Moto X Review: Motorola’s First Smartphone On T-Mobile In Years

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For a long time I’ve wanted to get my hands on an Android smartphone that is the right combination of size and specs. Many might (and will) argue that the Moto X doesn’t hold up on paper to the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One, but in my real-world experience it’s just as good. It remains very unfortunate that, for whatever reason, T-Mobile has decided not to offer, at least initially, the Moto X through their own retail channels. Currently, the device is only available through Motorola.

That begs the question of whether T-Mobile and its retail partners will continue to work to bring the no-contract equipment installment plan option to all sales channels. And there are other unanswered questions about how T-Mobile and Motorola will sell the Moto X. (As of yet the carrier has made no public announcements on the matter).

Suffice it to say that, for the purpose of this review, I used an AT&T Moto X variant. That means no T-Mobile speed tests or T-Mobile specific related signal tests, call quality etc…otherwise the hardware and software should be the same. So, without further ado, the Moto X.

Hardware

My favorite aspect of the Moto X? Its hardware body. I won’t hide my adoration for Motorola’s approach. The device seems best designed to conform to the hand, 2013-08-28 09.19.39 HDRand it feels positively great. There’s no question Motorola can produce top-notch hardware, and even if the actual material doesn’t feel as “high-end” as the HTC One, I never felt the device was going to break, fall apart or melt in my hand. It has a soft material touch against the more plasticky Samsung or aluminum HTC One.

That said, the Moto X won’t stand out in a crowd. It’s not a conspicuous design, and that’s a good thing. Motorola hasn’t revealed exactly what materials comprise the Moto X body, which means it’s probably adamantium.

Jokes aside, the Moto X arrives at 10.4mm at its thickest point and slims to 5.6mm at the edges. The 4.7in 720p display takes up around 70-75 percent of the front of the device, but it comes in a package that feels and is far smaller than the same 4.7in display on the HTC One. The 2-megapixel camera, earpiece and ambient sensors take up the rest of the front, with absolutely no branding. (Hooray for that last part).

On the rear of the device rests the 10-megapixel “ClearPixel” camera with LED flash right below it. The speaker sits to the right of the camera and the Motorola “M” logo is dimpled right below the camera. For whatever reason Motorola went with the addition of a dimple, it seems like a natural place to stick your pointer finger when talking.

The volume rocker and power switch rest on the right-hand side of the device. I wouldn’t call them the most solid design, at least not the volume rocker; it had a slight give in my review unit. 2013-08-28 09.14.54 HDR

The 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top of the device, and I hate that it is. I don’t know why, but for me the natural placement of the headphone jack should be the bottom of the device. You might disagree, but I find headphone jacks on the top of any smartphone to be irritating.

The left-hand side of the device is where you will find your nano-SIM tray, which requires the paper-clip like tool that arrives in your Moto X box to open. The Moto X is the second device to arrive in the US with the nano-SIM; the first was Apple’s iPhone 5.

There are no hardware buttons on the Moto X. With the Android soft keys, the front of the device is clean and smooth. As for that 720p display? In a world where 1080p is becoming more of a norm in “flagship” handsets, the average user will never notice. The AMOLED 720p display packs in 316ppi and looks great. Viewing angles are hardly affected and colors pop. Unless you absolutely, positively must have a 1080p display and the resulting impact such a display has on battery life, the Moto X will suit you just fine.

Software

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The Moto X software is inconspicuous, yet nice enough to bring complete satisfaction. To the chagrin of many, the Moto X arrives out of the box with Android 4.2.2 and not Android 4.3. Remembering that Motorola is a Google company, I really can’t see why this device arrives without the latest Android software. Still, you get a nearly pure version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It’s almost identical to stock Android, save for some customizations Motorola made to the camera UI, notifications and a few other voice-command functions.

It’s these Motorola-specific additions that set the Moto X apart. While we’ve already seen these features duplicated by various developers, Motorola has a leg up on the competition right now. That brings us right into Active Display, or as Motorola describes it:

Picture courtesy of Motorola.com

Picture courtesy of Motorola.com

Knowledge is power, and Moto X gives you just that – at a glance. It always displays what you need to know, when you need to know it. Information quietly appears on the screen, so you don’t have to wake it up to look at the time or see your messages. Before you know it, that itch to check your phone will be gone forever.

