Moto X (2014) Review.
Google only controlled Motorola (or more precisely, Motorola Mobility, the mobile division of the old Motorola company) for a short two years. In business terms, that’s a flash in the pan. However, in those two years they turned round a company which had fallen on hard times and were famous for “once building the most desired phone of the pre smartphone era” and turned them into another success story by creating five popular and desirable models of phone, and even a Nexus branded product (the Nexus 6). In Google’s closing months, they’ve released two great updates to their lineup. One we’ve already seen, the Moto G (2014) which we’ve already reviewed. Now we review the big brother, the flagship, the Moto X (2014).
Design & Display:
When the first iteration of the Moto X came out last year, we had to watch enviously as the American market got to customise and personalise their Moto prior to shipping with different covers made of real wood and other materials. This year, Motorola released the Moto Maker service in the UK which allows users to chose which kind of case they want and in which material, choosing from several different kinds of warm woods or bright coloured plastics. They could also upload certain apps and even contacts and settings prior to the device even leaving the factory.
We were given a plain black unit, which was the basic model, but didn’t take away any of the beauty of the device. The side is of machined metal, either in black or silver, depending on colour you choose. The back is a simple black plastic which has a matt finish which gives it a little grip with the rear 13 MP camera – which has a dual flash in a ring round the lens – and the Motorola logo in a divot just below. The back is non replaceble (unlike the little brother Moto G), which means that the 2300mAh battery can’t be replaced, so the Micro-SIM tray is on the top of the device, next to the 3.5 mm audio jack.
The sides of the device are fairly sparse except for the power button and volume rocker which are on the right hand side in matching metal to the frame. The bottom contains only the Micro USB charger socket.
The front of the screen is also very minimalist with no home buttons – the Moto X (2014) uses soft keys – just the forward facing 2 MP camera and two forward facing speaker