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.



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