Review: Motorola Moto X (XT1052)

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Review: Motorola Moto X (XT1052)

Months ago, Motorola Mobility, brought the Moto G to the Middle East market with much fanfare. The company recently launched a premium version of its Moto series of Android-powered smartphones, called Moto X. The Moto X (T1052) is a more powerful and better version of the budget smartphone, the Moto G.

Looks-wise, there are few differences between the Moto X and the Moto G. The Moto X is a more curvier phone that features a plastic body, with a wood finish variation coming soon. It is being positioned as a premium product and hence commands a higher price tag. While the body may feel plasticky, it is still made using polycarbonate.

The phone features a 4.7-inch AMOLED display and though at 10.4mm thickest point, the Moto X isn’t the thinnest of phones, it does try to stand out from the crowd with its nice and curvier looks. Since Motorola has used AMOLED technology, the colours are rich and punchy and the viewing angles are great. Having said that however, we were a bit disappointed that the phone comes with just 1280-by-720 resolution.

Unlike most flagship models, which come with a quad-core processor, the Moto X packs in just a 1.7-GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip backed up by 2GB RAM. The Moto X also features a pop-out SIM tray on its side, rather than a slot hidden under its battery cover. If you do happen to buy the Moto X, you will have to insert a nano SIM card. It also features 4G and NFC connectivity options, which are a welcome addition.


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The unit we received for this review from Motorola, came with 16GB of built-in storage space, of which around 12GB was available for usage. A 32GB version is also available on the market. Another gripe we had with the Moto X was that it didn’t come with a microSD card slot. Other connectivity options include 11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy).

The Moto X comes packed with 10-megapixel camera. We used the smartphone to click a few pictures, both indoors and outdoors, and we found the image quality to be better than most mid-range smartphones on the market. Another feature that comes packed with the Moto X is Motorola’s Active Display. This feature shows flashing monochrome alerts on-screen when the phone is on standby. Thus, you don’t really need to fully activate the phone to see what’s new. This in turn increases battery life of the smartphone.

Under the hood, the Moto X runs Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. Most of the core apps packed onto the Moto X come from Google’s stable. These include Maps, Calendar, Hangouts for chat, the Chrome browser, Google Drive, the Quickoffice suite and the various Play books/movie/apps portals. In addition, Motorola also includes two Motorola apps such as the Motorola Assist and the Motorola Migrate.

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Motorola Migrate is an app that allows you to transfer all of your content from your old phone to the Moto X. Motorola Assist meanwhile leaves you in peace by not disturbing you with alert after alert during certain times of the day. For instance, Motorola Assist will stop the Moto X from disturbing you when you’re trying to sleep.

Motorola touts 24 hours of mixed use from the Moto X’s non-removable 2200mAh battery, which is on par with most mid-range phones on the market. Moto X’s performance and apps are good, too, but the overall look and feel lack the premium promise Motorola makes with this device. Having said that however, the Moto X is a very good flagship phone, that’s available for a very reasonable price.

Price: AED 1599

OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
CPU: 1.7 GHz dual-core Krait Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon Pro
GPU: Adreno 320
Weight: 130-gms
Display: 4.7-inch AMOLED 720×1280, 312 ppi
Internal storage: 16/32GB, 2 years 50GB of Google Drive free
Memory: 2GB RAM
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC
Main Camera: 10-megapixel, autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera: 2-megapixel
Battery: 2200mAh

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