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Motorola Moto X: The Smartest Smart Phone!

Moto X is one of the best Smart Phone currently available in the market. As most of us know Moto X is feature rich and spec-rich. Moto X is the first smart phone to come out as Google -Motorola production, after Google bought Motorola.  Since it’s a Google’s product we can expect the same prominent update to be released even for Moto X alike Nexus models. Apart from this acquisition and other company related stuffs let’s check out how Moto X still managed to stand out of the crowd.

 

The features of Moto X:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; quad-band UMTS/HSPA support
  • 100Mbps LTE with a second dedicated antenna
  • 4.7" 16M-color 720p AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 316ppi pixel density; Gorilla Glass 2
  • Android OS v 4.4.2 Kit Kat without any resource intensive UI
  • Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon Pro chipset with dual-core 1.7GHz Krait CPU; Adreno 320 GPU;
  • 10 MP Autofocus Clear-Pixel camera with LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording
  • 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac; Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • GPS with A-GPS; GLONASS
  • 16 & 32 GB of built-in storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • Micro USB port with USB host
  • Bluetooth v4.0 LE
  • Dual-microphone noise cancellation
  • Touch less Control, Active Notifications
  • Ambient light; accelerometer; proximity sensor
  • Build Quality
  • Moto Maker user customization program
  • 50GB of free Google Drive storage
  • 2,200mAh battery

Based on the above hardware specs, the smartphone fits in mid-range Android offerings but competes with the top contenders.

The Key Features of Moto X:

  • 4.7" 16M-color 720p AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 316ppi pixel density; Gorilla Glass 2
  • 10 MP Autofocus Clear-Pixel camera with LED flash
  • 2 MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording
  • 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  • 2GB RAM
  • Touch less Control
  • Active Notifications
  • Handling and Ergonomics
  • 50GB of free Google Drive storage

Motorola has made a smart move with filling this phone not with hardware specs but with features that give hand in real-time. Most smart phone manufacturers try to load their flagship models with hardware specs and they give impeccable results in lab test runs but ultimately fail in real time scenarios where an end user miss some handy features. Motorola has well analyzed the market with user perspective to build this smart phone Moto X.

Let me show you how Moto X is reach in features:

4.7" 16M-color 720p AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 316ppi pixel density; Gorilla Glass 2
The Moto X is packed with a 720p AMOLED screen. Motorola could have used 1080p as most of the phones come with 1080p units. However, Motorola’s R&D analytics helped here a lot with the battery life, as well as the GPU performance by using 720p.

The screen uses a full RGB matrix, which when looked in Moto X display it definitely doesn't feel any lesser. The difference can be spotted when placed side by side with today's top-end screens but it's not huge by any standard.

10 MP Autofocus Clear-Pixel Camera with LED flash & 2 MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording
The interesting information about Motorola Moto X is its exclusive 10MP Camera, which makes use of "Clear-Pixel" technology. It uses 1.4-micron pixels as found on 8MP cameras, but with the help of RGBC matrix, Moto X can capture 75% more light than the regular 8MP Cameras.

The camera offers HDR, Burst Shot and Panorama modes. Moto X can also shoot full HD videos at 30fps – similar to the high-end smartphones of today. There are also features like face detection and geo-tagging which can be seen on most phones nowadays.

The front Camera of the Moto X is a 2MP camera capable of 1080p video recording and for video chatting purposes.

Highlight: Moto X camera can be turned on with just a two flicks of the wrist, when the phone is locked. This handy feature allows you to snap photos in a flick of a second. No more missing any best moments of your life.

2GB RAM
Yes, the usual Nexus spec. Smart phones are smart and quick when it is new but after regular usage slowly you will start noticing that our phone is getting sluggish. 2 GB RAM is answers this issue to a great extent. Apart from the number of cores the phone has it also matters the RAM numbers.

Android smart phone has a huge variety of apps compared to any other smart phone platforms. In the same way we Android users tend to fill our smart phones with our favorite apps. Whether we use those apps or not but it will be on our phones consuming RAM and Battery. People struggle with low RAM to use apps and stuck with lower mid-range phones. Android is a hefty RAM eater so the apps are.

Touch less Control
Google voice assistant has grown bigger which can send SMS or Email, initiate a voice call, give you directions and take a note or opening a website. But Motorola wants something big and take Google Now to a new level with the Moto X. Touch-less Control, you Moto X will always be listening to you, Google Now can be activated without even touching the smartphone and it’s done by saying "OK Google " as a prefix to your command. Motorola developed a dedicated contextual computing core to make this feature work.

Before that, your Moto X needs you to sync your voice. So that it can understand your voice and accent to perform voice commands. Voice commands can now search web, read out text messages, send replies, open apps, make phone calls and a lot more.

Active Notifications:
Moto X active display shows a “Breathing" notification which fades in and out on a locked screen that shows time and messages. This Active Display will always be on when the phone is not in use, and the screen would only employ the pixels that were needed to display the message. You will get relevant information without draining the battery.

Check the time or notification with pressing a button in Moto X, just take the phone out it shows the time and notifications, the magic is done by the sensors which realize where the phone actually is.
It’s just a basic feature, but makes a lot of difference! Remember “The Smartest Smart Phone”?

Build quality - Handling and Ergonomics
Motorola’s quality is a no doubt and as always Moto X is not an exception but a par more than regular.  The phone consists of a soft material polycarbonate back and the front section is entirely covered with Corning Gorilla Glass.

The Moto X features water-repellent coating on the screen, but don’t treat it like Xperia’s water proof phones. The slight curve at the back feels sturdy while holding and ready for daily use.

50GB of free Google Drive storage
Many of us may feel that the phone has limited storage choices 16 or 32 GB, but to make things better Google offers 50 GB free Google Drive storage. This is more than enough for a phone which costs less than $400 or Rs. 23999.

Few Frequently Asked Questions about Moto X are answered below:

Is Moto X worth for a price of Rs. 23999?
In this budget you might find a lot of mid-range phones in the market, which might have even better hardware spec or if you stretch your budget a little you might even find go for Google Nexus 5.

Why Moto X:

  • Moto X is a pocket sized virtual assistant, which listens to you always.
  • Time keeper, auto reply emails and messages.
  • It understands where you are and how you are moving, puts itself in drive mode and starts reading –out incoming texts and emails, so you concentrate on driving.
  • Moto X senses where it is and turns off the display. The display comes to life when it’s out of your pocket.
  • It only responds to owners command
  • Sturdy build quality ready to face the day out with you, feels more comfortable to hold and can be operated with one hand.

Will I get regular Android updates like the Nexus?
Yes, even when Google ends Motorola partnership it doesn’t end the technology it created when they were partners. Still Google has its share on Moto X.

Is there any service center in India for Motorola?
Yes, Motorola provides endless support and it has wide service center network.

Find it here: https://motorola-mobility-en-in.custhelp.com/ci/fattach/get/840598/1395201801/redirect/1/filename/Updated%20MASC%20list%20-%2017th%20Mar%2014.pdf

Can I purchase Moto X in India?
Yes, you can purchase Moto X through Flipkart the biggest online retailer in India offers 16 GB Moto X at Rs. 23000.

Can I use Moto Maker to customize my Moto X in India?
No currently customization is not available for Moto X in India. Moto X is offered in seven back panel colours. They are: Black, White, Turquoise, Blue, Red and with wood finish (walnut and teak).

At present Flipkart offers Moto X in White and Black colours. The other colour options can be pre-ordered and will be delivered to buyers by second week of April.

Wood finish Walnut or Teak colour attracts a bit more premium at Rs 25,999.

Which is best, Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 or Moto X?
Nexus 4 or 5 and the Moto X has their own advantage and disadvantages. The Nexus models gives you the best specs in their price range along with a pure Android OS experience; the Moto X focuses more on the user experience. Moto X may not be able to compete with the Nexus models on the specs sheet, but remember with that price difference Moto X is a good buy. However, if you wish to have a good specs sheet to be proud of, Nexus is the choice. But if you would like to have a smart phone which is designed with user perspective then the winner is Moto X.


FEATURES

GOOGLE NEXUS 4

GOOGLE NEXUS 5

MOTOROLA MOTO X

DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT

133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm/139 grams

137.9×69.2×8.6mm/130 grams

129.3×65.3×10.4mm/130 grams

DISPLAY

4.7 inches 720p (318ppi)

4.95 inch 1080p (445ppi)

4.7 inch 720p (312ppi)

PROCESSOR

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4

Quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800

Dual-core1.7GHz Snapdragon S4  

Additional PROCESSOR

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Motorola X8 Mobile processor

RAM

2GB

2GB

2GB

STORAGE

8/16GB

16GB/32GB

16GB

CAMERAS (REAR/FRONT)

Primary: 8 MP. Front: 1.3 MP

Primary: 8 MP. Front: 1.3 MP

Primary: 10 MP. Front: 2 MP

BATTERY

2100 mAh

2300 mAh

2220 mAh

ANDROID OS

4.4.2 KitKat

4.4.2 KitKat

4.4.2 KitKat

PRICE

Rs.26290

Rs 28,999

Rs 23,999

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