Moto X: The pocketwatch of smartphones

moto x accentHaving originally dismissed the Moto X when it came out, I unexpectedly found myself considering Motorola’s recent Cyber Monday deal. For $349 (30% off the usual $499) unlocked and off-contract, the idea of keeping my unlimited data plan and maintaining my upgrade eligibility on Verizon without signing a new contract became very intriguing. Not to mention, the latest build of Android (4.4) was already available on the VZW version. After skimming several reviews, a decision was reached – I’d give the Moto X a try.

Now that I’ve used the device for a few days, I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with Google’s latest (non-Nexus) Android experiment. The X’s hardware specs are nothing to write home about, but it does exactly what it needs to do – lasts all day, makes clear phone calls, provides fast 4G (/CDMA/global GSM) and WiFi connectivity, has a rich crisp display, and manages to deliver the best all-around Android experience I’ve had to date. Most surprising, perhaps, is just how much I like Motorola’s new (and currently X-clusive) Active Display. It has really changed how I interact with my phone, in a very positive way.

Active Display

Active Display

With Active Display enabled, I can check the time and any emails, calendar events, or other selected notifications simply by pulling the Moto X out of my pocket (without having to turn the screen on; something I do did repetitively throughout the day with my old phone). It’s like the pocketwatch of smartphones—a quick glance at the display and you’re up to speed. Ultimately, it saves time and conserves battery life.

Thoughtful hardware meets next-gen software

If you’re seeking the most powerful processor, highest resolution display, or the most capable camera, you’ll need to look elsewhere. However, if you want practical hardware paired with next-generation software (I didn’t even cover Touchless Control) packed into a customizable, ergonomic body, then the Moto X is for you.