- Brandon Russell , TechnoBuffalo
The Moto X Pure Edition is a terrific phone for the price, but it's by no means the strongest flagship on the market.
- Customizable design through Moto Maker
- Connects to 14 different LTE bands
- Excellent camera quality in outdoors lighting
- Very crisp display
- Some slowdown when navigating homepage and playing 3D games
- Mixed photo quality in low light settings
- Missing vibrancy and deep blacks of AMOLED displays
- Horrible battery life
The Moto X Style, known in the US as the Moto X Pure, is Motorola's third iteration in its Moto X flagship lineup. The original Moto X impressed reviewers with its sleek design and Android experience, but does the Moto X Style live up to its predecessors? For most, the answer is yes. One of the biggest selling points of the Moto X Style is its price and ability to connect to 14 different LTE bands. Rather than purchase from a carrier, you order directly from Motorola's site. From there you can use the Moto Maker to customize the phone as much as you like. While you can customize the basic look of the phone, the actual build is similar to the second-gen Moto X. Motorola has taken a "if it ain't broke don't fix it" stance with the design. For some, the phone was comfortable, but for others they found that despite the ergonomically sloped back it was still a bit awkward and difficult to use one-handed. Still, they admit that the comfort depends on hand size so those with larger hands might find it more comfortable than those with smaller ones.
Adorning the front of the phone is a 5.7-inch quad HD (1,440 x 2,560 pixels) LCD display. With a pixel density of 520 pixels per inch, reviewers had no issues with fuzziness or blurriness of text, icons or images. They were a bit disappointed with the move to LCD, however. Although they admit their complaints are more of nit-pick, they found blacks were not very deep and colors not as vibrant as AMOLED displays. The Verge sums it up by saying, "…it's not eye-popping or class leading by any stretch…it doesn't encourage you to stare at it and appreciate its beauty." On the plus side, experts were able to easily view the screen in sunlight as the maximum brightness level was quite bright. On the opposite end, the minimum brightness was also dim, making it much easier for them to avoid eye strain when using their device in the dark.
The Moto X Style comes equipped with a 1.8GHz hexa-core (6-core) processor and 3GB of RAM. When compared to flagship phones of its competitors, critics did notice the Moto X Style was slightly slower even when swiping through the homepage. The lack of power became more noticeable when they played more graphics heavy tasks like 3D games. Still, they note that while it isn't as fast as the likes of the Note 5 or OnePlus 2, it was fast enough for most consumers for years to come. The battery life was the biggest disappointment in terms of internal hardware. While Motorola boasted the 3,000mAh battery would last a full day, most critics were barely able to eke that out with moderate usage with it lasting a little over 5 hours during battery draining tests. Unfortunately the battery is also non-removable so you cannot simply swap out a freshly charged one. With that said, the X Style does come with quick-charging technology and critics were able to get the battery fully charged in less than an hour.
One of the biggest upgrades Motorola made to the X Style is its camera. Rather than a 13MP main camera, it sports a 21MP camera. It also bumped the lens to an f/2.0 aperture, which basically means it captures more light even in low light situations. When put to the test, reviewers were able to get nicely detailed and accurately colored photos in daylight situations. Droid-life notes, "In outdoor situations, this camera might be the best I have ever used" though they add low-light settings often produced mixed results. Other experts had similar results, but overall had few complaints regarding the quality of photos and ease of use.
Although it might be a bit slower than other flagship phones, reviewers fully stand behind the Moto X Style. Bright Hand states, "We like just about everything about it. It's 'just right,' a basic but exception Android smartphone." CNET adds, "All in all, [it's] a reliable and quality-built device…"
Reviews (8.3/10 Avg. rating)
Gorgeous display, a little luckluster performance
One of the best mid-range devices around
Motorola's handset impresses in the display, performance and software departments
Stronger hardware and a better camera
With Motorola's Moto X Style, the buyer opts for a good smartphone that we can recommend despite minor shortcomings. The device is pleasant to hold despite its size, and can be personalized like no other. The high-resolution screen convinces with its color accuracy, but shows weaknesses in sunlight.
The camera could be somewhat better in view of the price range. It is, however, absolutely sufficient for an occasional snapshot. The battery life still ranges within a good field, but all runtimes lag behind the rivals. The Moto X unfortunately is not enduring.
The unmodif... Full review
Sturdy and well built but performance lacks fluidity
Brilliant display, great audio performance
The Moto X Style does everything what the X Play does as good if not better. The X Style costs Rs. 30,000 for the 16GB version and Rs. 32,000 for the 32GB version. That means it’s another 10k more than the 32GB Moto X Play. What you get is louder and better stereo speakers, front facing LED flash, 4k recording, bigger and higher resolution display and a more powerful processor and more RAM. In the process, what you lose is the great battery life. But apart from that, it is all uphill on the Moto X Style and if you are a power user, I would recommend you to get the Moto X Style and sin... Full review
So near and yet so far
As ever with Motorola’s upper-end smartphones, the Moto X Style gets some things bang on, while missing the target elsewhere. The design is great, for instance, but the phone is heavy and thick. The camera is good, but the lack of optical image stabilisation leads to a lot of spoiled shots in tricky light. It charges quickly, but the battery life is lacklustre.
And while it has plenty of attractive features, including front-facing stereo speakers, microSD storage expansion, pure Android and a lack of app bloat, there are notable gaps in its specifications. Eagle-eyed reader... Full review
Motorola has done it again
Motorola’s best smartphone to date, but just short of perfect
Falling a bit short
The Motorola Moto X Style is far from the home run we were expecting, which is quite disheartening. All the ingredients are present on paper but somehow they just don't come together, and the end result leaves you wanting more. We like that the company has stuck with the philosophy of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' when it comes to the design and has only made things better by adding metal to the construction. The phone also checks all the boxes when you consider expandable storage, 4G LTE, general performance, and a good display.
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