Motorola boss defends Moto X, slams Samsung and HTC for delivering inferior experiences

August 8, 2013
Motorola’s top engineer called the Moto X the most advanced phone on the market and criticized the Galaxy S4 for not being true 1080p and for its cheap plastic design.

    motorola Iqbal Arshad

    Since the Moto X launched, people in the tech community have been debating its merits. While some have criticized the lack of cutting-edge specs and the relatively high price tag of the device, for others, the user experience offered by the Moto X is more important than any specification.

    I think people who are hard core about comparing specs simply don't understand the design of the product

    The criticism has been harsh enough for Motorola to react officially, through its SVP for product development, Iqbal Arshad. Arshad answered some questions from CNET and didn’t mince words when it came to highlighting the virtues of the Moto X compared to competing Android devices.

    According to the Motorola executive, many people have misunderstood the Moto X’ display and processor. About the “X8 Computing System”, as Motorola calls the ensemble made of a S4 Pro chip from Qualcomm and two specialized processors, Arshad said that it’s “redefining how mobile devices operate” and that the general belief that more cores equals better performance is fundamentally wrong. Motorola supposedly compared the current top smartphones on the market and found that 90 percent of the time, they only ran on two CPU cores when browsing websites.

    Arshad went on to slam Samsung’s Galaxy S4 for not being “really smart”:

    Motorola's vision is to really change how smartphones work. The small computers we carry around in our pockets aren't “really” smart. I mean, what can you do with the Samsung Galaxy S4 that you can't do with the Galaxy S3? The answer is nothing.

    Moreover, he claims that the Moto X can accomplish things that would require a HTC One or Galaxy S4 three batteries:

    None of those other processors could do all the noise cancellation and offer the same level of intelligence and still be low power. What we have done with the Moto X has not been done before. It's the world's first. And we think it will change the way people make phone calls and use their phones.

    The Motorola boss also compared Samsung’s offerings to the Moto X when it comes to its display, which many people have slammed for being just 720p. He says that, because Samsung employs a Pentile subpixel arrangement on the Galaxy S4, the device isn’t really 1080p, while, due to inferior optimization, the panel consumes too much energy. HTC’s SLCD panels are simply dismissed as inferior.

    Samsung is using a graphics processor, but they're using it the wrong way and their performance is actually worse than ours. They are burning more battery life. In the case of HTC, they're using an LCD screen, which is simply an inferior technology.

    To top it off, Iqbal Arshad went after the much criticized “cheap plastic” that Samsung uses on its phones:

    I guess if we had wanted to design a cheaper feeling plastic phone that maybe would have had some gaps in the hardware design, we could have done that {referring to a removable battery}.

    Arshad addressed a few other pieces of criticism, such as the lack of expandable storage or the older Android version powering the Moto X. Check out CNET’s Q&A for his full statements.

    What do you think of Motorola’s arguments? Do they hold water?

    Via: Droid-Life

    Comments

    • Tony Hoffman

      I feel like this is HTC trying to convince people that 4 ultra pixels is better than 13 mwgapixels.

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        It is better for low-light. If it was a 10 MP UltraPixel camera, it would be better than the 13 MP regular camera.

      • Magnetic1

        To be honest, picture quality does not seem to be that much correlated with the megapixel count when you reach the end of the curve of diminishing return. According to recent article by The NYTimes on Leica, optics and image sensors matter a great deal more and basically laughs at the iphone’s camera, which happens to be industry benchmark in camera phones. But I’m not going to shell out $20Gs for some piece of glass and metal. I take economical plastic any day. I guess that is why we engineer product with performance and cost in mind.

        • APai

          “iphone’s camera, which happens to be industry benchmark in camera phones”

          umm, no, that belongs to Nokia’s imaging system. nothing comes close to Nokia’s brilliant imaging on cellphones.

          • mobilemann

            nokia is no doubt the crown champion for phone cameras, but apple did set the bar (which they then destroyed)

            • APai

              I think you are forgetting their old N8 – they did exceptonally well with that camera – it beat iphone camera even in 2010.

            • mobilemann

              lol @ beat, as that’s entirely subjective again. Apple makes great camera’s, so does nokia. Hopefully other people emulate that better in the future, the n4, gnex, and gs3 camera’s are a joke.

            • APai

              entirely subjective ? apple’s cameras nowhere close to the 808

          • gommer strike

            And when compared side-by-side against a DSLR, every single smartphone camera looks like a Fisher Price toy.

            The difference is so dramatic and so crazy that it renders the argument of smartphone vs smartphone cameras entirely irrelevant. We are trading quality for convenience, the best camera is the one available to you.

            All of them do just fine when lighting conditions are perfect. But they’re all gonna look bad compared to the real thing. Just need to point that out :)

            • APai

              well, I used to think in the same way. but you should REALLY take a look at the 808 optics. the 5/8mp results are close to entry level dslrs. I’m not kidding. besides, the whole point of camera phones is that they are good for quick shots – you will NEVER carry anywhere closely like a phone.

        • MasterMuffin

          You needed to read a recent article from NYTimes to get that megapixels aren’t the thing that makes a camera good? Duude… :)

    • Felix Tiosanna

      This motorola x8 could be promising. But remember, only a few people use siri in iphone.

      • End in sight

        Brilliant point! The people defending Moto are saying that the low power thing is great tech… And it might be! But if we aren’t really, probably going to use it, then it’s just kind of cool…kind of like some new tricks on the S4′s camera… But for me it’s not a “must have” and I don’t want to pay $575 for that when I might not even use it.

        I mean I only use voice recognition when I am alone anyway. For example, on a crowded train, can you imagine a guy saying to his phone, out loud, “um what is the capital of Egypt?” Heck, if he did that I would just tell him myself that the capital is Durban. Duh.

