Motorola Moto X 

Released August, 2013
  • Android 5.1
  • 4G
  • 4.7"
  • Dual core 1.7 GHz
The market is brimming with standard black, white and aluminium handsets, so the ability to add a touch of personalisation and brightness into most people's daily accessory is both long overdue and desired.
by PocketLint (Aug, 2013)
Certainly, we’re pleased with the results out of its 1080p video recording quality, which sees solid details, minimal artifacting elements when panning, clear audio recording, and good color reproductions.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
7.1 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Motorola Moto X

Performance

Processing power and speed

Moto X
8.2
Xperia Z
8.4
iPhone 5s
9.0
Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Moto X
n.d.
Xperia Z
n.d.
iPhone 5s
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Moto X
5.1
Xperia Z
5.1
iPhone 5s
n.d.
Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Moto X
9.0
Xperia Z
8.4
iPhone 5s
8.7
Reviews from gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com, techradar.com, phonearena.com, fudzilla.com and 1 more

7.1

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Moto X
7.1
Xperia Z
7.1
iPhone 5s
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Motorola Moto X

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Moto X
1,213
Xperia Z1
2,673
iPhone 5s
2,523

AnTuTu Memory, processor, graphics and storage performance

Moto X
18,753
Xperia Z1
32,984
Xperia Z
n.d.

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Moto X
3,109
iPhone 5
901
Lumia 720
1,625

Reviews Word on the street for the Motorola Moto X


10.0
The display is decently bright, though AMOLED displays aren't the best for combating bright sunlight (the HTC One wins that contest) and auto-brightness is ever so slightly dim, though not so much as the Samsung Galaxy S4.

8.6
Details are effective enough to make everyday things easy on the eyes, seeing that it employs the favorable RGB arrangement with its pixels – while its saturated color reproduction and wide viewing angles are expected qualities from what we’re normally exposed to with AMOLED tech.

9.0
We should have banished such doubts from out minds as the battery life is very good.

9.0

Overall

9.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

I say seemingly because these phones are still very fast and have sharp displays with high pixel density, but in a paper specs war, they look weak.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2013)
Details are pleasant and crisp, but there’s a hint of aritfacting when panning quickly.
by PhoneArena (Aug, 2013)
Display: Let’s not beat around the bushes here folks, but the specs on the Moto X’s display are nothing worth bragging about.
by PhoneArena (Aug, 2013)

Camera

The camera uses an RGBC sensor that should improve low light photos and video.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2013)
Thankfully, they’ve upgraded the hardware this time, as it now bears a larger 13-megapixel 1/3.06” sensor – one that’s complemented with an f2.2 aperture lens, dual-LED ring flash, and up to 4K video recording.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
In terms of cameras, the new Moto X receives its fair share of upgrades, since it now bears a higher count 13-megapixel rear camera, which features an f2.2 aperture lens, dual-LED ring flash, and 4K video recording.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)

Apps

Relying on the IR sensors around the display, we can wave our hand over it to quickly glance the screen and any pending notifications.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)
If there's a new email, drag the email notification up and it will show you a preview of the new message.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2013)
Those of you playing games, or watching a lot of video might find it can drain the power more quickly, but that's always the way with these things.
by PocketLint (Jan, 2014)

Video

I've streamed HD video for 45 minutes, used push email, surfed the web for an hour on Chrome, played an hour of music with the screen off, made 30 minutes worth of calls and played 30 minutes of Real Racing 3 and Riptide GP 2 and had 20% charge left at bedtime.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2013)
It takes pretty good photos and videos that will be plenty good enough for most folks even if it doesn't beat the top camera phones.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2013)
Regardless of its inability to reproduce colors very accurately, the Moto X is a polarizing thing to use when it comes to watching high definition videos.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2014)

Carrier

It seemed as though the brakes were applied everywhere, except Verizon and its DROID line.
by PhoneArena (Aug, 2013)
Lastly, depending on your carrier, you can order it with your choice of colors, though I find the stock woven Kevlar black to be attractive and timeless.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2013)
Moto Maker might come to other carriers, though Verizon has opted out since they're focusing on their exclusive Moto Droid trio for the fall of 2013.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type AMOLED
Size 4.7"
Resolution 1280 x 720
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 312 ppi

hardware

Clock speed 1.7 GHz
Number of cores Dual core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB
Supported card formats None

photo & video

Camera 10 MP
Resolution 10 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  2. EV-DO Rev.A
  3. CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
  4. HSPA+ (84 Mb/s)
  5. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  6. LTE (20 Mb/s)

connectivity

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11ac
  2. 802.11n
  3. 802.11a
  4. 802.11g
  5. 802.11b
Maximum data rate 1,733 Mbit/s
Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 130 g
Thickness 10.4 mm
Size 65.3 x 129.3 x 10.4 mm
Numeric keypad None
Keyboard None
Is waterproof No

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes

music

Headphone jack 3.5 mm
Supports FM radio No
Transmits music over FM radio No

software

Operating system Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

battery

Talk time 780 min
Talk time (3G) 780 min
Standby time 14,400 min
Capacity 2,200 mA·h
Removable No
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