Excerpt: Now it's finally hit the UK, we review the Motorola Moto X, and ask how it compares with the Moto G and the Nexus 5 from Google... Motorola launched its snazzy Moto X handset States-side last year, but us Brits had to make do with the cut-price Moto G (whch at £135 offers tremendous value), until just a few days ago. Finally the Moto X has landed in the UK, and at £380 it costs a big chunk of change more than its budget sibling.
Pros: Clean Android KitKat, Useful set of features, Accurate voice recognition, Decent battery life
Cons: Stingy on-board storage, Screen lacks 1080p bite, Rivals boast more power
Summary: When Republic Wireless first debuted its service, it was a less-than-satisfactory experience. Not only could you not easily transition from Wi-Fi to a cellular network, but the Motorola Defy phone offered by the provider was ancient. The new Moto X changes all that. Not only is this one of the more innovative handsets, but Republic Wireless has managed to make the handoff between Wi-Fi and LTE networks nearly seamless.
Pros: Excellent value, Touchless voice control, Fast performance, Vibrant display
Cons: Lacks Moto Maker customization, Limited LTE coverage, Wi-Fi call quality less than stellar
Summary: It's tempting to write off the Moto X for its midrange specs when compared with heavy-hitters such as the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. Don't. We love having a personal assistant that answers to our voice without touching the phone, as well as the ability to glance notifications with no effort. When Moto Maker studio launches on Sprint in a few months, the Moto X will be the most customizable phone on the carrier.
Pros: Compact design for 4.7-inch screen, Bright bold display, Fast overall performance, Touchless voice controls, Long battery life
Cons: Lacks 1080p display, Limited camera features, Moto Maker not yet available
Summary: The Moto X adds more meaning to the term "smartphone" by adding components that help the phone better understand you. We loved asking Google Now various questions without lifting a finger, and simply twisting our wrist to fire up the camera. The Moto Maker studio makes the Moto X the most customizable smartphone out there, but right now, it's available only to AT&T customers.
Pros: Compact design for a 4.7-inch screen, Bright and bold display, Robust color customization options, Swift overall performance, Touchless voice controls
Cons: Limited camera features, Display lacks 1080p resolution
Conclusion: We really like the Moto X. It’s a lean, almost pure Google Android experience, with a few nice extras and amazing Google Now support. We were incredibly annoyed by the bug we encountered with Moto Assist and don’t recommend you touch the app, but outside of that, it’s still a great phone. Hopefully, Motorola fixes more bugs before its launch in late August and early September.
Pros: Comfortable design, Moto Maker customization is phenomenal, Powerful processors, Google Now voice commands are great, Quick launch camera works well, Clock pops up every time you look at the phone
Cons: Massive bug in Moto Assist, Active Notifications always vibrate, Incomplete camera settings, Volume bug, Google Now doesn’t recognize some commands, No MicroSD
Conclusion: Motorola is undoubtedly changing as a company. There’s no denying that they helped to popularize Android to the masses, with devices like the Motorola DROID a few years back, and then the DROID RAZR line after that, but with this new venture with the Moto X , they’re doing something totally new. So when it comes down to it, can the Moto X really stand and hold its ground amongst the elites in the Android space?
Pros: Customizable design, Snappy performance, Hands-free experience with Touchless Controls