        • gommer strike

          This whole voice activation thing is really more gimmicky than Motorola wishes to admit. Can you imagine someone your father’s age, saying out loud in public transportation “OK Google Now, set a reminder to pick up eggs and milk at 6pm today”.

          • mobilemann

            i’ve used both siri and google now for tasks like this. I’ve had to hit the button, but i don’t see what’s so strange about it.

            Dictation is just 10x faster than typing.

    • Sergio Rainor

      BS. Moto X is a backward mobile.

    • jdoee100

      Mobile tech is moving so fast that even Snapdragon 800 will be yesterday’s news in less than 4~6 months. It’s hard to see how Moto X will be able to keep up with the current trend.

    • turdbogls

      Android (well stock android) is at a point where we dont need bleeding edge processors any more to get an enjoyable experience….heck, my Galaxy nexus runs 4.3 VERY smoothly. I think Moto is concentrating on the right stuff…..but there are people out there that only look at the specs and immediately throw it out as an option.

      but they did do some good here….a smaller phone, with a larger display, nice size battery with “24 hours” life, 10Mp camera is right where it should be, and having the device customizable (need to open it up to everyone though) should be big selling points to the average consumer.

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        My issue isn’t with mid range year old specs. it is that they’re charging bleeding edge new tech prices for the phone.

        • mobilemann

          show me the phone with dedicated low power processors for voice and other processors from last year. This argument is ridiculous.

          • utkarsh gupta

            tegra 3 has a fifth core for that
            and nexus 4 is powered by tegra3

            • mobilemann

              that was 8 months ago, closer to half a year, and the 5th core in the tegra 4 is a low power cored for idling and standby, not for language processing etc.

              Might as well have compared it to a ripe orange.

            • Bryan

              Nexus 4 is a Snapdragon, not a Tegra 3.

            • APai

              I think the 5th core was about reduced power consumption ? it’s supposed to be running at 500mhz for “idle” while the other 4 cores kick in as soon as you need the extra horses.

        • EvenInTheDarkestHour

          Exactly.

        • T.J.

          This is bleeding edge new tech.

      • Piyush

        Same as bill gates once said “640kb ram is enough for everyone”.

        • MasterMuffin

          Before that he said that 128kb of RAM is “all the memory we’d ever need” :DD

        • kroms

          Exactly !

      • AussieGreek

        This guy is the new Steve Jobs. He is bagging the competition because people are complaining about the premium price for sub par specs.

        • AussieGreek

          I forgot to mention my htc One kicks ass.

        • T.J.

          Specs don’t matter. What’s a car with a huge motor if your car is limited to 25mph?

          • kroms

            LMAO , right because Cars with Huge Motors can only go 25MPH . Your logic makes no sense.

            Why not just Bring back TUBE TV’s ?

            • T.J.

              Let me try again. It’s like having a big motor in your car but being stuck behind someone going 25.

      • gommer strike

        Love the “24 hours” in quotes.

        Let’s see some REAL benchmarks, like maximum screen uptime.

    • thereasoner

      If it performs as well as the big spec competition while simultaneoussly thrashing them in battery life then Motorola has a winner. Most consumers won’t give a damn about specs.

      • EvenInTheDarkestHour

        The thrashing had yet to be proven. I read that preliminary third party testing yielded battery life of 12 to 15 hours on moderate use. While not bad, not 24 hours. We shall see. If OM battery life claims are to be taken as truth, the LG G2 is thrashes it with 30 hours.

        • gommer strike

          Yup, the true metric is screen uptime. I would like to see someone run that test. Jack the brightness to max and let’s see for real how long the screen holds up before running out of juice.

          • thereasoner

            That’s not a fair comparison all the time. My ONE phone has a much brighter screen than my old(now my wifes) GS3. The HTC phone would need much more juice to power the better screen while the GS3 gets an advantage for having sub par(well below industry average) screen brightness. Battery testing based on real world metrics are best, that is, a combination of functions from video to browsing ect.

      • kroms

        ? i don’t know about you but I CARE about specs when I’m spending my Hard earned money.

        • thereasoner

          Even if those specs offer little if any performance improvements and other than draining your battery faster ,the only thing there really good for is marketing purposes?

          • gommer strike

            and so you’d be perfectly fine with tech from 2 years ago, because it drains your battery slower?

            • thereasoner

              Hardly that old, you need to read up on the specs. Anyway, i’m not getting this phone regardless of how it does in the full reviews yet to come. I’m very happy with my HTC ONE but I do hope Motorola does well because I’m all for strong competition and the innovation that it brings about. It’s because of that that i ditched my GS3 and went with HTC, I don’t want to see Android being only about Samsung, the more players the better!

      • gommer strike

        But will the “average consumer”…meaning your father, your grandparents, the jock who just wants to check the score on his phone…all people who think useless nerds like us should be doing USEFUL things instead of arguing on Internet forums…would know immediately that the Moto X is the phone to buy? These people don’t care about specs. They just want the bloody thing to do the things they want.

        You’re gonna tell us that 100% that they are gonna walk into a store, see the Moto X, and instantly know that’s the phone for them, vs an iPhone5?

        • thereasoner

          Nope, but then thats what advertising is for and it’s been reported that Motorola/Google has put aside a huge sum of money to show case this phone and they also hired the guy responsable for Samsungs successful marketing campain.

    • corona10

      No matter what he says, he’s wrong about the S4 and HTC One being inferior to the Moto X. But he works for the company so what would you expect him to say?

      • mobilemann

        because reasons, right?

        how about you provide some of them.

