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I have a confession to make. I have been super “hush hush” the last few weeks waiting for Motorola to make their huge announcement over their new Moto X phone. What all of you don’t know is that I got an exclusive look at the new phone weeks before it was announced! (It’s OK to be a little jealous, I am a little jealous of myself, too.)

I received an email from Guy Kawasaki himself inviting me to the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA for a private event. So private that I had to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Not knowing what this event was about I headed into Google with an open mind, hoping it would be an announcement about a new phone. We were greeted in typical Google fashion— with groovy stair lights that displayed our names as we walked up them.

As we made our way to the presentation I couldn’t help but look around the room full of influencers. From bloggers to professional athletes like Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican. I just knew we were in for a treat.

After the presentation something happened that has never happened before— I wanted to get rid of my iPhone. Out of all the six years I have been with the iPhone no phone has ever made me want to switch. That is, until the Moto X.

Ready to meet the Moto X?

Operate your phone without touching it

Voice Activated: Yes, that’s right. Moto X is ready when you are. It responds to your voice – no touching necessary. By saying the commanding word “OK Google Now…” your phone wakes up from its sleep and with Touchless Control you can check the weather, get directions, or do just about anything without lifting a finger. Moto X doesn’t guess like other phones do. It knows.

Quick Capture: By doing a quick twist gesture with your hand, the camera opens on the phone for all those priceless moments you don’t want to miss. This was a huge selling point for me as I have two small children who move very fast and I tend to miss out on those candid moments due to not being quick enough. You can also touch anywhere on the screen to snap the photo. Its high-quality sensor can capture the darkest scenes or stop motion blur in bright light. You’ll see the difference in every shot.

 

Convenience is key

The fact that Motorola and Google have teamed up makes for more conveniences. There is now an extension in Google Chrome where you can see your text messages and recent calls straight from your computer. You can also respond online. This extension shows you the caller ID so you can answer straight from Google Chrome on your desktop if the phone rings.

Longer Battery Life

Say it ain’t so? As a very active blogger and social media fanatic, my battery on my phone is always on the verge of dying. I’ll be lucky if I can get in 4 hours before I have to charge my phone again. This is especially horrible when I am on a press trip or family vacation where charging my phone isn’t always the easiest. The Moto X phone runs on X8 which is Motorola’s new processing system. By using X8, your phone has longer battery life and is said the phone can last all day on one full charge.

Personalization

Color me fabulous: As someone who gets bored with just black and white phones, this put the icing on cake for me. Through Motorola’s online studio, Moto Maker, you choose the colors, and decide on the details: front, back, accents, memory, wallpapers, you can even add a name or a short message.  There are over 2,000 possible combinations, with more to come. Don’t worry even if you are a fan of just black and white, you can choose an eye-catching woven black or woven white model.

Signature Required: OK, maybe signature isn’t required but you do have the option of adding a signature to the back of your phone. Whether you choose to put your name, nickname or an email address, the choice is yours. I personally love the idea of adding your email for those accidental moments when you leave your phone somewhere, this will allow someone to contact you easily to tell you they found your phone.

To Case or Not to Case? That is the question, is it not? If you are worried about putting a case over your customized colored phone, you need not worry. Motorola has created clear cases so you can still sport your super awesome phone color.

Accessories to Match: Motorola partnered with the most innovative brands in the world including SOL REPUBLIC to create an ecosystem of accessories for your Moto X. They call it M4DE Motorola™. These include headphones, speakers, cases, docks and more.You can even match your headphones to your Moto X. They come in all the same custom colors of the phone, in two different styles. On your ears: SOL Tracks HD headset with a V8 sound engine that has deep base and high quality. In your ears: SOL JAX earbuds with controls for calls and music, plus free ear tips for life.

Made for you

Moto X has a unique curved back, designed to fit your hand comfortably, along with a 4.7-inch screen that makes it easy to operate with only one hand — when you want to use your hands that is.

Assembled in the USA

Now that is something to celebrate! Not only do they assemble your Moto X right here in the USA, but they ship it to you for free in 4 days or less*. Talk about a fast turnaround. Because they will be assembling these phones in the USA, they of course need a facility to do this in. Motorola will be opening up a facility in Fort Worth, Texas and will employ around 2,000 people. Yay for more employment opportunities in the USA!

Where to Get It
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Moto X will be available in the US, Canada and Latin America starting in late August/early September.
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In the US, woven black and woven white models will be available at AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless and at national retailers including Best Buy stores with a suggested retail price of $199 with a new two-year agreement. Additionally, it will be available on all carriers, including T-Mobile, at Motorola.com.
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Visit motorola.com to sign-up for more details about Moto Maker, which will first be available for AT&T users. And, coming soon to Best Buy.
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Disclosure: I participated in a private event where an NDA was signed. A new Moto X phone was provided from my participation but no other form of compensation was provided.