Why I F***ING LOVE My Moto X (2nd Gen) Review

Summary: If you want a brag worthy, cool-features-to-show-off toting, slim, sexy, water resistant, bad-ass, MOTHER FUCKING PORSCHE of a phone, get this one. And get an extra charger.

I don’t usually rave about things I have; I’m the quiet consumer who researches my purchases and keeps my opinions about my stuff to myself until someone asks me about it. I keep a silent pride in my belongings so as not to brag about them. Recently, my phone changed that.


I do not work for Motorola, nor have I ever. I am not being paid by them in any way shape or form (but if anyone at Motorola is reading this and wants to send me a 360 watch, I will unashamedly rock it). What I am, is a tech enthusiast. And by enthusiast, I mean I wrote my first C program at the age of 7 (and currently speak Java, Javascript -they’re NOT the same!-, Python and PHP), I’ve built and re-built COUNTLESS machines, mobile apps, rooted phones before it was popular, and routinely modify programs to make them work better for me. So I kinda know what I’m talking about when it comes to anything with a processor.

The reason I don’t write any reviews is because I don’t think the average person is as obsessive and nit-picky about electronics as I am. I like the little “cool” features, and having products and abilities that other people don’t. It’s not arrogance; I just want to be different. Because of this, any review I write can be a little lengthy.

If you don’t care about the cool little things this phone can do, or just want to know if the front facing camera is good enough for Instagram, I’ll save you some time: It is. Now move along.

For all of those that are curious about what features this phone has that others don’t, like the shit you can BRAG about, AND you’re sick of the generalized reviews that don’t really tell you anything about OWNING it, then read on my friends.

I’ll start with the cool stuff and then get to the basic shit.

1.The COOL stuff:

  • IR sensors on the front that detect your proximity and illuminate the face for you. This also allows you to wave to silent calls
  • “Moto” personal digital assistant gives you the BAD-ASS-ness of “Cortana” on Windows phone, but with the even MORE BAD-ASS-ness of using it with Google. (more on this later)
  • “Moto Connect” lets you connect the phone to your computer via internet to send/receive texts, get alerts, locate your phone, etc. all from your computer. It also shows battery status and signal strength
  • Built in facial recognition for unlocking the phone. You can also use your voice through the Moto assistant to speak your pin and unlock. Both of these are less secure than a pattern, but still BADASS.
  • The facial recognition feature will also keep the screen “Alive” while you are looking at it, so it doesn’t shut off while you are reading something or looking at a video.
  • The phone detects when you’re driving and will read texts, announce calls, etc, via Moto. It will also automatically silence calls during meetings and while you sleep. (you can adjust this feature and turn it off)
  • I can remotely find, lock, change the PIN, wipe, and put a little message on my phone’s screen by using Motorola’s website. Here is a pic of that:  Untitled picture

So my biggest bragging point about this phone is the “Moto” personal assistant. If you’re like me, when you first saw the “Cortana” feature on the Windows phone, you were like, “Hey…. I want that..” Well Windows ALMOST had me (and I’m a Windows fan-boy) with that single feature. It does things that neither Google Now nor Siri does; like set location based reminders and other trivial shit. I spent a couple of months hyping myself up enough to get over Windows phones pitfalls, and then I found the wonders of Moto. The list of what I can do with it is long and vulgar, so get ready:

This bitch can:

  • Set reminders
  • Read my messages to me while I’m at home and too damn lazy to reach for my phone
  • Read and reply to emails
  • Post to my social media accounts
  • Tell me to get off my ass and be ready to leave in X-amount of minutes if I want to get to my appointment on time
  • Announce and answer/reject calls with even fucking TOUCHING the phone
  • Drunk text friends and family
  • Silence or place my phone on vibrate when I pass out (after I drunk text folks) so I can sleep undisturbed (unless my boyfriend calls me –he’s on a list that my phone lets through like a FUCKING BOUNCER)
  • Silence or place the phone on vibrate when I’m in a meeting so my “Booty Wurk” ringtone doesn’t embarrass me

