To put it bluntly, Motorola has never created a true flagship ubersmartphone on the level of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. But the company aims to change that with the Moto X. The $199 smartphone is Motorola’s first handset fully developed under the auspices of its corporate parent (and Android godfather), Google. And it’ll be available on most major U.S. carriers when it hits stores later in August.
Make no mistake; the Moto X isn’t a fire-breathing mobile monster that will blow away the competitors in a spec sheet battle — the screen isn’t cutting-edge, and there’s no expandable storage. Storage is the phone’s biggest weakness: with just 16GB in the $199 model (the 32GB Moto costs $50 more) and no SD card slot for adding more, it’s got an uphill battle on the value scale versus the HTC One (32GB by default) and Galaxy S4 (expansion slot onboard).
Storage qualms notwithstanding, though, the X is a nimble, compact handset with advanced capabilities that targets ordinary phone users. The Moto X boasts many of the same features that Motorola’s new trio of Verizon Droids flaunt — especially always-on Google Now voice control — plus a few slick extras. Better yet, they’re all crammed into a highly customizable design built for maximum comfort. This is a scrappy smartphone with enough going for it to bring the fight to the big boys.
Editors’ note, October 3, 2013: This review has been updated with experience using the Sprint version of the Motorola Moto X.
Summary: Are you thinking about buying a new smartphone? The price of Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, iPhone 5 is too high for you? Now, Motorola announced a new flagship smartphone Moto X, CNET has made a hands-on review on Moto X, In reprinting it here.
With the fresh announcement of the $199.99 Moto X, Motorola, plans to rewrite history and put its rivals on the defensive. Think about it: to put it bluntly, Motorola has never created a true flagship uber-smartphone on the level of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One. While the company’s Droid handsets, including the legendary Razr Maxx, have always been solid devices and its upcoming Droids (Mini, Ultra, and Maxx) look impressive, Motorola has yet to enjoy a mega mobile hit available on multiple top-tier carriers.
Make no mistake; the Moto X is no fire-breathing mobile monster. Instead it’s a nimble, compact handset that targets ordinary phone users with advanced abilities. Backed by its corporate parent Google, the Moto X boasts many of the skills its new Verizon Droids flaunt, plus a few slick extras. Better yet they’re all crammed into a highly customizable design built for maximum comfort. Motorola will also push its new device hard, saying that its enticing gadget will be sold by five U.S. wireless providers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, with the fifth not yet announced) in addition to an unlocked model.
A more thoughtful design
Under the thumb of Verizon’s macho Droid brand for years, Motorola’s smartphone industrial design has been well, industrial. Ever since the original Droid device hit the scene, Motorola has cranked out flagship machines sporting sharp angles, Kevlar coatings, and hard metallic trims.