Sunday, 13 April 2014

Moto X review: Best Android experience

Motorola is back in the Indian market and what a comeback it's been. 1st the Moto G and currently the Moto X – Motorola has surprised 2 key segments with simply 2 smartphones. The Moto G modified the thought smartphone landscape and tested that we needn’t rely on local brands for good specs and low price. Now, we've the Moto X sitting in the mid-range segment that’s putting quad-core and octa-core phones to shame, thereby busting the myth that a lot of cores equals a stronger experience.

At a tag of Rs 23,999, the Moto X is proving to be unbeatable price as we had a glimpse of it just once a day’s usage. that the question is – will the Moto X deliver the simplest automaton experience beneath Rs 25,000? how will it compare with other phones just like the Gionee Elife E7, Sony T2 ultra and also the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, all of which are out there round the same price?

Design and Build
The Motorola Moto X comes packaged in simple box with minimal writing on that. you can check it come in our unboxing video of the Moto X. The phone feels really little particularly once being overpowered with screen sizes north of 5 inches. In fact, it's identical screen size because the Nexus four but feels lots smaller because of the a lot of narrower edge around it.

At 10.4mm comprehensive, it’s not very slim then {again} again it feels very consolatory in your hand. we additionally liked the bit of heft in it that makes it less toy-like. it's a lot like the Moto G from all angles, or rather the Moto G has been heavily inspired from the Moto X.

The edge on the side is [*fr1] shiny and [*fr1] rubberised from where the rear overlaps. This adds to the aesthetics while protective grip for once you hold it. The curvy edges lets you slip it simply into your pocket while not tearing holes in them. The ports take their usual place round the phone. we've a nano-SIM tray on the X rather than a micro-SIM.

The back is non-removable features a rubberised coating. The black version gets a pleasant pattern thus it’s not as bland as the Moto G. The X is additionally available in white, blue and two wood finishes. Up top is that the 10MP shooter and that we even have a 2MP shooter up front. Finally, we have a led flash and speaker grille rounding off all the external options.

Motorola has done a superb job with the build of the Moto X. It feels very durable and well place along. I in person love the understated looks of it however I will see how some would notice it somewhat bland and boring.

The Moto X features a 4.7-inch AMOLED show with a properly high resolution. The HD display ensures a healthy pixel count of 312ppi. colours are richly saturated and level of detail in icons and text is super sharp. It doesn’t end here tho' as the Moto X has something called Active display.

This feature takes advantage of one of the cool properties of AMOLED panels during which, solely those pixels needed to create the image or text are lit whereas the others will stay off. this can be additionally possible since the pixels themselves illuminate while not the necessity of a backlight. The phone uses the accelerometer to illuminate the display every time you raise or tilt the phone and fades away. you'll be able to read the notification by merely holding the icon and dismiss it by swiping left or right. This works with any notification from any app.

The next big feature is Touchless Controls. If you thought “Ok Google” on the Nexus 5 was cool, this takes touchless controls to another level. you'll be able to train the Moto X to recognise your voice thus solely you'll be able to wake it up by saying “Ok Google Now”. This actually works pretty well and provided you speak clearly, it works even in places with lots of background noise. this can be attainable because of a tongue processor which is consistently active and listening. It’s a separate chip from the CPU that uses little or no power thus battery life isn't sacrificed. unlike the Nexus 5, wherever the voice command solely works from the homescreen, this feature on the Moto X works on when the screen is off or maybe if you’re taking part in a game. If you've got a countersign or pattern lock but, you'll be prompted to unlock it initial to show the results.

Motorola Connect is another very handy feature which lets you manage your messages and call through Chrome on your desktop. We had some difficulties with this as the widget refused to sync with the phone no matter what. Basically, you can reject calls and even reply to messages from the browser without having to unlock your phone. Other apps added by Motorola are available on the Moto G as well like Migrate for carrying your data from the old phone and Assist for automatic changing of profiles when you are driving or stop driving. It puts the Moto X in car mode, when it detects acceleration such as when you are driving.

The X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC. The MSM8960T packs in two Krait 200 cores running at 1.7GHz each. This is slightly old chipset but it’s still very much relevant as its built on the 28nm fabrication process, which is still used today. We also have Adreno 320 graphics onboard, which is a proven GPU. There’s 2GB of RAM as well for faster loading times in apps. Many will be put off by the fact that the X only has two cores when you can get quad-cores and even octa-cores for cheaper. However, it’s not the number of cores that matter but how efficiently you utilise them. We feel the AnTuTu score below amply proves this point

The Moto X sold in India will have 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box and hopefully, will continue to get timely updates in the future even though Motorola is no longer part of the Google family.

Since this is stock Android, we get the default ‘Play Music’ app for audio and the stock player for video. KitKat now supports a good range of video codecs by default so AVI and MKVs will playback. The audio player had some trouble playing back some FLAC files but other than that, we didn’t have any issues. Out of the 16GB onboard, around 11.6GB is usable.

The volume level for the earphones and speaker is very good as well. Even though the speaker grille faces downwards when you place the phone on the desk, the curve prevents it from being blocked so it’s still easily audible. You can even adjust the audio quality on a system level for both the headphone jack and speaker.

The Motorola Moto X supports 3G and quad-band 2G. You also get dual-band Wi-Fi ‘ac’, Bluetooth v4.0, USB Host, NFC, Miracast, GPS and GLONASS. That’s a healthy mix of connectivity options that’s hard to find in this price bracket. Web browsing is a smooth experience and even heavy websites are rendered with ease. The phone stays very cool for the most part and only gets a bit warm while playing a game or shooting a video.

The 10MP rear camera and 2MP front camera are both very capable given the right lighting. The sensors are able to pick up good detail but images lack punch and end up feeling flat. The UI is very minimalistic just like the Moto G. The X however gets a new feature which lets you quickly access the camera by flicking your wrist. Since there’s no way to change the resolution for stills and video, you’re stuck with 1080p recording at all times. This can be an issue since you only have a limited amount of space to play with.

Battery Life
The 2200mAh battery will easily give you a full day’s worth of usage. The Moto X easily completed our 8-hour battery test which included a mix of calling, music, video and YouTube streaming. We still had about 36 percent battery to spare. There’s a power saver mode that kicks in once the battery hits orange level and cuts off packet data. We noticed that the battery drain rather rapidly once it reaches 15 percent.

Verdict and Price in India
At Rs 23,999, Motorola is easily offering the best Android experience outside the Nexus clan and we feel this is the phone to get under Rs 25,000. For this price, you’re getting features that are not available even in the most expensive Android phone today. Add to that support for Wi-Fi ‘ac’, Miracast and the latest version of Android and you have yourself a pretty future proof device. The Moto X proves that it’s not how many cores you squeeze in that matters but how you utilise them. The dual-core CPU gives even octa-core chipsets a run for their money.

The Moto X and Moto G might look similar but that’s where the similarities end. The G remains one of the best budget droids around but the Moto X offers you so much more. Not only is it more powerful, it has a better display, camera, intuitive controls and fits everyone’s pocket (quite literally as well). We do have a few niggles with the phone like the over-simplistic camera UI. It would have been nice if we had the option to drop the video resolution as not everyone shoots in 1080p. Provision for a microSD card would have also been welcomed. But if you have the budget, look no further than the Moto X for the best Android experience under Rs 25,000.


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