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Motorola Moto X

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89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The 2014 Moto X is a huge step forward from last year's model, and it's finally equipped to compete with a sea of strong competitors. With an impressive (not to mention customizable) design and some thoughtful software features, this is the flagship phone that Motorola should have made in the first place.

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Pros
  • Runs near-stock Android
  • Motorola's additional features are smart and useful
  • Snappy performance
  • Thoughtful, comfortable design
  • Lots of customization options
Cons
  • Cameras are average at best and frustrating at worst
  • Unremarkable battery life
  • Some carrier bloatware
89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

89
 

User Reviews

80
SchroederRock
I bought my Moto X (2nd Gen) in like-new condition from eBay for AT&T recently...read more
80
Rohan93
I bought my Moto X2 from GoBol.in , and got it at a pretty cheap price as compared...read more
90
stathis125
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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89
Average user Score
 
80
SchroederRock
11.05.15
I bought my Moto X (2nd Gen) in like-new condition from eBay for AT&T recently and started using it as my everyday phone over my HTC One M8 (win phone variant) because my work requires certain apps that are not-yet available on Microsoft's platform. I love WP but since my hand was forced I settled on this device. It was affordable and available somewhat widely online.I'll start with my favorite things about the device: it's light, the screen is quite vivid, it has enough CPU and memory to operate Android 5.1 smoothly, the edges of the glass are curved slightly to give a smooth runoff for your fingers, very good design, camera has plenty of detail and adjustments for most users, Motorola Connect is a joy to use in conjunction with your PC/Chrome device.As for the cons: camera is good in average or well-lit areas but suffers quite a bit in low-light (even with flash, you're not likely to get the results you really want), and battery life doesn't meet my expectations for a modern-day flagship device due to its relatively-small 2300 mAh battery. Granted this device launched a year ago at the time of this review, but it drains too fast for my liking and will require me to keep a portable battery in case I use the phone frequently throughout the day. It can go an entire day but that's if you're pretty light with its use and you keep your push notifications and social networking in-check.This phone is close to a perfect 10 rating for me. In an age where 1080p displays are commonplace and 5"+ screens are the new norm, it's incredibly important to offer higher capacity batteries and screens with power-saving tech. The 2nd gen Moto X doesn't quite nail those two items and, as a result, doesn't offer the best battery performance around. But the device is still quite good and if Motorola is willing to bump the initial price of the Moto X line $50 in favor of a bigger battery and a better low-light camera, this will be a device that goes toe-to-toe with the iPhones and Galaxy devices of this world. An 8.5/10 is a more appropriate numerical rating for this device.
 
80
Rohan93
10.17.15
I bought my Moto X2 from GoBol.in , and got it at a pretty cheap price as compared to the market price. It's an amazing phone at this price range.I expect Motorola to release their flagships in the 5" range and not go the Samsung way of bigger phones
 
90
stathis125
06.13.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
jibberjabber
04.20.15
Overall a good phone. Disappointed in the camera. Its ease of use is fine, but the dim light pictures are unbearable. I'm coming from having used Blackberrys for most of my professional life, so I've found the call quality for the Moto X is not as superior as what I'm accustomed to with Blackberry. Having said that, the apps and overall bells and whistles far exceed Blackberry. The battery life disappointed me as well, I find I'm just barely making to night time before the battery is red-lining. Those are just the negative things. Otherwise, the phone is very fast, internet use is extremely quick and efficient. The maneuverability of swiping in and out of apps is very user friendly.
 
90
aarturne
04.06.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
spateder
02.22.15
The Android phone for the masses. If you're new to Android or just smartphones in general, this is where to start.
 
90
geekmom
02.10.15
Working for a competitor I catch hell for trying out other phones but I"m always curious to see if there is something better out there. I owned the 1st gen moto x and thought it was a great phone other than the camera. This phone is a very nice upgrade with the bigger and more high definiting screen.The design of the moto x's is fabulous. They are curved in just the right way, they are light and sexy. The moto software is definitely my favorite feature. I love the fact that this phone knows when i'm driving and will read me a text message. I can listen and respond without ever picking the phone up. It has decent battery life, meaning I can easily make it through the day. Everything about this phone is perfect except the camera. The camera has definitely improved over the past generation and I feel that it's faults are in the software and could be easily remedied. The 4k video is excellent and outdoor (brighter light) photos are perfect. It's low light and has always been lowlight that is it's problem. Those pictures are just a bit grainey.I can summarize this in one sentence: If this phone had a camera that equaled the iphone 6, it would be the perfect smartphone and would be unbeatable. If the camera is not that important to you, then this is the phone to own.
 
90
Rob
01.26.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
Reginator
01.25.15
I am currently typing this review on an iPhone 6 plus. Let me explain my journey. In September I was one of the first to receive their brand new moto x (2014). While absolutely beautiful there was some doubt about the firm factor. They doubt was quickly dismissed with its subtle curves and exceptional attention to every detail ; ranging from the speakers being raised a millimeter or two to the grippy texture on the power button. There was one major defeat moto had not yet mastered and to be advertised as one of its main selling points- www disappointing. The mal craftsmanship of the moto voice feature turned me off from this phone. Even when switching to the term "okay moto x" awakening the phone would take seconds (which felt like ages ). Fast forward to the lollipop upgrade and my little android lovin' fingers were ecstatic to play with this tasty OS. Sadly the once smooth operating system of the moto x was plagued by slow downs and mishaps. I was already compromising with the camera and battery life, now apps were crashing and taking a lot longer to load. Don't get me wrong, I have never owned a more beautiful phone, but the operating system was plagued with bugs that I could not look over any longer. From the original droid to threesome Galaxy phones and two nexus devices- my android run had come to a halt. I am currently using an iPhone. And currently anticipating (more than ever ) the onslaught on new devices that comes with every spring . While the battery life screen and camera is amazing. The operating system of Apple has bugs of its own. And the usability if android is friendlier and more intuitive than the iPhone.
 
90
beckershoff
01.25.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget

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