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Motorola has finally made its way back into the Indian market and boy has it arrived. After the superbly successful launch of the Moto G in the Indian Market, the company has made available the new Moto X. Does the Moto X have the capability of surviving the Indian market, a market so powerfully taken over by brands in the lower tier and predominantly by companies like Samsung and now Sony. Lets find out!

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Overview

The Moto X is the best return a company like Motorola can make. With an massive evolution on design strategies and understanding the importance of a form factor, Motorola showed that they are ready to give the people what they need. The Moto X is built on a Google experience, a pure Android Experience, almost Nexus like, but better. The custom addition and hands free operations only add to the usage capabilities and experience, and while this may be one of the best handsets in the market, has it come at the right time in India, is what one must really ask.

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Build, Design and Hardware

Motorola is known for their build quality, with their US specific DROID line up or even with their Moto Defy series of phones, the company has made a mark for their robust hardware. The Moto X is no less, the handset is well built with a great mix of good material and protective design. The bezel raises slightly above the glass on the front to give the front glass protection from direct scratching.

The Moto X is another one of those phones, that even though available in India, does not give us the custom experience it offers users in markets like the US. No you cannot choose between wood finishes and color options, and no you cannot sign your signature and give it a name. The motomaker tool is only for the US and its a pity that the experience could not be brought to India. The Moto X available in 6 color options along with a wood option but no customization.

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Hardware wise the Moto X is held up with a Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon chipset with a dual core 1.7 GHz CPU, you will also get an Adreno 320 GPU. On the inside is 16 GB storage with a higher price 32 Gb variant and 2GB of RAM as standard. The battery is a 2200 mAh unit and the cameras are 10 MP rear and 2 MP front, both with 1080p video capture. 

The front has a 4.7 inch 1280 x 720p AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass, the handset will only accept a single sim card and does not have a  removable back panel or micro SD expandability.

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Display, Multimedia and Performance

The Moto X is laden with a 4.7 inch AMOLED display, it has great outdoor visibility and good levels of brightness. The display can proudly boast excellent viewing angles and contrast output. The display however does have the blueish tint that we have seen in the past on AMOLED displays.

The X can handle all forms of media, taking into consideration a lower end of the specs spectrum. This will playback full 1080p videos without lag or stutter. The speakerphone is not the best but its pretty loud, and in most cases you will not need additional speakers. The audio output from the 3.5 mm jack is also refined and loud.

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The Moto X is designed to run Android, and you will get a device that does exactly that. Even though hardware wise the Moto X is limited to a dual core processor, an average user will not feel the grunt of this. However if you are looking for a peak performer the Moto X will not be the handset you may be looking for.

Most games will work out of the box and almost all will run lag free, over a period of time if you have a lot of applications running you will see a slow down in performance while gaming, and the only way to fix this is to reboot.

Thanks to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the Moto X has a much lighter version of the Android OS, one that is not very resource hungry, therefore ensuring good stability and smooth usability of the handset.

Camera

The fact that the Moto X has a better than average camera is well known, but its also one of the most accurate to capture color and exposure value. The camera is very snappy, and comes with very little shutter lag. The 10 MP camera will live up to its name in most situations and deliver promising results. The LED flash is not very loud and does not disrupt the color of the image, and may only help in low light conditions and not complete utter darkness.

Video is shot in Full HD at 30fps with stereo sound and HDR capabilities. Video capture is impressive with stable lag free video along with precise color monitoring and audio capture.

HandsFree Operation

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In India, the training phrase is “Ok Google Now” and it allows you to do almost all imaginable things that a phone should do, from executing searches to calling people and answering phones. Its a feature that allows you to wake up the phone without needing to press any button or physically touch the handset. See our Review video for a full demo.

Essentially its a version of Google Now that’s listening for you to say “Okay Google Now!” so that you can avoid tapping the mic icon.

It also is not the perfect companion, for e.g. you can’t ask for navigations to “a concert” but only to specific addresses. Although the feature can come in handy, we have found many keep it off, purely to save battery and accidental phone calls.

Phone and Battery

Phone networks are stable, and like most phones in this price range the Moto X lacks LTE, not that we need it yet. Audio quality in phone calls is impressive too with crisp sound coming in and going out, with little or no network loss while in conversation.

Battery life is impressive with one day’s use easily available to the owner. Talk time can be rated around 6 hours thanks to the lower end chipset and relatively low power consuming dual core setup.

Conclusion

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The Moto X is a beautiful product, delivering an Android experience the way it was designed to be delivered. However, with a recent launch in India, the Moto X is slightly underpowered, over priced and lacks customization, so its really not the same experience as it is for a US Moto X owner.

