Let me start this review with one simple word – “Evolution“. Google, the search engine giant is known to bring up some of the most transforming ideas into reality. They have a different division looking after these wild projects. Google Glass is an example of such initiative. Truly ahead of our time, the folks at google have yet again achieved this with the Moto X. There is a perfect balance. Not only is the experience advanced; at the same time it feels smooth. With the introduction of touchless controls, Moto X brings tomorrow’s future today. It has also taken mobile customization to a whole new level with the motomaker. Now you can truly personalize your phone from outside in. Working on the concept of no two people are alike and everybody wants choice and motorola has done an amazing job at this.
Connectivity: Bluetooth Technology 4.0 LE + EDR, Wi-Fi: 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual band capable), mobile hotspot
Networks: GSM/GPRS/EDGE – UMTS/HSPA + up to 42 Mbps – CDMA/EVDO – 4G LTE
Display: 4.7″ AMOLED (RGB) / HD 720p
Operating system: Android 4.2.2 (will receive kitkat update*)
Width: 65.3mm; Height: 129.4mm
Curve: 5.7 -10.4mm
Battery type: 2200 mAh. Mixed usage up to 24 hours
Rear-Facing Camera: 10MP CLEAR PIXEL (RGBC) – Quick Capture – LED flash – 1080p HD video (30 fps) – 4X digital zoom – Slow motion video – Burst mode – Auto HDR – Panorama – Tap to focus
Front Facing Camera: 2MP 1080p HD video
Architecture: Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which includes a software optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU, quad-core Adreno 320 GPU), a natural language processor and a contextual computing processor
Memory: 2 GB RAM, 16 GB standard, 32 GB version available online. 2 years 50 GB storage *free on Google Drive.
The device is well solid built. It feels right for its size. The curve does a great job of making the unit handy. Its great to see amazing space utilization. The screen is huge and the display color are gorgeous. The unit is compact and thinner than the Nokia Lumia 1020. The power and volume rocker keys are strategically located on the right side of the device. It’s curved. It’s comfortable. It’s approachable. Yes, the 1.7GHz snapdragon is fast and fluid along with the 2GB RAM which is sufficient. There is support for all major networks and its LTE rocking. The overall outlook might not be on the likes of a metal body premium gold design like the iPhone 5s, it still has a lot of customizable options.
The OS is Android 4.2.2, which is pretty standard and later the device will get an update to the latest KitKat version. A few things worth mentioning are the Touchless control, Motorola Assist, Connect and Migrate. The touchless control works amazingly great. All google play market apps work as one would expect so no surprises there. The phone also has gestures which can be enabled to quickly access different apps; for e.g. you can twist your wrist twice to access the camera app. The standby screen keeps you well informed about the things that you might have missed. Overall a standard android experience with the OS and Apps.
The 10MP camera is a disappointment. Although the camera app has recently been updated which definitely injects some life to the optics but overall the experience with the camera was just ok. The camera app is designed with intuitive UI and is easy to use and has many features like Quick Capture, 1080p HD video (30 fps), 4X digital zoom, Slow motion video, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama and Tap to focus, but I feltthat it could have been much better in terms of final image processing. The daylight capture is great but the device simply is not as good at night. There is room for improvement here.
The battery does justice to the device and on regular use with moderate calls, wi-fi, games and occasional navigation; the battery lasted about a day and a half. This is great as I am used to plugging in my iPhone every night. The 2200 mAh is a winner.
For those of you who want a personalized device which is affordable and has the android kick, this is it. The price is just right, with the features it has to offer, it can compete head to head with the likes of Samsung, HTC and LG. For folks with price no bar I’d say pass. On a scale of 0 to 10 the Moto X scores a 6.8.