- 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."