Moto X Pure Edition Unlocked Smartphone, 32GB, 21 MP, Black (U.S. Warranty - XT1575)
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- Carrier freedom: Moto X Pure Edition is unlocked and works on all major networks
- 5.7" Quad HD display + stereo sound: Immerse yourself in entertainment with a vivid, edge-to-edge display that’s enhanced by rich stereo sound.
- 21 MP camera: Take crystal-clear pictures and get great results in any light.
- TurboPower charging: Get the world’s fastest charging with TurboPower™ technology for up to 10 hours of use in just 15 minutes of charging.
- All-day battery: Power through the day without stopping to recharge.
- Advanced water protection: Never let spills, splashes, or rain stand in the way of using your phone.
- Pure Android™ experience: Android™ as it was intended—without unnecessary clutter from preloaded apps or software.
- Moto enhancements: Simplifying what you’re doing. Anticipating what you’re going to do. Your phone does it for you.
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Bring your favorite games and videos to life on a stunning 5.7" Quad (1440p) HD display. Front-facing stereo speakers that deliver crisp, clear, and powerful audio will take your experience to the next level.
Capture beautiful, true-to-life images in any light with a top-rated, 21 MP camera featuring a color-balancing flash.* You’ll also take phenomenal pictures faster with rapid focus and zero shutter lag.
*The DxOMark Mobile score figure is 83. DxOMark Mobile is the trusted industry standard for independent image quality measurements and ratings of mobile device camera. Test results are available on website and in the press. Information other than DxOMark Mobile scores is provided independently by Motorola.
Superb selfies with a flash.
The front-facing 5 MP camera includes a wide-angle lens, which means everyone fits in your selfies. And an extra front flash makes everybody look their best—even in low light
TurboPower charging. All day battery.
Get the world’s fastest charging of any smartphone with TurboPower for up to 10 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes.* Plus an all-day battery* makes sure your phone doesn’t quit when you need it most.
* Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses. Charger sold separately in some markets. Based on average smartphone charging rate (mA) in the first 15 minutes and over the entire charging cycle. Tests compared other 2015 premium smartphones with >= 2500 mAh batteries using their in-box rapid charging solution. Testing as of July 2015.All battery life claims are approximate and based on an average mixed use profile that includes both usage and standby time. Actual battery performance will vary and depends on many factors including signal strength, network configuration, age of battery, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, and voice, data, and other application usage patterns.Battery must be substantially depleted; charging rate slows as charging progresses.
Water repellent. Worry proof.
Water is a phone’s worst enemy. That’s why Moto X Style has a water-repellent coating protecting it from the inside out. Now spills, splashes, or rain won’t ruin your day.**
** Advanced nano-coating technology creates a water repellant barrier to help protect against moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes or light rain. Not designed to be submersed in water, or exposed to pressurized water, or other liquids; Not waterproof.
Contoured for comfort.
Get everything you want from a smartphone-in a design that’s a delight to hold. With a sleek metal frame and curved back, the new Moto X Pure Edition feels as amazing as it looks.
Moto X Pure Edition is unlocked and works on all major networks, which means you can always go with the plan and carrier that’s best for you. You can even switch carriers and take your phone with you.
Pure Android experience.
Experience Android as it was intended-without unnecessary clutter from preloaded apps or software. You’ll get the cleanest user experience along with faster device performance.
Handsfree voice control lets you easily take actions, access apps and get information -all without ever touching your phone. You’ll also get a simple, discrete preview of notifications by simply approaching your device. Simple gestures even launch your camera or flashlight.
- Product Dimensions: Height: 153.9 mm; Width: 76.2 mm; Curve: 6.1 to 11.06 mm
- Operating System: Android 5.1.1, Lollipop
- Display: 5.7” TFT LCD; 1440p Quad HD (1440x2560); 520 ppi; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Weight: 179g
- Battery: All Day Battery (3000 mAh)
- Processor: Motorola Mobile Computing System including a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with hexa-core CPU (MSM8992), Adreno 418 GPU, Natural Language Processor, and Contextual Computing Processor
- Memory: 3GB LPDDR3
- Camera: Rear: 21 MP Front: 5 MP
- Connectivity: Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack
- Bluetooth Technology: Bluetooth version 4.1 LE
- SIM Card: Nano-SIM
- Networks: LTE cat. 6 (up to 300 Mbps); WCDMA; CDMA; EV-DO; GSM/EDGE
What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
Stunning 5.7' Quad borderless display on a device that's extremely comfortable to hold and use. Hyper-intelligent 21 MP camera with enhanced focusing technology, zero shutter lag and a colon adjusting flash for the fastest capture and best images. All day battery life (30+ hrs.) that can be turbo powered to give you 10 hours on a 15 min charge. Pure android experience with innovative Motorola enhancement. Supports all major NA carriers.
