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2. MotoX Phone

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Motorola’s Moto X Android smartphone is a fine Android phone that gets everything right. In particular, it has a nice 4.7-inch Amoled screen size, likely the same size as on the next iPhone. It’s attractively slim, feels good in the hand and doesn’t add lots of junk software or a complicated interface that other Android phone makers do. Because of its association with Google, it’s already been upgraded to the latest KitKat version of Android OS and it’s becoming a showcase for inventive ideas from their new research group led by Regina Dugan, formerly head of DARPA. Users were recently treated to an entertaining animated video, “Windy Day,” created by a Pixar producer that uses virtual reality. Expect more surprises throughout the year. From free to $99 with a new account at most of the carriers.