Motorola Event: New Moto X, Moto G and Moto 360

motorola_mobilityDespite most of the happenings at this years IFA in Berlin, Motorola have instead launched their next generation devices at their own events. What got announced, well the invite gave most of it away, our next Moto G, Moto X and the final availability of the Moto 360.

Moto 360

Image: Tech Radar

As far as Smart Watches are concerned, ever since it’s Google I/O debut, the world has been gazing, almost uncontrollably at the Moto 360, but unlike the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, the Moto 360 wasn’t available straight away from the event, in fact availability information was rather disappointingly sketchy. But, despite all that, it’s here now, and it’s just as awesome as we always knew it would be.

We’ll cut you the boring stuff straight away, spec wise, it’s nothing surprising, the same SnapDragon Processor under the hood, the expected 512MB of RAM, all the usual becoming standard Android Wear specifications. But, Motorola are one of the few that provide both a heart rate monitor and pedometer with their Smart Watch, as well a guaranteed all day battery.

Speaking of Charging, the Moto 360 supports Qi Wireless Charging, this is a massive plus Motorola has, even over the new Smart Watches announced from Sony and Asus, we love ourselves some Wireless Charging and it’s awesome Motorola included the feature in the Moto 360

PRICE

Now, this is a big one. Ever since it’s preview at Google I/O, the biggest fear around the Moto 360 was indeed how much it would cost … well, shake those fears away, it costs the same $249 as a few, yes not all, Smart Watches already, so it’s actually reasonably priced which is a relief. BUT, what we would say, the competition, even just this week has definitely heated up, we for one still prefer the Sony watch over the Moto 360, sorry.

CUSTOMISABLE STRAPS
Moto 360 Steel
Image, and hand: Android Central

Whilst we prefer the Sony for general design, this may win us over again, Motorola are offering customisable bands for the Moto 360, watch fans will be happy to know it uses the standard pin arrangement, but Motorola have their own very attractive premium looking Steel bands, which compliment the Smart Watch better than anything else we could ever imagine … despite the hefty $79 price point.

Moto G mark 2

The
The “third?” new Moto G

Technically speaking, this is the third Moto G, based on the updated LTE and microSD capable update Motorola released not so long back, so in that regard this is the Moto G 3, but Motorola officials are branding it the second generation Moto G, so that’s what we’ll call it too then.

And when you look in to it, it makes sense to retain the Moto G version 2 as the changes, whilst small, do keep the Moto G the same budget device, but with some changes around.

The Moto G comes in Black, White, Green and Purple as its standard colours, based purely on Motorola’s market research of most popular colours previously purchased. Other colours will be available in the same, backs, and door-backs previously available for Moto Gs also will be available to purchase for the 2014 version.

Moto G 2014

The biggest changes of the Moto G rely on basically three main factors, the display, camera and audio.

DISPLAY

We really liked the size of the Moto G and thought it was a win-win all round, but apparently Motorola disagreed, and have upped the display from 4.5inch to 5inch 720p. The display technology is unchanged however, the same resolution as we just mentioned, IPS etc.

AUDIO

As you can see, the Moto G now features the same dual front facing speakers, previously only available on the Moto E, now on the Moto G delivering an incredible improvement for content consumption and gaming, even if powering that experience hasn’t changed at all.

CAMERA

Gone is the 5 MegaPixel Camera, now an 8 MegaPixel Camera is on the back of the Moto G. Whilst Google Camera did fix a lot of our disappointments with the Moto G Camera, hopefully the 2014 version will generally just have better hardware on the Camera department, something Motorola have been more than lacking recently.

Other than that, the Moto G 2014 is a very small update, but as we mentioned with the Moto E, those speaker changes are really going to make the experience so much better.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 5 inch 720p display (294PPI)
  • 1.2GHz SnapDragon 400
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 or 16GB Internal Storage
  • Micro SD Card Slot
  • 8MP *up to* Rear Camera with LED Flash + 2MP Front Camera

Moto X … mark 2

Moto X 2014
“The new” Moto X

The only problem we really have with both the Moto G 2014, and, this, the Moto X 2014, is the name is unchanged making it hard to realistically compare them. Regardless, this is the successor to what, for many, has been, people’s favourite Android phone of the last year or so, so it’s a tough act to follow for the second generation.

Being a phone everyone loved, the Moto X certainly did a lot of good, but being so good at some things certainly highlighted some of it’s weaknesses, something Motorola are hoping are fixed with the Moto X 2014.

