On 5th September, Motorola announced the second generations of its popular Moto G and Moto X smartphones. The Moto G is one of the most popular smartphones around due to its great hardware package, its impressive software update track record and undeniably great price. The Moto X started it all with a great portable body, uncompromising performance even at its low specs and superb friendliness of use and a mind blowing User Experience.
The reason the Moto G was a hit was simple: strong features and build quality at an incredible price. The Motorola Moto G for 2014 brings a bigger 5″ display of IPS variety (up from 4.5″) and as a result is noticeably bigger than its predecessor. Despite going for a wider diagonal by 0.5″ the 720p resolution is still the same and has been stretched a little thin at 294ppi. Surprisingly the rise in screen size only bumps the weight from 143g to 149g and it’s exact dimensions are 141.5 × 70.7 × 11mm. The rear camera steps up from 5MP (f2.4) to 8MP (f2.0) and on the front from 1.3MP to 2MP. Though, Motorola decided to keep the same processor as in the 2013 model ie Snapdragon 400. It will come with 16GB and 32GB internal memory option with expandable storage. Motorola has retained the core feel of the device with the same body materials but has added the stereo speakers above and under the display on the front. Motorola’s splash resistance will also help to keep the phone functioning even through rough patches. The battery is the same capacity and stands a little low at 2,070mAh.
That said, the new Moto G is a great first smartphone for many people – it’s simple to use thanks to stock Android 4.4.4 and is a good investment for the future as it’s bound to receive Android L once that becomes available to the masses.
Quite a lot has changed since the first Moto X went on sale, but Motorola has managed to retain much of the identity of the phone, which was build as a fully-customisable phone, right down to the touchless controls. All that remains and Motorola has improved on a lot of the software. The Snapdraon 801 SoC has become commonplace among flagships and the new Moto X is also powered by it with 2.5GHz processor ticking underneath, along with 2GB of RAM. It runs stock Android 4.4 KitKat. Motorola says the phone will get Android L when it’s ready for devices later this year. As for the screen, the Moto X has a 5.2″ 1080p Super AMOLED. This pushes the pixel density from 312ppi to 424ppi. The screen is guarded by Gorilla Glass 3, same as before. It comes with a 13MP shooter on the back with 2160p video capture and a 2MP camera on the front. The device also sports a water-resistant coating, like the Moto E and Moto G. It has a rare ring flash – with LEDs on the left and right. The battery is sealed and has only 2,300mAh. It comes with 16GB and 32GB internal memory without an option for expandable storage. In terms of software, you will find the new Moto Voice application that enhances touchless controls to let you reply to WhatsApp or Facebook messages and do other actions without unlocking or sometimes even touching the phone and you can even name your Moto X and it will respond to that name. It comes with a metallic frame around its body. Though, it lacks front facing stereo speakers which the new Moto G have. Moto Actions have also been upgraded beyond just tapping and swiping the screen. The new Moto X is equipped with four IR sensors on the front, which are there specifically to detect gestures and movement.