Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Here’s EVERYTHING AND MORE you would like to know About the NEW MOTO X ....


Width 65.3
Height 129.3mm
Rear Camera 10MP CLEAR PIXEL (RGBC) / LED Flash / 1080p video (30fps)
Storage 16 GB standard, 32 GB version available online. 2 years 50GB storage free on Google Drive

Front Camera 2MP 1080p HD video
Bluetooth 4.0 LE + EDR
Curve 5.6 -10.4mm
Operating system Android 4.2.2
WiFi 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual band capable), mobile hotspot
Display 4.7" AMOLED (RGB) / HD 720p
Architecture Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System
UMTS/HSPA + up to 42 Mbps
CDMA/EVDO Rev. A (CDMA model only)
4G - LTE
Weight 130G

Battery 2200 mAh. Mixed usage up to 24 hours

The Good: The Motorola Moto X squeezes an awesome camera and trend setting voice command capabilities into a great piece of artistic design that makes it a perfect blend of great screen size and comfort. The phone offers millions of customizations to customers and packs in a huge battery life as well.

The Bad: No expandable storage, which is rather a turn off factor for many who need to store loads of data. Screen is not as appealing as on competitive smart phones.

The bottom line: While in screen quality and storage capacity it lags behind rival smart phones, the Moto X's sleek, compact and comfortable design, futuristic voice controls, and long battery life makes it a worthy Android contender.

First Impressions
            In the four decades since Motorola showed off a prototype of the world's first mobile phone, the company has seen Apple, Samsung and other innovators surpass its sales. Almost exactly two years after being acquired by Google, Motorola has released its first phone under new management: The Moto X. With Google as its new owner, it's trying to regain its industry stature with a long rumoured device that also takes the title of being the worst-kept secret in recent times; it is dubbed the “Moto X” and is designed with the “user in mind”. The Moto X comes with an ability of designing the phone by the user itself; it is designed and assembled in the US.
            Rather than concentrating on on-paper specifications, Motorola claims it is looking at enhancing android experience. The Moto X doesn’t feature the fastest mobile processor, which doesn’t even matter much. It’s all about simplicity, comfort, and some forward-generation features. Just like phone, it's a friendlier android phone .It is, in many ways, the anti-Droid.
It aims at providing user with a device which comes with: a battery that lasts all day, a camera that clicks great photos and a user experience that does not always require users to touch the phone to use it. With the fresh announcement of the Moto X, Motorola plans to rewrite history and put its rivals to change their strategy.

The Good: Plenty of customization options, light weight, practical design, good grip, slim body, Moto Maker app, thin bezels on side of screen

The Bad: Nothing much, just plasticky material doesn’t match the quality of aluminium smart phones.

Overall Rating:  GOOD
 Practical yet Trendy
            The Moto X comes with a curvy back, which Motorola said it selected because "your palm is not flat". That curve is even curvier than you might find on the HTC One, for example, making it feel a bit heftier. But actually, the Moto X comes in at 130 grams as compared to the HTC One's 143 grams. Motorola said the phone's custom-shaped battery fills that curve to really take advantage of the space.
            The back of the phone is patterned but nearly smooth, and looks a bit like snakeskin, which might puzzle your eyes if you stare at it for too long. But it provides a good grip and the chances of falling down of phones may reduce. 

Colour Mix
            A huge part of the Moto X's design story is its made-in-America (or at least designed and assembled in). As Motorola has explained earlier, it will design, engineer, and construct all Moto X units in the United States (Fort Worth, Texas, to be precise), so the Moto X comes with exceptional build quality.
            Motorola is not moving away from traditional black and white colour as you're still limited to black or white as your front colour, but you can choose any combination of 18 back cover colours and seven "accent" colours, which highlight the power button, volume control and the rim of the camera lens , with the help of Moto Maker. And it even allows users to choose the color of earphones they pair with them. Motorola claims that this variety allows for thousands of permutations to design your phone.  But , in starting , the Moto Maker will be exclusively available to AT&T versions of the Moto X. There's more: Motorola is coming with  back covers made of wood, for instance, and it plans to let people vote on Facebook on future colours , patterns and designs.

