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Motorola Moto X Review

Motorola Moto X 8.5
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Ah, the camera UI is the reason why the Moto X isn’t entirely running a stock Android experience. Similar to the stock Android camera app, the one here on the Moto X is very clean looking – leaving only two icons in the UI for video recording and switching to the front-facing camera. Swiping over to the right, we’re given this circular dial to access different functions – like HDR mode, panoramic, touch focus, flash settings, slow motion video, geo-tagging, and Quick Capture Camera. With the latter, it relies on a couple of twisting movement with the hand to instantly launch the camera UI at any time. Therefore, even if the phone is locked or in sleeping mode, we simply twist twice with the phone in hand to get access to the camera app.

Camera interface - Motorola Moto X Review
Camera interface - Motorola Moto X Review
Camera interface - Motorola Moto X Review
Camera interface - Motorola Moto X Review

Camera interface


For those wondering, it does feature burst shooting as well, which requires us to press and hold onto the screen for consecutive shooting. Overall, it’s lacking the immense shooting modes and features of its rivals, but Motorola’s thinking is all about simplicity, which is what they no doubt achieve here.

Everyone seems to be relying on their own camera tech, and the Moto X isn’t a stranger to that, since it’s sporting a fancy termed 10-megapixel Clear Pixel camera. For those wondering what the big deal is about this new fancy termed item, it’s a RGBC sensor (“C” is for clear) that is said to be able collect up to 75% more light than your usual RGB Bayer sensor. When combined with its f2.4 aperture lens and 1.4µ pixel size, this “Clear Pixel” camera can lend some help to those situations when capturing fast moving objects.

Needless to say, the best shots are snapped when lighting is aplenty. In fact, they’re more than acceptable for 4” x 6” printouts, as it produces a fair amount of sharp details even when things are moving swiftly, and colors that are vibrant and rich.


Taking it to places with less lighting, we’ll mention that it’s able to brighten up shots, and it handles dynamic range very well, but there are compromises to its quality – such as noise and the lack of fine detail. As usual, the LED flash is potent enough to cast enough lighting to the scenery, but photos tend to have a warmer tone to them. When it comes down to it, the Moto X takes some pleasant images, but don’t expect it to dethrone the shakers in the space.

Moreover, the Moto X’s 1080p video recording quality acts in the same manner, as it handles things better with sufficient lighting as opposed to lower light. Details are pleasant and crisp, but there’s a hint of aritfacting when panning quickly. Audio recording is a bit distorted to tell you the truth, plus, its focus is rather slow. Under low lighting, though, its capture rate jumps down to 24 frames per second, which doesn’t make it particularly pleasing when it’s a bit noisier looking. And finally, there’s slow motion video as well in the mix, for those who really want to highlight specific motion.

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Being almost stock Android, the Gallery app on the Moto X is the same straightforward one we find on pretty much all Android smartphones. Its presentation is your standard fashion, as well as its functionality and features set.

The Gallery app on the Motorola Moto X - Motorola Moto X Review
The Gallery app on the Motorola Moto X - Motorola Moto X Review
The Gallery app on the Motorola Moto X - Motorola Moto X Review

The Gallery app on the Motorola Moto X


With the Google Play Music app, it’s the all-in-one solution we need for listening to some of today’s popular tunes – even more if you happen to be a subscriber to “All Access.” Even with those microdots in its rear, which makes up its speaker grill, the Moto X is capable of pumping out tones that have a commanding presence. Strong no doubt with its output, it also doesn’t strain at the loudest setting.

The Google Play Music app - Motorola Moto X Review
The Google Play Music app - Motorola Moto X Review
The Google Play Music app - Motorola Moto X Review
The Google Play Music app - Motorola Moto X Review

The Google Play Music app


No surprises here when it comes to video playback, since the Moto X’s vivid display combined with its speedy performance enables it to play high definition videos with ease. Better yet, it supports all the popular codecs right out of the box – like DivX, H.264, MPEG-4, and Xvid.

Video playback - Motorola Moto X Review
Video playback - Motorola Moto X Review
Video playback - Motorola Moto X Review

Video playback



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posted on 05 Aug 2013, 06:07 5

1. mottykels (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Oh I expected that rating.Haha

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 06:34 6

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I was expecting something more...both the rating and the phone.
Touchless control and clearpixel camera are sounding like S-features and Ultra-pixel.
I thought it would be different but no, i was wrong...and the price is way off too.
Dare they become the next Apple...sans Google!!

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 06:41 6

11. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


oh shut up. These days Its not the companies that have manage expectations its the users. People demand to much, I want this, I want it to do that. There are no other areas in consumer electronics that moves faster than the smart phone market. I think moto's vision is spot on, this product is the and the introduction.

manage your expectations better and stop reading all the BS that floats around before a product launch.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 08:22 2

27. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


The bullsh¡t that floated before the launch is actually incorporated in the device. It didn't hit the spot it was supposed to...and that's what i putting into words.

Don't tell me you didn't read any article about those things even out of curiosity!

The gestures aside, this phone is a good overall phone...if not for the price, i'd give it a wait to arrive internationally.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 15:25

65. Kal-el (Posts: 93; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


Camera aspect was the only thing i was interested in...for me i think the camera is a little above average but nothing above and beyond. The colour reproduction is really good ...noise level average...low condition (when in focus) is not bad and video quality for both conditions are good the one true good thing is sound in what i can assume is loud music playing that was well handled.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 02:29

127. pocketdrummer (Posts: 31; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Are you kidding me? I don't like the S4, but I have to give it to Samsung, they make a decent camera phone. This thing produces cold colors, and it's the most artifact ridden camera I've seen in a long time. Zoom in on those photos and look at a straight edge. Also, the white balance in videos is all over the place, kind of like HTC phones. Except this one does an ok job with the auto-focus (unlike HTC).

