Motorola Moto X Style
American cum Chinese, more rightly Google’s brand Motorola made a wave in the smartphone industry through its pure android devices in the mid-range and upper-mid range segment. The latest flagship from the company, the Moto X Style is supposedly the stylish big brother of the very popular Moto X play. While the two phones do appear similar, is the Moto X style worth investing in when compared to the Moto X Play?
Built and Design
While the Moto X play came with interchangeable back covers, the Moto X Style’s body is a single non-detachable unit a combination of metal and soft rubber. It comes with an excellent build quality. I was expecting more of metal and glass, but even the combination of metal and rubber not bad.
The phone carries the traditional design pattern of Motorola devices. It might not be a head turner, but feels premium when you hold it. The phone is surrounded by a metal frame and has a soft touch rubber back. The device measures as 153.9 mm long, 76.2 mm wide and 11.1 mm in thick whereas weighs just 179 g. One thing is clear that it is away from today’s trend where flagships are more slim and lightweight.
Let us discuss the port and buttons placement on this phone. The power button and volume rocker are located on the right side of the device. On top, you have the 3.5mm headphone jack and a tray for two Nano SIM card and Micro SD card slots. Find the USB port on the back of the Motorola Moto X Style.
You have the two speaker grills, one on the top and another on the bottom of the main display area. In fact, this has become iconic with most of Motorola devices so far. You also have a few sensors, the front facing camera and a front flash on top of the display. The back houses the 21MP camera lens and the Motorola Logo.
The device is IP52 certified meaning it can handle light water splashes.
5.7 inches QHD Display
Moto X Style sports an IPS LCD display, which is 5.7 inches in the size with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and a pixel density of 520 PPI. The display definitely wins some brownie points when compare to the Moto X play. There is also Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
The display is bright and the viewing angles are brilliant. You will not face any difficulty reading text on the screen under direct sunlight. The color saturation is also brilliant with high contrast. However, we do miss the blacks of the AMOLED display as was found on previous generations of the flagship.
The Display is definitely worthy of a flagship.
Snapdragon Octa Core Processor Performance
Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 running the show. The chipset features a dual-core 1.8 GHz & quad-core 1.44 GHz. Supporting the chipset is 3GB of RAM and Adreno 418 graphics processor.
The performance is top-notch and the device can handle any task thrown at it without flinching. Gaming on the device is also a pleasant experience. In fact, it does not heat up with heavy usage something that the Snapdragon 808 is known for.
Connectivity and memory
In terms of storage, the device is available in two options viz. 16GB and 32GB. Both have expandable storage capabilities up to 128GB.
As far as connectivity options are concern, you get all the today’s luxury. I cannot miss the 4G LTE support, which makes it a perfect choice for existing Airtel and upcoming Reliance Jio network. Moreover, you get the latest version of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, GLONASS, NFC, USB OTG and Miracast for connectivity experiment and apps testing.
Being a flagship, it should have a fingerprint sensor. I am not able to understand some of the downgrading features on this phone. Yes, I am talking about the fingerprint sensor ID and low capacity battery.
User Interface and Operating system
One of the best things about Motorola devices is the pure android experience and early update. You get android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the future.
The UI is stock Android, but some unique features onboard twist the end user experience. Motorola has introduced a new feature to display notifications called Notification at a Glance. This really helps in saving battery fuel onboard. Whenever you take out the phone out of pocket or pick it up from a desk, the display will light up with a clock and missed notifications. Just tap and hold the icon to get more information without unlocking the phone. I really like this feature as it makes accessing the phone much easier.
There are many quick features on this phone. However, I must appreciate two easy usable features of the camera application. You need to twist your wrist quickly to activate the rear shooter and make a chopping gesture to use the LED flash as a flashlight.
Since no custom feature and uniquely designed theme, bogging the OS down, Moto X Style’s multitasking performance is very snappy. The stock Android user interface is smooth with zero lag while playing multimedia contents or games. I always advocate for stock Android.
The Motorola Moto X offers plenty of oomph for even a seasoned power user thanks to a deadly combination of Stock Android, the Snapdragon 808.
A 3000 mAh non-removable battery powers the phone. Seriously, I am not able to understand the reason behind a week battery on this phone, which is bigger and costlier than the Moto X Play features massive 3630mAh battery. Considering the bigger screen size and a higher price tag, a 4000 mAh battery should power the Moto X Style. The phone will last you a complete day on moderate usage.
21MP Rear Shooter Camera
The camera of the Moto X style is similar to the Moto X Play. The main camera is a 21 MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture and dual tone LED flash. While the front camera a 5MP shooter gets a front LED flash this time.
Blessing of the Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor and dual tone LED flash helps the primary camera of this phone for an excellent image output and video in real HD quality. In fact, you can use this phone to record professional marriage and home event video. Whether image or video – the details are high, sharpness remains good and maintains low noise.
A phone camera application does play an important part in reduction of noise and enhances output content quality. What I really like about the Moto X Style is that its camera application does a great job in balancing of colors, brightness, and background accuracy. In fact, you will find color reproduction perfect neither too high nor too low. However, this is not surprising since you can avail similar image reproduction quality on the Moto X Play, which is cheaper than this phone.
The front camera offered good image quality in the segment. What gives it nudge is the built-in LED flash, which offers a level of low-light usability that most rivals cannot match.
- Premium Design
- Strong Processor
- Good Battery Backup
- Front LED Flash
- Bright Screen
- Strong Camera performance
- Turbo Charging
- Waterproof body
- No fingerprint sensor
- No wireless charging
- Performance identical to Moto X Play
- No FM
The Moto X Style checks all the right boxes for a flagship, the only thing holding it back is the Moto X Play. The Moto X style offers no significant upgrade from the Moto X Play. Considering a price difference of nearly Rs. 10,000 between both variants of the Moto X Play and Moto X Style, we would have wanted something extra to set the two apart.
