Moto X (2014, 2nd Generation) – Review, Price, Specs

 Referred to as the Moto X 2nd generation or Moto X+1, the new phone launched by Motorola retains its old name, i.e., Moto X. But unlike the older one, the newer version of the Moto X offers some serious competition to the current smartphones in the market.

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The second-generation Moto X 16GB is available at $99 on a 2-year contract and $499 off contract. The price of a yet-to-be-launched 32 GB version is not known. The new Moto X is an attractive phone with excellent performance, stunning build quality, and a delightfully sinful on-contract/off-contract price. Listed below are some of the features of the Moto X 2014.

The Design

Unlike the older Moto X which distinctly catered to the mid-range market, the second generation Moto X is aimed at the high-end smartphone users. The new phone measures 5.54 x 2.85 x 0.39inches and weighs just 5.08 ounces. The edges taper to a depth of only 0.15 inches! The phone is indeed slick and gorgeous looking. The optimally tapered aluminum frame seamlessly blends into the well-liked curved back panel. However, the new Moto X has a design which does not allow for single-handed use. This may not go down well with existing fans of the Moto X.

Main design features include a volume rocker and a metal power button located on the right border; the bottom part has a usual micro USB port; the top end has a 3.5mm headphone jack in the center and a covered slot for a micro SIM card along with a pinhole cover opening; the top portion on the front panel has a pinhole front camera sensor and a big earpiece speaker, while the bottom section has the primary microphone; and the back panel has an indented, distinctive Motorola logo as well as the camera sensor along with a circular flash.

The look and feel of the Moto X can be customized in a variety of ways. One version comes with a distinguished and alluring wood-grained back panel. It is available in ebony, walnut, and teak wood finishes. Another version comes with a lush leather back cover which feels and looks great, but can get easily scratched. The leather cover is available in Cognac, Navy, and Natural. Users can also select from a wide range of accents and plastic colors.

Users who do not want to go for customization can choose between a black front panel adorned by a dark metal frame and a white panel embellished by a silver metal frame. Each comes with matching black or white chargers. The complete glass panel and the casing have a nano-coating that is water resistant, thereby offering protection from rain and accidental spillage.

The Screen

The Moto X 2014 comes with a 5.2 inches AMOLEDCorning Gorilla Glass display. The screen has Full HD, 1080 pixels resolution along with a ppi of 423. This means that the quality of panel is simply incredible. The display is amazingly bright; the colors are vivid and pop out from the screen.

The Performance

The new Moto X is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC processor, an Adreno 330 GPU clocking at 578MHz, and 2 GB of RAM. This makes the Moto X a powerhouse of a device where you can easily enjoy gaming. The games run smoothly, the volume is ample, and the graphics look awesomely vivid.

The interface works and looks like the standard Android KitKat 4.4 OS, but it is customized by Motorola. The Moto X comes installed with many major apps of Motorola; however none of them interfere or disrupt the working of the OS.The Moto Assist app allows users to adjust phone behavior as per situations like sleeping, meetings, etc. For instance, incoming messages can be read out aloud when driving.Voice prompt can be customized with Moto Voice, which now operates with 3rd party apps like Facebook and YouTube. Other inbuilt apps include Moto Display and Moto Actions. Storage space in AT&T-contracted Moto X is also taken up AT&T bloatware such as the absolute AT&T Navigator,AT&T Locker, and AT&T Live, etc.

Camera, Battery, and other options

The second generation Moto X comes with a 13 MP primary camera along with Burst, Slow Motion, and Auto-HDR modes. The front camera is 2 MP. Both cameras suffer from a less than impressive indoor performance.

The battery on the Moto X 2014 has been upgraded to a non-removable 2,300mAh one. Purchase of the optional ‘turbo charger’ can offer 8 hours of battery charge after charging for only 15 minutes.

The new Moto X comes with wideband noise cancellation, the patented CrystalTalk system, and a voice isolation algorithm, which ensure that the voice sounds crisp and clear over the earpiece. The addition of a microphone, now totaling to 4 mics, has led to awesome transmission and sound quality via the mic. The smartphone supports HSPA+, EDGE, Wi-Fi on 5 and2.4 GHz bands, and 4G LTE. The reception is excellent. The phone also has Bluetooth 4.0LE and NFCradios.

 

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