Motorola MOTO X

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Motorola's short and sweet ownership by Google - the brand is about to be sold on, this time to Lenovo - has had the advantage of a couple of handsets hitting the streets that contain virtually no customisation of the android operating system. The MOTO X is one such handset

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Motorola MOTO X

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  2. £23 a month
  3. 500 minutes
  4. 500 MB data
  5. UNLIMITED texts
  6. 4G ready


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Motorola X

£499.99


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Main features

  1. Excellent value for money
  2. Large 4.7 inch HD AMOLED touchscreen
  3. Lock screen notifications
  4. Full voice control
  5. 50 GB FREE online storage


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by Mike Leader

Android as it was meant to be

The absence of manufacturer customisation of the operating system, known as "bloatware" means that you get Google's android operating system exactly the way Google's designers wanted it to be. This has the added advantage of saving built in memory space too. The TouchWiz overlay used by Samsung on their Galaxy android handsets for example is excellent but it does eat into quite a bit of your smartphone's available memory

Latest Android OS - Kit Kat 4.4.2

It's worth noting that the latest version of android, v4.4.2 codenamed KitKat, is included here.

The only slight addition to this is Motorola's customisation of the voice control facility which has been updated to recognise English accents. This is probably why it has taken over 6 months to reach the UK following it's release in the US.

Another brilliant feature of the MOTO X is the notifications of missed calls and texts which appear on the home screen even when the screen is off.


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Useful apps

One of the most intriguing aspects we touched on above, and that's Voice Response, the voice control application. Once the phone is turned on it will respond to your voice commands without the need for you to even pick it up. You can ask it to navigate to a destination, enquire about the possibility of rain, go to a website or set an alarm. Its clever stuff

Meanwhile Motorola Connect lets you receive and send texts from your laptop or desktop computer and even notifies you of incoming calls. This allows you to see who is calling before you reach for your phone

Innovative customisation

Motorola have included a couple more useful apps too. These are also found on the budget priced MOTO G, one of which is Assist which is a clever little application which allows you to customise certain tasks. For example you can set your phone to go silent at certain times, such as at bedtime and even allow favourite contacts to still get through.

It can also check your calendar and automatically silence calls at set meeting times, sending the callers an editable text message instead. When driving it can automatically play music, announce incoming calls and readout texts, though this isn't available on the MOTO G

The second one is one you will only use once but it's very useful indeed. Called Motorola Migrate, it migrates all your contacts, photos, files, music and settings from your old android phone by scanning it with a QR code. You have to install the app on your old phone first from Google Play market. It's free and only takes a few seconds.

Non slip and splashproof casing

Motorola have included a non-slip rubberised rear cover which has a special coating to help it repel water, although it is important to note that it is not a waterproof phone so don't go jumping in the pool with it!

The understated little dimple below the casing we liked so much on the MOTO G also features here. You will find it a natural place to rest your finger when holding the phone, especially when taking pictures. It's a small touch that makes a big difference.

From the front the slightly squared appearance is rather nondescript but pleasing enough, with the wide microphone aperture below the screen matching the speaker grille at the top.

Scratch resistant screen

Corning's Gorilla Glass is used for the screen which is shatterproof and scratch resistant, and covers the whole of the front of the MOTO X. The 4.7 inch screen is the AMOLED type which offers clear and bright vivid colours. This is slightly unexpected as the MOTO G favours the IPS LCD type of screen.

The 720 x 1280 resolution is not full HD and the pixel density of 312 pixels per inch (PPI) will seem a little low to many of you but the reality is that once you reach over 300 PPI you are reaching the point at which the human eye cannot really detect too many more pixels anyway.

The display is clear and sharp and text is crisp enough down to font sizes which are approaching the point at which they are too small to be read anyway. It's a bright AMOLED screen which is not going to disappoint you.

10 megapixel camera and Full HD video recording

Motorola have gone for a 10 megapixel camera on the MOTO X and it features an intuitive rotating settings dial which pops out from the left of the screen. Camera features are comprehensive and include autofocus, touch to focus, face detection, geotagging, panorama and HDR to highlight subjects in front of a bright backlight.

You can open the camera app simply with a shake of the wrist. Video recording with stereo sound is available at full 1080p HD but of course you will need a Full HD screen to view it on. A 2 megapixel full HD front facing video camera is also included.

The quality of both still and video cameras is admirable with the video clips actually appearing a little sharper than still shots.

Performance and memory

A 1.7 GHz dual core processor provides plenty of power to keep this handset zipping along nicely, backed up with 2GB of RAM memory. Some of you might have expected a little more at this price point but the lack of manufacturer and operator bloatware means that it really is more than enough power

Built in memory comes in 16GB and 32GB variants, however it may be a deal breaker for some that a memory card slot is not included here. However Motorola/Google do offer 50Gb of cloud storage free for two years.

Your photos and files can be set to back up automatically which will save your memory space but we do recommend that you set this to work only over Wi-Fi and so save yourself from possible hefty operator data charges.

Comprehensive connectivity suite

You will want for nothing here. Alongside Wi-Fi, with Wi-Fi direct and Wi-Fi hotspot, you will find NFC for contactless payments and file transfer by touching or holding the phone in close proximity to another NFC-equipped device.

Also included is stereo Bluetooth and support for sat nav and geotagging via assisted GPS (A-GPS) and access to GLONASS, Russia's satellite system. Worthy of note here is the long battery life with Motorola quoting up to 576 hours standby and 13 hours talk time.

Our summary

Like it's budget counterpart, Motorola's MOTO X is an outstanding android handset that is well made, feels good to hold and use and gives an impression of quality that will last.

It does have one glaring problem though which just will not go away. It is similarly priced to the Nexus 5 which has a slightly bigger and better True HD 1080p 4.95 inch screen.

For a pure android experience there is little to choose between the two and so it really comes down to screen size.

It's a shame there isn't a little more to differentiate the two because in its own right the MOTO X is a terrific handset, but our vote has to go to the LG built Nexus 5 simply because the little extra in the display stakes makes it slightly better value for money.

But there is little to choose between the two. Both smartphones are an absolute delight and neither of the two will disappoint in any way..


Motorola MOTO X UK Price Comparison

(Don't worry, you can change price plans and options such as colours before you decide to buy. Other plans are available)


MOTO X Latest UK prices - O2 Network UK O2 mobile phones @ 1stMobile.co.uk

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£23 a month
500 minutes
UNLIMITED texts
500 MB data
£19.99 upfront
4G ready
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£28 a month
UNLIMITED mins
UNLIMITED texts
1 GB data
£19.99 upfront cost
4G ready
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£38 a month
UNLIMITED minutes
UNLIMITED texts
8 GB data
£29.99 upfront
4G ready
PAY AS YOU GO
£359.99
NO contract
£10 top up
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£359.99 handset
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  3. FREE O2 Prepay sim included
  4. NO monthly contract
  5. Full 1 year warranty

IMPORTANT: Customers outside the UK MAINLAND MUST select the "worldwide" option from the drop-down list.

Motorola X

£499.99


In stock now

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