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Moto X – The Next Day [Updated]

 

motoxpinwheelWe all had the night to digest, and I think we looked at it the wrong way.  In fact my co-host, Paul Shapiro, gave me a different way to look at it.  Look at the product as a whole, just like any Apple product. (Here is our discussion of it)

The spec war, is like a way to say, my phone is faster than yours.  Honestly, the only thing that I care about is can the phone be responsive to my needs.  I’m a pretty heavy power user.  What scares me the most about a new phone is month 20 -24 where I’m waiting for an upgrade.  Will the phone be usable then?  Most people are shocked that I do keep my phone the duration of the contract.  The power users that I talk to, upgrade, usually between 9 months and a year.  A $650 phone should last longer than a year.

The Moto X seems to have an new strategy.  Let’s build the software around the hardware (or is that hardware around the software).  The Moto X is not a high end phone, but it isn’t a slouch.  If you ignore the spec war,  and look at it from a trusting point of view, you have a really good phone, one that I’m going to recommend to people.

You have Motorola and Google working together to create a very usable skin of Android.  This may be the first skin that people may give praises to.  It isn’t just a skin, but something that is integrated with the hardware.  Having specific cores doing certain things, is a refreshing way to look at it.  Combine that with 4.3 with project butter 2.0, and you have something interesting.  When idle, it will listen to your commands on one core, do background tasks on others, but combine the full power when you are doing an active task.  I think Motorola executed the Samsung features of touchwiz in a much better way.

The big question are the updates.  4.3 is already out, and this phone when shipped later this month will be running 4.2.2.  Motorola has been really quick with their updates, but this scares me.  Just like how the Google Edition S4 and the HTC One are getting their updates from the manufacturers.

The customization features hopefully turn into something more than a gimmick.  Remember, the first phone accessory you buy is a case for your phone.  Covering all the customizations up with a case, is not what people want to do.  It looks durable.  I commend Motorola and Google, for creating a way to customize a phone, quickly into consumer’s hands.  On a feel good note, we are creating US manufacturing jobs.

I can’t be all sparkles and sprinkles on the device.  The carriers have destroyed my hopes and dreams of picking up this phone.  AT&T has exclusivity to the customization features, the phone doesn’t come with an unlockable bootloader (the announcement didn’t say it was explicitly unlocked).  We don’t know the ‘developer edition’ price yet. Each carrier has their own rules and release dates.  Remember the HTC is still not out on Verizon, months after the release, and months after the Google Edition is up for everyone.

UPDATE:
Punit Soni originally shared:
Perhaps this got missed in the launch hullabaloo …
Moto X on the Sprint, US Cellular, Rogers and T-Mobile networks will have an unlockable bootloader, and in addition, we will be offering a Verizon Wireless Developer Edition and a general North American Developer Edition. 

For most people a two year contract is not a big deal.  You have to be on a carrier, so let them take the hit.  Most people don’t upgrade their phones more frequently than every two years. However, for some people, (me) I rather buy the phone outright for an acceptable price, and be in control of the upgrades.

As a consumer facing phone, Motorola and Google did a good job.  I’ll be recommending this to people who want it.  As a power user, I’m going to pass, and wait on the new Nexus device.

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Should You Buy a Nexus 7

The TL;DR answer is YES*. Yes, only if you want to use Google. If you insist on keeping your yahoo, aol, hotmail, or your other email account, then this may not be for you.

*The longer answer below:

Before reading, I want you to know that I currently own and use, an iPad 2 with 3G, Kindle Keyboard with 3G, Galaxy Nexus LTE, Motorola Xoom 4G, and an HP Touchpad. My parents currently use the Xoom and the Touchpad, but I’ve had extensive time with each.

I am not doing a review on it, but rather telling you what I like. If you want reviews, you can go here, here, or here.

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inThirty – Unwrapping the Galaxy Nexus

 

Unwrapping the Galaxy Nexus

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 Someone must have been a good boy this year because he just unwrapped a Galaxy Nexus! After Chaim paid a small $20 upgrade fee on top of the $299 price tag for the phone, and signed a 2 year 4G data contract with Verizon which included a stipulation that he “not be evil” while using it, he quickly unboxed his precious. Next, he got to Hanging Out on Google+, not using Google Wallet because Verizon won’t allow it, and finding out the battery door is made of plastic as thin as Saran wrap. Then he joined Harry, Justin, and special guest Michael Degusta of theunderstatement.com, to share the thrills and ills of being a proud user of Google’s flagship phone.

