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Interface and Functionality:

After perusing around the software, it’s clearly evident that it shares many of the software enhancements that we already saw with the new line of DROIDs – we’ll expand upon them momentarily. However, it’s running a stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience, so if you’ve played with Nexus or Google Play Edition devices recently, this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. You won’t find those interactive clock widgets that the new DROIDs boast. As for the rest, everything from its presentation to its base functionality, is pretty much expected. Now onward to some if its notable features.

Touchless Control: In order to interact with the Moto X, Touchless Control allows nothing more than the sound of our voice saying “Okay Google Now” to execute some basic functions. Even when the handset is in sleep mode, it’s actively listening for that key phrase. Once it’s spoken, we can do a variety of functions – like placing phone calls, receive directions to a destination, and much more. Yeah, it’s wonderful when it comes to giving us that hands-free experience, but there are still some things that require us to physically interact with the device.

Quick Capture Camera: Sometimes timing makes all the difference when it comes to snapping photos, since you don’t want to miss a beat. Well, with the Moto X, we can get instant access to the camera app by simply holding the handset and give our wrist a twisting motion twice. From there, the camera UI will automatically start up in its own, even when it’s locked or asleep.

Needless to say, those aren’t entirely new features, seeing that Verizon’s new Motorola DROID line with boast them as well. In addition, the hardware underneath the Moto X is also familiar. Specifically, it’s packing along Motorola’s own home brewed X8 Mobile Computing System, which is essentially a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, with natural language and contextual computing processors in tow. Again, we’re happy to see that things are running very snappy with even complex functions.

On-screen Keyboard:

Taking into consideration its spacious screen size and responsiveness, it doesn’t shock us that the Moto X is great for typing up messages. Actually, we typed out a few messages with few mistakes along the way in our short time with it.

Internet and Connectivity:

Donning 4G LTE connectivity, it’s able to speedily load even the most complex of pages with snappiness. Throw in the fact that its performance is also top notch, which produces instant page rendering and buttery smooth navigational controls, we really can complain about the awesome experience.

From what we’re told, the Moto X is going to be available in both GSM and CDMA flavors in the US. With the GSM model, it’ll sport HSPA+ 42 Mbps and 4G LTE connectivity – whereas the CDMA models will naturally feature EVDO Rev A connection on top of LTE. As for the rest of its goodies, it’s nothing out of the ordinary – such as aGPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Miracast Wireless Display. With the latter, your television set will need to be Miracast-enabled, obviously, to get streaming functionality from the Moto X.


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