Moto X Style Review, Bigger, Better, Faster!


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A recently launched flagship is on my radar today, the best from Motorola and the first to be released under the reign of Lenovo, I’m talking about the Moto X Style. Also known as the Moto X Pure Edition in the United States, this handset brings a powerful set of features inside a phablet body, packing, among others, a 5.7 inches QHD display, a 64-bit Snapdragon 808 chipset, a 21 MP primary camera and a 5 MP front facing one, front facing stereo speakers, a 3,000 mAh battery and much more. This fella also comes for a more than reasonable price (considering what it has to offer), so, if I caught your attention with the afore-mentioned features, keep reading and find out more useful information about it.

Inside its retail box, the Moto X Pure Edition is accompanied by a Turbo Charger (which juices up the battery 34% in 15 minutes), a little tool for ejecting the SIM card and a transparent bumper case.

Appearance-wise, the Moto X Style strongly resembles with its predecessor. Using Motorola’s Moto Maker platform, you can customize the handset according to your preferences and believe me, you really have a lot of combinations and options to choose from. The device stands at 153.9 x 76.2 x 6.1 up to 11.1 mm (depending on the material you choose for the rear) and has a weight of 179 grams, being quite a hefty fella, but very compact and more than reasonably sized considering that it carries a 5.7 inches screen. If you’ve dealt with phablets before, you’ll feel right at home when handling this one, as it sits comfortable in the hand and its curved back offers a good hand grip.

Continuing the “family” tradition, the new Moto X features an excellent build quality and is very well put together. It’s also splash resistant, meaning that it has no issues with being used in the rain, for example, but isn’t fit for taking for a dive.

The frontal part of the handset’s body is occupied by a 5.7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, a 520 ppi pixel density and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. As expected, the display offers some gorgeous colours, an excellent contrast, very wide viewing angles and a great sunlight legibility. Long story short, it’s candy for the eyes.

Let’s see what’s cooking at the software department. Android purists will appreciate the fact that the Moto X Style comes loaded with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Vanilla, having no traces of bloatware, but only some subtle tweaks meant for improving the experience.

One of these tweaks is known as “Notifications at a glance”, a feature which detects when the phone is being picked up and displays, without waking up the screen, icons for missed notifications that show details when tapped on. Some other useful features enable you to launch the camera by twisting your wrist twice and turn the flashlight on/off by making a chopping motion.

The homescreen has support for shortcuts, folders, widgets and wallpapers. Your applications are found inside the App drawer.
The notification area is accessed with a finger swipe from the top and holds your notifications; a secondary swipe will open the quick toggles, a brightness slider and a Settings shortcut.

In terms of hardware, the Moto X Pure Edition is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset, having a dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU and a quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, Adreno 418 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. The handset comes in three flavours, with 16, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB.

The new Moto X is a powerful performer and will deliver a flawless user experience, free of any lag or inconveniences, proper for all types of users – even the most picky ones.

The Moto X Pure Edition is also very well equipped when it comes to its photography capabilities, having a 21 MP camera with phase detection autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 5248 x 3936 pixels and is accompanied by a dual-LED flash in low light situations. The powerful snapper will take some excellent pictures, with beautiful and accurate colors, very good contrast and an impressive amount of resolved detail.

The video camera is as capable as its still sister and will deliver some very smooth 4K videos.
A front-facing 5 MP snapper joins the party for enabling you to take selfies or make video calls and it also has a LED flash side kick.

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Some other useful thingies that come on board the Moto X Style are Google Chrome for offering a pleasant browsing experience, capable media players for audio and video playback, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting around, Google Now as a personal assistant and much more.

The Moto X Style (Pure Edition) is powered by a 3,000 mAh battery and will endure two days under a moderate usage.


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