High-end at a nice price, but storage is capped
Motorola’s flagship phone is deceptively unassuming in name and price. The first generation X had moderate specs and introduced the build-it-yourself Moto Maker customization shop; this second generation X kept the Moto Maker options and improved under the hood.
Processor and Storage: The X sports a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, and Adreno 330 GPU. There is no microSD slot, so the max internal 32GB of storage is all you’re going to get.
Software: The X runs very close to stock Android 5.0 Lollipop. Droid-Life.com says Motorola doesn’t want to “ruin the good thing that stock Android has going – they just want to include features that you can use alongside it that no one else is doing.” The added features include Moto Display (selective pixel lighting and battery conservation), Moto Voice (control almost every aspect of the phone with your voice), Moto Actions (gesture-based control), and Moto Assist (adaptive alerts and settings based on situations).
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Design: There are 25 different caseback finishes, including wood and leather. The phone is framed in metal and curved from side to side (not top to bottom like the LG Flex). At its thickest point, the phone is just under 10mm; towards the edges, it drops to 3.8mm.
Display: The 1080p 5.2-inch AMOLED display is a welcome improvement over the lackluster display of the previous generation. The only caveat, TechRadar.com notes, is slight difficulty reading the display outdoors. The AMOLED technology allows for selective pixel lighting and better battery conservation. In terms of response, “the display reacts swiftly to your touch and text renders perfectly and without blur,” according to Droid-Life.com.
Battery: The 2300mAh battery lasted for 10.5 hours in Engadget.com’s video loop test. ZDNet.com suggests the phone will need a nightly recharge “with normal usage.” Like the LG Flex, the battery is non-removable.
Camera: A 13-megapixel camera is an upgrade from the first-generation model, and as TechRadar.com notes, it’s “a step in the right direction for Motorola.” Color saturation is high and the ring flash on the rear camera gives better balance to lighting a subject. The software is straightforward and without much bloat, although control freaks might want to use a third-party camera app in the Google Play Store. The front-facing camera is 2 megapixels.