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Motorola's new migration tool can preload the Moto X with your old iPhone's contacts, calendar entries
Switching to a new smartphone can be a hassle, especially if there is no easy way to transfer all of your contacts from your outgoing device to the shiny new one. Fortunately for hopeful Moto X buyers, that’ll no longer be an issue as you can have the handset arrive pre-loaded with all of your existing contacts – so long as you are coming from an iPhone.
At the end of the online customization process through Moto Maker, you’ll be promoted to use the new Migration feature. Simply enter in your Apple ID and password then sign into your Google account to get things started. The handy tool copies your iCloud data and loads it onto the custom Moto X you just created. The entire process takes around five minutes for up to 500 contacts and calendar entries, we’re told.
The tool is only able to copy contacts and calendar entries at this point but Motorola is planning to develop it further to include other data as well. No word yet on what that data might be, however.
In the event you just recent purchased a Moto X and missed the migration tool addition, there’s a similar tool built into the phone to facilitate the transfer at home. Other companies like HTC also have transfer tools that allow users to grab data from an iPhone and port it over. For example, the HTC One uses Bluetooth to snag contacts and calendar entries to help ease the transition.
The Moto X is the first Motorola smartphone to be assembled in the US and the first big release since Google took over the company. The Moto X is touting out of the box customization, choose one of 18 back colors and designs, colors of the phone buttons and the ring around the lens of the camera. The X is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2. It also features a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display and comes in 16GB or 32GB versions.
The HTC One represents the firm’s latest attempt to regain lost ground in the smartphone market. It is made entirely of aluminum and boasts a large 4.7-inch full HD 1080p display with 468 PPI flanked by two speaker strips with integrated amplifiers. Inside is a 1.7-GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
The HTC One mini is the smaller and less expensive version of its flagship HTC One handset. The One mini features a 4.3-inches (720p) display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, backed by Adreno 305 graphics, a single gigabyte of RAM and 16GB of non-expandable storage. The One mini supports 4G LTE and HSPA+ cellular networks, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth and comes with Android 4.2.2 out of the box.
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