16 stray observations about the Moto X
As many of you guys know, we were able to test out the Moto Maker tool last week and customize our own Moto X smartphone. In other words, we got to see what it’s going to be like to be an AT&T customer in but a few days time.
We (I, rather) found the Moto Maker tool to be quite easy to use and think it’s a rather intuitive system that average folks will figure out in no time. Despite a few suggestions for improving or enhancing the system, it’s not lacking in any particular areas.
I designed the Moto X to have a cherry red back, white front, and black accents for buttons and camera. Given all of the wonderful color combinations available, I had a tough time just pulling the trigger. Decision paralysis to be sure.
As promised, the Moto X arrived in the four days after I placed the order. How did it look? How does it feel? To answer that, I give you a handful of random observations of the Moto X.
- The cherry red color is a tad more muted than I expected but this was a good thing as I was hoping for a traditional shade.
- The phone feels much more substantial in hand than I anticipated. The contours and weight remind me of the HTC One.
- I love the active listening feature and find Google Now even more impressive in this manner.
- Double-flip the wrist to activate the camera works well most of the time.
- It feels great not having a bunch of preloaded apps – I hope AT&T customers (and everyone else) get this same software experience.
- It’s a little odd having the power and volume buttons on the same side and in such a low-profile manner.
- I really enjoy having the large screen feel in such a small footprint; thin bezel for the win!
- This is the way all notifications should be.
- The camera takes a bit of familiarization and it’s not all that easy to focus and snap a photo. Practice this a few times before you get out in the real world and miss a moment.
- The battery seems to be the real deal, if only after the first 24 hours. Still have 70 percent left after nearly 8 hours off the charge. We’ll see what happens in the next few days.
- The tactile feedback is great and feels really good when typing.
- The screen is gorgeous in size and clarity and I certainly don’t notice that it’s not 1080p.
- I’ve love to be able to replace the back cover with other colors if only because.
- I don’t want to hide the red and white colors with a case but I don’t wanna take the risk.
- The back side of the phone shows oil and greasy/sweaty fingers quite easily but wipes clean without much effort.
- You wouldn’t know this isn’t a top-tier hardware experience, the phone feels legit and has handled our tasks without a hiccup.
So far, I have been thoroughly impressed with the Moto X experience. Everyone that I’ve shown the phone to seems to appreciate it for different reasons and nobody balks at the $199 price tag. People are accustomed to seeing that sticker with new devices; I’ve yet to run into someone who asks about the internal specs.
Feel free to reach out to me with any of your Moto X-related questions and I’ll do my best to answer them. Also, definitely check out Phil’s review of the Moto X as he’s had some time with the phone.