Performance Review for the Motorola Moto X

Motorola is back in India and with a bang. The phone company once used to be a leading brand for mobile phones in India but was discontinued. Now, through the eCommerce giant, Flipkart, the American company has made a re-entry in the Indian market and soon after its arrival, has taken the industry by storm. With just 4 handsets available in the market, Motorola has completely nudged over other Smartphone giants of the same budget range.

The handsets sold out as soon as they were announced and Flipkart had to restock on the handsets due to popular demand. Currently, the handset models available in India are the Moto E, Moto G 2nd Generation, Moto X and the upgraded version, Moto X 2nd Generation. The company used a bevy of technological features and attractive pricing options to build up an ardent fan base in India. In fact, over 2.5 million Motorola smartphones have been sold in a single year of introducing the Smartphone series in India.

The major specifications of the Motorola Moto X have been stated below:

Performance

The performance of the phone is excellent. The phone features a full AMOLED display, which gives intense colour clarity and brilliant display options. The battery back-up is really commendable for a Smartphone with a talk time of 10 hours. With the Android Jelly Bean OS upgradable to v4.4.4 KitKat, the phone has amazing performance quality.

Display

The display of the Moto X is really commendable. The display is a full AMOLED capacitive touch screen with over 16 million colours supported. The pixel density is gorgeous with 312 ppi. The phone allows a multi touch option and comes protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which makes the phone extremely resilient to scratches and smudges. The screen is 4.7” and the phone just weighs over 145gms. The shallow curve on the body of the Moto X allows a snug fit in the hand and is splash proof.

Hardware Specifications

The phone runs on an Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS which is upgradable to v4.4.4 KitKat. The QUALCOMM Snapdragon processor allows super smooth navigation between apps with almost no lag between features. The CPU of the phone is a Dual-core 1.7GHz Krait which can be fully appreciated during extreme gaming. The gamers will be sincerely pleased with the performance of the phone which never slows down even while undertaking games that demand extreme performances. The GPU of Adreno 320 runs without a glitch to provide you the best android experience. The 2GB RAM is one feature that greatly enhances the processor speed in the handset.

Memory Specifications

The phone does not have a card slot but the internal memory options of 16-64GB are enough for all your requirements.

Battery Performance

One of the best features of the Motorola Moto X is definitely the trademark long battery life associated with the brand. This feature is just that cherry on the cake for the phone. The Smartphone provides a whopping talk time of up to 13 hours which is really commendable, since most smartphones in the budget offers a mere 8 hours. Heavy users can celebrate since your Moto X provides a stand-by of around 576 hours due to its Li-ion 2200mAH battery.

Camera Features

Though it’s no iPhone camera or even Samsung standard, the Moto X provides a decent camera for all your purposes. The front 2.0MP camera is quite efficient for all those random selfies. However, it is the back camera that shines. With a 10MP resolution, 4320×2432 pixels camera featuring autofocus and LED flash, the camera produces stunning images. Some additional features of the camera include geo tagging, face detection, touch focus and panorama mode. The video options are incredible with 1080p at 30fps and full stereo sound recording and options for full HD videos.

Connectivity Technologies

The phone offers 2G, 3G, 4G network connections with Nano-SIM, WLAN connectivity, Bluetooth and USB connections.

Pricing and Release date

The phone has an MRP of Rs. 23,999 or $849.99 and was launched on 19th March, 2014. An upgraded version of the Moto X, called the Moto x 2nd Generation was launched on the 4th October, 2014.

Other Specifications

The best feature of the Moto X is undoubtedly the always-on sensors of the device which makes Google services available at all moments. The Google Now launcher can be accessed by just swiping right to left. The media services are pretty basic, with Play Store, Movies, Play Music and Books. The Moto Display is also pretty good, displaying monochrome notifications by sensing touch. App bubbles show notification previews on touching leaving most of the screen black which don’t draw any power. The talk feature is pretty useful. Give any command, preceded by the phrase, “OK Google Now” and a virtual voice pops up to allow hands free phone functioning.

Major Competition

The major competition of the Motorola Moto X in the market is the Google Nexus 5, Motorola Moto G, Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S5.

Specifications at a glance

  • Android KitKat OS
  • 4.7” capacitive touch screen with AMOLED display
  • 10MP rear camera and 2MP front camera
  • 2GB RAM, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • 12 hours talk time and 572 hours standby
  • 16 MB internal storage
  • Voice Recognition features

Cons

The phone has a dual core processor while the other phones in the range come with quad core processors. The lack of options for expanding the memory of the phone is another drawback for the phone. The pricing is also relatively higher than the other smartphones of the same budget range.

Verdict

The phone is a good option for the budget. The features are extremely smooth and the Android experience is amazing on the Motorola Moto X. The best part is the power saving options available in the device which is a boon for the heavy users who use their phones for long. The phone, though slightly overpriced is a good buy due to the abundance of features which makes the phone totally worth the extra bucks.