That’s pretty much exactly what it is, and it’s wonderful. While locked, the middle of your display will show new notifications and an icon to unlock the device. Motorola calls them “battery-friendly notifications,” which circles back to their X8 core hardware story. Active Display won’t appear if the phone is in your pocket or purse, face down or on a call. It will, however, allow you to manage which icons appear and when they show up or prevent them from showing up altogether. Is Active Display a novelty? Sure. You don’t NEED it, and it won’t make the difference between choosing the Moto X and the Galaxy S 4. But it is neat and functional.

Next up is Touchless Control, or the feature that kicks in every time you say “Okay, Google Now” to your phone. It’s a nice addition. Some are already calling it gimmicky and finicky, but it’s definitely a look at what’s to come from Android in the future. I’d be shocked—shocked, I tell you—if we didn’t see this arrive on more smartphones in the very near future. Setting up Touchless Control requires you to be in a very quiet room and repeat the phrase “Okay, Google Now” several times. If you can push through that, you can make calls, launch apps, send messages, set alarms and reminders, find directions and more. It takes a moment to respond–more so than just the standard Google Now approach–since the phone has to queue Now first. Still, the extra second is worth the wait just for the sake of not having to touch the device. There’s been a number of times when the phone has been next to me while I’m playing with my little one and said “Okay, Google Now, remind me to take a nap in one hour.” It’s a fun feature that will hopefully get better and hit more devices over time. In fact, it may find itself as a decent use case scenario for hands-free while driving. You could vocally transcribe a message without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel.

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Motorola also packed the X with Migrate and Assist. The first is an app that installs on your previous smartphone and allows you “transfer media, call and text history, as well as SIM contacts, from this Android phone to your new one.” I had previously been using an HTC One, and Assist worked very well. Of course, I’d like it transfer everything, including my home screen setup. But that’s just my Android dream. There are already some apps that do this, like Helium, but a built-in application would be excellent.

That leaves Motorola Assist. With this app, Motorola helps you be a safer driver. Moto X knows when you’re driving. It can read out who is calling or texting, so you can keep your attention on the road. Driving mode is enabled using the accelerometer and GPS to detect when you’re behind the wheel. Then, the phone will then read your messages and phone calls through the speaker. For the most part I found it to be useful, but there’s still some tweaking Motorola could do.

Performance

Cores. That seems to be the word we focus on with every release. When push comes to shove, how a phone performs is more important the one part of its makeup. Yet, te X8 architecture makes the Moto X a very unique device for Motorola. First, let’s highlight that the Moto X combines a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro working at 1.7GHz, quad-core Adreno 320 GPU and two additional specialized cores. This second set of cores is used for two purposes. One is used for natural language processing (“Okay, Google Now”) and the other for contextual computing. The Moto X’s 2GB of RAM help to make sure the device runs buttery smooth. The two additional cores power the Moto X specialized features like Touchless Control and Active Display. All of this is designed to prolong your battery life  while providing excellent real-world performance.

Motorola has made something out of the idea that the industry needs to refocus on real-world performance, and not on-paper specs. Motorola’s newest device doesn’t hit the same benchmark numbers as the Galaxy S 4 or HTC One, but that’s okay. The bottom line is that performance is good. Not only that, but I really didn’t notice a difference between the HTC One, the device I had put down to use the Moto X.

Camera

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Given Motorola’s hype of the ClearPixel experience, I expected more out of the camera. With early reviews already panning the experience, I had low expectations going in, and to some extent, they were right. The camera isn’t horrible; it is better than the Nexus 4. But if a smartphone camera is your top priority, look elsewhere.

You can jump into the camera through a quick flick of the wrist, or you can go straight into the app through the menu. The Moto X features the company’s “ClearPixel” technology. Motorola says that their ClearPixel tech “collects more light and snaps pictures up to twice as fast as other phone’s cameras. So it can capture the darkest scenes or stop motion blur in bright light.”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I’m not a professional photographer, and I don’t have a good eye for white balance, purple fringing, “soft” pictures or any photo jargon. What I care about is how a shot looks to my naked eye. Even there, I can tell you the Galaxy S 4, HTC One and the iPhone 5 are far better choices if a camera is high up on your list of reasons to buy a smartphone.

