Motorola Moto X Overview

Announced Aug 23, 2013 •
4.7 screen | 10 megapixels (rear) | 2 megapixels (front)
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Reviewed Mar 3, 2014
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Announced Aug 23, 2013
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The Moto X is the first phone built by Motorola after the company was acquired by Google. The handset expresses at least some of the innovation you’d hope would spring from such a union. It listens for your voice even when the screen is off, wakes up when you pull it out of your pocket, and tries to optimize its behavior depending on what you’re doing. Spec-wise, it’s capable but not particularly impressive. It's powered by a 1.7 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB RAM. Images can be composed and viewed on a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED screen.

On the camera side of things the Moto X features an unusual 10 megapixel RGBC 1/2.6-inch 16:9 sensor and a F2.4 lens.It offers an Auto HDR mode, Panorama mode and Gesture camera activation but overall we found in our review the camera could not quite keep up with the best models in the market in terms of image quality, performance and features.

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Quick specs
OS Google Android
OS Version 4.2.2
Front camera effective pixels 2 megapixels
Front camera resolution 1920 x 1080
Rear camera effective pixels 10 megapixels
Rear camera resolution 4320 x 2432
Rear camera focal length 28 mm
Rear camera aperture 2.4
Camera physical shutter release No
Camera image stabilization Unknown
Video camera recording format 1080p, 30fps
LCD size 4.7
Built in memory 16GB storage, 2GB RAM
Weight 130 g (4.59 oz)
Dimensions 129 x 65 x 10 mm (5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41)

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Our review

The Moto X is an innovative Android phone, and a relative value off-contract. But despite a sensor that can deliver solid image quality in low light, results are marred by exposure inconsistencies, color inaccuracies and artifacts. A barebones camera app and lack of a physical shutter button doesn’t help recommend the phone to more technical mobile photographers.

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