We 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.
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.
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.