Review of Moto X Style: A quality Android Smartphone with good performance


Are you looking for a smartphone that offers Stock Android and good performance? If so, here is the detailed review of new Motorola Moto X Style. Read this review to find out its features, pros and cons.

Beginning with the first Moto X, Motorola's approach has been to focus on enhancing the quality of specs and building a unique, pleasing user experience. And that's what the company did with all new Moto X Style. It is a design-focused device that comes with major improvements in many areas and fixes for issues we had with its forerunner. The company managed to incorporate top-of-the-range specs and a really good, enormous screen within a sleek build and still come in at a cost that won't break your bank. Let's take a closer look at it.

Look and Feel


Something I really like is that Motorola has stayed with its iconic design, and it helps make the Moto X Style quickly identifiable. It comes with the dimensions of 124 x 76 x 11mm and weighs 179g. Here, the company has used a metallic frame around the rim and the soft- touch rubber on its back feel very comfy and provides you sufficient grip too. No doubt, with its toned waistline and rubbery back, the Moto X style is probably one of the easiest to hold big-screen smartphones ever made. Its outer body is nano-coated, providing it with IP52 protection, which means it's resistant to dust, and can hold up against water sprays but not being immersed. Taking a look at other parts of the device, the ports and buttons are placed in the usual location for a Motorola phone. The volume buttons and power key are situated on the right side of the device, where they're not hard to reach. While the back cover of the device is not removable, it features a dual SIM card slot at the top, close to the 3.5mm audio jack, and the micro USB port is placed on the base.
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The Moto X Style features a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with a QuadHD (1440x2560) resolution, but unlike its predecessors, it's not AMOLED. The device has an excellent screen to body ratio at 78%, which means the bezels are extremely sleek and there isn't too much-wasted room. And the big display size makes it really perfect for watching videos, playing games and web browsing. At 515 pixels per inch, the display is pretty sharp - pixels are not noticeable regardless of how close you get. It also features good color saturation and viewing angles. All said and done, it doesn't stand apart just like super-vibrant Super AMOLED displays do. Coming to protection, it has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection so the display is resistant to minor scratches as well.

Camera


The camera is a pretty important thing to consider for just about anyone thinking about a mobile phone nowadays. The device features a 21MP snapper at back and a 5MP front-facing camera for selfies. Taking a closer look at the back snapper, it features a dual-tone LED flash, phase detection autofocus, Panorama, Auto HDR, Burst mode, Night mode, 4x digital zoom, 4K video capture support with stabilisation at 30fps. The twisting wrist gesture instantly activates the snapper even if the device is in sleep mode, which comes handy if you want to take some quick shots. There's no irritating shutter lag and focusing is also snappy. The camera works well as long as you have decent lighting. The picture quality for daylight photos is above average and incredibly detailed. The 5MP front camera is good for selfies.

Software, performance and battery life


Moto X Style comes along with almost-fully stock build of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box with an assured upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Thankfully, the OS is not clunk and doesn't come with useless bloatware. Here you get pure Android experience along with the company's baked-in software tweaks, which will enhance the user experience. You get features such as Moto Assist, Voice, Actions and Display to make your life easier. Another thing I liked is its Gallery app, which can build a 'highlight reel' from your latest video clips and pictures for quick sharing. The device also has a feature that helps you activate or disable Wi-Fi in accordance with time and location -somewhat like an auto tasker applications do. Sad to say, here you don't get something that actually makes use of the display size available - like split screen feature you see in LG or Samsung smartphones. And also there isn't much customization option available for homepages, but in return, you getting a clutter free environment.

Coming to performance, under the hood the Moto X Style features a Hexa-core 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 coupled with Adreno 418 GPU. While the Snapdragon 808 isn't quite as efficient as a top-of-the-range 810, however, it helps to avoid overheating issues. The 3GB RAM helps you work fast multiple stuff at a time, which means it can handle anything you throw at it. I have no complaints when it comes to storage options. The Moto X Style is available in three storage variants - 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB, and you can expand the storage memory up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. The device has good front stereo speakers, which are loud enough and the audio won't distort even at top volume levels. Both SIM card slots support LTE. The device easily gets locked onto mobile networks wherever possible. In fact, it catches good signal strength where other devices may show difficulties. Call quality is also above average with a loud earpiece.

When it comes to battery, the Moto X Style comes packed with huge 3,000 mAh battery. The company claims it easily lasts a day, but sadly it won't if you are a heavy user. I learned that its battery would drain pretty fast in regular use. The device offers Turbo Charging support, which helps you achieve 10 hours of battery juice from a just 15-minute recharge. But you don't get a Turbocharger with the device. If you are a heavy user, consider buying one.

Conclusion


From last two years, Motorola has been taking huge steps to make quality smartphones, so it's not a surprise that the Moto X Style is one of the best smartphone ever made by the company. The device checks all the boxes when considering good display, expandable storage, dual-SIM LTE support, user experience, stock Android and overall performance. Sadly, the battery life is not impressive. If you're searching for a big screen device and don't mind lacking extra goodies like finger print sensor, the Moto X Style is a good choice, and the affordable price tag makes it worthy of consideration.


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