All this power doesn’t eat through the battery too badly, either. That thankless task is left to the phone’s display. Featuring a 3,000mAh power supply, the Style will comfortably see you through a full day’s use. Those hoping for a second day without a trip to the charging port, however, are out of luck.
Despite being the big brother, the Style’s battery is considerably smaller than the Play’s 3,630mAh offering. On the plus side, though, a TurboPower charger adds 24 hours’ worth of power in minutes, not hours.
Its battery life might be distinctly average, but the Style’s front-firing stereo speakers are slightly above par, offering reasonably crisp, deep and detailed sounds. Expandable storage is a bonus, too. Available with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage as standard, microSD card support can add a further 128GB to the phone’s storage capacity.
Moto X Style Software & UI: Android, without the faff
Clean, simple and uncluttered is the best way to describe the Style’s pleasing user experience. Like many of its flagship Android rivals it runs Google’s Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS. Unlike most, it hasn’t covered it with a clunky, repetitive skin. This is as close to stock Android as non-Nexus devices get, and it’s great.
Removing the all-too-common, duplicated, core services that plague the UIs of Huawei, Sony and LG phones, Motorola has made just a spattering of subtle additions. Moto Assist is a welcome add-on to bare-bones Android, helping guide you through the phone’s capabilities, ensuring you’re making the most of its bountiful gifts.
This software experience is about to get better too. An Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is waiting in the wings, bringing a number of improvements, including the battery-boosting Doze feature.
Moto X Style Camera: Offering good but not great imagery
Camera quality is the one area where the Moto X Style falls short of its more illustrious, and higher-priced competition. That’s not to say it features a bad snapper though. As long as the sun is out, the 21-megapixel, rear-mounted camera will provide sharp, vibrant shots with strong levels of depth and decent, speedy focusing. Video capture is decent, too, with the phone capable of recording 4K clips.
As the sun comes down, though, so too does image quality. Unlike the Sony Xperia Z5, this is not a phone attuned to low light photography. In less ideal lighting conditions, focusing is a little soft, colours muted and results noisy.
The camera’s software setup does little to aid these hardware shortcomings. While usually tapping the screen-based viewfinder will let you select of point of focus, on the Style it instantly triggers the shutter. This is great for those passing must-capture moments, but a pain when looking to sort the levels on late-night shots.
There’s good news for selfie lovers, though. The phone’s f/2.0 wide-angle 5-megapixel front-facing camera is enhanced by its own dedicated flash. But despite bringing party shots and selfies from drunken nights out to life, the camera still suffers the all too familiar forward camera foibles. Shots are flat and lacking sharpness. You’ll get pics good enough for Facebook, but little else.
Camera criticisms aside, the Moto X Style is up there with the best Android phones of 2015. And that’s before you take into account its wallet-friendly price tag. This really is Motorola’s most accomplished flagship phone to date.
With a combination of high-end features and an affordable price that sees Motorola again reshaping the expectations of the smartphone scene, the Style will not disappoint – unless you take a lot of low-light snaps, that is. As soon as team Moto can nail smartphone design, the Galaxy S6 could have a rival at the top of the charts.
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