- Peter Nowak , AlphaBeatic
Its specs are good enough, its software features are great and it’s relatively inexpensive.
- Lisa Eadicicco , Business Insider
Motorola's new Moto X might be the best Android phone I've seen all year.
- Snappy performance that handles all tasks with ease
- Vivid color and good contrast
- Premium materials and excellent build quality
- 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.
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)
The Moto X got so much small stuff right that it qualifies as a cool tool
A great device that is definitely capable to standing up to even the latest generation of flagship phones
An all round great smartphone
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... Full review
Chose to compete in terms of features and general user experience
Same, but better
Offers a really good package
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 device... Full review
Motorola outdoes itself again
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... Full review
Clean, near-stock Android at a low entry price
Offers great general performance and some very intuitive elements
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 cal... Full review
A worthy successor to the original Moto X
The second generation Moto X comes with upgrades not just in terms of build quality, but also the system-on-chip powering the device. In terms of performance, the Moto X is at par with most of the flagship phones out there such as LG G3, Sony Xperia Z3 and so on. It comes with a good display and the call quality is impressive. Additional software features are definitely a value add. Battery life is decent enough, though not better than the Sony Xperia Z3 which gives almost two days on regular usage, if you activate the battery saver mode. Camera comes with its set of flaws, but it is good e... Full review
Almost the best phone
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