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Motorola Moto X Pure Edition

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition

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90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Other devices might have a slight performance edge over the new Moto X, but the Pure Edition still manages to feel like the most elegant of the cheap-good smartphones we've seen this year. Among other things, we appreciate its stylish, customizable design, much-improved camera, expandable memory and, just as important, its near-stock version of Android and Motorola's useful software add-ons.

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Pros
  • Sleek, customizable design
  • Greatly improved camera
  • Thoughtful Moto software tricks
  • Expandable memory
  • Works on every US carrier
Cons
  • Fast, but not quite asfast as some of itsrivals
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Camera still isn't great in low light
90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

90
 

User Reviews

80
Patrick
Moto X Pure is one nice phone. Front firing stereo speakers combined with 5.7...read more
90
NoNameAtAll
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
86
Average Critic Score
 
90
PC Mag
The Motorola Moto X Pure Edition is in the same class of unlocked, affordable flagship phones as the OnePlus 2, with one huge advantage: You can actually buy it.
 
90
The Verge
As it turns out, in 2015, a really good mid-range smartphone is also a really good overall smartphone, and the Moto X Pure Edition is the best mid-range smartphone you can get.
 
80
CNET
If you're into self-expression and want a big phone, you'll benefit from the affordable Motorola Moto X Pure Edition. Otherwise, shop around.
 
80
VentureBeat
The entertainment value of the screen and speakers is great. The camera is wonderful. But I don’t think that’s enough to justify dropping the cash ($400), when what I have works fine for stuffy adult tasks ... I know that is boringly practical of me to say.
 
80
Wired
It’s also the first phone of its kind made by a company—what up, Lenovo—with the clout to convince more than a few Americans to buy a phone outside of a carrier store. And it’s a good enough phone that you should maybe let Lenovo convince you.
 
90
Gizmodo
Should You Buy It? If you’re looking for the absolute best value Android smartphone out there: Yep. Yep, you should.
 
90
The Wall Street Journal
There isn’t a better phone you can get for $400 right now. The Moto X isn’t perfect, but it’s leading the way for a new class of Android phones that offer a tantalizing set of high-end features for a mid-range price.
 
90
Engadget
The Pure Edition still manages to feel like the most elegant of the cheap-good smartphones we've seen this year. ... we appreciate its stylish, customizable design, much-improved camera, expandable memory and ... its near-stock version of Android and Motorola's useful software add-ons.

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