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Moto X (2014) deep-dive review: Android done right -- again

JR Raphael | Sept. 22, 2014
With a distinctive and customisable design, superb software and exceptional features, the new Moto X shows just how good an Android phone can be.

With the exception of HTC, which comes in a distant second, no other manufacturer is anywhere near that efficient -- and with the major Android "L" release right around the corner, that's something you have to keep in mind.

Bottom line
With its new Moto X, Motorola has shown again that it knows how to do Android right. The phone has a distinctive and customizable design with the option of interesting materials like leather and wood. It has an outstanding display, superb performance and a fast and easy-to-use camera that's capable of capturing great-looking photos.

Even without all of that, Motorola's spot-on approach to software would make this phone worth considering. No other company comes close to providing the type of cohesive and compelling overall user experience Motorola manages to deliver.

Given the choice, would I have taken this same phone in the more ergonomic size of the original model? Without a doubt. But truth be told, I'm quickly getting used to the new Moto X's form. The larger display has its benefits, and the phone is actually quite light and comfortable compared to other current flagships.

Ultimately, you have to think about what matters the most to you. If you want the best possible battery life or the most exceptional camera, the new Moto X may not be the right option. As with the first-gen model, there are absolutely individual areas where other smartphones come out ahead.

But if you want a distinctive device that's full of genuinely useful features -- with thoughtful software that'll get timely and frequent upgrades in the future -- you'll be hard-pressed to find another product that matches what the Moto X provides. Factor in the lower-than-average cost both on contract and unlocked, and the new Moto X is a tough all-around package to beat.


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