Moto X - Snap Review

Moto X - The newest member of the Motorola family is squarely aimed at delivering more in terms software, camera, and design without compromising on performance.



The Moto X features a body made out of PET composite, a durable plastic; although feels rugged and is surprisingly lightweight. At 130 grams, the Moto X is also lighter than the Moto G (143 grams). The Moto X's front panel is dominated by a 4.7-inch screen. the Moto X is easy to hold and use with a single hand.  Moto X has also used a nano-coating that acts as light water repellent. This does not make the Moto X a waterproof device, but it does protect the smartphone from light splashes of liquids.


Features and software

1.7GHz dual-core CPU is coupled with a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, and what Motorola calls a 'natural language processor' and a 'contextual computing processor'. The purpose of these dedicated application processors is to allow the Moto X to constantly listen for voice commands and manage notifications without wasting power. It comes with 2GB of RAM onboard, and there is 16GB of inbuilt storage, out of which only 11GB is user-accessible. Sadly, like most Google devices, the Moto X does not support expandable storage. The Moto X features a 4.7-inch AMOLED display with resolution of 720x1280 pixels and offers a pixel density of 316ppi. The company has also used Corning Gorilla Glass on the device to give it strength.


The Moto X is a single-SIM phone with 3G but no LTE support. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/b/n/ac, GPS/AGPS, EDGE/GPRS and 3G (HSPA+). The Moto X comes running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean; however the company rolled out an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat in November last year. Much like Google's Nexus devices, the Moto X uses a stock build of the operating system, without any additional UI skinning. 


The Moto X features the revamped Phone app that now automatically prioritises contacts based on how often you talk to them. Motorola preloads two other major apps on the Moto X. Motorola Migrate can help move the contents of an old Android phone to your new Moto X. Motorola Assist allow users to silence the device while sleeping or driving.


The Moto X features Touchless Control. Touchless Control means "Moto X responds to your voice, no touching necessary”. Moto X features Quick Capture, which is a shake gesture that directly launches the phone's camera app. You can just shake the phone twice to turn on the camera to capture something spontaneously.


The Moto X sports a 10-megapixel rear camera which packs 1.34-micron sized pixels, which is considerably large when compared to some 13-megapixel sensors found in similarly priced handsets. The 2-megapixel front-facing camera shouldn't be relied on for anything other than occasional self-portraits.



The Moto X could easily handle games like Temple Run 2 and Subway Surfers which are not that graphically heavy, but things get a bit choppy when playing games like Dead Trigger 2, which has higher graphics and processing requirements.


You can play music loud enough to fill a small room. However, the sound tends to distort at the highest volume level. Call quality on the Moto X was impressive and the device was able to latch on to cellular networks even in weak signal areas which came in handy at times. The Moto X ships with a 2,200mAh non-removable battery that the company claims can deliver up to 24 hours of mixed usage.



The Moto X with its unique software enhancements still comes out looking like a winner. It might not be a game changer with its specifications, as there are now devices which boast octa-core processors and higher resolution screens, but the Moto X is definitely a contender in the mid-range segment.






HTC Desire 816 - Snap Review

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HTC Desire 816 is part of the Taiwanese device maker's mid-range smartphone lineup.


Build & design

HTC Desire 816 essentially follows the same design philosophy as the company's flagship phone, HTC One, complete with front dual stereo speakers. However, unlike the One's all-metal chasis, Desire 816 is made of plastic. Since the phone sports a big, 5.5-inch display, the overall footprint is also larger compared to One. The display is flanked by dual stereo BoomSound speakers on both sides.  right side sports a plastic flap that hides two nano-sim card slots and a microSD card slot. One of the sim card slot supports both CDMA-EVDO and GSM-HSPA sim cards, while the other one supports a GSM-only sim card.


The front of the phone is dominated by a 5.5-inch Super LCD 2 display with a resolution of 720 x 1280pixels. Watching videos and movies is a pleasurable experience thanks to the phone's big screen. Under-sun legibility was good. Unfortunately, Desire 816's display doesn't come with Gorilla Glass protection, so you'll need a scratch guard.



HTC Desire 816 comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the latest version of the OS with Sense 6, the new version of HTC's custom UI, running on top. It sports the on-screen navigation keys which hide while playing games and using apps that make use of Android's new immersive mode. 



 it includes a 13MP BSI sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 28mm lens. Images shot with the phone in optimum light looked great. It is capable of capturing 1080p videos. Desire 816's front-camera has a 5MP sensor with f2.0 wide angle lens for taking selfies.



HTC Desire 816 is powered by a 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and 1.5GB RAM. Even though it is a mid-range device, the 816 never felt underpowered with the hardware being capable of supporting multitasking and gaming without hiccups. We were able to play videos of popular file formats without any issues. The phone also comes with FM Radio.

HTC Desire 816's front stereo speakers offer enhanced sound quality in addition to delivering sound that's much more powerful and clear compared to many phones. Call quality was excellent and the phone works well even in weak signal areas. The phone comes with GPS and A-GPS for navigation and maps, and it was easily able to lock a signal. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec support. This allows the phone to deliver CD-like sound over Bluetooth (usually, the sound quality deteriorates over Bluetooth). But the thing we liked the most about this phone is its battery backup. The phone comes with a 2600mAh battery (non removable) and will last you more than a day with moderate to high usage including about one to two hours of making calls, playing games, clicking some pictures, listening to music and browsing the web; and about one-and-a-half day if you don't play games or watch multimedia content.



We were able to play games like Subway Surfers, Riptide GP2 and Asphalt 8(with Visual Quality set to High and Engine at 100%) without encountering any frame drops or freezes. 



Desire 816 is a capable mid-range phone that offers almost all features you'll care about. If you can't afford One (M8) but want a similar experience, this is the closest you'll get by shelling out less than Rs 24,000. All the more better if you're a fan of big displays.

The phone is well-built, sports a decent display, offers good performance, great battery life and comes with the tag of a premium brand. The enhanced audio quality and multimedia experience is the cherry on the cake.







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