Moto X Hands-on Preview


  • DonB

    Exclusive to Rogers, such a shame.

    • hyperhyper

      This made the phone DOA for me.

    • kroms

      I emailed Motorola just to honestly let them know how distasteful this launch is when it is only on ROGERS. They actually got back to me, I was surprised !

    • wes

      what did they say?

    • AlphaEdge

      “Yes, this is Motorola’s CEO. Thanks for reaching out to me. I will make sure the phone is available tomorrow on the network of your choice, for a reasonable price. Thanks for contacting Motorola. We appreciate it.”

    • Graham Wilson

      Very interesting response. I wonder if “tomorrow” is metaphoric?

    • Darth Paton

      Have I ever mentioned how much I hate Rogers? Because I do, so very, very much. I will buy a Hauwei piece of s*** on a decent carrier before I buy any exclusives with Rogers. That whole company, their ridiculously priced plans, and their extraneous user fees can go to hell. F*** Rogers!

    • hunkyleepickle

      i could not agree with you more. I am making it my mission to keep my grandfathered 6gb, ridiculously cheap plan on their network, and using every gb, with as many completely unlocked devices as i can. I know they don’t give a crap, but it makes me feel better somehow. I hate them. I also love the look on their faces when i reserve a device, show up at the store, buy it full retail price, then proceed to unlock it, and move on with my life.

    • AlphaEdge

      Just read on the Verge, that Google play version coming soon!

  • muchski

    Did mobilesyrup just leak this before the event tonight? :O

    • Peter

      The event already took place … at 2pm eastern time.

  • Rich

    Errr? $189 on a 2 year? What…

  • DW

    Looks great, but too bad Roger’s exclusive…

  • jellmoo

    I’m very disappointed by the price point. As a Nexus style unlocked device direct from Google, this would be exciting, even if it had a slightly higher price. But on a two year from Rogers (exclusive) at $189.99, *without* the customization options, it is really a let down. I guess the Nexus 4 remains the dollar to dollar best option.

    • TomsDisqusted

      But it is not a Nexus device. The Nexus program will continue with its emphasis on unlocked phones via the Play store, while Motorola is expected to sell through the carriers, like their competitors, and to stop losing money.

      I agree that this is unfortunate – and it stops me from buying this phone – but expecting it to match the incredible price (or to be unlocked) of the Nexus 4 is unrealistic. $189 on a 2 year contract is actually a pretty decent price if you stop comparing it to the Nexus 4.

    • jellmoo

      I kind of agree with you. While there had been plenty of rumours stating that this could see a Nexus 4 style price, I would have thought that a $400-$450 style price tag, unlocked and direct from Google, would have been nice.

      That being said, I disagree that $189 is a good price on a two year, as it now priced higher than either the One or Xperia XL. *If* that price had included the customization options that they are getting in the US, I could see some value, but as is, we have a very solid mid-level smartphone being priced higher than some high end ones.

    • kEiThZ

      Why stop comparing to the N4? Same specs. 9 months of component price depreciation later. No excuses.

    • hunkyleepickle

      I suspect Robbers will attempt to sell this device for 600$ for full price, in their typical boring two colors, and 6 months down the road throw us a bone and sell some other colors. Thats their typical move anyway.

  • 4ChanApologist

    Hopefully once Googerola get their supply chain to Canada sorted out we’ll be able to order these online, unsubsidized and customizable.

    Looks like this phone could be a winner!

  • Warukyure

    Wow… Not that specs mean everything but for what it has…. $189 on a 2 year contract too.

    I scroll down and see that Telus is offering phones like the HTC One, Z10, iPhone5 (16 GB anyways), and S4 for less than this and some of those phones are spec’d much better or even have 1080×1920 screens whereas this is just a 720p.

    • Zee

      Yeah pricing is out of whack on this thing. Should have been off-contract price.

    • kroms

      You mean like the BB Z10 $150 3 YR term ?
      Now that is Crazy out of Wack. I agree though, $190 2 YR term is a tuff sale. Simply because well ,,, Lets be honest it’s on Rogers .

    • HatInTheRing

      Totally ridiculous. What are we paying for here exactly? Sure Apple sells an experience but at least they offer build quality. Interesting gestures on a mid range phone doesn’t warrant premium pricing. There’s no way I’d buy this over an S4 or HTC One.

