Moto X hype backlash: What would JR Raphael do?


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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) unveils the Moto X smartphone (the release date is about a month away). But it's coming under fire for promising much and delivering little. After all the buildup, there's little here that's new or notable. It doesn't even run the latest version of Android.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers grumble, disappointedly.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Matt Hamblen has the feeds 'n' speeds:

In addition to its 2200 mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 OS [it] has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7 GHz with 2 GB of RAM...2-megapixel front [and] 10-megapixel rear camera [plus] LTE.


[It has] natural interaction features, such as voice commands that work when the phone is idle...a gesture to activate the camera...a curved back and the ability to order customizable colors. ...two color choices for front...16 for the back [and] seven color options for accent colors.


The 2200 mAh battery in the Moto X is larger than many recent smartphones, and capable of up to 24 hours of mixed usage or 13 hours of talk, Motorola said. [It] measures 5.1 x 2.6 x .4 inches (at its widest point since it curves) and weighs 4.6 ounces.  MORE

And Kevin C. Tofel asks the big question:

What makes it different and who is it for? ... Moto X is an Android phone for the masses.


I asked if Touchless Control was exclusive to Motorola and got a carefully worded answer that sounded like “Yes.” ... Moto X has a new Active Display feature that shows important notifications when the phone is in sleep mode. ... only the AT&T models can be customized for now. All other carriers will have black or while Moto X phones [until] later this year. ... Expect to pay $199 with contract...a 32 GB model will cost $50 more. ... AT&T...full retail price is $575 and $630.


Nexus phones aren’t aimed at the mass market. ... Moto X is targeted squarely at everyday consumers.  MORE

So what does JR have to say? Errr...

As you may have heard, I'm getting married. ... The future Mrs. R and I are heading out on a honeymoon right after -- London and Paris, baby! -- so I'll be offline and off the grid. ...we made a point of picking a window that had a reasonably good chance of being quiet in terms of significant Android launches.


Yeah -- you can see how well that worked out. ... I sure know how to pick 'em, eh?  MORE

Meanwhile, these comments show a sample range of post-hype grumbles:

Chip Colandreo: 4.2.2, $199 on contract like every other carrier phone out there... hardly game-changing.  

Benjamin Rubenstein: This is a major letdown when you consider all the rumors.


David Perez: I don't see any reason (yet) to...get this. Unless the Google Play edition is $249.


Stefan Momma: Can the 'microphone always on' reliably be disabled? If not, I will have to start asking turn their Moto Xs off. ... Same with Google Glass. ... My privacy, my rules. ... I work in a research lab, and we will see rules on the prohibited use of these devices pop up very quickly. ... So the absence of a 'turn this mode off' option is an issue.


Brian G. Fay: I don't see a ton to be impressed by.


Rob Michael: Pricing a phone "On Contract" is not a game changer. It's the same tired game.


Vance McAlister: I am feeling really let-down. We kept hearing that something was game-changing in this phone, but I am not seeing it. ... What is the special part of this phone?


Nelson Saenz: Windows Phone gets you pocket to camera as quick if not quicker.


Darryl Griffith: All this NSA listening to calls and the like gurantees me NOT to want anything that is always on that someone can tap into.


Mario II Valenzuela: it would be...terrifying if someone leaned over and said "Google now, give me kiddie porn."


James Scott: Why on Earth anyone wants this to become mainstream is beyond me.


Jerome Hanson: really, this is nothing groundbreaking and not worth all the hype especially at the...price-point.


Josh Legbandt: [What] will keep me away from this phone is the lack of Enterprise security features.  MORE

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