Basically, Moto is like Google Now’s sexy secretary; Google does a lot of the work, but Google won’t listen to you if the door is shut, IE, the screen is off. Moto kicks that bitch in and passes along any instruction she can’t do herself. Yes. This phone will light up like a FUCKING RAINBOW whenever you call it by a SPECIAL NAME YOU GIVE IT. You can be boring and say “Ok Moto/Google/phone” or you can be BAD-ASS and say “WAKE UP MUTHA-FUCKA!” Samuel Jackson style, and your phone will wake up and wait for your instruction. Take THAT Siri! Anything that Moto can’t do on her own, like tell you where you last parked your car, will get sent straight to Google Now to figure out, after which she’ll tell you.

This phone is slim, sexy, and feels substantial in your hand. Not cheap and plastic-y like Samsung, (no offense) and not hollow and soul-less like the iPhone. It has a perfect balance of light weight and pleasant density that gives it a luxurious feel. It also has a very slight tapering curve to it on the backside that feels more natural in your hand, instead of feeling like a plank. The screen is amazing, but with phone screens nowadays, they all look the same unless they are REALLY shitty. Any difference you see between this phone’s screen, an iPhone, and a Samsung is either psychosomatic or due to the viewing environment. Or maybe you have electron microscopes for eyes?

Battery life is one of only two things I will bitch about with this phone; lasting me only around 14 hours. Granted, that is 14 hours of texting, video recording, taking random pictures of dumb shit, Huff-posting, Buzz-feeding, Vine-ing, streaming music, and using my GPS like I’m stranded at the fucking South Pole.

But still.

I use my phone like it’s an extension of my being, so it should last a solid day. It should get up, stay up, and recharge when I do. At 3am for around 45 minutes..

Call quality on this phone is epic. I called my boyfriend inside the car with the stereo blasting LOULDY (trying to be funny) and he couldn’t hear SHIT but for my voice. I was astonished. I kept asking, “You REALLY can’t hear ANY of that?!?!” to the point where I annoyed him. Sound out of the phone itself is pretty loud and bass-y as well. It doesn’t get as loud as Beats audio on the HTC M8, but it gets pretty damn close.

The camera is good. I say that as I tilt my head from side to side because the camera shoots some pretty good pictures, but that is one area where the iPhone and Samsung produce slightly better results. And I say slightly, because they have trade-offs as well, like color and white balance, lag between taking shots, etc. It’s all about lighting no matter what phone you use, and unless you’re trying to broadcast live to CNN, or win a Pulitzer for photography, this camera will be fine for you. Its fast, allows rapid fire, shoots slo-mo, ultra 4k HD, and has a flash that triple fires for a more natural lighting. You can edit videos to select certain parts for slo-mo, and take pictures while recording video. If you need to take phenomenal photos, then bring a real fucking camera.

And now..

2. Basic shit:

  • 13mp rear camera that can shoot 4k ULTRA FUCKING HD videos, along with slo-mo in 1080p (Apple and Samsung only 720p in slo-mo) 2mp front facing camera
  • Water resistant –This lady practically fucking BATHED hers (http://youtu.be/6lyOIMH9LEY?t=9m14s)
  • Metal chasis with plastic, wood, or leather back, along with customizable grill colors
  • 2” AMOLED Gorilla Glass screen. (That shit is invincible. I accidentally dropped my keys on it without even the tiniest scratch.)
  • Light and thin
  • About 14 hours of battery life with HARD use. (more on that later)
  • NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, Tap-to-pay, and all that other wireless connectivity shit every other phone has.

It’s not ALL glitter and unicorns though. Aside from not-so-brag-worthy battery life, my only other quip with this phone is its lack of an expansion slot for a micro SD card. Especially more painful when I found out that Motorola rolled out a 64gb version of my phone 3 weeks after I bought mine. The only redeeming factor is that all of my music and files/photos are stored in the cloud via Google and Microsoft.

