Moto G & Moto X are the latest best selling Android smartphones by ‘Motorola Mobility’ available at low prices and running on latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat mobile operating system. Motorola first introduced Moto X’s unlocked units in US market in August 2013 ($599) and then it introduced Moto G at very low price in developing markets in November 2013 and later in United States on December 02, 2013 for only $179.
Indian buyers can buy Moto G and Moto X from online retailer Flipkart which started selling Moto G on February 06, 2014 and selling Moto X since March 19, 2014.
Motorola’s Moto G: Review and Details
Google owned Motorola has partnered with Flipkart.com to sell Moto G Android Smartphone in India. Moto G’s 8 GB model is priced at Rs. 12,499 and 16 GB model is priced at Rs. 13,999. Moto G’s exclusive sale on Flipkart has become a big hit and all models sold out the same day it was released in India leaving the major online shop out of stock within an hour. Buyers loved the budget friendly smartphone from one of the oldest cell phone maker company Motorola which made its return to Indian market with low priced smartphone Moto G after the acquisition by Google in May 2012. Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of Motorola, verifies huge sale of company’s recent launch by claiming Moto G as the most successful and highest selling smartphone ever in Motorola’s history.
Motorola’s latest hit is packed with all features required by normal mobile users and also comes with latest Android version 4.4.2 KitKat update. The update brings a number of new features like an improved phone dialer, new photo editing options in the Gallery app, the ability to print documents and photos, and more. Of course advanced users should not expect much from this extremely affordable device but it never disappoints average buyers who are looking for a cool and stylish Android Smartphone between Rs. 12000 to Rs. 15000.
The new Moto G sports simple yet modern look with curved edges and removable rear panel made of a soft-touch polycarbonate, making it easy to hold and handle. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protects it from scratches and nano-coating fights with water dashes. The 4.5 inch IPS LCD screen displays 329 pixels per inch, a bit sharper than Apple’s 326ppi in iPhone 5S. The bright 720 x 1280 pixel HD screen delivers 16 million colors and displays crisp and clear text. You are also going to love its loud and clear sound from built-in speakers and also with earphones plugged in.
Moto G also features Voice Guided Search, first introduced in Nexus 5, which makes it possible to start voice search. This feature works on user’s Voice Actions commands which you can initiate by simply saying, “OK Google”. However, this is very different from Moto X’s advanced touchless control feature.
The extremely affordable Moto G comes with 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 graphics. The non-removable 2070mAh battery delivers usage time up to 24 hours as claimed by Motorola. No doubt, this small yet well equipped smartphone has been built and designed with great care to target pocket conscious buyers. The low priced device is being praised by most buyers which shows that the magic is going to stay in the market for a while.
Review and Details of Moto X by Motorola
Moto X is the first flagship phone by Motorola after Google acquisition that received good response from customers and industry experts started calling it company’s return into smartphone market. Motorola Mobility’s Andrew Morley has claimed that they have sold tens of thousands of units in a matter of minutes when Moto X was priced at $399 in the US as a promotion. Now when Motorola is back with a bang, company’s UK general manager Andrew Morley reminds us of its strength by stating, “At Motorola our roots are deep in mobile hardware – we invented mobile communications” and about the 2012 acquisition, he says, “It fuses our history of mobile innovation with the best of Google mobile services”. Note that Lenovo has recently purchased Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion.
Moto X is available with 16 GB internal memory as 32 GB variant is not available in India. Moto X buyers cannot avail Moto Maker tool facility. Moto Maker is Motorola’s online tool which allows users in United States to customize Moto X. Motorola Skip is also not available for sale at this stage as Flipkart tweets, “The Motorola Skip won’t be available during the Moto X launch, we’ll definitely do our best to bring it in”. Motorola Skip, a piece of fabric and a pair of magnets enables you to unlock your Moto X with the simplicity of touch. However, the single sim smartphone Moto X comes in 7 colors – black, cherry, royal blue, turquoise, white, walnut finish (wood back) and teak finish (wood back).
Initially rumored as X-Phone and later released as Moto-X, the smartphone emphasizes on seamless stock Android experience as opposed to heavy hardware design. Moto X’s Active Display feature shows time and different phone notifications including unread messages and missed calls even when the screen is turned off. With Moto Migrate app, it’s easy to transfer data like call logs, SMS history, contacts, galleries and more wirelessly from any Android 4.2 phone to Moto G or Moto X. Quick Capture feature in Moto X enables you to open the camera app by jerking your wrist twice. The camera uses ClearPixel technology that allow 75% more light to produce better pictures. Gadget gurus are praising its camera software for adjusting itself for each shot automatically but also criticizing camera hardware for having inconsistent focus and exposure as shot photos are showing noise and artifacts in absence of advanced camera options.
There was a time when Motorola became leader in mobile phone market, but with the introduction of innovative phones by Apple and Samsung, it started loosing customers. Now Moto G and Moto X are the most popular Android smartphones today.