      This phone should be 300 bucks outright. 400 tops. Then they’d be creating a new market for themselves rather than trying to pass off a Civic as a Lamborghini.

  • Xelstyle

    Motorola really deserves credit in their software additions for being practical and handy rather than some silly photography modes or social feeds.

    Assist? A simple version of something like Tasker but can be very powerful in automating the little tasks like when to turn on wifi/bluetooth etc.

    MotoConnect? Now you could easily communicate from your computer rather than responding to 90% of your messages whether it’s email or FB from the computer but having to pick up the phone for those text messages.

    Curious about how all these little features like always-on mic, using the screen as the notification centre, proximity and light sensors all add up to affect battery life.

    Feel like Moto is making the right move in aiming for a solid overall device that doesn’t sell based on specs. Experience is everything and they’re going in the right direction.

    • jellmoo

      I completely agree with this. I really like the device, and what Motorola is doing with their innovations that don’t feel like cheap gimmicks. My only gripes are that we are getting the watered down version in regards to customization here in Canada, and the Rogers exclusive price point.

  • Farid Pirani

    That price has to be a joke, we were expecting it to be $300-400 outright and so on a contract, it should be at least half that price.

    • kEiThZ

      It should have been $0 on a 2-year contract.

  • Sean-Paul

    here we go about the 2 year phone pricing….lol

  • Balls O’Steele

    Worth $0 on a 2 year contract.

    • kroms

      BB Z10 is $150 on 3Yr . That better ?

    • kEiThZ

      And how is that phone selling lately?

  • Erik N.

    Well…if this phone comes unlocked (even if it doesn’t, you can root it) and you know someone in the USA, customize it, order it to their place and get them to send it up here.

  • Justin B

    I like the cut of their jib. Why over-power when you can outsmart? This is what Apple did and it worked quite well until recently, but that’s because competition kicked them in the butt. Googtorola/Motoogle have taken that page and said “We can do something like this” and ran with it. Use smart, powerful, efficient yet dedicated hardware/sensors where it counts most to the end user, and you get the closest approximation to an iPhone yet built by anyone. To me they’ve taken Apple’s playbook, torn out a couple of pages of interest and written their own within their own paradigm, with mind to the limitations and features of the OS, plus added the glitz of mass customization. Lots of folks would love to pick their own hue to adorn their phone. My wife would be one of those, and lots of people will buy this phone for that ability (looking at the younger demographics here).

    Earth-shattering? Perhaps not… Shifting the perception of a) Apple users and B) existing Android users will be the hard part – convincing them they don’t need 4 or 8 cores to run a phone, and that these features really work to make the device worth looking at vs. their tried-and-true iPhone.

  • Chris D

    Rogers and Moto screw it up again… No 32gb version yet, no customization at all and $189 with a 2 yr. 300-350 outright and I’d just pay for it straight out. the contract price shouldn’t be any higher than 120.

    • gommer strike

      If it is truly made, assembled and blah blah all completely in the USA, then I kinda expect the device to be pricier.

      If we assume that the cost to make the device(materials, labor, AND shipping), then it’s likely close to $250 to make the device. Selling the device for just $300 is just not gonna happen.

    • Chris D

      Early reports peg it at $220, but I had wrongly assumed they were going to be agressive with the early reports of $300-350 unlocked.

    • Stuntman06

      No 32GB version would be a deal breaker for me.

    • Theo

      Does it have expandable micro SD?

  • Eduardo

    The most important question is: when do we get a contest? 🙂

  • ineptone

    I don’t understand how so many people got their hopes up for a $300 off-contract price point. That always seemed unrealistic to me. That being said, the near as makes no difference $200 two year agreement price is certainly skewed. Despite really liking the aesthetics of the Moto X, the integrated features – albeit some of which have been available through third party apps – and focus on user experience rather than just specs and slapping useless feature on top of useless feature, a la Samsung, I just can’t help but want a little more of this phone for the price.

    Plus, limiting Canadian availability to a 16 GB model and Rogers exclusivity torpedoed any hope for this phone even before I could get hands-on time with it. Oh well, c’est la vie.

