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The Moto X hits a sweet spot with its user-friendly, always-on software features. At $199, though, it's priced a bit too high for a mid-range phone.

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8.2
36 reviews
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    8.0
  • Display
    8.1
  • Battery life
    8.7
  • Camera
    7.5
  • Ease of use
    8.4
  • Design and form factor
    8.5
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.1
  • Media support
    7.4
  • Durability
    7.5
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.5

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8.8
54 reviews
9.0
Engadget Aug 5, 2013

The Moto X definitely hits the user-friendly sweet spot and its trio of always-on software features make it a clear winner. Though at $199, it's priced a bit too high for the competition.

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9.0
GigaOM Aug 8, 2013

Unlike the mini versions of other leading phones which cut both corners and size, Moto X offers an outstanding overall experience while not being a huge handset.

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9.0
PC Mag Sep 6, 2013

AT&T's Moto X is the best version of a very good phone, thanks to the Moto Maker customization options.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Aug 3, 2013

The Moto X's advanced voice controls, quick-launch camera and highly customizable design make this Android phone stand out, but Verizon customers will have to wait for the build-your-own fun.

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8.0
CNET Aug 1, 2013

While in screen quality and storage capacity it lags behind rival superphones, the Moto X's superbly compact and comfortable design, whiz-bang voice controls, and long battery life make it a worthy Android contender.

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8.0
PC Mag Aug 5, 2013

The Moto X adds some useful, unique tricks to a fast Android smartphone that's comfortable to hold in one hand.

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8.0
Gizmodo Aug 6, 2013

For the majority of people, the answer is yes. It's an excellent phone that feels good and provides a hard-to-quantify but very satisfying experience. Despite not having the highest-end hardware, in many ways it feels more "futuristic" than its turbo-changed competitors.

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8.0
Wired Aug 10, 2013

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great. It’s wonderful. An all around wonderful phone. An excellent Android phone. But it isn’t the radical change Motorola has hinted at, not yet at least. It’s iterative; a waypoint on the path to undiscovered country, but not the promised land itself.

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8.0
Ars Technica Aug 16, 2013

As a beginning, as the first step in some longer journey, Google and Motorola's first "true" joint effort is intriguing. It's a confident step forward. It makes me interested to see where Motorola will be a year from now, and that's something I haven't said in a while.

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8.0
AllThingsD Aug 6, 2013

Moto Maker is a draw for people who want a stylish phone that will stand out in the sea of smartphone sameness. It’s a breath of fresh air, and it makes buying a smartphone fun for the first time in a long time.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 25, 2013

If you're looking for a smartphone that delivers a great mix of personalization and convenience -- along with an uncluttered Android experience -- the Moto X is a very good choice. But you may want to wait until Moto Maker is live on Sprint and the carrier's LTE network is more widespread.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 4, 2013

The Motorola Moto X is an excellent Android smartphone, but senseless carrier neglect will make this a tough sell on T-Mobile.

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9.0
Mashable Aug 8, 2013

The Moto X is the perfect smartphone for anyone who was ever intimidated by a smartphone. It's just the right size, it actually listens to you, and it's cooked just the way you like it. What more do you want?

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Aug 12, 2013

The Moto X is smart. It's aware. It's packed with features. It's powerful enough and it's got the right amount of Android - without too much bloat or gimmick. We really like the Moto X.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jan 31, 2014

In one sense, nothing has changed since our initial Moto X review based on our US experience of this phone. But that was six months ago and pre-Nexus 5. Times have changed, but our soft spot for this phone hasn't. We still do wholeheartedly recommend the Moto X.

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8.0
The Guardian Aug 2, 2013

Although Motorola has released other phones since Google bought the company in May 2012, the Moto X is the first to designed under Google. It's an impressive offering that could make Motorola a contender again.

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8.0
ABC News Aug 7, 2013

Combine the software features with long battery life and a design that fits perfectly in my hand and the Moto X is a very smart choice.

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8.0
SlashGear Aug 5, 2013

The Moto X, though, deserves a chance to convince. More than the sum of its parts, it’s not a perfect phone but it is a capable and considered one, demonstrating there’s more than one way to approach the smartphone market.

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9.0
phoneArena Aug 5, 2013

At the end of the day, the Moto X is a pleasant start to reinvigorate Motorola, but it still needs just a bit more premium gas in the tank to drastically rocket the Moto X straight to the top of the ladder.

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9.0
Ubergizmo Aug 8, 2013

The Moto X delivers a great user experience. I really enjoyed the effort and the attention to detail that went into its software and settings.

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8.0
GSM Arena Aug 23, 2013

Instead of following the established trend set by high-end Androids over the years, it dares go where no other handset has gone before. It may not look the flagship part on paper but it very much feels like one in real life.

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8.0
TechRadar Aug 28, 2013

It's odd to call a phone with a battery that makes it through the day and a size a human hand can actually manipulate a niche device, but we're not sure if it's what Android users want. It's certainly what we want, in fact we're considering a purchase.

