When you use Motorola’s recent Moto X Pure Edition for the first time, you might think that it has some missing specs under the hood. It certainly seems like a reliable partner and the shiny display appears to pinpoint every pixel contained within an image. Applications react easily to feedback, while sounds coming from its front-firing speakers are clear and realistic.
During day time, photos taken with the 21MP back digicam look crisp until they are zoomed in at their maximum level. You can shoot pretty high quality pictures if you adjust the zoom features, which is a major development over the previous Motorola X version. In the evening or in low-light spaces, though, you will still have problems to take a clear and detailed picture.
The 5MP front camera offers good performances in bright light and for selfies or video calls, but recording details from far distances is a challenging task. Maybe the recently presented Nexus 5X might surpass the rather basic camera of the Pure Edition.
Moto X’s customer interface is sharp and fast, just like past smart phones. It is working on near-stock Android Lollipop 5.1, and the company stated that it will offer the new devices with Marshmallow 6.0 installed onto them. Like Moto X 2nd Gen, the Pure Edition is not overwhelmed with a lot of bloat ware. Furthermore, it offers Motorola’s voice identification system and the gesture detection that opens the camera app with a twist of your hand.
On the rear side of the smart phone, its plastic carcass, with slim lines going diagonally, seems less expensive than the sleek metal design of other Motorola devices. Luckily, the lines do not collect much dust and the materials look modern, but some users might prefer enforced glass or steel cases better. You could purchase them for an additional $25 on the Moto Maker website, but the basic model also looks great without these extra elements.
The steel part in the middle of the phone’s rear case appears to have a slight modification from Motorola X’s previous edition. The 2014 model had a bigger and more indented dimple with the company’s logo embedded on it. This is where users were resting their index finger while using the gadget, making it simpler to keep the phone in place.
The Pure Edition has its digicam linked to the small Motorola circle with a slice of aluminum. With both phones, you can unintentionally cover up the lenses with your hand, because the Motorola logo and the camera have almost identical indentations. In any case, this is a style issue that the manufacturer could have fixed in the Moto X Pure.
One welcome addition are the elements made of light metal on the upper and lower part the display. On the previous generation of Motorola X, you could feel very thin straight lines embedded into the aluminum when you moved you hand over them. Now, these styles have been removed, creating even areas where you can slide your hand over.
Finally, there is a small thing, but it is worth mentioning, since it is something that you find out when you use the phone for a longer time. The Pure Edition does not glide on a smooth table when you push it gently. The second generation had that problem and it was risky to forget it on a metal or glass surface. This probably has to do with the straight metal lines on the rear of the phone.
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