New Moto X 2014 review
Style and performance
In our New Moto X 2014 review we see an updated smartphone that really does offer style and performance under one persona.
Motorola have done a great job with the New Moto X so if you are looking for a top-fo-the-range Android smartphone at a competitive price, then this mobile phone won’t disappoint.
The New Moto X 2014 flirts with the eye as its incredibly thin edges stretch inwardly from 3.8mm to 9.9mm in the middle of its curved form. Touch the Moto X and the cold feel of the aluminium frame shouts premium, as do the metal power and volume rocker buttons.
Pick this smartphone up and the 144g weighting is almost unnoticeable but what will grab your attention is the 5.2” Full HD AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. This display is one of the brightest we have seen and the colours are vivid beyond belief.
The New Moto X is a durable fella too with Corning Gorilla Glass protecting the screen and a water resistant coating protects the phone from splashes and the rain. Further investigation of the build highlights a Micro USB port correctly placed on the bottom edge and two front-ported speakers which really should have provided stereo vibrancy but mono output will have to do!
The build includes a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with 2GB RAM and this is accompanied by an internal memory of 16GB. There is no card slot for expanding the memory but this will be of little concern to prospective buyers who are already familiar with Cloud storage solutions such as OneDrive or Dropbox.
Phone Set Up
It only takes a few minutes to set up the New Moto X 2014 and the first task is to give your new smartphone a name. This will be used to create a unique voice prompt that will allow you to activate the digital assistant. You can then use your voice for search, setting reminders and getting directions among many other things.
Next, it is time set up Moto Assist which really does save you future time. Moto Assist decides how your mobile phone should behave during meetings, at night, while driving and when at home or work. So, embarrassing moments as your phone rings aloud in a meeting should be a thing of the past!
The New Moto X is powered by Android KitKat v4.4 and this is instantly upgradeable to Lollipop as soon as it becomes available. Your can build upon the Motorola / Android experience by downloading new apps from the app store but a few tricks are already in place for you to enjoy:
- Gesture controls - There are several gestures that can be used to control the New Moto X and these are triggered via a front-facing infrared sensor. Simply wave your hand over this to, for example, silence calls or snooze alarms.
- Voice prompts - These can be used to post to Facebook, send a message with WhatsApp or pause and play videos on YouTube.
A clever voice isolation algorithm has been used to ensure call quality and we really like the way that the Moto X displays notifications even when in sleep mode.
Camera & Video
The camera package is pretty attractive with a main 13MP camera lens that is surrounded by a ring flash with dual LEDs. The 4x digital zoom negates the need to crop photos post capture and burst mode, auto HDR and Panorama mode are present to cover the photographic tools that most of us use.
4K UHD video capture is possible but playback isn’t possible on the Moto X itself. Instead you will need to view these on a computer or 4K compatible TV. 1080 HD video recording is also offered and provides a perfectly acceptable alternative that can be viewed on the phone itself.
Other tricks include slow motion video, video calling via the secondary 2MP forward-facing camera and you can launch the camera quickly with two twists of the wrist.
24 hours of mixed usage should be achievable and this is assisted by the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that has less drain on the 2,300mAh battery. If you foresee yourself hammering the battery then a Turbo Charger accessory is available to purchase separately and with this 8 hours of use can be gained from a quick 15 minute charge.
Written by: Michael Brown