Last month (Nov. 27), The Verge reported that the stolen phone database used by the Big Four U.S. carriers was complete. The database allows carriers to blacklist stolen phones and prevent their reactivation. The assumption of this blacklist is that it will deter thieves… which it hasn’t.
"(Samsung) has proposed installing a built-in anti-theft measure known as a 'kill switch' that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable, but the nation's biggest carriers have rejected the idea," wrote the Associated Press.
The Moto X introduces some novel features that you cannot find in other smartphones today. Whether or not they are unique enough to actually shift the Android mindshare from Samsung to Motorola is yet to be seen.
The most notable new feature is the always-on and listening microphone, which lets you send commands to your phone without even turning it on. Things like Googling for information, starting a Google Maps navigation or making a phone call can happen without any fumbling around.