Motorola Moto X (2014) Review: Have It Your Way: Unboxing, Design And Build Quality, Handling, Display

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Unboxing

The recent Moto X comes in a compact retail box, which contains the basics. You acquire a charger, a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable, a tool for replacing the nano-SIM card, as well as the usual set of booklets.




The retail package of the smartphone

Of course, Motorola offers a number of additional accessories for the recent Moto X. The most notable recent additions include the characterful Moto Hint wireless headset, a Motorola Turbo Charger (it gives you 8 hours of juice in only 15 minutes), as well as a compact Motorola Power Pack.




Moto Hint

We reckon that a bundled headset would have been a welcome sight inside the box of the New Moto X. However, the handset's attractive pricing in comparison to its competitors leaves you with plenty to budacquire for recent headphones.

Design and build quality

The recent Moto X follows the exact same design language as its predecessor, which was one of the better-looking devices to go out last year. Thanks to the metal frame and the available genuine leather and wood choices, the 2014 model elevates the familiar appearance to a bona fide luxury levels.





The recent Moto X in the flesh

It is truly impressive what the combination of metal and natural materials can do the appearance of a phone. The recent Moto X is unmistakably a Motorola, though one that screams upmarket.

Another major point in the design of the Moto X is the Moto Maker customization suite. It allows users to literally have their smartphone their own way.



Some of the available color options for the back of the Moto X

Just like last year, the available color options for the front of the Moto X are black and white. Once again, you can have the back and the accent colors any way you like; you can also add a custom engraving on the back. The metal frame is available in light or blackaluminum finish.

Build quality of the second generation Moto X is superb. The smartphone is impeccably put together with metal chassis and front panel covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 - it can rival the best offerings out there, regardless of the manufacturer.

Physical measures of the recent Moto X are 72.4mm x 140.8mm x 3.8-9.9mm, while its weight tips the scale at 144 grams. Due to the larger display, the 2014 model has crown considerably in width and height compared to the original (129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm and 130 grams).




Moto X (2014) sized up against last year's model

Handling

Thanks to its curved body that follows the shape of the human palm, the recent Moto X is among the most pleasant devices one can handle. The premium materials deliver superb tactility as well, especially when finished in genuine leather like our test unit.




Handling the recent Moto X

The varying thickness of the smartphone benefits is handling a remarkable deal. The thickest point of the device is correct in the middle where the human palm actually curves - just like the in the 2013 model, it separates the device from the pack in terms of ergonomics.

Display

Moto X (2014) totes a 5.2" AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. In line with what's offered in most of today's Android flagships, the classy screen represents a massive upgrade over its predecessor in terms of both size and resolution.




The display of the Moto X

The display boasts infinite contrast (as expected from an AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) unit), coupled with stellar viewing angles and brightness. With a pixel density of 424ppi, all content looks sharp.




A closer see at the display of the Moto X

As expected, the display's colors are extremely saturated. They are fantastic to see at, but not as accurate as some would have preferred.

The 5.2-inch AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) classy screen makes utilize a standard Diamond Pentile matrix. Every pixel has four sub-pixels and essentially a RGBG arrangement. Here's how the layout looks under a microscope.


The display's brightness is impressive, as is its contrast. Viewing angles are remarkable you will be able to easily share your content with other people.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Motorola Moto X (2014) 0 167 0 358

Samsung Galaxy S5 0 274 ∞ 0 529 ∞

LG G3 0.14 109 763 0.72 570 789

Motorola Nexus 6 0 149 ∞ 0 372 ∞

HTC One (M8) 0.2 245 1219 0.46 577 1256

Sony Xperia Z3 - - - 0.65 866 1333

LG Nexus 5 0.31 298 948 0.54 526 967

Apple iPhone 6 0.17 207 1230 0.61 740 1213

Nokia Lumia 930 0 149 ∞ 0 347 ∞



Sunlight legibility is excellent. Users will be able to view their content even in places with colorful light.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView

    4.698

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    4.241

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    4.033

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    3.997

  • Apple iPhone 5

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.895

  • Apple iPhone 6

    3.838

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

    3.799

  • Oppo R5

    3.678

  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom

    3.675

  • Nokia Lumia 930

    3.567

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    3.565

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3.549

  • Nokia Lumia 735

    3.547

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    3.543

  • Alcatel Idol X+

    3.527

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    3.512

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3.509

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    3.487

  • LG G Flex2

    3.465

  • YotaPhone 2

    3.453

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    3.42

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

    3.419

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

    3.406

  • Nokia Lumia 925

    3.402

  • Gionee Elife S5.5

    3.386

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    3.352

  • Samsung Omnia W

    3.301

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    3.174

  • Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

    3.155

  • Samsung Ativ S

    3.129

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    3.127

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

    3.118

  • Nokia N9

    3.069

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    3.023

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier

    2.958

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2.95

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Lenovo S90 Sisley

    2.892

  • Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express

    2.861

  • BlackBerry Q10

    2.856

  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II

    2.832

  • HTC Desire Eye

    2.815

  • Gionee Elife S5.1

    2.812

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

    2.801

  • BlackBerry Z30

    2.79

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    2.765

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    2.672

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P1

    2.655

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    2.618

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2.616

  • Sony Xperia T3

    2.609

  • BlackBerry Passport

    2.595

  • Nokia Lumia 900

    2.562

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    2.546

  • HTC One Max

    2.537

  • Nokia Lumia 720

    2.512

  • HTC One

    2.504

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    2.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini

    2.422

  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

    2.416

  • LG G Flex

    2.407

  • HTC Desire 820

    2.372

  • HTC One (M8)

    2.371

  • Motorola RAZR i

    2.366

  • Meizu MX4

    2.366

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    2.352

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    2.307

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    2.291

  • Oppo Find 7a

    2.279

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    2.262

  • Nokia Asha 311

    2.25

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Nokia Lumia 820

    2.193

  • HTC One (E8)

    2.185

  • Oppo N3

    2.181

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    2.17

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Nokia N8

    2.144

  • Nokia Lumia 620

    2.142

  • Nokia 515

    2.134

  • HTC Desire 500

    2.129

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual

    2.12

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Sony Xperia acro S

    2.119

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    2.103

  • Oppo Find 5

    2.088

  • Sony Xperia SL

    2.078

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    2.056

  • BlackBerry Z10

    2.051

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    2.024

  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active

    2.022

  • Apple iPhone 4

    2.016

  • HTC One mini

    2.003

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    2.001

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    1.992

  • LG G2

    1.976

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Oppo R819

    1.957

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

    1.955

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    1.952

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1.944

  • Sony Xperia E3

    1.943

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    1.941

  • HTC One mini 2

    1.94

  • Samsung Galaxy Camera

    1.938

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

    1.935

  • Sony Xperia J

    1.932

  • Acer CloudMobile S500

    1.931

  • LG Nexus 4

    1.926

  • LG G Pro 2

    1.922

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    1.913

  • Nokia Asha 308

    1.911

  • HTC Butterfly 2

    1.905

  • Sony Xperia T

    1.894

  • Nokia Lumia 830

    1.887

  • HTC Desire X

    1.878

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • HTC Windows Phone 8X

    1.873

  • HTC Butterfly S

    1.867

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    1.865

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    1.845

  • LG G2 mini

    1.838

  • LG G3

    1.82

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    1.813

  • HTC Desire 616 dual sim

    1.797

  • Sony Xperia V

    1.792

  • HTC Desire 816

    1.783

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    1.772

  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim

    1.769

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Meizu MX3

    1.754

  • LG Optimus G

    1.753

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    1.74

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    1.735

  • Sony Xperia SP

    1.733

  • Oppo Find 7

    1.691

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    1.691

  • HTC One V

    1.685

  • BlackBerry Q5

    1.682

  • LG Optimus Vu

    1.68

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    1.672

  • LG Optimus GJ

    1.666

  • LG Optimus 3D Max

    1.658

  • HTC Desire V

    1.646

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

    1.632

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

    1.622

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    1.578

  • Sony Xperia go

    1.577

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160

    1.566

  • Samsung Galaxy Core

    1.563

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    1.552

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • LG Optimus 3D

    1.542

  • Nokia Asha 302

    1.537

  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime

    1.507

  • BlackBerry Curve 9320

    1.488

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Oppo N1

    1.47

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    1.462

  • Nokia Lumia 610

    1.432

  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos

    1.4

  • Microsoft Lumia 535

    1.393

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

    1.393

  • Sony Xperia M2

    1.393

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    1.38

  • Sony Xperia E1

    1.372

  • Nokia Lumia 625

    1.371

  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355

    1.361

  • Sony Xperia L

    1.351

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

    1.35

  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S

    1.35

  • HTC Desire 510

    1.34

  • Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

    1.331

  • Sony Xperia miro

    1.324

  • Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand

    1.321

  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam

    1.315

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1.311

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Nokia X

    1.291

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Nokia Asha 503

    1.281

  • Nokia Asha 501

    1.27

  • LG Optimus L7

    1.269

  • Nokia Lumia 510

    1.268

  • Samsung Galaxy Fame

    1.245

  • LG Optimus L9

    1.227

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Samsung Galaxy Young

    1.22

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

  • Nokia XL

    1.204

  • Sony Xperia E dual

    1.203

  • Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C

    1.198

  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket

    1.18

  • Nokia Asha 305

    1.178

  • Nokia Asha 306

    1.175

  • Sony Xperia neo L

    1.169

  • Sony Xperia tipo

    1.166

  • Nokia Lumia 520

    1.161

  • Samsung S6802 Galaxy Ace Duos

    1.148

  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2

    1.114


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