Shots will look a little better if you stick to HDR. Outdoor shots at close range are good, but the further out you go the worse off you’ll be. Macro shots are good, and in some cases even better than other devices I mentioned earlier. However, don’t even bother zooming in all the way for shots; you’ll be sorry you did. As for that 1080p video recording? It’s manageable, but I wouldn’t consider it to par with other devices selling at the $199 price point. One bright spot is the audio playback. It works very well, thanks to Motorola’s three noise-canceling mics.

On the flip side, Motorola has presented us with a unique and simplifed camera app. The shutter button is gone; the entire screen is now the shutter button. That means that the device is already set to autofocus. You might be used to pressing the display to focus, but if you touch the screen once you’ve got yourself a picture. This may lead to deleting a few accidental shots, but the idea itself is pretty nice if the phone does autofocus properly.

You are left with two on-screen buttons: one to shoot video and one to switch to the front-facing camera. Swiping from the left will bring out the circular menu, which features HDR, flash, tap to focus, slow-motion video, panorama mode, location-tagging, shutter sound toggling and “Quick Capture.” This menu is very well thought out, and I hope it’s something we see more manufacturers adopting in the future. (Looking at you, Samsung).

Here’s the silver lining: Most of the issues seem to be related to software, and that’s something Motorola can improve down the line. If Motorola can fix the issues, this could be a top performer. The Moto X certainly has the goods. But right now, I’d put the Moto X firmly in the middle-of-the-road for smartphone shooters.

Battery Life

With a 2200 mAh battery, you might expect the Moto X to be just another smartphone with so-so battery life. But Motorola claims users will get 24 hours of all-day-use. This is supposedly supported by their X8 architecture. Still, for most power users, that sounds completely impractical.

I consider myself a power user. Tweeting, browsing, emailing and messaging all day still allowed me to push through 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. without burning through the battery. If you start messing with signal or you have the chance to play on WiFi most days, that will affect your battery for better or worse. (A phone struggling for signal or bouncing between HSPA+ and LTE all day will surely drain faster).

Motorola’s Active Display is designed to save you battery by allowing you to get information without actually jumping into the phone. You can check the time and see notifications without actually powering up the display, and that’s useful for extending battery life. However, the DROID MAXX this is not. Twenty-four hours of real-world use won’t happen, but I found it to be better than either the Galaxy S 4 or HTC One.

Extras

Motorola has also built in their Motorola Connect feature, which ties your computer to a Chrome extension. You can see incoming calls, missed calls, voicemails and text messages all from your computer. One of the reasons I love my iPhone is the opportunity to iMessage all day from my MacBook Air. Motorola Connect takes it a step beyond iMessage, and it’s awesome.

There’s also “Motorola Skip,” a clip that attaches to your clothing. When you pull your phone out of your pocket, you can “unlock your phone with a single tap.” Okay, so unlocking is a bit easier than just swiping on the display. But without any real-world experience with the Skip, it seems like more novelty than necessity.

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And then there’s MotoMaker. MotoMaker is one of the coolest options we’ve seen from a smartphone OEM in some time. Want to make a uniquely styled smartphone? Buy the Moto X and use MotoMaker to design it the way you want. Unfortunately, this is exclusive to AT&T right now, but it will be coming to other carriers “soon.” It’s an awesome way to personalize the style of your device using various hues from cool to neutral to warm. Personally, I’d go with a turquoise back and white front. What can I say? I live in South Florida, so turquoise and white would fit right in with the art deco style. Motorola says there are 2,000 possibilities for you to create by mixing and matching all the accents, front and back colors, wallpaper, memory and matching accessories. Will designing the phone with a unique personalization color scheme be enough to convince you to purchase it? Maybe. It’s something we haven’t really seen much of in the industry. It’s cool, but not a “must have.”

Apps

As a mostly-stock Android experience, you don’t get anything that resembles TouchWiz or Sense UI. Save for a few pre-installed AT&T apps and the death star logo on the rear of the device, it’s mostly free of branding. I imagine the T-Mobile edition, however it’s sold, will also come with some pre-installed software and T-Mobile logo. But again, it should be 99 percent pure stock Android.

