Motorola Moto X Review

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The Moto X is a well-made phone, and you can customize it (for a fee) by choosing its look and some of its pre-installed software. The phone impresses with zippy performance, a comfortable shape, and a very bright, colorful display. The camera, however, takes inconsistent photos.

The Moto Maker, a tool for designing your phone with custom colors and software, makes a splash in Motorola Moto X reviews. This unique and appealing offering (starting at $50) started out exclusive to AT&T but has expanded to all four major carriers. Reviewers declare the Moto X a good phone even in its original black or white (starting at 1 cent, Amazon) aside from one unfortunate weakness: The sub-par camera consistently disappoints. Moto X reviews say it's respectable but simply doesn't compete with the current crop of cameras on other premium phones. Despite that shortcoming, a Motorola Moto X review at PC Mag rates the phone 4 out of 5 stars. On the plus side, the phone is a comfortable size, with a bright and very colorful 4.7-inch screen and a shape that fits well in the hand. The display owes its vibrant color to the AMOLED technology behind the screen. That likely also contributes to the phone's superior battery life, which bested the HTC One in PC Mag's testing. Motorola's zippy CPU didn't produce any lag and the reviewer found the phone quite responsive.

A reviewer from Tech Radar admires the solid build and vivid, bright display of the Moto X. The reviewer agrees that this phone runs fast and the battery life is excellent. Call quality on the Moto X is also reliably good; voices sound loud and clear with no distortion. Again, though, the camera proved frustrating in the site's testing. Some photos turned out beautifully, but others inexplicably did not.

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The Moto X runs on a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor that reviewers say performs well enough to measure up to more powerful competitors. The phone uses Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) with some useful Motorola-specific features built in. A Gizmag comparison of the Moto X and Samsung Galaxy S4 highlights conveniences such as Motorola Assist, with tailored settings for when you're driving, sleeping, or in a meeting, and Active Display, which the reviewer considers the best way any phone handles notifications while on sleep mode. The screen resolution is 1280 x 720, so it displays 720p HD rather than 1080p. Gizmag assures readers the screen is still sharp, if not quite at the level of the Galaxy S4. The 10-megapixel rear camera and 2 MP front camera both shoot 1080p HD video. Like most smartphones, the Moto X supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. You'll find this phone with 16 GB or 32 GB of memory (and no microSD card slot).

A flakey camera is going to be a deal-killer for many, but if you're more interested in the phone than the camera, the Motorola Moto X is a good, user-friendly choice with compelling customization options and features. The phone runs smoothly and performs very well in all other respects.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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