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A no fuss Android – the Motorola Moto X review

Damage:

R5640 from the Orange Store online 

What you need to know:

  • Runs on Android Lollipop
  • 16GB Internal memory
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5.2″ Display
  • 13 Megapixel camera, 2 Megapixel front facing camera
  • 144 g
  • 140.8 x 72.4 x 9.97 mm
  • nano sim

What we think you should know:

Straight out the box this phone is good looking and fits nicely in your hand. It has a 5.2″ display with a curved back so it sits securely when handling with one hand. It has a clean matt finish on the back that gives the phone a high end look (though the back doesn’t pick up fingerprints). The Motorola Moto X (second generation) is extremely light which is something I like.

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Google now owns Motorola and their no fuss interface is included with the Moto X. I love it. When you switch the phone on you’re not going getting all the bells, whistles and annoying app extras you find on a lot of other Android smartphones. Expect bolder colours and a phone that allows you to just do what you need to do (as opposed to sitting deleting all the extras as you start it up).

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The Motorola Moto X is running on Lollipop. It’s the latest update from Android and the notification system means you can check messages quickly without having to unlock your phone. For the most part it runs smoothly and allows you to see the important stuff while simply swiping right on the rest.

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The Moto X uses Google Now so you can do a stack of stuff “hands free”. Instead of having to press a button you can simply record a saying that will start up your phone and then direct it to call someone. Great in theory but a headache in practice. I had to record my saying three times for it to store and that took ages as it kept telling me the area I was in was too noisy or that the sayings weren’t matching. By the time I got it working it never seemed to call the right people or didn’t understand me at all. I got annoyed fast.

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The 13MP camera gets the job done and you’ll be happy enough. Honestly, at the price tag this is a fantastic Android option and you’ll love it. It isn’t a high end smartphone but it hits higher than its price range. If you’re looking for an Android device without the fuss then you’ll love this phone. I’m excited to see what the Google and Motorola pairing brings us next.

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So rad

  • No bloatware

Makes us sad

  • The camera isn’t great

Disclaimer: The Motorola review unit was supplied to us for a 3 week period in order for us to review the smartphone. It will be returned to the Orange Store following the publishing of this post. 

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