The Moto X in a Nutshell
The Moto X was seen as a competitor of the Nexus 6 upon its announcement, and it’s proving to be one of the most worthwhile phones to be released in the market. It comes with a 5.2-inch screen that is bigger than Motorola’s 2013 models which have 4.7-inch screens. It’s bigger… and it’s perfect (and still usable with one hand).
Here are some good points about the Moto X:
- Phone design is good. It has a thin design with a thicker middle and a metal frame. The glass front meets with the metal frame nicely and the back gently tapers down on the edges.
- Back designs come in regular plastic or a bamboo design. Some reports say that the bamboo design is prone to peeling, but so far mine is still intact.
- It’s not susceptible to breaking. Dropping the phone (as I’ve done so many times) is not a problem.
- The Android 4.4 platform came out nicely in the Moto X. The Lollipop would be a good update for the device. But the OTA was released only for Pure Edition and Verizon.
- Android 5.0 is easily recognizable because there aren’t too many UI customizations. Plus it provides a fast user experience that blends well with the custom features of Motorola, (a good example would be Android’s priority mode and Motorola’s Assist).
- Moto Display makes everything easier. Waving at the phone in sleep mode will wake up the display and reveal the notifications.
- Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 aka Turbo Charge is awesome. This makes up 100% for the small 2300mAh battery. The Moto X also has four to five hours of screen time, and the battery does not degrade quickly, which is a common problem with Samsung phones.
The not-so-good points are:
- The huge second-generation dimple ruins the back design. The Nexus 6 did a much better job with this problem.
- Camera still shows little improvement from the 2013 Moto X. Lollipop wasn’t fully utilized to provide a better camera experience. For instance, some apps are not supported in the Moto X, because the drivers in Lollipop are not included by Motorola. The camera has no optical image stabilization and pictures easily become grainy.
- Still no capacity for wireless charging. It’s inconvenient, especially for people who prefer to use wireless.
The Moto X is considerably one of the best phones released in 2014. It has solid features, good design, and high quality characteristics. Motorola doesn’t bother with useless features for the sake of having one. However, a lot of improvement can be done with the camera, which is still unremarkable and below the quality of most smartphones.
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