It was October 2014, and I had just dumped Sprint as my carrier because it was time to cut down on expenses. My wife had just retired because of a medical condition, and we needed a cheaper plan. At the time, I had 3 phones: The Galaxy Note 3, the LG G-Flex, and the HTC One M8. These phones were on unlimited plans, but the bill was around 600 dollars a month.

So after a few days of looking around, I found a special with Verizon. The Moto X 2014 was fairly cheap, new to the market, and I thought Motorola had a great reputation, so I bought two for me and my wife.

moto x (2014)

I was a very happy camper for about two months. Then, I got the lollipop update, and things started to get worse. If I were a light or average user on a smartphone, I could probably have gotten by with the dramatically decreased battery life. However, I use my phone for everything. I talk, text, research, and write articles while using my Moto X. My point is, the battery simply cannot keep up. Unsupported, I could only get about 3 hours of screen on time.

IMG_20150414_010201707_HDRAnother problem was that I bought the 16 gig model. Once you put in three or four applications that are of decent size, you’re out of usable space. I have several movies and games that couldn’t fit on the hard drive.  That was my fault, but the combination of the two problems got to be too much to handle. Clearly, something had to change.

So I bought a battery case, thinking that should at least make it much easier to deal with. It didn’t work out the way I hoped. The battery case only added about two hours of screen on time until both the phone, and the battery case were out of power, and I was eager to find a wall outlet before my phone was dead. The case was also supposed to support USB on the go memory, however, that feature wasn’t supported by the handset.

I enjoy the Moto X 2014, heck I’m sure that most people do as well. The phone itself is really well made. Aside from certain issues with lollipop I never had a problem that made the phone reset. It’s a good deal.. for someone else.

verizon-htc-one-m8I decided to go back to HTC and use the One M8. I never had any problems with the M8. The software is really fast and efficient to use. The memory on my phone is a 32 gig model so I won’t run short of memory unless I choose to. I hate to say this, but Blink feed is a very good feature of Sence 6, and vastly improved in Sence 7. Last, but certainly not least, is that the battery is bigger than the Moto-X 2014. I’m sorry, but at the end of the day, I need the power and efficiency that comes with the M8.

I may not be the only person who has made this decision. I’m just one of the few who has a platform to complain, and then write about it. I have nothing against Motorola, and if the next handset improves the issues that I outline here, I would consider going back. However, for now I will be ready to use the HTC One M8 for the next year or so.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Ed, the fact that you’re a Verizon contract holder says a lot. Not very digital savy to begin with, which makes me think you probably don’t manage your apps and their background use very efficiently. Let alone, Verizon’s uncontrollable bloatware is not only burning your data but your battery too. I am a power user, I have the same phone on Republic Wireless and never spend more than $27 a month and never plug in until the end of day. If you could control your bloatware you’d have plenty of storage and plenty of battery. Sorry to say it Ed, but you’ve exposed yourself as completely uninformed in the digital mobile world. Wake up call Ed.

    • I would second the opinions of the first comment. I’ve had this same phone albeit on tmobiles network and easily get a day and a half out of the battery. With lollipop 5.1 the memory leak has been fixed so there’s really nothing wrong with the phone. A problem with the operator though may be the issue.

    • Verizon user here. I must mirror ReallyEd’s sentiments. I’m quite the power user myself. I have the base model Moto X 2014 and don’t have any issues at all. Playing plenty of games, sending emails throughout the day, conference calls for hours… After all that’s said and done, I’ll get at least 8-9 hours through heavy use. Without gaming, I’ll get about 12+ hours. My data use is typically about 1-1.5 GBs every month. You should probably take another look at these apps you’ve downloaded onto your “hard drive”, Ed.

  2. Bit critical of the Moto X 2014. I own one and very happy with it..as my daily driver.. Battery life is great under normal use.. Not great during heavy use. The 5.0 update I admit never felt with.. 5.1 and 5.1.1 only and its better extremely good to me.

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