12-24-2013 09:04 AM
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  1. jaketoggle's Avatar
    Hi,

    So I'm bored with my iPhone 5S but I'll be damned if it doesn't do everything I need it to do and does it very, very well. Notifications and the lock screen are very important to me and I flat out love the way iOS 7 does it. All of my notifications show on the lock screen and I can swipe to get to any of them. Fast, simple, and intuitive. All I have to do is touch either the home button or the lock button to see these. I can even read most of them (Mail, Text, etc.) right from the locks screen without having to unlock the phone at all. This is huge to me. I can access the notification shade from the lock screen too to see any pending notifications from earlier that I no longer see on the lock screen. And with the finger print scanner, I can bypass my work mandated pin in a half second to get right into anything.

    Anyway, I am intrigued by the active notifications on the Moto X but I'm really struggling to see how this is better than the way iOS7 does it. I understand it blinks at me when I'm not touching it, but I still have to touch it to actually read the whole message from then lock screen. And my understanding is, I can only preview the last message anyway. And there's no longer a colored blinking LED (that I used to love with Light Flow, using different colors for different apps - very disappointing they are going away from this - why would they do this?). So it seems like I can do less than what I can do with iOS7. With either phone, I still have to touch the device. Am I wrong here? Am I missing something? Can I access the notification shade from the lock screen on the Moto X if I have a 6 digit pin?

    I love everything I'm reading about the Moto X. But I'm thinking it might not even be worth it if the lock screen notifications don't work as nicely and extensively as they do on iOS7.

    Any thoughts or insights from those coming from iOS or the iPhone 5S would be greatly appreciated.

    Again, the Moto X just feels like the android device to own. I miss android but iOS7 does so many things easily. Can you tell I'm torn?

    Thanks!
    11-30-2013 04:04 PM
  2. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Aaaaaah, you're Android/Moto-curious. Well, the Moto X is a great (re)entry point. Why not audition one for up to 13 days and return it if not duly impressed? I think its worth the $30-$35 audition fee.

    N7
    SalixIncendium likes this.
    11-30-2013 04:18 PM
  3. SactoKingsFan's Avatar
    I think the biggest reason to move to Android is all the customization options (widgets, themes, etc.) and true multitasking.

    As far as notifications go, Android and the Moto X handle them just as well as iOS. Active notifications is a feature designed for quick access to notifications and to save battery life. Only the notification area lights up if you're using an AMOLED screen.

    You can also have several lock screen pages that you view by swiping to the left of the lock screen. Just a different way of viewing notifications/info.

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    11-30-2013 04:33 PM
  4. jaketoggle's Avatar
    I do that often with android devices, just want to get some feedback first before I put $500+ on the credit card to "rent" this phone
    11-30-2013 04:33 PM
  5. jaketoggle's Avatar
    I think the biggest reason to move to Android is all the customization options (widgets, themes, etc.) and true multitasking.

    As far as notifications go, Android and the Moto X handle them just as well as iOS. Active notifications is a feature designed for quick access to notifications and to save battery life. Only the notification area lights up if you're using an AMOLED screen.

    You can also have several lock screen pages that you view by swiping to the left of the lock screen. Just a different way of viewing notifications/info.

    Posted via Android Central App
    Thanks for the feedback. I understand the AMOLED aspect but ultimately I still have to push the screen or a button to really preview what my notifications are. And it looks like I can preview only my last notification. On iOS, I can preview most messages right there from the lock screen. And I can access the notification shade without unlocking and without entering my pin. Can I do either of these things on the Moto X? The unit I played with at the Verizon store wouldn't let me lock the screen to test it out...
    11-30-2013 04:38 PM
  6. SactoKingsFan's Avatar
    Thanks for the feedback. I understand the AMOLED aspect but ultimately I still have to push the screen or a button to really preview what my notifications are. And it looks like I can preview only my last notification. On iOS, I can preview most messages right there from the lock screen. And I can access the notification shade without unlocking and without entering my pin. Can I do either of these things on the Moto X? The unit I played with at the Verizon store wouldn't let me lock the screen to test it out...
    You would have to enter a pin, pattern or use face unlock. The Ok Google Now command also doesn't work when a pin or one of the other lock options are used.

