Last month, I had the honor of attending a super secret Motorola private meeting hosted by Guy Kawasaki at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. You’ll want to read about my experience (I even met famous people). My NDA has finally been lifted and I can tell you all about the new Motorola phone, the Moto X! I am very excited and I’m sure you will be too. Although I love technology and gadgets, I’m a mom first – so I’m going to speak lamest terms that way we all understand it.
Keep in mind, I’m not just sharing this information with you from a press release. I have seen this phone in action. I have touched this phone and had a hands on experience with all of its extraordinary features. Let me tell you about the Moto X.
- Simplicity – Motorola really wanted this phone to have all the bells and whistles, yet be simple enough for the average user. This would be a great phone for someone who might be intimidated by smartphones (yes, there are people out there without smartphones).
- Touchless Control – That’s right, you can control the Moto X without even touching it! When you receive your phone, you will set up voice recognition in three simple steps. You simply say, "OK Google Now (voice command)." That’s it. Your Moto X will recognize it’s you and what you want it to do. This feature will be amazing for while you are driving or your hands are full.
- Low Power Processor – With all the amazing features of this phone, there are multiple processors within this phone and one is just there waiting for the keyword (OK Google Now). It’s a very low power processor so it will not drain your battery. When your phone ‘wakes up,’ the entire screen is not using battery, only the white text utilizes your battery. That only consists of what notifications you have and the date/time.
- Quick Capture – This is my favorite feature! I miss so many photogenic moments because of how long it takes me to get out my phone, unlock it and open up the camera. Problem solved! In TWO seconds, you can take your Moto X out of your pocket and have it ready to snap a picture. There is an easy gesture you can motion as you pick up your phone. Once you’re ready, simply press anywhere on the screen to capture your picture. There is also a quick camcorder button in the lower right corner. This was all designed for easy, one handed operation. The Moto X has a fast shutter speed, a 10MP clear pixel rear camera, LED flash and 1080p video. The front facing camera is 2MP and 1080p HD video. The action shots that were shown, were of exceptional quality! I was highly impressed.
- Skip is a small, two factor authentication device that you can purchase and wear on your shirt, pants, put it in your pocket or whatever. When you touch your phone near Skip, it will bypass your password and go directly to your home screen. It has been estimated that a person enters their password 39 times in one day so this will save some time.
- Chrome Extension – I love Google Chrome. It’s my favorite browser of all time. Extensions make Chrome life pretty luxurious. The Moto X will have a Chrome Extension that will create a secure tunnel from your phone to your desktop. You can send and respond to text messages. You will be able to access your caller ID and recent calls. You can even utilize Google Voice to have your phone ring to your desktop. I’m very excited about this because texting on my computer would be much more efficient for me.
- Width 65.3 Height 129.3mm (fits in your hand)
- Curve 5.6 -10.4mm (comfortable)
- Display 4.7" AMOLED (RGB) / HD 720p
- Weight 130G
- Battery 2200 mAh. Mixed usage up to 24 hours
- Operating system Android 4.2.2
- Architecture Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System
- RAM 2 GB
- Storage 16GB standard, 32GB version available online. 2 years 50GB storage free on Google Drive
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE + EDR
- WiFi 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual band capable), mobile hotspot
- Bands GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- UMTS/HSPA + up to 42 Mbps
- CDMA/EVDO Rev. A (CDMA model only)
- 4G – LTE
The features are amazing (to say the least). It gets better. You can customize your entire phone to suit your style and personality. It’s called Moto Maker. The Moto Maker is an amazing online tool where your Moto X will be designed by you! The following options will be available to you:
- Choice of 16 different colors for the back
- Choice of a white or black front
- Choice of color for the accents (keys, lens frame, etc)
- Signature on the back (your name, website, whatever you want to write)
- Choice of storage space (16GB or 32GB)
- You can also create accessories to match your Moto X such as earbuds, headphones, bluetooth wireless speakers,cases, etc.
- Motorola has partnered with various brands for accessories including SOL Republic, Belkin, Incase, Case-Mate, Griffin, Power Support, Speck, Incipio, LifeProof and OtterBox.
We were sent home with a pair of the SOL Republic earbuds – love the color I got!
Once you customize your Moto X, the phone is assembled in the USA to ensure that you receive your phone in four days or less. This is the only smartphone that is made in America. Their manufacturing facility is located in Fort Worth, Texas and employs approximately 2,000 people.
The Moto X will be available in late August/early September. The device will be available for AT&T customers a little earlier than other carriers. Trust me, as soon as I get mine, I’ll tell you tons more about it, I’m sure!
Be sure to read my other posts about my exciting adventure to Google:
- My Secret Meeting with Guy Kawasaki at Google HQ
- Having Fun with Pictures at Google Headquarters
- Pictures of the Android Lawn Statues at Google HQ
Head on over to Developmental Dad’s site and read his take on the Moto X:
Thank you to Guy Kawasaki for inviting me to experience the new Moto X. Although I will receive a Moto X, I was not monetarily compensated. All thoughts and opinions are those of my own.