Moto X Has 'Tons of New Innovations,' Says iFixit
The Motorola Moto X isn't the most repairable phone around, says iFixit, but it has the kind of attention to detail usually only seen from Apple.
The Motorola Moto X is unique for a handful of reasons, including that it's the first phone to come from the marriage of Motorola and Google, the first phone to be fully designed and assembled in the United States, and the first phone to be fully customizable. Motorola opened its Moto X design studio Aug. 27, enabling customers to choose from colors, textures, wallpapers and more. According to iFixit, which performed a teardown of the Moto X, it's also a standout where some might say it counts most: on the inside. "Among the usual suspects (camera, chips, display) in the Moto X are some interesting design decisions that we've never seen before," wrote iFixit's Julia in an Aug. 26 blog post. "Motorola's design team is paying the kind of attention to detail we usually only see from Apple. Instead of making another cookie-cutter copy of the competition, Motoroogle took the time to innovate new ways of constructing their flagship smartphone." The headphone jack—unusually placed at the top of the device, instead of the bottom of the phone, as is more common—was as unusual for being "possibly the most modular headphone jack we've ever seen," wrote Julia. "It pops right out of the upper midframe panel, spring contacts and all."
The X's vibrator motor is soldered to the motherboard ("The wonders never cease," wrote Julia) and its midframe is held in place by pins that stick out from the edges of the display-assembly bezel.