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    11-30-2013 04:53 PM
  7. KWKSLVR's Avatar
    You would have to enter a pin, pattern or use face unlock. The Ok Google Now command also doesn't work when a pin or one of the other lock options are used.

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    Trusted Bluetooth kind of takes care of that.

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    11-30-2013 04:56 PM
  8. jaketoggle's Avatar
    I think the biggest reason to move to Android is all the customization options (widgets, themes, etc.) and true multitasking.

    As far as notifications go, Android and the Moto X handle them just as well as iOS. Active notifications is a feature designed for quick access to notifications and to save battery life. Only the notification area lights up if you're using an AMOLED screen.

    You can also have several lock screen pages that you view by swiping to the left of the lock screen. Just a different way of viewing notifications/info.

    Posted via Android Central App
    You would have to enter a pin, pattern or use face unlock. The Ok Google Now command also doesn't work when a pin or one of the other lock options are used.

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    Thanks for the info. That's disappointing. I was hoping there was still a way to access the notification shade if there is a pin lock. Hmmm..
    11-30-2013 04:58 PM
  9. jaketoggle's Avatar
    I think the biggest reason to move to Android is all the customization options (widgets, themes, etc.) and true multitasking.

    As far as notifications go, Android and the Moto X handle them just as well as iOS. Active notifications is a feature designed for quick access to notifications and to save battery life. Only the notification area lights up if you're using an AMOLED screen.

    You can also have several lock screen pages that you view by swiping to the left of the lock screen. Just a different way of viewing notifications/info.

    Posted via Android Central App
    Trusted Bluetooth kind of takes care of that.

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    Trusted Bluetooth sounds intriguing! My understanding is the phone doesn't need a pin when using a trusted Bluetooth. Does this then allow access to the notification shade from the lock screen?
    11-30-2013 06:55 PM
  10. ericizzy1's Avatar
    i moved from iphone 5 to yhr moto x because on verizon (and sprint) moto x can do voice and 4g data at the same time which the iphone cant. i found the moto x to be better in almost every field, if its sppeed, radio connectivity, larger screen, touchless control, notifications, you name it. you would love it and wont look back. btw, still using an ipad air and loving it
    11-30-2013 07:00 PM
  11. jaketoggle's Avatar
    I think the biggest reason to move to Android is all the customization options (widgets, themes, etc.) and true multitasking.

    As far as notifications go, Android and the Moto X handle them just as well as iOS. Active notifications is a feature designed for quick access to notifications and to save battery life. Only the notification area lights up if you're using an AMOLED screen.

    You can also have several lock screen pages that you view by swiping to the left of the lock screen. Just a different way of viewing notifications/info.

    Posted via Android Central App
    i moved from iphone 5 to yhr moto x because on verizon (and sprint) moto x can do voice and 4g data at the same time which the iphone cant. i found the moto x to be better in almost every field, if its sppeed, radio connectivity, larger screen, touchless control, notifications, you name it. you would love it and wont look back. btw, still using an ipad air and loving it
    Great to hear. I've watched so many reviews and it seems like there's a ton to love. But for me, the lock screen notifications (ability to preview all of them at once and easily slide into the app), access to the notification shade from the lock screen (even with a pin), and fingerprint to unlock might be too awesome to switch. I guess there's only one way to find out I guess I'm hoping to hear from folks that find these things important from the 5S that were able to overcome them or compensate for them with the Moto X.

    Thanks again for everyone's feedback!
    11-30-2013 07:08 PM
  12. Infinity's Avatar
    Ironically the two things that prevent me from considering iOS is lack of widgets and how iOS does notifications. I can't stand that if you miss the initial vibrate / sound on iOS the only way you would know you missed a call or got an email is to wake up the phone and check.