Final Thoughts

Ah, the Moto X. You are a mystery wrapped in a riddle. I want to love you, and I do love your form factor. But I just can’t get behind your camera. Hardware-wise the Moto X is my ideal Android device, even if it doesn’t play the pound-for-pound spec game against the likes of the Galaxy S 4, HTC One and Xperia Z. And then, the MotoMaker personalization option will be fantastic; it certainly adds a little intrinsic value.

The bottom line is that the Moto X runs everything as well as other top-notch Android devices out there. It’s hard not to compare the device to the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One, thanks to its $199 price point. However, if this phone were priced at $99 or even $149, it would be a ridiculously good deal.

The real problem with the Moto X is how it compares on paper. It’s unfortunate that many who might otherwise enjoy the phone will be moved toward other devices because of that. Specs don’t and shouldn’t matter anymore, and emphasis on quad-core, dual-core, Snapdragon, NVIDIA and all of that is just nonsense these days. There is far too much emphasis on specs in a world where most Android devices (barring the entry-level) will be more than adequate for daily tasks.

The end of the discussion is that Motorola has a perfectly capable smartphone on its hands. Plus, you can buy a wood-back variant sometime later this year when MotoMaker is open to all. Seriously, a phone with a wood back? How can you say no to that?

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  • ceegii63

    even my Drool for the Note 3 dried up for this sexy thang!

  • melon3531

    IIRC the last Motorola phones that T-Mobile carried was the Cliq line…which could explain why they might currently be a bit gun shy about any Moto phone.

    • kalel33

      Oh, and T-mobile wasn’t gun shy after the HTC HD2? Or the LG G2x? Those and the Cliqs were the worst phones ever on T-mobile. I would put the worst phone every as the G2x, unless you fixed it by putting Cyanogenmod on it. They still carry LG and HTC. It was the software that killed all those phones.

      By the way, the Cliq wasn’t the last Motorola phones they carried. They were the Charm and the Defy.

      • ChristianMcC

        I have to disagree with the g2x being the worst and agree with phandroid on the garminphone getting that prize, or the behold 2. Of dual core and beyond, maybe the g2x would take it, but after getting it I wasn’t really interested in anything until the galaxy nexus. I agree with you about reasons for tmo to be gun shy not being previous moto devices. BTW, the cliq 2 was the last of the Motorola tmo devices.

        • kalel33

          I worked at T-mobile during all those times and the Garminphone was a good phone compared to the one’s I stated. Cliq 2 came out on January 19th, 2011 then T-mobile released the black Defy in May of 2011.

        • ChristianMcC

          I forgot about the relaunch from the original black and white, but in truth it was no different from the original 2010, model.

  • besweeet

    I still can’t get over the design of this thing: UGLY. Might change if I ever get one in my hands, but I’m not counting on it. UGLY.

    • Dakota

      Unfortunately Tmobile customers arent going to be able to get their hands on one at a Tmobile store.

      • besweeet

        Unfortunately, I’m not even a T-Mobile customer [yet].

  • BigMixxx

    99 dollars is the right price. Not trying to put down the device and features, but at 99 dollars on contract it would be perfect. You can spend another 50, and get a nexus 4 device off contract and save lots more over time.

    • Dakota

      Many people these days want an LTE device, which the Nexus 4 is not.

      • J-Hop2o6

        It is actually. You just have to turn it on (or flash the old radio, or hybrid radio).

  • Whiskers

    I like everything about this phone Except the speakers mounted on the Back.
    What a waste , why not get with the program and put them on the front like the HTC ONE.

    • kev2684

      smartphone development takes more than a year. HTC one was announced 8 months ago. if the One influence the direction of smartphone with stereo front-facing speakers, the earliest would be around second half of 2014.

    • Kuelexx

      This hasn’t taken off in the slightest. I am in cell phone sells, and the HTC One has gained very little ground on the iphone, S4, or even the Nexus 4. I would say front facing speakers are not important enough to consumers to take it into that much of consideration.
      Speakers on the back are because the limited amount of space on a cell phone to put the speakers (unless you like two ugly stripes of speakers right there every time you look at your phone). Otherwise manufacts are trying to maximize screen space, and going towards a total screen front with very little space on top and bottom. This is like saying “i dont understand why you can’t take out the battery”. A lot of times it is because the battery is configured in such a way to conserve as much space as possible.

