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Old 01-08-2013, 21:17
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Some people are excited you don't need to press a button for its voice recognition to notice you.

That seems to be the standout feature, other than a few more different colours that people can get from cases anyway.

Meh. Off my wish list.

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Old 01-08-2013, 21:19
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They should have called it

'murica X

based on the fact it's made in murica for muricans
http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/...51/395/2d2.jpg
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Old 01-08-2013, 21:25
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I really like the wooden back and the fact it's real wood and totally unique.

If I could swap my N4 for it I probably would but $500 is far to expensive IMO.
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Old 01-08-2013, 21:34
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I really like the wooden back and the fact it's real wood and totally unique.

If I could swap my N4 for it I probably would but $500 is far to expensive IMO.
wooden N4 case

http://www.amazon.com/BoxWave-Minimu.../dp/B000M7QKWI
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Old 01-08-2013, 21:44
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After all the hype it turned out to be a Turkey

No thanks .
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Old 01-08-2013, 21:53
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Nothing special about the moto X. Moto/Google did a awful job at covering the leaks and have caved in to the US network carriers. If it had nexus pricing then it might have had a chance.
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Old 01-08-2013, 21:57
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Sadly the N4 is bulky enough without adding a case to the back, I do like the bamboo though.

I actually really like the shape and design of the Moto x... Sounds like its only me though lol
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Old 01-08-2013, 22:21
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Sadly the N4 is bulky enough without adding a case to the back, I do like the bamboo though.

I actually really like the shape and design of the Moto x... Sounds like its only me though lol
I thought it looked like one of those cheap Android phone from China on eBay!

Looks always do come down to personal preference though.

Would be nice to know the UK pricing.
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Old 01-08-2013, 22:27
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The customisations are nice, the always listening feature is the most innovative for a while. This could be the next big thing and I'd certainly be interested.

Anyone seen news on UK launch?
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Old 01-08-2013, 22:57
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motorola.co.uk has a "coming soon" bit for the X.
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Old 01-08-2013, 23:10
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Depending on price this looks ok to me having looked more into it, nothing earth shattering but nice.
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Old 02-08-2013, 00:21
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Supposedly this specific model will not be launched in the UK but it is a part of a range of devices that Google and Motorola are developing. Considering the amount that Google are spending on marketing this phone, you would think it's a high-spec flagship phone. Instead it's a slightly overpriced (for Google) mid-range phone. I don't know whether it will be the hero phone they wanted.

I was considering buying this phone if the price was right because of how compact it is. Disappointed. Waiting for the Nexus 5.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:18
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Disappointment indeed. So not what everyone thought it was going to be. Plus it won't see the light of day in the UK. Nothing to see here whatsoever. Pass.

Much ado about nothing or MEH!
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:38
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Speech recognition, like video calls, is something that keeps being launched, but it seems not that many people actually want.

The biggest "feature" seems to be that you don't need to buy a case to customise the phone. It that the best they could come up with?
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:38
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Speech recognition, like video calls, is something that keeps being launched, but it seems not that many people actually want.

The biggest "feature" seems to be that you don't need to buy a case to customise the phone. It that the best they could come up with?
That's not even new. HTC did customisable etched backs for one of their phones about 4 years ago!
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:00
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That's not even new. HTC did customisable etched backs for one of their phones about 4 years ago!
This is more than that though as you can choose your material, colour and style as well as etching. No other phone has allowed so much customisation before with over a 1000 different possibilities.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:48
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This is more than that though as you can choose your material, colour and style as well as etching. No other phone has allowed so much customisation before with over a 1000 different possibilities.
They've just taken it further than before. The HTC phone (I wish I could remember the model) gave you a choice of colours, and you could add your own designs. That phone didn't sell because the specs were a bit sub-standard.

This looks like a better spec phone, but I don't think the customisation feature alone will be enough to see off Samsung's stranglehold on the Android phone market.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:18
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:26
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Speech recognition, like video calls, is something that keeps being launched, but it seems not that many people actually want.
There is a HUGE difference with the voice recognition. Up until now, you have to take the phone out, press a button and then talk to it. It's already in your hand, so you may as well type.

This is always listening, so you can just speak to it. Driving along, say "OK Google, call x" and it will. Sitting with it docked say "OK Google, play x" and it will. Have it in your pocket, say "OK Google, text x message y" and it'll send it without you needing to touch the phone.

