Motorola Moto X Pure Edition unboxing

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition unboxing
At long last, we finally got in the Moto X Pure Edition! The wait was long, there’s no denying that, especially when we’re told that they’re experiencing ‘technical difficulties’ with Moto Maker’s ordering and shipping system (and supply issues as well). Regardless, it’s here in the flesh and in our possession.

For this year’s new smartphone, the Moto X Pure, aka the Moto X Style abroad, we’re seeing a significantly larger footprint to its packaging. Right from the get-go, its larger-than-normal box size sticks out to us, seeing that prior phones have been relatively compact with their approach. Well, there’s a good reason for that – and that’s primarily due to the substantial size increase that the phone receives this year.

In looking at the box, there’s an abstract deign towards the upper left corner of the front – while the Motorola logo and Moto X Pure name is plastered on the opposite corner. Flipping it around to the rear, we’re given some information to what’s included in the box. Uncovering it, we’re instantly greeted to the Moto X Pure and the included bumper. Our particular one is a simple, clear bumper that protects the sides of the phon. Underneath all of that, we have the SIM tool removal adapter, usual set of documentation, and Turbocharger wall charger.

Interestingly enough, Motorola decided to make the wall charger as a single component, as opposed to being two pieces that consist of a microUSB cable and separate wall charger. We’re not fans of this particular implementation, mainly because if anything goes bad with it, that means replacing the entire thing, which seems like it’ll be more costly that just buying either the microUSB cable or wall charger separately.

Despite all of that, we’re given a pleasant presentation for a high-end, high spec’d smartphone that’s priced affordably at $400 starting. That cost alone is more than enough to intrigue many folks starving for an Android phone that for the most part, provides a stock Android experience. We’ll be checking out the phone, so we’re eager to see how this year’s model improves over the last one.



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Moto X Style
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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40 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

John, let me gone on and tell you. This phone is a 12/10 on a scale of 0 to 10.... I ordered it a few weeks ago.... Been awesome as hell. My only complaint is that the audio driver is a s**t ton weaker than my old Desire 816...

11. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Root it, get Vipee4Android, forget about it. Rinse and Repeat.

22. tanush

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Does it sound really bad through earphones, will you please rate it on scale of 10?

27. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I'd say a 6 compared to the desire 816. Then again the desire 816 was a beast of a music device.

30. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Funny you say that, because every review I have watched, praise how good the front speakers are.

36. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I think he's talking about listening through headphones.

39. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Yeah speakers are awesome. Headphone driver, kinda meh. Still louder than a lot of phones but its a bit mushy with its midrange quality and I'm used to Bell-like clarity on my old phone. Nothing terrible, just a bit distracting.

2. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Love mine. It's forced me to put down my note 4. But is it me or does the phone tend to heat up from time to time??

3. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

How's the battery life? Some reviewers said it isn't too good. How much SOT do you typically get?

6. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I get about 6 hours. Im on it all day and don't have to charge it until before bed. But trust me the device is worth the 400. I'm also using a 64gb micro sd. So the 16gb isn't an issue for me

7. Zylam

Posts: 1802; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Are you serious? 6 hours? Android authority said they got 3 Hours and Marques said 4. The only thing keeping from this phone is battery life. Could you elaborate a bit more on battery life if that's good with you. Thanks!

13. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Well for starters I don't use Facebook on my phone and gave up on chrome. So running Firefox and a lower brightness has done the battery wonders. Trust me I'm getting way more than 3 hours. Im also in about 6 WhatsApp chats that are going off all day.

8. Zylam

Posts: 1802; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Are you serious? 6 hours? Android authority said they got 3 Hours and Marques said 4. The only thing keeping from this phone is battery life. Could you elaborate a bit more on battery life if that's good with you. Thanks!

14. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

No it isn't just you. When I use and abuse it, this bish gets pretty damn warm.

15. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Yea man I was thrown off my that at first but I love the phone lol

19. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Also, do you have any low light photography tips for this phone? On my 816, I had some cool tricks but on the MXP, its a different ball park lol. Yesterday, I was at a Halloween season thingy and I couldn't get a still shot for anything lol.

23. EC112987

Posts: 1213; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I'm not a big photo taker lol

17. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

It's the damn 808 cpu, bro. My G4 heats up as well and it becomes sluggish. Seems like all the phones this year are overheating, even the new iphone.lol

4. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Given price tag and the package this is a very very solid device. Though a little to big for my taste .

5. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Thank you John, for not pulling a The Verge and calling it a mid ranger.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well it's pretty much a midrange phone.

28. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

How so?

29. Jango

Posts: 371; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

If you compare it with his Sony Z5 premium or Mxy's Note 5 that is. The iPhone 6+S would be in the same mid category too.

33. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Maybe for you but for the rest its a high end flagship phone

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

After going through the review on GSMarena, this might be my next. Been noting down, redmi note 2 and Mi4c but I'm tired of waiting.

10. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

MKBHD reviewed this a few days ago, looking forward to your imput PA

12. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Can anyone please explain to me why is there so much hype for these Motorola phones? I simply can't see anything apealing about any of their phones. Design is bland accross the range with unacceptable thickness (E, G and X series), no standout hardware features (waterproofing, wireless charging, IR control, fingerprint scaner, stylus) aside from stereo speakers on X, no standout software features (mini apps, split screen). Camera quality, audio quality, screen, battery life can all be find, better or equal, in other manufacturers. I'm not hating on Motorola, but just what is it that makes their phones so special?

16. Utopian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Stock android and timely updates.

26. Ikechukwu

Posts: 246; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

I also once said unacceptable thickness but now look at me... The moto x pure is right here pleasuring my hand :)

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

In regards to the authors statement about the Turbo Charger "We’re not fans of this particular implementation, mainly because if anything goes bad with it, that means replacing the entire thing, which seems like it’ll be more costly that just buying either the microUSB cable or wall charger separately." On my Turbo Charger for my Droid Turbo, you can't use just any old microUSB cable and take advantage of rapid charging. If I plug other microUSB cables into my Turbo Charger, it starts charging as any other Charger would. If I plus in the cable that came with my Turbo Charger into it, when I plug it into the phone a message pops up saying "Turbo Charger Detected". So there is something different about the cable that came with first gen Turbo chargers, I ended up marking mine so I wouldnt get them confused. I found about it on a forum where the poster wasn't getting the rapid charging. Turns out he used the charger with another cable, when he used the intended cable, it worked fine. So maybe that's why they decided to make it one piece. Obviously if you want to plug into a computer and charge it that way, you won't get rapid charging anyway, so you can use a standard microUSB cable then. And since it apparently does require a special cable, and I haven't seen any for sale mentioning they're specifically for that application, you'll probably have to buyna new cable and Charger combo anyway.

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