  • jpeps

    Is tmobile getting the mega 6.9?

    • g2a5b0e

      6.3

  • Dakota

    Has TMobile said anything about why its not carrying it instore? I thought I had read that Motorola was going to have a huge marketing campaign for this device. I havent seen that yet…but if they did, you’d think Tmobile would want to take advantage of that and not have customers coming into the store asking for a device it’s not selling. The “Okay Google Now” feature sounds like more than just a gimmick and while it may not be important for some, the customization of colors is something that could be attractive to many (and even something that becomes standard in the future – can you imagine the glee and innovativeness iif Apple ever did that with an iPhone). There’s got to be a catch as to why Tmobile made the decision it did.

  • g2a5b0e

    “Motorola hasn’t revealed exactly what materials comprise the Moto X body, which means it’s probably adamantium.”

    LOl. Nice.

  • D Velasquez

    we’ll see how it goes my abuse on ingress, my droid razr XT910 only last me 3 hours of continuous play….that aside im a heavy internet user on the go and gps user as well , i’ll be getting this in a couple of months, i think the back of the Moto X is kevlar

    • Serotheo

      Its some sort of matte finished plastic, if it were Kevlar it’d be distinctly noticeable I’m sure if not advertised.

  • drivethruboy168

    I believe T-Mobile is going to carry the Moto X. I think they even said it on Twitter and Instagram!

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I didn’t say they weren’t, but not in stores initially.

  • Vince

    OR you can get a Nexus 4 off contract for $200 from Google

    • Jessicad

      Yea but u get no LTE hspa is fast yes but once u go LTE theres no turning back lol over here in los angeles tmobile hspa TOPS out 10 mbps dwn 2 up but there Lte which is also available here Gets Up To 30 dwn 15 up and a much better ping so yea I prefer a phone like this with LTE.

      • J-Hop2o6

        It has LTE. Just have to turn it on (or flash the old or hybrid radio).

      • zifnab

        Since this phone isn’t out on tmobile with lte bands, your argument is null. If you buy the ATT version or the one directly from Motorolla you’re only going to get hspa+ on tmobile.

        • kalel33

          They already stated that Moto X will be out for T-mobile LTE bands.

        • Jessicad

          Yea like kalel said moto x will work with T-Mobile lte do your research so your argument us null.

        • zifnab

          Lol. whatever Jessicad. My point still stands, ATT version doesn’t include LTE for T-mobile. T-Mobile has NOT made an official announcement, nor a release date. The developer version only includes HSPA+… So for both you and kalel, where’s your proof? And good job doing YOUR research Jessicad by reading a comment directly below yours…

        • Jessicad

          Eh wateva thumb me down like I care lol

        • kalel33

          Here, I’ll give you a hint. There’s this thing called Google, where you can type the words like “Moto X T-mobile LTE” and magically you’ll see dozens of articles regarding there being a T-mobile version with their LTE bands. There is even article showing a T-mobile specific version going through the FCC last month with the LTE bands for T-mobile.

      • Pieman

        The nexus 4 has LTE for t mobile. Do your research.

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    This phone is all HYPE, that’s it. Who is gonna buy this thing? Seriously!

    • kalel33

      I would if it had a microSD slot. A phone that does everything great, except for the camera. It’s the only phone produced in the US and to me, that’s a big plus in my book. It’s actually innovative with things that actual people would use and has great battery life. What’s to hate?

      • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

        How do you know it has great battery life? You don’t even have it, just saying. And the fact that it’s made in the US, uhhh..SO. That’s no big deal to me, quality is quality. This phone to me is all hype, and is not worth the price listed IMO.

        • kalel33

          Reviews, reviews, reviews. They all state it has great battery life. Again, what don’t you like about the phone? Also, you already know the price for the T-mobile version, I didn’t think it’d been released yet.

        • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

          Full cost is $579, T-Mobile will not charge less than that. Also, do you always buy phones based on what others say? Your battery life will not be like theirs…come on now lol.