            Other than the familiar Motorola "batwing" logo on the back, there's virtually no decoration anywhere on the X, but if you want , you can engrave a message on the back of your phone.


The Good:
 Good viewing angles, thin bezels, big screen, Average pixel density, sharp screen, thin bezel on side of screen.

The Bad:  No full HD screen, over saturated screen, low pixel density

Overall Rating:  Average

In many respects the Moto X's display is not as delightful as on other android beasts such as Sony Xperia Z, HTC One, and Samsung Galaxy S4 ,all comes with a screen size of 4.7 inches and plus. These devices also flaunt full HD displays (1,920 by 1,080 pixels), which contributes to a pixel density of 400+ .
            In contrast , the Moto X comes with 4.7-inch 720p (1,280 X 720 pixels) OLED screen, while no doubt large, is not as sharp as HTC and Samsung's beasts. I must stress , though, you won’t pick up any lack of detail normally unless you've placed the phone so close to the eye.    

            Case in point: The Moto X's OLED screen technology produces vivid colours, deep level of blacks, and wide viewing angles. A good display is not just about resolution, brightness and colour quality. Also, the Moto X's thin bezel on side of the screen helps it look sleeker than the other phones of the same screen size.


The Good:   2 GB RAM, NFC support, Good battery life , Fast yet efficient GPU
The Bad:  NO Quad Core Processor, Previous generation processor (not latest)
Overall Rating:  Good
The engine that propels the new Moto X is what the company calls its X8 Mobile Computing System. The X8 essentially is really just a combination of 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor with quad-core Adreno 320 graphics combined with 2 GB of RAM.
There’s a 2200 mAh battery that Motorola says will keep going for 24 hours, which sounds a little boasty in our view.
            Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, GPS and GLONASS, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, Miracast Wireless Display, NFC and a nano-SIM card slot.
            The question remains how Motorola's processor customization stands in comparison to handsets with faster quad-core Snapdragon 600 / 800 chips. Hopefully the Moto X's 2GB allotment of RAM will help narrow the performance gap.


The Good:   Touchless control, Shake to Wake Camera feature
The Bad:  No latest Android (version 4.3); but Google will release the latest version of android for Moto X soon
Overall Rating:  Good
Given that the Moto X was born of the union between Motorola and Google, I was surprised to learn that the X doesn't come with the freshest flavour of Android Jelly Bean (version 4.3). Rather, the phone runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. But Motorola has teamed up with Google to add plenty of great features, the most notable of which is hands free use, which the company refers to as "Touchless Control."
Moto X: Ready to help

The Moto X is the first handset to have truly ready to help functionality, whereby you can access the phone by saying "Okay, Google Now", even when in sleep mode. “Touchless Control” is one of the Moto X’s key points to attract many customers.
            This always-on functionality is made possible by Motorola’s new X8 chipset, which features two bespoke cores (additional to snapdragon s4 chipset) plugged directly into the Moto X’s sensors and are specially designed to understand your voice and interpret your surroundings.
Voice commands: Only you are the boss of your own phone
But, that command is specific to your voice. I asked three friends to speak "OK, Google Now" into the phone; I trained by repeating the phrase three times. The phone ignored my friends, but responded to me instantly, when I spoke from the same distance. Bad news for pranksters, as they won't be able uses this feature to set late night alarms on their friend's Moto X or dial a random number from their contact's list.

I was able to get the phone to recognize my command from about 10 feet away, as well as close by, with a movie playing at full blast on a laptop inches away. But under those conditions, the service was more prone to make mistakes.
Even in a quiet room, Google Now made a lot of mistakes responding to requests to call specific people.
I can see this feature being useful to motorists, but it's not so perfect. And if you protect your phone with a lock code, you'll have to type it in to unlock the phone, except to make a call which you can do just by asking Google now. Motorola says it tried voice recognition for passwords, but couldn't get it to work properly.
There are two things that will work even without entering your PIN: You can get a peek at text messages and other notifications at the top of the screen, by pressing the centre of the screen for a second. If you want to respond or see more, then you'll have to enter the PIN.

Active Display
            This is another cool feature. According to a research done by Moto, an average person wakes up their phone 60 times per day. Many times it's just to check the time or to look see what notifications they have. You see the blinking light, and you want to know what it is. Rather than using a flashing notification LED, Moto X's Active Display will briefly show the time of day and icons for whatever notifications you have waiting for you whenever you pull the phone out of your pocket or turn it over from face down. It does this using only the two low-power cores (and because it's AMOLED display, only the pixels that light up draw power), so Motorola claims that it uses very little energy which helps them provide a good battery life that they say could last all day.


The Good:
  Good production of low light images, clear pixel count better than HTC one’s , Quick capture feature
The Bad:  No dedicated camera key
Overall Rating: Excellent
             Around the back, there’s the much talked about 10.5- megapixel camera with Moto’s Clear Pixel technology, along with a 2.1-megapixel front-facing shooter, both of which can shoot 1080p video, which offers an option for high quality video-calling as well as self-portraits.
            But the camera lacks a shutter button. Instead, you need to tap anywhere on the screen to take a photo. Keep pressing on the screen, and the camera will take a series of shots in succession. 
            Apparently Motorola has finally taken camera abilities seriously with its new phone. Imaging has been an ongoing weakness of the company's handsets, but it's clear the Moto X aims to address this deficiency. Equipped with a 10-megapixel Clear Pixel RGBC sensor(C here stands for clear) and LED flash, Motorola says its new device can snap pictures with speed. Motorola also flaunts Moto X's ability to grab 75 percent lighter than competing Smartphone cameras. Also, Motorola claims that you can take photos up to twice as fast as other leading smart phones in bright light, with the F/2.4 aperture camera found on the Moto X , which means you get high detailed pictures with less motion blur. Camera app can be quickly accessed via a twist of your wrist. Motorola calls this Quick Capture, and you can see it in action below:

Availability & Pricing
            The Moto X will be available in late August or early September on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and other carriers. Suggested price is $200 for the 16GB version and $250 for the 32GB version with 2-year contracts, though carriers may give you attractive discounts by their own (for example, T-Mobile will likely ask for $100 less, but will have you pay off the rest in instalments). The phone comes with 50GB of storage in Google Drive for two years in addition to the internal 15GB storage. There will also be an unlocked version of the Moto X coming to the Play Store, though pricing has not yet been announced for that (we were told that it would be something around $575 or 35000 INR).
            So it is not a budget phone anyways as it was rumoured before its release.
It would be available initially in the US with a two-year contract and in Canada and Latin America (sorry, no word on India launch but we’d suggest not holding your breath for it), the Moto X aspires to be the iPhone of the Android world.

Moto X review Round up:
“Low Specifications and over-priced, but a step in a good direction”
            I'll say, this is a fine phone, but the price could be a turn off factor for many. It's plenty fast, if not exceptionally so. Its software tweaks are the main centre of attraction, but nothing extraordinary that would prompt us to throw our Galaxies or Nexuses in the bin. It starts at a same old $199 on-contract price just like most flagship Android phones. Customizable backs and catchy software are all well and good, but if that's your phone's killer feature, you might need to think of some more ideas.
            The Moto X marks the beginning of a trend when Android device makers finally understand the importance of user experience over core hardware specifications. After all, most people pay for the hardware they get .The hardware specifications decides the market value of a smart phone rather than its capabilities and the experience it provides (where iPhone stands apart). And that is where Motorola probably lost the opportunity. It could have matched the newest of hardware with a genuine price tag rather than matching the price tags of today’s flagship smart phones with last year's hardware.

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