The phone is however a stable handset and would work as a wonderful gift, to a person who is not a very high end user of a smartphone, or as a first phone to those looking for a “perfect Android experience.” The minute you try and exploit the Moto X for extreme use, you will start to see its incompetencies. It will handle almost anything and everything you can throw at it as long as it does not include the kitchen sink.

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GOOD THINGS

  • Built well
  • Good updates
  • Super fast and responsive
  • Hands free works well
  • Great multimedia and camera
  • Long lasting battery

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BAD THINGS

  • Slightly pricey
  • Low on the spec sheet
  • Restricted availability
  • No customization

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Bharat Nagpal
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59 comments
joehardycb
joehardycb

I mostly agree with all the reviews on Tech2 First Post, but I think there is a minor flaw in this review. My brother owns this device and the device is simply perfect. The camera is not as bad as you say it is. In fact these days, my bro doesn't even carry a camera around when he's on vacations, the one in Moto X is quite good! As for the user experience while using Moto X, it is simply the best. He has used the device for 2 months, and now when he has to work with a Samsung device, he is petrified. Because the Moto X is something out of the 22nd century. Overall, Moto X is the device you should buy if you have a limit of 30k. It has features that Samsung would sell for some 60k and performs smoothly like a 54k iPhone. As for all the Indian users who are not able to find the device in the market, guys purchase the device from FlipKart. It is so cheap there, and now there is also a special discount. This discount can be used from this link - http://bit.ly/BuyMotoXIndia Cheers!

rizwanazad
rizwanazad

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi RohanManudhane When Someone believes that a Grand or a Micromax or a Gionee is better than Moto X just because it has more number of "cores", it just shows his understanding or lack of it of how a technology actually works. You guys are better off buying sub standard products with Mediatek OCTACORE phones.

rizwanazad
rizwanazad

SiddheshKandalkar It has 4G LTE but it supports 2300 MHz band while in India it's 2100 Mhz band. Now it needs to be seen whether it supports Indian band or not as some tech experts have claimed that Moto X will support LTE on 1800 MHz. Let's wait and watch

rizwanazad
rizwanazad

@SiddheshKandalkar It has 4G LTE but it supports 2300 MHz band while in India it's 2100 Mhz band. Now it needs to be seen whether it supports Indian band or not as some tech experts have claimed that Moto X will support LTE on 1800 MHz. Let's wait and watch

Venkatesh B
Venkatesh B

RohanManudhane  very true about the pricing. Motorola/Google wanted to give its user something at a nominal cost with excellent configuration. It is really sad to see people decide phones on the general specs without even analyzing it.

Love_Rizwan
Love_Rizwan

After reading this I have began to doubt if the reviewer has actually used this phone over a longer period of time or has he reviewed based on his perception of the phone? Agreed that on the outset the phone doesn't boast of top of the line spec sheet and Moto X never intended to be in the spec sheet war. It rather intended to be user friendly phone that anyone and everyone can use delivering one of the finest user experience and it does that with aplomb. Moto X has to be one of the best value for money device. Even the pricing is too good to believe. See the price of the phone in US when it was released, add the taxes and duties and you will understand why it is such a smartly priced phone. The phone got rave reviews on some of the best tech sites like phonearena, engadget, techradar, androidauthority and many other reputed tech sites. The problem with Bharat Nagpal is that you throw anything Apple at him and he will go on showing how it is not power spec monster but it is Apple experience and blah blah... And all those complaining about dual core processor should better resort to their Micromax, Lava or Samsung manufactured quad core or octa core processor phones with MediaTek processor. Those phones will serve you guys much better. Moto X has different sets of processors designed for different task thereby reducing battery consumption. It is a phone with almost perfect user experience. The only drawback in my opinion is lack of memory expansion. Camera is actually good and clicks pretty decent snaps, yes it certainly isn't a great camera but it is good. At a starting price of INR 24,000 Moto X is certainly the best phone in it's segment. But I guess all those cribbing for dual processors will cherish their Grand, Canvas and what not. My only advice would be to first check the review of Moto X on YouTube across different channels and then read the review on phonearena, techradar, engadget and then decide. It's your hard earned money so chose wisely but why bash a product without knowing the actual details of it.

