Moto X Pure Editionby Motorola

  • Moto X Pure Edition
  • Moto X Pure Edition
  • Moto X Pure Edition
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
83%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • You can personalize the color and material of the device, making it your own. Basic customization is free, with an added cost for wood or leather backs.
  • A microSD card reader goes a long way in a market where expandable storage is becoming increasingly rare among new Android smartphones.
  • The camera is now firmly in the capable-shooter category, but don't expect much out of it in low light.

CONS

  • Despite Motorola's claim of all-day battery life, you're going to start looking for an outlet before the day's over.
  • There's no getting around it, this is a big phone built solely for people who like big phones.
  • The camera app could use a retooling. Focusing shots is a hassle.
Motorola's Moto X Pure Edition is the third-generation Moto X. Each year, the smartphone has grown in size, with this year's display measuring 5.7 inches. The entire look and feel of the new Moto X is customizable through Motorola's Moto Maker website--wood, leather, and polycarbonate backs are all available. Motorola focused on upgrading the camera by giving it a 21-megapixel sensor with 4K video capabilities. Internally, the Moto X is equipped with a 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor; 3GB of memory; 16, 32, or 64GB storage; micro SD card support; and a 3,000 mAh battery.
NameMoto X Pure EditionMoto E (2015)Moto X (2014)Nexus 6PMoto G (2015)
ManufacturerMotorolaMotorolaMotorolaGoogleMotorola
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There a lot to talk about, but here’s the most important thing: The camera doesn’t suck anymore.

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If you're into self-expression and want a big phone, you'll benefit from the affordable Motorola Moto X Pure Edition. Otherwise, shop around…

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The 21-megapixel rear-facing camera does show improved performance, although there’s still work to be done for low-light shots and the amoun…

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Performance of the new Moto X is more than adequate. The Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM handle things as they should, and without h…

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The Moto X Pure Edition is easily capable of competing directly with the latest Android flagship releases. Motorola did an impeccable job wi…

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After two generations of utterly mediocre cameras, Motorola has finally blessed the Moto X Pure Edition (called the Moto X Style internation…

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If you’re looking for the absolute best value Android smartphone out there: Yep. Yep, you should.

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Despite a handful of drawbacks and curious design decisions, the Moto X Pure Edition represents a great value for the money. It has good (if…

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I can only imagine how long I would have spent, if I had planned on making this my primary handset for the next two or so years. Odds are pr…

I can only imagine how long I would have spent, if I had planned on making this my primary handset for the next two or so years. Odds are pretty good I would have shelled out the extra $25 for that lovely signature wood paneling. As is, I'm pretty happy with the gray and blue combo I landed on.

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