Motorola Moto X Android phone (preview)
The Moto X offers unique customisation options and promises 24-hour battery life.
- Customisable design
- Active notifications
- Claimed 24-hour battery life
- No expandable memory
- Screen isn't full HD
- No word on AU release
Motorola has officially announced its Moto X Android phone, the first smartphone the company has produced since being bought by Google last year. It offers unique customisation options, claims to have a battery life of 24 hours and introduces always-on voice commands and notifications, but there's no word yet whether it will ever make its way to Australia.
Motorola has opted for a very different approach with the Moto X. Rather than cramming the device with the latest specifications, as most Android manufacturers tend to do, the company claims to have focussed more on user experience and personalisation. The phone is clearly being targeted at everyday, mainstream users, rather than consumers concerned about having the latest and greatest quad-core processors. It's a big gamble, so it will be interesting to see if the market responds.
The highlight of the Moto X is the ability to completely customise its look. Users can chose from 18 backplate colours, a black or white front panel, and seven different colours for the buttons on the side, and the ring around the camera lens on the back. Users can also engrave the back of the phone. The colour and engraving selections are made online using what the company calls "Moto Maker", though the customisation is initially exclusive to the AT&T network in the US. Users can also pick between 16GB and 32GB of storage, but there's no microSD card slot to expand that memory.
The Motorola Moto X is constructed largely from matte plastics. The back curves outwards towards the middle of the phone, so the rear of the device bulges in the centre. The Moto X is just 5.6mm thin at its thinnest point, but 10.4mm at its thickest point. Motorola was keen to point out that the phone is smaller than most competitors, despite having a large 4.7in screen. The bezel surrounding the display is much thinner than most devices on the market, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, so the device should be comfortable to use single-handedly.
The Motorola Moto X has mid-range specifications. The 4.7in AMOLED screen has a 720p resolution of 1280x720 compared with the full HD screens of most competitors, while there's also a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 2GB of RAM. Motorola actually brands the internals as the "X8 Mobile Computing System," which consists of the processor and two custom chips for voice recognition and gesture control features. While admitting the internals aren't the most powerful available, Motorola says its irrelevant as the hardware is optimised specifically for the Moto X's features.
The Motorola Moto X runs an almost stock version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but introduces two new features. Active notifications can display notifications on the screen without needing to unlock the device. The phone pulses when you miss a call or receive a message, and a small square on the screen will show an app icon. There's also an active voice recognition system that uses an "Okay Google Now" command to create reminders, set alarms and use a number of other functions.
The Moto X includes a 10-megapixel rear facing camera that doubles as a full HD, 1080p video recorder, along with a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video calls. Tapping anywhere on the screen in the camera app immediately takes a photo, with focus and exposure adjusted automatically. There's also the ability to hold the Moto X in one hand and twist your wrist three times to jump into the camera app when the phone is unlocked.
Interestingly, Motorola claims the Moto X's 2200mAh battery will last a full, 24 hour day with regular use and all features activated. We'll be very keen to put this claim to the test, as it would be a huge selling point.
The Motorola Moto X will be available through all US carriers this month, but there's been no word on an Australian release.
A promotional video of the Moto X can be viewed below.
Join the newsletter!
Samsung QLED 8K TV
Ballistix Sport AT
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB 3000
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch
Apple iMac Pro
Toys for Boys
Osmo Coding Awbie Game
ESET Smart Security Premium
Tivoli PAL BT
Little Bits DROID Inventor Kit
Oregon Pro WMR500 Weather Station
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac
ESET Internet Security
Nix Pro Colour Sensor
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
Sometimes an excellent operating system can be made even better
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Brilliant but not quite a breakthrough
- 2 HP Omen 15 (2018): Full, in-depth review
- 3 HP Envy x360 13 (Ryzen): Full, in-depth review
- 4 Dell G5 review: Easy to live with
- 5 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
Latest News Articles
- Oppo tease biometric and camera innovations ahead of MWC 2019
- LG V50 release date, price, specs and news rumours
- The new iPhone XS battery case works with the iPhone X, but don't expect perfection
- Fnatic and OnePlus announce global esports partnership
- Oppo tease a 10x zoom smartphone camera
PCW Evaluation Team
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
- CES 2019 Round-Up:
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies