Motorola Moto X
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 Its specs are solid, but feel out of date; strange given as they power the latest version of Android.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.