    Regardless, it sounds like you are pleased with how iOS does things and the fingerprint scanner, so I would suggest you stick with what is working for you.
    11-30-2013 07:15 PM
  13. enik's Avatar
    A lot if the reason that the active display is a lot better than the standard led or lock screen notifications is because it actually tells you something without having to turn on your phone. With anything else you need to turn on the screen, which kicks the processor up, and consumes more battery. Its as much of a battery saving feature as it is an excellent way to get notificationd

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    11-30-2013 07:43 PM
  14. jaketoggle's Avatar
    A lot if the reason that the active display is a lot better than the standard led or lock screen notifications is because it actually tells you something without having to turn on your phone. With anything else you need to turn on the screen, which kicks the processor up, and consumes more battery. Its as much of a battery saving feature as it is an excellent way to get notificationd

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    I really like that part of it but ultimately you still have to turn on the screen to see more info about the notification right? So if the phone is on my night stand and I look over, I'm assuming I would be able to see the Gmail app icon pop up. From across the room, I probably wouldn't right? Where I would be able to see a purple pulsing LED for example (thus again, the disappointment of them removing the LED). With iOS, yeah I can't tell either way, so that part sucks. But either way I still have to touch the phone to preview the notification.

    Again, I'm more or less trying to figure how I'm going to adjust without being able to see a preview or all my notifications from the lock screen, maybe having the blinking active display will prove to be better I'll probably buy this thing, but again I sure appreciate the feedback, especially from former iPhone 5S or iOS users.
    11-30-2013 07:59 PM
  15. enik's Avatar
    I really like that part of it but ultimately you still have to turn on the screen to see more info about the notification right? So if the phone is on my night stand and I look over, I'm assuming I would be able to see the Gmail app icon pop up. From across the room, I probably wouldn't right? Where I would be able to see a purple pulsing LED for example (thus again, the disappointment of them removing the LED). With iOS, yeah I can't tell either way, so that part sucks. But either way I still have to touch the phone to preview the notification.

    Again, I'm more or less trying to figure how I'm going to adjust without being able to see a preview or all my notifications from the lock screen, maybe having the blinking active display will prove to be better I'll probably buy this thing, but again I sure appreciate the feedback, especially from former iPhone 5S or iOS users.
    But if you know if its an email, text, or even a weather update you can decide what you want to do with it. That and most people don't necessarily remember what every color led light means, along with the fact that some phones only have tricolored lights not a full spectrum of colors.

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    11-30-2013 08:06 PM
  16. ultravisitor's Avatar
    If you want to view all of your notifications in a way that is similar to iPhone notifications, you can always turn off active notifications and use Dash Clock.
    11-30-2013 08:14 PM
  17. jaketoggle's Avatar
    But if you know if its an email, text, or even a weather update you can decide what you want to do with it. That and most people don't necessarily remember what every color led light means, along with the fact that some phones only have tricolored lights not a full spectrum of colors.

    Sent from my XT1056 using Tapatalk
    Very good point.

    I've always used Nexus or Samsung devices that had multi colored LED's so Light Flow was a huge friend of mine in the past.

    I think at this point I might be more frustrated about not being able to access the notification shade from the lock screen with a pin so any tips on that part would be greatly appreciated.
    11-30-2013 09:06 PM
  18. ShoelerDroid's Avatar
    Trusted Bluetooth sounds intriguing! My understanding is the phone doesn't need a pin when using a trusted Bluetooth. Does this then allow access to the notification shade from the lock screen?
    When a trusted bluetooth device is within range, the power button brings you directly to the homescreen, and the slide of the active notification does too - no lockscreen at all.
    11-30-2013 09:43 PM
  19. jaketoggle's Avatar
    When a trusted bluetooth device is within range, the power button brings you directly to the homescreen, and the slide of the active notification does too - no lockscreen at all.
    Nice! That is extremely useful!
    11-30-2013 10:09 PM
  20. richard_rsp's Avatar
    I will put in my 2 cents. I was on an iPhone 5 (not 5c) and recently switched to At&t, so I thought it would be a good time to try Android again (I have tried several Android devices in past years, but keep coming back to iDevices). This time, I tried and HTC one, which I really liked, but ultimately returned it and swapped it for a MotoX.

    Here is my feel on the MotoX: so far, it's pretty good, but not unbelievable. Android still doesn't make sense at times, but it's just different (why do I have an app for phone and another for voicemail?? Etc...)

