Motorola Moto X 2013 Review

Call Quality:

Voices have a subtle robotic tone to them through the Moto X’s earpiece and speakerphone, but it’s not something terrible that would prevent us to comprehend our conversations. Conversely, our callers have a better time on their end of the line, as voices have enough distinction and clarity. Although it takes close to 5 seconds to adapt, the noise-cancellation feature manages to mute background noise – such as wind.


With its 2200 mAh battery, the Moto X pushed out a full day of battery with our normal usage. For power users, though, just expect to charge it once you’re done with your 8 hour work shift. It’s not one of the handset’s strongest aspects, but we’re still nonetheless pleased by what it’s able to churn out.


Motorola is undoubtedly changing as a company. There’s no denying that they helped to popularize Android to the masses, with devices like the Motorola DROID a few years back, and then the DROID RAZR line after that, but with this new venture with the Moto X, they’re doing something totally new. So when it comes down to it, can the Moto X really stand and hold its ground amongst the elites in the Android space?

It’s a tough call for now, seeing that it’ll mainly hinge whether consumers can actually take fancy in the handset’s new and rich customized designing process – it’s what makes this handset so differently! If you can tolerate the wait and different approach, you’ll be rewarded to a very interesting looking smartphone that you can honestly call unique. Still, the customization element is only available to AT&T for now, but we’re hoping that Motorola wises up and gives it to everyone else. At the same time, the handset’s performance is well within the same level that its highly esteemed rivals are able to muster, so there are barely compromises here.

At $200 with a 2-year contract, any human being with a desire to research things before making a purchase will know that it might seem a bit steep when compared to the higher spec’d Android stuff floating around. It’s arguable that it’s a bit pricey, but it’s still within that sweet golden price point we’re accustomed to seeing attached with flagships. However, we can’t help but think about cannibalization, especially with Verizon, as the Moto X is going to go toe-to-toe with the Motorola DROID Ultra. Indeed, they’re being treated and targeted differently, but it makes you wonder just a tiny bit for this flagship.

Kudos to Motorola for bringing this smartphone to all four major wireless carriers in the country, including good old US Cellular as well. That’s something to say about the handset’s intentions, as it lives up to prestigious honor of being recognized as a flagship. It’s the perfect strategy for it, especially if Motorola really wants to be taken seriously by its rivals again. At the end of the day, the Moto X is a pleasant start to reinvigorate Motorola, but it still needs just a bit more premium gas in the tank to drastically rocket the Moto X straight to the top of the ladder.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.2.2
Build Number: 13.9.0Q2.X-116-X-17-51
Kernel Version: 3.4.42


  • Customizable design
  • Snappy performance
  • Hands-free experience with Touchless Controls


No Cons

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User Rating:

26 Reviews



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


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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