Motorola Moto X (2014)

Motorola Moto X (2014)
Motorola Moto X

The wrong time to buy a new phone is always the first three months of the year. Events such as February's Mobile World Congress pave the way for companies to launch new devices for the year.

So, consumers already know that new phones from Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi, Microsoft and Sony are on the way, from as early as this month.

It gets a bit worse when a company decides that this is the time to start selling last year's model.

Last September, the Moto X was notable in that it was the final device Motorola Mobility launched under Google's guidance, before Google completed the sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo in October.

In the US, Motorola offered consumers a choice of colours and materials for the back cover.

In Singapore, there is no such option and consumers here are left with a matte black back cover with a gun metal grey metallic frame.

The hardware is by no means inferior, but it will not offer the new 64-bit system that Android Lollipop can and will likely support on flagship devices coming out this year from Samsung, HTC and LG.

The phone has a great build quality to it, with a curved back that makes the phone sit nicely in your palm. The controls are on the right edge of the device, and the headphone jack and SIM card tray are placed on the top edge. One thing missing is the microSD slot, which means owners will have to live with just 16GB of internal memory here.

Though it uses stock Android operating system, which offers great appeal to those who hate bloatware, Motorola has added several proprietary software features to the Moto X.

A voice command feature allows you to wake the phone with a verbal command, and placing your hand over the screen will bring up an information display, of the time and incoming notifications like e-mail and SMS messages.

The upgrade to a full high-definition (HD) screen is a bonus, and I expect that HD screens, together with a Gorilla Glass display, will be the new minimum requirement on all smartphone screens this year.

Alas, the phone's disappointment also happens to be a feature used by many.

Despite having a 13-megapixel camera, photos taken by the device are mediocre at best. Night-time and low-light shots lack the punch that competing flagship devices provide.

Given the slightly high price tag here, this device looks targeted solely at the hardcore Android users.

TECH SPECS

Price: $765

Processor: 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core

Operating System: Android 5.0

Screen: 5.2-inch Amoled, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 424 pixels per inch

Memory: 16GB, 2GB of RAM

Camera: 13-megapixels (rear), dual-LED ring flash, 2-megapixels (front)

Battery: 2,300mAh (non-removable)

RATING

Design: 3/5

Performance: 3/5

Value for money: 2/5

Battery life: 3/5

Overall: 3/5


This article was first published on Mar 19, 2015.
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