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Motorola Moto X

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The Motorola Moto X currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 59 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

The Motorola Moto X is the first Google-created phone from Motorola. Unlike many other smartphones of its class, the Moto X offers incredible customization from memory storage to color choice of the phone itself.

The X offers a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of memory and either 16 or 32B of onboard storage. Although these specs aren’t particularly impressive, especially compared to phones like the HTC One and Galaxy S4, TechRadar notes that that phone offers notable features such as “hands-free Google Now voice commands, a clever notification system and camera access with the flick of wrist.” Despite the lower hardware specs, the phone boasts a long battery life and, according to Motorola, can last up to 10 days on standby mode and Engadget notes that the battery life lasted well over 24-hours with numerous apps running.

The 4.7” screen on the Moto X has a 720p resolution, which is lower than the HTC One display and other smartphones in its class. Despite a slightly lower resolution, Engadget notes that the screen “looks great from most any angle...That said, it's not the brightest display...and the glaring light of a bright summer sun does make it difficult to discern onscreen content.” In addition, the smaller screen means a smaller phone. TechRadar says that the size and weight of the phone make it easier to wield than current Android leaders and goes on to say that “it's easy to operate in one hand, due to its moderate size as well as a power button and volume rocker on the right side.”

Most reviewers agree that the Moto X is an excellent phone despite some pitfalls. Engadget states that “it's the smartest smart object I'm currently carrying on my person.” While TechRadar disliked the camera quality and the lack of removable storage they still praise the phone saying, “It is a great phone though, one we'd be happy to champion.”

The Good: Excellent battery life, good viewing angle, customization of actual phone color.

The Bad: Poor quality camera, no removable storage, lower screen resolution when compared to Android phone leaders.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
4.7"
Camera
10+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

Don't think that just because the Moto X 2014 name didn't get much of a change that the phone is just a basic specs bump. The first four days with Motorola's new flagship smartphone proves that the reinvented company is listening to customer feedback with a bigger screen and flashier 13-megapixel re...

- Matt Swider, TechRadar
UltraLinx

Although it has good software in a great size, it has a lot of major shortcomings that cannot be ignored.

- Mahmoud Mfinanga, UltraLinx
UnleashThePhones

The company’s flagship phone which had upper-mid-range specs, very unique features, all at a pretty affordable price.

- Clinton Jeff, UnleashThePhones
NDTV

Moto X is a blast from Motorola's glorious past.

- Ketan Pratap, NDTV
Expert Reviews

With its fantastic screen, amazing battery life and premium build quality, the Moto X sets the benchmark for mid-range phones.

- Katharine Byrne, Expert Reviews


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Motorola released the Moto X on August 23, 2013.


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Motorola backs up the Moto X with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.7"

The Motorola Moto X's screen size is 4.7 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960 Dual core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.4 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
10+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 10+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2200 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 846 minutes, 373 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto X Specs

Overview
Release date August 23, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/850 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.4 KitKat)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960 Dual core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.39 W/kg
Body: 0.5 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 609 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 373 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 300 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 846 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Woven Black, Woven White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.9 x 6.5 x 1.1 cm (5.1 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 130 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 312 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Play, Google Chrome)
Included Software / Apps -
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Free 50GB Google Drive storage for 2 years

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Critic Reviews


TechRadar

Motorola's pure Android smartphone updated with a larger screen

from TechRadar

Don't think that just because the Moto X 2014 name didn't get much of a change that the phone is just a basic specs bump. The first four days with Motorola's new flagship smartphone proves that the reinvented company is listening to customer feedback with a bigger screen and flashier 13-megapixel rear camera, all for a price that's better than its competition...

More

Don't think that just because the Moto X 2014 name didn't get much of a change that the phone is just a basic specs bump. The first four days with Motorola's new flagship smartphone proves that the reinvented company is listening to customer feedback with a bigger screen and flashier 13-megapixel rear camera, all for a price that's better than its competition.

We're finding out that it's not perfect for everyone's needs, though. The 2300mAh battery could be more robust and the soft leather back has proven vulnerable to scrapes even without carrying keys on our pockets. Should have gone with the wood paneling that costs extra. Motorola also teases a Turbo Charger, but doesn't include it. That's extra too.

Still, Motorola is continuing with its Moto Maker policies for customization. That means custom backs including premium wood paneling and trim accents on the front as well as around the camera lens. And yet it doesn't tinker with the pure Android experience set forth by Google. The specs are more robust while the software stays minimal, pretty much the opposite of other phones out there. That's just the way Motorola rolls, and we rather enjoy it. 

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UltraLinx

The right size but not all the right features for me

from UltraLinx

The Moto X is an option for those wondering if there is a feature-rich Android phone with a form-factor similar to the iPhone 5s. The Moto X offers the cleanest, purest version of Android, plus several intuitive enhancements.

Although it has good software in a great size, it has a lot of major shortcomings that cannot be ignored....

More

The Moto X is an option for those wondering if there is a feature-rich Android phone with a form-factor similar to the iPhone 5s. The Moto X offers the cleanest, purest version of Android, plus several intuitive enhancements.

Although it has good software in a great size, it has a lot of major shortcomings that cannot be ignored.

For the price, it is somewhat reasonable, but not enough to prevent me from purchasing a similar Android device: the Nexus 5. The Moto X has the right size but not all the right features for me.

