Motorola asks, “What’s in a name?”

Motorola asks, “What’s in a name?”
The new Motorola Moto X is an impressive sequel, and not just because of the bump in specifications from the 2013 model. What makes this year’s Moto X great is that Motorola did not try to fix what was working well.

In fact, it was the little things, including the incremental spec bump, that make “part deux” of the Moto X a winner. We still have Moto maker, but now with an added leather option. The Moto X is still unibody, but with an aluminum frame.

Moto Display (formerly Active Display) has been refined, and Moto Assist has been expanded, now able to provide text-to-speech. Moto Actions makes use of the new IR sensors on the face plate to enable use of gestures for certain features, even as simple as silencing a phone call or alarm.

When it comes to personalization, the Moto X leads the pack in ways the rest of the Android powered world does not. Moto Voice is a distinguishing factor in personalization. We can “name” our Moto X anything we choose, and that is where Motorola asks the poignant question, “What’s in a name?”

Put all those smart features together with a near stock Android experience, top-shelf hardware, and a pretty 1080p display, and it means that naming your device is quite a different take on new tech.


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21 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The Moto X is essentially a Google phone. A forerunner for something "intelligent" from the company that is trying the hardest to create a futuristic AI world. I have to say I am with Elon Musk on this one: "I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence. Increasingly scientists think there should be some regulatory oversight maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like yeah he’s sure he can control the demon. Didn’t work out." The mission of Google is to summon the demon. But what happens afterwards?

3. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Don't think we will really know until it happens.

5. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

They already started summoning the demons. Foot by foot. Inch by inch. We will never realize they are doing it.

16. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

You should look back at some of the commentary about electricity in the early days...

10. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Relax... I think it's time to put down your tinfoil hat.

20. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Relax... I think it's time to put down your tinfoil hat." It's funny seeing someone accuse Elon Musk, who many people regard as the "Tony Stark" of our era, of wearing a tinfoil hat. Maybe it is you who should stop thumping your Science Is Always Good Bible?

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Still waiting for the "name" functionality in the 2013 Moto X...

12. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Me too.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Same here as well.

4. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The X 2014 is not all that great. The battery life is "meh," the camera is not great, at all, and now (This may be on Google) if you tell it to play whatever, it goes into Google Now and shows the search result for Play Music, instead of just opening your Play Music and playing the song. The 2013 edition was handy in the car because of that functionality, but now that it has been borked, the phone just feels like a step backward.

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

It's not perfect and I believe Motorola is not saying it is and I think that's what makes it attractive. It's much more relatable and understated, making it easier for people to appreciate it.

7. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Your average person will find the battery life to suit their needs just fine. The only folks who really need serious battery life would be better off with removal batteries. And even then, those users represent what, less than 10% of the overall user base? Same with the camera. Look at the camera shootouts that they post here. Have you ever taken any of those? If you have, you realize that most of the time you have to study each photo to FIND a difference. Most likely, if any of the results appeared on your current phone at any given moment in time, you'd be happy with the shot. The Moto X's camera shoots just fine so long as you're not trying to be a professional photographer. As much as people bitch about the two above aspects, the special features that the Moto X possesses make it practically the only phone that differs from the sea of other android devices. They all offer more or less the same software experience.

17. slev_ad

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Well Said :) - Proud owner of the Moto X 2014

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

So 7hrs on screen web browsing aint enough for you and is poor? Its not cutting edge I agree, but the price makes you forgive everything.

18. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I have never gotten more than 4.5 hrs SoT, so 7 is out of the question. That's an average work day, where it spends the majority of the day in a locker outside my office in Airplane mode.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Every online publication is raving about the Moto X (2014)? What makes your opinion more valid than any of theirs? The battery life will get someone through a day's usage except those that don't have anything better to do but mess around on their phones all day. And as already stated, the camera is perfectly fine for capturing memories when out and about with family or friends. It's not like you will use this camera or any other smartphone camera as a tool to get publishing industry quality photos. The Moto X is getting such positive reviews just like last year's model because it was clean, fast, customizable, and functional. It has a stellar set of features and is significantly less expensive than that of the competition. If it's not the phone for you then that's fine. But the fact that you can't see the Moto X for the quality device it is just goes to show that you like brands more than innovation and technological advancements.

19. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I bought it because I liked the X 13. It doesn't make my opinion more valid, but I didn't play with it in a store, I OWN it. The camera is passable, but I expect better in 2014. It's a big step down from the S5, 5S and 6, and I will find out today how much better the Note 4 camera is, but I am going to assume a lot. I'm not expecting a DSLR, but I expect comparable pictures to last year's iPhone. As for brands, I'm the last guy who sees ONLY brands, I see almost all of the brands. I use a lot of phones from a lot of OEMs, because I like knowing what they are like.

9. hellfire

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 23, 2014

PA pls make a side by side review of this unit with archos latest

11. ericnichols1999

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Apparently just letters

15. techie_cat

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I just came here for the cat

21. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

I think the leather option is to blame for that hideous dimple. I cant wait for the Nexus 6.

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