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The bigger, better smartphone you should be excited about

The new Moto X isn't a mid-tier phone anymore. It's now Motorola's flagship phone, and it has the power to back it up. It's faster than last year's model with a sharp HD screen and now it has a 13MP camera too. The new iPhone 6 is still stuck at 8MP.

This year's Moto X joins Apple in following the trend of bigger phones. It's up from 4.7 inches to 5.2. The good news for folks with smaller hands is that the new Moto X still feels smaller than some of the behemoth Android "phablets" on the market.

Motorola mounted the speakers on the front of the phone, which makes so much sense considering that phones are used to play games and watch videos these days. Plus the camera has a cool "ring flash" feature for better photo lighting.

As far as software, the main draw of the Moto X is that it ships with stock Android. There are no clumsy, inefficient skins or extras bogging down your performance. The software bonuses you do get are actually pretty cool, but you're not forced into using them.

For example, last year's Moto X had a cool voice interface that let you control your phone without ever having to touch it. That's back and better than ever. Now you don't have to say "Ok Google Now." You can wake your phone up with any phrase like "talk to me, Goose," or "Hello, Dolly." You can even come up with a unique name for your phone.

The Moto X will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, but because it runs stock Android, it can update to the upcoming Android L almost instantly. With Android L's focus on battery life, that means the Moto X's already respectable 2300 mAh battery should only last longer.

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