LG G4 Dual SIM
Korean brand LG has brought some freshness in the flagship smartphone market with the introduction of a new range of phones carries the iconic arc design. Last year LG revamped all its new launches by improving the user interface, addition of new features and certainly a major boost to performance. Particularly, LG took extra care of looks and camera function in all the new devices in the market.
The LG G4 Dual is a flagship phone listed below 35000 rupees in the Indian smartphone. It offers a great balance between qualities and looks. Read on to get a better in-depth perspective of this smartphone.
Built Design Looks
At first look, the LG G4 Dual might seem similar to (not so popular device) the G Flex2. However, the difference in back covers set them way apart. The curve on the G flex2 is more prominent and visible. The G4 and G3 carry the same screen size (5.5 inches), but surprisingly the latest dual SIM flagship is bigger and weighs a bit more.
LG G4 presents itself in a premium arced design wherein the sides are angled inwards at the front. The unique design line improves the end user’s hold and control more as a single hand operation. LG brings the idea of a concave shape, which makes the top and bottom of the device closer to the fingers. The phone not only looks premium rather it has a solid built too.
Plastic and Leather
Since the back panel is interchangeable, you can choose between plastic and leather cover. The plastic cover is rather smooth comes printed in a 3D diamond type patterns. I would suggest that you should choose the leather cover, which looks impressive, brings funky eye candy design on this phone. Both back panels come with removable feature and looks impressive because of a decorative touch stitching.
On the back of the LG G4 dual, you have the 16MP camera lens, dual tone LED flash and a unique Laser autofocus system. Beneath the rear shooter is LG’s signature placement of volume rocker with the power button wedged in between. On removing the back cover, you will find a micro SD card slot and two SIM Card slots.
The front of this phone houses 8MP front facing shooter, earpiece along with a few usual sensors. Further, you meet the USB 2.0 port and 3.5-mm headphone jack on the bottom rather than on top of this phone. It also features IR blaster, which has the placement along with noise cancelation MIC on the top. Both sides of LG G4 dual SIM remains free from any usages.
IPS LCD Display
The G4 sports an IPS LCD display (5.5 inches) with a resolution of QHD and a pixel density of 534 PPI. LG has introduced a new Quantum Display technology for the device. Thanks to the new display the colors are vivid, viewing angles are perfect, and the brightness is adequate. The blacks have gone done, which has pushed the contrast up. Comparing it to the previous generation G3, the G4 offers better brightness, improved contrast and color accuracy.
3GB RAM and Hexa-Core Processor Performance
LG’s decision to use the previous generation Snapdragon 808 chipset instead of the latest 810 is a bit controversial. While the 810 is prone to heating issues, the 808 might not be able to render the same graphics. The chipset in the G4 uses a dual-core 1.82 GHz and quad-core 1.44 GHz. On the graphic front, we have the Adreno 418 and along with a 3GB RAM.
In terms of performance, the LG G4 does well even beat some bestselling devices running on the Snapdragon 810. Therefore, it turns out that LG took a smart decision to use the 808 chipset instead of the latest Snapdragon 810 for smooth multitasking and gaming performance without heating issue.
The flip side of the decision is because of Snapdragon 808 chipset, LG has been forced to choose Adreno 418 graphic processor, which does not support QHD content well compared to the Adreno 430 for 810 Chipset.
Android Lollipop 5.1 Operating System
The G4 Dual runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with the latest version (v4.0) of the LG’s user interface on top. Use double tap to wake up and access the phone. In the Glance view, an easy swipe shows time, the latest notifications, and city weather report.
3000 mAh Battery
The LG dual SIM phone comes with a 3000mAh battery, which is the same seen in the G2 and G3. The battery life of LG’s current flag-bearer the G4 is nothing worthy of a pleasant flagship.
In terms of camera hardware and performance, the LG G4 is a powerhouse. It lists a 16 MP primary camera with Laser auto focus and Dual LED flash and an 8MP selfie shooter. With the resolution of 5312 x 2988 pixels, the main camera has a 1/2.6″ sensor and f/1.8 lens. . The optical image stabilization on this phone works on three axis adds much-needed support for a greater photography experience.
My assumption is, the LG G4 dual is one of the most advanced dual SIM camera phone below the 35000 rupees price basket.
LG G4 is one the few smartphones offer the laser autofocus. Going a step further, the brand brings a new addition, the Colour Spectrum Sensor, which detects ambient light for more accurate white balance.
The LG G4 onboard camera application offers photography in three modes – Manual, Basic, and Simple. A regular point & shoot camera experience in the “Simple” mode. The second is “Basic” mode, which works with the regular phone camera options. However, only in the “Manual” mode, the end user gets full control on the features of 16MP primary camera.
In terms of photography, my experience with all the LG flagships has been great. And, the same is true with the LG G4 Dual. Image and selfie captures from both cameras keep a good amount of background details with color range and a warm tone too. Whether in a good light or in low light the output content remains sharp and carries a low noise level.
- Brilliant QHD display
- Top-notch Build Quality
- Powerful Camera
- Dual SIM support
- Lag-free performance for multitasking and gaming
- Powerful and free user-friendly user interface
- Average Battery Life
- GPU is not powerful enough when pitted against other flagships
- Not a device for single hand operation
The LG G4 is not a lightweight and slim flagship, still it feels and looks premium. I like this innovative gadget, which gets full marks in every segment except the failure of the graphic processor to keep up with QHD contents.