        • corona10

          For one the HDR recording on the Moto X is inferior to the S4 and One I’ve seen youtube videos of it. Two, Moto X isnt even 1080 p. And the clear pixels dont even take better low light photos than the One despite having a higher mp count. I’m not knocking the Moto X but he’s putting down two of the best devices that have come out in the last 6 mos. And he’s just plain lying.

          • mobilemann

            In what way is it inferior? (HDR) The GS4 also can’t hold a candle to this things battery life, right? Also, i’ve seen some really horrible one pictures; android OEMs need to start looking at nokia. Just providing a counterbalance and reminding you ~ because reasons isn’t cool:D

            • Anthony Walker

              Right now I’m at 64% on my S4. It’s been on the battery for 9 hours 46 minutes. I have no complaints about the battery.

            • mobilemann

              dude, what does that tell me? I can do that with my s3 and the original stock battery, and on days that i barely use my phone it ends up that way. I’m very happy that you get battery life you are happy about, but that doesn’t tell me to much. (screen on-time, what other stuff was on, if you were in a bad coverage area etc. )

            • gommer strike

              And by that logic you can apply exactly the same against the Moto X when they claim “24 hour” battery.

              What was running? What was the brightness set to? Was the device running in airplane mode the whole time?

              Here’s a test. Connect the Moto X to LTE, max out the brightness, queue up a few movies, and let’s see how long the device holds out before running out of power.

    • brendan soliwoda

      This coming from a guy whose company has been delivering sub-par (at best) phones for the past few years. Granted, Samsung and HTC each have their own flaws, but they are doing better and putting out better products than Motorola is. The Moto X is nice, but it’s nothing special. Custom Colors, ow how innovative. The only thing promising about the X is the voice recognition, but that only goes so far. I’d rather stick with my Samsung or go to an HTC phone any day than use a Motorola device.

      • Clarkkent113

        Plus the whole voice-recognition thing is possible on future Snapdragon 800 processor phones as well. Soon this will be a widely available feature (and by sooner I’m thinking the Nexus 5 most likely will include it and that will be announced in a few months I’m sure.)

        • Jonathan Franklin

          They can use their language and contextual processor in other devices regardless of what application processor it’s mated with. Smartwatches and Glass as an example: two things that would be pointless to shove a Snapdragon 800 into, but a context processor for notifications and sensors and always-on listening make a lot of sense for.

      • Leonardo Rojas

        So my superb speedy Razr i is a sub par smartphone. Huh? You must be referring to very early Motorola smartphones. Or are you calling the Razr M, and the Razr MAXX HD and its 3300 mAh battery, sub par devices? Don’t go wrong boy. Don’t generalize.
        - L.

        • Iulian Popa

          Yes, your RAZR i is a sub par smartphone, and so are the M and the MAXX HD. Sub par CPU, sub par GPU, sub par camera, sub par display, sub par software updates.

          • Leonardo Rojas

            Haha. No sup par battery. Which makes your on par devices sub par on that to the MAXX HD. Haha!
            Anyway, spec hungry people like you sabotage their own happiness, always.
            My Razr i says beep beep! to you coyote. Stay on target! Haha
            - L.

            • Iulian Popa

              I’m extremely happy with my phone. Thank you for your concern.

          • NarutoNamikaze1010

            I’m not trying to say anything bad in anyway but besides the Internal 32gb and Expandable MicroSD Slot of the MAXX HD that’s where the NEW DROID MAXX Loses :( for me at least.

        • Gueste12

          Yea those are sub par. Period.

          • Leonardo Rojas

            Sub par in your un-backedup opinion, or not; they can deliver the same pleasant experience dude n.n It’s not hard to realize that, this is ANDROID. Period.

    • Jason Yuen

      It’s just typical trash talking between companies. They all like to flaunt their strengths and pick on others’ weaknesses or at least what they perceive as weaknesses. I would never read too much into this. Pentile, plastic, removable batteries, external storage, are all things that some people think are benefits while others think are detriments. As a consumer, just be appreciative to have companies with different goals and products for you to chose from. Unlike being force fed a single product without differentiation.

      • MrMagoo

        “Unlike being force fed a single product without differentiation.”
        EHMM EHMM COUGH COUGH “APPLE” COUGH COUGH

        • Jason Yuen

          I was actually thinking more like oil companies.

        • number29

          I thought Apple competed in the smartphone market, which contains literally hundreds of choices?

          • MrMagoo

            Oh they are. It’s just this is an Android based site and a lil stab here and there is fun. So to further explain my point, which for some is probably unecessary, Apple only offers one choice in the phone market (aside from the storage amount). Android is open souce and is found on like you said “hundreds of devices” around the world.

    • jamesinkorea

      I don’t care how cheapskate Motorola tries to justify their crappy cheaply-made phone with its poor man specs, I’m never going to buy one. High-end specs give me all the “great experience” I need. Motorola needs to stop making excuses for trying to sell over-priced outdated technology to consumers. That’s exactly what Apple does.

      • mobilemann

        and you think apple users drink cool-aid. Amazing post.

        • jay flores

          What exactly is outdated? The dual-core trend? A 720 that is more than capable than the overrated 1080. The X8 uses 2 chips from same 600 in the One and S4. A dual core that beats out the quad-core Nexus 4

          • mobilemann

            you replied to the wrong guy me thinks. I agree with you.

          • jay flores

            Haha my fault

          • anthony marquez

            No,

          • anthony marquez

            No, because Moto X’s Snapdragon S4 Pro doesn’t use Krait 300 CPUs like in the Snapdragon 600. It’s more like what Lumia 920′s chipset, but the GPU is upgraded from 225 to 320. But, NO. Moto X cannot beat Nexus 4 in terms of speed.

