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Offline rabidhunter

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Why the Moto X?
« on: July 16, 2013, 06:46:51 PM »
Just wanted to open up a discussion on why you aret interested in the Moto X phone.

For me, my interest is three fold. First I am glad to see that the Moto X phone will bring jobs back to America. I am hoping that this opens up the door for more OEM's to bring jobs to this country.

Second I am interested in the software aspect and the customization potential of the Moto X. The contextual software seems very smooth and easy to use. This to me is a huge step in making smart phones more personal. The DROID phones are great, but the way they were marketed (esp. the DROID DNA) made the impression that you would become part of the phone rather than the phone becoming an extension of who you are.

Third, I am excited about the paradigm shift that Motorola/Google are making. It is my opinion that if OEM's get too caught up in cranking out powerhouses, prices of smart phones will go out of control. You
begin to get into a match between OEM powerhouses and start leaving everyone else behind. Motorola/Google is basically saying, "Look at how far we've come so quickly with Android. Let's use what we have already hardware wise and focus on user experience."

Anyway, that's my two cents worth. I would love to hear your thoughts.


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Re: Why the Moto X?
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2013, 01:25:19 PM »
For me it's a new device with some incredible features and I've never owned a Moto before.
Google owning Moto and taking some lead in this device is important to me, Moto phones have never really, at least here in the UK, brought anything interesting to the table and have only ever really been mediocre.
There's also the rumoured customisable specs but we'll have to wait and see what exactly those entail and how deep they go. External, purely ascetical or internal and enhancing the experience?
The camera sounds interesting too, hoping for something special here...

Having said this, software is important to me. I'm not talking about the new contextual aspect here, I'm talking about how this device relates to Nexus devices. About rooting and weather Google or Moto are going to host factory images for these devices? I'm a bit of a hacker and root advocate but will these devices be in line with Nexus devices? Is the software going to be pure AOSP or are the contextual aspects going to be closed source?

The jury is out on this....



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« Last Edit: July 17, 2013, 01:29:14 PM by JayJ »

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Re: Why the Moto X?
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 04:09:31 PM »
I don't think with Google at the reigns that's going to be true anymore, Google support development and that's primarily what rooting is about. I understand OEM's have their reasons for locking down bootloaders, I don't agree with them but I understand. I honestly can't see Google allowing this practice in a device associated with them, I could be wrong but don't think I am.

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Re: Why the Moto X?
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013, 04:23:36 PM »
I still have my first Android phone a Motorola Backflip. Aside that it wasn't a flagship phone it got me interested in Android. Next was a Motorola Photon which has been the best phone (except it's on Sprint). I wish Motorola hadn't abandoned the Photon but they did it to work on other things. Motorola in my opinion has always had the best"phone". Software has been lagging but I think they are on right track now.

This is compared to a Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint. Call quality was unuseable and data reception on the Galaxy Nexus was ridiculous only worked outside.

Buy we will see I think the Moto X will not be great but that the follow up Phone well be phenomenal.

Right now I just want to compare it to my current Photon.

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Re: Why the Moto X?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2013, 06:47:58 PM »
Because when you think of Droid, you think of Motorola. For me first and foremost i need a phone, Moto has always had great radios, my signal has always been great. I dont care about having the best camera, i have a DSLR for that.
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Re: Why the Moto X?
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2013, 08:32:58 AM »
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The camera sounds interesting too, hoping for something special here...


The fact that you can flick your wrist twice and push anywhere on the screen to take a pic, hold to take multiple pics is pretty cool.

This is what's supposedly behind the camera. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Motorola-Moto-X-new-Clear-Pixel-camera-and-Aptina-Clarity-Plus-explained_id45435

It is looking like the Moto X is near stock Android and they have been working with carriers to have minimal bloatware on the device.  This is good news.  So not having the bootloader locked down is a possibility.
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Re: Why the Moto X?
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2013, 10:01:36 AM »
I agree..although i dont really root and rom anyways lol.
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Re: Why the Moto X?
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2013, 12:43:57 PM »
Custom ROM's aren't as important as they use to be because Android has matured so much in the last few iterations but root is important to me. Root isn't about custom ROM's nor is it technically hacking, it's administrator privileges that everybody has on their Windows PC, it's about taking control of the devices you own and the things you can do with that control. Android without root has far more customisation that iOS but with root it's another world.

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Re: Why the Moto X?
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2013, 06:38:25 PM »
I have heard that Moto/Google met with carriers and had an agreement to minimize the bloatware. The Moto X is also supposed to have an "Unadulterated Android experience." The need for custom ROM's is lessened.

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Re: Why the Moto X?
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2013, 06:29:07 PM »
Whereas it's very different here in the UK, carriers do customise a little but not to the extent they do in the US and we don't need different handsets for different carriers so price dependent I'm going SIM free...

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Re: Why the Moto X?
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2013, 05:09:18 PM »
Because when you think of Droid, you think of Motorola. For me first and foremost i need a phone, Moto has always had great radios, my signal has always been great. I dont care about having the best camera, i have a DSLR for that.


That just about sums it up for me. My i580 flipper had the great radio...call quality on what was Nextel's network, was a strong signal plus clear and not mushy or soft audio. No matter where I was, and during some SARs it got a little hairy, my Nextel Motorola came through where some others wouldn't. I think the camera was something like 2mb...grainy as all getouts so hardly used it.
Hope that if I do pull the trigger on the X, it will continue as dependable and easy to use as my first Motorola phone.

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Re: Why the Moto X?
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2013, 09:56:27 PM »
I don't do contracts and off contract pricing can be ridiculous.  I'm looking for Nexus 4 pricing and an OLED screen.  I've been following the S4 mini rollout pretty close waiting for a US release, but the overseas pricing has been a little on the high side for mid range hardware.  If Googorola prices this aggressively as expected, I'll be very pleased. 

The new Droid ultra and maxx are using S-Stripe AMOLED (i.e. non-pentile), one of the highest PPIs for that subpixel config thus far.  The Note 2 was 267 or so, the S4 mini is 256, the Ultra/maxx are 294.  If the Moto x uses the same screen type on it's smaller screen, it'll be the sharpest non-pentile AMOLED out there.