Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 11:35 UTC
Google Joshua Topolsky for The Verge:

But once I used the phone heavily, I started to come around to the Moto X in a way I hadn't expected. The additions to the software that Motorola has made are legitimately useful and really quite impressive. They add to the experience of Android without removing what is most vital in Google's software, unlike the competition, which seems intent on obscuring what's already a sophisticated and beautiful operating system. If Motorola ends up producing a Google Play Edition of this phone that retains the customizable hardware and software additions like Assist and Active Notifications - this could be as good an option as the S4 or One.

And the phone is nice. I mean, really nice to use. It's a reminder that the way something is built can be as important as what it's made of.

And Joseph Volpe at Engadget:

If I'm right in reading between the lines of Google's marketing speak, the Moto X was made in the image of the everyman. [...] The 4.7-inch screen size, the curvature of its back, the composite materials, its weight and front-face look were focus-tested for maximum inoffensiveness. The Moto X exudes no tech halo like the Galaxy S 4 or the HTC One because it is the sum of averages. Here's how I see it: You know those people who own iPhones, but don't know which model number they own and also refer to all Android phones as Droids? This phone is for them.

It seems like there's a consensus regarding the Moto X: it's average in almost every way, but for some reason, it still feels like a fantastic phone. It's not the best at any metric, but at the same time, nothing really sucks about it either. It's an interesting approach in the smartphone world, but since older and/or cheaper models (e.g. iPhone 4/4S, Galaxy SIII) are still selling really, really well, to the point where they harm margins, the Moto X might be on to something.

However, this makes the price tag that much weirder. It's $199 on contract, just like most other flagship phones. So, who is this for?

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End of the spec race?
by tkeith on Tue 6th Aug 2013 13:06 UTC
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Just having a reasonably sized phone without bargain basement specs is reason enough. Am I the only one who thinks the S4 is just stupidly large? If you want something big, just go for the note. Sometimes I think the S4 is popular just because the specs are higher than the last version and people recognize the name. Bragging rights is all it is.

I think the pricing is part due to the a few things:
1. Made in USA. It has to add some cost, same with the customization.
2. Price sometimes sells. Some people get turned off by a lower price, they think their missing out on things. Pricing it low from the get go, means you're admitting it's inferior. $200 on contract doesn't seem to dissuade a lot of people.
3. Carrier pricing. Motorola can price it one way, but the carriers have ultimate control over pricing. Mid range phones start at $0-50 in the US, that gives no room for discounting and promotions. AT&T wants to make it's money too, Verizon doesn't want to detract from their Droids.

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RE: End of the spec race?
by bentoo on Tue 6th Aug 2013 16:41 in reply to "End of the spec race?"
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1. Made in USA. It has to add some cost, same with the customization.

Assembled in the USA -- big difference.

One theory as to why they are assembling in the USA and only releasing it there is to avoid potential ITC import bans and litigation.

For it’s Android that is the (potentially) violating technology. And if that is what is added in the US (as we all assume it would be) then there cannot be any grounds for an import ban through the ITC. Because the imports aren’t in violation, that’s something that happens after the import.

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RE: End of the spec race?
by WorknMan on Tue 6th Aug 2013 17:21 in reply to "End of the spec race?"
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Sometimes I think the S4 is popular just because the specs are higher than the last version and people recognize the name. Bragging rights is all it is.

Right, just like the HTC One is popular just because it's aluminum ;)

For me, now that they have the Play edition, the S4 is like a Nexus with all the goodies that the Nexus 4 is missing, like the LTE, removable battery, and SD card support. Plus, it is light as a feather compared to the Nexus 4.

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