Motorola X Phone customization will probably let us down.

by: Nate SwannerJuly 3, 2013

Motorola X Phone

Motorola has decided to keep teasing us with tidbits of information about the X Phone, and we’re left to wonder what it all means. Made in the USA? Great for keeping jobs domestic. Available soon? That’s just mean, Motorola. You know we want that phone!

More than anything, we’re wondering about this customization claim of theirs. What does that mean? How thorough could the program be? We can hope for a lot, but let’s not assume too much. Yesterday we pointed out just why this could all be a dream come true. It’s all lining up the right way, but the dream of full customization still seems so far off.

What we want and what we’ll get will probably be disparate, but we don’t really know that. We still operate on innuendo, with people claiming to have knowledge of the situation. We can hope for the best, but we expect to see something much less.

Moto X Phone

What we want

If we had it our way, all the rumors would be true. The device was so built up, so thoroughly discussed, we have no real option but to be let down. If there could be one saving grace, it would be great customization. If we could build our own device, suiting our needs (whatever they may be), then the chatter about how good or terrible this phone is goes out the window. You could know 10 people with the “same” X Phone as you, but very different specs.

In our ideal environment, we go to the Play Store and build the exact X Phone we want.

In our ideal environment, we go to the Play Store and build the exact X Phone we want. Processor, RAM, memory, screen size, color, case materials; it’s all up for grabs! Like ordering a pizza online, whatever we add or take away changes the cost. If your X Phone with a monster processor and tons of RAM is lost or stolen, you can easily order another device. Maybe you don’t have the cash to replace that lost phone as it was, but you can always build another for a lower cost.

With so many different wants and needs flying around, the ability to completely alter the device silences many critics. A prominent complaint is the very anemic memory that comes on phones, or lack of SD Card slot. If I had the option to add memory, then my needs are satisfied. A faster processor takes care of many other issues like lagging game play, and a selection of screen sizes means no more wishing for moonshot phones that don’t exist.

  • impulse101

    I guess you didn’t hear. The “customization” is just colors, laser etching and uploading a photo for your wallpaper.

    • Mayoo

      Uploading a photo for your wallpaper? You mean like all android phones ever?

  • fenrig

    Choosing of the hardware will never happen. It’s really much too complicated, you need different rom’s (especially kernels allthough devicetree could change a bit in this) but you also need to be able to fit the hardware in the limited case and the baseboard will have to be adapted to suit the cpu. It isn’t worth the time.

    • David RT

      Yup. The writer of this article and phone goers are asking for too much IMO or are taking ” customizable” out of context hence why I hate predicting articles like this that put more expectations then what actually there calling it a “let down”. I think they means whether or not you can add 1-3gb of ram, which version of android (which would be funny), housing material, and color, and screen size( by model number XT105 “5 meaning 5 inch perhaps”) something along those lines. My two cent..the writer needs to go fap out some of his jitters and excpetations

    • MasterMuffin

      And if people are complaining about fragmentation now, think what would happen after hundreds of different models!

      • Diskus1

        Think what happens with hundreds of different customizations of the same model car… oh dear.

        • MasterMuffin

          If your car is running Android, then it’s a problem

  • chuck

    Well, obviously. you are expecting something that is damn near impossible. BAsing off the article posted recently, anyway.

  • dNj

    Was this article written by a 16 year with no idea how mass production works?There is only so much custimaztion a company can afford to keep costs low.

    • thartist

      this dude writes mostly this kind of articles.

  • Diskus1

    Anything Play Store is useless unless Google get their act together and start selling things outside the US… no music here, no movies, no magazines and definitely no phones yet…

  • Mike Bastable


    nice to see that you read MY post on your last Moto X phone posting, if you are gonna use the Custom sneaker analogy give me some credit, i am the author of that comparison (check the web if you want)…the rest of the article is a little fanciful…but if yoy are gonna steal things from comments please reference the poster in future, as is standard with all blogs / sites etc

  • Piyush

    another basless article by nate , when motorolo said they are going to bring hardware customization , i knew it was over hyped.

  • OMGgary

    If the pictures of the rear shell which have appeared on Slashgear are the real deal, then I already feel let down.
    Maybe it’s the $hitty pastel colours, but they look like something you’d buy on eBay for 10 cents. Also, the “M” dimple on the rear, which was rumoured to be touch-sensitive, appears to be just a dimple and nothing more. I’d rather they just made it in black and stuck with the kevlar material. Anyone who has spent more than five seconds playing with a phone can change the wallpaper.
    I sure hope Googorola are just yanking our crank with this stuff.

  • Ruzveh

    i can customize my phone for adding more RAM and support for SDXC cards, i can also customise to add NFC, GPS & IR Blaster, i can make the device as all in one

  • Rohit Naik

    whats Ur opinion about this phone
    will this phone get 4.3

  • harven

    not going to happen… a phone that have lets say X specs and is built to customize, wont be like a phone with X that comes closed , the one that is closed is going to be also its more simple and most customers arent geeks

  • jj

    An x phone with a slide out QWERTY and an unlockable bootloader would be a no brainer for buying. Sadly, even moto seems to be abandoning slide out qwerty devices :(