Posts tagged with: Moto X
  • by | January 21, 2014 5:20 PM

    Last Friday, Motorola went official with the news we've been waiting months to hear, announcing the coming availability of all four wooden back options for the custom-designed Moto X. We already had bamboo, launching in December, but still needed to see the arrival of walnut, teak, and ebony before the story would be complete. As Motorola informed us at the time, those new options join bamboo today, and you're now able to start configuring designs based around them with Motorola's Moto Maker tool. Sure, we've seen renders of these models before, but half the fun of Moto Maker is playing ...

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  • by | January 17, 2014 11:47 PM

    Watch today's Pockentow Daily as we talk about the first Dual-mode Android-Windows Phone in the market, even though that Windows Phone partition is not as real as you'd expect. Then we talk about the LG G3 rumors, and a more realistic launch day for the phone. We later go through the rumored Xperia Z2 back plate, and the fact that it won't be a glass-on-glass phone. HTC follows the news, as the M8 will apparently have a larger display, a unique camera, and a late launch day. We end today's show as we cover the additional wooden options of the Moto X, aside from the drop in price. All this ...

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  • by | January 17, 2014 12:53 PM

    For a phone that's been out for months now, the past several weeks have been pretty active ones for Motorola's Moto X. We saw some great deals (followed by a permanent price cut), the European launch, and the arrival of the first of the phone's wood backs. But for as awesome as it was to see that bamboo option land this time last month, we were left wondering what was to become of the other three wood designs Motorola had revealed: teak, rosewood, and ebony. Our answer has finally arrived, with Motorola just sharing news of how these selections will debut. Teak, rosewood, and ebony options ...

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  • by | January 15, 2014 6:21 PM

    [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] [vamp] That's the text that leads us in to each episode of the Pocketnow Weekly: a column of virtual prompts on the rough rundown reminding us that, after our loosely scripted intro block, there's a gulf of pure off-topic nonsense between the opening music and the rundown's news section. It's a handful of minutes devoted to office banter, good-natured ribbing, and, in today's case, an EQ experiment by our own Taylor Martin that results in him literally reading the "vamp" cues out loud like the delightful troll he is. That's the kind of stuff you're missing if you skip ...

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  • by | January 14, 2014 6:31 AM

    It’s a question familiar to anyone in the business of reviewing smartphones: “Nice review, but what phone do you carry?” Emphasis on the you. From a personal perspective, no matter how many times it’s posed, I don’t mind being asked the question. It’s a constant reminder that my day job is in fact my dream job (literally; I still have dreams about meeting tech personalities whom I’ve long followed), and that people find my opinions worth something. So on a selfish level, I’m thankful for the validation. I imagine the same thing happens most everywhere commentators offer ...

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  • by | January 14, 2014 5:00 AM

    When it comes to European future potential Moto X owners, we were jealous of our American friends and their Motorola Moto X devices. However, according to the company, the good old continent will get some Moto X love really soon, and, depending on your location, you might be able to grab one in just about two weeks or so. If you live in France, Britain or Germany, beginning of February is what you should be looking out for if you want your own, European, Moto X. Prices will, of course, vary, depending on your region, and carrier of choice. If you're in the UK, expect to pay about 25 ...

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  • by | January 13, 2014 5:12 PM

    Of all the features Motorola baked-in to the Moto X, Motorola Assist was the one that sure seemed to have a lot of potential, but the implementation left quite a bit to be desired. For instance, we thought it was really cool how Assist would recognize when you were driving and then read incoming text messages aloud to you – but also how bizarre it was that there was no corresponding respond-by-voice feature, and at best you were left setting an “I'm driving now” auto-response away message of sorts. Well, the nice thing about software is how amenable it is to upgrades, and today we ...

