Moto X, the 2013 flagship Android smartphone by Motorola Mobility, is quietly available in Malaysia. It has been 8 months since first released. Too late in even more competitive phone market in 2014.
The news of Lenovo to acquire Motorola Mobility broke up shortly after the launch of Moto G in Malaysia in January 2014.
We thought Moto X would never be released in Malaysia. Eventually, Motorola Mobility introduces Moto X in Malaysia at the end of April 2014.
Moto X is a 4G LTE phone, the display is 4.7-inch HD 720p. It is powered by 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, does not support microSD card. The rear facing camera is 10MP and 2MP for front facing camera. 2200 mAh non-removable battery.
Like Moto G, Moto X has a clean Android 4.4 Kitkat version with additional friendly features:
With a on-board Natural Language Processor, Moto X can be trained to recognize your voice. You can say â€œOK Google Nowâ€ to launch Google Now virtual assistant without touching the phone, even itâ€™s in sleep mode.
Active Notifications features will display notifications on lock screen, allows you to check notifications received at a glance, while still conserving battery power by taking advantage of AMOLED display.
Simply flicks your wrist twice to launch camera app, touch anywhere on the screen to take photos.
Motorola Connect is a Google Chrome extension allows you to see and respondÂ to phone notifications and text messages from your computerâ€™s web browser.
Buy Moto X
Moto X price in Malaysia is RM 1499 (16GB), available in black or white colour. For more information, please visit motorola.com
In 2013, Moto Xâ€™s specs and price is high value-for-money. In the very competitive smartphone market, things changed a lot in a few months time. RM1.5K for Moto X specs is no longer attractive. It missed the golden timing to be sold in Malaysia.
Moto G is a budget Android smartphone with Quad-core processor and dual-SIM support.
Motorola and Brightstar launched Moto G in Malaysia on 16th January 2014. LiewCF was invited to the launch event to have first hand experience with Moto G.
Read on for my thoughts on Moto G â€“ â€œAn Exceptional Phone at An Exceptional Priceâ€.
Moto G is not a high-end smartphone with outstanding design. Instead, it has a low profile, standard phone design which you are familiar and comfortable with.
You will found power button and volume controller at the right side, microUSB port at the bottom, headphone jack and microphone at the top.
Its curved body with interchangeable soft plastic back cover (Motorola Shell case) is comfortable to hold.
Moto G is 4.5-inch display and weight 143 g. It is not lightest nor thinnest phone, but I like it.
4.5-inch is the perfect smartphone screen size, in my opinion. Not too big to be hold by one hand; not too small for reading.
Value for Money
For less than RM 800, Moto G gives you Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 16GB memory. The 4.5-inch display is 720p HD at 329 ppi. Motorola claims that it is â€œsharpest HD displayâ€.
Though not a Full HD display (are we asking too much?) but it is bright and clear. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is used for scratches protection. The same glass is also used in Samsung GALAXY S4 and Lenovo Vibe X.
Moto G model in Malaysia supports Dual SIM, Dual Standby, Dual 3G. While other phones only support only one active 3G SIM, Moto G support two active 3G SIM cards with speed up to 21Mbps each!
For battery life, Moto G build-in 2070 mAh battery could last up to 24 hours, claims Motorola.
Moto G has dual cameras, too â€“ 5MP rear camera with LED and 1.3MP front camera. Both cameras could capture 720p HD video.
Moto G camera app is simple. It does not have many fancy features like Lenovo Vibe X. It just works â€“ tap anywhere to capture, tap & hold for burst shots.
Moto G owners will get extra 50GB Google Drive storage space FREE for 2 years, on top of standard 15GB free storage space — Total 65GB Google Drive cloud storage to store your emails, documents, photos, and other files. [Thanks, Kevin Ng]
Motorola was a Google company before Google sold it to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, weeks after launching Moto G in Malaysia.Â The promised â€œguaranteed upgradeâ€ Android 4.4 KitKat for Moto G has been roll out worldwide before Google-Lenovo deal. (Thankfully!)
Hopefully, it is not the last Android update for Moto G. I guess Moto G will not receive quick Android update under Lenovoâ€¦
While Moto G keeps its Android version as clean as stock Android, it has two useful apps:
Motorola Assists â€“ similar to iOSâ€™ DND feature, Assists is an app to easily set custom profile settings, such as Meeting (auto reply, silent ringtone) and Sleeping (silent ringtone).
Motorola Migrate helps you to migrate to Moto G from other Android phones or iPhone. Everything (photos, videos, SIM contacts, call history, text messages) will be transferred to Moto G in 3 steps.
Moto G is not…
Keep in mind that Moto G is a budget phone. It does not have some features you found on other high-end (read: expensive) smartphones:
No FullHD â€“ Moto G 4.5″ display is HD resolution (), not FullHD (1920×1080). It makes a difference when you are watching Full HD video on smartphone.
No NFC â€“ Moto G does not have NFC. You can not tap smartphone with others to exchange information. When is the last time you use NFC, anyway? However, No NFC also means Moto G does not support Wireless Charging.
No 4G LTE â€“ Moto G is dual SIM 3G/HSPA+ but it does not support 4G LTE super fast wireless broadband connection.
No memory expansion â€“ Moto G does not support external memory card like microSD. You only have the build-in memory, either 8GB or 16GB. I would advise to buy 16GB version. For extra RM100 you get double memory space for your apps, musics, videos and photos.
Moto G Specs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
Android 4.3 (jelly bean), guarantee upgrade 4.4 in early 2014
A month ago, an interesting idea called â€œPhonebloksâ€ by Dave Hakkens about a concept smartphone made of functional blocks was shared by many friends on Facebook.
The idea is groundbreaking that the idea video has over 16 million views on YouTube in a month.
If you havenâ€™t watch it, here you are:
It is LEGO-like smartphone to me. You could replace or upgrade any part of your phone individually, without buying a whole new phone!
Will we have a open hardware smartphone like Phonebloks? With Motorola Project Ara announcement, the concept is one step nearer to reality.
Project Ara is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones.
It would be like Android, the open source mobile operating system, to create a third-party developer ecosystem.
Just thought you would like to know that Motorola is now a Google company and Android is produced by Google.
Project Ara design consists of an endoskeleton (endo) and modules. Endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place. A module can be anything â€“ processor, display, keyboard, battery, etc.
Project Ara will be working with Dave Hakkensâ€™s Phonebloks community throughout the development process. You could help the project by become Ara Scouts.
Project Ara will invite developers to create modules for Ara platform in a few months, and release Module Developerâ€™s Kit (MDK) alpha version in winter 2013.
Still remember the old day when we build our own PC and then upgrade hardware as wish? Now we are buying unibody laptop that cannot upgrade.Â Will smartphone goes the other way round become user upgradable? Thatâ€™s very interesting.
The Phonebloks concept smartphone was buggy. I am glad to see Project Ara design is slim and stylish with colourful modules.