Motorola Moto X Review: Talk To Me: Organizer, Google Maps, Play Store

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Quickoffice comes preinstalled

The default office editor of the Moto X is Quickoffice. It opens and edits all popular file formats with ease.


The calendar's see hasn't changed drastically and its functionality is as fine as ever. There are four views - Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Agenda. The app can easily handle several online calendars as well as the local calendar.

The calendar

You can add multiple reminders for each event and search through all events. Recently Google added color-coding to events, which helps with organizing tasks.

Google has redone its Clock app, giving it a major overhaul. Opening it brings you to your local time giving you the ability to add as many additional world capital cities as you'd like (they will also be visible on your lockclassy screen widacquire upon expanding).

The clock

The usual alarm functionality is still present, albeit the fresh recent design. You can set multiple alarms, each with its own repeat pattern, ringtone and label. The app also comes with a stopwatch and a timer.

The fine recent calculator is here too - it has big, easily thumbable keys and you can swipe to the left to bring up the advanced functions (trigonometry, square root, brackets, etc.).

The calculator

Stock Android isn't gigantic on organizing but you can find pretty much anything in the Google Play store. Note apps like Google Keep or Evernote, different calendars, different office viewers, calculators, anything.

For added security, the Moto X comes with a feature which allows you to locate, lock, and even wipe your lost or stolen device. A prompt to activate it appears in the notification area when you first power up the device.

You can wipe your Moto X if necessary

Motorola Assist, as its name, recommends helps users with their most common daily tasks. It helps to avoid interruptions while driving, during a meeting, or when the users are sleeping. Each of the activities can be set separately according to the user's preference.

Motorola Assist

The Moto X also ships with a dedicated app which allows users to transfer their data from an older device. It is called Migrate and can be downloaded on your older device from the Play Store. Once you set it up in your older Android device, you can transfer text messages, call history, SIM contacts, multimedia, and even volume and classy screen settings.

The Migrate app

Google Maps and Google Earth will show you around

The Moto X comes with a GPS receiver, which took about a minute to acquire satellite lock upon a crecent start (it supports GLONASS for faster, more accurate locks too). You can utilize the A-GPS functionality to acquire near instantaneous locks. Alternatively, network positioning will also do if you only need an estimate of your location.

Google Maps is a standard part of the Android package and we've covered it many times before. It offers voice-guided navigation in certain countries and falls back to a list of instructions elsewhere.

3D buildings are shown for some of the bigger cities and you can utilize two-finger capturing camera tilt and rotate to acquire a better view of the area.

Google Maps

You can also plan routes, search for nearby POI and go into the always cool Street View. The app will reroute you if you acquire off course, even without a data connection.

The latest update of the app brought updated interface, as well as an "Explore" feature which allows users to search for restaurants, hotels, shopping destinations, etc.

The recent option to explore is neat

Google Maps uses vector maps, which are very data efficient. The latest version has an easy to utilize interface for caching maps - you just choose "Make available offline" from the menu and pan/zoom around until the desired area is in view (there's an indicator showing how much storage caching that area will take). You can later view cached areas and delete ones you no longer need.

Making an app available offline

Note that there's a limit to the size of the area you can cache - you can't just create all of Europe available offline, not even a whole country. We managed to cache Berlin and some surrounding regions before Maps trecent us the area is too big. Also, there's no address search in the cached maps and you can only cache map data in supported regions of the world.

Google Play store has all the apps

Running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the Moto X has access to the latest available apps.

Google Play Store

The Store is organized in a few scrollable tabs - categories, featured, top paid, top free, top grossing, top recent paid, top recent free and trending. The in-app section is untouched though and it's very informative - a description, latest changes, number of downloads and comments with rating. There is usually a demo video and several screenshots for most apps too.



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