New Amazing, speedy and classy MOTO X available in stores now!
The moto X was not designed like others. It was all about a decent phone with excellent performance over countless meaningless sub standard features.
Coming to the processor. Yes it has a Dual core processor but that's not where the story ends.
1 It has a 2 core Snapdragon S4 CPU for general usage of the phone
2 It has a 4 core Adreno 320 GPU for performance gaming etc
3 It has 1 core For dedicated contextual computing and gesture recognition making it more fluid
4 It has 1 core especially for natural language processing making it more likely to understand any form of speech input
That's a total of 8 cores all managed by Motorola X8 computing system. A dedicated core for each of the specific function means an enhanced battery life and optimization of usage. So in reality it's Octa-Core but since you don't need all of them running together at all times their functions have been segregated.
Another complaint made by people is about Active display. Yes you can grab an app for that but here's what you should know. Moto X uses AMOLED display which unlike IPS display does not use the entire screen while using active display. So if you use active display on IPS LCD it will drain your battery. On Moto X it only uses the part that's enough for showing notifications and thus you won't be running to charge it every few hours.
In my opinion Motorola is giving a phone that boasts of performance and near Vanilla Android experience instead of adding stuff that doesn't matter. Also 720p was deliberate to further enhance performance and improve battery life and you'll hardly notice any difference
I ordered this phone a month ago. No doubt, its one of the best smartphones in the market right now. But flipkart delivered me a defected piece. The camera of my phone has black linings and it is also captured in images. I asked for replacement and flipkart rejected my request without even contacting me. Camera is an important part of smartphone hence, I am feeling that I have wasted my 24000 Rs. I have decided that I will never buy anything from flipkart and will never recommend it to anyone. One of the worst services ever.
Most of the good things about the phone have been covered, so I wont dwell into those. I am one of the unfortunate ones. Here is my experience
1) The phone which flipkart shipped to be wasn't exactly brand new. It was a return unit of someone else, the side and back were dirty. Before I could get it replaced, the following happened.
2) I dropped in from a height of about 1.5-2.0 feet (with a case) and the screen shattered. This made me read more about the display. It was then when I came to know that its a known problem with Moto X, it has an extremely fragile glass. The net is filled with complaints.
3) Motorola is well aware of this problem, and in the US provides customers with a free replacement of display if broken. Keep in mind that this scheme/offer wasn't introduced at the time the phone launch in US. It was much later when Motorola started receiving complaints about it.
4) I contacted Motorola, and as expected, this free replacement scheme is not offered in India.
5) I asked for repair, and I was informed the bill would be close to Rs 12,000.
Here is my take on the complete situation. Motorola makes phones with fragile Displays. Motorola knows this, and provides free replacement for broken LCD in USA. But India and Indians are left out. Why? Dont we deserve the same kind of service?
For a second lets give Motorola the benefit of doubt and say there is nothing wrong with the Display and it was my sheer carelessness because of which it cracked (and the carelessness of countless other people). Fine fault accepted. But a replacement display for Rs 12,000 which is half the cost of the phone? That is outright crazy and ridiculous.
So my motorola adventure has come to a premature end, and I have no reason to continue with it.
This phone has features that no other phone has.
1) Active display
This feature is so addictive that I am not buying any other phone that does not have active display. It is this significant. Just lift the phone, or take it out of your pocket and the screen shows all the information you need in a battery efficient way without you having to press the power button.
2) Touchless control
Give commands to your phone without turning the screen on. While going to bed, and my phone is lying somewhere else in the room, I just say "OK Google now, wake me up at 7 AM" and that's it. No need to touch the phone. Also just say "Ok Google now, what's up" and the phone will say the time and read your notifications :)
Note : This feature requires Internet connectivity.
3) Flick wrist to launch Camera
This is not a gimmick and works everytime. Need I say more. You can say this can be achieved by other apps but the key here is achieving this without sacrificing battery life.
4) Motorola Spotlight stories
Moto has teamed up with Pixar animation studios and produced wonderful animated stories. Nothing to add to the features of the phone but it is something that will make you smile, and everyone else will just look in awe and surprise.
This phone has Android 4.4.2 and timely updates. This phone received Android 4.4 even before the Nexus 4.<br>
And to everyone comparing the hardware with the Nexus 5, just use the phone once. The phone has zero lag and the size is perfect too. The 720p screen is just enough at 4.7" screens.
The key here is that Motorola made a custom 8 core hardware for this phone. 2 core application processor, 4 core GPU, 1 core natural language processing and 1 core for contextual computing. The battery life is exactly as advertised and I am happily using it since last 3 months. (Got mine from the US, I have the 32 GB version.)
The sound output from the speaker is not very loud. But again, it is not very low too.
Also No FM Radio, if you care about that.
I saw a few reviews where the reviewer is giving 1 star and complaining that it is overpriced. That is really a lame thing to do. The cost of the phone is 400 USD for 16 GB version in the US. That is 24460 INR according to the exchange rate today (19th March 2014). How is this phone overpriced? This is the first time a phone is sold at a price EVEN BELOW than the original price in the USA. Compare the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 prices in India and in the USA.
Also few reviewers complain about the "1.7 GHz dual core processor". On paper better specs do not make a better phone. Use the phone once and you will know.