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Author Topic: Moto X: Day One Thoughts  (Read 2071 times)

Offline slgmichael

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Moto X: Day One Thoughts
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:28:55 AM »
Hey guys,

I've started a bit of a blog, honestly I don't expect to "gain a following" on it. It's just for me to write stuff, and keep it in one spot. I suppose its more of a portfolio of my writings.

Anyway, I've written my first full post, titled Moto X: Day One Thoughts, and I wanted to share it with you guys.

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A week ago on August 23, Google and Motorola released the first true joint project the Android community has been waiting months and month for, the Moto X, or Codename Ghost, if you prefer. However, the initial launch was only on AT&T in the United States, and Rogers in Canada. Verizon users had to wait another week, until August 29th, before ordering the X, and another day for shipping before finally getting their hands on the device. As of the time of this article, there is no official release date for the X on other carriers, nor any indication of a release date for the Developer Edition.

As many have stated before, the Moto X does not have the most up-to-date, cutting edge specs, but it is still quite impressive. The device features the custom built X8 Mobile Computing System from Motorola, which couples a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro and two lower-power cores to assist in touchless control and other features without killing your battery. The Snapdragon S4 Pro itself features a 1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU for the system operations, and a powerful 400 MHz Quad-Core Adreno 320 GPU to handle all of your HD video and games. In addition to the X8 System, the X features a 4.7Ē 720p AMOLEG display, covered in Corning Gorilla Glass to give you crisp images; A 10.5MP rear-facing camera with flash is ready to capture your precious images, or even 1080p 30fps video. A 2.1MP front-facing camera is featured as well, so you can you can have your video chats, Instagram selfies, and awkward-faced Snapchat conversations with your friends. The phone also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack in the top middle of the device, 2.4/5Ghz Wifi radios, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0 for all of your peripheral devices and gadgets.

I received my Moto X from FedEx at 10AM on August 30, and immediately dove into the package. Inside the box was my black Moto X, a nano SIM card, a white phone charger, a sim tool, and your usual user guides. Iím not entirely sure why a white charger was included with a black phone, but Iím not complaining. The charger did, however, have 2 USB ports, something I personally have not seen on an OEM phone charger before.

As soon as I saw the X, I knew I had made a good decision to purchase this phone. Ever since my first Android phone, my LG Ally, I have been addicted to trading and swapping phones. Iíve used all 5 iterations of the Droid slider (Yes 5, I had the R2D2 at one point), both the Droid X and X2, Droid RAZR, Droid RAZR HD, Droid Charge, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy Nexus. Some of those were beautiful phones, but if I had to pick any one of them as the best looking, the X takes it all. The X is probably the most appealing phone I have help; the woven back texture looks great, and the soft rubberized back panel feels good on the hand.

As you can tell my by phone history, I have always been a huge Motorola fanboy, and when I heard about Googleís acquisition of Motorola, my hopes of a Motorola Nexus flew through the roof. When the first rumors of the X came about, I knew immediately it would be mine one day. Although it ended up not being a Nexus, I would say it as close as Iíll get to one, as a Verizon user.

While the phone included a nano SIM, I had already cut my SIM to nano-size. Instead of jumping through all the hoops to call Verizon and get the new SIM activated, I decided to try my current SIM in the device. I popped it in, fired up the phone, and was greeted by a wonderful bootanimation, and as soon as it was booted, I was greeted with the 4G LTE logo in my status bar Iíve grown so fond of.

Unfortunately, the excitement wore off a bit once I got into the app drawer, and was greeted with bloatware. Oh, bloatware. Verizon always finds a way to ruin a good thing. My app drawer was full of things such as Caller Name ID, NFL Mobile, Quickoffice, Verizon Tones, and VZ Navigator. While its not anywhere near as much bloat as other Verizon phones receive, I was still a little disappointed. A quick trip to the Play Store, and a download of Nova Prime took care of the issue, as soon as I set up my Hide Apps list. I installed the rest of my apps, and while doing it, I could tell this was a very fast phone. Even though it only has a dual-core CPU, it feels almost as fast as my previous Note 2.

The next thing Iíll mention is the battery. Featuring a 2200mAh battery (100mAh more than the extended battery option for the Galaxy Nexus), the Moto X claims 24 hour battery usage. When I received the phone, it had about an 80% charge on it. I plugged it up and let it charge until noon. It is now 12:55AM, and I still have 24% battery left. This is with bluetooth on but not connected, wifi on but not connected, full bars of 4G, light texting, light emailing, installing all my apps in one sitting, and making a few 20 minutes phone calls. Coming from the Note 2, this is a little bit worse battery life, but its a huge step up from any other phone Iíve owned.

