Motorola Moto X User Reviews
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A Good Compact Phone, with stock Android, but Pathetic Display and Camera
ithehappy has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I have had this phone for eight to nine months, bought it after a nightmarish software experience with Galaxy S4 I9500. Initially I loved the phone, even with mediocre hardware it was clear than stock Android is so much lightweight and smooth than any skinned Android. Every day tasks were smooth and fluid, the software was stable as hell, very minimal lags for day to day tasks. Call quality was simple excellent. But then I started to get annoyed by its below average and very inconsistent camera performance, especially under daylight. The colours were just way too over-saturated, unreal! Anyway, I knew that the camera would be not good, so that's no biggie. But the biggest disappointment for me was its display. No, it was not the over blown colours of the first gen Samsung AMOLED panel, but it was the quality of the panel itself. I could, even with my naked eyes, clearly spot vertical/horizontal (don't remember!) lines on the display, I thought at first that I was seeing it wrong, some kind of placebo, but no, those lines were very real, I was shocked, stunned, that a phone in 2014 could have that much of a poor display. That thing was the main reason for me to ultimately sell it. It was no way for me an adjustment I could simply make. And finally, there was this yellowish tint on the white back cover too, it just appeared from nowhere, no, my hands are not oily, nor it was dust, but it must had something to do with the back material's connection with the humidity of air, don't...
LennonRoberto has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Got mine on November 2014, a year after its debut. Almost another year is passed and the phone is still nowhere near 'outdated'. Android 5.1.1 officially released by Motorola, that shows respect to the costumer.
Here is my overview:
- Poor camera, as in EVERY Motorola so far;
- Excellent call quality (but could be louder);
- Exceptional speed and responsiveness;
- Excellent experience on gaming;
- Excellent build, size and format;
- Acceptable speakers quality;
- Good (but not exceptional) battery;
- Amazing AMOLED screen with saturated, vibrant colors and the deepest black you can get;
- Active display, wrist twist and voice commands are more useful than it looks. Definitely a nice touch.
I highly recommend it, for any kind of user.
Only annoying issue to me is the storage capacity, once I have the 16gb model (32gb wasn't available I'm my country)
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Stellar device with a few shortcomings.
Scott93274 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Let me get this out of the way at the very start, my review is based off my honest experience with the phone after a year and a half experience, I expect that it will be read by people who want to reference the long term user experience of Motorola devices to determine whether or not to purchase a newer model, and not so much by people who want to buy the 2013 model I've reviewing.
Let me start by saying that this is not a perfect phone, it falls short in some areas like the photo quality of the camera, and some aspects of the phone have begun to become less impressive over time, but this is the very first phone I've ever owned that has convinced me to stay with the brand and buy the updated model. The device is incredibly well balanced from a hardware perspective. It was criticized when it was initially released for having less than impressive specs, but the phone stood its own and performed on par with higher end, more expensive models released by the competition. This is due in part by highly customized chip-set and a near stock Android experience.
The customized software developed by Motorola is what really made the Moto X stand out and made it a more attractive alternative than even the Nexus line. Using the "OK Google" command, you could activate the phone's microphone without any physical interaction, even if the device's display is powered off, then give commands like call or text a specific contact, set reminders, perform a google search, I've found this feature fun...
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cjslman has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
So far, this has been the best phone that I have had. Nice design (I have received complements), nice size (vs screen size), great price, good internet experience, very good graphics, although screen hard to read in sunlight. The camera is ok, but getting a good photo is a hit or miss task (this is an area of improvement). I have liked this phone enough to seriously consider getting the next generation of Moto X (2014).
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Michaelsalaets has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
i won this phone from my work. i have been using it for a few days now. LOVE it! (and i was using a note 3) its so smooth, amazing texting experience, plus i mean you can't beat a phone with almost stock android. i love it more than my note 3 with one exception.... CAMERA, this phone is not the phone to get when it comes to pictures! other than that great phone for new android users or current users. plus, you cant beat the off contract price of almost the same you would pay on contract for a note 3!
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PapaSmurf has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I got a Moto X three days ago and switched back to my Note 3 yesterday. I couldn't make it past a whole weekend without switching back. The camera on the Moto X is pretty terrible overall (running 4.4). The fact that it takes a picture after it "focuses" ends up with dark shots half the time as well as inaccurate colors sometimes. The speaker when making calls is super weak, pretty muvh useless if I wasn't able to hear the other persosn well with thr soeaker grill next to my ear. Typing on the smaller screen just didn't work for me, especially when the soft keys were in the way. But the main reason why I switched back was because the Moto X was basically CM11 - something I ran two and a a half months ago. Active display was okay, but in reality I missed my notification light and the vibration my Note 3 made when I had a notification as you picked up the phone. Battery life was great I will say, and it got better reception than my Note 3 (Moto always has better radios). The phone was snappy [most] of the time although I did see stutters here and there that shouldn't exist at all (four seconds for an app to actually start to open after tapping the iicon from the aop drawer).
