Interface and Functionality:

On the surface, the Moto X appears to be running a stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience, but after some snooping around, it’s not entirely vanilla per se. Well, everything from the onset seems like it, as the apps panel, lock screen, and notifications panel all adhere to stock Android. However, the camera UI is totally different (more on that later). Overall, it’s Android, so we’re given the same level of personalization we know and love. Thankfully though, the Moto X is graced with its own set of nifty features that separate it from other flagship devices – albeit, they’re also found with the upcoming DROID line as well.



Touchless Control:

With the aid of Google Now, the Moto X is constantly at our service, seeing that it’s actively listening with its Touchless Control feature. So how does one activate it? Simple, we just speak the words “OK Google Now,” which soon launches Google Now for instant service access. Before getting started, we’re required to program the Moto X to audibly know our voice – so it’s able to differentiate it from other people, or instinctively make out our voice in a noisy room. In our experience, it works pretty well, but it requires a second stab in noisier environments.

Powered by Google Now, it allows us to ask questions, place phone calls, make appointments, find out the weather, get turn-by-turn directions, and much more. As much as we appreciate the hands-free nature of the feature, it’s not entirely the case, seeing that we’re still required to interact with the device – such as pressing the “send” button for text messages, rather than speaking “send” to actually deliver it.



Motorola Assist:

Never be distracted by things when you’re driving, at a meeting, or sleeping at night, thanks to Motorola Assist. Now this is pretty useful, as long as it’s activated of course, as the Moto X knows when you’re driving with the aid of GPS information. It’ll automatically read incoming texts, as well as auto-reply to them too. Furthermore, the “resume music play” enables Motorola Assist to connect to your car’s stereo over Bluetooth. For meetings that are in your calendar, Motorola Assist will place the phone on silent and also auto-reply to messages. And finally, the smartphone will be placed into silent mode too according to what time we specify we’re asleep for bed.



Motorola Connect:

With the aid of our computer’s Chrome browser, we can actually view text messages and incoming calls list from the Moto X on our computer. After installing an extension for the desktop Google Chrome browser, we can view and reply to text messages, but when it comes to calls, we can view them and select to either ignore or send a message to them – we can’t actually accept phone calls through Chrome. It’s a great feature when we can’t track down our phone, which allows us to still reply to messages with our computer.

Google Drive:

Exclusive to the Moto X, owners are treated to 50GB of free storage courtesy of Google Drive, which is especially handy considering there’s only 16GB or 32GB of internal storage on the smartphone – with no local expandability available with it.



Wireless Display:

As long as you have a compatible Miracast Wireless enabled display, you can use the Moto X’s Wireless Display feature to stream what you’re doing on the phone to the big screen. Naturally, the hardest part about this feature is actually having a compatible display available to use, but if you do, it should be useful in viewing photos, watching videos, playing games, or surfing the web.

Without a doubt, the most notable feature with the Moto X’s Android experience is Touchless Control, but beyond that, there’s nothing particularly out of the ordinary with the experience. It’s not trying to have the same distinct visual appeal of HTC’s Sense 5 UI, nor is it trying to give us several ways of accomplishing something like Sammy’s TouchWiz Nature UX experience. At the end of the day, the Moto X is all about making things we do on an everyday basis with our phone simple – and honestly, it does just that!

Messaging:

Having such an ample amount of real-estate to work with, combined with its responsiveness, the stock Android on-screen keyboard is fabulous to use when it comes to typing messages. It works relatively well, but in order to input punctuations, we’re required to access them in another layout.


Running stock Android, we’re naturally presented with the standard Email and Gmail apps, which both function and look the same as any other Android phone out there.



Organizer:

No surprises here folks, but the core set of organizer apps on the Moto X follow in the same footsteps as other Android smartphones before it. Therefore, the presentation and functions of its set are identical and unchanged – though, it’s wonderful that its Touchless Control feature enables us to check up on certain stuff, like appointments, with just the aid of our voice.



Processor and Memory:

We’re starting to see something unfamiliar here with the Moto X, which on paper, doesn’t quite come off as menacing with its specs sheets when compared to other flagships out there. Even now, it seems as though high-end gear under the hood is paramount to deliver a polished performance with most of today’s flagship Android smartphones, but it looks like the Moto X is breaking up that mentality.

Armed with Motorola’s home brewed X8 Mobile Computing System, which is comprised out of a modified dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM, a natural language processor, and a contextual computing processor, it’s undoubtedly impressive in what it’s able to pull off – so much so, it’s close to the same level we experience with quad-core devices. Everything is utterly snappy with its performance, which is saying a lot for a dual-core. Going forward, the Moto X is a perfect example of why specs should no longer matter with Android.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Motorola Moto X 8509 18483 6048 / 54 fps 2412 / 749
Samsung Galaxy S4 12078 24701 4437 / 39 fps 1702/704
HTC One 12481 23308 3551 / 31 fps 2395 / 781
Google Nexus 4 4757 16749 4917 1375 / 600


Packing only 16GB of internal storage with our review unit, it’s telling us right away that we need to be extremely conscious what we put in and save locally. Fortunately, the 50GB of Google Drive storage really helps in the long run.

Internet and Connectivity:

Showing us that its Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System is no slouch, the Moto X handles surfing the web through Chrome with all the finesse and speed we’d expect, which also helps that it’s packing 4G LTE connectivity.


Depending on which carrier version you pick up, the Moto X is available in both GSM and CDMA flavors – with 4G LTE connectivity too. Customary by now, especially for a flagship, it’s packing on all the usual assortments of connectivity features. The listing includes aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and NFC.

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135 Comments

1. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Oh I expected that rating.Haha

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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!!

11. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

27. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

65. Kal-el

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

127. pocketdrummer

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

85. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

102. JohnnyZ

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

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

139. asun2

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 03, 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?

104. Angelface77

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 10, 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.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think it lived up to expectations.

41. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

51. lola99

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

56. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 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'

63. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

83. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

92. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you talk as if your opinion on Motorola devices should mean something. you're played out Mxy.

94. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

95. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

101. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Since when did I care what you say?

103. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

110. JohnnyZ

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 30, 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/.

113. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

117. JohnnyZ

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 30, 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.

119. GeneralTsosChicken

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

You're Gay For Simply Making A Porch Reference.

120. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

noted.

105. Angelface77

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 10, 2012

its your stupid opinion between millions of followers tool.

68. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

82. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

84. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.
Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)

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