    • Clarkkent113

      No one is really bitching about the specs anymore. I’d actually happily buy this phone.

      What we’re bitching about is the ridiculous pricepoint. Should have priced this at $199 OFF-contract, or $299 (at most).

      • Jarl

        that and making it available worldwide

      • gommer strike

        SHOULD HAVE BEEN:

        1) Customization available everywhere. No exceptions. I should be able to place an order from the Middle East, request the customizations I want, and they should happily ship me the device. None of this AT&T BS.

        2) $199 off-contract is asking for too much. Nexus 4 from Google play store isn’t even that cheap, let’s not be completely unreasonable here. It’s fine if the phone off-contract was $300 – 400 range.

        • BB BB

          Not even customizable in Canada, B&W only, meanwhile that would be one of the main selling points for this phone.

    • William Taylor

      Lol Motorola is missing something Samsung and HTC never came out and said there were better they don’t have to. The gs4 and the HTC one seems to have more bang for the buck Motorola is offering basically specs from last year with some tweaks here and there. Don’t get me wrong they made a great mid-range phone but every oem is different so let them be.

    • Greg Cardall

      *sniff – sniff* Smell that? If I didn’t know any better, I’d have thought by the smell that Steve Jobs came back from the dead and is the lead Moto X engineer…

    • brady

      its gonna take a bold move by a phone manufacturer to get people’s attentions. they’re gonna have to release a 400MHz phone with 300MB of RAM that offers a better experience than any top of the line phone out. TO DEMONSTRATE that spec’s and real world performance (read this slowly, say it outloud to yourself, write it down) … AREN’T THE SAME THING

    • Guest

      I like how they speculate on “experience” while nobody has got it yet and can confirm that it provides some better experience…

    • Guest

      I like how they speculate on “better experience” while nobody has got it yet and there is no any real life proves of “better experience”

    • Toinou

      Go home Motorola, you’re drunk.

      • kroms

        Motorola is not drunk , it the Dude that is out too lunch. No worries though, if the sales are not up to par Mr Arshad will not longer making public speaking engagements. Might look for another job even.

    • EvenInTheDarkestHour

      Mr. Arshad does okay with what he has to work with. But, his answers left me unconvinced. Especially his assumptions about the people he would have as customers. Likely, I just don’t understand his, or the X’s greatness.

      I will laugh out loud, if with the X 2 they add removable storage or battery, 1080p display, or a quad core processor, because it will invalidate everything he speaks to in the article.

      This is an intriguing device, and it’s cool that they were able to use off the shelf tech, and tweak it to go beyond what was thought possible. But, it just doesn’t represent enough of a value to me, and I think most will ultimately agree, and buy something else.

      • Micro Shaquer

        Sniff sniff. I can smell that this not-so-brilliant Iqbal Arshad will be fired soon.

    • MasterMuffin

      I knew this article would have a lot of comments when I read the headline :D The best part was the screen part, he seriously calls HTC One’s screen inferior to Moto X’ screen? Even though I prefer AMOLED too, that’s just “bullpoop”. And even though S4′s screen is pentile, it still is better than Moto X’ screen. That guy is funny :D

      • mobilemann

        it’s probably better in some ways; (probably power consumption) which is the problem. Since different features have different weights to users when figuring out what phone is best, all those things are subjective. The GS4 has the best white point (which is absurd for a AMOLED display) of any phone; yet, amoled displays are still inefficient in power consumption compared to LCDs.

        • MasterMuffin

          Does S4 seriously have the best white point?? And that power consumption is subjective too, depends on your usage (for example Moto X has AMOLED screen because of that lock screen notification thing, LCD would kill the battery).

          • mobilemann

            yeah man, check this out, i would have never thought it from an amoled display either: http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S4_ShootOut_1.htm

            and as for the notifications, iOS users seem to do fine with them on LCD’s ;) However, you are correct in that AMOLED’s take up less power when displaying black etc:D

            • MasterMuffin

              Wow, S4 does have an amazing display!

              I’m pretty sure you know what I ment, the new feature that shows the notifications all the time. AMOLED makes it possible without eating battery, while LCD could probably eat +10% per hour!

            • SeraZR™

              True :D

              There’s even an app like moto x notifications but its only for AMOLED phones

            • MasterMuffin

              Actually I think it’s available for anyone with 4.3, but AMOLED is highly recommended

            • SeraZR™

              well it should be made for AMOLED only :p …. unless u wanna drain your battery like hell o.O

        • gommer strike

          “subjective” the same way that many users find the iOS experience better than Android’s, yes? It’s an subjective opinion, and you can’t say they’re wrong, correct?

          I could snap an Instagram pic, throw on a filter, and state that it’s better than the pic that you snapped with your DSLR. Subjective.

          • mobilemann

            yeah. Lots of people find iOS’s touch response time (way better) and app collection to be a better experience; and not an unfair one at that.

            with amoled, there are facts behind it however.

    • SamerKurdi

      This is excellent stuff — Go Iqbal Go! I don’t know why he is getting so much blowback in this comments section, given that everything he said is not just enlightening but contributes to make the conversation about mobile technology a lot more sophisticated and intelligent.

      Despite being in the market for a new phone, I am not buying a Moto X, but my respect for Motorola just jumped up considerably, and I will be looking with a lot more interest at their future phone releases.

      • kroms

        WOW , so basically he couldn’t convince you to dish out the Money on his NEW Be all , end ALL Moto phone huh ?
        That say’s tons of what is wrong with this guy and MOTO.

      • gommer strike

        You love what he said, and fully endorse on text…but it’s still not enough to convince you to buy.

        Actions speak louder than words.

