Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen)

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Specs summary

Screen
5.2"

The Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen)'s screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC Quad core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2300 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 1020 minutes (2G), 855 minutes (3G).



Its specs are good enough, its software features are great and it’s relatively inexpensive.

- Peter Nowak , AlphaBeatic 


Motorola's new Moto X might be the best Android phone I've seen all year.

- Lisa Eadicicco , Business Insider 

Reviews summary

8.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 55 reviews

What's good

  • Snappy performance that handles all tasks with ease
  • Vivid color and good contrast
  • Premium materials and excellent build quality

What's bad

  • No expandable microSD slot
  • Suffers from oversaturation
  • Mediocre camera performance

The 2014 Motorola Moto X might share the same name as its predecessor, but it is definitely an upgrade in almost every way starting from the design. Instead of an all plastic device, Motorola opted for an aluminum rim around the phone. While the metal does make the phone slightly heavier than its predecessor at 144 grams, reviewers point out it makes the device look and feel like a premium device. As well, they point out that the smooth finish and tapered edges makes it very comfortable to hold in hand, despite its slightly larger dimensions.

The most noticeable upgrade is the larger 5.2-inch AMOLED display. With a 1080p Full HD resolution, the screen offers a stunning pixel density of 423ppi. Critics point out the improved sharpness makes it great for reading also due in part to its bright light legibility. They did notice that colors tended to be oversaturated though it ultimately leads to better contrast and deeper blacks.

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The new Moto X might not pack the latest internal specs, but the 2.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM is powerful enough that experts had no issue with lag or stutters when using normal and processor-heavy apps. Internal storage is adequate with a choice of 16GB or 32GB, though those looking to expand their storage will be disappointed as there is no microSD slot. In the same vein, critics describe battery life as "acceptable but not exceptional" as it clocked a little under 9 hours during their battery draining tests. In real life tests, they were able to get around a full day's worth of charge during moderately light use.

Around the back is a 13MP camera and dual LED flash. When compared to the previous camera, reviewers discovered that this one produced more vibrant colors and better details. Despite these improvements, they mention that low-light performance is still mediocre and its overall performance is fairly average.

Although the Moto X(2nd generation) might have a couple weak points, overall critics appreciate the updated look and specs. Phone Arena says, "…the new features are nice…and the phone is zippy and premium feeling." PC advisor adds, "It has a great screen, isn't too big or heavy, and has excellent performance."


Reviews (8.4/10 Avg. rating)


Cool Tools

The Moto X got so much small stuff right that it qualifies as a cool tool

from Cool Tools

Yes, you can put many of the Moto X features on existing Android phones, but this is the only one that does it out of the box, and without sacrificing battery life. I’ve had mine for 6 months, and if I lost it today, I wouldn’t consider replacing it with anything else.

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Yes, you can put many of the Moto X features on existing Android phones, but this is the only one that does it out of the box, and without sacrificing battery life. I’ve had mine for 6 months, and if I lost it today, I wouldn’t consider replacing it with anything else.

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Reviewed

Sidesteps the spec war, putting user-friendly features front and center

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We can't emphasize enough how useful Motorola's Active Notifications are, taking Android's already superior notification system to the next level. Moto Assist is another huge win, intelligently managing your ringer and other key functions behind the scenes, saving you from workplace embarrassment and trouble on the road.

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We can't emphasize enough how useful Motorola's Active Notifications are, taking Android's already superior notification system to the next level. Moto Assist is another huge win, intelligently managing your ringer and other key functions behind the scenes, saving you from workplace embarrassment and trouble on the road.

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GottaBeMobile

A great device that is definitely capable to standing up to even the latest generation of flagship phones

from GottaBeMobile

Overall, I’d say the Moto X 2014 is a great device and definitely capable to standing up to even the latest generation of flagship phones. No, Moto Voice is neither a game changer nor a reason to purchase the Moto X 2014, but it never should have been. The fundamentals are right here. Its design holds up and its display is gorgeous. The speakers are loud and it gets updates at a breakneck pace....

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Overall, I’d say the Moto X 2014 is a great device and definitely capable to standing up to even the latest generation of flagship phones. No, Moto Voice is neither a game changer nor a reason to purchase the Moto X 2014, but it never should have been. The fundamentals are right here. Its design holds up and its display is gorgeous. The speakers are loud and it gets updates at a breakneck pace.

I’d like to see an improved camera app and Moto Voice, but those are the the extent of my concerns. The Moto X 2014 is a great smartphone.

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G Style Magazine

An all round great smartphone

from G Style Magazine

Even with its camera’s shortcomings the Moto X 2014 can be considered one of the best overall smartphones out. It’s one of the only phones you can have customize yourself and it’s available on most carriers. Its battery life is decent and it’s built in Moto apps are some o...More

Even with its camera’s shortcomings the Moto X 2014 can be considered one of the best overall smartphones out. It’s one of the only phones you can have customize yourself and it’s available on most carriers. Its battery life is decent and it’s built in Moto apps are some of the best from a phone maker. Also working closely with Google, it will or rather has been one of the first devices to already receive Lollipop. Being that the Moto X is 5.2” it doesn’t fall into phablet territory and can be considered a nice sized device. Check out the Moto X 2014 and see why it maybe one of the best of the year.

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UnleashThePhones

Chose to compete in terms of features and general user experience

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The 2014 Moto X is a solidly built, fast, Android flagship with a good screen, excellent call quality, stock Android, and clever Moto Voice software features. But the battery life, price, and camera keep it from being perfect though.

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The 2014 Moto X is a solidly built, fast, Android flagship with a good screen, excellent call quality, stock Android, and clever Moto Voice software features. But the battery life, price, and camera keep it from being perfect though.

