Now, the basic layout of the Moto X isnt really differentthere is a micro-USB and charging port at the bottom, power and volume control buttons on the right, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack at the top. That is usual. What isnt usual is a SIM tray on the left that holds the nano-sized SIM. Now, this is important because the other mainstream phones using a nano SIM are the iPhone 5S and 5C, and this points to the fact that Motorola is targeting premium users with the Moto X.
The phone comes with a premium design too. First, the bezel around the screen is very thin and this means almost the whole front fascia is practically the display screen. Second, it has got compact dimensionsthe Moto X is 129.4 mm long, 65.3 mm wide and weighs just 130 gm. Third, the back curves almost exactly to the shape of your handin fact, so nicely it fits your hand that the Moto X is among the best one-handed use smartphones you will find in the market. And fourth, the build quality of the Moto X is simply superbyes, it is a plastic, but a very fine quality one.
The Moto X is powered by the Motorola X8 mobile computing system that includes a software optimised Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, a natural language processor and a contextual computing processor. It comes with a 2 GB RAM and 16 GB standard memory. Because Motorola is now a Google company, there is a sweet deal thrown inbuyers get a 2-year, 50-GB free storage on Google Drive, provided the offer is redeemed within 30 days of activation of the phone.
Two features that make the Moto X stand out are Active Display and Touchless Control.
Active Display: You dont always have to press the power button and unlock the phone to, say, check out the clock on the screen, or for that matter check out missed calls, unread messages, emails, social media updates or other notifications. Just take out the phone from your pocket or pick it up if it is lying face-down and the display screen selectively lights up small areas without affecting the devices battery life much. Its not a novel feature, but nevertheless useful.
Touchless Control: If you have an always-on internet connection, you only need your voice to control the Moto X. You simply need to go to settings and record samples of your voice for recognition. Once that is done, all you have to say is Okay, Google Now, followed by the action you want. If you say Okay, Google Now, show me nearby hotels, the Moto X will respond to your command and show you hotels in your vicinity. For non-web-based tasks, such as playing music or clicking photos, the feature works even if you dont have an internet connection. Again, this isnt magic, but nevertheless addictive.
Two features that dont
really stand out are the camera and battery. The Moto X comes with a 10-megapixel camera with a flash on the back and a 2-megapixel on the front. While 10 megapixel reads good, the rear camera doesnt really produce great images. The front, though, is quite suitable for video calls. Then, the 2200 mAh battery is not really long-lasting; in fact, even the company says that with mixed usage it will last you up to 24 hours.
Fine build quality, curvy looks, one-handed usage, 50 GB storage on Google Drive and two gimmicky featuresthese are the plus points of the new Moto X. If you can live with a mediocre camera and a not-so-good battery life, the Moto X is a nice option at Rs 23,990.
Estimated street price: Rs 23,990