Motorola marks a benchmark in Indian Smartphone market by its two successors Smartphone Moto G and Moto X. The price front from Moto is another add to the Smartphone industry.
Less than two months after the release of the Moto G, comes the company’s flagship, the Moto X. Moto X sitting in the mid-range segment that’s putting quad-core and octa-core phones to shame, thereby busting the myth that more cores equals a better experience.
At a price tag of Rs 23,999, the Moto X is proving to be unbeatable value as we had a glimpse of it. So the question is – does the Moto X deliver the best Android experience under Rs 25,000?
Whom it is going to give a competition, will it be the Gionee Elife E7, Sony T2 Ultra and the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, all of which are available around the same price? Now a day’s everyone looks out which device has the best specifications available.
Looks and Build
The Motorola Moto X comes packaged in simplistic white box with minimal writing on it. The phone feels really small especially after being overwhelmed with screen sizes of five inches. In fact, it has the same screen size as the Nexus 4 but feels a lot smaller thanks to the much narrower bezel around it.
At 10.4mm in depth, it’s not very slim but then again it feels very reassuring in your hand. We also liked the bit of heft in it which makes it less toy-like. It looks a lot like the Moto G from all angles, but it is less bulky than Moto G and Nexus 4.
The bezel along the side is half glossy and half rubberised from where the back overlaps. The curvy edge lets you slip it easily into your pocket without tearing holes in them. The ports take their usual place around the phone. We have a nano-SIM tray on the X instead of a micro-SIM.
The back is non-removable features a rubberised coating. The black version gets a nice pattern.The X is also available in white, blue and two wood finishes. Up top is the 10MP shooter and we also have a 2MP shooter up front.
Finally, we have a LED flash and speaker grille rounding off all the external features. Motorola has done a brilliant job with the build of the Moto X. It feels extremely sturdy and well put together. I personally love the looks of it.
The Moto X features a 4.7-inch AMOLED display with a decently 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 supports Active Display, which works extremely well at showing notifications.
This feature takes advantage of one of the cool properties of AMOLED panels in which, only those pixels needed to form the image or text are lit while the others can remain off.
This is also possible since the pixels themselves light up without the need of a backlight. The phone uses the accelerometer to light up the display each time you lift or tilt the phone and fades away.
You can view the notification by simply 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. Motorola’s Moto X takes touchless controls to another level. It is more users friendly and like spreading butter.
You can train the Moto X to recognise your voice so only you can 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 is possible thanks to a natural language processor which is constantly active and listening. It’s a separate chip from the CPU which uses very little power so battery life is not sacrificed.
Unlike the Nexus 5, where the voice command only works from the homescreen, this feature on the Moto X works on when the screen is off or even if you’re playing a game. If you have a password or pattern lock however, you will be prompted to unlock it first to display 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.
It will 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.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 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.
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.
Soon we opened the box we saw a white dual USB plug-in charger with a black handset. Going into the symmetry it would have been better we were able to see the Black charger.
Add on, to the charger is that you can charge your two device at the same time. The next accessory we saw was a unique pin to plug in Nano Sim out of the tray. Apart from this a pair of earphones was in the box.
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. The G remains one of the best budget androids 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).