Motorola VP: Moto X Developer Editions “Rolling Out In Days”

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I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still disappointed that T-Mobile didn’t pick up its own “branded” edition of the Moto X. I’ve been using an AT&T model for the past 10 days or so and…I love it. It’s size, its feel in the hand, it’s glorious. Sure, for spec-heads it won’t compare pound-for-pound against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One on paper. Then there’s the questionable camera which many reviewers believe is hurt by software issues that can be fixed by the company at any time.

Still, this is my favorite Android device ever, it’s everything I want in a device from a size and hardware outlook. Take a 4.7″ display and put it into a package not much larger than a 4.3″ or dare I say a 4″ size smartphone and you’ve got a winning formula.

That’s why I’m happy to hear Punit Soni, Motorola’s Vice President and Product Manager say that Step 1 of the Moto X rollout includes dev editions rolling out in days. As T-Mobile won’t have its own model, we can only hope that one of these dev editions will have all the necessary bands to make T-Mobile customers happy on both HSPA+ and LTE. Are the developer editions the same models we’re expecting to see on sale through Google Play or will they only be available from Motorola? That leaves us with some unanswered questions, especially as T-Mobile customers with no guaranteed carrier availability.

Regardless of the when, I’d strongly urge you to consider the Moto X and that’s something I’ll definitely get across as soon my as review goes live.

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  • kalel33

    The always listening for commands is pretty innovative in how they did it. Yes, you can get apps to do the same thing but it kills your battery life. They did it with another chip devoted just to that and the battery life is still better than any other T-mobile Android phone. There are few other innovative ideas in the phone but then there’s the lack of expandable memory, which is the breaking point that keeps me from considering this phone.

    • g2a5b0e

      “They did it with another chip devoted just to that and the battery life is still better than any other T-mobile Android phone.”

      Uhhhhh. No. Perhaps you forgot about the Note 2? The Moto X does not have better battery life than the Note 2.

      EDIT: You also have to take into account the fact that smartphone battery life can be measured in many ways. Talk time, browsing time, screen on time, etc. Or even a mixed usage number. A phone may be tops in one category & not in another. I’m sure there are other T-Mobile phones (not just the Note 2) that beat the Moto X in at least one of those categories.

      • Rod

        I’m guessing the Moto X doesn’t have a 3100mAh battery though either.

        • g2a5b0e

          Of course not. It’s 2200. Doesn’t matter, though. He made a claim that’s clearly not true.

      • kalel33

        The Note 2 did a half an hour better than the Moto X in video playback but they had to turn off S-Voice and Smart Stay to get those numbers, Out of the box, at factory default settings, the Moto X is much better at battery life.

        • g2a5b0e

          Please show me those numbers because I don’t know too many people that use Smart Stay (why would you during a video playback test?) & you don’t “turn off” S-Voice. It’s an app that you choose to use or not.

        • kalel33

          Look up Cnet’s review of each. They were the one’s that said they had to turn off S-Voice and Smart Stay because they are on by default and they are known battery hogs. Like I stated, you can get better battery life out of the Note, by turning things off, but out of the box the Moto X will have longer battery life.

          Also, the S-Voice is always running but it can be disabled by settings>app manager>choose app>disable. Found that on XDA when others were wanting it turned off because it affected battery life so much.

    • Chris

      They didn’t achieve it by having another chip in there. The processor’s chip is still 1. The core however is where the magic happens. One of the processor’s core is devoted to that always on mic.

      • kalel33

        This from Cnet, “The X8 part of the system is two Motorola-designed processors: one is a “contextual computing processor” that handles gestures and the other is a natural language processor, which powers the voice-recognition technology on the device.

        The goal is to deliver high performance with low power consumption.”

        This from another article, “The other two cores in Motorola’s eight-count are the natural language and contextual computing processors. These cores are actually not integrated with the SoC as was previously thought – they are elsewhere on the board and they’re not ARM cores. The natural language processor handles all the audio processing and noise cancellation, allowing the always-on voice features. As for contextual computing,”

  • Stone Cold

    I am curious to see how it sells on the website. If it sells well then I can see T-mobile asking for thier own variant of it.

  • rumornado

    nothing to get excited about; days are the new months and weeks are the new never. These guys are never right no matter how loud they scream from their soapbox….

  • h_f_m

    What’s the deal with PA and NJ in that image? That’s some weirdness…

    • TheVorlon

      They are about to be walled off by Homeland Security to make the new US super prison.

      • CactusCat

        True, but Snake Plissken will have no problems escaping. We’ve seen it before.

        • JT

          He might be able to escape from New York but New jersey, no way. He’ll be eaten alive by the Snooki Monster.

