1. Gorgeous display 2. Ergonomic body 3. Smooth to operate 4. Excellent software features
Motorola in India has had a revival that most would have not thought
possible, but its success has been limited to low end of the price
spectrum. While Moto G and Moto E were massive hits, remaining out of
stock for several weeks after launch, the original Moto X did not set
the market on fire the same way.
However, Motorola has updated
the Moto X, giving it all the features of a top-end smartphone while
keeping the base price relatively low at Rs 31,999. But does this phone
truly belong in the big league or is it just a feature-rich phone meant
for only a few? We find out Moto X (Gen 2) review:
The display of the new Moto X is a step up from that of its
predecessor, upping the pixel count from 312ppi to 424ppi. The 5.2-inch
Full HD display shows colours that are a little too vibrant and seem a
bit oversaturated, which is a problem with all AMOLED panels. Sunlight
legibility is pretty good, but less than that of other AMOLED-touting
phones like Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 3.
However, the viewing
angles are great and you can enjoy videos from the steepest angles. The
display panel is very crisp and the contrast between primary colours is
apparent at the first glance itself; you can see all the details in
games and apps from the get-go.
Motorola did a fine job in terms of design and aesthetics with last
year's Moto X and has carried forward the good work with the
second-generation model. However, there are a few changes in the design
that differentiate the two.
First is the use of metal. The
original Moto X was all-plastic essentially, but this year's iteration
adds metal to the mix. The chassis covering the sides is made of metal
and gives the smartphone a sold feel to it when held in the hand. It,
however, doesn't add the premium feel that Samsung's metallic frame adds
to Galaxy Alpha or the distinctive look that Lumia 930 and 830 get due
to their metal-clad edges.
On the back you get the camera module, which houses the lens and two
LED lenses. Last year's Moto X had a metallic ring that circled the
camera lens, but Motorola has dumped it in favour of a plastic housing.
Opinion is divided over how this plastic ring looks, as some in the
office liked it while others thought it brought down the appeal of the
The back of Moto X 2nd Gen is just as curved as its
predecessor's, so holding the phone in the palm is a pleasure. However,
since the screen is half-an-inch bigger this time, the new Moto X
doesn't fit in the hand as snugly as its sibling does.
of personalization, the new Moto X comes with leather back panel
options as well as the wood and plastic ones that last year's model
In the original
Moto X, Motorola had used a custom designed chip that had two
application processing cores, four graphics processing cores and two
special cores to understand speech and context. This time around,
Motorola has not bothered to create a special chipset and has instead
gone for the quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 silicon, which is used in
top-end smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S5 and Alpha, HTC One (M8) and
One (E8), Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3 etc.
Like last year, RAM in
Moto X (2nd Gen) is 2GB; India only gets the 16GB internal storage
option. Connectivity options are standard: 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0,
NFC and microUSB 2.0; it does not support the Indian 4G bands. Battery
capacity is quite less at 2,300mAh. Camera resolution has been bumped up
from 10MP to 13MP and Motorola has bid adieu to its ClearPixel
technology that was launched last year.
Like the second-generation Moto G, the new Moto X also runs on Android
4.4 and has the Google Now-centric Nexus launcher. The software is
clean, with no add-on third-party software to clutter the interface.
This helps keep the system light and the performance snappy.
Motorola has, of course, used a few of its own software in the
smartphone, including the signature voice activation feature. The voice
activation system works just as well now, and has a few new capabilities
under its belt. Instead of 'Ok, Google', it now responds to any phrase
you want to use. So you can wake up the phone by saying phrases like
'Hello, Jarvis', 'Are you there, Moto?' etc.
In terms of
functionality, it not only lets you open apps and look for information
online, but also performs tasks like set directions on Google Maps and
take selfies when commanded. This feature has become more powerful since
last year's Moto X and hints at a future where we can actually just
talk to a phone.