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Moto X, between the hype and the backlash

On this edition of the Friday Debate, we talk about Motorola, the Moto X, the hype and the backlash. Join us in the discussion, vote in our poll, and sound off in the comments!
August 2, 2013
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Evan Forester

On this edition of the Friday Debate, we talk about Motorola, the Moto X, the hype and the backlash.

Join us in the discussion, vote in our poll, and sound off in the comments!

Robert Triggs 

As a European, it’s disappointing to be excluded from what was supposed to be the next big product from Google/Motorola. As a decent looking mid-range product, the Moto X was on my list for a potential upgrade, but sadly it looks like I won’t even have the choice any more.

But even if I was living in the US, there are a few little things to feel disappointed about, despite the fact that the phone has turned out pretty much how most of us expected, hardware wise at least. The AT&T exclusivity over the customization features is certainly annoying, I don’t see the logic behind advertising customization and consumer choice so strongly, only to tie these features to a single carrier. But the price range is even more absurd, especially considering that you can pick up more powerful handsets, like the Galaxy S4, for a fraction of the price.

Finally, the lack of the latest Android 4.3 features out of the box is again a bit of a let down. It seems like Google missed an opportunity to leverage its own technology and finances to make this truly stellar product launch. Instead, the launch appears to be pretty messy, and that’s sure to disappoint many consumers.

Having said all that, it’s still a good little device, and some of the handset’s unique features still make it a worthwhile purchase. But I expect that, for many, the Moto X does not live up to all the hype.

Derek Scott

The Moto X is Google’s coming out party to the masses, not the technophiles.

I’m in a glass half full mood today so instead of ranting about what I don’t like, here are a couple things I do like.

1. No logo on the front screen.
It is a serious pet peeve of mine seeing any branding on the front screen.
2. The colour/material options.
I love the bold move for trying something new, it is going to be really interesting to see the results. Sure you can choose your colours, but when it comes time you want to sell your phone, will your bright yellow Moto X be easy to sell?

Joshua Vergara

FINALLY everything that we have been hearing about the Moto X has been… unsurprisingly… confirmed. But like Derek said, this isn’t a phone for the techies in us. However, it is a phone for the individual in us.

I’m actually considering going against all my best instincts and putting myself on an AT&T contract just to get the first customizable Moto Xs. Here’s why.

It’s about time smartphone truly entered the realm of customization in the same vain as laptops, computers, and even fashion. Remember what I said a few weeks ago? Moto X buying should be much like when you buy a pair of Nikes. You can quite literally pick, choose, and change any aspect of the product to your liking. This is almost what the Moto X provides, though many of the options that people may likely want most won’t be available until much later. No wood backs just yet, unfortunately.

Also, Motorola is reminding us of something very important – we’re spoiled. We want 1080p, we want the fastest processors, we want this, we want that. But keep an open mind and realize that specs like 720p and the Snapdragon S4 Pro really aren’t bad. At all. We try so hard to get the best and the greatest that we forget one important aspect about technology (and things in general) – that if you already have a method that works, often optimizing it is better than just jumping to the next step. I am willing to bet that the vast majority of people who use the Moto X won’t have much phone envy towards those who have Snapdragon 600s or better. The pure customization of the Moto X, inside and out, will be exciting and fun for a LOT of people.

Want proof? Ask any happy Nexus 4 owner. There are a lot of them. And that’s just customization from the inside. Imagine that coupled with what the Moto X offers on the outside.

Andrew Grush

No, in my opinion the Moto X does not at all live up to hype, but how could it have?

From the beginning the rumor mill turned hard, spitting out all kinds of fantastic, over-the-top ideas like true hardware customization, extremely detailed outside customization, a sub-$300 no-contract price and it went on and on.

When the dust finally settled, a clearer picture of the handset could finally be seen and what we saw was a decisively mid-range handset, despite some pretty cool features like touchless controls and a few special customization features.

That said, the Moto X doesn’t need to live up to the hype to be a success. Motorola’s latest flagship is still a solid enough device, though I feel that a combination of a slightly high asking price ($200 with contract) and the AT&T MotoMaker exclusivity might make the X Phone not nearly as much as an iPhone/Galaxy killer as some had previously thought.

Now that it’s official, how do you feel about the Moto X?

Join us in the comments and vote in our poll.

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