Motorola's New Moto X- 2014
- Outstanding display,
- Loads of customization options – including a wood or leather finish,
- Generally pure Android experience,
- Fast performance,
- Improved build quality
- modest pricing,
- Camera has significantly improved, provides nice tweaks to Android
- No microSD support for expandable storage
- Non removable battery
- Moto Maker customization options are not available for Sprint and T-Mobile use
The original Moto X was one of our preferred smartphones of 2013. Between its compact feature set and fun customization choices, the Moto X was a breath of fresh air in the packed Android marketplace. Now Motorola has released an update to the Moto X and it progresses on its forerunner in many ways.
The new Moto X has a bigger and more active display that measures 5.2”. This new 1080p Full HD 423ppi display is bright, sharp and lively with precise color reproduction. It’s essentially one of the best displays we have seen on a smartphone so far and it can compete with the those of the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and iPhone’s Retina display. Unluckily, the larger display makes the device a bit less pocket able.
The Design and Build
The build quality has also been largely improved by using metal materials as an alternative of plastic, and the phone now sports a curved metal frame on its rear. The curve helps make the device easy to hold, despite the device being bigger this time around. Also, the Moto X is only a bit weightier than its ancestor, weighing just 5.08 ounces. Overall, the build quality feels a lot more dependable and first-class, although it’s still not quite as hard as the aluminum frame of the HTC One M8.
On a positive note, Motorola has not let go the surplus of customization options that are available via Moto Maker. And you can now modify the Moto X with even more equable options than before. Thus, all from the front face to the back cover can be customized, and the back cover can now be customized with not just your own color choice, but you can also pick to go with a leather or a natural wood texture for it.
The camera on the 1st gen Moto X was a big disappointment with blurry, washed out, rough output. Motorola has focused on this aspect this time and a 13MP sensor has been packed due to which the photo quality has improved considerably. Photos tend to be very decent with precise color reproduction. However on a less lucky note, the camera software is lagging behind a bit in features. In any case, one gets fascinated with the camera’s capability to record 4K video and 1080p slow motion video. The speed and the easy swipe zooming controls are also impressive.
Processor and OS
Moto X is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz Quadcore processor with 2GB of RAM. The phone earned a score of 21850 in Quadrant, making it one of the fastest smartphones on the fair.
The OS is a less customized version of Android KitKat. The refinements made by Motorola are also nice additions which do not irritate. For example gesture controls are good additions through which one can use his/her hand to silence the phone when there is an incoming call. Waving the hand can be used to snooze the alarm and flicking the wrist launches the camera. The AT&T model is however preloaded with numerous excessive apps like AT&T Live, Locker, Navigator, etc. Fortunately, there is a choice to buy a bloatware free version directly from Motorola.
Voice control was a great feature with original Moto X, and the same applies this time too. Yet, on top of the standard Google Now thoroughfare, Motorola has also put in their own special Moto Voice control software on the phone. This software lets you modify the initial voice command you use to get your Moto X’s responsiveness. Moto Voice allows you use your voice to do whatever from creating a text, to creating an alarm, searching the web, and opening up the front facing camera to capture a photo. Moto Voice works appealing well , though it struggles in noisy environments.
The battery is a 2300 mAh one which is quite upright for the Moto X and the phone succeeds to get through a full day of modest use.
Similar to its predecessor, between its competence and all of its customization choices, Moto X can be claimed to be one of the best phones. Especially, the wooden finish is undeniably wonderful and unprecedented so far. You can get tnew he Moto X starting at just $99 with a contract, or $499 without contract.