Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review.
Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity.
For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not many people revisit the device to see how it feels a few months later, because everyone’s already focused on the next big deal coming down the pipe.
So let’s do something about that. Let’s see how we feel about devices when they’re not shiny and new anymore. This is After The Buzz.
To paraphrase an old saying: I’m not just a Moto X reviewer; I’m also a customer. Shortly after reviewing the second-gen Moto X back in September, I bought one of my own to replace the first-gen Moto X I’d carried for the year previous. So this is a device family I’ve been living with for 18 months, despite the fact that I can carry pretty much any Android phone I want. Despite my editorial protestations to the contrary, that says something for its quality.
But (as gadget mavens know all too well) loving a smartphone in the fall doesn’t guarantee you’ll still feel the same come spring. So how has the second-generation Moto X held up in the months since its September release? We’ve touched on the question in a couple comparisons and teased the answer in a durability report, and now it’s time to quit beating around the bezels; it’s for the full re-review. Join us for the latest edition of After The Buzz!
Motorola Moto X 2014 Review Redux
Can’t remember what our initial Moto X impressions were like? Want more on that Durability Report we teased above? Not to worry; we’ve got you covered: