Motorola Moto X hands-on
Motorola have managed to hold an event in New York for the new Motorola Moto X. The event did not amaze with its boastfulness and spectacular effects and arrangements but rather with its strict and well managed way to reveal to the audience the big new thing they are now offering to their prospective customers. Although you may suppose that the shock of the DROIDs just a few days ago was big enough to somehow soften the effect that the new Motorola Moto X will create you would be wrong. It was presented really well and the surprises around the device itself are big enough to make it enough popular by itself not to get overtaken by the DROIDs. What is more the new Motorola Moto X is available through all the four wireless national carriers – Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and one regional – US Cellular.
The design of the phone is particularly attractive and really making a difference because it is really comfortable to hold and the space that the screen takes does not seem that big meaning you are holding a 4.7-inch device but you feel like you are holding 4.3-inch phone and it is really easy and comfortable to handle.
But the biggest news in the design department is that Motorola offers amazing personalization options along with AT&T, which is said to be exclusive carrier in the US to be able to take advantage of the Moto Maker – the online portal where prospective buyers can personalize the color of both the back and the front of the device, as well as, to match it with the color of the charger and the headphones. There are also some available wallpapers to chose from and more which you can check if you go to the website.
4.7-inch AMOLED 720p display, which is one step behind the major leading flagship devices of the big players on the market, as they are offering 1080p experience now but you can really say that the display lacks in quality or performance only based on pixel count. It has got all the major hallmarks of AMOLED displays and besides supports one rather interesting feature called Active Display, which is basically summed up in saying that if you shake the device a bit or simply flip it from its back to its front that it will show any specific notifications without lighting up the whole screen but simply show the needed pixels to inform you which we would conclude that it is quite neat.
Now here there are some innovations but first thing is first. The new Motorola Moto X supports stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and it is running quite smoothly on the new hardware that’s under the hood. However, we should mention that the Moto X does not have the interactive clock widgets that the DROIDs boast with so that’s a minus. Nevertheless, let’s get to the big guns here.
Touchless Control is one new feature that basically works magic. It is basically always-on voice control that really makes you feel in charge of the device because you only need to pronounce the keywords even when the Motorola Moto X is in sleep mode it will hear you and will respond by placing a call, receiving directions and more.
Quick Capture Camera is the other great improvement in the new Motorola Moto X. When you really, really want to take a quick picture of your friend in awkward position well Motorola have really thought about this situation and they have come up with the double twist of the wrist that automatically launches the camera which can take pictures as easily as tapping on the screen once and that’s it. Now your friends are always in danger of getting shot in the most embarrassing situation.
There is not much new to announce here X8 Mobile Computing System, homegrown by Motorola, which is essentially a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, contextual computing and natural language processors in tow. We are happy to see that. Things are running really snappy with even complex functions.
When it comes to connectivity we have got 4G LTE here along with aGPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Miracast Wireless Display, which is probably the most interesting feature here. If your TV supports Miracast streaming you enable it and you can stream videos directly from your device to the TV-set wirelessly.
Well, you will be “shocked” when we tell you that the device features the amazing and yet so well-known from the DROIDs Clear Pixel technology and yet the 10MP is the number again chosen for this device also. It seems that 13MP is much too fatalist number or a number that from Motorola do not consider fashionable but probably the Clear Pixel technology will cover for the difference as it will, in theory, make the phone able to take quicker pictures during the day because of the amount of light that is processed. And during the night there is this low-light thingy here that makes the camera much more effective in discos and nightclubs which is pretty awesome.
Well, we should say that there were some refreshing new advancements such as the personalization and the voice control adaptation which are pretty neat when you come to think about it. It is also nice that the device is offered for $199 and not as the initial information suggested $299. But probably the best news of them all is that it is all in. All the carriers are offering it with a two-year contract.