Moto X Style review

Motorola's latest flagship packs a sizable punch

Moto X Style
Moto X Style

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Moto X Play

Motorola Moto X Play

Smaller, cheaper and a little less powerful, the Moto X Play is still a solid smartphone for those with smaller budgets, and smaller palms.

You still get the same, impressive 21MP camera, and the X Play actually manages to squeeze in a bigger battery which performs better than the X Style's thanks to the full HD screen resolution.

Of course if you're looking for a true flagship phone the X Style is the only handset in Motorola's range to offer that, but if you can accept a few compromises you can save yourself some money with the X Play.

Moto X Force

Moto X Force

Bored of traditionally fragile phones? The Moto X Force is the latest phone from Motorola that is designed to take most knocks and not break immediately.

It features a 5.4-inch 2K display with 3GB of RAM and a top of the range Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset. The battery life on the Moto X Force is particularly impressive and will beat the Moto X Style easily.

But the real highlight is the fact you can't break the phone on the slightest drop – this is one of the most durable phones on the market right now. That said, it's not going to survive all punishments, so don't try on purpose to hurt it. Sadly you pay for the durability though, it currently costs £499 (US$750 AU$1050).



The LG G4 is a touch smaller than the 5.7-inch Moto X Style, sporting a 5.5-inch QHD display, the same power under the hood and the same size 3000mAh battery.

Originally the G4 carried a price tag to match the top flight Samsung and Apple handsets, but it can now be picked up SIM-free for pretty much the same price as the X Style.

It's easier to hold in the hand, has a slimmer build and the slightly curved display looks pretty cool - although I'd recommend you opt for the leather back option over the cheap feeling plastic offering.

iPhone 6S Plus

iPhone 6S Plus

The iPhone 6S Plus may have a smaller display at 5.5-inches, but it's taller and wider than the Moto X Style. That said it is also considerably thinner at just 7.3mm and it's head and shoulders above the Motorola in terms of design.

You'll need deep pockets to afford one, as the 6S Plus carriers a premium price tag, while its 12MP camera isn't as good as the 21MP offering on the Moto X Style.

The iPhone's screen has fewer pixels too with a full HD resolution, but that results it much better battery life.

You do get Apple's slick iOS 9 operating system, Touch ID fingerprint scanner and new 3D Touch functionality though - but if it's Android you're after you won't give this a second look.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is one of the Moto X Style's closest rivals when it comes to screen specifications. Both handsets boast 5.7-inch, QHD panels, but Samsung's offering is curved at both edges and harness Super AMOLED technology.

It means the S6 Edge+ looks far more futuristic, as well as being brighter and more colourful, but it all comes at a cost. It's almost double of the price of the X Style.

You go get a heap more power for your money, as well as fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and a far more premium design.

John McCann
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