    As far as the notifications, i do like them. The screen discretely lights up and "breathes" on and off. It's also nice because you can "peek" at the first few lines of a message without fully opening the phone. More awesomely, the phone auto lights up the time when you remove it from your pocket. A very cool feature for those of us who use the phone as clocks.

    Car mode is pretty cool (it activates automatically while driving), and asks to read your messages. Only negative is that you can't respond via text using your voice, rather it sends a message letting the texter that you are driving.

    I have used the 'Always Listening' a few times; it was nice when I was cooking and had my hands full.

    I don't really use widgets, so that 'benefit' is lost on me... Battery life is ok. Currently I have 29% remaining and I have had 4hrs 55 mins of screen time over 14hrs 19 mins since I took it off the charger.

    Things I don't like: camera sucks at indoor pictures, AMOLED screen isn't as nice as the HTC one (or iPhone), sound quality is fair over headphones.

    Overall, It's okay. I'm not 100% sold, and am contemplating going back to the HTC one (if I can deal with the battery life and not auto car mode). But I may just stick it out. Hope that helps!
    jaketoggle and silverdream like this.
    11-30-2013 11:47 PM
  21. scrounger's Avatar
    Along with trusted bluetooth you can use the Motorola Skip (uses NFC) to bypass the lockscreen. List price is $15 including skip dots and is available in different colors.

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    12-01-2013 03:17 AM
  22. garment69's Avatar
    "I don't really use widgets, so that 'benefit' is lost on me... Battery life is ok. Currently I have 29% remaining and I have had 4hrs 55 mins of screen time over 14hrs 19 mins since I took it off the charger. "

    Amazing to me you only consider that battery life "ok".


    To the OP. Currently using a 5S and my moto x will be here tomorrow. I am in the same boat as you and really like the iOS does lock screen notifications. I'll let you know what I think.
    12-01-2013 07:07 AM
  23. richard_rsp's Avatar
    Amazing to me you only consider that battery life "ok".
    I think I feel that way because it seems to vary greatly. The day before, I only got just over 3hrs onscreen time before needing a charge; yesterday was definitely my best so far. In all honesty, I haven't really "settled in" with my day to day routine, so I will have to give a better update on battery life once the holiday weekend is over. With the iPhone 5, I usually had around 40-50% after a full day of work/casual use - this is my benchmark - with leaving everything (Bluetooth, wifi, gps) on. With the MotoX, I am also leaving everything on (minus NFC), and battery saver is turned on.

    To the OP, sort of on the topic of notifications, I wanted to mention that the MotoX also has the 'quick replies' if unable to take a call, similar to the iPhone. Not sure if this is an Android thing or just part of the MotoX, but they are there. This was of concern to me, and I was happy to see this feature.
    12-01-2013 09:27 AM
  24. thegrants82's Avatar
    "I don't really use widgets, so that 'benefit' is lost on me... Battery life is ok. Currently I have 29% remaining and I have had 4hrs 55 mins of screen time over 14hrs 19 mins since I took it off the charger. "

    Amazing to me you only consider that battery life "ok".


    To the OP. Currently using a 5S and my moto x will be here tomorrow. I am in the same boat as you and really like the iOS does lock screen notifications. I'll let you know what I think.
    As much as I wanted the moto x to be better than my 5s it actually isn't even close. And that includes battery life. Have fun playing with the moto x because it a good glimpse into what Motorola is working on but don't sell the 5s too fast if you really want the latest and greatest android experience then pick up the N5. I switch back and fourth between the 5s and N5. Truly the best of both worlds.
    12-01-2013 12:03 PM
  25. Haalcyon's Avatar
    As much as I wanted the moto x to be better than my 5s it actually isn't even close. And that includes battery life. Have fun playing with the moto x because it a good glimpse into what Motorola is working on but don't sell the 5s too fast if you really want the latest and greatest android experience then pick up the N5. I switch back and fourth between the 5s and N5. Truly the best of both worlds.
    I think it boils down to what you value and enjoy. For some the Moto X is nearly orgasmic. I'm not in that camp but I can appreciate the phone's attributes. However, to me, the Nexus 5 is the more preferable device. ...but certainly not based on its camera. ...and so, I have a G2.
    12-01-2013 12:39 PM
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