Also of note, that is either love or hate, is the fact that this phone does not have a notification light, like the little red/blue/green flashing thing that other phones have as an extra notification. The screen itself will fade in and out every 3 seconds with any new notification, in a very low power, limited pixel state that won’t drain battery. It will only do this if it is out of your pocket, thus sensing when you may ACTUALLY see that its trying to tell you something. Also, Motorola’s customer service is TOP NOTCH, right up there with Google (and they have the BEST customer service of any company I’ve EVER dealt with, so that’s saying something). They actually get shit done and keep in contact with you every step of the way. Motorola has clearly made a fan of me.

I hope this review was helpful, and as always, if you have any questions, just put them in the comment section and I will answer them within a couple of days or so!

How To: Tell If Someone Is Attracted To You


Anyone over the age of 6 has experienced it: Laying eyes on someone that JUST HAS TO BE their soul-mate. You look at them and feel that immediate pang of attraction. Your heart skips a beat, your feet feel lighter, you quickly glance away so no-one sees you staring at them. Then your glance darts right back to them.

You decide to grow a backbone and walk over and maybe start a conversation. They look at you.. You play it coy and smile.. Surely, you two are meant to be, and he/she has a facebook that you can immediately begin to stalk, right?!?!? RIGHT?!?! Well here’s how to tell if that 30 second encounter has legitimacy to it..

  1. Pay close attention to their eyes: I have years of experience and training in reading body language and “Micro Expressions”, and I can say from experience that the eyes and the area around the eyes truly are the windows to the soul. Pay close attention to what they look at when you two make contact, and to how long they look at it. Do their eyes move all over your face, from feature to feature? Do they look at your lips? Does it seem as if their eyes opened up a little wider when they first looked at you? These are all signs of potential romantic interest. I say potential because every little clue must be taken in context of the situation/circumstances. What does that mean? If this person in question is a waiter, then giving you direct eye contact or gazing into your eyes may just be them being a good and receptive waiter. When reading body language you can’t go off of one piece of information to make any conclusion. That’s a surefire way to get it wrong. People look at things that interest  them or that they desire. We do it by habit. So if the object of your heart doesn’t give you any eye contact in return, or if their eyes are darting around at everything but you, then this is a sign that they don’t feel the sparks. But once again, take it in context. Are they in a hurry? Working? Distressed? Take in the environment you two are in to help you gauge the strength of  your observations.
  2. Look at their body: You may have already given them “elevator eyes” but this time, pay attention to how their body is oriented and to whom or what it is oriented towards. If upon walking towards them or up to them, they immediately face you, showing you their face and body full frontal and not at an angle, then this is a good sign. If they are angled away from you, or they shift to show you their side, then they have interest in something else right now. Even more true if they never turned in your direction at all. Look at their feet as well: what are they pointed towards? Any expert will tell you that our feet naturally and unconsciously forecast our intentions. If they turn to point at you, then this is good. If they turn to point at the door, then that’s where they’re heading. Women have a particularly habitual way of doing this, oftentimes while standing, and using their lead foot. Gay men tend to as well. Also, how open is their body. By this I mean, do they have an open inviting look to their body? Or is it closed off or restricted? We tend to show open body language like tilting the chin and/or face, showing the wrists, and spreading legs and/or arms when we are comfortable with the person we are talking to or interested in. We do the opposite with people we do not like or feel threatened by: our posture becomes rigid, our bodies stiff, we bring limbs closer to our bodies, and and we literally close our bodies.
  3. How close are they to you?: We naturally move closer to people we are attracted to. Some people out of nervous habit may not, but if given the opportunity by your proximity, they will at the very least stick around. They may even follow you, if only for a minute or two. When you walked over to the boy/girl of your dreams, did they move themselves closer to you? Did they rearrange themselves to maybe get a better look? It is also of note that in social settings, people who are shy (instead of moving closer to you) will draw attention to themselves to make you look at them. They may suddenly yell a friend’s name, they may raise their voice if they are in conversation with someone, they may drop something. Once again, take the signs in context of the environment. If you approach them and start conversation, do they move in closer? Very good, if they do. Now here’s a big indicator: are they mimicking you? Yes, literally. Our bodies naturally mimic the person we are speaking to when we are attracted to them, or in the very least comfortable with them. Opposite is true with people we don’t like.
  4. Preening: When we come into contact with someone we find attractive, or someone we want to impress, we do what is known as preening. We fix our hair, brush off our shirt (especially men), fix our clothes, and in general make ourselves look the very best we can. So if you spark a conversation by asking a question first, like “Do you know what the weather is supposed to do today?” pay attention to anything they are doing to make themselves look better.

