Moto X, the latest smartphone from the house of Motorola Mobility, now a part of Google, is making news for all reasons. Some say it’s below par in terms of specs, some say it’s for average consumers, and some say it’s the future of smartphones. In reality, Motorola has made a new kind of device. There’s more to love than to hate in this smartphone, and we will tell you why.
Smartphones today are fighting for number of cores, screen size and a lot other things. Sadly, they forget the consumers and the fact that they are merely making the geeks happy. An average consumer is also becoming influenced by the on-paper specs, not thinking of the experience the phone will offer.
One of the first things you notice in Moto X is it’s design. The phone has a curved back, tapering at the bottom, presenting a right ergonomic mix. The back-side is made of a soft rubber material, which makes it feel premium. There’s the 10 megapixel rear camera, LED flash, and a small dimple housing the Motorola logo. Don’t forget the “Made for You” USP of the product! You can customize the look of you phone — the front, back, accents, memory, wallpapers, custom message at the back, boot screen and much more with a total of 2,000 combinations. All this, made in the USA, at Motorola’s new assembly line in Texas. Isn’t it super premium to have a smartphone made in USA?
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Inside The Moto X
On the front is a 4.7 inch 720p Super AMOLED display, a 2megapixel camera, but no touch capacitive buttons. Internals are not that bad. The phone carries the new Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, which comprises of the following:
- 2-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
- 4-core Adreno 320 GPU
- 1-core for Contextual Computing
- 1-core for Natural Language Processing
However, you shouldn’t confuse this with a octa-core processor. The X8 system is a cluster of processors that allow for intelligent, probabilistic computing. The contextual computing system deals with the sensors, display and touch, while the natural language processor deals with audio, noise estimation and noise cancellation. All this helps to extend battery life and improve performance. This is supported by a 2GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB inbuilt storage, a 2200 mAh battery which Motorola claims to provide a mixed usage up to 24 hours.
Moto X User Experience
It’s the software running on this phone that steals the show here. An user experience that no other phone has been able to achieve until now. The Moto X currently comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Here are 5 features we love about Moto X:
- Receive notifications when the display is off with Active Display feature. Notifications with white text flash on the screen every few seconds when the phone is asleep or when you pickup the phone, and since this is a Super AMOLED display, there very less power consumption. An AMOLED display assures that only the required pixels on the screen lit up, thus saving battery.
- Say, “OK Google Now,” to activate Google Now without touching the phone! Yes, the Moto X is always listening to you. The phone needs to be trained with your voice, so that it only answers when your voice is detected. You can tell Moto X to do various tasks such as navigate, call, search for information and much more.
- Moto Assist is one app that you will love — a much improved version of the Smart Actions app that found itself on the RAZR series. It basically automates various actions like driving, meetings, phone profiles, sleeping and much more based on certain specifications which you can customize. Believe me, it’s a really handy app to have.
- Just flick the phone twice, and Moto X is ready to take a picture. You can then take a picture by touching anywhere on the screen. Controls can be accessed using swipe gestures.
- Moto X runs nearly a version of Android, and adds the new features on top of it elegantly.
- With distributed, dedicated cores for major functions and Motorola’s expertise to battery technology is recent times (think of RAZR Maxx), the battery life on the Moto X is expected to be really good. Motorola claims that Moto X provides upto 24 hours battery life with mixed usage.
At launch, Moto X is only available in the Americas, and there’s no word on worldwide launch. Motorola does however confirm that there are more devices coming up in the Moto X series, and we can expect some of them to launch outside the American continent.
There’s lot more to love about the Moto X, and one has to use it to believe it. This is the first product under the collaboration of Motorola and it’s parent company Google, and we can see the results. It easily beats every other phone out there when it comes to consumers. This might be just the beginning of the next smartphone revolution, and we can expect things to get even greater.
Via: Motorola Blog