, and are completely glossed over.

If the contents of the review lead to an appropriate score, then awesome! If that score is an 8.5, great! But what about this review leads to that score? It has 1 con listed, which is the silliest con I have every read. So please, before you throw out claims of fanboyism, read what I wrote, read what is contained in the review itself, and come up with a more constructive comment.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 11:41

81. Taters (Posts: 5032; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Oh please. Of course I would read the review in it's entirety before replying. Unlike most Phonearena shills, I analyze everything.

All of the things I mentioned are in the review and can take points away from the score.

What you people need to realize is that a 10 is not simply a mistake free or a device with no cons. A 10 is the best of the best gold medal winning champion. To get something remotely close to a 10 you need a flat out outstanding or remarkable feature to go along with the no cons.

Each website has different grading criteria obviously but this is common. You need to stand out to get a 9. If the review starts out with unremarkable looks and specs, then that is minus 1 right there and the other .5 is easy.

If we gave out 10's for every con free device it would favour the less ambitious, like Apple. In some ways it does or it did for awhile, but people want more these days. Simply not keeping up with the bar competitors set is plenty reason to deduct 1.5.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 22:08

74. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

pricing and AT&T Moto Maker exclusivity are the only things to keep this phone down. everything else is the way it is for a reason, reasons some people just get and are down with for a better user experience.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 07:48

21. pwnarena (Posts: 1049; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

poor motorola. you don't have a solid enough fan base to protest against that rating.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 08:38 1

29. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

I like motorola but I agree with the rating, I think it was quite generous

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 10:11

46. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I count about 3 Motofans. Time for them to sign up more of their friends to come troll on PA.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 07:57 2

24. FoneAddict (Posts: 237; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Deserves 7 not 8.5. Especially at these artificially over inflated prices.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 08:50 1

33. johnriii (Posts: 236; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

the price point is too high. should be around $149.99. maybe even $129.99. the S4 at Best buy is still running $199.99 on contract. this phone is not equal to the HTC One or the S4, nor the Note 2, which is also $199.99 at Best Buy.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 10:50 1

53. lola99 (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Aug 2013)

Agree, i can't wait to buy it, and *will* buy it, but it's about $50 overpriced. That being said there is no other phone it's size with it's features and specs. Which means, it is actually worth the $200 for anyone who wants a great phone that is not ginormous. And that note 2 is embarrasingly large even though it's smaller than Sammy's new offerings.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 11:15

54. johnriii (Posts: 236; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

time will tell, but this price point will probably hurt their sales. with HTC One and the S4 already established, they should have introduced this at a lower price point, even if for only a weekend, especially right before school starts. imagine the sales of a back to school brand new phone at $149.99?

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 20:35 1

72. lola99 (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Aug 2013)

Possibly. there's not much out there btwn 99 and 200, but as long as someone isn't opposed to the motorola brand, given a choice btwn this and s4, there are going to be soooooo many people who benefit way more from the moto than benefit from the s4, so if you're paying the $200 regardless you pick the phone that offers you more benefits.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 09:02

35. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)

S3 is 9.0

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 09:03 1

36. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)

Good morning everyone!

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 09:25 1

39. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Is this priced wrong? No.
Is it a mid-range device? No.
It's simply late to the market. I am betting that this was supposed to be outed at MWC. But it was delayed.

Try better next time Moto. And for God's sake, Moto shouldn't release more than 3 smartphones in one year. Moto should also give up on creating Verizon Droids. Now that they know how to get carriers follow them, they should be able to launch a great flagship next year.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 09:52 1

44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9880; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Priced wrong? Yes.
Mid-range? Yes.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 11:18 1

55. jellmoo (Posts: 961; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Priced wrong? I totally agree. Motorola had an awesome opportunity to make this a much more attractively priced option, and I think would have taken some great sales if they had.

Mid-range? I don't think so. If it is, then phones like the iPhone 5 and the Lumia 920/925/928 would be mid-range, and I don't think they are. I would say "differently specced high end". A somewhat unique spot where innovation, rather than pure spec bumps are what is being used. (Granted, the Moto X may not have perfectly hit that notion, but I'd like for it to be the first of others that try)

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 13:57

60. rafabr (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

Priced wrong? Maybe, do not forget the "Assembled in USA" marketing. It's a flagship device also.

Mid-range? Not at all. Don't you see it outperformed the "High range" Nexus 4 in all benchmarks, and also scored better on some GPU tests that even the GS4 or HTC One? Hell, stop looking at specs!

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 13:03 1

57. kanagadeepan (Posts: 785; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

If only its having that 3500mAh battery in it or at the least as a customization option...

