After launching in August last year, the Motorola Moto X is finally ready to come to our shores. Earlier today Flipkart teased the imminent launch of the flagship device and reports claim that it could arrive as early as next week. Our site www.TechProceed.com put the device through its paces in its extensive review after the launch in US. Let’s see just how good the phone is and if it can replicate the immense success of the Moto G in India.
First let’s take a look at the specifications — the Moto X features a 4.7-inch 720p display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 10-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 16GB of internal storage, 2,220mAh battery and on the software front, it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.It also has what the company calls the Motorola X8 Mobile processor, which is essentially 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.
From what we have seen so far, the Moto X looks like a really well-built device with premium-ness oozing out of it. The front is dominated by the display with little space wasted by bezels and the textured pattern at the back gives it a nice look.
TechProceed echoes our feelings, “The Moto X is made out of a combination of glossy plastic and soft touch plastic, letting the phone feel premium and look great without sacrificing weight or comfort.”
“The display is bonded to the plastic front frame using a new manufacturing process that practically eliminates the border around the screen. It makes you feel as if you’re just holding the display in your hand when you use it, and everything else just melts away,” it adds.
A 4.7-inch display with a pixel resolution of 1280×720 pixels and a density of 312ppi will not set the comparison tables on fire. But with “user experience over specification race” the motto, Motorola has instead gone for a display size that is comfortable to hold in one’s hands and a resolution which does all it is expected to without any fuss.
TechProceed noted, “While it looks overly saturated and bright because it’s an AMOLED screen, the screen does look sharp and clear, with a 312ppi that makes text look beautiful.”
Again in this department, Motorola gone for cameras that are good enough to click decent pictures easily rather than overwhelm a regular user with a barrage of options. The company claims that almost everyone clicks a picture without delving into the settings and hence a lot of features are automated.
Talking about the 10-megapixel camera at the back, TechProceed says, “The camera isn’t quite as amazing as Motorola made it out to be, and overall not as good as say the iPhone 5. It’s not a bad camera by any means and it’s nice to see companies like Motorola pushing camera technology forward on Android smartphones.”
As mentioned above, the Moto X is powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 processor paired with 2GB of RAM. In addition to that the Moto X also has something called the Motorola X8 Mobile processor, which essentially powers the device’s Touchless Control, Active Display and other always-listening gestures. It may not be top of the line specs, but it never feels under powered either.
Since one of the most important aspects of a nice user experience is not having to charge your phone twice a day, the battery had to be powerful enough to survive all the tasks. Luckily it is and TechProceed notes, “Moving on to the battery, this is easily the best performing Android device in this regard, and lasts for days on standby, even with Active Display running. It also easily powers through one whole day of non-stop usage. It’s downright impressive.”
Though it originally shipped with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, it has since been upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat and in fact will launch in India with the latest version of Android running out of the box. The OS on the Moto X is a near stock Android and hence there is hardly any bloatware. This is always a positive and the device doesn’t disappoint.
With user experience the top priority, there are a lot of value additions on this device. The ability to wake up the phone by saying “OK Google Now”, the active display that shows the time and important notifications without having to wake up the device and other options like Motorola Assist and Motorola Connect really change the way we use a smartphone. Like the Moto G, the flagship device too has a nano coating which makes it water repellent to a certain degree.
The Motorola Moto X then may not win the smartphone race as far as specifications are concerned. But what it ensures is that you cruise to the finish line and enjoy every moment of the journey.
TechProceed concludes, “The Moto X is not the fastest phone in the world. It’s also not the most cutting-edge, it doesn’t feature the biggest display, and it isn’t the thinnest Android phone. However, there is absolutely no doubt that the Moto X is the most amazing Android phone I have ever used, and I think most people will agree.”
“Motorola’s new hero phone offers up the most seamless and integrated Android experience on the market, and it does this without changing the core Android experience practically at all. There are truly great, well thought out features, that together make this phone a bonafide smash, and it really is Android’s iPhone,” it adds.