Motorola Moto X, Black (AT&T) Review/Deals

Motorola Moto X, Black (AT&T)

Motorola Moto X, Black (AT&T)

  • Display: 4.7-inches
  • Camera: 10-MP
  • Processor Speed: 1.7 GHz
  • OS: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

The Moto X in black (view larger). The first expression of the new Motorola, the Moto X for AT&T is the first smartphone to meet your desire for responsiveness with the best delivery of Google services. It’s faster because it hears your voice and responds with Google Now. It tells you what you need to know, even when you’re not touching it. You’ll also be able to stay informed without constantly turning on your phone thanks to the new ultra-low power notification system. Pick it up, and th

List Price: $ 699.99


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  1. Peter Marone III says:
    55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    What an Android (or any mobile) Phone should be, September 5, 2013
    Peter Marone III (Richlands, NC) –

    This review is from: Motorola Moto X, Black (AT&T) (Wireless Phone)
    To start with, I have the Verizon Moto X – your network experience may vary, but the phone hardware/software are still relevant.

    This is absolutely the best Android phone, and I’d say simply best mobile phone, to date.

    Since the Galaxy Nexus, I’m convinced that the plain, unmodified Android 4.x OS is the best way to experience an Android phone. The plain OS is fast, and elegant in design. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Nexus hardware was a bit flakey and dated, and the Moto X was the closest to a Nexus phone I can get for VZW. There are a few Motorola specific apps preinstalled, but they are worth it when viewing the phone as a complete system.

    First, the phone itself – I love the design – the size, curve, feel and weight are just right. Even though it’s not a hyped up metal case, the phone feels solid and fits nicely in the hand (I’ve actually had a hard time putting it down). The default Black “weave” color looks awesome. The phone is slightly smaller than the Galaxy Nexus, and shows that the trend of bigger smart phones does not equate to a “better” smartphone – just bigger. The display is certainly large enough, and looks very sharp and bright. More importanly, the Moto X fits easily in any pocket, and likely just about any hand. The phone is very responsive and quick at the OS, application, and network levels (especially if using wireless AC). Voice recognition is spot on, and works even when the phone is “sleeping”. Battery life with general usage seems at least enough to last through most of a day – the battery isn’t removable, but it’s slightly larger than the “extended” life battery I had in the Galaxy Nexus, and the phone has been lasting between charges longer than the Nexus with the extended battery did.

    This is truly a “smart” phone unlike most others with that name. Using various sensors, hardware, and applications, the phone knows its position, orientation, location, speed, and will change how it functions based on programming and user-input. For instance, The Assist application allows you to set your sleep times, and the phone can then be configured to not ring, or only allow “favorite” contacts to ring during this time. When the phone senses it’s in a vehicle, it automatically kicks into a “driving” mode, where you can configure Assist for things such as a autoresponse that you are driving and will message back, and read text messages/caller IDs to you. A meeting mode will examine your calendar info, and provide you with automatic silencing of phone sounds and other options. Especially useful for meetings is the Active Notifications functions – keep the phone face-up, and you’ll get silent notifications on the lock screen that you can discreetly access with a single touch (turn the phone face down and the Active Notification feature turns off). The Moto X also can tell if it’s in a pocket and turn off Active Notifications to save battery life.

    Voice control is a key part of this phone – you can easily speak to the phone (even in sleep mode) to place a call, send text messages, get information, schedule appointments – just about any basic function of the phone can be accessed via voice commands. Siri? Who the heck is Siri? 🙂

    I’ve used plenty of mobile phones and “smart” phones over the past 15 years (Motorola, Qualcomm, Sony, Kyocera, HTC, Samsung, Blackberry, among others). I took a close look at current VZW offerings (Nokia Lumina, HTC One, new Motorola Droids), and I am confident in saying that the Moto X is the best phone I’ve used or “test drove”.

    Update – Sep 11, 2013.

    I’m really, really impressed with the battery life on this phone. I’ve been letting it (or trying to let it) run down to 10% or less before charging (which probably isn’t necessary, but I’m an old school battery memory guy), and have been getting to 36+ hours between charges so far. My use is usually about an hour talk time, various text/messenger messages, facebook browsing, playing with the voice commands, email push updates, and for the first few days, download/configuration of various apps.


