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  • Analysts Claim Moto X Won’t Attract iPhone Users


    Despite all the features it offers, Motorola’s Moto X handset is better suited to alter the Android landscape than draw consumers away from Apple’s iPhone according to one noted analyst. In a recent report discussing the possible effects Motorola’s Moto X handset, which was unveiled at a special event recently. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster shared that the new handset isn’t “significantly different than [the Galaxy S4 and HTC One] to change the current market dynamics between Android and iPhone.”

    Motorola’s new flagship device sports an array of features currently unavailable on any other device. Chief among these is a constant listening mode, in which the phone’s audio sensors are always active and listening for voice input from a user. The Moto X learns its owner’s voice and can use voice input to set reminders, search the web, send messages and carry out other tasks. It also features a number of gesture controls including a camera that is activated by flicking one’s wrist while holding the phone. Inside, it will pack a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with a 1.7 GHz dual-core Krait CPU and quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, as well as a 2,200 mAh battery which offers 24 hours of life.

    Most importantly, the design of the phone will be a big point of emphasis for Motorola. Built in the United States, the Moto X will offer consumers an array of design options for the chassis as well as a choice between 16 GB and 32 GB of storage. Customers can buy the device either online or in store and design it on Motorola’s site. The Moto X is the Google-owned manufacturer’s latest attempt at clawing back some market share in a mobile phone segment that largely left it behind. Motorola continually tried to keep pace since consumers began moving to smartphones but it has been outstripped by both Apple and Samsung, which combine to take all of the profits in the industry.

    Munster still believes the new handset won’t be enough to pull users away from the iPhone, which is the top-selling device in the U.S. Whether or not Motorola needs the Moto X to do so, is open to debate. Some observers note that Google needs Motorola to cease being an anchor on its earnings. Ever since the search giant bought the ailing manufacturer in 2012, widely thought as a move to gain access to the company’s patent hoard, Motorola has lost hundreds of millions of dollars for Google as its handsets have failed to gain traction.

    Source: Piper Jaffray via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Analysts Claim Moto X Won’t Attract iPhone Users started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      I do like that its Made in the USA!! But yeah. Sticking with my iPhone. Still take quality and some of those features are useless to me. Lol
    1. Just Dummy's Avatar
      Just Dummy -
      If it was $299 off contract as reported earlier I would buy it just for the playing around with it. But $600 plus through att is no bargain considering the other phones available off contract. My upgrade comes in November so no rush.
    1. LucySterling's Avatar
      LucySterling -
      I have an iPhone as well but I was hoping this would be the one device that'll out-do the other devices... you've shattered my dreams.


      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      I do like that its Made in the USA!! But yeah. Sticking with my iPhone. Still take quality and some of those features are useless to me. Lol
    1. xhazex9x's Avatar
      xhazex9x -
      If the iPhone 6 is a let down I'm definitely jumping ship but for tablets n laptops I'm all apple
    1. LucySterling's Avatar
      LucySterling -
      Isn't it iPhone 5s? Did I miss something?
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      You Missed Something..lol..this is the Moto X they are talking about. But I'll stick with my 5 until they can fix that finger print scanner.
      Quote Originally Posted by LucySterling View Post
      Isn't it iPhone 5s? Did I miss something?
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AKCHRIS View Post
      You Missed Something..lol..this is the Moto X they are talking about. But I'll stick with my 5 until they can fix that finger print scanner.
      No she means isn't the next iPhone an iPhone 5s and not a 6 as the comment above hers suggests.
    1. momony's Avatar
      momony -
      I don't think it's as good as my iPhone 5 although I read a tweet about Moto X blends the best of Motorola and Google shared by Enolsoft yesterday.
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      AMOLED ?
      Is that Pentile ?
      Somebody tell me it's not.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      No she means isn't the next iPhone an iPhone 5s and not a 6 as the comment above hers suggests.
      No it's a 5c. Lol. Lets just wait and find out from the most reliable source... Apple
    1. djmexi's Avatar
      djmexi -
      funny how you do a story on the new moto x but use a picture of a droid
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Bottom line is I think we have reached a point where most people will not switch from Android to iOS or iOS to Android, unless they can somehow take the Apps that they have purchased with them.

      I think this is why Windows phones are having such a hard time getting any real traction as well, they just entered to late to be a real competitor in this market.
    1. GnatGoSplat's Avatar
      GnatGoSplat -
      I like the small bezels. Although I'm not seeing what's so special about it. Another huge 4.7" Android phone, aren't they quite commonplace? Plenty of 4.7" phones that have been out for awhile have better specs.

      Couldn't find a pic of a Moto X? The pic in this article is of a Droid RAZR M.
    1. slayorktc's Avatar
      slayorktc -
      The two features I like about the Moto X is the voice training for google now and the camera twirl activation.. When should we see activator on cydia get updated to allow for that kind of motion? Also, currently what options do I have on cydia to replicate the whole voice scenario? I currently have Googiri installed and hands free control but hands free doesn't really work that well it seems..
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      No she means isn't the next iPhone an iPhone 5s and not a 6 as the comment above hers suggests.
      I assumed that comment actually meant the iPhone 6. We all know there won't be major changes with the 5S/5C. I just got my 5 last October, so I won't be eligible for an upgrade for a while. If the 6 doesn't offer a lot of changes I too might jump ship.

      iOS is just getting stale to me. I need something different.
    1. greyhounds's Avatar
      greyhounds -
      "Designed by Greyhounds in Brazil. Made in the USA."

      That's enough for me to seriously consider switching.

      Three problems thatI see right off the bat: first, I paid bookoo money to have TomTom navigation on my iPhone 4. Second, I'm not a fan of lugging around 4.7 inches of bulk. Third, I'm kinda put off by a phone that's always got its ears turned on.