Review: Moto X is the Android smartphone no one needs
The much-ballyhooed smartphone from Google's hardware unit brings little that's worthwhile to the mixFollow @MobileGalen
I also find the Moto X's screen to be a bit hard to read. Part of that is the default setting of tiny text, coupled with a brightness distortion that creates a halo effect around the unfortunate use of light-on-dark text. If I were 25, my eyes would likely be able to handle these unfriendly visual designs, but I'm twice that age. Boosting the text size helps, but still the screen is nowhere as readable as that of a Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4, or HTC One -- or smaller-screen iPhone. I appreciate the Moto X's 4.7-inch screen size -- too many Android smartphones have grown gorilla-sized -- but the overall quality isn't there, and the tiny text neutralizes the advantage of the larger screen.
That in a nutshell is the story of the Moto X: a mediocre device with a few interesting twists that overall aren't that well executed either. Why bother? You shouldn't.
If for some reason you still want a Moto X, it is available in AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless versions. The 16GB model costs about $200 with a two-year contract or $600 without; add $50 for the 32GB model. Neither has expandable memory, unlike many Android devices.
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