Interestingly, being the main flagship, you’d of thought Motorola would have given the Moto X 2014 the same dual-front firing speaker arrangement, but sadly only the bottom speaker is a speaker on the Moto X 2014, think we’ll regard that as gripe one.

The design of the Moto X 2014 is actually a big departure from the Moto X, the device is vastly thinner, slight curves on the display, and a much more premium feel to it, likely due to the metallic band around the device, becoming the norm now and something we’ll most certainly not complain about!

Moto X 2014 Back

CAMERA

First, and most of all, is the Camera. The 8 MegaPixel Camera on the original Moto X was set to be a great Camera … then people starting using it, and it was anything but, but based on the fact it’s much more pronounced, and now 13 MegaPixel, the Camera on the Moto X 2014 certainly is one we’ve our fingers crossed for. Whilst we obviously can’t conclusively say the Moto X 2014 Camera will be the fix we’ve hoped for, we’ll say this much, it’s a noticeable improvement, even with Motorola’s shoddy Camera app.

DISPLAY

Whilst some loved the Moto X’ 4.7 inch 720p display, that resolution just isn’t enough, so Motorola have packed the new 2014 Moto X with a 1080p display, but that’s not all they’ve done. Like with the Moto G, the Moto X has seen a screen size increase, all the way up to 5.2 inch! BUT, before you panic and say you’ll never be able to hold the thing, Motorola have done what they’ve done with all their new phones, made the device itself smaller, to the point where the body of the Moto X 2014 is smaller than an S5, which has a smaller display in comparison.

The display panel remains AMOLED, something Moto X users will know allows for most of Motorola’s unique software tools to take affect, and that certainly remains true right here.

PERFORMANCE + SPECS

Whilst the original Moto X was a symbol of ‘you don’t need the latest and greatest’, the Moto X 2014 brings things back to basics with a much more traditional spec list, which seen as performance was a niggle on the original we’ll list below;

  • 5.2inch 1080p AMOLED display
  • 2.5GHz Quad-Core SnapDragon 801 Processor with Adreno 330
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13MP Camera with Ring Flash and 4K Recording + 2MP Front Camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • 2,300mAh Battery

Motorola Software

Image: Android Central

As always with the Moto X, it’s all about Motorola’s added extras to the mostly stock-like Android experience, in this case Android 4.4.4 KitKat, quite a few changes and updates have been made to the Moto X 2014 Software Experience which we’ll briefly overview

MOTO APP

Where Motorola used to package quite a few software tools for their devices, they are now packaged all in to a single app branded, simply “Moto”. All four of Motorola’s software features are in that device, whether that be Assist (now Moto Assist) etc, overall making finding Motorola’s software gems much easier, allowing most users to actually realise how good they are!

MOTO DISPLAY + MOTO VOICE

A lot of functionality has had a bit of rebranding with the Moto X 2014, and now it’s time for the Touchless Control feature to see a rename, now known as Moto Display. Whilst other features such as Motorola’s voice actions are here as Moto Voice. Feature wise, the services remains mostly unchanged, other than date and battery level displayed on Moto Display now, but the name is simply just that, a name. But, that doesn’t take back on just how good that feature is to be able to talk and make actions even when the phone is idle, something only just beginning to arrive in other Smartphones. But, of course Motorola’s new killer feature is the ability to customise the hot word, not just “OK Google”, it can be anything you want!

Other than that though, software is, for the most part, unchanged, which is both good and bad for the Moto X 2014. It’s good, because that’s what people want in Motorola’s devices, and it’s bad for the reason let’s be honest, we were expecting more from the software than whatever the hardware ended up being.

Motorola Trade in Program

Moto G Moto X 2014
Blue Moto G 2014, and Wooden back White Moto X 2014

So, now Motorola have just announced these two beautiful Smartphones, as shown above, the whole game of affording the things comes apparent. Whilst the Moto G 2014 will actually keep it’s same price and be just as value for money as ever, meaning this may not apply much for those customers, the Moto X is the flagship device so will have flagship pricing, so about affording that price.

Despite being just for US at the moment, Motorola are offering potentially up to $300USD for your old Smartphone, which you can put towards a Moto X 2014. For those US Consumers wondering how much their Smartphone will be worth can check now on Motorola’s Trade In Website right here!

Published by R-Tech

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