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 13:19 1

58. -box- (Posts: 3978; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I really like the customization option (that olive color looks great!), but 8.5 is a bit high, especially with the $200 pricing and midrange-android specs. It's a midrange android with a high-end price. As far as midrange androids go, it could deserve the 8.5, but not against the rest of the industry. I'd rather have a Lumia 520/521/620/720 for the same money and not have a contract.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 13:54

59. rafabr (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

I know this phone is not for everyone, due to limited storage, non-removable battery or not outstanding camera. However I must admit this phone is amazing! It outperformed the Nexus 4 on all benchmarks (yes, a dual core beat a quad core), and scored better on some GPU performances that the mighty HTC One and Galaxy S4. Plus... it's Stock Android! Isn't that what people have been asking for?

It's a shame that this phone won't sell as good as other smartphones just because people will say "Oh this has got 4 cores, that's got to be better".

Great phone.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 14:10

62. scrumb (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)

Man, that camera. Ouch. I expected so much more from it given the specs (of the camera). It does indeed seem to be able to pull in a considerable amount of light, but the post-processing done on all the photos (ESPECIALLY the low-light ones) turn everything into a blurry-smudgy mess. The HTC One seems to be able to take better (sharper) photos than this, with a 6MP disadvantage. That's too bad, since despite all the other problems people seem to have with this, I was seriously still considering it as the next (off contract) upgrade from my Galaxy S2 due to the potential for a great all around camera. I wonder if this is fixable in software updates at all, or if it's an issue inherent in the sensor itself? If it's the latter, guess I'll be going with the S4 in September when my contract's up (or might just go to Ting for a few months to see if a G2 based Nexus 5 materializes before the end of the year).

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 15:58

67. Jurdiales (Posts: 126; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

There's some things I don't understand here:

- In the past, lots of people complained about the Custom Interfaces (ex. MotoBlur, Touchwiz, Sense, the LG stuff, etc) But now, Motorola has the Most Stock Interface, and nobody praises that? I mean, even people complains that the interface is not spectacular because is Stock, time passes, people change? Im surprised because even the Motorola enhancements are Holo stock themed.

- At least the phone is not ugly! Why people still complain about the "generic" look? I think is good looking, maybe its not a Lamborghini in the phone world but it looks comfortable on the hand.

- Ok, now I miss the MicroSD slot.

Motorola would do and i´m sure they can make accesories for this flagship phone and they can make it with very high quality, like headphone, bluetooth stereo headsets (like the S11 HD), navigation dock, the HD dock for connecting the phone via HDMI to the TV? maybe, things like that.

I guess the Lapdock or Tablet interface is now dead, right?

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 19:26

70. spasticpat (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)

So moto maker is the huge big thing that this phone is supposed to be all about isn't it? the ability to get your phone "totally customized, inside and out." And then they go and say, Oh, only for AT&T....kinda a slap in the face IMHO

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 21:01 1

73. Sniggly (Posts: 7291; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

I seriously want to know how this only got rated an 8.5 when its only listed con was "Moto Maker only on AT&T."




posted on 05 Aug 2013, 22:10

75. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5688; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

right? i think it deserved a 9.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 02:25

77. najib1312 (Posts: 105; Member since: 08 May 2013)

Specs like Xperia SP/ZR but priced like HTC One. Dafuuuuuqqq!

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 02:26

78. najib1312 (Posts: 105; Member since: 08 May 2013)

I admit it looks decent and pretty sure it'd feel great on my hands. But with that price point, there's nothing that drools me in. And I don't see it arriving to Malaysia any time soon

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 02:41 1

79. jromy (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)

In other words...it doesn't have the latest and greatest specs. And it doesn't need them, but we still want them nevertheless. I think we're becoming a little spoiled when it comes to specs lol

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 03:30

80. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 748; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Really Impressed with the battery capability of this device. From all the reviews I have seen, it easily lasts all day long & more (more than 24hrs). With Google Now always ON, it has such a great battery performance. if I shut down Google Now always on feature, this device shall last more than 2 days easily.... Thinking of getting this or Motorola Droid Maxxx

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 19:15

96. FFitton (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

So the Moto X doesn't wow you on the specs sheet. It's almost like a year behind spec wise with the top phones on the market like the One and S4. Yet the customization aspect makes the Moto X so intriguing. Is this the start of a whole customization craze? I'm hoping so. Hopefully the other companies see this and run with it. I'm hoping the next line of actual flagship devices have these customization options, customizable Galaxy S5 would be awesome. It's like the Nike ID shop for phones, what a great idea.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 19:27

97. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 342; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Wow, that's it huh?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:19

100. anugakarthik (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)

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