Moto X nightlifeThe Always On team road tests the Moto X smartphone to see if it can keep up with a busy social calendar
So, here's my Moto X and I am taking it out for a night on the town because I want to know if all of that cool Google Now stuff, if its little flip-to-start-the-camera thing, if all of that makes it a good phone for like a social girl on the go. But before I leave the office, I have to get it setup with voice so that I can ask it questions and win bar bets. Now, I have to go to my settings, Touchless Control. Move to a quiet room, like seriously quiet. Hold your phone away from your face and speak normally. Say "Okay, Google Now" when prompted. Okay. Okay, Google Now. Continue. Okay, Google Now. Continue then say it again. Okay, Google Now. Okay, Google Now, help me. Oh, I do have a list of things I can do here. So, I can search, get directions, make phone calls, send SMS to line where I set reminders. Oh, ask questions, schedule meetings-- Oh, wow, I can play music and movies with this? Okay, Google Now, what's a good place to get a drink around here? -Here is drink. -It wants me to go to Boston for that. I think I know a place that's closer than that. -Cheers. -Cheers. It's here, watch, this is my favorite bar trick. -Okay. -It goes like this and then the camera comes on and you're like selfie, like just-- -That is so convenient. -that's it, when [unk]-- -That is awesome. -I know, yeah. -Love it. -So, look out, we'll be taking a picture later. Okay, ready? I love this song. Okay, my fave-- one of my favorite remakes is-- of this song and I can't remember who does it. Okay, Google Now, what song is this? It's listening, all right. -It's Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd. -It's Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd. -Close. -Close. -Okay, Google Now, what are some other versions of Simple Man? Oh, so, it has Lee Dewyze-- no, Shinedown. That's the one. -Very nice. -Shinedown, yeah. -I'm actually curious if it will recognize my voice. -Oh. -Can we try? -Yeah, all right, I'm gonna push it closer. -Okay. Okay, Google Now. It recognized me. -I thought that it loved only me. Thank you. -[unk] all set. -These were all set. -[unk] there for you. -Okay. -Thank you. -Thanks. -I don't know what's going on with me today, but I'm still hungry. -I am too. -Yeah? -I think we should try to see if we can make dinner reservations. -Oh yeah, 'cause Siri can do that. All right. Okay, Google Now, make a dinner reservation at Hog and Rocks. -Okay. -Hog and Rocks in the Mission. All right, well, here's Hog and Rocks, I'll just call them. -We made it. -I know. All right, I'll take a picture for Posterity for my Foursquare. -Great. -Okay. Hog and Rocks. -Selfies, ready? One, two, three. -That is like really cute. -That's actually really good. -I know. -Okay. -All right, let's go in. All right. -All right, Full Bellies. -Yes. -Four Roses Bourbon. Where we should go next? Okay, Google Now, karaoke bars in San Francisco. -There are several listings for karaoke bars near San Francisco. -Let's do The Mint. -Let's do The Mint. -Yeah. -Off we go. -Okay. -There's The Mint. Ready? -Rumour has it (Rumour). Rumour has it (Rumour). Rumor has it. Like when we creep out, she ain't around. Haven't you heard the rumours? -All right, I just have one question. Okay, Google Now-- It's hard to hear me. -Okay. -Nothing more to do-- -[unk] got it. -Okay, Google Now, -[unk] -what is the greatest karaoke song of all time? It gave me the top 500. That's pretty good though, I have to admit. -Understand. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. Never gonna run around and desert you. Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye. Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you. -I don't know when. I'm stuck in Folsom Prison and time keeps draggin' on, but that train keeps a-rollin' on down to San Antone. -[unk] -What you should know. I can't live if living is without you. I can't live, I can't give anymore, oh. -Crazy if you let it. 9 to 5, yeah, they got you where they want you. There's a better life and you think about it. It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it. 9 to 5, yeah, they got you where they want you-- -Okay. Time for final impressions on the Moto X after our night on the town. All in all, I really like the Moto X. I like how customizable it is. I love the Google Now integration. I love the way the voice controls work. What I don't love is the same thing that I have never loved about a Motorola phone, the camera. The night shots are terrible and there's just no way to improve it. I don't care how fun it is to go like this and launch it. So, if you don't care about taking pictures at night, then I guess it's a perfectly good phone and it is. But I think most people wanna use it 24/7, so that makes this a kind of reluctant do not buy.