Howard was kind enough to lend me his Motorola X last weekend. Without stepping on the toes of his excellent review
, I thought I would add a different perspective on this Rogers exclusive
(in Canada, at least) and first real hardware collaboration between Google and Motorola.
And I'll not mince words; I wouldn't recommend this international version at all.
The X's trump card is, after all, the available customization options through the Moto Maker website
; without that it's ultimately just another mid-range Android device, albeit one you can yell at.
Its back cover is especially disappointing. Given that Rogers customers can only choose between all black or all white I was shocked to see how cheap and tawdry the "textured look" back panel was on both. It photographs well, and at arm's length could even be mistaken for carbon fiber. But hold it up close and you'll realize that it's little more than a well-applied sticker.
I agree with Howard that the general build quality on the Moto X seems like it's a few generations behind other manufacturers. The drilled speaker holes, also on that back panel, make for a good example. Whereas on the HTC One they are a thing of beauty, on the X they seem like an afterthought, the last hurried bit of construction before a batch of these things gets packed up and sent out the door.
The speaker is plenty loud, at least. That's something.