Motorola not in Australia, Asia and UK

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Elit3, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. Elit3 macrumors regular

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    Well, 3 days ago the Moto X was released (while I was asleep), excited to hear the news I rushed straight onto the internet to find out that Moto X wasn't coming to my hometown, or to my motherland (Australia), or to UK and Asia for that matter. So this is MOTOROLA's BIG RETURN, and THEIR FLAGSHIP. Nope, just some random piece of crap decision. I mean you can't make a big return like that Google/Moto, THIS IS YOUR FLAGSHIP DEVICE, you release worldwide, you can't make a return, like that. Disappointment. :| Anyone else's thoughts? I am just really confused, this is their flagship phone, and their first Moto/Google flagship, and not only that THEIR RETURN FLAGSHIP, I don't understand how you can not release worldwide?
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Starting to get a pattern with the way Google sees the Internatonal market.

    Its a similar story with many nexus devices.

    Basically it seems were good for selling ads too and were good for being a tax haven, but were not good enough for their hardware products.....

    Hey ho....
     
  3. PerfectDB macrumors regular

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    Can't say I'm disappointed. It's a mid-range phone being sold at Flagship prices.

    Why anyone would go for the X over the Nexus 4 (or waiting for the 5) is beyond me.
     
  4. 3bs macrumors 603

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    What about the rest of Europe? :p I don't get why you only mention the UK.
     
  5. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Many of us can't even order a Nexus 4 ;)
     
  6. PerfectDB macrumors regular

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    And many won't be able to order a Moto X either, or a GPe One or GS4 for that matter. Choice is a wonderful thing isn't it :rolleyes:

    Thank god for ROMs though.
     
  7. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Well, for any number of reasons.

    - In the US, much of the benefits of an unlocked phone are lost on us because of the significantly different tech/frequency bands used by the 4 major carriers. Many phones can be used interchangeably on T-Mobile/AT&T but that's about it. Consequently, most consumers here are upgrading they're phone at discounted prices and extending their contract. If you have no intention of changing carriers for 2 years, why pay $350 for an unlocked Nexus (with inferior tech to the Moto X) when you can pay $199.

    - The biggest advantage offered by the Nexus is stock Android and timely updates. While you will likely have to wait a bit for updates, the Moto X is using what is essentially stock Android with minor tweaks--tweaks that IMO, improve the functionality of the phone.

    - Yes, when compared to other recent flagship devices, on paper the Moto X comes up a bit short. Make that same comparison to the Nexus 4 though and it's the Nexus that's deficient. The Moto X is smaller/lighter yet has same size display with faster/better optimized CPU, better camera, slightly larger battery, greater storage option, has LTE, and offers more functionality. If I was limited to either the X or the Nexus 4, I would choose the X in a heartbeat.

    I'll agree regarding waiting for the Nexus 5 but again, a consumer in the US will face the same price issue they currently have with the Nexus 4.

    I've been quite critical about the Moto X and its launch/pricing. That being said, I have to say I'm somewhat warming to the device and will wait until we see reviews from real hands-on usage and get my hands on it as well before passing judgement. Us geeks have a hard time accepting a lesser spec'd device but most consumers aren't as critical as we are. They have no clue about CPU benchmarks, likely are oblivious to display resolution, don't care as much about removable batteries or expandable storage. If the X offers smooth performance in a pretty package that they can customize, people may flock to it--only time will tell.
     
  8. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    Why do people want a Moto X anyway?

    Serious question.
     
  9. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    According to Google and many American companies, the USA IS the World. I still can't buy a GE S4 or HTC One, I still can't buy a new Nexus 7 from the Play Store. I still can't buy a subscription to Google Play Music.

    Microsoft didn't release the Zune elsewhere until right at the end of it's life. Everytime this happens I hope that it flops miserably like the Zune did, so that companies maybe take a step back and wonder "Is it because we ONLY released in the US?"
     
  10. adder7712 macrumors 68000

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    Motorola is literally non-existent here. Sure, Motorola advertises their products in stores but I'm yet to see a Razr HD in the wild. Although one of my friends uses the first Droid Razr.
     
  11. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    Depends on pricing but there seems to be a lot to like. Some extra OS features that look nice, attractive design, a physical size smaller than the S4 and HTC One and overall decent specs.

    However, both Google and Motorola are pretty nonexistant in some European countries. Here in Finland you can get Nexus devices but at vastly inflated prices compared to Google's store (which isn't even available here). Some people have successfully used German proxies to order phones from the German Google Play store or other vendors for more reasonable prices. Motorola's smartphones haven't been sold here ever I think.
     
  12. Nermal Moderator

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    Motorola pulled out of NZ a few months ago and www.motorola.co.nz just goes to a support area now. I'm not expecting to see the X here... although at least we can get the Nexus 4 and music subscription.
     
  13. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    If they are pushing 200 as the contract price, look forward to around 600 off contract.
     

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