Sunday, 5 October 2014

Gadget review: Moto X Gen 2

However, a year later, they didn’t have to look at what competitors were doing; they just had to upgrade their own product. And they’ve done it pretty good this time.

HardwareThis is where you’ll fall in love with the Moto X. A first glance and it’ll captivate you with its sheer beauty. It would be appropriate to point out here that the people at Motorola have spent plentiful man-hours in bringing about the exterior of this phone.

Wrapped in a metal bezel, this iteration of Moto X has taken a big leap forward in defining the aesthetics of a phone. It is, unquestionably, a lot better than what was offered on the table last year. Despite sporting a striking 5.2 inch AMOLED screen, the phone has to be the most comfortable one to fit in the hands, especially because of the varying thickness. Yes, the Motorola native design still boasts of the curvaceous back - an intentional feat that provides a better grip on this 5.2incher phone. Back panels have been given a special importance – you can choose between a bamboo-patterned wooden or a black leather-pattern panel.

We got the wooden panel, and though we were a bit vary to use it, the phone gelled with us really well. We’d like to point out that a black leather panel, for obvious reasons, would look appealing to the eye, but it would also scream of those scratches and scruffs. A standard go-to RAM of 2GB does the work - at par with others. Camera has been upgraded from the 10MP that was seen last year to the 13MP strong one seen in this year’s model. Major overhaul on the SoC (System on Chip) from 1.7Ghz dual core to 2.5 Ghz Quad core makes this phone a multi-tasking powerhouse.

OSRunning on Android 4.4, the overall performance has been quite overwhelming. A whole day’s heavy usage shall drain the battery out, which stands at par with most other smartphones out there. Arrays of new native features have been added to round off a completely new experience. With several IR sensors on the screen, which are very quick to notice any movement near the screen, one can check the last three notifications. This particular feat is useful for and a breakthrough from that screen lock/unlock monotony.