Moto X hands-on, first look and first impressions (video)

by: Chris SmithAugust 4, 2013

Moto X

The Moto X flagship handset was finally unveiled a few days ago, during a special media event hosted by Motorola in New York which Android Authority attended.

In addition to covering the handset thoroughly for you: specs and features, image galleryrelease date and pricing, customization options, software features, and everything else that was revealed about the phone, we have also managed to spend actual hands-on time with the device.

In the following videos you can see our first look at the device, but also our first impressions after a few days of using the Moto X.

Our Kristofer Wouk shows you everything you should know about this new Motorola creation – the first Moto phone that has been influenced by Google – and we’ll be back with a thorough review of the Moto X in the near future.

Are you buying the smartphone once it launches?

  • Lowey

    Thanks for the first look! But I thought I read elsewhere that one of the major drawcards was you only had to say the phrase “OK Google Now” at any time to activate Google Now, rather than pressing the power button first as you say..

    • T.J.

      No button press needed. Only words.

  • IncCo

    Damn that wallpaper makes it looks so ugly. What were they thinking.

    • MSmith79

      So are Nexus (i.e. Stock Android) wallpapers. Don’t know what Google is thinking in that department.

      • IncCo

        Really? I think some of them look nice. But yea, a lot of them look like crap as well.

    • Son Of Plug

      Phones are assembled in Texas, the wallpaper is based of the Flag of Texas.

      • IncCo

        I see. Thx for the explanation.

  • Luka Mlinar

    This is so true. This thing would fly of the shelves if it was priced correctly. But hey, last time Motorola came out with some revolutionary flagship it was the MPx200. It was priced somewhere around 968$ (where i’m from) yet i got it for 246$ after it failed to sell any over it’s high price. Will we see history repeat itself after 10 years?

    • lol I got that phone. People used to call it The Black Magic.


    If I hear one person say those words”Ok google now”I think I’m going to grab the phone and throw it across the room!

    • najiy91

      don’t get angry friend(‘~’)

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      lol. Knowing too well how voice operations have worked on Android in the past…I’m looking forward to seeing/hearing the first owner walking down the street, repeating over and over, “Ok,google now!” Desperately changing pitch and emphasis, trying to make the phone respond…

    • dogulas

      I am super curious as to whether you’ll be able to change that hotphrase or not. If not, that would be the one reason I can imagine wanting to root it.

  • Ramon Alexander

    Sorry price too high for me I’ll wait for the note3

    • Cao Meo

      You expect Note 3 to be somehow cheaper?

      • EvenInTheDarkestHour

        No, but infinitely better, and worth the cost…well, closer anyway.

        • T.J.

          Better how? Bigger and with a stylus? Neat.

      • Ramon Alexander

        the note 3 will be a better device for probably around the same price the moto x isnt that impressive

  • Alain Lafond

    Poor Motorola, going to the ditch with this phone that is very expensive for the average user that seek the $ 0.00 or at most $ 99.00.
    And as for the geeks, they’re gonna look that phone as it was the ultimate phone of the Droid legacy (good battery, makes you rememeber some…).

    • LiterofCola

      Actually, this is geared towards the average consumer who’ll eat up the gimmicks. It’s the geeks who’ll be underwhelmed by this phone.

  • Ryan Castle

    What was Googlerola thinking…?
    Ok Google Now is the stupidest phrase I will never say.

    • TSK

      you could just say something else instead of “ok, google now.” it may be a smartphone, but it’s not that smart…

  • jef

    The wallpaper is so ugly. The phone is ugly. Apps from the Playstore is ugly. The specs are ugly. The price is ugly. Battery is good but what do you expect from a mid range phone ofcourse it wont eat too much battery.

  • Mohd Danial

    This phone is more suited for a beginner android user.

  • chanman

    I feel like Google/Motorola’s goal is to make the Moto X line (if they continue into the future) into the “iPhone of Android.” iPhone has a smooth user experience, smoother than most Android phones admittedly. It’s expensive and low-specced. I feel like this phone is trying to take the same route. I would get it for voice-detection built into the system (so the voice control can stay on), but with technology, that’ll probably be integrated into all flagships by next year.


    The battery life on the Moto X is apparently greater than 24 hours with moderately heavy use according to Engadget. That’s impressive

  • mamuz

    Motorola is not upgrading but downgrading no micro sd what are they thinking 32gb that is the biggest memory bull shit

  • mamuz

    I think i will go for samsung