Love_Rizwan
Love_Rizwan

After reading this I have began to doubt if the reviewer has actually used this phone over a longer period of time or has he reviewed based on his perception of the phone? Agreed that on the outset the phone doesn't boast of top of the line spec sheet and Moto X never intended to be in the spec sheet war. It rather intended to be user friendly phone that anyone and everyone can use delivering one of the finest user experience and it does that with aplomb. Moto X has to be one of the best value for money device. Even the pricing is too good to believe. See the price of the phone in US when it was released, add the taxes and duties and you will understand why it is such a smartly priced phone. The phone got rave reviews on some of the best tech sites like phonearena, engadget, techradar, androidauthority and many other reputed tech sites. The problem with Bharat Nagpal is that you throw anything Apple at him and he will go on showing how it is not power spec monster but it is Apple experience and blah blah... And all those complaining about dual core processor should better resort to their Micromax, Lava or Samsung manufactured quad core or octa core processor phones with MediaTek processor. Those phones will serve you guys much better. Moto X has different sets of processors designed for different task thereby reducing battery consumption. It is a phone with almost perfect user experience. The only drawback in my opinion is lack of memory expansion. Camera is actually good and clicks pretty decent snaps, yes it certainly isn't a great camera but it is good. At a starting price of INR 24,000 Moto X is certainly the best phone in it's segment. But I guess all those cribbing for dual processors will cherish their Grand, Canvas and what not. My only advice would be to first check the review of Moto X on YouTube across different channels and then read the review on phonearena, techradar, engadget and then decide. It's your hard earned money so chose wisely but why bash a product without knowing the actual details of it.

RohanManudhane
RohanManudhane

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi RohanManudhane  Dude read the reviews about moto x GLOBALLY.. and check out every big site and every youtube video you will find the MOTO x ahead of the bunch of low-grade phones that you talked about right now! It delivers absolutely amazing performance and moto X rules in the budget of below 25k! you are just judging the phone coz of dual core but seriously check d reviews it performs fluidly and no lags have been reported!

Saptarshii
Saptarshii

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi Saptarshii  I believe only Google edition devices or Nexus devices gets the instant software update OTA mostly. It would be interesting to see how Moto plays it, if Lenovo has negotiated the right to first updates from Google for Moto in their deal then it would be fine otherwise the users would be kept waiting, cheers !

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi
SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi

Saptarshii SaMarVeErSiNghPuRiSamsung  is also now within but it recieve's update so similarly as it is flagship model of moto it will definately get update

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi
SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi

AsrithRaghavendra SaMarVeErSiNghPuRiShopByChoiceSir i agree with you i am not going to waste my money on this phone

Saptarshii
Saptarshii

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi Saptarshii  Thanks but how it does not remain under Google so instant updates would not be possible ?

AsrithRaghavendra
AsrithRaghavendra

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi ShopByChoice   Don't be fooled by Dual core processor complaints of others, Here's what you need to know. The moto X was not designed like others. It was all about a decent phone with excellent performance over countless meaningless sub standard features.  Coming to the processor. Yes it has a Dual core processor but that's not where the story ends.  1 It has a 2 core Snapdragon S4 CPU for general usage of the phone 2 It has a 4 core Adreno 320 GPU for performance gaming etc 3 It has 1 core For dedicated contextual computing and gesture recognition making it more fluid 4 It has 1 core especially for natural language processing making it more likely to understand any form of speech input That's a total of 8 cores all managed by Motorola X8 computing system. A dedicated core for each of the specific function means an enhanced battery life and optimization of usage. So in reality it's Octa-Core but since you don't need all of them running together at all times their functions have been segregated.  Another complaint made by people is about Active display. Yes you can grab an app for that but here's what you should know. Moto X uses AMOLED display which unlike IPS display does not use the entire screen while using active display. So if you use active display on IPS LCD it will drain your battery. On Moto X it only uses the part that's enough for showing notifications and thus you won't be running to charge it every few hours. In my opinion Motorola is giving a phone that boasts of performance and near Vanilla Android experience instead of adding stuff that doesn't matter. Also 720p was deliberate to further enhance performance and improve battery life and you'll hardly notice any difference

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi
SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi

ShopByChoice But you just get a 1.7ghz dual core processor not good for long term use

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi
SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi

GauthamSharma VamsiKrishnaMandavilliRohanManudhane yeah you are right if it would be rated low than it would be an great sucess like moto G

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi
SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi

RohanManudhane Ohhh really Rohan look at Grand2 better in perfomance in this look at gionee s5.5 and micromax knight far better than this in every thing you are just wasting your 23k's on 1.7ghzdualcore processor

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi
SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi

Saptarshii Sir it will get the  latest updates as moto g got dont worry about it

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi
SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi

But this phone doesent give that it should give for 23k's ur just wasting your mone on adaptive display

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Beakler

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ShopByChoice
ShopByChoice

Motorola calls this phone a “flaghip” phone. On paper, that’s questionable since it doesn’t use the latest processor, has a 720p display and has a camera sensor that’s unproven in practice. But in my experience, it offers a “flagship” experience and that’s really what counts.It's camera quality is also good .

AsrithRaghavendra
AsrithRaghavendra

@SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi @ShopByChoice  


Don't be fooled by Dual core processor complaints of others, Here's what you need to know.

The moto X was not designed like others. It was all about a decent phone with excellent performance over countless meaningless sub standard features. 

Coming to the processor. Yes it has a Dual core processor but that's not where the story ends. 
1 It has a 2 core Snapdragon S4 CPU for general usage of the phone
2 It has a 4 core Adreno 320 GPU for performance gaming etc
3 It has 1 core For dedicated contextual computing and gesture recognition making it more fluid
4 It has 1 core especially for natural language processing making it more likely to understand any form of speech input

That's a total of 8 cores all managed by Motorola X8 computing system. A dedicated core for each of the specific function means an enhanced battery life and optimization of usage. So in reality it's Octa-Core but since you don't need all of them running together at all times their functions have been segregated. 

Another complaint made by people is about Active display. Yes you can grab an app for that but here's what you should know. Moto X uses AMOLED display which unlike IPS display does not use the entire screen while using active display. So if you use active display on IPS LCD it will drain your battery. On Moto X it only uses the part that's enough for showing notifications and thus you won't be running to charge it every few hours.
In my opinion Motorola is giving a phone that boasts of performance and near Vanilla Android experience instead of adding stuff that doesn't matter. Also 720p was deliberate to further enhance performance and improve battery life and you'll hardly notice any difference

ShopByChoice
ShopByChoice

Motorola calls this phone a “flaghip” phone. On paper, that’s questionable since it doesn’t use the latest processor, has a 720p display and has a camera sensor that’s unproven in practice. But in my experience, it offers a “flagship” experience and that’s really what counts.It's camera quality is also good .

RohanManudhane
RohanManudhane

About s4 mini @GauthamSharma  No HD Display

No 16GB internal Memory
No 2GB RAM
No Wi-Fi 802.11 ac support
No NFC 
No 13MP rear camera
No Dual shot
No Air View and Air Gestures
No Smart pause and Smart Scroll and Optical Reader
No Octacore or Quadcore CPU
No Multi-Window
No high end graphics like adreno 320
No LED notification indicator
No USB OTG support
No 2000mAh+ battery
No Barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture sensors
No S-Health...etc .So,

RohanManudhane
RohanManudhane

About s4 mini GauthamSharma  No HD DisplayNo 16GB internal Memory No 2GB RAM No Wi-Fi 802.11 ac support No NFC  No 13MP rear camera No Dual shot No Air View and Air Gestures No Smart pause and Smart Scroll and Optical Reader No Octacore or Quadcore CPU No Multi-Window No high end graphics like adreno 320 No LED notification indicator No USB OTG support No 2000mAh+ battery No Barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture sensors No S-Health...etc .So,

Sylvester Lobo
Sylvester Lobo

But pricing matters it should cost the same as Xperia sp

Sylvester Lobo
Sylvester Lobo

But pricing matters it should cost the same as Xperia sp

Suhaib Adeel
Suhaib Adeel

You shouldn't rate a phone lower just because it arrived late in your country. Availability has nothing to do with the experience of the phone.

SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi
SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi

But this phone doesent give that it should give for 23k's ur just wasting your mone on adaptive display


Suhaib Adeel
Suhaib Adeel

You shouldn't rate a phone lower just because it arrived late in your country. Availability has nothing to do with the experience of the phone.

Saptarshii
Saptarshii

If I may ask, what about the updates ? It is not a Google product any more hence the users have to depend on the OEM for software updates which might take ages, how does that aspect plays out ? Please advice, cheers !

Saptarshii
Saptarshii

@SaMarVeErSiNghPuRi @Saptarshii  I believe only Google edition devices or Nexus devices gets the instant software update OTA mostly. It would be interesting to see how Moto plays it, if Lenovo has negotiated the right to first updates from Google for Moto in their deal then it would be fine otherwise the users would be kept waiting, cheers !

Saptarshii
Saptarshii

If I may just ask, what about the updates ? It is not a Google product anymore that OTA would be available n the users have to depend on the OEM for updates which might take ages, how does that aspect plays out ? Please advice, cheers !

GauthamSharma
GauthamSharma

VamsiKrishnaMandavilli RohanManudhane  That is actually not true as i have used moto x and samsung galaxy s4 mini and believe me or not actually s4mini comes ahead when delivering raw power and camera is also better on s4mini which is now available for 18k i am not complaining motorola but they should have priced it 20k or 21k which would be nice also considering the fact that samsung has the best service in india it(overall) makes me buy s4mini over moto x. also forgot to say that s4 mini has an IR Blaster which allow you to use it as a remote control for TV's and AC's etc, some of you might call it gimmicky but trust me it is very handy at times.