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Digital Versus

Same, but better

from Digital Versus

The first Moto X was a good phone, but its hardware was on the shaky side. Now Motorola has returned with a fix. It isn't flawless—the battery life is just okay and the screen colours aren't natural—but the 2014 Moto X is an easy recommend for anyone who doesn't mind. Its virtually st...More

The first Moto X was a good phone, but its hardware was on the shaky side. Now Motorola has returned with a fix. It isn't flawless—the battery life is just okay and the screen colours aren't natural—but the 2014 Moto X is an easy recommend for anyone who doesn't mind. Its virtually stock-Android interface, unique design and perfectly responsive system make the Moto X a pleasure to use. If you're allergic to the Nexus 5's phablet form factor, then it can make a good alternative.

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Coolsmartphone

Offers a really good package

from Coolsmartphone

Overall I quite liked the new Moto X, it offers possibly the most Nexus like experience on a non Nexus and because of that you can only really applaud Motorola. However when you compare it to the other flagship devices in circulation at the moment you wonder if that whole “stock Android&rdq...More

Overall I quite liked the new Moto X, it offers possibly the most Nexus like experience on a non Nexus and because of that you can only really applaud Motorola. However when you compare it to the other flagship devices in circulation at the moment you wonder if that whole “stock Android” thing is really that great. There are devices around at the moment with similar or better specs, better cameras, better batteries and with more expansion capabilities. The only thing that the Moto X really has going for it is the clever software, the fact it will probably one of the first devices to get Android 5.0 and the fact you can design your own model when you order it.

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Android Authority

Motorola outdoes itself again

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The Moto X (2014) is available from all network carriers in the US for below the usual premium price at $99. For a phone that easily falls in the realm of flagship, it’s great that it doesn’t have the flagship price. A fully unlocked Pure Edition Moto X is also available, with a price that starts at $499. Adding the bamboo back cover and 32 GB of storage for my version brought the phone up to just over $600, so be aware that customization does come at a price...

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The Moto X (2014) is available from all network carriers in the US for below the usual premium price at $99. For a phone that easily falls in the realm of flagship, it’s great that it doesn’t have the flagship price. A fully unlocked Pure Edition Moto X is also available, with a price that starts at $499. Adding the bamboo back cover and 32 GB of storage for my version brought the phone up to just over $600, so be aware that customization does come at a price.

So there you have it – an in-depth look at the Moto X (2014)! It’s hard not to like a phone when you’ve been given the ability to make it the way you want it. With its predecessor, that might have been the saving grace of what could have been considered a sub-flagship device, but now, the Moto X has matured and gotten its foot in the top-tier door.

A bump in the specifications all around keeps it as speedy as its competitors, if not more because of its decidedly spartan Android build. It is found wanting in some areas, but not by much. A bigger battery would have been nice, and more robust camera experience would have been appreciated, but all said and done, the new Moto X offers a very attractive package. Continuing to offer a great Android experience is key, and that is one area in which Motorola has once again succeeded. 

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PC Magazine

Clean, near-stock Android at a low entry price

from PC Magazine

The second-generation Motorola Moto X smartphone is a welcome return to form, thanks to its excellent performance and smooth, unadulterated Android 4.4 interface.

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The second-generation Motorola Moto X smartphone is a welcome return to form, thanks to its excellent performance and smooth, unadulterated Android 4.4 interface.

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TrustedReviews

Offers great general performance and some very intuitive elements

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The Motorola Moto X is a phone of hits and misses. It’s tough to ascribe a score to, as these wins and fails affect very important parts of the phone.

A nearly-always-on screen and the lock screen notifications all make the phone quicker to use, in a manner that’s gimmick-free. You'd barely even notice some of these speed-increasing elements as features unless you stop and think about what the Moto X is actually doing. As such they're destined to be under-appreciated, but it's their low-key nature which is why they work so well...

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The Motorola Moto X is a phone of hits and misses. It’s tough to ascribe a score to, as these wins and fails affect very important parts of the phone.

A nearly-always-on screen and the lock screen notifications all make the phone quicker to use, in a manner that’s gimmick-free. You'd barely even notice some of these speed-increasing elements as features unless you stop and think about what the Moto X is actually doing. As such they're destined to be under-appreciated, but it's their low-key nature which is why they work so well.

However, the poor screen calibration, so-so battery life and unreliable camera are all serious marks against it. The very likeable elements of the Moto X help dull their impact, but when, at the time of writing, you can buy an LG G3 for the same price, we’re just not convinced the Moto X is performing at the level it needs to.

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Almost the best phone

I've had a multitude of Android phones. This is the best so far. Wish it was a little smaller and had a better battery. Moto assist is sweet. Especially when your on the road. I am mpt a fan of the contoured back, but I like the bamboo I opted for. Also wish it had stereo speakers. I am hoping Telus w...More
I've had a multitude of Android phones. This is the best so far. Wish it was a little smaller and had a better battery. Moto assist is sweet. Especially when your on the road. I am mpt a fan of the contoured back, but I like the bamboo I opted for. Also wish it had stereo speakers. I am hoping Telus will very the z4 compact. Though I may give the IPhone 7 ago. We'll see. Less

Its cool...a bumper case looks even cooler...its lightning fast though the camera should have improved



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 5, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.1 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC Quad core 2.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.46 W/kg
Body: 1.4 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 610 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 453 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time 453 minutes
Talk Time 1020 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 855 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.1 x 7.2 x 1.0 cm (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 144 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 423 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Burst mode, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto X (2014), Moto X+1, Moto X2

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