Moto X Smartphone Review #VZWBuzz

A few years back I made the switch from Android to iPhone, and while it took a bit of adjusting, I’ve been fairly happy with the switch — so much so that I traded in my 4S for a 5S last summer and committed to another 2-year contract. I also have an iPad Mini that I adore and two Apple computers so I’m pretty much an Apple girl.

Then a few months ago my husband came home with a Moto X, and I started having second thoughts about my relationship with Apple. He’s pretty techie and isn’t easily impressed, but pretty soon he was singing his praises of the Moto X, and at his suggestion, I included it in my Father’s Day Gift Guide.

Before long, I was hankering for one of my own.

But I have a year left on my Verizon contract so I put it in the back of my mind and kept plugging along.

Until I was invited to join the #VZWBuzz influencer program and given the opportunity to receive a Moto X to keep and review. WOOT!!! I couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

my new Moto X

I wasn’t sure I’d like switching back to Android, but it’s been a breeze. And I LOVE THIS PHONE.

We all used to make fun of my husband walking around the house, talking to his phone, but now I’m the one going, “Okay, Google Now…” every time I want to google something or find directions to a destination or make a phone call or text.

When I’m driving, and the phone rings, it will talk to me and ask if I want it to answer or not. I don’t even have to pick it up.

If I misplace it, I can say, “Okay, Google Now. Find my phone.” And it will make a sound so I can locate it quickly.

I was worried about losing the photo quality of the iPhone, but I didn’t need to worry. The photos I’ve been taking on the Moto X are spectacular.

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They come in all sorts of fun color combinations, and you can personalize them by having the back engraved. I was bummed that mine came in plain black, but so far that is about my only complaint.

It’s also a great size. It’s not a huge phone, which I didn’t want, but it is slightly larger than my iPhone and the screen is definitely bigger. It’s a nice size to hold, and the images on screen — especially in Instagram — are really nice.

Then there are all the Android features that you appreciate when you are a bit more techie-minded. Simple things like being able to place the cursor in the middle of a word to edit, and being able to customize the settings from within your apps are things I’ve missed about the Android OS.

I also find it much easier to move between social media platforms from Facebook, which I do a lot. Any time I try to make the Android do something my iPhone did and think it doesn’t do it, I always discover a way. It’s not always as intuitive, but it seems to have a lot more capability to customize your user experience.

I’ve always said that Android is the smart one, and iPhone is the pretty one, and I stand by that assessment. Of course, the iPhone 6 is on its way, and it supposedly slightly larger than the current iPhone so I’m intrigued by that as well.

I always enjoy testing new gadgets plus I’m a happy Verizon customer, so I agreed to join the #VZWBuzz network. As member of the #VZWBuzz team of influencers, I received the Moto X for review purposes. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.