        • kalel33

          So, how do you know it’s all hype? How do you know it’s not a great phone? From what other people wrote, because you’ve never used it more than maybe playing around with it in a store. How do you decide what phone are you going to buy without reading a bunch of reviews? Do you buy 5 phones and test them all out, over the course of a month, keeping one and selling the rest?

          EVERY single review states how good the battery life. I can understand not going by a single review but all of them? Come on now lol.

          Again, I’ll ask you. What do you find wrong with the phone? I notice you dodging that one.

        • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

          Go away lol, there is no winner. You are just wanting to ramble on..so you can have fun alone.

        • JointhePredacons

          If someone told him human beings could fly on multiple sites he would probably believe that too, lol. Dont try to talk sense to him, other people have made up his mind for him, he might as well just get an iPhone.

        • JointhePredacons

          Thanks for that, this dude is a putz

      • JointhePredacons

        who cares where a phone is produced. I want a phone thats superior to those around it, not taking up the rear. Its a mid level, mediocre device. Made in America ? Who cares. Just proves Americans cant make anything worth a damn, as always.

        • kalel33

          The only thing mid-level is a specs sheet showing a dual core processor, but they have the latest GPU and two more processors dedicated for specialized tasks. Not one review stated that they had any hiccups in performance and stated that real world usage was as fast or faster than the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4. They introduced two innovations that people would actually use/need: doing actions without even touching the phone and a lock screen that shows the pertinent info in a way that saves battery life. Also, it has better battery life than any phone 5″ or smaller on T-mobile.

          So besides you wanting to brag that your main processor has 4 cores, what do you find wrong with this phone at all, besides the camera?

        • JointhePredacons

          The “as fast or faster” than the HTC One or GS4 are opinions, or perception, not fact. I can also get mail and text notifications in the lock screen of my HTC One, its not anything new. The name is by far the worst part of it.

        • kalel33

          Opinions made by every single review of the phone. OK, so how would you test it to see if the other phones are faster or slower? Mine would be real world usage by people across multiple sites, for reliability, who test the top phones on the market but I guess you could go by the “I believe” criteria and that seems to work for you.

          You’re second part just shows that you already have made up your mind, because you haven’t read a single review, including the review on this page because you would have known what I was talking about when I talked about the lock screen notifications. Why would you comment on an article or device that you refuse to read about?

          Besides, you still haven’t answered my question on what you find wrong with the phone and your opinion of of the name is just a stupid reason.

        • JointhePredacons

          Ive read every review, including 50% of them saying its a mid level phone. I didnt make that up. Half of the tech reviewers in the world feel its a disappointment. Reviews are only opinions, just like mine, and carry no more clout then mine. Your own opinion is apparently based on believing the opinions of others, thats not real world use, in fact thats nothing. The phone is mid level and mediocre, reviewers are trying to act like its superior to current flagship phones when its not. There are quite a few reviewers that panned the phone, maybe you missed THOSE reviews because YOU didnt want to read them. Thats the pot calling the kettle black. My opinion of the name is not stupid “MOTO” sounds like something associated with a Sidekick. They should have stuck with earlier incarnations where it was simply called “the X phone”

        • kalel33

          Link two reviews from reputable sites that panned the phone in a review. I’ve read reviews of the X from Giizmodo, Endgadget, Cnet, Anantech, and Techcrunch and they all state it’s as fast or faster than the HTC One or the S4 and the battery life exceeds them too.

        • Kuelexx

          The phone beats all on benchmarks, out of the box without any overclock. That should appease all users, techs or not. It has what you need in a phone, anything else you can download an app for it. The 4x GPU rocks on the X8. It proves you dont need a 4x processor, its just bulk that samsung has brainwashed you into with the ANDROID OS.

        • JointhePredacons

          Firstly i dont have a Samsung phone, i only use HTC as of now. Second, talk about brainwashing. You havent even used the phone either, youre basing your biased opinion on nothing but a spec sheet and propaganda that Motorolla is suddenly a better company because Google acquired them. Theyre not.

  • Guest

    The Nexus 4 is also a Nano-SIM based device, and it came before the Moto X, thus the Moto X would be the 3rd (or more) device to use the Nano-SIM on US Shores, not the 2nd.

