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Motorola Moto X

When Motorola first introduced its Moto X Android smartphone, it was a refreshing alternative to handsets from other Android manufacturers. It didn't add any additional bloatware or carrier cruft, making it the closest thing to pure Android other than Google's Nexus phones. The new 2014 version of the Moto X carries on that same tradition, except it improves upon some of the weak points of the original Moto X.

The 2014 Moto X has a slightly larger 5.2" AMOLED display at 423 pip, while the original was 4.7". The camera also saw some needed improvements, and now is 13 MP with an f / 2.25 aperture. It can capture video at 1080p (30 fps) as well as 4K UHD. The camera also can shoot slow motion video, has burst mode, Auto HDR and is capable of taking panoramas. The front facing camera is 2 MP. The phone runs a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor and has 2 GB of RAM. It comes in two storage capacities: 16GB and 32GB.

One of the things that set the Moto X apart from other Android phones is its ability to be used truly hands-free. Just saying "Ok, Google" would activate the phone so you can interact with it. It also has extra features to help it adapt better to your life. For example, it knows when you're in a meeting based on your calendar entries and when you're driving based on motion, so it can behave appropriately.

Another unique aspect of the Moto X is its highly customizable design. There are 25 different backs to choose from, including 17 colors, 4 woods, and 4 leathers. There's also 10 accent colors on the back and the front that you can choose when building the phone.

This second generation Moto X is available on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. It costs $99 with a new 2-year contract, and $499 unlocked without a contract.

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