Motorola turned some heads last year with the launch of the Moto X, a phone that was a little behind on the specs, but won a few hearts over with its almost infinite customization and Pure Android experience. They followed that up with the Moto G, a smartphone that was actually affordable off contract. This year they’re launching new versions of both the X and G that are bigger and better while still retaining those features which made them unique. Let’s take a look, beginning with the flagship.
Last year’s Moto X had a 4.7″ 1280 x 720 screen and dual Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. Those were towards the bottom when it comes to flagship phones. You can’t say that about the 2014 version. The 5.2″ AMOLED screen has a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. That screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. That puts it in the same class as the HTC One M8 and the GS5. As does the quad core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 system on chip. The New Moto X has 2GB of memory to go with that CPU. The rear camera is now 13.2mp and the front is 2.0mp. The new model also gains 802.11AC wireless networking. 16GB of storage, but 32GB is available in the Motomaker.
Speaking of the Motomaker, the 2014 Moto X comes in 25 different color options. They have everything from wood back to leather. They can be even laser engraved to suit the owner. Beyond that, there’s not much to tell. It’s a pure Android experience with no gimmick skin features.
The new Moto X will ship later in September for a $499 off-contract price. It also can be had for as low as $99 with a two-year contract. Of course exact details will depend on your carrier of choice.
Likewise, the now middle of the road Moto G got itself a makeover. The new phone features a 5″ HD display at 1280×720. It also sports a quad core CPU at 1.2GHz. The cameras have been updated to 8mp rear with auto focus and 2mp front. It now features the latest I/O tech like Bluetooth 4.0 and AC wireless.
It may not have the Motomaker, but it has interchangeable shell covers to personalize your phone. The 2014 Moto G keeps the same $179 off-contract price point. You can buy it right now.
The Moto 360 was one of the first Android Wear devices announced and the first one to be round like a real watch. Since then it’s been a bit of a mystery. Today, Moto gave it’s availability and final feature set. The watch features a 1.56″ round screen with a 320×290 resolution, 512MB of ram with 4GB of internal storage, pedometer, and optical heart rate sensor. Of interest is the SoC processor. The Moto 360 uses a Texas Instruments OMAP3 which is based on the ARM A8. All previous Android Wear devices have been based on Snapdragon 400 which is based around the ARM A7. This could make the Moto 360 a little snappier than competitors. Rounding out the specs are dual mics for noise cancellation, a fairly standard 320mAh battery, and wireless charging. Sadly, I don’t think it uses Qi though.
The Moto 360 runs Android Wear and gives you 6 watch faces to choose from. It’ll come in 3 models: light stainless with a grey metal band, light stainless with stone metal band, and a dark model with a black band. They all cost $249 and are for sale now. Replacement bands will be $29 a piece and they do not look like they use a stand watch band connector. A version with metal bands for $299 will be coming later in the fall. The Metal bands will be $79.99.
All 3 Moto devices seem to be worthy players in their markets, based on price and features. The new Moto X and Moto G took everything that was great about their predecessor and paired them with relevant hardware. With Moto phones you also have the ability to customize them to your own preferences. But what do you think? Let Geek Beat know through your comments and on social media.