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The Moto X is the most convenient Android phone ever

Armando Rodriguez | Aug. 7, 2013
The Moto X proves you don't need cutting edge specs to make a great Android phone.


The Moto X will be available with a wood back sometime near the end of the year.

The phone will be available in white or black if you pick it up in-store, but you can also order a customized Moto X online through Motorola's Moto Maker website and have it shipped to you in four days. There are hundreds of different colors available for the back of the phone--as well as the camera ring, volume rocker, and power button--but you're limited to white or black for the front face of the device. Unfortunately these customization options will be limited to AT&T at launch, though Motorola did say that other carriers will follow shortly after. Another point worth noting is that the 32GB version of the Moto X will only be available through Moto Maker, so you'll need to settle for the 16GB version or wait until Moto Maker is available for your carrier of choice.

Dual-core and lag-free
Unlike Samsung, HTC, LG, and pretty much every other Android phone manufacturer out there, Motorola isn't competing when it comes to specs. While hardcore Android fans will take one look at the Moto X's spec sheet and scoff at the phone's 4.7-inch, 1280-by-720p AMOLED display and 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, there's a lot more to a handset than the type of chips it uses or the resolution of its display. Motorola and Google worked closely together to optimize Android for this hardware, and the results of that collaboration are telling. To put it bluntly: The Moto X feels faster than many of the quad-core phones I've used in the past year.


The Moto X is fast, like super fast.

Apps open instantaneously, there's no lag when jumping from an app back to the home screen, and the phone doesn't hang when trying to install multiple apps at once. Even games like Riptide GP2, the game that Google chose to showcase the beefy quad-core processor in the new Nexus 7, looks as good and runs as well as it did on Google's new tablet. If anything, the Moto X proves that you don't need a beefy quad-core processor to have a lag-free Android experience.

Motorola rates the nonremovable battery in the Moto X at 24 hours of mixed use. In my four days with the phone I've only had to charge it twice: Once when I got it on Thursday, and a second time when I came into the office on Monday. Granted I only used the phone casually--checking email, browsing the web, taking photos, and messing around with Google Now--but the phone seems like it'll make it through an entire day on a single charge. If you're someone that's constantly on their phone playing games, however, I can see the battery running dry in about 4-5 hours of constant use.

 

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