That said, this is an EXTREMELY disappointing turn out for the overhyped RGBC sensor. The photo samples of the LG G2 look far better (and oddly with substantially less noise than any other phone) and they didn't mention any ground-breaking technology in the camera. Hell I don't even remember them mentioning the camera itself, just the software.

Also, the frame rate in video is choppy like many other phones. I don't know why any would want 1080p at 30fps over 720p at 60fps, but that's what these companies continue to do.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 13:53 1

85. Jillxz (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


Bcoming the next Apple is Google's intentions. After all , it made a phone with mediocre specs that runs as smooth as butter. Got that "User experience." Sounds like iPhone to me. And it is too compact a phone. It's terrible.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 19:05 2

102. JohnnyZ (Posts: 34; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


They aren't officially Apple until they charge $100 to go from 16GB to 32GB

posted on 12 May 2014, 15:15

139. asun2 (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Mar 2014)


It's got a 4.7 inch screen that you can touch all 4 corners with. What else do you want? If a better camera, I'd understand, but what else?

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 01:01

104. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


you are a loser. keep sleeping from that side and expect top of the lines specs at 40 dollars off contract cheap ass fool.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 09:40 6

40. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I don't think it lived up to expectations.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 09:48 6

41. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It doesn't. There are plenty of other phones in the price range that offer more to the users.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 10:43 2

51. lola99 (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Aug 2013)


in a big phone with no smart features like not having to wake your phone 50 times a day, and not being able to ask it about the weather, unless you wake it, punch in your code and bring up your widget. All the others are are latest specs cramed into ginormous phones that are made to win a spec war.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 11:45

56. techguyone (Posts: 201; Member since: 18 May 2013)


I think it's fine o moto hater trollboy, I DO think however that the price structure is way wrong, the bid to end the chasing numbers thing though, I hope that works out. Personally I'd be happy for 720p over 1020 for the better battery life. We'll have to see if other makers follow suit or if we'll end up with iCore 7 type processors...

I'm a believer in 'work smarter not harder'

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 15:15 4

63. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the only thing that turned out to be not so ideal for consumers is that Motorola didn't go with Google's Zero Hardware Profit Margin philosophy which is unfortunate but is what should be expected from a hardware OEM. the phone itself though is great. i'll be getting one myself.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 12:26 2

83. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It could have been great but I don't think the end result can be called great. Like I said before at best it's nothing more than a midrange device.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 14:49 3

92. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you talk as if your opinion on Motorola devices should mean something.

you're played out Mxy.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 17:51 4

94. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I didn't ask you if it did. I don't need your permission to give my opinion.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 19:10 3

95. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


just saying, it's not worth much...

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:08

101. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Since when did I care what you say?

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 00:32 3

103. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


since when did i care about what you care to hear from me?

your turn.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 08:40 1

110. JohnnyZ (Posts: 34; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


Hey kurojii, maybe you should take a break from the message board, go outside for a little while, relearn how to socialize with people again. Then come back and try to communicate with people again respectfully. All he's saying is that the geeks were awaiting something better /spec wise/ than what Motorola produced. Which is true. But that's not to say this won't be a great phone for the average consumer, which is what this phone was actually intended for. Great battery life and great /features/.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 12:09 3

113. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


*Kurogi...he came right out and said it was nothing more than a mid range device.

you're clearly new around here so i'll just give you some time to really notice what Mxy's role in Motorola articles always is around here.

i'll even give you a hint.

it rhymes with hole...

speaking of learning how to speak to people respectfully you should make sure your own front porch is swept off before you go telling people to sweep theirs off. you butted in and went right after me without even really analyzing the conversation. go take a page from your own book m8.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 17:28 3

117. JohnnyZ (Posts: 34; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


Yeah, you're right Kurogiii, I was just getting bugged that everytime I read an article there's someone attacking someone about their opinions. I only saw your post and none previous to which. i.e. his posts about unlocking Motorola bootloaders. My bad.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 15:17

119. GeneralTsosChicken (Posts: 22; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


You're Gay For Simply Making A Porch Reference.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 15:53 2

120. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


noted.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 01:03

105. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


its your stupid opinion between millions of followers tool.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 16:32 2

68. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


If Motorola released a phone that made the gods themselves weep with joy and all women across the world orgasm simultaneously every time it was used it still wouldn't live up to your expectations.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 12:24 1

82. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


A phone that people, including yourself, hyped as the next big thing and it turned out to be nothing more than a midrange phone with a customizable back cover.

I feel an 8 is far too generous here.

posted on 06 Aug 2013, 13:14 3

84. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Actually, many reviews agree that the phone has great ideas that will appeal to the average consumer in ways that quad core processors and 1080p screens don't.

And really, your expectations were that the phone was a total failure to begin with, so if this phone didn't meet your expectations that means it must be awesome.

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Motorola Moto X

Motorola Moto X

OS: Android 5.1 4.4.4 4.4.3 4.4.2 4.4 4.3 4.2.2
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Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (316 ppi) AMOLED
Camera10 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz, Krait processor
2 GB RAM
Size5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches
(129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery2200 mAh, 13 hours talk time

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