Motorola has made a comeback in Indian market with Moto G and what a success that was, now Motorola is looking to do the same with Moto X. Following the success of Moto G, Moto X also came to India exclusively through online retailer Flipkart. Moto X may have made a late entry into the Indian market but the phone is best in its class running latest Android KitKat 4.4.2.
Let’s take a look at the specifications of Moto X
The phone features a 4.7-inch 720p display, 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor backed by a 2GB RAM, 10-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 16/32GB of internal storage, 2,220mAh battery. Looking at the software, it runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box. It also has what the company calls the Motorola X8 Mobile processor, which is a low power consuming co-processor that stays awake while the phone is in sleep mode. This not only enables the always-on voice command and active display features but also ensures that the Moto X has a longer battery life as the main processor is not activated unless required for processor intensive tasks.
Design and Build
The Moto X comes packaged in simple box with minimal writing on it. The phone feels a lot smaller thanks to the much narrower bezel around it. At 10.4mm in depth, the phone is not exactly slim, but it feels very reassuring in your hand. The phone is bit on the heavy side, but overall depth and weight makes Moto X less toy-like. Moto X’s body is made of polycarbonate plastic. However, the plastic is of high quality and makes the device feel solid in the hand. The back is non-removable and features a rubberized woven pattern, which provides a better grip on the phone. Overall build of the Moto X is great and feels very sturdy.
Moto X has a 4.7inch screen with resolution of 720×1280 pixels, which means a pixel density of 312 ppi (slightly lower than that of iPhone 5s) making texts, pictures and video appear crisp. Colours are bright and vibrant and the display looks good even under direct sunlight. Overall, we are happy with the display quality.
At the heart of Moto X is a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor backed by a 2GB RAM and Adreno 320 GPU, clocked at 400MHz. Do not consider the phone to be slow, the dual-core processor can handle all everyday tasks and games you throw at it. However compared to today’s quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, this is a little lacking, and definitely puts it in the mid-range, at least on paper.
The Moto X has latest 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box and hopefully, will continue to get timely updates in the future even though Motorola is no longer part of the Google family. Moto X features stock version of Android OS that makes it much faster and smoother than the smartphones in its category.
Motorola has added a cool feature called Active Display, which shows you all the notifications when you are not using the phone. Active Display shows you missed calls, active downloads, unread messages and emails, new social media updates etc in a low-energy mode. This feature comes into action automatically as soon as you take the handset out of your pocket or pick it up if it is face-down. It is a simple and effective way of showing you notifications.
Another big feature is Touchless Controls. If you thought “Ok Google” on the Nexus 5 was cool, this takes touchless controls to another level. You can train the Moto X to recognise your voice so only you can wake it up by saying “Ok Google Now”. This actually works pretty well, provided you speak clearly. This is possible thanks to a natural language processor which is constantly active and listening. It’s a separate chip from the CPU which uses very little power so battery life is not sacrificed. Unlike the Nexus 5, where the voice command only works from the main home screen, this feature on the Moto X works when the screen is off or even if you’re playing a game.
Moto X supports 4G LTE, 3G and quad-band 2G. You also get dual-band Wi-Fi ‘ac’ support, Bluetooth v4.0, USB Host, NFC and GPS. This is a great mix of connectivity options that is hard to find in this price range.
The Moto X features a 2MP camera in the front and a 10MP camera with LED flash at the back of the phone. The camera can take some nice images but it is not as amazing as Motorola promised it to be. The colours in the images are true and balanced but the camera fails to capture lot of details in the image.
Motorola has used ClearPixel filter in the camera sensor, it is supposed to capture more light and result in better low-light photography. This feature failed to impress us as low-light photographs taken from Moto X had lot of noise in the image. The Moto X however gets a new feature which lets you quickly access the camera by flicking your wrist, this feature works perfectly and did not fail even once. The camera app is completely clutter-free and the whole screen is the Capture button. You can click anywhere on the screen and the phone will capture the photo.
The battery on the Moto X is not user replaceable, but the 2200mAh battery holds up very well. We were able to get a full day usage out of the phone with normal use, which is great. There is a power saver mode that activates once the battery hits orange level and cuts off packet data, to make the battery last longer.
Moto X is not the lightest, fastest cutting edge smartphone but at Rs.23,999 it is the best smartphone under Rs.25,000. At this price Moto X offers you the features that are not available even in more expensive Android phones today. With Active display, Touchless controls, latest Android OS, NFC and support for 4G LTE, Moto X is definitely the best Android phone at this price range that you can buy.