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  • by | January 8, 2014 3:34 PM

    Yesterday we saw Motorola start distributing invitations to a launch event scheduled for next Tuesday, with the intent of welcoming “a new addition to the European Motorola family of products.” That sure sounded to us like bringing an existing Motorola phone to the EU, rather than launching a fully new one, and we wondered if it might be the Moto X. And even if it was the Moto X, would we see the same kind of Moto Maker customizations as are available in the US, or just get a couple generic black and white options? While nothing's still official, a Motorola job posting sure seems to ...

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  • by | January 7, 2014 9:50 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Sony's recent annoucement of the new SmartBand, along with a new Xperia Z1 Compact and Z1S for the US market. We then talk about Samsung's new family of tablets, which include some interesting enhancements when compared to previous years. We keep talking about Samsung as we cover the company's new tablet UI, aside from the fact that it's also planned for Galaxy smartphones. Motorola is next as we talk about the company's press event in Europe for January 14th. We end today's show talking about the new Pebble Steel, and what's hot about it. All ...

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  • by | January 7, 2014 2:36 PM

    Well here's a surprise: with CES this week, and the MWC later in February, you'd think that smartphone makers had all the opportunities they needed to make any products announcements already nicely lined up for them. Instead of bringing its new gear to one of these shows, it looks like Motorola is striving to attract a little independent attention, and invitations the company's currently inform us of a launch announcement in one week, on January 14. So, what do we have to look forward to? As you can see in the invite above, Motorola talks about “a new edition” to its European lineup. ...

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  • by | January 2, 2014 11:50 PM

    Guys, our apologies for the late upload. Hopefully these technical issues will get solved this week. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's new Galaxy Camera 2, and the reasons why it's worth and not worth your money. We then continue talking about Samsung, this time because of the possible launch rumors of the Galaxy S 5. Motorola is next as we go through the Moto X and Moto G discounts that just landed. Sony takes the spotlight next with a possible Windows Phone during 2014. We end today's show talking about Google Glass and its possible retail price. All this and more ...

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  • by | January 2, 2014 8:52 AM

    A new year means new changes, and over the next twelve months, we'll be seeing the smartphone market grow, new devices arrive, and new software become available for our existing handsets. But before we get to anything new, we're taking a look back at a couple phones from 2013, as Motorola shares details of new pricing for its Moto X while the Moto G hits a carrier low. Motorola's been quite generous with Moto X discounts over the course of the past month, giving shoppers multiple opportunities to score the Android for $150 off its regular no-contract price. We'd been speculating as to ...

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  • by | December 31, 2013 1:01 PM

    When Motorola's Moto X first launched, I remember not being too enthusiastic about the phone's “Touchless Control” feature – the ability that, among other things, let the user interact with the handset using voice commands even when the phone was in standby mode. I think a lot of my objection at the time was formed around a knee-jerk reaction to what seemed to me (at least on first glance) a pretty unsavory idea: that of your phone perpetually monitoring what you say. But in the months that have followed, I've found myself softening to Touchless Control – especially because I'm ...

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  • by | December 31, 2013 8:01 AM

    The smartphone you carry on New Year's Eve has a big say in how the night will be remembered. (And not just because it's an opportunity to show off your newest holiday acquisition to your friends, you materialistic fop.) If you take pictures with your smartphone even semi-regularly, you're bound to do it twice as often on a landmark event like New Year's Eve - and so the phone you carry will play a big role in how well the evening is documented. As tech reporters, the Pocketnow review team is lucky enough to have access to a slew of purchased and loaner smartphones, and while we're all old ...

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  • by | December 27, 2013 7:02 PM

    The end of the year in tech is already dominated by lists - best of, worst of, top 5, bottom 50 - you get the picture. So rather than foist another array of numeric bullet points upon you on our last podcast of the year, we've decided to dedicate this show to you, the listener ... and more specifically, to those of you who've written to us. That's right - just like we did back in the summer, for the last show of 2013 we're focusing entirely on listener mail on this, episode 076 of the Pocketnow Weekly. The backed-up emails in our inbox span the full array of tech topics, ranging from ...

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