Mo­torola Moto X Style

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As you might ex­pect from a smart­phone called the X Style, Mo­torola has cre­ated a good­look­ing de­vice. There’s a lot more to this phone than good looks alone though, as it also has great specs and an im­pres­sive big screen.

De­sign

The Mo­torola Moto X Style is avail­able in a wide va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent colours and fin­ishes, so you can pick the one that suits you best. Ma­te­ri­als in­clude Saf­fi­ano leather or real wood, and you can pick metal­lic ac­cent colours or en­grave your name thanks to the Moto Maker tool. In to­tal, there are 18 dif­fer­ent in­lays in var­i­ous colours and ma­te­ri­als, and seven dif­fer­ent ac­cent colours to choose from.

Of course, that’s if you use the Moto Maker (tinyurl.com/oozy4dL), which is a big draw of the Moto X Style. The stan­dard mod­els are white or black, with a plas­tic rear cover.

In terms of size, the Moto X Style is 154mm long, 76mm wide and 6.1mm at its thinnest point, 11.06mm at its thick­est. So thanks to tiny bezels around the screen (which we’ll talk more about in a mo­ment), it man­ages to avoid be­ing big and bulky de­spite its large dis­play. It also feels pretty light, at 179g, and is com­fort­able to hold thanks to the curved back.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Moto X Style isn’t wa­ter­proof like the new Moto G. In­stead it’s splash re­sis­tant, so should be ok if a bit of rain or sweat finds its way onto it but you won’t want to drop it into the sink or spill a drink on it.

Dis­play

The Moto X Style has a stun­ning Quad HD (520ppi) 5.7in dis­play with teeny tiny bezels that, as we’ve said, means the over­all size of the de­vice isn’t too huge. Still, the size isn’t go­ing to suit ev­ery­one. We’d have liked it to be closer to the 5in mark like the Moto G, but it’s all down to per­sonal pref­er­ence and clearly Mo­torola thinks big­ger is bet­ter for most peo­ple.

That screen should be durable too, as it’s made with Go­rilla Glass 3. Dur­ing our tests, we found the screen was bright, crisp and colour­ful, and an ab­so­lute joy to look at. It’s per­fect for watch­ing movies and play­ing games, and it def­i­nitely gets close to the amaz­ing qual­ity of the screens on high-end smart­phones in­clud­ing the Sam­sung Gal­axy S6 and the LG G4. The photo above shows it off well.

Fea­tures

In­side the Moto X Style is a hexa-core 1.8GHz Qual­comm Snap­dragon 808 with Adreno 418 graph­ics. That’s paired with 3GB RAM, so you should find this a speedy smart­phone that’s ca­pa­ble of more or less any­thing you throw at it. As you can see, the bench­mark re­sults (shown op­po­site) are good, but more im­por­tantly we found the phone to be lovely and smooth dur­ing ev­ery­day use. This is partly, we feel, down to hav­ing in essence a stock ver­sion of An­droid (more on this later).

Stor­age op­tions are 32- or 64GB, with a mi­croSD card slot that sup­ports up to 128GB, so you won’t be run out of space any time soon. It’s the first time we’ve seen a mi­croSD card slot on a Moto X phone and it’s a wel­come ad­di­tion.

In­side the X Style is a 3000mAh bat­tery, which Mo­torola says will last ‘all day’. In our bench­mark test, how­ever, it lasted just four hours 24 min­utes, which is a fair way be­hind most phones. The Gal­axy S6, for ex­am­ple, which also has a Quad HD screen lasted nearly seven hours. Re­al­is­ti­cally, you’ll be charg­ing ev­ery night even if the phone hasn’t run out of power com­pletely.

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