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Shawn Langlois
Overall
4.2
Shawn Langlois

"The Moto X is a device designed for the average consumer, and that's a great thing."

October 31st, at exactly 2:07pm EST, I placed my order for a brand spanking new Nexus 5. Less than a week later it was in my hands, it's all its Nexusy glory. A few days later though, I faced a small dilemma. This wasn't the device for me. Oh sure, it was a great device, with unbeatable value, and there wasn't any one thing terribly wrong with it. That being said, there were a bunch of little things that bugged me. So, I made up my mind and decided to swap my shiny new Nexus 5 for a different device. I had lots of offers, ranging from the HTC One to a Galaxy Note 3. In the end though, I went a different route and chose the Motorola Moto X.

My criteria were the following:

Easy One Handed Use: I like to be able to pull my phone out of my pocket and use it anywhere. Whether it's at the office, waiting for an appointment, or on a bumpy bus or subway ride. One handed use is very important, and being able to comfortably hold the device and reach everywhere on the screen with my thumb is great. The Moto X accomplishes this with ease to its small form factor, while keeping me happy with a nicely sized 4.7 inch display. Plus the rounded corners make the experience comfortable in a way that a handset with pointier corners never could.

Consistent Battery Life: My biggest gripe with the Nexus 5 was the battery. Not that it was short, rather that I could never be certain how long a charge would last. It was terribly inconsistent. One charge would last the whole work day, the next would die 3/4 of the way through the day, the next would take me past the work day. All with remarkably similar use. The Moto X is no Note 3, but it really does well for having a 2200 mAh battery. It consistently takes me through the day, and while I know I will be charging it each night, I'm never left guessing.

An Amoled Screen Without Touchwiz: I'm a sucker for an amoled screen. I know they have their drawbacks, but I absolutely love those deep and rich blacks. I find it an incredibly striking feature on a phone. That being said, I realize that amoled is usually the realm of Samsung in the Android world. Unfortunately though, I just can't stand Touchwiz. I find it gaudy, counter intuitive, and the added features just get in my way. The Moto X was a great way to have a screen I wanted, but not have to deal with the OEM skin I didn't want.

I Wanted Vallue Add Features That Actually Improved How I Use My Device: Every OEM adds gimmicky features to their devices, hoping that their offerings will be the ones that resonate with consumers. By and large I'm not a huge fan of these features. Oh, some of them are useful, but mostly they seem to get in my way, or in their worst form actually hinder how I like to use my device. The Moto X features though, are an absolute joy. They enhance my experience with my device, rather than complicate it. Active Notifications, for example, is something that should just be a standard Android feature, it's that good. Having my device know when I'm driving and offer to read my messages to me is just really helpful. Being able to launch my camera any time with a flick of the wrist helps me get those candid shots. Being able to search for something when my phone is across the room and have it read me the result is just plain fun. All are value add features that don't get in the way of the user.


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