Motorola Moto X Review

Motorola Moto X: A Great Alternative to the Big Boys

A phone, particularly a smartphone, cannot be described as merely a piece of hardware. It is much more than that. It is a combination of hardware and software, engineering genius combined with sophistication in software design. Any phone that can manage to make this package wholesome is usually a successful one. Apple’s iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy and Note line, Google’s Nexus line and Nokia’s Lumia line are but a few of the examples. HTC’s One, their flagship line, is also among such phones. Motorola, it seemed, lacked any flagship that it could flaunt. That is until it launched Moto X, a phone that is not only flagship but also a trailblazer in many ways.

Design

Moto X is not only bigger than its predecessor, but is also the stronger of the two as it is made up of amazing aluminum metal frame. The screen is an impressive 5.2 inches, but that doesn’t make the phone look larger as Motorola has put in a lot of effort in making sure that the dimensions of the phone stay slim. The corners of the phone are pretty thin but get widened in the center where you will be able to put headphones. Furthermore, there are slots for nano-SIM card and USB port.

Software

Moto X comes installed with Android OS v4.4.4 aka KitKat and can be upgraded to the latest Lollipop version. The specifically designed Android version for the phone gives it a fresh look. Significant improvements have been made to the interface, including an instant access to apps.

Performance

Moto X tries its best to stay competitive in the market and manages to do a decent job. The performance of the phone is almost at par with its rivals. The phone contains Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 processor along with Adreno 330 GPU, packing enough power under the hood to run resource-heavy apps quite smoothly.

Display

Motorola Moto X supports full HD 1080p display on its 5.2-inch AMOLED screen, providing a pretty sharp picture on a screen that can endure a fall or two. Everything from icons to wallpaper looks stunning on the phone.

Camera

Last year, Motorola included a disappointing 10 mega pixels camera into their phone which obviously did not sit well with the audience as they were expecting something better from the company. This time however, Motorola has included 13 Mega Pixels camera into Moto X and the results of the phone are sharp and impressive. The auto focus works great and provides you with the result that you want on the first try more often than not. The videos can be recorded in 2160p resolution with 30 frames per second, though the absence of 4k support is quite noticeable. Finally, there’s a secondary camera that is of 2 mega pixels and support up to 1080p resolution.

Battery

Moto X contains a 2300mAh battery, which is an improvement from last year’s model, but it doesn’t do too much to cater to the 5.2-inch screen. The battery barely lasts for 24 hours even when you are performing mundane tasks. You can improve the battery timing with different management apps but don’t expect a miracle.

Storage

Moto X is available in three versions based on storage space – 16, 32 and 64GB. You will have to ensure that you stay within the internal size limits because the phone does not feature SD cards. This is a big disappointment and might affect the sales of the Motorola’s latest iteration.

Connectivity

Almost all the connectivity options are present in the phone including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, 3G and 4G, hence tending to all of your connection needs.

Verdict

Moto X is a remarkable phone that contains almost all the features that are needed in the smartphone of current generation. Camera, design and display all work and feel great, but the major letdowns in the phone are its battery and lack of SD card support.