In reality, I had higher hopes for it after everything, but was disappointed..
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Honestcritic has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I've owned this phone for a couple weeks now. I've owned Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4 before. Now I switched over from a galaxy s4 (some might say i'm crazy) but when I put this phone in my hand for the first time it just felt natural. It belonged with me. I have big hands (I can grip a basketball) and the S4 would still be difficult to handle with one hand at times. This phone it the perfect size! The clean android experience is smooth and feels more natural than the S4's overwhelming clustered feature set.
The active notification and voice recognition is very accurate and useful. It surprises me that more phones do not have this feature. The battery will get a normal user through a day but since I'm a heavy user it doesn't for me. The camera is not too good. The S4 took beautiful pictures. The Moto X's compare more to that of the Nexus 4. The display is gorgeous and vibrant like the S4's which is just how I like it! 720p is just as good when compared to 1080p.
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Best Phone I've Ever owned
rebretz has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I have used manysmartphones in the last 3 years and the Moto X is by far the best. I've owned or used phones by all th top OEMs and nothing can compare to the Moto X Experience. Just to give an understanding of the phones I've owned. Motorola OG Droid --> LG Revolution --> VZW GNEX --> VZW S3 --> Droid RZR HD --> VZW S4 --> Moto X. I've also had the Droid DNA for a short time.
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Great android alternative to the IPhone
Commbubba19 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I was dead set on the new Iphone 5s but after holding the Moto X in my hands I had to switch. So far no regrets and I feel this phone will last me for quite some time. Battery life is exceptional and the active notifications are very handy. iOS's notifications were quite useful and this is the best alternative that actually works.
35 out of 37 people found this review helpful.Report
aimalshehzad has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
all over bast bast bast phone motorola i love very nice phone this phone screen size bast battery good speed fast i am 10 days use camera good i am missing lollipop samsung sony lg bad phone only motorola fine
A fine one!
SajjadAZ has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This one is probably the best on androids I had, and one can have it for long. I am facing no laggings/hanging, but camera is not the one can be called "10mp". Multimedia and multitasking is fit to purpose. And gets latest android updates. So, overall, a nice one to have..
Great all-around phone.
mufaddalia has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
The phone is just great. Though it's not in line with the android fashion of cramming top specs into the phone, it gets the job done pretty well. The small dimension are good for just who don't like carrying giant bars of plastic. Overall I think it's a very good phone. No glitches, crashes or lags. I highly recommend it.
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great all around phone
eliteastro has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Got this phone from at&t for 50 dollars which is a steal won't be needing to upgrade anytime soon this phone has kept me satisfied. I really don't like other android OEMS skins over android always been a nexus guy but this phone takes it
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I wanted to love this phone, but....
wb4inc has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
The attraction: "Sweet spot" size, great hand feel & always listening Google Now. The reality, this is not a premium phone, and poor sales confirm this. No. 1, it's a phone with poor call reception quality. No. 2, the build quality is poor, with uneven fit and finish, cheap plastic build...try opening the sim card tray and keeping it in one piece. No. 3, the overall screen appearance is dark. No. 4, the camera is dismal. How can you sell a phone with such poor camera quality? No amount of software tweaks can fix this camera. Same for Nexus 5.
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Best current phone
Luiz670 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The only current phone that has a nice size, it is very compact and is much faster than any phone I have used, including phones like Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2 and Note 3. Performs really well at any game, once you have it you won't believe it has the same specs you saw on the Internet. The camera is also very good, I compared it with an iPhone 5 and everybody admitted the Moto X camera was better, even my dad, a huge Apple fan, but when I bought it the camera was horrible, but then they updated it and now it is one of the best smartphone cameras.
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Great phone (Verizon)
acura355 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
THis is a great overall phone. Perfect screen size and fits in the hand very well. Good display, sound quality, connectivity, updates to latest version of Android on Verizon network. Camera is not very good though. THe call quality is also only average.
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Great Phone For Daily Use
FoxTeam has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
This phone really great if you look for a handy phone able to do the daily tasks.
I used to have Samsung S3 but it is nothing compared to this phone, some envy me for having developers edition of this phone.
Anyway the phone is powerful and smooth even with 2 CPU & 2GB ram, you can do all kind of tasks with it smoothly.
I am looking forward for the next generations of Moto X.
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Best phone out there
bengravunder has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The moto X is the best phone I have seen. Touchless control and active display put it on a new level. Sure the specs might not be the greatest for all you geeks but thats what makes it awesome. There is no lag the phone is smooth feels great nothing better out there
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Great battery life. Great features.
