Moto X Is a Serious iPhone Challenger: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-08-05 Print this article Print

The long-awaited Moto X from Google was unveiled on Aug. 1. The device is the first to be created by Motorola with direct oversight from Google and is arguably the best handset the company has launched in a very long time. From a gorgeous design to features that would make any average smartphone owner happy, the Moto X could prove to be a big-time hit when it launches later this month on just about every major and regional carrier network. The handset is truly a universal product. But perhaps there's more to the Moto X than meets the eye. Granted, it's good-looking and has some nice features, but the mobile space is littered with forgotten devices that have offered the same virtues and failed miserably. Whether the Moto X can change that situation and establish itself as a contender in the marketplace remains to be seen. However, at first glance, the Moto X appears to be a winner. Although it's not likely to appeal to enterprise buyers, there's a solid chance that the Moto X will be an iPhone challenger in the consumer market. Take a look at this eWEEK slide show to find out why the Moto X might just give Apple and its iPhone a run for their money:

  • Moto X Is a Serious iPhone Challenger: 10 Reasons Why

    By Don Reisinger
    0-Moto X Is a Serious iPhone Challenger: 10 Reasons Why
  • The Design Is Beautiful

    There's no debating that the Moto X is a well-designed smartphone. In fact, it might be one of the most attractive Android-based devices on the market, thanks to its smooth, rounded corners and big, beautiful display. The device can also be personalized based on users' preferences, making it fit into whatever design aesthetic they like.
    1-The Design Is Beautiful
  • Customization Is Important

    Motorola has realized that to set itself on the right track in mobile, it needs to appeal to the eclectic smartphone owner who wants to customize his device. That's why the company offered customers the ability to choose colors and different backings. It's been tried before, of course, but this one might actually work.
    2-Customization Is Important
  • Google Knows Who It's Targeting

    Google, by watching over Motorola, seems to understand that the company's device must target consumers first, and worry about other customers second. That's important. Most smartphone makers, except for Apple, have no idea what their customers want. Google is helping them figure that out.
    3-Google Knows Who It's Targeting
  • A Big, Beautiful Display

    The Moto X comes with a 4.7-inch display that, according to many who have tried it out, is absolutely beautiful. That's great news for Motorola and Google. One of the big advantages for the iPhone is its Retina display. The fact that the Moto X is larger and has a high-quality design is important.
    4-A Big, Beautiful Display
  • It's Ready to Run the Latest Android

    According to Google and Motorola, the Moto X will ship with Android 4.2.2 and will be updated to the latest Android versions after the device launches and the updates are made available. Considering the iPhone is always ready with new software, that little feature is very important.
    5-It's Ready to Run the Latest Android
  • Ubiquity Is Extremely Important

    Google and Motorola made the exceedingly intelligent decision to make the Moto X available on just about every major and regional carrier in the U.S. In other words, the company will have ample supply available to customers. And it won't try to limit where they can get the handset. In a battle with Apple, that's important.
    6-Ubiquity Is Extremely Important
  • A Truly Mobile, Mobile Device

    If there's anything that will annoy today's customers, it's the lack of enough wireless options. Realizing that, Google and Motorola have bundled all of the latest WiFi technologies into the Moto X, including wireless AC. In addition, it can connect to the Web via 4G LTE. So, just about anywhere a person goes, they'll have high-speed networking. Nice.
    7-A Truly Mobile, Mobile Device
  • The So-Called 'Ecosystem of Accessories' Could Be Huge

    Google has decided to create an "ecosystem" of products for the Moto X that could eventually pay off in a big way. The company's premise is simple: Customize the handset the way you'd like, and once you have a color picked, buy up some accessories that match. It should be interesting to see if that matching strategy helps Moto and hurts Apple.
    8-The So-Called 'Ecosystem of Accessories' Could Be Huge
  • The Price Is Spot On

    It would be a failure if the Moto X was going to cost customers $300 or more. However, the smartphone is going to launch at $199 with a two-year contract, putting it directly in line with Apple's iPhone 5. Pricing matters when you are competing with the Apple iPhone. It appears Google and Motorola understand that.
    9-The Price Is Spot On
  • The Handset Has Google's Backing

    Make no mistake: That Google is backing Motorola and the Moto X is extremely important. Customers lost trust in Motorola, but they've only watched their trust grow in Google. Now that they're teaming up on handsets, there's a good chance that Motorola will rebound to some degree and regain its lost appeal. After all, that's what Google acquired the company for, right?
    10-The Handset Has Google's Backing
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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