*A Month (and some) with #MotoX
It's been more than a month. And in that month, we've also moved (if we're the lucky ones on Nexus or Moto devices that have already rolled out) from Android 4.4.4 KitKat to Android 5 Lollipop. So there's that.
It's also more than a month having a phone that's fully working, and becoming used to being able to use gesture-typing again and not having to be overly precise to avoid dead lines in the touchscreen matrix.
So where am I?
I'm still thrilled with the phone. I'm not upset that I don't have a huge-ass Nexus 6. This phone is the perfect size for me. I'm not upset that I don't have the giant battery of the Droid Turbo. I don't need a QHD resolution IPS screen, this miserly 1080p AMOLED screen is beautiful enough.
What I do have is the best balance of stock Android and custom manufacturer features ever offered, implemented in a really transparent and integrated way. My Nexus 7 just got Lollipop too, so I've got a good comparison. The Moto features don't feel odd or confusing, and don't stick out. They're just there. I find myself missing things like "actions" (those "wave at the screen and things just happen" features) on the Nexus 7. But they're things that don't make Android markedly different on the Moto X, just incrementally better.
And then there's the Hint.
Remember, please, that I've hated every bluetooth headset I've had before this.
I don't love that "3 hours talk time" translates to "3 hours before needing a recharge" because when it's on it's always connected and listening for voice input. But I do love that I can just pop the pod into the case and have it recharge pretty quickly, without needing AC power or an available USB port.
I don't love that, in just the right sorts of bright light conditions, the hint turns itself off. But I do love that when I put it in my ear it turns itself on automatically thanks to the optical sensor on the inside, and disconnects and turns off again when I take it out.
I don't love that it kind of functions like an ear plug in one ear. But I totally love the form factor. There's nothing hanging off the side of my head.
I'm amazed by the integration, the always-on voice recognition, the voice prompting functions and controls.
So, yeah, Moto X, and Moto Hint, and Android 5 Lollipop. Totally worth it.