Moto X: Design Offers User Personality

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The highly anticipated Motorola Moto X smartphone will bring design customization and hands-free functionality. It is the first Motorola smartphone that was designed by Google since taking over the company. It’s specs may not be what you want, but it’s design customization can give it some personality that fits the user.¬†MotoX-512x460

The Moto X smartphone features were leaked¬†weeks before an announcement was made. It’s always listening feature makes it a hands-free device allowing users to give a command that runs through Google Now to either do your searches or open an app. This feature is what really sets this device apart from the Nexus smartphone even though they are both a Google device. Another notable feature is the quick access to the camera by just shaking your device and also a lightly dimmed screen that shows your notification instead of the traditional LED light.

Design Customizations

Moto X with Wooden Finish on Backplate

Moto X with Wooden Finish on Backplate

But what is really different about the Moto X is the ability to customize. Although customization is only available in the U.S for now, Motorola is allowing users to customize the front colour (black and white only) and back plate with the choice of many different colours and a choice of either a bamboo, ebony, teak and rosewood finish on the back cover. Thus allowing users to customize the look and feel of their device that suits their personality, something different from what other smartphone makers are doing. Consumers can also have a custom engraving on the backplate as well as a custom name of their choice that shows up on the boot-up screen when users power on the Moto X. And of course, a choice of a 16GB or 32GB internal storage. Apart from the custom design users will get before they complete their purchase for the Moto X, the device is also built to fit comfortably on the user’s hand which is important with it’s 4.7 inch display.


The Moto X is not as high-end as many great devices on the market. The resolution for the Moto X is only at 1280X720 instead of 1080P like most high-end devices coming out. The Moto X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.7Ghz Dual-Core instead of a Snapdragon 600 or 800 as seen in more recent high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Sony Xperia Z Ultra. It will have a 2GB RAM like most devices. For those who want a stock Android operating system, they should be glad to know that this version of Android 4.2.2 running on the Moto X is pretty much stock Android, except with the ability to always listen for the user’s command, making it a hands-free device.

The Moto X may not necessarily wow the consumer specs wise (if you are chasing for the latest trends), but it’s custom design and hands-free capabilities will surely make it a great device and companion to have.

Andrew is a co-founder of DeviceCritique. As a tech savvy individual, he aims to explains tech in a simple manner while also providing support for those who need help with their devices or computers.

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