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  2. R. Haque "Get Off My Lawn" says:
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally Android Over Apple, October 28, 2013
    R. Haque “Get Off My Lawn” (Chicago, IL) –

    This review is from: Motorola Moto X, Black (AT&T) (Wireless Phone)

    My most necessary smartphone features in no particular order:
    -Long battery life
    -Feels great in my hand
    -Quick, responsive touch
    -Intuitive features
    -Good camera
    -Innovative features
    -Polished, minimal bugs

    History (feel free to skip it if you don’t care, my feelings shall survive):
    Some quick history on myself and my smartphone usage. I have an Electrical Engineering background, so, while I’m not brilliant by any measure (I never worked as an enginerd), but I am marginally competent when speaking of electrical devices. Back in yesteryear (2007) I had a Blackberry 8800 – a great phone – for a year or so before I bought the game changer: the original iPhone. I’ve been a dedicated iPhone user since even though I hate most other things Apple makes and love Google with all my heart and soul. I briefly ventured into the world of Android once trading in my iPhone 3G for the HTC Rezound and switched back within months. Why? The Rezound had a beautiful screen, great camera, sounded great, came with amazing headphones, and was a good size. Unfortunately, it was also extremely buggy, had to be charged a few times a day, came with power hog HTC Sense, and was not terribly responsive.

    Comparison of Phones:
    Apple releases iOS7 and pulls a Windows Vista, making my iPhone 4S slow, decreasing its battery life, and making it less intuitive. My decision to go to Android was simple, but picking the hardware wasn’t easy. My choice was between the GS4, the Moto X, and a short wait for the new Nexus 5. I hate Samsung phones. They’re huge, they feel cheap, the battery life is poor, and they have a ton of unnecessary Samsung software that hinders the Android experience. I considered the GS4 because of all the positive reviews, but it’s just not for me. The Nexus 5 only has rumors (though some strong and virtually concrete), and I don’t have a need for the customizable nature of stock Android nor the grandiose technical specs of the phone. Yeah, I’m technical person, but I want my phone to work out of the box with minimal tweaking. Now, if you want to talk about the high frequency trading desktop I built that I program, trade, and compile on, that’s a whole different story.

    Moto X (note: I’ve only had the phone about a week):
    -Battery rivals the iPhone. It seems the seemingly paltry specs on the Moto X are somewhat intentional. By powering down the phone and optimizing the way Android runs on it, they’ve maximized battery life while refusing to sacrifice performance.
    -This is the best feeling phone on the market, iPhones included. This fits in my hand unlike the Samsung juggernauts. It also doesn’t feel as cheap and plastic-like (though it is plastic) as Samsung’s. The honeycomb patterned countoured back is a thing of beauty asthetically and for my grip. Even with it’s very light weight, at no point do I feel like I’m going to drop this phone.
    -The phone is snappy. So far I’ve experienced no lag. It is freaky fast. There are many phones that have beat it in benchmark tests, but I don’t care about those tests if the Moto X feels reponsive whenever I touch it. Apps start in a flash, moving screens is equally as quick, and performing any tasks within apps, or switching apps, has been completley fluid.
    -The features are where I expect them to be for the most part. This is more a commentary on Android, so I won’t say more. The only physical feature I don’t enjoy is the lack of a dedicated “home” type button. The “lock” button is so close to the volume buttons that I’ve been confused between them many times. This is something the iPhone still does right.
    -Moto cameras have never been the best. They typically gravitate towards a purplish hue and don’t have the punch that a Samsung camera has, nor the sharpness of a Nokia. It also lacks any features as it seems to be the stock Android camera app. Few adjustments, no filters. I haven’t done extensive testing with the camera yet, so I will report more on this later. I have a 15 month old, so this is a vital feature for me even though I have a competent amateur with a point and shoot and multiple SLR’s.
    -Innovative features are aplenty here. The much hyped Google Now is what Siri aspires to be and then some (though Siri does have some humorous sass added in). The always listening Moto X answers questions from my voice quickly, even letting me know when it has heard my question. It can also let me perform actions on the phone like making calls, composing texts, etc. The only thing I found lacking is that many of the actions do still require one final button press after dictation. This seems unnecessary. Can’t I just confirm with another voice command?

    There’s also Motorola Assist that can be set to do different things when it senses you driving (reads your texts to you, tells you who is calling), sleeping (set your sleep hours, silence your phone, etc.), or in a…

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