It’s not easy to succeed with Motorola X. The old Motorola phone was indeed considered one of the best smartphones of its generation. Not only were its components high quality (AMOLED screen, 4G compatibility, high-quality software interface), but its price, made it an excellent value for money.


So when Motorola announced a new Moto X that succumbed to the fashion of big screens, we were very puzzled. Is right? The answer, we are surprised! What sets this new Moto X (or second generation Moto X) apart from other high-end phones released this year?

One finds the traditional combo Snapdragon 801/2 GB of RAM that one crossed all the year on the smartphones competitors. Its camera does not offer anything revolutionary and its screen is quite in the standard of the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) and other Xperia Z3 crossed previously, namely a diagonal of more than 5 inches and a definition full HD.


Just a Super AMOLED screen, where other phones generally opt for LCD, and a battery a little setback of 2300 mAh, while 2500 or 3000 mAh are more common with 5-inch screens . In short, on the paper, the new Moto X is a high-end smartphone more, certainly a little cheaper than its opponents. But Motorola is not a manufacturer like the others.


One point about the connectivity               

The micro-USB (2.0) jack is centered on the bottom edge of the phone. Above, you will find the jack and the nano-SIM hatch. The Power button and the volume control bar are located on the right edge, and the excellent finish of the first key, striated for better finger hooking, will be noted.

Among the many good points, the only fault that will be found at this Moto X is certainly its logo located in the center of its hull. This pellet looks like a big button (that would be affected by the trigger of the camera, for example), but it is not. It is a pity and frankly aesthetic.


An intelligently operated AMOLED display

The Moto X features a 5.2 – inch Super AMOLED display with a 1080p (1920 × 1080) resolution, giving a resolution of 423 dpi. The screen of the Moto X is on the whole very good. It benefits from all the advantages of the AMOLED. The colors benefit from a contrast far superior to the LCD screens and the brightness is ample enough to see there clear permanently.

Another advantage of AMOLED is that the black does not consume energy. And Motorola has used this specificity of the screen to take one of the most interesting features of the old Moto X, the Active Display (now called Moto Display) , which makes it possible to know if one has notifications on his phone without having to turn it on. This screen is of quality. The colors are brilliant, the angles of visions are impeccable and its touch is very pleasant. With its 423 dpi, the rendering is seamless and truly worthy of high-end smartphones competitors.


Elegantly Designed

The Moto X 2014 is a very nice device, somewhat massive certainly, but an impeccable finish, at least in its basic version. It unquestionably benefits from Moto Maker, this online personalization tool allowing to modify the color of its metallic elements and to add a hull of wood, leather or plastic of color.



Performance at par            

The performance of the Moto X is really good, whether in Qutodian use, in benchmarks but also in the field of video the game. On the other hand, we see that some gourmet games still managed to make the Snapdragon 801 tired.

Motorola could then have chosen the Snapdragon 805 which replaced the little brother with its Adreno 420 that would have done wonders on a terminal whose heat dissipation seems well managed to avoid dropping performance during “long” sessions.


Software indulgence

Motorola is once again signing up a software component that is close to excellence. Not only is the phone installed on Android 4.4.4 in pure version and will be regularly and quickly updated (Lollipop is already planned), but in addition it, has half a ton of options and features that very intelligently fill the gaps of Android.


Photographic Camera

The photographic aspect of the second-generation Moto X is better than that of its eldest but it is still very far from what one can expect on a high-end camera. Besides the lack of obvious options of the photo application, it will be blamed a focus too imprecise and colors not always very faithful in low light.


An irreproachable software part

The software part was already particularly careful on the old Moto X and enjoyed the same attentions on this new model.

From a global point of view, you should know that the Moto X is installed under the latest version of Android (at least for a few days yet), Android Kitkat version 4.4.4. The manufacturer has also promised to move very quickly its Android phone 5.0 Lollipop.


As we said a little higher, Motorola has perfectly exploited the AMOLED screen of the phone with the Moto Display. Specifically, thanks to the three sensors placed on the front of the phone (which are seen very well on the white version, but which are invisible on the black version), the phone will permanently capture the slightest movements of the user.


“Ok Google

Motorola also included in the settings menu a real battery of help menus and personalization of the phone. As for the old Moto X, the phone always listens to the user. By default just say “Ok Google” so that Google Now wakes up and starts listening to the user’s request.

A function that works admirably well, to the point of recognizing the “Ok Google” advertisements that one can see at the moment on television. Motorola has pushed the vice a little further by proposing to rename orally “Ok Google” in what one wishes. Well, in fact, it does not always work very well. This tour of the owner will be completed by one of the most convenient phone applications: Motorola Connect.


Snapdragon 801 on top

The technical sheet of the Moto X israther interesting since the new version leaves the S4 Pro for a Snapdragon 801 which promises to be more efficient in all uses. The definition of the screen goes from HD (720p) to Full HD (1080p) and therefore needed a more powerful chip to process the information and especially in the gaming domain.