MOTO X: The Anti-iPhone


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On August 15, 2011, Google Inc. announced their agreement to acquire Motorola for US$ 12.5 billion and the merger was finally completed on May 22, 2012. Google unveiled the new logo and the new name for Motorola Mobility on June 26, 2013. Motorola Mobility is now simply known as “Motorola – a Google Company”. And now, the moment a legion of MOTOfans were waiting for! It’s finally here! The MOTO X has been unveiled.

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Clearly, what Google wants the MOTO X to be, is everything that the iPhone’s not. The MOTO X lets you customize your phone before you order it. “People are skydiving out of space ships. But you can’t design your own phone? Not anymore. Now MOTO X lets you choose the front, the back, the accents, the wallpaper, the memory, and even a short message. It’s all your call.” There are a few things that make the MOTO X stand out, here are some of its killer features.

You have almost 360 colour options to choose from, different panels, accents etc, which equates to you having a 1 in 360 chance of having the same phone as your frenemy. It’s also rumoured that there’s a chance that teak, ebony and other wood panels are on its way as well. You can also get matching accessories to complement your phone and style. Everything, that the black or white iPhone is not.

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For me the killer feature is the Touchless Mode! A first for touchscreen phones! or any phone for that matter. Just like the iPhones Siri, you can talk to your phone, but you don’t have to hold down a button for it to listen, it’ll always be attentively listening to you, obeying all your commands, even if its covered under your untidily kept bed sheets!

The era when a watch was a style statement is over. You always wake your phone to check out the time. With this in mind, Motorola has added a nice feature that automatically wakes the phone when you take it out of your pocket or lift it from your desk. You also don’t need to search for the Camera icon every time to miss that priceless shot! Just twist the phone twice, and you’re ready to shoot in a jiffy!

Geek Stats:

Width: 65.3 Height 129.3mm
Curve: 5.6 -10.4mm
Display: 4.7″ AMOLED (RGB) / HD 720p
Weight: 130G
Battery: 2200 mAh. Mixed usage up to 24 hours
Rear Camera: 10MP / LED Flash / 1080p video (30fps)
Front Camera: 2MP 1080p HD video
Operating system: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Architecture: Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System
RAM: 2 GB
Storage: 16 GB standard, 32 GB version available online. 2 years 50GB storage free on Google Drive
Bluetooth: 4.0 LE + EDR
WiFi: 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual band capable)
Bands: GSM/GPRS/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA + up to 42 Mbps, CDMA/EVDO Rev. A (CDMA model only), 4G – LTE

The MOTO X is an awesome phone. But, not revolutionary like the iPhone was back in 2007. It’s not a game changer, but maybe it points to the direction where Motorola and Google intend to go from here. What MOTO X lays on the table is an amazing phone that is not stuffed with useless features, rather packed with quite a good number of useful feature. I think Motorola might just have a winner in their hands.

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