The new Moto X has been announced, and it has lived up to everything I had hoped it to be. Aluminum metal sides, wooden and leather backs, 5.2 inch 1080p AMOLED screen and the oh-so-speedy Snapdragon 801 chip makes this phone incredibly enticing.
Everything seems great to me about this phone, and I can’t hate on the 2300mAh battery yet until Scott Webster discusses it in his review, because I believe Motorola has a few tricks up it’s sleeve when it comes to battery optimization. Motorola’s own website claims the battery lasts up to 24 hours mixed use, but really that doesn’t say anything concrete.-Motorola.com
It does scare me however that Motorola is selling not just one, but two battery enhancing accessories separately. Their innovative turbo charger will sell for $34.99 which gives the phone 8 hours of battery life in a 15 minute charge, and they will also sell portable chargers like the Power Pack Micro for $39.99 which has a battery capacity of 1500mAh, or a 65% charge for your Moto X. Really cool accessories, but it doesn’t exactly praise the battery inside the phone itself…
While the battery life of this phone had a bit of my attention, my mind was on a bigger picture. The upcoming Nexus phone by Motorola.
This “Nexus X” is not official yet by any means, but multiples leaks and sources tell that Motorola is indeed making the phone, and the launch time of this year’s Moto X is similar to lats year’s LG G2, the phone the Nexus 5 was based off of.
This has me really excited that the “Nexus X” is based off the Moto X because of a few reasons.
First, the return of the AMOLED display to a Nexus phone. I loved the screen on the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus because there are some really cool things you can do with an AMOLED display, such as active notifications by Motorola.
Second, premium materials on a Nexus phone. My smartphone is something I hold and use everyday, and the way it is built and how it feels is important to consumers. Nexus phones haven’t really had a premium build to them, mainly because of cost, but things might change this time around under the construction of Moto. The Moto X has beautiful metal sides and metal front-facing speakers and is less expensive than the Galaxy S5, HTC One and others, so I can see this coming to the next Nexus. Hopefully.
Finally, customization for the next Nexus. Moto’s new thing is Moto Maker, and it’s a really cool concept to be able to customize the material and colors for parts of your phone. Moto Maker was created under the leadership of Google, so I don’t see why they wouldn’t bring this kind of customization to their popular Nexus phones. It would be a very refreshing thing to see besides the flat black design it’s always had. The Nexus 5 is the first Nexus phone to see some color with the launch of the red model later in its lifespan. Imagining a wooden or leather back on a Nexus phone has me putting $350 aside right now, assuming the traditional price returns.
That’s my thoughts and hopes for the Google flagship next month, what’re you most excited for?