It makes voice commands useful for the first time.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:41
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There is a HUGE difference with the voice recognition. Up until now, you have to take the phone out, press a button and then talk to it. It's already in your hand, so you may as well type.

This is always listening, so you can just speak to it. Driving along, say "OK Google, call x" and it will. Sitting with it docked say "OK Google, play x" and it will. Have it in your pocket, say "OK Google, text x message y" and it'll send it without you needing to touch the phone.

It makes voice commands useful for the first time.
I'm just starting to imagine the huge scope for awkward situations this could cause!
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:45
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I'm just starting to imagine the huge scope for awkward situations this could cause!
Well, yes... though it's supposed to learn your voice and only react to you!
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Old 02-08-2013, 14:26
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There is a HUGE difference with the voice recognition. Up until now, you have to take the phone out, press a button and then talk to it. It's already in your hand, so you may as well type.

This is always listening, so you can just speak to it. Driving along, say "OK Google, call x" and it will. Sitting with it docked say "OK Google, play x" and it will. Have it in your pocket, say "OK Google, text x message y" and it'll send it without you needing to touch the phone.

It makes voice commands useful for the first time.
Except it will not work reliably or conveniently, and most people don't want everyone else listening to what they are doing.

Are you really going to send a text message from a phone in your pocket? The sound quality will be terrible, and even if the phone can hear that you want to send a text, the chances of the message being what you intend are tiny. At the very least, you'll want to check the message before its sent. So maybe it reads it out, saving you the huge effort of taking the phone out of your pocket and reading it, what do you do if the message is wrong? Voice controlled text editing? And how many other people are listening to all this?

Keyboards and screens are a really good way to input and edit text. Marketing people love voice activation (and video calling) but few normal people will use it.

Google Glass is very different, it doesn't have a keyboard, and its on your face, not in your pocket. It has more chance of success than this phone.
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Old 02-08-2013, 15:05
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It still happens that voice is more an executive business tool, less toyish and thus less consumer friendly. Add in the extra sensors and it is about user control.

Contrast that to Siri which sends voice for analysis to the clouds, a dormant low power chip waiting its trained cue could be very useful.

The other thing to note is that Google voice recognition is uncannily accurate. As this might speed up processing 100 fold accuracy may improve even further, maybe even giving a real time 'live' translation service for your foreign holidays.
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Old 02-08-2013, 15:28
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Since this is only being sold in the US, AT&T have said the Moto X 16GB will cost $575 without a contract, $629 for the 32GB version.

Total rip-off for the specs you're getting. You'd have to be mad to buy this.
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Old 02-08-2013, 16:39
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Except it will not work reliably or conveniently, and most people don't want everyone else listening to what they are doing.

Are you really going to send a text message from a phone in your pocket? The sound quality will be terrible, and even if the phone can hear that you want to send a text, the chances of the message being what you intend are tiny. At the very least, you'll want to check the message before its sent. So maybe it reads it out, saving you the huge effort of taking the phone out of your pocket and reading it, what do you do if the message is wrong? Voice controlled text editing? And how many other people are listening to all this?

Keyboards and screens are a really good way to input and edit text. Marketing people love voice activation (and video calling) but few normal people will use it.

Google Glass is very different, it doesn't have a keyboard, and its on your face, not in your pocket. It has more chance of success than this phone.
Can you really not see how it's useful in the two other examples, when driving, when busy etc?

No, voice control is never going to replace typing. But it most certainly IS going to become useful. The problem was that voice input didn't work without touching too, whereas now the touch can be removed completely. The Moto X is the first phone that actually puts it in a place where it might, in certain circumstances, be a faster and more convenient way to use the phone.

"OK Google, navigate home" - haven't taken my eyes off the road

"OK Google, play Burt Bacharach" - haven't got up and walked to the dock

"OK Google, call mum" - no need to open the contacts, scroll down to the M, hit call

"OK Google, set an alarm for 8am" - haven't unlocked the phone, opened the app drawer, scrolled to Clock, tapped Clock, used the scroll wheel to change the time, hit save.

"OK Google, set profile to silent" - it's in my pocket on my way into a meeting

This could be very big indeed. And for me it's already rare that Google's voice recognition is too far off. Usually when I speak too quickly. The Motorola dude (yes, marketing I know) claimed he can make calls with the phone in his pocket.
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