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Our Moto X (2014) battery life test is done and the results ain't pretty

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Our Moto X (2014) battery life test is done and the results ain't pretty

In case you somehow missed it, our review of the new Moto X is here, and, on the whole, we quite like what Motorola has done with its new flagship, specifically considering its low, $99 price tag on a contract.

But the Moto X is not without weaknesses, and perhaps the most significant one is its 2300 mAh battery -- on par with the now aging Google Nexus 5. As you can imagine, that kind of capacity isn't going to be a chart-topper, and our battery life test proved this -- the Moto X held its ground for 5 hours and 45 minutes, which is not terrible, but definitely nothing to write home about. In comparison, the 2014 flagship generation's battery king, the Sony Xperia Z2, managed over 8 hours, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 benched a little over 7 hours and a half. In fact, even the LG G3, with its extremely pixel-dense, Quad HD display, outlasted the new Moto X.

See for yourself.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

Higher is better
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
6h 14 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Excellent)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)
Motorola Moto X (2014)
5h 45 min (Average)
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posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:12 13

1. Af1rPA (Posts: 701; Member since: 12 Jun 2014)

Just can't get a break. The only thing that held me back from getting the old X was the camera. Now it might be the battery. Even the smaller Z3C has a bigger battery!

I still have hope for the Moto X. I'll wait for the real world tests.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 07:42 1

45. buccob (Posts: 2573; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Maybe wait for Moto X Maxx?

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 08:59

57. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Or, the Droid Maxx (2014).

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 07:56

86. DRO_ID (Posts: 40; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)

Only, the Droid Maxx design won't be as exquisite and you won't get customization options in terms of materials and colors it will surely be bloated with Verizon useless Apps.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 07:56 3

47. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I am with you. I wanted to customize my Moto X but this news is just horrible. I mean Motorola did everything right but the battery is simply horrible...

How can in late 2014 Motorola make such a rookie mistake. Like you said the Xperia Z3 Compact has a larger battery. To me this flaw is such a HUGE black eye. Really people should get fired for this atrocity.

I think Motorola did a disservice to themselves & to this awesome Moto X!


posted on 11 Sep 2014, 19:40

82. btuck123 (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 Jun 2013)

I'm similarly disappointed. It seemed like my dream phone, then they had to drop this ridiculous battery life on us... Apparently Project Volta will increase battery life by 30%, but still... I may have to look into the Z2 now.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:16

62. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

I was concerned at first then I added the HTC One M7 to the battery list and the Moto X has the same life. I got decent battery on that phone. Also Android L is around the corner and devs were saying that their Nexus 5 was getting a good bit better battery life from it.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 15:49

77. torr310 (Posts: 861; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

Kudos to Sony Z2!

LG G3 should have better result if it doesn't use 4k screen. Many people want it, but most people don't need it.

Nexus 5 is disappointed.

posted on 13 Sep 2014, 14:31

87. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)

Wait for the GSMarena tests. These aren't conclusive enough. They have the Note 3 very close to the Moto X (2014), and we all know that ain't true. The Note 3 has great battery life.

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 10:02

88. evilgeenius (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)

What an utter disappointment. I'd decided that this was going to be my first Motorola phone ever, but the battery life sucks so hard it's not worth buying. After living with my Nexus 5 which has similar terrible battery life, there is NO WAY I'm ever going back to a phone without decent battery. Gutted.

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 10:15

90. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Most reviews say the battery life is decent even with heavy use.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 03:06

96. Surphyse (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Nov 2014)

I have the new X and honestly, I don't see battery as a problem at all. The phone is incredibly battery friendly. I can easily go through a day on one charge, but I am always carrying a charger around in my bag and I'm always charging my phone either way, no matter how good the phone's battery life might be. If your only concern is the battery life, you're worrying over the wrong thing. This is a great device and I definitely recommend it.

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 11:29

97. pm2002 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Nov 2014)

hey. i am planning to buy a android in the range of moto x 2. i use my phone with 3g from 7 am to 8 pm. will this phone last that long with moderate data usage. ? ? i just want a phone with premium looks, battery that lasts the whole day and stock android exp and updates.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:13 4

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1163; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)

google moto apple at the bottom, wouldn't surprise,
happy to get one plus and mi4 instead

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:22 3

3. WendyFromCircus (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)

Any comments Moto fans? :)

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:39 2

8. Spedez (Posts: 450; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:44 1

11. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4362; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

I'd still take a Motorola phone over a skinned phone. The features they add I actually use, unlike Samsung's throw everything and see what sticks approach. IIRC they said the same thing about last year's Moto X, and that actually did well. I'm waiting on this year's model of the Droid Maxx. My current model from last year gets me 2 days and one night of battery life. And if they follow last years game plan of using the X's hardware with a larger battery, problem solved.

BTW, your only response is to try and incite an argument? Not surprising I guess, par for the course here on PA.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:51 3

14. YourNickname (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

Im a moto fan, this is fukking disappoint.

Moto x = peasant phone. Better watch your media/game usage or else be tethered to a wall. This would last me a few hours at max. Cheap bastards couldnt afford a larger battery

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:53 2

15. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4362; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

Something else to consider, it uses the same battery size as the Nexus 5, has about the same size display and resolution, and uses the same processor, and manages to get just under an hour more of battery life. These tests, while giving a good comparison between phones, don't exactly translate to real world battery life. Unless you're constantly on your phone, your battery life will be better than these test results.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:59 3

17. YourNickname (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

youre comparing an older phone with same specs with bad battery, giving the moto x credit for beating it.
Better yet, compare it to the same generation lg g3 which has 30%? 80%? more pixels and a larger screen, yet does better than the moto x. Nuff said.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 04:14

21. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4362; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

The point was almost identical hardware, and it manages better battery life. Do I agree they should've put a larger battery in there? Sure. But the stats they're getting don't make it unusable. If that were true, the iPhone 5s and Nexus 5 would be unusable as well, and the G3 is only making a half hour more than the X. As far as the G3, it also has a much larger battery than the new X.

So while it could've been better, it's not unusable either.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 15:58

78. erikiksaz (Posts: 170; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)

My friend has both the LG G3 and the Moto X. Battery life was horrendous for him, so he sold the G3 and went back to the X. He mentioned his X was faster overall.

These benchmarks don't mean everything.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:49

13. tacarat (Posts: 778; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

I'm disappointed. The first moto x was practically defined by it's exceptional battery life. It seems they had a big sigh and threw back in with the spec race :(

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 07:42 1

44. troutsy (Posts: 311; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

The 2013 moto x was also maligned for its battery life. This situation is no different than last year.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 08:30

56. Awalker (Posts: 1527; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

The battery life on the original Moto X was expectional for me. It all depends on your usage.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 12:25

94. raptor102888 (Posts: 18; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)

True. If you don't use your phone, your battery will last longer.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 15:59

79. erikiksaz (Posts: 170; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)

Hah, according to people that didn't own them.

The battery life on my X was better than the outgoing M7 and the N5.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 21:03 1

84. huhblub (Posts: 25; Member since: 18 Apr 2014)

to bad those idiots thinking that battery life was on the moto x was bad without touching the device is hilarious.....moto x was great...

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 04:22 1

22. Awalker (Posts: 1527; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

I'm using a Nexus 5 right now and I don't have a problem with the battery life. I'll be getting the Moto X as soon as it's available.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 04:36 1

23. nazyr1803 (Posts: 91; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)

well, even my moto g has small battery (2070mah) but still i can get 2 days of usage, why not moto x! i dont care about it but still i need to try the new moto x!

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