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Motorola Moto X

Motorola Moto X

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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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

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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Pros
  • Long battery life
  • Useful Active Display notification previews
  • Easy to activate Quick Capture mode
  • Smooth overall performance
Cons
  • Moto Maker restricted to AT&T
  • On-contract pricing should be lower
88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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

88
 

User Reviews

60
TylerHilliard
Not getting Marshmallow. Battery degradation is serious.
80
tnsharan
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
50
rajendraj
my expectations were very high but the actual phone does not live up to its...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average Critic Score
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Gizmodo
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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Mashable
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
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 in clarity.
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Ars Technica
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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Android Central
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
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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Geek.com
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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Phandroid
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
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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PC Mag
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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