    • chanman

      I think the problem is that they’re trying to be what iPhone was 6 years ago (great user experience, differentiated from what’s on the market, etc.) in an Android market.
      Also, I think that the engineering that went into this validates the price. They’re the first people to build voice recognition into the chip itself, and not the overlaying software, so that it doesn’t destroy the battery and it can be on all the time. That is a pretty big step forward in smartphone technology.

      • gommer strike

        The Google Play store just came out with the same software tech:

        https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.greatbytes.activenotifications

        Now any Nexus phone can do what the Moto X does with their Active thing. Motorola can’t make the claim that this is exclusive to the just their phone anymore. Not to mention that this technology is merely just a feature of the display tech they chose – which isn’t unique to only them. Other phones had this same tech way before Moto X. Lighting up only the relevant pixels is far from new(eg. Galaxy Nexus, a phone several years old now).

        • chanman

          you clearly have no idea what I’m talking about. That app would probably destroy your battery life because of the inefficiency of keeping your voice recognition on at all times in smartphones on the market now.
          Moto X built that tech right into the system, rather than Android/overlying software, so it was much, much more battery-friendly and takes barely any more power than just leaving your phone on normal idle. I mentioned nothing about their notification feature.

          • gommer strike

            I was talking about the lighting up the screen thing. Did you check the google play store link? I didn’t say a word about voice recognition. keep the negativity off the table please. Did I say anything bad about you? Nope, and I won’t. I ask the same from you.

            But that’s the law of the land on Android; we both know this. It’s an open place. Look around the google play store and there are copycats upon copycats.

            • chanman

              Sorry; since you replied to my comment, I assumed it was relevant to what I was saying. My bad for not checking the link.

    • Luka Mlinar

      User experience? Hey i’m not paying twice the price for a car just to get a better car smell. I personally think the criticism hasn’t been harsh enough since they sent some second grade person to defend it. Who buy the way did a piss pore job. Defending your flaws by point out that of the competition is an unexpected low. Dennis step up or move.
      I hate the Samsung cheap plastic but i understand why that phone costs 600-700 bucks of contract.
      -The camera is poor. It might have good technology but the colors look dead. I wouldn’t use it to take a picture of a document let alone a camping trip. The gesture needed to turn on the camera is ridiculous. I’m 27 and feel a pain in my knee.
      -I want a green phone with gold buttons but i need to send it to the factory when i want to change it? WTF is that?
      -You got old technology in it and you are charging twice that of competition. I don’t care how optimized it is, what exactly am i paying for? I doubt you programers get any more cash for upgrading the firmware. But it’s not just the phone, you brought out that Sol Republic Deck that’s also overpiced. It doesn’t feel premium enough to overprice it.
      I love this company, it made some awesome phones like the StaTAC, V3688, and it’s older brother the V50 that i owned. I hope this staregy crashes and burns soon so Google can get it back on track.

      • T.J.

        It’s not the smell your getting, it’s the ride; the experience.

        • gommer strike

          The ride ain’t superior enough to warrant the inferiority in specs. It has to be so good, and so much better, than the iPhone5, HTC One, and S4 to someone who completely non-technical and knows next to nothing about technology…for Motorola to be able to truly make that claim that ride/experience is better.

          What they should do is pull random people…the bum on the street…the grandmother walking with a cane…the hipster snobbishly peering at his iPhone…ask THOSE people if the Moto X experience is superior.

          • Luka Mlinar

            Agreed. They never thought to ask the fans what they wanted out of the X.

          • T.J.

            Maybe they will once it actually become available to the public. In my opinion, it will be superior. Almost stock Android, no lag, touch free search/calling/texting/music playing/note taking so I can keep my eyes in the road while driving, small form factor with a big screen, and with custom colors and materials. To me, that’s real innovation.

            • gommer strike

              Are you an AT&T customer? unless you are, you can scratch that customization off your list.

            • T.J.

              Everyone else is getting it after the initial exclusive at&t thing, including unlocked versions.

            • Saif Merseysider

              What exactly do they innovate?! Touchless driving experience? Tho might not be as smooth, u do have Google Now on all latest android phones!! Lag free? Get the Google Edition of One or S4. Big screen? Its 4.7 for crying out loud. U had me when u said smaller screen (if u regard downsizing the screen as an act of innovation, then u win). Customs colors? I laugh when people talk about this as an innovation. Pass. I’ll take Zoe and Air Gestures any day. Cut the crap, bro.

            • T.J.

              To each their own, I guess.

    • End in sight

      Awesome. You can tell he is in the wrong because he has to get all defensive about it. If the facts were in his favor, then there is nothing to get upset about.

      Motorola, please ask Google to sell you off to the Koreans. Maybe they can fix you.

      • mobilemann

        it’s kinda cool that the moto x was built in america imo.

        • kroms

          Cool does not make for high number of sales. Moto is starting out on th wrong foot and this guy should not be allowed to speak again, Ever !

        • gommer strike

          It’s not enough. Oh it’s made in the USA. Bravo. In the end, how much will that matter? Enough to make people ditch their “Designed in California” Iphones?

          • mobilemann

            lol ~ no where did i mention what “enough” was for me, or what it matters. I just said it was nice. kids.

            • gommer strike

              And all I said was, will it matter? kids.

    • Anthony Walker

      What was logic behind not releasing a phone with top of the line specs? Doing that would have justified the price of the phone.

      • T.J.

        Did you forget to read the article?

    • Albin

      I’m suspecting smartphone technology has pretty much peaked out. It’s going to be about apps and browser-based services, about how many devices (like tablets, cameras and cars) you can put a smartphone interface on, and about personal customization.