That’s the basics of it. You’ll find out that the more you consciously pay attention to people’s body language, the more it will become second nature to you. The vast majority of our communication is done non-verbally, aka, body language. Better yet, the more you do it, the more accurate you will get, and the quicker you will be able to read people. Some of the clues I’ve outlined carry more “weight” than others, but they must still be taken in context of the environment. Don’t thin-slice your subject; remember that you’re looking at a big picture, not a small window. A good way of keeping track is to add 10 points to every positive body language read or “tell” that you got and subtract 10 for the opposite. Reach 100, and you’re good to go. With that, here are some tips and tricks.

Tips And Tricks:

  • Want a quick gauge to see if they mimic you? Get in a conversation with them and consciously cross your arms. Or if their arms are already crossed, put your hand on your hip. Cross your legs if seated. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you consciously put your limb in a natural position and keep it there for at least a minute. Did they just do the same thing? Good. Now double check and change it again. What do they do? If they don’t change with you, take half the points away for the 10 you gave for the first time. Do it a 3rd if you have time. It’s fun to watch other people do this as well from a distance!
  • If you are talking to them, move your face just a little closer. Not much, though; think as if you are trying to hear what they are saying. Do they move in as well?(+10) Do they stay put?(+0) Do they move back?(-10) Also do this with your proximity to them: take a step closer, but don’t invade their personal space. Do they step closer? (+10) Stay put? (+0) Or step back? (-10)
  • If someone likes you, and they are confident or not shy, they may touch you. If they do, even something as subtle as a pat on the arm, then they are at least comfortable with you. We don’t touch people we don’t like, period. Want to test the waters? Touch them on the back of the arm, or touch their forearm as if to say “hey”. See how they react. If in the course of your encounter, they touch you back, then add 10 points. If they don’t return it, don’t add any. If they angle their body away from you or put distance between you afterwards, or exhibit any closed body language after the touch, subtract 10.
  • This is one of my personal favorites to look for: Are there any obstacles or objects between you two? Do they move them out of the way? Did they put them there? This can be as small as playing with a salt shaker while on a date, and keeping it in directly in front of them, and between you. Or better, holding something like a notebook in front of their chest in crossed arms. The point is that they are placing a barrier, no matter how small, between you and them. This doesn’t mean disaster, after all, they may be insecure, or have a lot on their mind, but it is definitely something that we all do unconsciously, and is therefore very universal (yet subtle). Do they clear obstacles we you two are communicating? Move things out of the way? Clear a path to you? Good!
  • Finally, here’s a flirty yet shy way to test the waters, which I find particularly fun: Look at them and wait for them to look at you. When they do, immediately look down, wait a second, then look back at them. Are they still looking at you? Good. Now smile and look away again, maybe to the side, and keep your gaze off of them for 3 seconds. Now look back at them. Are they still looking at you? If they aren’t, keep looking at them and see how long it takes for them to look back. Less than 3 seconds? Good. Now smile again, and look away for at least a minute. During this entire exchange, you should be checking them out for signals. check out their body language. Have they moved closer to you, even for something stupid like to fake going to a water fountain? Gooood..

I will add to this article as I think of more, and as always feel free to ask about anything. Happy hunting!