    • kliu0x52

      The N4 uses micro, not nano-SIMs.

      • gentleman559

        I have to agree. The only phone that uses a Nano sim is the Iphone 5. Leave it to Apple to change shit and piss people off. LOL

        • LanceMiller

          They did that so that people couldn’t just use the sim they already have. It drove more traffic to the AT&T store plus look at the millions in commissions they were paid by AT&T. Talk about a sneaky way to offset your production costs.

        • cole f

          I agree that the change from micro to nano is retarded, that being said, the 3 new droids on Verizon all use nano and were announced and released before the X. Granted, I’m splitting hairs here, but still.

          And before you jump on me for saying this on a TMo site, they are worldphones with full GSM radios. idk about 3g and 4g on tmo but I think they have the bands for it.

  • Justin Black

    How did this phone get released with that camera?

    • http://tmonews.com David

      That’s a damn good question.

    • Kuelexx

      The camera is good enough for me, i dont look for a camera phone that replaces my D-SLR. Its for quick shots, plus the auto backup feature on google+ is PERFECT with an 8MP over the memory hogging 13MP.

  • Marc Klein

    @davidtmonews:disqus Can you review the Xperia Z or just your thoughts on it?

    • http://tmonews.com David

      That and the Lumia 925 is up next.

      • Marc Klein

        Thanks. I’m actually using the Xperia for the last month :)

  • Guest

    @davidtmonews:disqus

  • UncleFan

    “the natural placement of the headphone jack should be the bottom of the device”

    Agreed. It’s so much nicer to have the headphone jack on the bottom so it that it’s facing up when you slip your phone “head first” into your front pocket in a natural motion. Having the jack on the top means you have to flip the phone over every time you remove it from your pocket – ugh!

    • StankyChikin

      I put my phone in my pocket top up and I don’t have to flip it when I pull it out.. It’s all about how you pull the device out. I prefer the jack on top. The “Natural Place” depends on how you use your phone.

  • vinnyjr

    To me you left out the most important spec of the phone. Will the T-Mobile version have the choice of 16 or 32gb of int storage??? I also seen on another website the phone had pentaband radios. That would be great. I wouldn’t even consider this phone unless I could get the phone with 32gb of internal memory. Anything less than that IMO is just ridiculous in a phone built in 2013.

    • Serotheo

      He mentions he isn’t reviewing the T-Mobile version, the only official information for T-Mobile’s X seems to be there will be some sort of Moto X that could work with T-Mobile, however, an officially branded variant sold through retail or their site has yet to be seen or mentioned – so details on such things as storage configurations aren’t even relevant in this review because this is not a T-Mobile device.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      What the gentleman below me said, I honestly don’t know those things. I can only attest to what’s inside my review unit from AT&T.

  • baopham

    The dimple helps you to figure put the orientation of the device when taking it out of the pocket.

  • steveb944

    Excellent review David, thank you. I’m hoping for a good price on this so I can support Motorola. I’m liking the dimple as I notice my hands rest there, hopefully cases don’t interfere.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      The dimple really is unique…of course it’s a gimmick but a nice addition regardless. It’s the little things.

  • Alvin Brinson

    “Sometime later this year” on MotoMaker…. “Specs don’t compare on paper”…. “Costs just as much as much more premium phones”… all of this adds up to “halfhearted effort, I’m buying a different phone because I am tired of waiting”. Too bad, so sad, Motorola.

  • Jeff

    Try to change the number of home screens….

  • me

    if it is not a nexus i will not be buying end of story i have learned my lessons .

  • JT

    If this is offered on the play store I hope it is off contract with Nexus like prices.

  • LanceMiller

    When motorola stated that they were going to revolutionize the way phones were produced, priced & marketed I was really looking for something special, boy was I disappointed. i don’t call $200 & being a slave to a 2 yr contract revolutionary.

  • moises1204

    they would have made a killing if Motorola have price this phone right, but at that price and mid-range specs i don’t see them selling well, specially when you can get the htc one and the gs4 for the same price but that is just my opinion.

  • cheeto0

    Looks like the black one is now in stock. Im not sure if i want white or black. I seen them in personal the white one had a smoother cheaper feeling to it. While the black one had more grip. But i like the look of the white better.