    • Cristi13

      So first called us “nerds” and now this? My god this guy, OK let’s begin. First of all a 1080p display is not useless there is a tremendous amount of HD 1920×1080 content available. Displaying that content at its native resolution (without the need to rescale up or down) results in the best possible image quality, plus rescaling requires processing overhead that uses (wastes) precious battery power. Display test already shown that gs4 display consumes less than gs3′s one (assuming that it’s about the same display on moto x as on gs3, it tells you something) and how can he say that HTC LCD are inferior? Now again moto x didn’t prove anything about battery life (as tests shown so far, it’s good, but doesn’t exceed the competition). The camera so far has been dissappointening, again we all know that android can run on dual core just fine (there has never been this a reason to stop progression). About cores, does he know that cores turn themselves off if they are not needed at that moment, also that, like i said above with the displays, newer processors (yes those “hungry” ones) can actually consume less power in certain situations (like decoding), oh and let’s not talk about s800 also supporting 4k video rec and voice control (it’s not just about “moar” cores, a proccesors means much more). Couple all of this with the inflated price, reduced availability, even more reduced customizability (only at&t), things are not looking so well for them.

    • Jarl

      what experience exactly? we can’t even GET the moto x over here!
      “made in the USA and we’re keeping it here, too!”
      oh well, i don’t see the moto x having a better experience compared to the HTC Butterfly s or HTC One anyway

      • End in sight

        lol

      • End in sight

        lol

    • skaterjosh98

      Maybe he forgot who his customers for the most part are. The 2 months or so Ive had my one and been around Android sites is the people here love their specs. He doesnt think people who spend $600 + dont want 1080, best processor available? If he things that maybe he should work for Microsoft who doesnt even have a 1080 screen, just barely got a phone with 2 gig of ram like 2 weeks ago.
      Former WindowsPhone owner.

      • kroms

        I guess he expects people to spend $600+ dollars because he says Motorola are just better. lol How do these people get to the positions they have , I will never understand. This guy sounds like he should be working for Nokia or BB. Not Moto.

    • Disqusdsvd

      I’d say this was just a simple case of a competitor trying to defame phones from other competitors. Face it, Samsung and HTC are giant brands because they deliver. What about Motorola? Improve your phones with proper specs and don’t try to shoot down other phones. It’s completely childish.

    • kroms

      This guy needs to QUICKLY be pulled from speaking publicly anymore , forever !
      He is making MOTO look bad and reminds me of a MS spokes person.

      Dude. Stop and go work behind the scenes before you do anymore damage .

    • kroms

      So specs don’t matter anymore ? Is that right ?
      Interesting.
      I guess we should all go back to steam trains and boats , or maybe Horse and buggy. But lets keep the prices the same. After all , it’s about the experience right ?
      I’m going to ask the Top Super Car makers in the world to please lower the price of there cars down to a modest level so we can all purchase one. I mean all those crazy specs of these Super cars are just not valid anymore right?

    • BB BB

      The MotoX is no more advanced than a Z10 running Android on it. First he insults our intelligence “the consumer” by telling us the S4 doesn’t do anything any differently than the S3 and that it isn’t truly 1080p. Then he bashes the HTC One and it’s gorgeous LCD display. The S4 and HTC One truly have two of the best if not the best displays on the market and I am curious as to what he will say regarding the LG 5.2″ IPS LCD display on the G2 probably “LG is it not truly HD and inferior”. Put a true 1080 display on the Moto X2 and show us your definition of true 1080 display, by next year Android will be talking 4K and flexible glass!

      Sure there are some great things they have done with the MotoX and customizing the experience, optimizing things but nothing about it would make me want to replace my Nexus 4 with the moto X unless I wanted a better speaker and a customized case with Wood panels so it can float when I throw it in the lake.

      Thank You very much Iqbal for making it easier for me not choose the MotoX. Android users want more power especially if we are paying a flagship price for our device. I will burn my next upgrade on the Note 3 or S4 that ships with the S800. Plastic is Plastic and I can put as many different back covers on the S4 or Note 3 as I want and swap out a spare battery for travel and add an SD card :P

      • kroms

        Agreed.

      • gommer strike

        Beautiful writeup, you gave me a chuckle with the final sentence, damn that was clever.

      • nebsif

        lol last sentence made my morning XD ty sir

      • End in sight

        Lol…throw it in the lake.

        You mean to say the wood is there to there to help people who get so frustrated that they spent so much for so little that they throw it in the lake? At least with wood, they can recover the waterlogged thing if they reconsider their rash act?

    • RockeR22

      It’s funny how he describes the others to be inferior. Well, you can definitely blame S4′s specs for the battery life. their screen is 1080p (which consumes more battery than a 720p), processor doesn’t have the “asynchronous” design (like in Snapdragon 600, where other cores totally shuts down when not needed), screen size (5 inch). Then, for HTC One… nope, i don’t find any fault. LCD’s are still good and you can’t really say HTC One’s much inferior because everyone knows that the One has better specs and works faster, and the S4 only slows down because of the RAM-eating bloatwares. So… NO. That guy is simply bragging and bringing down others to get on top because of desperation.

    • f simanjuntak

      Ohh no he didn’t…. Moto hasn’t been relevent for years & the x is not going to change that. We’ll just let the numbers speak for itself.

    • Allen Themba

      Maybe motorolla is ryt, but who cares? For years, windows pc would just hang up, freeze, etc and to this day same is still happening. Consumers dont listen to hogwash, tablets are a far much better breeze to operate without remembering websites, just click an apps and its up an running….thats what we want! We believe what we see not what we hear, bcoz these rock scientist hav played their games a bit to far, we are tired….the motto speech above sounds like a debate from bill gates, up yours!!