  • gentleman559

    I dropped into AT&T today just to see it. I only had about 10 mins with it but I was highly impressed in the overall feel of the device. It was fast, compact, big beautiful screen, and had a solid feel but I bounced quick because the AT&T Vultures were lurking all over. Ugh I hate AT&T. LOL

    • CactusCat

      Heh, I know the feeling. I decided in May that I wanted the LG Optimus Pro but not on ATT. So I dropped by a store, once to test drive the LG O Pro and then a second time to just buy it outright. It was very funny to see the face of the sales lady when I told her I wanted to buy the O Pro but no plan, I just wanted the phone. She had a quizzical look on her face. Got the O Pro home, unlocked the bad boy and then a quick trip to my local Tmo store and I had all the features working, including 4G LTE. Still impressed by this phone after 3 months. Wish it wasn’t an ATT exclusive but that still didn’t stop me. While the LG Optimus G Pro has great specs (1080p screen, 5.5″ screen, 32gb storage, 2gb ram, etc) my favorite thing on it is the gargantuan battery. I use the crap outta my phone every day (in fairness I keep wifi and gps turned off unless I need them, only takes a sec to get those going) and typically arrive home in the evening with between 60% – 75% battery left. Love this O Pro. And to all reading this, sorry, didn’t mean to hijack the thread. I’m simply replying to the ATT exclusive stupidity and that I also detest ATT.

      • zx6guy

        I don’t believe your comments on it supporting T mobile LTE are correct.

        • 3560freak

          I thought that since T-Mo and AT&T share the same LTE bands, doesn’t that mean that all AT&T phones support T-mo LTE?

        • AAX

          In theory, yes.

  • superg05

    Why would t-mobile want a phone right now that’s main selling point was it’s customizations that are currently a AT&T exclusive? Yes it’s a great device but I can see there pov maybe after exclusive is up

  • Alex Zapata

    Let’s hope they don’t pull an HTC and use the AT&T sku for the dev edition. That’s the reason I didn’t buy a ONE dev edition….

    • jonathan3579

      Yep, that seriously annoyed the hell out of me. Horrible decision…

  • if TMO had the color chooser, i’d consider getting one .. but if I can’t design it with my own colors, it’s just another phone.

    • cheeto0

      They probably won’t have it until November?

      • i’m hoping .. i’d like to try it out even though i’ve heard the options aren’t plentiful.

  • ceegii63

    Legre is making a big mistake not getting this

    • JBLmobileG1

      I may have miss read the Twitter post but I believe John said that they are getting the Motorola X in September. He was actually asking who would be jumping to it this September but didn’t specify any dates. Personally I am in the process of upgrading to the Note 2 to take advantage of the no money down deal, but I am wondering if I should wait now…. unless of course the deal is over with before it’s released.

      • ceegii63

        well thats AWESOME then, havent seen any confirmation of Tmo availability thats why i though Tmo wasnt getting it

      • cheeto0

        I would wait for the moto x or get the either htc one or nexus 4. Samsung devices have great specs but its ruined by the touchwiz interface. Full of bloated gimmicks that make for a much worse experience than stock android.

        • JBLmobileG1

          I have the Samsung Galaxy S3 now and am perfectly happy with touchwiz, but your right, stock is always better. If I upgrade from my S3 to the Note 2 I don’t think I am gaining much but a bigger screen and a faster processor. I like what I am hearing about the Motorola X though… it sorta reminds me of a modern day Nokia from back in the day. Very customizable.

  • cheeto0

    Why are you disappointed there wont’ be a t-mobile branded model. I rather get one direct from Motorola without the carrier bloatware.

    • ceegii63

      you meant Google right?

      • cheeto0

        No Motorola (which is owned by google). But the word is from motorola and t+mobile that initially a t-mobile compatible version of the moto x will be sold on Motorola’s site.

        • ceegii63

          any Source links on that?

        • cheeto0

          Here’s what Chief Marketing Officer (T-Mobile) Mike Sievert had to say:
          “The Moto X optimized for T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network will initially be available through Motorola’s channels,” Sievert told AllThingsD.

        • JBLmobileG1

          Obviously there is more to it then. What John Legere said could have possibly been a hint to phase 2 of the jump program because he asked who was JUMPing to the Moto X. Maybe it will only be available through Google but what if you could jump to phones that they offer through their store. Kind of like how T-mobile has carrier billing for the Google Play store and is apps etc. Well now maybe they will charge you the monthly installments of phones that you buy directly from Google that will run on the T-mobile network. Now that would be Awesome!

        • cheeto0

          Yea I think he hinted that tmobile may carry it in store by the end of September. It will probably. Be on Motorola s site within a week.

        • JBLmobileG1

          I have a feeling it will be available through the Google Play store using T-mobile billing to jump. Plus if you think about it, this phone has not the most impressive specs but enough to get the job done. Where this phone shines is through the customization department. If T-mobile had it where you could jump but through say, the Google Play store, then they could use carrier billing. This way you could also customize the phone to your tastes and likings. You want a wood looking phone,you got it! How about 32gb of ram, no problem! It makes sense.

        • Guest

          What a nightmare if you need warranty work on a defective handset…

    • JBLmobileG1

      According to John T-mobile will carry it. Maybe the next phase for T-mobile is to sell their phones unlocked and with no bloatware. I think that would be something.

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  • gentleman559

    If phase 3 isnt T-Mobile upgrading their Edge network to HSPA+ all across the country Im going to be disappointed. It is really that time and it has been for WAY to long. So with that being said the other day Im driving from Las Vegas which is home to Phoenix and Im in BFE not a town for 50 miles at least in any direction and here I am on 4G for like 20 miles. Im like um………. this is interesting. And on the way home same thing. Im wondering if they are working or have been working on it for sometime and they will just turn it on out of the blue like the way the LTE rollout went. If so, I swear I would be so happy because Edge is just so unacceptable and I would love to see AT&T and Verizon shit themselves.