We find out if Ice Cream sandwich is as delectable as Google claims and whether or not Chaim’s hands are big enough to reach the outer edges of the Galaxy’s 4.6″ screen. Chaim runs his first 4G speedtest but decides against joining the recording from his phone, and we examine the tug-of-war between Google and the cell carriers.
Should you put a Galaxy Nexus in your stocking? Listen to find out.

Show Notes
Google Galaxy Nexus

inThirty – Fragmentation Threshold

 

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Ice Cream Sandwich hasn’t even had time to melt and someone out there on the internet has the nerve to create a chart showing just how infrequently all those Android devices actually get the latest version of the mobile OS.
Michael DeGusta, the man who laid out the sad state of Google’s hardware support in red, orange, yellow, and green joins the inThirty crew and our guest host Kelly Guimont to discuss whether Android is a stop or a go and how the carriers, manufacturers and Google factor in to this traffic jam.

Tomorrow we’ll post an interview with Michael that covers why he created the chart, how he found the data, and whether or not he was inspired by the bygone days of the color coded terror alert system.

Show Notes
Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support | TheUnderstatement.com

My View on Android Fragmentation | ChaimTime.com

inThirty – Android Orphans

 

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Please sir, can I have some more over the air updates? Not if you’re using the majority of Android phones. As a follow up to yesterday’s show, we’re lucky to have the creator of the chart that puts the Dickensian state of upgrade support across Android phones on display, Michael Degusta, with us on inThirty. We get to the bottom of how and why he took on this topic and find out what version of Android those big laser-shooting-Transformer-type-things from the Droid commercials run.

My View on Android Fragmentation

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We have all seen this image, and I agree with the android fans that it is biased.  I do think that this is a good representation of the underlying problem at hand.  For semi informed consumers, what is he/she to do, seeing this infographic?  Obviously, buy an iphone, but what if you want an android model.

TL;DR answer: Buy only an official google release nexus phone.

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inThirty.net – Is Ice Cream Sandwich Delicious

After two episodes that revolved around the iPhone last week it’s certainly nice to spend some time talking about delectable frozen treats…wait, is that Chaim saying that Android releases are named by desserts in ascending alphabetical order?

This week we discuss the new features Android has to offer and trends in mobile operating system development. Chaim feels pushed towards a hardware upgrade, but will he drop his current Droid for a Galaxy far, far away?  Do you think he’ll ever get face recognition unlocking to work? What do desserts have to do with robots and galaxies? Listen to find out.

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Show Notes

10 Coolest Android Ice Cream Sandwich Features | PCMag.com

A Quick Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Feature Rundown | TechCrunch

Android Ice Cream Sandwich versus iOS 5: Killer features | CNet

In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy | Amazon

How does the iPhone 4S camera stack-up against other cameras? | Campl.us

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Official Presentation and Demo | YouTube

How to Help Your Friend Choose a Phone.

Being a budget technologist, a teacher, and having my opinion matters, I do have to try and provide honest feedback.  People, students and colleagues, want me to guide them into choosing the right product.  With that said, I have to try and make unbiased reviews on a lot of different products.  When iOS5 and the 4s came out, I had at least 5 different people ask, “Is this the phone I should get?”  I do have to put my google fan boy behind me.

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inThirty.net – 03 – Are we in the Post PC Era?

Ask yourself this question: how are you going to listen to this podcast?
It’ll of course be with deep interest and admiration for its hosts, but will you do it on a smartphone, a laptop, with your home theater in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound?
Chaim, Harry, and Justin discuss whether or not the PC has run its course as being the de facto digital communication device and what the new king of the 1s and 0s is.
And yes, this post was typed on a clamshell laptop.

inThirty.net is a new podcast hosted by @justinfreid , @harrycmarks , and @chaimtime.  Each week our goal is to bring you the news in under thirty minutes.