We took the 2014 Moto X for a test run last week and were surprised at how well it stacked up against some of the other phones on the market. Before I get into the details, it’s important to note that this phone isn’t aimed at the high end of the market, instead concentrating on both features and affordability.
The curves and lines are same as its predecessor but this version does have a more solid feel. You have a choice of wood, leather or plastic back construction with a metal perimeter around the phone. The 5.2 inch, 1080p display is plenty of screen size. There’s a front facing speaker on the bottom of the phone, it’s not a stereo phone but neither are some of the higher end phones out there.
A really cool feature of the Moto X is the hand motion detection, when you wave your hand above the screen, four little infrared sensors pick up the motion and wake up the phone. You can also wake the phone up by setting your own voice command instead of the standard “Ok Google”. We set it to wake up to “Ok Siri Ously”.
The Android version on this phone is very close to stock Android software and that’s partly why the performance is so good.
The one thing we weren’t too sure of was the performance of the camera. Sometimes we got great shots and sometimes we got blurry grainy shots – the variance increased particularly in low lighting situations. It has a 13 megapixel sensor and can take videos in 4k which is pretty impressive for a phone in this category but if you use your mobile a lot for photography and video, we’d recommend getting an iPhone or Sony Xperia Z3 instead.
The battery life is not too bad, it will definitely get you through the day with moderate usage. We tested the wood back Moto X which is RRP $789, the other backs are a little cheaper.