    • kEiThZ

      Nexus 4, with the same specs is $300. Surely, component prices have dropped in the last 9 months.

    • Theo

      This is also the first phone built In USA rather than in Asia or Mexico. You have to expect the price to be a bit higher, and know you are supporting the north American economy .

    • kEiThZ

      Oh please. Assembly work on a highly automated production line just does not add that much to the cost. Motorola executive had talked a lot about how ridiculous margins were on smartphones and then they go and do this?

      If the excuse is that it’s North American production, then Motorola is finished because they won’t have a leg to stand on in the rest of the world.

  • Unwound

    I have to say one thing, I love the fact that the background is a Texas flag on wood (a nod to the fact that its assembled in Fort Worth I assume?)

  • Graham Wilson

    Since it’s only being released on Rogers in Canada, will it not work on other networks? Can it be unlocked? I’m interested to see what the options are, because it looks like a solid phone (maybe a replacement for my wife’s S2 when it kicks the can), but I want the network freedom I have with the Nexus4.

    • kroms

      That might not be possible. The NEXUS 4 is the KING of Phones when it comes to Price and Radio bands.

      there is No other Phone/s that you can purchase for $350 and have a Pentaband radio. NEXUS is it !

  • kroms

    I don’t use Rogers. I’m on Wind.
    Having said that, this will be an INTERESTING offer for people who ARE on rogers and either want to renew or are considering a new contract with Rogers.

    So now these people can Get this great Phone for $189 or spend more money on other phones for the sake of just paying more.

    BB Z10 potential customers have to start to wonder why they should pay $150 on a 3 yr term or $650 for a Z10 when they could have this MOTO X for $190 on a 2 yr term.

    This X is a great deal.

  • Jeeverz

    ‘Exclusive to Rogers’ Ugly a*s Logo with 34092243902349023094 bloated apps and RED EVERYTHING.

    You had one job Motorola. Release the Moto X on Google Play for a sub $350. Yes you need carrier versions, but that could have come after. There is still hope for a decent outright cost, if you mess this up, I hope you burn. And for being ‘owned by Google’ 4.2.2? really?

  • mapper99

    Where’s the sample video and pictures? I’m interested in seeing the Google re-engineered pixels!

  • hughstimson

    So $190, plus the $40/month extra I would have to pay to switch from Wind to Rogers, for a 2 year contract that becomes a $1150 phone.

    That’s a shame. I would buy this phone, but I will not pay $1k for the privilege of being mistreated by Rogers again.

    • AlphaEdge

      I find it interesting that Motorola is putting this phone on every carrier in the states, but granted an exclusive in Canada. Rogers must have paid a lot of money for that.

    • hfghgfhf

      Not really. It will be sold in the USA as a patriotic, made in USA device.
      In Canada it’s just an other overpriced phone with mid-range specs.
      This phone is doomed outside the US.

    • kEiThZ

      It’s doomed in the USA too.

      Why would anybody pay $200 for mid-range specs? And customization (the main sales pitch) is only available on one carrier at launch.

      They really dropped the ball.

    • Farid Pirani

      Some people really like the fact that their phone created jobs in the country etc etc and they can tell people that and show it off, so it will sell in the US. Canada, not so much.

    • kEiThZ

      Oh please. I will bet money that there aren’t enough patriotic Americans to sustain this thing.

      As for Canada, it’s just another foreign made overpriced toy in our market.

  • kEiThZ

    Fail. Flop. Disaster.
    Their biggest selling point should have been price: USD 300.

    With customization as a defining feature. Selling customization for $200 is going to be very difficult.

  • Corey

    Moto produced the best phone of… Wait for it… 2012! Specs basically match SG3. Of course, rogers has priced it like an iPhone 5 or galaxy 4. People should shun this joke. Priced at 300, okay, I’d consider it. But 500+? You’d have to be out of your mind.

  • Stephen B Morris

    Yeah. Something so simple, yet makes a big difference.

  • kEiThZ

    Max $400. $600 is just outrageous. Watch this thing flop.

    This is Motorola’s Z10 and Touchpad moment.

  • James Huntley

    yes, but if your phone updates the software, it may lock it again.