Motorola Moto X (2014): Hail the New Nexus 6 [Test]

Cell Phones

You will have the best and fastest in Android phones wont Nexus phones to be a favorite. But then came the Motorola with Moto X (2nd gen).

Google’s enthusiast and developer favorite, Nexus phone, is a dear child with the target audience. It was therefore greeted with any hand-wringing since the last family member, Nexus 6, was presented.

The phone fails to nothing, but it is big, or rather gigantic, and thus counted among the group who will be able to operate your phone easily with one hand.

But where do you go if you are looking for the biggest and best in Android-land? A credible alternative would be the second generation of Motorola’s Moto X. It takes its Google-DNA and Spice it with slick features.

Specifications of the Motorola Moto X (2014)

Goals: 140.8 x 72.4 x 10.0 mm, 144 grams
Screen: 5.2 “AMOLED Full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 424 PPI
Performance: 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core, Adreno 330 graphics, 2 GB RAM
Storage space: 16/32 GB storage
Camera: 13MP, 4 k video, 2MP front
Battery: 2,300 mAh
Operating system: Android 5.0 Lollipop
Moreover: Fast Charge

Although the name is short and sweet Moto X, there is a rich basis for name confusion. This is the second version of Moto X, the sequel of the original X’s as Motorola launched back in 2013.

At the time, was not the ambition to make a spec-monster of a flagship, but rather a nifty phone where you could tailor the look and choose from exciting materials like ebony, mahogany or bamboo.

The new variant is called again, Moto X, but most often followed up by ‘ 2014 ‘ or ‘ 2nd gen ‘. It shares the same customization willingness, but is now spiced with more ambitious specifications, a larger display and an aluminum frame which can be covered with multiple wood species or, as something new in the mobile world, leather.

The many customization options you can, however, see much after, for Motomaker, the website where you can tailor your Moto, living only in Germany, United States and United Kingdom. In the Danish trade it becomes so only the more neutral white and black variants, we get to see.

Although it is not colorful, however, by no means dull, Moto is the X’en. It shares the soft curvy backside as we also know from HTC’s One mobiles, a design that effectively hides the phone is a little thicker than rival phones like the iPhone or Galaxy Alpha 6.

The frame is so cast in aluminium and plastic of the back is quite slip resistant kinds. The choice of materials makes the Moto X always feels as solid and torsion resistant. What eyes and fingers on the other hand, do not see is the nanometer-thin coating which makes the Moto X water repellent – a technology which does not mean that you can dip your phone with impunity in the pool, but do you have a little luck the sprayer, it can therefore save your phone by unfortunate splash.

Screen widths beyond 5.2 inch and full HD. it’s AMOLED technology behind the screen and its characteristic abundance of colors are also present here. The opulent color palette may, however, seem overloaded at times, in some games which are already screws up can the colors red, green and blue seem hysterical.

Moto X’ens front is adorned by two metal stripes that saves on loudspeakers. This suggests that there is front-facing stereo sound on the road, but no, the top is reserved for telephony, while the bottom literally must lift the speaker the burden in games, music and movies. It makes the sound level is more or less honourably and fortunately the scrunch rarely in the tympanic membrane. And front audio turn topsy-turvy ditto at every opportunity.

As at Apple, Google insists that we must live in the cloud-especially in their sky, which in Google’s case is called Drive. It is no doubt useful to have access to the same data from all of its units, but comes with two substantial drawbacks – it cost money monthly to transfer and have large amounts of data in the cloud.

At the same time, some producers consider it as an opportunity to save on storage space and expandability. Something like Google’s Nexus 9 suffer and Motorola’s semi-Nexus also suffers. You only have 16 GB storage in the standard version, and can expand with up to a maximum of 32 GB – too little in these 4 k-times where videos and games alone can fill over 4 GB and only leaves sparingly with space.


Clap you bonnet up on a Moto X you will meet a familiar mechanics. It is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor that controls the fun. The ticking by 2.5 GHz and has 2 GB of RAM to have at its disposal. It may seem in the bottom edge in 2015, where eight-kernede replacements as Snapdragon 810 begins to lock 2014 platform.

But one thing’s specs, a second is needed. Motorola proved with previous models such as the Moto G and Moto X (2013) that one can get a quick, useful experience with even mediocre hardware. It’s about optimizing.

And they have done. By using only minimally with extra features to Google’s latest Lollipop software there is not much that is weighing on the mechanics. During the course of the test therefore not managed to get the Moto X to either pick or hesitate. Games, video, surfing on the Web — all are settled promptly.

Stops often, but is quickly moving again

However, you can see that things go completely to a standstill at times. But that is a simple thing: the battery.

