Google’s Moto X Launches, No Word On India As Yet!
The much awaited Moto X has finally launched!
Moto X is first fully designed and developed phone by Google. OK, not directly, but Motorola is a Google company, so it is only fair to say that Moto X is afterall a Google phone. The Nexus devices that Google sold till now were all in partnership with either Samsung or LG or Asus.
So What does Moto X have? How is it different? Is it truly the next generation phone, as it was being billed? Does Moto X come near to offering iPhone’s user experience? Let’s look at it a bit closely!
The Moto X Specifications
First, Moto X is first smartphone that has been fully assembled in United States. Yes, it will be assembled in Google’s newly acquired factory in Texas, rather than in China.
Moto X’s software is more of talking point, rather than its hardware. But we will look at the latter first and then move on to it!
The hardware specs of Moto X are not really out of the world – It has a decent 4.7 inch AMOLED 720p touch screen with 316 DPI screen and a resolution of 1280 X 720.
Moto X has a 2GB RAM to go with powerful custom Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor that has two Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.7GHz and a quad-core Adreno 320 GPU. Yes, the CPU is dual-core and not quad core as one would have expected.
It comes in 2 storage capacities – 16GB and 32GB and decently powered 2200 mAH battery. The rear camera shoots 10 megapixel pictures (and 1080 HD videos), while the front has 2 megapixel camera. Google says that Moto X’s camera performs quite well even under low light conditions.
The exteriors of the phone seem to be quite impressive with configurable backs coming in variety of colors and accents.
But more important than hardware is what Moto X has on the software side:
The Moto X Differentiator
The biggest talking point about Moto X has been its “Touchless Control”. Moto X users can directly communicate with its “always on” assistant. The user has to just say “Ok Google Now, wake me in 20 mins” or “Ok Google Now, what time is it” and host of other commands, which it Moto X seem to follow to perfection.
See this video and you will understand…
Moto X also make capturing pictures easy and seamless. The user needs to just flick the wrists with phone in the hand and the camera starts. Touching the screen snaps the photo.
Google claims that a user can click a photo in less than 1.5 seconds – From taking out the phone in your pocket to snapping the picture!
Interestingly, Moto X comes with Android 4.2.2 on board, which is surprising. Google says Moto X will get the upgrades in line with their other OEM partners!
There is another stand-out aspect about Moto X – Its customizations.
Google claims that phone can have over 2000 customization options in all as far the back panel, the accents and also the engraving on the phone.
When a user orders Moto X, they can customize it online to their liking through their Motomaker platform. Here is the video that shows various custom options that Moto X has!
Moto X Availability And Pricing
Moto X is currently available in US and unlike Nexus devices, they are not unlocked phones. The phone is priced at USD 199 with a 2 year contract with most of the large mobile networks in the US. Apart from US, Moto X is not offered in any other country currently.
I do not think it will come to India any time soon and like Nexus 4, you cannot buy it from US, because of the contract. So cool your heels for atleast 6 months, if not a year before it makes its debut in India, that too if at all it does!
Is Moto X truly a Next Generation Phone?
I would personally not say that Moto X is a path breaking next-gen phone. But in the same breath, I will concede that it looks the best Android phone available in the market from “User experience” perspective.
The touchless assistant, Flick of the wrist snapper or even the Moto maker address some of the most needed and most used aspects on a smartphone.
What is even more pleasing is the fact that Android is evolving, and future versions of Android OS are sure to concentrate more on user experience compared to anything else.
Yes, Android may not be able to cram every great thing out there, thanks to its fragmented ecosystem, but suffice to say, iOS now looks quite dull in front of Android OS, which is bringing in new and exciting features at much faster pace!
Would love to hear your take on the new Moto X!