All in all, after the first day of use, I am extremely impressed with the Moto X. The battery life is wonderful; the cool little feature are, well, cool; the phone is aesthetically pleasing; and it feels almost as snappy as my Note 2. After only a day of use, I would recommend this phone to anyone currently in the market for a new phone.

Thanks for reading!
« Last Edit: August 31, 2013, 06:10:27 PM by slgmichael »



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Re: Moto X: Day One Thoughts
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2013, 06:47:47 PM »

While the phone included a nano SIM, I had already cut my SIM to nano-size.

That part sounds interesting to me only to the point of the first cut. You speak from experience obviously.

I'll throw out some questions: How did the build quality appear? Like in Volume/ON-OFF buttons? Case fit? Magic Glass? Usually a couple of days will determine how the battery capacity falls into place so keep us posted.
When I get mine (going custom color route) I'll have a working knowledge about the Moto X.  And how to get the most bang for my $$ as I've been learning a lot on this site. My current (and only) phone is the HTC Rezound 2 years old but looking like it just came out of the box and works like new. I'm going to keep it as a back-up. First ever phone was the Motorola i580 flipper that I had for over 6 years so went from that to the Rez...wow what a difference!




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Re: Moto X: Day One Thoughts
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2013, 10:42:33 PM »

While the phone included a nano SIM, I had already cut my SIM to nano-size.

That part sounds interesting to me only to the point of the first cut. You speak from experience obviously.

I'll throw out some questions: How did the build quality appear? Like in Volume/ON-OFF buttons? Case fit? Magic Glass? Usually a couple of days will determine how the battery capacity falls into place so keep us posted.
When I get mine (going custom color route) I'll have a working knowledge about the Moto X.  And how to get the most bang for my $$ as I've been learning a lot on this site. My current (and only) phone is the HTC Rezound 2 years old but looking like it just came out of the box and works like new. I'm going to keep it as a back-up. First ever phone was the Motorola i580 flipper that I had for over 6 years so went from that to the Rez...wow what a difference!

The build quality is flawless. I've seen a few Moto X reviews around with random imperfections in the body of the phone, but mine is completely flaw-free. The cases I have purchased so far both fit snug and comfortably, no issues there. The power and volume buttons aren't loose at all, and feel very natural. My second battery cycle ended around 7pm, going from 100% to 5% after about 15 hours sending emails, lots of texts, and streaming music from Google Music to my car via bluetooth for about a total of an hour. There was also about two hours of game playing in there.

As for the magic glass, I'm still not entirely sure what Motorola means when they talk about that.

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Re: Moto X: Day One Thoughts
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2013, 10:13:26 AM »

While the phone included a nano SIM, I had already cut my SIM to nano-size.

That part sounds interesting to me only to the point of the first cut. You speak from experience obviously.

I'll throw out some questions: How did the build quality appear? Like in Volume/ON-OFF buttons? Case fit? Magic Glass? Usually a couple of days will determine how the battery capacity falls into place so keep us posted.
When I get mine (going custom color route) I'll have a working knowledge about the Moto X.  And how to get the most bang for my $$ as I've been learning a lot on this site. My current (and only) phone is the HTC Rezound 2 years old but looking like it just came out of the box and works like new. I'm going to keep it as a back-up. First ever phone was the Motorola i580 flipper that I had for over 6 years so went from that to the Rez...wow what a difference!


As for the magic glass, I'm still not entirely sure what Motorola means when they talk about that.

The latest rumour claims that the upcoming flagship smartphone Moto X will use Magic Glass, a variant of Gorilla Glass that wraps around the phone and creates a gapless design. The rumour comes from Taylor Wimberly, a technology journalist.

Taylor writes on his Google+ page, "Moto X features something called Moto Magic Glass. This is a single sheet of Gorilla Glass which is moulded to a special polymer to make a continuous surface that wraps around the entire front and edges of the device. There is zero gap with the back." Taylor also claims that the Moto X will feature a laminated aluminium design, with an emphasis on keeping it lightweight and durable.

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Re: Moto X: Day One Thoughts
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2013, 11:37:11 AM »
Interesting. There is definitely a visible seam where the front, edge, and back all meet.

Sent from my Moto X