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UnleashThePhones

Unique features make it compelling as a smartphone

from UnleashThePhones

The Moto X has a lot going for it, even now many months since its’ release in the US. It runs an almost stock version of Android, has solid build quality, a decent camera, water-resistant properties, great performance for the pricetag, and has some very cool features that set it apart as a unique offering. And depending on where you are in the world, you can even use Moto Maker to customize your Moto X somewhat, making it even more unique. There are very little compromises made with the Moto X, to be honest....

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The Moto X has a lot going for it, even now many months since its’ release in the US. It runs an almost stock version of Android, has solid build quality, a decent camera, water-resistant properties, great performance for the pricetag, and has some very cool features that set it apart as a unique offering. And depending on where you are in the world, you can even use Moto Maker to customize your Moto X somewhat, making it even more unique. There are very little compromises made with the Moto X, to be honest.

At the end of the day, you’ll just have to decide on whether you think the Moto X’s unique features are worth it.

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NDTV

The new Moto in town redefines mid-range

from NDTV

The Moto X certainly has a premium look, when compared to the Moto G which has a thicker profile.The Moto X features a body made out of PET composite, a durable plastic; although feels rugged and is surprisingly lightweight.

The camera is not very inspiring, and battery performance could have been better. However, the Moto X with its unique software enhancements still comes out looking like a winner....

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The Moto X certainly has a premium look, when compared to the Moto G which has a thicker profile.The Moto X features a body made out of PET composite, a durable plastic; although feels rugged and is surprisingly lightweight.

The camera is not very inspiring, and battery performance could have been better. However, 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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Expert Reviews

Excellent screen and powerful components

from Expert Reviews

With its fantastic screen, amazing battery life and premium build quality, the Moto X sets the benchmark for mid-range phones.

Read full review

With its fantastic screen, amazing battery life and premium build quality, the Moto X sets the benchmark for mid-range phones.

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Good Housekeeping

Great battery life, good camera and graphics performance

from Good Housekeeping

If you’re looking for an all-around great, feature-rich phone, the Moto X is a good choice.

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If you’re looking for an all-around great, feature-rich phone, the Moto X is a good choice.

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Fone Arena

It excels in performance, battery life and unique software features

from Fone Arena

Overall, the Moto X is definitely one of the best smartphones under Rs. 23,999. It excels in performance, battery life and unique software features, but there are some drawbacks like non-removable back cover and just 12GB of usable memory. If you are looking for a smartphone with large 1080p scre...More

Overall, the Moto X is definitely one of the best smartphones under Rs. 23,999. It excels in performance, battery life and unique software features, but there are some drawbacks like non-removable back cover and just 12GB of usable memory. If you are looking for a smartphone with large 1080p screen and quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor , this phone is not for you. But, if you need a compact smartphone running on the latest version of stock Android under Rs. 25,000, this the best out there.

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Coolsmartphone

Glorious AMOLED screen, great size, and feels great in the hand

from Coolsmartphone

The Moto X is a cracking phone, it’s got a great design, some great software and some decent specs. But for me it’s just out of place in the UK market. It’s been dropping in price for the last few weeks and is currently just about cheaper than the LG G2 and Nexus 5, which in my opinion are both better devices for only a little bit more money...

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The Moto X is a cracking phone, it’s got a great design, some great software and some decent specs. But for me it’s just out of place in the UK market. It’s been dropping in price for the last few weeks and is currently just about cheaper than the LG G2 and Nexus 5, which in my opinion are both better devices for only a little bit more money.

As to how I would have improved the Moto X, a Micro SD slot, a half inch more screen, a slightly better camera and of course the whole Moto Maker thing to be available to us UK people. As to whether I prefer this, my Moto G, my Nexus 5 or my LG G2 best I don’t know. I guess I’m on the fence with the LG G2 and the Moto X.

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The Telegraph

A lovely smartphone but doesn't stand out against its competitors

from The Telegraph

The Moto X does feel like a more premium device than the Moto G, primarily because of its slimmer lighter frame and larger display, which leaves almost no bezel around the edge of the screen. Google Now is an excellent addition, and will no doubt become a major selling point as demand grows for voice-operated control...

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The Moto X does feel like a more premium device than the Moto G, primarily because of its slimmer lighter frame and larger display, which leaves almost no bezel around the edge of the screen. Google Now is an excellent addition, and will no doubt become a major selling point as demand grows for voice-operated control.

However, the success of the Moto G hinges on its price-to-specification ratio. For £135, it really stands out from the crowd. The Moto X is a lovely smartphone, but I'm not sure it stands out quite as much against its competitors in this price bracket. 

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Digital Versus

More than Window dressing

from Digital Versus

The Moto X may not boast hardware as impressive as its high-end counterparts, but it's still a choice buy. For one thing, it doesn't really have any major, deal-breaking flaws (that's rare on a mid-range phone); instead it has tons of advantages. Plus, Motorola's added features, like voice and ge...More

The Moto X may not boast hardware as impressive as its high-end counterparts, but it's still a choice buy. For one thing, it doesn't really have any major, deal-breaking flaws (that's rare on a mid-range phone); instead it has tons of advantages. Plus, Motorola's added features, like voice and gesture control, hit their mark and are more than just gimmicky window dressing.

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User Reviews


vibeke

since i have gotten this phone, ive had nothing but problems.

This phone doesn't have a block number feature, the backing pops off too easily and its hard to find a decent case for this phone. Ive had two of these phones, one being a replacement and the battery is expanding and it shuts off saying its dead even though its fully charged.

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