Impressions: Motorola’s Moto X

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Motorola’s worst kept secret was finally unveiled this past Thursday and while we were unable to get our hands the device there is still plenty to talk about! It was rumored early on that the phone would allow customers to customize parts of the phone, while this rumor came to fruition… it fell a little short of expectations. Most of the community wanted to have to the ability to customize internal components rather than outside aesthetics. However, the option to customize the colors of the phone is a great addition to the mobile market and we hope that it catches on with other manufactures.

Unfortunately, the Moto X is receiving more criticism than acclaim due to is under-powered specs. It will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor with two Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. This processor is then coupled with a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of ram. These specs aren’t lackluster by any means, but they do fall short of what people have come to expect in any flagship phone. You can still expect to have a stuterless user experience with the Moto X’s internals.

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As for the memory… we are certaintly starting to see a trend with “Google phones” as this phone does not have an SD card slot; which limits users to either 16GB or 32GB of storage. If that isn’t enough for you, Google is giving consumers two free years of 50GB cloud storage with the purchase of the phone. However, unless you have unlimited data, cloud storage may not be an option to you unless you are always on WiFi.

The cameras on the Moto X are a 10 mega-pixel rear sensor with a 2 mega-pixel front facing camera. From my experience with Motorola smartphones, I’m not too sure how the sensor will compare to other smartphone cameras. This camera is dubbed with “Clear Pixel” technology; but again, we still aren’t sure if this will have any real impact on the phone’s performance.

This phone will be shipping with Android 4.2.2 which is kind of a missed expectation, but you can expect a 4.3 update very soon.

In conclusion, I’m glad Motorola and Google are trying something different in a mobile industry where it seems only specs are what matters. The phone looks extremely attractive but with less than stellar specs to back it up.. the Moto X may be kept from smartphone stardom. The phone will run you for $199 which is the standard expectation for any flagship smartphone.

Will the bet on customization pay off? Only time will tell.

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