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Motorola’s “X” Factor | The Gadget Consultant

Freddy Cloud

Frederick (“Freddy”) Cloud has had a passion for all things electronic since he “accidently” caused the class Commodore PET to malfunction in 8th grade. “I swear. I didn’t do it on purpose” He was quoted as saying to a very unhappy computer teacher... Read his full bio

Motorola’s “X” Factor

On August 1st, Motorola announced its new flagship smartphone, the Motorola X.

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Here’s a brief summary of the specs for the phone. I’ll tell you why this is relevant after you read (or skip) them:

  • Android 4.2.2
  • 1.7 GHz Processor (with Motorola’s X8 System)
  • 4.7 inch AMOLED screen, at 1280×720 resolution
  • 2GB Ram
  • 10 MP (megapixel) Rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • Weighs 4.58 ounces (it’s really light)
  • Price is $199 for the 16GB (gigabyte), $249 for the 32 GB with a 2 year contract

Not too shabby, right? Oh, and you can also customize your phone. That’s right, you’ll be able to choose from 2 front colors, 18 back colors, 7 accent colors (the buttons and the ring around the camera), and even print a message on the back of the phone. You can make this phone very much your own, reflecting your taste and style. I haven’t seen it or touched it in person yet, but from what I’ve been reading this is a very capable phone, feels great in the hand, and one that you should look out for once it’s released. And it’s going to be released on every major carrier, although with T-Mobile you’ll have to order it from Motorola.

Now here’s the thing about the specs … don’t get me wrong, they’re not bad. Not bad at all. And the processor that it’s using does an interesting thing where it can dedicate certain functions to its own part of the processor, so for example your application shouldn’t be running slowly because the phone is listening for your commands (Oh, I didn’t mention that part. The phone is always listening for you to tell it to do something. You can just say “OK, Google, call such-and-such”, and it will do it without you having to pick it up or touch a button). For all intents and purposes, this is a very good phone. The thing is that there are better spec’d phones out there for the same (or sometimes less) money. I’ve seen the Galaxy S4 for $150, and the HTC One for as low as $99 (which is a STEAL). I don’t know if I would recommend this phone over the iPhone 5 (especially with the 5S just around the corner), the HTC One for $100 less, or Samsung’s current flagship that has a higher resolution screen and a SD card slot for pictures and music.

As with all things, it’s about personal preference. I’d like to have seen this phone released at a more compelling price-point considering its competition, but I’m going to assume that Motorola (and Google) know better than me. Time (and sales) will tell …

Talk to you soon!

Freddy C.

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