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Motorola Moto X Review

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

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: 1311; 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: 10457; 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: 2040; 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: 10457; 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: 2040; 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: 5713; 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: 149; 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: 149; 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: 435; 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: 387; Member since: 15 May 2013)

Pinoy? Hehe

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 07:00

16. Sesameopen (Posts: 109; 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: 2040; 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: 1052; 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: 2040; 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: 10457; 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: 2040; 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: 10457; 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: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Well the 1020 costs 100 bucks more... So

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 10:42

50. jellmoo (Posts: 2040; 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 (banned) (Posts: 6474; 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: 2040; 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 (banned) (Posts: 6474; 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.

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