    • gommer strike

      Then maybe he can explain to us, why the Moto X is a BETTER buy than the HTC One and S4, when the price is the *same*.

      His arguments don’t hold water. The screening is 720p, which has fewer pixels to light up, and obviously consumes less power compared to the same screen technology, but 1080p. What about the Galaxy Nexus’ pentile screen huh? Recall that the Galaxy Nexus’ screen only lights up as needed. This is why the blacks are so deep on that phone. Sounds just like the Moto X, except other phones had that tech WAY before Moto X was conceived.

      OK so he’s saying, specs don’t matter. Maybe he’s right. Maybe we reached the point of diminishing returns. BUT he has to tell us, why the experience on the Moto X is truly that superior compared to HTC One/Samsung S4/iPhone5. If this phone…truly, truly is for the average Joe Blow consumer who has no technical ability whatsoever, tell us again why they priced this phone at a *disadvantage* compared to the competition.

      • thereasoner

        Thats just it, he’s saying the lower specs are an advantage via the much improved battery life. The higher spec phones only have the advantage if they can be shown to perform better in a noticable real world way and to such a large degree and odvious way that said performance is worth the battery drain. This is not likely, most people find dual cores to be very fast and 720p screens or more than adequate on small hand held devices.

        • gommer strike

          the iPhone5 is only dual core A6 chip. So really then, if I was him, I would be targeting the iPhone5 in my sights, not other Android phones. Because if you’re refusing to compete on specs, I sure as hell better not see the Moto X2 with a 1080p screen.

          Improved battery life – show me the screen uptime. Max the brightness, play a movie, and let’s see how long it lasts.

          • thereasoner

            Yes, i’m looking forward to full reviews on battery performance as well. Keep in mind that, while this is the same type of dual core found on some of last years “top end” phones it is an improved version of that CPU clocked at 1.7 GHz. Also it’s not as if it has 1GB ram like the iphone. At 2GB ram , bluetooth v4, a 720p screen with well over 300 ppi and very close to retna level, a 10 mega pixel camera(although i’m more interested to lern what apeture), a decent GPU in the adreno 320 and a slim light wieght design. This phone is no slouch and while it’s not been designed to win any bench mark wars with the layest and greatest spec monsters available today or soon after, this phone with it’s unique architecture should perform quite well

    • Sihawk

      Sure! They should have thrown in a snapdragon 800, 1080p screen, and yea it would do things 5 milliseconds faster with a screen that might look ever so slightly better from 3 inches away. Then you’d all complain that the phone barely makes it through a day just like every other phone… Specs don’t matter when your phone is dead or tied to a wall. All you people condemning this phone and 99 percent of you haven’t seen or used this phone first hand. I’m not here trying to defend this phone as I haven’t tried it myself but it pains me to know that so many people judge a phone by the numbers instead of the experience. How many phones have come out lately that do anything new and useful? None that I can really think of. This phone has many new and awesome features that aren’t just some gimmicky added bonus that’s cool for 5 minutes to show your friends, these features are reasons people actually buy this phone. I used to upgrade my phone more than once a year just because it was newer and faster, had a nicer screen and camera and whatever else. The differences used to be significant enough that it improved the experience of the phone. These days, I’ll bet that without knowing the specs, it would be extremely difficult to tell exactly what they are just from using the phone. Being a nexus 4 owner, I was excited when the galaxy s4 and the HTC one came out, thinking I would upgrade to one of them before I stopped myself and wondered… What do these phones do that mine doesn’t? Nothing. Most likely because my phone isn’t that old… But if your phone is old enough to make a big difference, it really doesn’t matter what you buy. We all know what the top 3-5 phones are, and they’re differences are tiny even when compared side to side with a timer and a microscope. Apart, most of the differences are indistinguishable with regards to everyday use. The actual differences like removable memory or battery, front or rear facing speakers, metal vs plastic, are just a matter of preference in what you choose. Wow, you read my very long winded rant! Cheers

      • Saif Merseysider

        Sorry mate. Couldn’t agree with u over there. Tho specs arenn’t the decisive factors in what makes a great smartphone (I’ll say this again as I’ve posted similar things on other articles pertaining to moto x), android is about having the best technology inserted in your device. True, having all these features will suck your battery up. But that should bring us to the next important thing in improving a good smartphone, isn’t it? Figuring out the way to improve the battery life without compromising the power and speed the device delivers. And I am getting tired of all these talks on gimmicks found on certain handsets (ahem, s4) as to my understanding, these gimmicks equal to what I call INNOVATIONS. Might not be the kind of innovations that we TRULY need (contentious, as I found some of these gimmicks are actually useful i.e smart stay, air call concept), but innovations nonetheless. I concede that that the current kings of android (HTC One & Sammy’s S4) are not the best, but I think motorola is just trying to fool consumers with diverting their attention from a specific area where they know they will never win against these companies: hardware specs. Cheers.

        • Sihawk

          Well I think we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. For me, android is about the freedom of choice. It is designed to work on all kinds of hardware, as is merely the software that runs on top of the hardware. It’s what it does with the hardware that matters. I don’t believe that a major android phone manufacturer armed with the resources of Google is unable to create a phone that can match HTC and Samsung in the specs department, especially since much smaller companies have done so already. If the kings of android are not the best, then what is? You say the next thing is to improve battery life without compromising power and speed. You must remember that power and speed are not the same thing. Motorola has compromised power for battery life, but has maintained speed. Reviewers of the moto-x generally agree that the phone is fast and lag free, while lasting far longer on a charge than other phones. You are of course entitled to your opinion but for me, that is what I call an innovation worthy of my money.