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Moto X Pure vs. Nexus 6:
Display: LCD vs AMOLED
I originally was scared to go back to an LCD, I loved the deep blacks of the AMOLED and got used to the saturated colors. After using the MXP for a bit, I genuinely prefer the more natural colors of the LCD. The LCD is also capable of getting much brighter than the Nexus AMOLED, while also getting darker. The Nexus 6 can get almost as dark, but at the lowest setting the colors turn red. Some people may prefer the over-saturated colors and deep blacks of the AMOLED, but I find the LCD blacks are extremely good, and it gets much brighter. The LCD seems to be sharper to my eyes. Keep in mind, the Nexus wins for viewing angles. The MXP viewing angles aren't as bad as people make it seem, but they are not the best.
Winner (in my opinion): MXP. I prefer the brighter LCD, sharper picture and more natural colors.
If you are not used to a bigger phone, it will take some getting used to. Both the Nexus and MXP will be big if you are coming from a sub 5.5" display phone. That being said, the MXP is much easier to use. I personally have extremely large hands (all of my friends and family say the Nexus looks like a normal phone in my hands), I did not find the Nexus hard to use. Without a case, the Nexus gave me no issues. Once I put a case on it, I had issues comfortably using it one-handed, mainly because of the width of the phone. The MXP is significantly narrower, and is also not as tall as the Nexus. The MXP being narrower makes it much easier for one-handed use, and I honestly find it quite small now, because I got so used to the huge Nexus.
Winner: MXP. I prefer the bigger screen of the Nexus, but once it is in a case, the width became an issue for me. I have no issues with the size of the MXP.
Camera (MXP has 21MP Back and 5MP Front, Nexus 6 has 13MP Back and 2MP Front):
The Nexus camera was a huge improvement over my Galaxy S4, at least in the picture department. Anyone with the Nexus 6 knows how poor the video quality is. The OIS does not work reliably, and it has trouble focusing during video. The picture quality was better than my S4, but the OIS and focus made it worse than my S4. The MXP does not have OIS, but it has software stabilization. This works much better and more reliably than on the Nexus 6. I made a video of me walking with the MXP, and it barely moved compared to the Nexus 6. The MXP has more accurate colors in both picture and video, and it is a much improved camera overall. The MXP takes much more detailed pictures, and it captures images in HDR faster than the Nexus in non-HDR mode. The wide angle front camera of the MXP is amazing. It has significantly more detail (double the megapixels), more accurate colors, lets in more light, and captures much more in a shot. I used the front flash once, and it's a flash. Not much else to be said. I have no use for it, but for people that want to take selfies in the darkness of them doing weird stuff, you can do that now.
Winner: MXP. The back camera is more accurate, more detailed, and higher quality in general. This goes for both pictures and videos. The software stabilizes videos better than the Nexus 6 OIS. The front camera has a flash (useless to me but could be useful to you), more detail, more accurate colors, and is extremely wide.
Both the MXP and Nexus 6 have a very similar design. The aluminum band and button layout are basically identical, except the micro USB charging port is upside down in the MXP compared to the Nexus 6. The back of the phone shows the main differences. I prefer the ring flash of the Nexus, as it gives off a softer flash with a nice oval shape. However, the MXP flash gives off a much more natural color. The dimple placement on the MXP is not as bad as I thought it would be. I thought it was going to be too low compared to the Nexus, but I am used to it already. I personally prefer the bigger dimple of the Nexus, but I still enjoy the MXP dimple. The front of the MXP is different, as it has multiple more sensors compared to the Nexus. These are for Motorola’s software features, which I will get to soon. Both phones have front facing stereo speakers.
Winner: Tie. I prefer the white front of the Moto X, while I also prefer the ring flash and bigger dimple on the Nexus 6.
The software on both phones is virtually the same, except a few things. The Nexus is the only device that uses Google's Dialer, which lets you search for businesses within the dialer. Also, if you have your data on and receive a call or place a call to a business, Google will show the contact name for that business when you call. Motorola has its own software that many people have already talked about. You can use Moto Voice to do voice actions with your phone, and you are able to set a custom command. I don't want to waste your time reviewing the software as they are similar except for the Motorola software.
Winner: MXP as it adds many useful Motorola features. The Google Dialer is the best dialer to me, but the useful Motorola software is even better. The Nexus will get updates first, which is the biggest reason I got the Nexus in the first place.
