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Motorola Moto X is the Android smartphone with mass appeal

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The Motorola Moto X was announced back in August, but was released for customization in September. The Moto X is a very good device for those looking to enter the smartphone market and for those looking for an Android device that works well, is customizable, and delivers advance features found in Jelly Bean and the Motorola design. The Moto X is available on AT&T now for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

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The Motorola Moto X does not seem to bring too many impressive stats to the table when it comes to the hardware, but the device performs well with the X8 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, a 400 MHz quad-core GPU, and Android 4.2.2. With a 4.7-inch 1280X720 display at 316 ppi, the device is not at the 1080p level of other devices, but the quality is still there. It is not the fastest device, but for basic email, web browsing, and phone calls, the Moto X is solid.

The Moto X is available in a 16GB version now. Along with the onboard storage, customers will receive 50GB of free storage on Google Drive for 2 years. This is a nice addition to the 15GB that is currently available for free on Google Drive. This addition is nice since the device can not be expanded with a microSD card like other new Android smartphones.

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For a phone with the necessities and not much more, the Moto X feels very good in the hand. While making calls or checking email, the device felt solid. With the customizable, colored back, the phone did not feel slippery or cheap. Even the rounded edges help bring some style to the Moto X.

While many newer phones by Android competitors seem to have extra gimmicks, the Motorola Moto X sticks with basics and Google enhancements. The active display allows you to see the time and alert you to emails or texts simply by turning the phone over if it is resting upside down. The Moto X uses very little battery with this active display, showing on minimal information and activating a small number of pixels.

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While the 10MP camera will not excite anyone in terms of megapixels. However, with Quick Capture turned on, twisting the phone twice will quickly launch the camera without touching the screen or pressing a button. This is a nice feature that does take some getting used to. The phone vibrates slightly as the camera fills the screen. This action will even work when the screen is off.

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There is no button on the screen to snap a picture. A user just needs to tap the screen to take the shot. You don’t need to pinch to zoom either. Rather sliding your finger up the screen zooms in and sliding your finger down the screen zooms out. Holding your finger on the screen will take multiple pictures until you remove your finger. Since this is a little different from other devices, it may take a little while to get used to for some users. The pictures themselves were decent.

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Google Now is also an important part of the Moto X. You train the device to listen for you to say, “OK Google Now.” While it is a little odd to talk to the phone with others around, the voice activation is a good, hands-free alternative when driving in the car or when you are by yourself. You can ask questions about the weather, your calendar, make calls, send texts, and even check the score of your favorite team.

All in all, the Motorola Moto X is a nice smartphone. With all of the customizing you can do before you get the phone, the Moto X is a great device for consumers. Users will be able to stop into their local retailer or design their own online and choose from a variety of colors for the front, back, accent or trim, as well as add a unique signature to the back of the device. If a user would like to add a case to the device, customization on type and color is also be available.

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If you are ready to make the move to a smartphone and have been thinking about getting an Android device, the Motorola Moto X on AT&T is quite possibly the phone for you. Stop by an AT&T store to test one for yourself.




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