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7.0
Phone Scoop Aug 6, 2013

The Moto X is being sold for $199 with a contract. That's the same price as the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and Apple iPhone 5. All three of these competitors have better hardware specs ... What does the Motorola Moto X have that they don't? A personality.

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6.0
What Hi-Fi Mar 17, 2014

Features such as active display and touchless controls really do make it stand out from the plethora of Android smartphones on the market today. It has excellent battery life too. It’s the rest of it that lets it down, and because of this, we have to question its £380 price tag.

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9.0
BGR Aug 8, 2013

The Motorola Moto X is not the fastest phone in the world ... not the most cutting-edge, it doesn’t feature the biggest display, and it isn’t the thinnest ... However, there is absolutely no doubt that the Moto X is the most amazing Android phone I have ever used.

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9.0
DroidLife Aug 6, 2013

An above average display, a solid camera, industry standard battery life, stock Android, buttery smooth performance, and a set of software features that will actually make your life easier.

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8.0
Business Insider Aug 7, 2013

The Moto X is a good phone. Despite all the marketing hype, it's not going to knock your socks off, but it is the most accessible and easy-to-use Android phone I've ever tested.

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8.0
Geek.com Aug 6, 2013

It doesn’t have the most megapixels, the fastest processor, the biggest battery, ... or the best screen. Without any of those things it is still an incredible mobile experience, and combined with being able to build your own phone it is easy to see this phone being successful.

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8.0
Digital Trends Aug 6, 2013

We really like the Moto X. It’s a lean, almost pure Google Android experience, with a few nice extras and amazing Google Now support.

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8.0
HotHardware Sep 4, 2013

It's fast, it's beautiful, it's solid, and it will no doubt receive Android updates in a timely fashion given that Motorola is now housed within Google's empire.

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8.0
MobileBurn Aug 6, 2013

For people who just want a good phone, the Moto X is sharp enough. The dedicated enthusiast crowd will likely seek their thrills elsewhere.

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8.0
PocketNow Aug 8, 2013

If you think of yourself as a “regular person” and you’re looking for the best possible Android experience at a reasonable price, without all the frills, the Moto X just became your best possible option.

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8.0
USA Today Aug 6, 2013

In my view, this first phone to be infused with Google-ness since Motorola Mobility was snatched up by the search giant last year represents a very enticing smartphone option for the mainstream buyer.

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First Looks

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Engadget Aug 1, 2013

Make no mistake: the Moto X is pleasing to hold. It's light without feeling cheap or fragile, yet solidly built and gently curved.

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Gizmodo Aug 1, 2013

What's actually important, though, is that it is FAST. In the couple hours that I've spent with it, I have seen zero lag or skipping. Experientially, it's every bit as quick as the HTC One, Galaxy S4, or iPhone 5 ... Apps fly open and scrolling is buttery smooth.

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Ars Technica Aug 1, 2013

Ultimately, this phone does lack compelling hardware or software beyond a couple of neat tweaks, so it's hard to say how it will capture the attention of customers.

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PC Mag Aug 1, 2013

There's a 1,280-by-720 display with 316 pixels per inch, which doesn't quite stack up against the 1,920-by-1,080-resolution displays on the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One, but the average phone user probably won't notice.

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Laptop Magazine Aug 1, 2013

The Moto X looks pretty compelling in some ways, especially the touchless voice control and the fact that you can build your own design. We also like that you get a big and gorgeous 4.7-inch AMOLED screen in a compact package.

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CNET Aug 1, 2013

Motorola really needed to make a big splash with the Moto X, and that it did. Instead of the traditional tactic of beating potential customers over the head with powerful components and every feature under the sun, Motorola decided to cater to shoppers' softer side.

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CNET Nov 11, 2013

This is the phone (and phone service) I've been waiting for. After two years of squinting at my iPhone 4S and paying AT&T $80 per month for service, I'm ready to make a change. But no way am I getting roped into another two-year contract, especially at that rate.

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Mashable Aug 1, 2013

Even without the gimmicky customization and made-in-the-U.S.A. bona fides, the Moto X is an excellent smartphone with some head-turning features, even if most of them are in the Droid line, too. If you're not on Verizon, it's worth a look.

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SlashGear Aug 1, 2013

stock Android runs smoothly and hiccup free, though we wish Motorola had gone with the latest 4.3 rather than 4.2.2 ... Though it’s lower resolution than the HTC One – 1280 x 720 versus 1920 x 1020 – it’s an excellent panel and with 312ppi pixel density it’s tough to notice any difference...

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TechHive Aug 1, 2013

All things considered, the Moto X is almost a re-birth of sorts for Motorola. It proves that Motorola does know how to make a stylish phone that can compete with the likes of Samsung and HTC, and shows us that Motorola is willing to try new things to stand out from the rest of the Android horde.

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Pocket-Lint Aug 1, 2013

On the software-side of things, the neatest features up front - that is with the few minutes we had to play - are the touchless controls and quick-access camera functions.

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Wired UK Aug 2, 2013

Motorola pitches the Moto X as the "relaunch" of the mobile division under the aegis of Google. But this constitutes the second or third time Motorola has reinvented its mobile approach. This is neither an Android flagship nor Google partner device.