Moto X is ekviperet with a 2300 mAh large battery, in under the edge, when all competitors now offers approximately one third larger battery.

Luckily Motorola adept at squeezing juice out of the undersized battery. I typically experience 1 ½ day’s use with the device. Demanding tasks such as 3D-game Real Racing 3 will however, bilge Motoen for power in under 4 hours.

Should you get in strømnød you can, however, rescued by Moto X’ens battery technology. It supports quick charging in half an hour so you can race from 0 to 55% power on hand. Half an hour later, the phone is almost fully charged.

Better than Lollipop

Are you familiar with Google’s Nexus phones do you want to know about the benefits: perk updates, multi-year software-support and no unnecessary bloatware. Such is the Moto X also.

It is originally born with Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but roughly one and a half months after the Lollipop-update made its debut, found the slikkepinden road to Moto X. The American variant was even faster, it even got its upgrade before certain Nexus-mobiles.

With pure Lollipop to manage the fun, you get also access to Google’s Material thereby Design – a design language that both appear extremely minimalist, yet possesses depth and personality. Icons are larger, menus are simpler and notifications are extremely easy to sort and respond to — from the lock screen.

Anyway separates it from Motorola Nexus-cousins with subtle improvements that promises the experience. As a newly graduated Moto X ‘ Migrate ‘ app owner will assist you in getting transferred all your contacts, calendar appointments, etc. to your new phone. Regardless of whether you come from an iPhone or an older ‘ dumbphone ‘.

Another quick and fast indispensable, feature is Motorola’s Connect, an app for Chrome browser that brings notifications and Sms and MMS messages to your computer’s browser from which you can answer them. Function is just the as you may know from Pushbullet app and brings you closer to an interplay between units as in Apple’s Continuity.

Look, don’t touch

Moto X is touch sensitive as all other smartphones, but Motorola is ekviperet with a co processor and small infrared cameras that opens up new ways to interact with the device.

First and foremost, gives the possibility to be always awake, without that it eats away violently on the battery. Grabs hold of Motoen, or just the driver hand over, by the that you want to be updated, which it acknowledges with an overview over time as well as the three most recent notifications. Then just ironing the icon down to get your update. Same movements can also be used to accept or turn off the call.

You can simultaneously set what notifications you want to pop up on the lock screen, and thus ensure against embarrassing facebook updates often bandied about, but without having to miss a single work-related mail.

Motorolaen also understand that sense when it is in a pocket or facing down – and then keep it in peace without waking up early.

Finally, Moto X also understand when you talk to it — just not in Danish. It seems like Google Now, but you can set it to understand your own command rather than ‘ Google ‘-but so OK only in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and German.

Unfortunately a Nexus-camera

Camera module features 13 megapixels, and is actually the same as at the time found its way in Nexus 5 ‘s LG-relative G2. Motorola, however, has honed and developed the software so that can now be squeezed 4 k videos out of your phone.

The images are therefore very comparable with LG G2: nice and sharp in daylight. Camera thrive but on the other hand, when light falls on, for it has no optical image stabilization to rely on and image chip can not hide that it has a couple of years old.

Motorola’s camera app, on the other hand, is a study in simplicity. A flick from the hiver menus above where you know a few clicks can heave, among other things, HDR, panorama and timer functions.Exposure is controlled by placing the focus point on your subject and you can zoom in by sliding upwards.Single and not least quickly.

The videos can be recorded in the Ultra HD, but the files takes up well to, up to 400 MB/minute. Again, it is a pity that we do not find any stabilization here, for details, colors, exposure, and soundtracks are quite reputable.

A worthy heir

Do you hear for those who lamented the fact that the latest Nexus-mobile grew up in phablet-size, you should take a thorough look at the Moto X (2014). It is evident that Motorola has laid out close to the recipe as Google uses to their Nexus phones.

As the test progressed, it became even clearer and clearer that Moto X is a Nexus-mobile, both in spirit and performance. You’ll get the very latest software, lightning fast performance and the same good, but unambitious battery and camera which characterizes Google signed phones.

But unlike the recent Nexus 6 is the so far more pocket friendly.
Despite many similarities with its Nexus-cousins is Moto X after all its own. You cannot customize the look in Denmark, unfortunately, but the few adjustments as Motorola has spiced his X’s with are welcome.

The price, however, is not nearly as record low, as Nexus 5 managed to be in force by the direct sale on Google’s Play Big. The fair price of around 3200.0-NOK is still extremely reasonable for a future-proof top-phone with a few shortcomings.

Motorola Moto X therefore gets 5 out of 6 stars.