          • Saif Merseysider

            I might have to try the phone first (if it ever going to come to my country, which I doubt it will) but imagine this. With the customization and optimization of software that moto did, don’t u think that they might have improve the phone considerably if they had created moto x with a quad core chipset? They seems to know how to create a phone that seems to lag free and stuff. So, why stuck with only dualcore? With the said optimization, maybe a moto x could load a webpage miliseconds faster than what the s4 and one could. Who doesn’t want that? Just an opinion. Its just that all these talks about how specs are not important anymore bores me and we are going backwards if we suck everything they are trying to sell.

            • Sihawk

              Here’s the thing… I’m not against cutting edge specs. In fact I’m all for it, but here’s the problem. All of the phone’s components need to advance, not just some. Gaining a few milliseconds of loading time while sacrificing hours of battery life doesn’t seem justified in my eyes. So much progress has been made in processing power, screen technology, and wireless data transfer speeds, which is amazing, but they are all dependent on one thing – power. No significant improvements in battery technology have been made since the lithium battery. The faster and more pixel dense phones become, the more power hungry they are. There are only two ways to solve this problem. Create better batteries, or reduce power consumption through better efficiency. Motorola has gone with the latter. The way I see it, is the whole point of a phone being more powerful is to be able to do more in less time. If I’m saving a second here and there loading an app or a website, I’ll end up wasting more than that plugging my phone in to charge it up because it’s going to die.

            • Saif Merseysider

              In that case, we are in disagreement then as I believe we should aspire for the former (approach). Moto actually did something spectacular about battery technology with the Droid Razr. Apply that. And I believe other companies should follow suit. But they should not around and keep banging about how inferior tech specs are as to user experience.

            • Sihawk

              I don’t believe we disagree on that point, as I only stated what Motorola did. Ideally, I would like to see the former as well as you, and I find it a shame that battery advancement as been so poor, despite many claims to new battery technologies. Nevertheless, batteries remain as they are for now, and I admire Motorola for at least experimenting on this often overlooked issue. I believe this is where we differ. I spend a great deal of time away from an external power source, and I really couldn’t be bothered to carry extra batteries and portable chargers around with me, so this is what is important to me. That’s the great thing about Android, we can all choose different devices to meet our individual needs and preferences. I don’t understand why people are so upset about the moto-x, as there was never any promise that it would be more than it is. People created their own expectations from all the hype. If the specs are insufficient, then there are many other phones out, or soon to be released that will fit the spec hungry needs.

            • Saif Merseysider

              Well, its good that we could agree to that :-). I suppose many were upset (including myself) because Moto tried to downplay the significance of hardware specs too much up to the point of belittling other manufacturers (just read Iqbal’s post above). Had they started their intention with statements such as ‘we are offering something different’, ‘we r looking things from different perspective’ without highlighting their belief that specs are nowhere near important as experience, than I think many would buy this phone. Do that. Don’t bash others and trying to insult our intelligence by saying stuff like ‘not a true 1080 full hd’, ‘lcd is more inferior to amoled’ n stuff. Btw, r u getting one? I’m from Malaysia and I don’t think we could get it here.

            • Sihawk

              I’m considering it, but I’m going to wait and see how it measures up against the nexus 5.

    • Justin Flynn

      the moto x looks like a really solid phone, I actually like the “always on” thingy…sort of. problem I have is that, this phone is cool…and in like 3 weeks, it won’t be. The industry is in such a place that products don’t grow they get outdone in a matter of weeks. Look at the recent G2 launch, sorry but this phone looks like a combination of the S4 and Note, with small amounts of innovation, still a great looking device but give the industry a few weeks and it’ll be outdone somehow. GAH!

    • Hexi

      Emotions! Put some logic on the table sir! HE reminds me Saddam’s regime who always promising victory till the moment US army ripped off their pants in Baghdad!

    • Micro Shaquer

      That’s what typical Indian (Iqbal Arshad) talk too much trash. They’re tongue is as much poisonous by blowing words far from being realistic.

      I work with this kind of people in the company…. they are too gutsy but falls short of knowledge and skills…. just simply gutsy and tends to idle every time.

      Well, one thing i notice Moto X is par from other Android devices is its voice recognition. I love the way it interacts with the user even in hibernation mode.

    • mjolnirxz

      Google needs to better control Motorola, this is giving them bad publicity

    • Anas

      The Moto X is targeting the average consumer who prefer features over specs rather than us geeks.

    • hahmed330

      Every application on google play store can be run fluidly using S4 Pro and only a dozen applications can take advantage of four cores. If proper optimization is done and specialized cores are used for specific purposes or using GPU itself to help with the tasks. You will get much better performance and it will use less power. This obsession with having more powerful CPU=better performance is just dumb dumb dumb.

    • ky

      listen its all about brand recognition. I had a motorola in the past. I couldn’t give a crap about it now. Even if it came out with the best phone. Its about brand recognition and experience. Love my samsung.

    • JBC

      The guy who makes the plastic 720p phone is slamming the plastic 1080p phone and the aluminum 1080p phone for display and material. is it for real?
      BTW I totally appreciate and understand the design of the Moxo X, it’s the price that I don’t get

    • cameron m

      Haha everyone bashing this phone for specs and display and what not are the ones who dont have AT&T. Get real already got my customized moto x being assembled and shipped. Get on my level s4 and htc. apple is just a toy

    • Saif Merseysider

      For all of u guys who still think this phone rocks, check this out. Facts and figures don’t lie.

      http://www.androidheadlines.com/2013/11/moto-x-sales-disappointing-according-to-figures-research-firm-strategy-analytics.html

      I stand with my belief that Moto X is overhyped and does not stand head and shoulder with other flagships.

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