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PC World Australia Aug 2, 2013

The Moto X includes a 10-megapixel rear facing camera that doubles as a full HD, 1080p video recorder, along with a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video calls. Tapping anywhere on the screen in the camera app immediately takes a photo, with focus and exposure adjusted automatically.

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Android Central Aug 1, 2013

The two major customizations are Touchless Control — think Google Now without the annoyance of having to turn on your phone and actually touch anything — and Active Display, which is a low-power way of showing you information on the display without actually having to wake the phone.

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GSM Arena Aug 1, 2013

the Active Display and the always on voice commands leveraging on the always-improving Google Now really take the user experience up a notch. Motorola chose to spend more effort there than on fitting a beastly chipset or a 1080p screen inside the Moto X and these are not gimmicks, they work great.

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Phandroid Aug 1, 2013

It comes with mostly stock Android and a few of Motorola’s own customizations. It isn’t the most jaw-dropping device when it comes to specs, but it should have enough horsepower to keep owners happy. It also is one of the nicest phones Motorola’s constructed in a while.

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Forbes Aug 1, 2013

The phone is pretty easy to operate otherwise. It’s got three virtual buttons at the bottom of the screen–home in middle, recent apps on right and a back button on left, that buzz and click slightly to give the illusion of a physical push.

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phoneArena Aug 1, 2013

When we look at the hardware underneath the handset, it won’t blow many people away, but it really doesn’t have to. For Motorola, the customized experience in designing the handset is enough to make it an appealing option for those who want to be different. It’s comprehensive, which is nice.

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Phone Scoop Aug 1, 2013

Overall, I like the feel of the device, though it certainly does have the high-quality appeal of either the HTC One or iPhone 5... In all, the hardware is very good, but well short of excellent. However, there's a lot more to the MOTO X than the hardware.

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TechRadar Aug 1, 2013

Whether the freedom afforded by the Moto X is something consumers flock to remains to be seen, but we're glad to see phones are again being designed with us in mind, and not finding a way to jam in a bigger processor than the competition.

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VentureBeat Aug 2, 2013

Perhaps more interesting than the Moto X itself is what it represents: a new smartphone strategy for Google, and a complete reboot for Motorola. That’s ultimately a good thing for consumers — though other Android manufacturers may not feel as kind.

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T3 Jan 14, 2014

For now it's hard to get a full picture but the phone itself feels great to hold, the display looks vibrant and big while the reduced bezel makes the screen feel at the forefront of the user experience.

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Geek.com Aug 1, 2013

While there’s not been enough time to make a definitive statement, it is entirely possible that this is the smoothest Android phone experience available today. Every menu felt incredibly fluid and every list scroll felt, frankly, like I was using iOS.

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The Next Web Aug 1, 2013

This is a solid smartphone, but it’s not a shocker either. It doesn’t pack mind-blowing functionality or specs; instead, it ships with convenience-focused features. Out first impression is simply that it’s an all-around nice choice for the average Android phone user.

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Android Community Aug 1, 2013

So what do we think so far? We absolutely love it! Google and Motorola have done an excellent job. For one, the phone just feels top notch. The build quality is stellar, and the curves are some of the best we’ve used to date.

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9.0
Neurothustra Neurothustra

Like most others, I was initially unimpressed with the specs, as I have historically looked at that as the benchmark by which to gauge overall experience. Some of the unique features were compelling, and when I heard Google's proposition to take average specs (which really helps with battery...

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9.0
gomer43 gomer43

When I first saw commercials and buzz about the Moto X, I was intrigued. I'd never really been interested in an Android phone before, but the look of this, in addition to the specific features Motorola added, intrigued me. I found myself in the AT&T store trying one out, and I was...

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9.0
KidCuda KidCuda

Check out my full Moto X review, too much to put here! http://www.the-backburner.com/2013/11/07/the-moto-...

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9.0
lefty74 lefty74

I love the design of the Moto X primarily. It's not about specs, it's about a phone that fits in your hand. The screen doesn't need to be 1080p, they picked a lower res screen to prolong battery life. I use the active notifications a lot and the touchless control from time to time. The...

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joelhamill joelhamill

This is probably the perfect phone for my use. The screen is in the Goldilocks range for my taste; not too big and not too small. The 720P display is bright and crisp with excellent viewing angles. I have no problem seeing the display in direct sunlight. The rubber back of my Moto Maker device...

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9.0
mcduo mcduo

Had many many flagship phones in the past years. Nexus 4-5, iPhone 3G, 4, 4S, 5 in white and black, Lumia 920, 1520, 520, Samsung VIbrant, Xperia (?), Got them, resold them all the time. I'm always going back to Apple for ease of use and battery life. These last 2 years I wished I could find an...

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dtiny24 dtiny24

I have had several smart phones and this one takes the cake! The phone has all the features a hard user will want and need. 👍👍 I am so glad I went with the moto x over the droid maxx!! I recommend to everyone!!

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