Motorola specializes in making great phones at comparatively lesser price. The Moto G is already a big hit and can be termed as the budget smartphone of the year 2013. On the other hand, the maker offers the Moto X which is actually the costlier version of the Moto G. The Moto X is very different from its sibling G when price is concerned, but has good specs and build. However, it is relatively smaller and less impressive than the other expensive smartphones from the mobile giants.
Motorola Moto X Android Smartphone Full Review :
Design & Built :
The Motorola Moto X has a similar styling of the Moto G. It is a neatly built curvy smartphone that features a plastic body with the battery plate at the back connected with its main frame. The Moto X has a rather small body, but it is successful in accommodating a much larger screen onto its comparatively smaller body, as a result there is almost no screen bezel, especially towards the phone’s bottom. The standard 4.7 inches screen size that is found on the HTC One is offered by the Moto X, but it is considerably smaller than that of the HTC One.
The phone’s curvy back design is also similar to the very capable HTC One and offers a smooth and convenient grip. The battery panel is fixed and makes for a sturdy, creak free body. The Moto X is also very sleek and slim and offers a SIM tray that pops-out at its side, and uses the uncommon nano type SIM that is used by the iPhone 5S.
The Moto X is available with 16GB or 32GB of inbuilt storage and it does not offer a memory card slot like the other successful Android smartphones. Thus, there is no way that you can upgrade its storage. Moto X offers a USB port which is MHL compatible, and it allows the phone to be directly plugged into a TV, provided it is dome with the correct adapter.
Screen & Display :
The best feature of the Moto X is that it is almost all screen at the front and nothing unnecessarily extra to make the phone look big. With barely visible screen bezel on the edges, the Moto X can impress anyone who is looking for an actually big screen body ratio, which is offered in its best than most of the other smartphones.
It offers a 4.7 inch OLED screen with a resolution of 720p which is much lower than the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One which are almost of the similar pricing given one gets them at best deals. This is one of the first points that indicate that the Moto X is slightly overpriced.
Nevertheless, the screen is sharp and crisp but will not impress one who is used to the 1080p resolution screen.
The Moto X uses an OLED screen giving a miss to the LCD found in the Moto G, because it offers an Active Display feature. The Active Display flashes monochrome alerts on the screen when the phone goes on standby. This feature will eat up on battery life in an LCD screen because of the backlight display, but the OLED uses a small portion of screen with lighted pixels that makes the Active Display work without draining the battery. The Active Display is again one of the best features of the Moto X.
Android 4.4 Kit Kat :
The Moto X is one of the first smartphones that feature the Android 4.4 KitKat. However, it does not offer the same Google Experience interface featured on Nexus 5, which debuted the software. The Moto X offers the Android interface that is provided by older versions of Jelly Bean smartphones.
Motorola Assist :
In order to transfer all the content from your old phone to the Moto X, Motorola Migrate app should be installed in your old phone. The Migrate on the Moto X helps transfer all your old contacts, texts, media, etc to the X.
Social Networking :
The Moto X does not offer any built-in social media means other than the Google Hangouts application. This offers Google Talk chat, and also can be utilized as a full-fledged messenger app. When first run, it asks if one wants to use it only to read messages or use it for online chats as well.
The simple software however ensures that the Moto X offers good performance. Too much complications slows down a capable phone, which not the case with the Moto X. It is very fast and responsive as compared to the Moto G and sometimes even the top-notch Samsung Galaxy S4.
On the downside, the Moto X’s hardware is not impressive. It runs on 1.7GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2GB RAM.
The S4 Pro chipset is now almost outdated, as it has given way to Snapdragon 600 and then to the latest and most popular Snapdragon 800 Android chipset. The almost obsolete Snapdragon S4 Pro in the Moto X thus does not justify its price point. This is yet again another bad point that goes against the Moto X selling point.
The Moto X offers a rather offbeat camera. It offers a 10 megapixel one against the rival models that either offer 8 or 13 megapixels. It also features a 16:9 image sensor where most mobile cameras offer 4:3 sensors aspect. The camera offers crisp images and superb HDR shots. It also offers loads of modes and camera features to choose from. However, low-light shots are of rather poor quality.
Battery Life :
The Moto X packs in a 2200mAh battery that is specially designed to fit properly in the phone curved back design. It is a tad lower than the great rival’s battery pack. The fixed back also means that you cannot carry a spare battery.
The Moto X is an overall good phone with some great efficient features, but is certainly not a better buy than the Moto G. Given its price point, its smaller stature and its outdated processor, the Moto X is rather a tough to sell model when compared with the more popular, big names in the market.
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