Moto X – Quick Impressions

Firstly,  thanks to Clove Technology for sending the Moto X for reviewing.

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It’s quite a good sized phone which feels wonderful in the hand.  It is has always on Google Now voice activation even when the screen is off.

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The basic specifications of the Moto X are –

Processor – Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System which includes a software optimised Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.7GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU, quad-core Adreno 320 GPU), a natural language processor and a contextual computing processor

Memory – 2 GB RAM, 16 GB standard. 2 years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive. Offer must be redeemed within 30 days of activation.

-Bluetooth® technology – 4.0 LE + EDR

-Wi-Fi – 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual band capable), mobile hotspot

-Cellular – 2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE bands 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE -UMTS/HSPA + up to 42 Mbps – 4G LTE
3G UMTS bands 850/900/1800/1900/2100 , 4G LTE bands 800/1800/2600MHz (B20/B3/B7)

-Display – 4.7″ AMOLED (RGB) / HD 720p

– Android™ 4.4, KitKat®

– Size (H x W x D) Width 65.3mm; Height 129.4mm
– Weight – 130G

– Battery – 2200 mAh. Mixed usage up to 24 hours

– Camera -Front Camera 2MP 1080p HD video, Rear Camera 10MP CLEAR PIXEL (RGBC) – Quick Capture – LED flash – 1080p HD video (30 fps) – 4X digital zoom – Slow motion video – Burst mode – Auto HDR – Panorama – Control focus/exposure

So what does all the above specs mean. So far a rather smooth, really easy to hold in one hand phone, that due to the always on voice activation means less actual picking up the phone to carry out actions. Other touches included with the Moto X are Motorola Connect that links the phone to Chrome so that you can see who has texted or called you and reply via the Chrome web browser. Motorola Assist is rather neat and sets actions up when you for example sleeping or driving. So when asleep the phone does not disturb you. On the off chance you had a previous Motorola if offers a wireless migration service of all your data. Similar to the Nokia Lumia Glance screen, the Moto X provides this information too.

But another funky feature is twist and shake from standby to turn the camera on. You feel a little vibration as you do this, and voila the camera is ready to capture that first shot.

So what else? It is a pure Google android experience otherwise, running the latest version of android too. No bloatware, no lag and so far a really super quick experience. And for once a phone that is not oversized and is very comfortable to hold and use.

And the voice activation is excellent. So first up you train the phone to recognise you saying “Ok Google Now” three times. Thereafter, you can control it as you wish, using the normal Google Voice commands. My wife also tried to see if she could trick the system, but clearly as her voice was different it would not respond when she said “Ok Google Now”.

I tried the camera out quickly, but despite its claim of a super 10mp camera it takes as far as I can tell just average shots in low light. Tomorrow if it isn’t raining I will try some more shots to see how the turn out.

Clove Technology currently have the Moto X price at £225.00 plus VAT and for that price it does seem like a good deal.

More updates soon as I get to spend more time with this phone.

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3 thoughts on “Moto X – Quick Impressions

  1. Thank you for your insight of the Moto X Gavin. How does it compare with the Moto G? Which one is better overall for performance, battery life, speed and value?

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