Moto X: Go for It or Not?

August 2, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

So, the Moto X is finally in, and the event has brought to the fore the Google- Motorola Mobility entity’s new age arrival. The debut of the handset comes two years after Google bought out the phone makerin an effort to inject some added vitality into the Android ecosystem.

Though we have seen a few Moto devices roll out since 2011, they have never been able to spark the kind of enthusiasm this latest rig has managed. Credited as Motorola’s first ever US smartphone after the Google take over, the Moto X, as we had told you in an earlier story, benefits from the resources of Google and is indeed a high-end smartphone device that will be available at an affordable price.

In case you missed out on the launch, let’s tell you the Moto X is a handset with a 4.7-inch AMOLED display operating at 1,280 x 720 resolution.

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Driven by the Moto X8 chipset comprising a Qualcomm dual-core 1.7GHz CPU, a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM , the device also boasts a 10 megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video recording alongside an LED flash.

The OS that will ship along will be Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and when it does you will be able to lay your hands on 16GB and 32GB variants. It is expected to come riding all the four major US carriers.

On the connectivity frontier are capabilities that include GSM, HSPA+, CDMA, LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and NFC. These apart, it also adds sensors such as accelerometer, proximity sensor, digital compass, ambient light sensor and a gyroscope. Going by a report, mixed use of the device will keep the device alive for 24 hours at a stretch thanks to the 2,200mAh battery that powers the Moto X. That also means that you can endlessly talk, watch videos and surf the internet.

Now that we have told you all about it, let’s look at the flip side too. Compared with the premium devices you can afford these days, the Moto X might look a tad weak. Though the software inside would stand up and fight its own against the negatives that are being said about the hardware, the maker has tried to keep users happy with the bunch of custom options thrown into the rig. The only catch there is that initially only AT&T customers will have access tothis. The others will also be able to get their hands on that aspect later.

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If you are wondering what we mean, Moto X can be customized with an online tool termed Moto Maker, and thereby you can bring about any level of possible change to any aspect of the X.

Once you own one, you will know that even the front bezel, side-mounted buttons and even the ring around the camera lens are customizable. Much more is offered. Remember, we even saw a green variant.

We just love the software. It has stuff inside that would even let you wake it up from slumber with just a voice command. Anything, including Google search to directions can be ordered via voice commands.

One disappointing fact concerns the waiting customers in the UK. We hear the Moto X does not want to come to British soil. Maybe, the maker will launch other products with the same branding and go for a global release sometime later.

Though the UK model isn’t coming this time, a UK spokesperson for Motorola has been heard saying that the non release doesn’t mean that Europe is not a key priority  for Motorola. According to him, the Moto X is the first device in a new product line up and there are many devices coming to Europe. Hope Moto X will travel.

When the Moto X starts shipping for $199 and $249 for the 16GB and 32GB variants, it will come with a two year service agreement. Expect the device to sail out by late August.

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