I switched my wireless to $25 unlimited talk text and data plan and I got a Moto X with the plan. I Paid $299 for the phone but got $20 referral discount and a free google chromecast ($35 value) along with it. This makes it a super value deal. I have been playing around with the Moto X for sometime now and I absolutely love it. I had a samsung galaxy S3 before I got the Moto X. The Moto X is several times faster than the S3 and has very less bloatware. In my experience so far, the apps that Motorolla pre installed in the phone are super useful. I know that 1 weeek is too early to post a very detailed review. But here are some of the things that I loved about the phone.
1. Moto X Hands free control.
The voice commands has improved leaps and bounds from the S3 era. The voice commands are processed faster and has very less error. I have a slang but still the Moto X was able to detect about 99% of the commands I did. I went through the official Moto X voice command list . But I soon discovered that we can really extend these commands. For example I had Google Music installed in my previous phone. I used the same gmail account to login to the new one and the phone automatically downloaded all the compatible apps to the new device from my old S3. Along with that the Google Music also got installed. I wanted to try out Google Music with the voice command, so I said “Ok Google Now, Play Google Music”. What happened next surprised me. Google music randomly created a playlist based on my previous use and started playing them one by one. And I have to say that all the songs which they predicted were much to my liking. I am still experimenting with it for setting reminders, setting alarms, adding calendar events, opening Pandora etc.
2. Moto X Design
I got a white version which is non customized. I like the ergonomic design and it feels a good fit in my hand. I can easily reach the four corners when held with one hand which makes it super easy while navigating webpages. The pattern on the back side and the small dip on the back makes it classy in my opinion. It does not feel cheap at all.
3. No bloatware
There are some apps which comes pre installed with the device but unlike Samsung which fills the new device with garbage apps, this one had very useful ones. I found the Motorola migrate, Connect and similar apps very useful. I have to admit that this is the first time I am using any pre installed apps.
4. Battery life
So far the battery life has been decent. Since I just got the phone I have been using it heavily. Even then, it comfortably lasts for a whole day. I haven’t put it yet on battery savings. One huge advantage of this device is that the builders took preserving battery as one of their main objectives while designing the product. That is why they have a separate processor for voice command accelerometer and several other less used features.
Not a major point but still worth mentioning is the way in which we can see the time when you just tilt the device. In my Galaxy S3, I had to push the power button to know the time. But if you just pick up the Moto X when it is in sleep mode, a small black and white display appears showing the time. I just have to move it a bit to activate it. This will also be instrumental in saving the battery live.
I have a few concerns that i found but they are minor ones.
I am used to navigating with S3, so the absense of the menu button is something I have to deal with. At times, I will be searching for the menu button to bring in some additional options while navigating through an app. So I have to tell myself that this is a different device and sure enough the same options will be available as a different gesture/inbuilt menu option.
Stay tuned for more reviews on the device and some accessory recommendations.