How would you change Motorola's Moto X?

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from  Arizona
| Published: August 19, 2013

We're pretty close to the end of August, and that means we're just about ready to see a landslide of new devices hit the marketplace. Which is a good thing, because we all love shiny new things, right? Right. And while there are many new shiny things to be excited about, it's Motorola that's putting quite a bit on the line in hopes that you'll fall in love with the device that's assembled in the United States.

Like with anything, though, there's a lot to consider. Carrier, pricing, and the phone's specifications themselves all play a role in whether or not you smack down your hard earned cash for the next piece of technology to grace the inside of your pocket. Which is why it's sometimes nice to weigh the options of any particular handset.

But, it's also fun to talk about what we might have changed, especially before a device is launched.

And let's face it, the Moto X's details are still worth talking about. Especially before the handset finds its way onto store shelves. The Moto X has been one of the most talked about devices of 2013, especially considering the rumors and speculation swirling around the device pointed to a pretty high-end handsets. Before Motorola revealed the Moto X, we all thought we were about to see one of the most powerful, and unique, devices . . . Ever.

So, let's break it down, shall we? After all the rumors get thrown out, we're left with the real deal: A Moto X boasts a 4.7-inch AMOLED display, with a resolution of 720x1280. The pixel per inch count rests around 312. As an aside, the display is Corning's Gorilla Glass. On the back of the device, you'll find a 10-megapixel camera, and on the front a 2MP shooter.

Inside the handset, you'll find 2GB of RAM in both variations of the handset. In one model, you'll get 16GB of built-in storage; while the other model will offer you 32GB. The Moto X features a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which is clocked at 1.7GHz. You'll find Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. And it's all powered by a 2200mAh battery.

And then there's Moto Maker. This is the part that, more or less, ended up being true when syphoned through all the false info we had been seeing earlier in the year. With Moto Maker, you get to choose the color of the front and back of your Moto X. You also get to choose the accent colors (volume rocker, ring around the camera), pick an engraving if you want one, and also choose a wallpaper. You can also choose to log into your Google profile during the set-up process, so that when you open the box, you're already logged in.

It's worth noting that Moto Maker is an AT&T-exclusive thing, at least for a little while after the device's launch. So other carriers, like Verizon, will be getting "just" the black and white versions.

Finally, we've got the price. Sure, we only know what the Moto X will cost for one carrier at this point, but we don't have any reason to think it won't be much different on the other carriers the Moto X launches on. (Unless there's a price drop after the initial launch, mind you.) AT&T is the first carrier to reveal when the Moto X will launch, and for how much. For the 16GB model, you'll be paying $199.99 on a new, two-year agreement. For the 32GB version, you'll have to throw down $249.99. (Rumors suggest that Verizon is gearing up to launch the Moto X on August 29.)

So, here's what I'd change: the price. I don't even need to give that much thought. The $199 and $249 price tags are too expensive for a device that's running specs far below the high-end competition. With its pricing scheme, the Moto X is going to be put plainly against the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S 4, and probably LG's G2. Plus whatever else comes along. And, I'd rather buy any of those devices, thanks to their upped hardware.

The hardware that I'd change? That AMOLED display. The 720p is fine, but I just lose interest the moment you toss AMOLED into the party. If I could replace it with anything else, I'd put a Super LCD2 panel in there. Yep, exactly like the one that's on the HTC One Mini (just in case we really needed to keep that 720p standard).

So, that's what I'd change. What about you? Would you toss out the processor in favor of something else? Would you want to add a larger battery? Let me know what you want to change about the Moto X to make it yours!

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