Moto X 2014 Hands-on and Initial Impressions
The awaited successor of the first gen Moto X is here. Motorola was rumored to come up with a decent successor and not a heavily powered smartphone as these were always marketed with the tag “user experience” than heavy specs, but Motorola decided to give the new smartphone the power it deserves, as the device comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p Display and Snapdragon 801 processor. How good is it? check below for the initial hands-on!
The moment you hold it, you can feel how it different from it’s predecessor. The edges are now more defined the whole curve on the back now sits even more comfortably in hand. The metallic sides/accents add that “cold metal” feel and it adds the premium factor. The power button and the volume rocker are on the right side of the device and the power button is textured so that you can differentiate it with the volume rocker.
On the front, you get a 2MP camera, 5.2 inch full HD AMOLED display, mono front facing speaker at the bottom and infrared sensors which aid in active display and various gestures. the top and bottom grills are embossed so, when you keep the device on it’s front, the screen won’t get scratched. The funny thing though, the speakers aren’t stereophonic as on Moto G. Isn’t Moto X their flagship?
Once you flip the device, you’re greeted with a big Motorola logo (which unfortunately isn’t a dedicated function button button as rumored earlier), a 13MP shooter capable of 4k recording and ring flash. The ring flash is basically 2 LED flash in a circular tube surrounding the camera which diffuses the light from the LEDs and creates a much natural flash. The back of the Moto X will be available in various finishes from woodgrain to plastic and even leather.
Under the hood it has Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.5GHz amd Adreno 330 GPU coupled with 2GB of RAM. All of this contributes to the awesome fluidity of the device. Motorola has really done a good job by keeping the UI as vanilla/stock as possible with the only additions being their Moto Apps like Moto Migrate, Moto Alert etc. The most interesting part out of the whole Moto experience was the ability to customize the catch phrase for voice command. Now, you can go from “Ok Google” to “Hey Moto” or “Yo Mate” and even “Hey Jarvis” (actually, it’s anything you want it)
No word on the pricing yet but we were told it’ll be available later this month (last week of September most probably). This isn’t any bad a device for long-term use if you are looking for a good user experience as well as neat design, but aren’t shy to cash out $500. This was a quick hands on experience with Moto X, the review will follow up soon so stay tuned for more updates and info about this device.