Moto X 2014 vs Moto X – Comparison

The second generation Moto X is a newer version of the popular ‘Made in America’ Moto X. Presented below is a comparison between the two.

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The Design

The new Moto X is bigger and better than the older one. The older version was meant to target the mid-range market, while the Moto X 2014 is a high-end product. The newer larger phone cannot be used single-handedly as was the case with the original Moto X. It measures 5.54 x 2.85 x 0.39 inches and weighs 5.08 ounces.

The second generation Moto X seems to appear smaller than its competitors with similar display sizes. This has been achieved by narrowing and slimming the bezels and deft placement of the front camera, a new speaker, light sensors, and new infrared sensors. Another reason is that the new Moto X comes with a metal body that is harder, thinner and more premium-looking as opposed to the plastic frame on the older model.The metal body also serves another purpose of boosting wireless signal strength and quality. The back panel is curved and tapers to a thickness of just 0.15 inches on the sides. The standard dimpled finger rest is more distinctive and bigger with a metal ring around it.

The Moto Maker option on the Moto X 2014 offers a number of customization options. Users can choose between a serene and distinctive wood-grained rear panel with ebony, walnut, and teak wood finishes; an alluring plush leather back cover in Cognac, Navy, and Natural shades; and numerous varieties of plastic colors and accents.

Non-customized Moto X is available in 2 shades, i.e., a black front panel decked by a dark metal frame and a white panel with a silver metal frame, with matching black or white chargers. The metal casing and the glass panel have a nano-coating with water resistant qualities. The new phone will thus be protected from rain or accidental spillage at a pub or a club.

The Screen

At 5.2 inches, the display on the second generation Moto X is nearly half an inch bigger than the 4.7 inches 720p, 316ppi screen on the older Moto X. The new display also features better specifications. It is a Full HD Corning Gorilla Glass AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and 423 ppi.

The actual output quality of the display on the new Moto X is awesome. The colors are vivid, the panel is super bright, and the details literally pop out. A lot of customers will go for the Moto X 2014 purely for the amazing display and the robust and rich build quality.

The Performance

The Moto X 2014 is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC CPU and 2 GB of RAM. It is much faster than the older version’s 1.7 GHzdual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. The GPU is also more advanced on the newer model. It features a 578MHzAdreno 330 GPU as opposed to the older 450MHz Adreno 320 graphics unit seen on the previous Moto X. Users can expect smooth gaming, detailed vivid graphics, and ample volume.

The new Moto X runs on the latest version of the KitKat Android OS customized by Motorola. The apps and features added by Motorola do not disrupt or interfere with the working of the OS. Users can expect a standard Android experience on the Moto X 2014. Some apps added by Motorola that are worth mentioning include Moto Display, Moto Actions, Moto Voice for voice prompts, and Moto Assist which changes the behavior of the device according to the situation, such as driving, sleeping, meetings, etc.

Other new performance enhancing features on the Moto X 2014 include the patented CrystalTalk system, wideband noise cancellation,and a voice isolation algorithm, all of which ensure crisp and distinct sounds over the earpiece; and one additional mic resulting in fantastic sound quality and clear transmission via the 4 microphones.

The Camera

The camera has always been a problem with Motorola handsets. This weakness is however a lot less pronounced on the new Moto X. The primary camera has been upgraded to a 13 MP beauty from the 10 MP seen on the older model. It also has many new features such as Auto-HDR, Burst, and Slow Motion modes; a circular, bright LED flash enclosing the main sensor; and activation of the camera with 2 simple twists of the wrist. The front panel sports a 2 MP camera. Both cameras work quite well in the outdoors, but indoor performance, especially in low-light conditions, is less than impressive.

The Battery

The Moto X 2014 ships with a non-removable 2,300mAhbattery, a minor increase from the 2,200mAh battery on the older model. Users can buy the optional ‘turbo charger’ which can provide nearly 8 hours of battery time after just 15 minutes of charging.


The 32 GB version of the second generation Moto X is available for $249 on a 2-year contract. Pricing for the 16 GB and 64 GB versions are not known. The on-contract pricing for the older Moto X has dropped to $99 from $199.

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