MO­TOROLA MOTO X

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The very def­i­ni­tion of an oldie but still a goodie, the Moto X is eas­ily one of the best-crafted phones in our list. The Moto X has a softly curved back that fits com­fort­ably in our hands with gen­tly rounded cor­ners that also make han­dling the phone a great joy. To match the cur­va­ture of the rear, Mo­torola went the ex­tra mile to de­sign a cus­tom shaped bat­tery for the Moto X. Due to its uni­body de­sign, you are un­able to re­move the rear cover or its bat­tery though.

The front of the Moto X is dom­i­nated by a 4.7-inch dis­play and does not sport any phys­i­cal but­tons for a very re­fined look. The use of an AMOLED dis­play en­abled Mo­torola to de­velop a use­ful fea­ture, Ac­tive Dis­play where cer­tain pix­els are lighted up to show no­ti­fi­ca­tions on the lock screen. This not only alerts you to no­ti­fi­ca­tions, it helps save on bat­tery con­sump­tion.

Given that the Moto X was the first phone un­der the part­ner­ship with Google (back then), it ob­vi­ously runs on an al­most stock An­droid in­ter­face save for some Mo­torola apps – Mo­torola Mi­grate and As­sist. Ini­tially pre­loaded with An­droid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the Moto X has since been up­graded to An­droid 4.4.2 KitKat.

Pow­er­ing the Moto X is Mo­torola’s cus­tom CPU ar­chi­tec­ture, X8 Mo­bile Com­put­ing Sys­tem con­sist­ing of a soft­ware op­ti­mized Qual­comm Snap­dragon S4 dual-core 1.7GHz pro­ces­sor, a nat­u­ral lan­guage pro­ces­sor and a con­tex­tual com­put­ing pro­ces­sor. Due to the al­most stock An­droid in­ter­face and su­perb op­ti­miza­tions, the user ex­pe­ri­ence felt very lively with quick launch­ing apps. Hav­ing 2GB RAM also helps en­sure a smooth op­er­a­tion.

Moto X uses an imag­ing tech­nol­ogy for its 10-megapixel rear cam­era called ClearPixel which uses a dif­fer­ent color fil­ter to cap­ture more light. In re­al­ity how­ever, pho­tos seem to ei­ther be out of fo­cus or lack­ing in de­tails.

It is note­wor­thy to men­tion the Moto X is the only phone in this shootout to lack a mem­ory card slot. You’ll have to make do with its 16GB in­ter­nal stor­age. Also, be­cause it’s a rel­a­tively older phone, it doesn’t sup­port LTE Cat 4 speeds, only LTE Cat 3 for up to 100Mbps down­loads.

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