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Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) review

8.4/10 AVG.
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8.4/10
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The Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen) currently has an Informr score of 8.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 55 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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.

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."


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.5 GHz
Screen Size
5.2"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


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.

- Aaron Weiss , Cool Tools
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 desi...

- Travis Pope, GottaBeMobile
Reviewed

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 an...

- Reviewed.com staff, Reviewed
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 of t...

- Jason Million, G Style Magazine
UnleashThePhones

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.

- Clinton Jeff, UnleashThePhones


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Screen Size
5.2"

The Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen)'s screen size 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 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 1020 minutes, 453 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Moto X (2nd Gen) Specs

Overview
Release date September 5, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
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 size
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 Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
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
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 610 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 453 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1020 minutes
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 cm (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 144 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 423 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
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 Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
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
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Multi-camera
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
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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
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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