Mo­torola Moto X

Australian T3 - - RATED -

This is the first flag­ship An­droid phone re­leased by Moto since Google pur­chased the firm back in 2012. Should we take the fact that the big G’s al­ready sold it to Len­ovo as a bad sign? Per­haps…

Launch­ing first in the US, the X won over re­view­ers, com­pen­sat­ing for midrangey in­nards with the Moto Maker cus­tom ser­vice, which lets you choose from a range of colours and wood-ef­fect fin­ishes. For Aus­tralian cus­tomers the choice is re­duced a tad: black or white?

But with­out the fancy paint job, the Moto X fails to overly im­press. Its specs are solid, but feel out of date; strange given as they power the lat­est ver­sion of An­droid. The 4.7-inch AMOLED screen has a 1280x720 dis­play, fall­ing short of full-HD. The ten-meg Clear Pixel cam­era is no slouch, of­fer­ing 1080p video record­ing and slow-mo cap­ture, but strug­gles in low light. There’s only a du­al­core pro­ces­sor fu­elling things, but the re­duced power means bat­tery life is good. This is fur­ther helped by the Ac­tive Dis­play, which shows no­ti­fi­ca­tions when the phone is locked but only lights the nec­es­sary pix­els to con­serve vi­tal juice.

This is a per­fectly good phone, but with com­pe­ti­tion so tight, at this price good isn’t al­ways good enough.

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