TBolt has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
A phone for power users that anyone else can appreciate. Reviewers criticized this phone as being under-powered, but that just seems ridiculous to me now that I've been using it. The phone handles everything I throw at it, including new games ... all while sipping battery power rather than gulping it like a thirsty athlete. For 2 years, I resisted buying any phone that didn't have a replaceable battery ... until the Moto X arrived. With my average daily use (email, web/news reading, multiple Google Now reminders, several alarms, a few phone calls, at least 45 minutes of navigation, text messages & Hangouts video calls), this phone can easily go over 24 hours before needing a charge.
Let's not forget that this phone's appearance can be customized via motomaker.com. Say goodbye to the days when every smartphone model looks exactly like the other guy's phone.
The on-screen notifications are far more useful than the old blinking lights that every other phone uses. I rarely need to unlock the phone, which would use more battery power, because a quick peek at the latest notifications is enough to satisfy any concern that the notification is urgent.
I LOVE talking to the phone - without unlocking it - to instruct Google Now to find me an answer, start a phone call, start navigation, set an alarm or reminder, or start some other app -- all without even touching the phone.
Best of all, it already has the latest version of Android thanks to an update from Motorola & Verizon Wireless....
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Best phone I've ever owned
esp9935 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Many spec obssessed geeks will miss out on this phone for no good reason. I have Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and iPhone 5C in my immediate family and I have done extensive comparisons with my Moto X. Despite the dual core 1.7 GHz CPU, the Moto X is CONSIDERABLY smoother and snappier that either the S4 or One, and of course, the 5C as well. It has a better speaker than One, with firmware updates the camera is every bit the equal of the S4, battery life is as good as the S4. The Moto X, in addition to being a very usable, snappy, well built phone, with much better voice call quality than any other flagship phone, it simply has the best features. Active notifications is something I no longer want to live without, and the touchless controls is little different in this regard. Once you've had them, I don't want to go back. It's great to see the most "American" smartphone is also one of if not the best smartphones at the moment.
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dianavazquez has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I'm really happy with it. The display is very sharp, colorful and resistant, it doesn't need a case, it has good performance, notifications are unobtrusive.
I had an iphone and I don't miss it. Android OS is changing for better!
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Greatest Phone EVER!!! Beats the f**king Iphone 5S
OmarDrake719 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I will get this phone next month when i get excellent marks on the big test this phone is the greatest phone ever because of his prosesser and the RAM 2GB of the RAM and Dual core 1700Mhz and The Super Amoled display good jesus man!
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It's just f*ing great in every aspect.
Santos921 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I bought this phone aware of the reviews regarding the unsatisfying camera performance, screen DPI and the dual-core chip but I was surprised with these features when the phone arrived. First of all, most of the reviews are written by enthusiasts, who don't know a thing about engineering and judge that every descent smartphone should be packing the latest hardcore CPUs to provide buttery-smooth UX. But no, this phone runs smoother than the S4 or the N4(the only phones I could compare to my Moto X). Also, the screen: 720p is just perfect, you won't need more on a tiny phone display, this is not a 30" TV and you won't be able to distinguish it from a 1080p display. There's also the display quality, disregarding the DPI. It's not a PenTile display like the one on the S4, or a LCD display seen on the N4, N5 or the One. The display brings vivid colors and sharp images. Then there's the camera, it's really not great but it's good, not horrible neither medicore like some reviewers stated.
Now, past the most polemic subjects... The features Motorola's built into this phone are amazing, the Active Display, the Assist app and the voice assistant. The phone knows when you are driving and will send and read SMS, answer and make calls and everything without getting the hands off the wheel. Also I don't think I'll be able to go back to a phone that doesn't have the marvelous Active Display. The battery life is astonishing, the coprocessor thing is great, the phone is ultra comfortable to hold,...
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msiqueira9 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I love technology and cell phones, I have previoulsy owned an Iphone, Atrix, Galaxy S3, Milestone, Xperia ZQ and the Moto X, was a very pleasant surprise. While other manufacteres are focused on Hardware specs, Motorola teamed up with google went back to the basics and delivered a phone with one of the best usabilities if not the best I have seen in the last few years.
The processor it's not the fastest on the market and the camera doesnt have as many pixels as some Nokia phones, but the "X" it's very fast, and the pictures are fine as well. I dont remember being so impressed by a phone like that in a very long time. I absolutelly loved the idea of just holding my phone or taking it out of the pocket for the screen to light up and showed me the time and my notifications without me having to press any button, or just shaking the phone to start up the camera even when the phone is in "sleep" mode.
Another thing that I liked was the shape and grip of the phone, it feets perfectly in my hands, even the place where my indicator holds the back of the phone has a small "hole" in it to accomodate my fingers, very nice touch.
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Does Everything You Need
TheProfessor has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I ditched a Samsung Galaxy 3 for this. The Google Moto-X has better battery life and is pure class with specs to match. Looks way better than new iPhone 5S and 5C!
After trying several of the latest and greatest, not only does this look better on paper (specs) but is engineerd to the max. A great phone!
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