Let me start by saying that I really like my Motorola #MotoX
(2014) quite a bit actually. To me no phone has ever looked better than my origional HTC One M7 but that's just asthetic taste. I really appreciate Motorola's pure (or very close) approach to Android. One of the reasons I went with the MotoX to replace my M7 on Verizon was because it was the closest thing to a Nexus you could get without buying the comically large Nexus6. I made one critical mistake though in buying the phone with only 16GB of storage, it was handicapped from the start, but I needed a phone and I needed it then.
So today Motorola announced the two new MotoXs. The flagship "Style" and the still respectable "Play." The problem really is probably that the phone I want is the Style + Play + Screen Size of the current MotoX. Sadly that phone wasn't announced today. Perhaps sadder still is in a world where (I'm still not sure how or why) bigger became better in terms of phone screen size that phone isn't likely to exist any time soon. I really though we'd see the crazy huge phone sizes be reigned in some but it seems the industry is doubling down.
So where does that leave me? Searching for a new phone still I guess. I'm still not sure I want to break the 5+ barrier but if I were going to I'm not sure I wouldn't want to just go for the Nexus6. Of course then the issue is storage and Google has said NO to MicroSD where the industry seem to be using that as a way to differentiate. So the MotoX Style does have microSD which would solve all my storage problems if I drop a 128GB card in there. The MotoX Play seems nice it is smaller but still bigger than the current MotoX but benchmarks I've seen on its lower end processor haven't wowed and that doesn't seem like a future proofing strategy to go that rout. The current MotoX was supposed to be my hold over phone until whatever was next.
I mean I occasionally still flirt with the idea of an HTC One M9. Sense has toned down some and it still has that one of a kind design. But then of course there's the software hit of going back to Android 5.0 vs. 5.1 because well Verizon so that's a bummer.
Many people say well hey storage I mean can't you just stream everything? Well it seems like the answer to that around where I am is sometimes. Even in a pretty well populated suburb of Boston there are just total dead zones of coverage and you're driving along rocking out one minute and the next you look down 1 bar of 3G and you're buffering. This is why I like to have lots of storage and cache my favorite playlists which tend to be several gig and then if I want to take pictures well you get the idea.
Ultimately I'll probably need to wait until both the Style and Play are out and I can get hands on in a store which on Verizon means probably sometime around December! :D