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Motorola Moto X (Gen 2) review

Moto X (Gen 2)

Motorola India officially announced the availability and price details of the much anticipated Moto X (Gen 2.) in India.

The company new Moto X (16GB) will go on sale for ₹31,999. But, it has not officially revealed how many units will be up for grabs.

Moto X (Gen 2.) sports a 5.2-inch full HD OLED screen and ships with Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS out-of-the-box.

Under the hood, it packs 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB/32GB memory and 2300 mAh battery.The new Motorola phone also boasts of 13MP with, f2.25 aperture, 4K video recording and dual-LED ring flash and 2.0-megapixel camera with Full HD video recording.

Moto 360 smartwatch boasts of 1.5-inch backlit LCD display panel protected Gorilla Glass 3 and inside it comes packed with Pedometer, Optical heart rate monitor (PPG).

Other value-added features include IP67 water-resistant certifications, Dual microphones to receive voice-commands and Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy for pairing Android companion devices.

The display of the new Moto X is a step up from that of its predecessor, upping the pixel count from 312ppi to 424ppi. The 5.2-inch Full HD display shows colours that are a little too vibrant and seem a bit oversaturated, which is a problem with all AMOLED panels. Sunlight legibility is pretty good, but less than that of other AMOLED-touting phones like Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 3.

However, the viewing angles are great and you can enjoy videos from the steepest angles. The display panel is very crisp and the contrast between primary colours is apparent at the first glance itself; you can see all the details in games and apps from the get-go.

Design

Motorola did a fine job in terms of design and aesthetics with last year’s Moto X and has carried forward the good work with the second-generation model. However, there are a few changes in the design that differentiate the two.

First is the use of metal. The original Moto X was all-plastic essentially, but this year’s iteration adds metal to the mix. The chassis covering the sides is made of metal and gives the smartphone a sold feel to it when held in the hand. It, however, doesn’t add the premium feel that Samsung’s metallic frame adds to Galaxy Alpha or the distinctive look that Lumia 930 and 830 get due to their metal-clad edges.

On the back you get the camera module, which houses the lens and two LED lenses. Last year’s Moto X had a metallic ring that circled the camera lens, but Motorola has dumped it in favour of a plastic housing. Opinion is divided over how this plastic ring looks, as some in the office liked it while others thought it brought down the appeal of the phone.

The back of Moto X 2nd Gen is just as curved as its predecessor’s, so holding the phone in the palm is a pleasure. However, since the screen is half-an-inch bigger this time, the new Moto X doesn’t fit in the hand as snugly as its sibling does.

In terms of personalization, the new Moto X comes with leather back panel options as well as the wood and plastic ones that last year’s model offered.


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