The Nexus has two options: Midnight Blue and Cloud White. The Moto X lets you choose different textured backs, including leather and bamboo. I always loved the look of the White Front and Bamboo Back Moto X, so that is what I got this time. I love it. The bamboo looks great, and is extremely soft and grippy.
Winner: MXP. The Nexus doesn’t really offer customization.
Both phones have front stereo speakers. The Nexus 6 speakers get louder, but they sound quite similar overall. The MXP speakers can crackle at very loud volume on certain notification ringtones. I have not heard cracking during video though. I am not sure if this is hardware or software related, but it has not made me want to return the phone.
Winner: Nexus 6. The speakers are louder and do not crackle.
The Nexus 6 has quite poor battery life overall for me. I mainly use LTE, and I get good signal on Verizon. The Nexus can last me a day, but not much longer than that. So far, the MXP gets better battery life for me. I will have to test this more, but it seems that the battery is significantly better. Yesterday, I used data for quite a while, texted, called, listened to music while studying for 10 hours. The phone was on for a total of 21 hours, and I had 2 and a half hours of screen time, with 30% battery left. I could have easily gotten 3 hours of screen time, and this was with heavy usage for me. The Nexus would have 100% been dead in a similar time frame for me.
Overall, I prefer the MXP. The customization was a huge selling feature for me, as I really loved the White Front and Bamboo Back. The battery, camera, and display are all improvements compared to the Nexus (at least in my opinion). The screen size is still quite good, while being a lot narrower than the Nexus, making one hand usage much more manageable for many of you. My personal recommendation is that the MXP is a superior phone to the Nexus 6. Granted, it is guaranteed not to receive updates as fast as the Nexus, but I am confident it will be a close second. Only time will tell. I plan to update this review if anything in my opinion changes. I also will update the review once my phone receives the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.
10/06/2015: I have added some photos that I took here. Amazon most likely will lower the resolution. The colors of the photos are very accurate, and each photo has a very large amount of detail.
10/31/2015: I've taken a lot of front camera photos now. I never really used the front camera on my previous phones, but the higher megapixels and wide angle lens really makes me want to use it. The photos always come out great, and I actually have used the front flash multiple times. It does not blind me, which was my biggest concern with a front flash. I have done some 4K video footage now, and it stabilizes just as well in 4K as it does in 1080p. The stabilization is not the absolute best when compared to other phones, but I find that it works great. I still stand by everything in my review. I currently am using the Incipio Octane Clear/Frost Case, and I highly recommend it. I'll be sure to keep this updated if anything changes.
01/27/2016: I have been trying to edit this review for months now, but it would not work. I have contacted Amazon many times, and it seems they have finally fixed my issue. Anyway, I have taken a large amount of photos with this phone now, and I really enjoy the camera. I will try to post more pictures soon, because I only included two photos in my initial review. I updated my phone to Marshmallow about a month ago, and it's been great so far. My apps stay open in the background even when I open 5 or more apps. I had trouble on Lollipop where after opening about 3 apps, my other apps would close. Marshmallow seemed to have fixed this for me, which is extremely helpful. My battery life does not seemed to have changed with Marshmallow. I was hoping that the Doze feature would improve my standby battery life, but it has not. The battery is not bad, it has always lasted me an entire day of full usage in the few months I have owned the phone. I am now using a Case-Mate bumper case, as I wanted some protection but wanted to feel my Bamboo back. Otherwise, everything in my review still stands. I have dropped the phone twice with no damage at all, which is great. It seems durable so far. If anything changes I will be sure to update my review again.
I have it activated on Verizon. Don't bother with going to the store if you already have a NanoSIM. If not run to the Verizon store walk up and just ask for a SIM card.... Don't be so lazy that you are willing to wait for overnight shipping get this phone activated today. After you get your SIM just call Tech Support at Verizon at (800) 922-0204 follow the prompts to activate a device (Something like press 1, then 3 for technical support, say "Activate a device", and 3 again? Don't take that word for word) when it tells you "for 4g insert sim and reboot" stay on the line and press 0. This will take you to a rep and explain you have an unlocked phone and want to activate it. You give them the IMEI, MEID, and NanoSIM ID and 10-20 seconds later your phone will start activating. Give it about 5 minutes and it will work on their network.
There were tons of phones to choose from, and the Galaxy S6, the Edge in particular looked very tempting. They were beautiful, powerful phones, but like most oh ones were bogged down by a custom UI, bloatware, slow updates, and most being bound to a carrier. I didn't want any of that, especially having enjoyed pure Android one the 2013 Nexus 7 I have.
