Is the new Moto X an iPhone 6 killer?

In today's Android roundup: The Moto X could be the Android phone that beats Apple's iPhone 6. Plus: Reviews of the Moto 360 smartwatch, and Glass Explorer Edition is available in the Google Play store

Apple is poised to announce the iPhone 6 next week and the media is waiting for the announcement with bated breath. But the new Moto X Android phone from Motorola might give the iPhone 6 a run for its money and then some. The Verge takes a look at the Moto X and says that it might be "the best Android phone ever made."

According to The Verge:

Today, Motorola announced its second-generation Moto X, the successor to the company’s rebooted flagship smartphone that was unveiled just over a year ago. Yes, the phone will simply be called Moto X again...and it’ll be available for the same $499 unlocked as the original when it launches later in September (that's for 16GB; the 32GB version runs at a $50 premium).

I’ve had a chance to spend some time with the new X this week, and something strange happened: I fell in love with it the moment I first held it.

More at The Verge
New Moto X Android phone

The Verge isn't the only site that likes the Moto X, AnandTech also has a positive take on Motorola's new phone. Of course it's still early and these are not formal reviews of the Moto X, we'll have to wait a little while for those. But the initial reaction seems to be mostly positive, including on Reddit where folks have been sharing their thoughts about the new phone.

I'm not sure about the Moto X's jump from 4.7 inches to 5.2 though, that might be a bridge too far for some people. Oh sure, I understand that some folks love bigger and bigger screens but there are lots of others who might prefer something that fits in a pocket a little more easily. I guess we'll have to wait and see if the larger size has any effect on sales of the Moto X.

At the very least the announcement of the Moto X has given me a break from the non-stop iPhone 6 hype happening in the tech media right now. You'd think that a larger screen iPhone was the be-all, end-all of technology if you read some of the coverage.

I'll be glad when the iPhone 6 is finally released and reviewed, so we can see how well it compares to the Moto X and other recent Android phones. My guess is that the Moto X will hold its own and then some against the iPhone 6.

The Wall Street Journal reviews the Moto 360 smartwatch

The Wall Street Journal has a somewhat negative take on the Moto 360 smartwatch.

According to The Wall Street Journal:

...the problem for women like me, with thin wrists, is that the watch may sound small—1.8 inches in diameter and just a half-inch thick—but it almost looks like I grabbed a clock off the wall and strapped it to my arm.

The platform's infancy also means a lack of really useful apps. While support for some have been added in the past few weeks, including being able to track a run with Runkeeper or call a cab with Uber, there is still a dearth of what I believe are the killer apps for this platform: health and fitness.

The Moto 360 tells the time better—and looks better—than any other smartwatch. But right now it's telling me that it's not the time to buy one. Smartwatches still need improvements, both in hardware and software.

More at The Wall Street Journal

I've been somewhat skeptical of smartwatches and I haven't seen one yet that would make me want to buy it. The battery life problems alone rule out bothering with any of them right now, and I'm still not sold on the functionality of these things actually being necessary for me on a daily basis.

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