Moto X 2nd Gen: Has It Lost Its Key Advantage?

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Motorola made its presence felt again in the market by coming up with three really impressive devices. These devices were Moto X, Moto G and Moto E. the Moto X was really appreciated for its simplicity and the way it worked towards offering a better user experience rather than getting into a spec war. Not that it offered any disappointing hardware but still it wasn’t exactly top of the line when it was launched. It offered some really simple yet nice software features. It was meant for people who need a smartphone to do their jobs but they don’t care what is running inside their device. We really loved the device for that.

Now when the news of a second generation Moto X came out, we were very excited. The first generation device was excellent. It would be great to know where they have taken it next. This time they have gone for an insanely powerful chipset, a large full HD display, a high resolution camera and some other stuff that you would find on every other flagship smartphone. While on paper the device has gained a lot, it has lost that factor which gained it all this love. We take a look at how this new Moto X is different from the previous one.

Moto X Back
Moto X Back


The previous generation Moto X came with the Moto maker for some markets. It allowed you to customize your device and tailor it exactly according to your needs. You can choose the colour of front, accents, back and then put some text on it to make your device unique. There were two colours available for the front, almost half a dozen for accents and similar number for the back. Later they also introduced wooden back which further added to the premium feel. It was very light and easy to handle because of its size. One handed operations were effortless.

The new Moto X has got slightly better built quality and offers similar customisation options. In fact this time they have introduced even more options for the back of this device. There is a metal frame around the device adding to the premium feel. However it is over a centimetre taller and 7 millimetres wider than the previous device. The size is still very impressive for a device with 5.2 inch display but it isn’t as easy to handle as the previous device. Moreover the weight goes up by 15 Gms which can be noticed. So compared to other flagships or even the old Moto X, it is an impressive design, just not as comfortable as old one.


The display on the new Moto X is bigger and has got a higher resolution as compared to the one on previous generation Moto X. on the previous generation device, you would find an AMOLED display measuring 4.7 inches and having a resolution of 1280 x 720. This gave it a pixel density of 312 ppi which is very healthy. The new one offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 on a 5.2 inch display. The display quality is excellent and it is very crisp. The numbers suggest that the difference between both of them should be huge but it isn’t so. In fact if the brightness on both the devices is set right, a lot of people won’t even be able to spot the difference. Anything above 300 ppi is good enough and we have a huge iPhone fan base to support that.


There are huge differences between the two devices when it comes to raw power. The new device is meant to post top of the line benchmark scores with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset running a 2.5 GHz quad core processor. The previous one used to run a Snapdragon Pro chipset with a 1.7 GHz dual core processor. There are two other cores running at lower clock speeds. One of them is called NLP and it handles all the voice commands. The other one processes the data from various sensors to display the smart notifications and for some other uses. This made these features available all the time without consuming much power. Now the new Moto X has got all the features the previous device used to offer and has got some more sensors to make the device even smarter. But this time we don’t think there is anything like the coprocessors to save power. That or they have failed to mention anything like that which is highly unlikely. So that coupled with the high resolution display might not be a very power efficient proportion. Do note that with all this increase in power, the battery capacity has gone up by just 100 mAh to 2300 mAh.

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Thankfully the software remains just as good. the best thing about the Moto X, both old and new, is that the software is very close to stock android but has got some Motorola exclusive features. These little software tricks make your life easier and improve the overall experience with the device. The voice assistant Moto Voice works fine and can do a lot of jobs for you. The Moto Display shows the notifications you have missed and to see them, you just have to wave in front of the device.


The camera on previous generation Moto X came with a 10 megapixel sensor while the new one has got a 13 megapixel sensor. The previous device came with a large sensor giving more space to each pixel. There is no such clear pixel wizardry to be seen here but still the new camera is decent. You can still call the camera app by the flick of your wrist and the camera software is still pretty neat.


If you are looking to buy the new Moto X because of the customisation options and its spec sheet, then go ahead, you won’t go wrong. But if you liked the previous device due to its efficiency and handy design, we would suggest you keep holding to your previous generation device.

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  1. I am not a user who prefers large screen, Moto X (1st Gen) has a good screen size and the weight and handling of phone in one hand feels premium. So i choose 1st Gen. Obvious that 2nd Gen is always better than 1st Gen. But this is my opinion on it.

  2. I prefer Moto X (1st Gen) due to its perfect screen size and usability. 2nd Gen is larger than 1st Gen and i don't prefer phones with larger screen. Plus the feel and handling of 1st Gen is awesome


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