In 2013, Motorola released the Moto X, a smartphone which offered lots of innovative features and design innovations.
Sadly, the handset couldn’t compete with other high end smartphones, especially the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4. However, the company hopes that with the new version of the Moto X, it can change that. The second generation of the device is vastly improved in several areas. Can it compete with Apple’s latest handset? Let’s see.
Design and Display
The best feature of Moto X is the potential of designing your own phone. Users can choose between two front colors and 25 back panels. Additionally, they can engrave their own message in the back of the handset. The sky is the limit, and users can make their device as fancy or as weird as possible. We said the second generation is improved, and one of the main improvements comes in the build section. The company has ditched plastic, in favor of aluminum. Apple’s device also uses aluminum in its build, and comes with round edges and curvier. The design of the iPhone 6 looks a lot like the iPad. Moto X features a 5.2 inches AMOLED screen display with resolution of 1920x1080pixels. The iPhone 6 comes with a Retina display, a 4.7 inches screen display with resolution of 750×1334. According to sources, Apple has made improvements in the contrast and viewing angles of the latest device.
Hardware and Operating System
The new Moto X feels like a flagship phone, and the performances back up that feeling. The device features a quad core processor clocked at 2.5GHz and supported by 2 GB RAM memory. Notice that almost all Android phones have that same processor (S5, HTC One M8). The main issue is the storage. The device has just 32 GB built in memory space, with no external slot available. Apple’s device, on the other hand, comes in versions with 16/64/128GB internal storage. The iPhone 6 features a 64bit A8 chip, widely assumed to be 30% more powerful than its predecessor.
Moto X runs on pure 4.4 Android KitKat OS. There are no special interfaces, skin option etc. The good news is that users get to experience Android at its best, and since there are no additional skins, the device will be one of the first to get the upgrade for the new Android L. The company has changed the name to some of its core features. For example, touchless control is now Moto Voice. Others include Moto assist, Moto Display, and Moto Actions. The iPhone 6 runs on the latest iOS 8, one of the best and most simple to use and navigate OS we’ve ever seen.
The second generation of Motorola’s flagship device gets an upgraded camera, up to 13-MP rear facing sensor. The camera app is simple, elegant and clean, without tons of features and options. One of the good features is the best shot option, which captures photos just before and after your press the camera button. If the phone detects someone blinking, it presents the user with a better option. Apple has decided to stick with the 8-MP rear facing camera in the iPhone 6. The improvements made are internal. The new 64bit chip helps here, and the camera now has some cool features, both in camera and video mode.
The battery life of the Moto X should be approximately a full day. Additionally, the phone comes with an extra turbo charger that can power your device for eight hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. The iPhone 6 comes features a 1800 mAh battery that can handle 14 hours of talk time.
The alleged price of the newly released Moto X is in the $500 range for a SIM free version. Apple’s device is priced at $650 for the off contract version.
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