As it launched within the US back in August last year, Motorola’s Moto X might well be considered old news, but it is only just made its way here to good old blighty. Motorola has rather fallen behind the contest lately, however it made a storming comeback with the Moto G, which paired great specs with a rock-bottom price.
The Moto X has an analogous design, a bigger, 4.7-inch display, a 1.7GHz dual core processor, the most recent version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, a ten-megapixel camera and 4G connectivity — something that wasn’t available at the Moto G. You could pick it up SIM free on Amazon now for £315, or at no cost on contracts starting at £19 monthly.
There are a number of things to keep in mind though. The Moto X won praise inside the US as it could be customised with all kinds of colors. That option isn’t available within the UK and the score have been adjusted accordingly.
More importantly, however, is that Motorola has recently been bought by Lenovo. Lenovo has yet to assert what plans it has for Motorola, but there isn’t any be sure that the Motorola name can even exist this time next year. It is also worth considering whether future software updates will arrive for Motorola’s phones. In case you crave the newest Android updates once they’re available, Motorola may not be the greatest company to plump for without delay.
Design and build quality
If you’ve already had a go at the Moto G, the Moto X will seem quite familiar. It has an extremely similar design with the identical curving back panel. The X is slimmer though, making it very comfortable to carry in a single hand, and its 4.7-inch display makes it marginally longer and wider than the G.
Unfortunately the Moto X only is available in black and white within the UK.
One of the right things concerning the Moto X when it first launched was the wide customisation options using the Moto Maker website. You could select a number of alternative colours for the back panel, with different accents for the camera lens, the phone’s edge and buttons. It’s also possible to have it made out of wood. It is a good way of putting a private touch on a phone, but sadly those options aren’t available at the Moto X here in Europe.
Instead, your choice is just between black and white. There is a diamond pattern at the back that keeps it from being too dull, besides , it’s nowhere near as fun as choosing your individual vibrant set of hues. On the launch, Moto suggested that the Moto Maker service can make its solution to Europe sooner or later.
The Moto X is easily prepare, and not using a creaking from the case and no loose, rattling parts. The rubberised back did a respectable job of resisting scratches from my keys too. The back panel isn’t removable so that you can’t swap the battery out and there is no microSD card slot. The telephone comes with 16GB of storage though, that’s a respectable amount greater than the humble 8GB of the Moto G, and also you get an additional 50GB of cloud storage with Google Drive thrown in for 2 years.
The Moto X’s 4.7-inch display packs a 720p resolution, that is the same quantity of pixels you can find at the Moto G. Because the Moto G has a smaller display, it means its pixels are packed in tighter, leading to a marginally higher pixel density. While the display looks perfectly crisp enough for many tasks (and also you probably won’t notice any difference between it and the Moto G), it’s disappointing to not see a push for a better resolution, due to the fact the Moto G is a 3rd of the cost.
It has the identical 720p resolution because the Moto G.
The display at the least makes up for its lower resolution by being very bright and satisfyingly bold. Colours look rich and punchy, making visually stunning Netflix shows like Breaking Bad or Power Rangers look great. It has good viewing angles too, meaning in the event you examine the telephone from the side you’ll still get a great image — handy when you’ve got friends crowding around the screen to observe Vine compilations on YouTube.
Android 4.4.2 software
The phone comes as standard with the most recent version of Google’s mobile operating system referred to as 4.4.2 KitKat. KitKat packs various new features, including full-screen media, a combined Google Hangouts and SMS app and the flexibility to go looking for businesses on your contacts. Visually, the Android interface hasn’t changed from previous versions so in case you are already a ‘droider, you’ll feel right at home.
There are a couple of extra tweaks on board which you will need to hear about. The Moto X boasts what Moto calls Touchless Control. After an initial setup, you’re able to activate the telephone even if it’s in standby by just saying “okay, Google Now”. That you could then ask it to name or text a contact, ask for directions and weather reports and even play a song.
The Moto X comes with the newest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat.
You do for sure need to have your whole contacts saved correctly on the way to contact them — and when you have multiple numbers, you will need to pick out which one to exploit. Playing songs with third party services like Spotify doesn’t work, but despite that, it is usually quite handy. i used to be ready to quickly ask for directions to an event i used to be already late for, with no need to prevent typing an email apologising for being late, so it’s never been easier to be poorly organised.
Another handy little feature is the notifications and clock that pop up at the screen when it’s in standby. Other than having a random notification light which may mean anything, the Moto X makes it easy to peer who’s been attempting to get in contact and whether it’s well worth the effort of picking your phone as much as say “No, i do not like to buy you a dog, Luke.”