Friday, November 20, 2015

[Review] Moto X Style: Phone with Style!

My new hobby is technology. Yes, you read that right. I am surprisingly enjoying learning about the technical side of everything be it phones, camera or laptop and let me tell you, it's intoxicating! The things you can do, once you know the tech behind things is stupendous!! My latest tech toy has been this newly launched phone by Motorola, Moto X Style. I have always been a fan of their impressive cameras, my mom has been using a Motorola phone and I always find myself grabbing her phone to take pictures whenever she is around. So, naturally I was really excited to get a chance to experience and review their new model. Let's get started!

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SPECIFICATIONS
- Moto X Style was launched in India in October 2015
- Being a large sized phone like Samsung Note Series or iPhone 6Plus, it can also be called a Phablet (Phone+Tablet)
- Dimensions: 6.06 x 3.00 x 0.44in with 5.7in Display (What this means is iPhone 6Plus is 3% taller and wider but Moto X Style has 7% bigger screen size!)
- Weight - 179gm (iPhone 6Plus, despite being a little bigger, is 4% lighter than the Moto X Style)
- Display Protection - Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Platform: OS - Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), planned upgrade to V 6.0 (Marshmallow)
- Chipset - Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808
- CPU - Quadcore 1.44GHz Cortex-A53
- Expandable memory upto 128GB
- Internal Storage - 16GB/32GB/64GB [3GB RAM]
(Now, this is cool...iPhones offer only 1GB RAM)

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DESIGN
- Two colors available: Black with silver edge & White with champagne edge
- Moderate weight
- Sleek looking
- Volume Control is on the right side and so is the Power key
- The edges are curved and smooth
- Comes with a transparent bumper case
- Very good grip because of the textured back
- Subtle speaker placements in the front, looks very cool
- Very good build quality
- No physical buttons for home screen(There are touchscreen icons for home screen, back and multi-tasking window)
- Needs Nano SIM Card

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BATTERY
- Non-removable 3000mAh battery
- Turbo-charging feature which charges the phone upto 8hrs worth of battery life in just 15mins of charging!
- From my personal experience, battery life is pretty good. It lasts me all day with 3G/Wifi. I normally use Ymail, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Navigation which is not something you can call a light usage. When I say all day, I do not mean 24 hours, I mean 10-12 hours of heavy use.

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CAMERA
Rear Camera:
- 21MP camera (iPhone 6plus has 8MP rear camera)
- 5248X3936 pixels
- Dual-tone flash (This means no stupid white flash! It has one yellow and one peach flash, this makes the selfies taken with flash much more normal and pretty)
- Features: Auto Focus, Face Detection, Auto HDR, Low Light, Easy Exposure Control, Slow Motion, Panorama, Ultra HD(4K) 2160p
- 1080p at 60fps

Front Camera:
- 5MP Camera (iPhone 6plus has 1.2MP front camera)
- Dual-tone Flash (This is something new! You can now take selfies in dark or low lit rooms! Apple doesn't offer this feature!)
- Rest all the features are same as the rear camera except the Ultra HD feature.

Now, let's see some unedited samples of the camera!

Outdoor Photography w/o flash

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Indoor Photography w/o flash

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Outdoor Photography with flash

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Indoor Photography with flash

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Outdoor selfie (front camera)

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FEATURES
- Multiuser accounts can be created just like in your Macbook.
- Latest Android Version
- Motorola being a Google company, the updates will be the quickest
- Smooth Touch (though lately I have been facing few glitches)
- Excellent sound quality
- Excellent video quality 
- 4G compatible
- Moto Voice feature (Similar to Siri in Apple phones)
- Motorola Migrate feature (lets you migrate your pictures, contact, music, etc from your old phone which is very convenient!)
- Comes with free earphones 

PRICE
Rs. 29,999/- for 16GB
Rs.31,999/- for 32GB

AVAILABILITY
You can buy the Moto X Style on Flipkart.

RATING
7/10

RECOMMENDATION
I have been using this phone for a month now and I love it. The camera is fabulous and the pictures come out great even in flash. I just wish the front camera had the beautification mode. Also, I have been facing touch screen glitches, nothing major though. Would totally recommend. It's a great replacement for these iPhones which are super overpriced. 

xoxo,
Srish

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