I was leaning towards the Nexus 6, but it seemed massive even for a phablet phone, and its camera didn't seem very good. The 5x and 6p weren't out yet, but the Moto X Pure was. It ticked all the right boxes: unlocked, powerful, nicely made, beautiful screen, a much improved camera, expandable memory, almost stock Android with the exception of some very useful Moto software, and the promise of timely updates. All of this at a very reasonable price (got my 32GB unit for $350 on sale)
Going from an Optimus V to a MXP is like going from a Yugo to a Ferrari 488. Very fast, runs all my apps no problem. I don't play games on it much but when I do it runs them smoothly. Since getting it I've been far more productive with managing my workflow while on the go.
Looks great, feels like a quality device and is very comfortable to hold. Its huge compared to the Optimus V, but the curved body and dimple keep it from being unwieldy.
Expandable memory means I can store my media on the SD card and keep the internal storage for apps. Its also possible to run apps from the SD card (like the early days of Android), however performance will take a hit since the SD card obviously is slower. I just use it for media storage.
Audi quality is quite good, especially with an app like PowerAmp installed.
Moto Display is fantastic. It's great to be able to wave your hand over the phone and have the display light up and show me the time and active notification icons. If you swipe one of the icons and unlock the screen it will take you to that notification.
Moto Voice is generally useful, especially when on the road or wanting to search something from the lock screen.
Moto Gestures may be my favorite feature. The karate chop to activate the flashlight can be a bit finicky, but still useful. Twisting phone to activate the camera not only works reliably but its super useful for launching the camera in a hurry. Display and Gestures are something that I'd have a hard time living without.
Otherwise stock Android, the way it should be.
Given enough light, the camera will take pretty incredible pictures. Lots of detail and generally sharp, they put my old Canon SX10-IS to shame.
Even though it lacks optical image stabilization, it takes very stable video, and at 4K it looks great. The microphone is decent too.
Speaker quality is great both for listening too audio from apps and for calls.
Reasonable battery life. In typical usage I can get a day and a half out of a charge, although if you use the camera a lot it will run the battery down in a couple hours...bring a power pack if you instead to take tons of photos.
Turbo Charging is great for a quick top up while on lunch.
Its unlocked, so take it to whichever carrier you want. Supposedly it unofficially works on Project Fi too.
Google Now is a feature that didn't exist on the Optimus V, but I'm surprised how useful it is and how much I use it. From random searches to finding local attractions, its extremely useful.
So far I haven't had any serious issues, but apparently Motorola's support is pretty terrible, which is unfortunate.
Again, I personally haven't had any issues, but the some runs seem to have quality problems, such at the top speaker and worse, the digitizer. Friend of mine got on just after the phone came out and the digitizer went on it about a month or ago.
Heavy usage and the phone will get very, borderline worryingly warm. If you're playing games or using any app that's demand this will heat up. I have to wonder if the heat generated by the phone is partly responsible for component failures.
Moto Maker is great in theory...except if you want the black face you're pretty limited on your color combinations. I wanted either the bright silver or champagne trim with either bamboo or read leather back, but the white face is the only option with those trims, and for me white looks cheap. Ended up with the black face, black silicone back. Still looks great but it wasn't what I would have really liked. However, I look at the top of the phone much more than the back, so I went black.
If you run the battery down to the point where the phone shuts off, getting it back on can be a challenge. I've done it a couple times, and the last time I had a hard time getting the phone to turn back on even after it had been charging for a couple hours. I've read that the low battery software that shuts the phone down to prevent the battery from being damaged can get stuck in safe mode, require a hard reset.
Camera quality takes a nose dive in low light. I was expecting this having read reviews, so I knew what I was in for, but its worth mention that indoor photos get very muddy and forget about decent night shots. Other phones like the S6/S7 G4/G5 and iPhone are for more capable in low light.
Panorama is not great. Sometimes crashes the camera app, but even when it works the photo is low resolution. Better to manually take a panorama and let Google Photos make it for you, which its actually decent at.
Perhaps the biggest con for me is the updates. Part of why I bought the Moto X Pure is because until that point Motorola was known for fast and timely updates. However, it took a month to get Android Marshmallow, and even with Nougat out, the MXP isn't even running 6.0.1 yet. Also Motorola has confirmed that it won't be pushing security updates out as they become available, but do it as a batch. Why? Security updates are important and should go out ASAP, especially since the MXP runs nearly stock Android. They have yet to post a release date for the Nougat update. This is where I deduct one star. Its disappointing to say the least and something I will very much keep in mind when the time comes for a new phone.
In the end, lack of updates is all I deducted points for because as of now, as everything works fine and as such I've not had to deal with customer support. Will update if that changes, but for now its a pretty excellent phone that I would recommend, especially at current prices, but with a few caveats.
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I will purchase again new pure version !!