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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.

hours
Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
LG G3
6h 14 min (Average)
Motorola Moto X (2014)
5h 45 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)
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posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:12 13

1. Af1rPA (Posts: 672; 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: 2512; 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: 4808; 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!

+1

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: 784; 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: 271; 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: 1010; 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: 437; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


*crickets*

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:44 1

11. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3781; 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: 3781; 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: 3781; 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: 726; 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: 310; 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: 1394; 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: 1394; 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!

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 07:57

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


It has better battery life than the original Moto X. The original Moto X satisfied me with its battery life. Ergo, this will be fine.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 07:59

50. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11342; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Which isn't saying much. Don't be in denial. Battery life should have been better here.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 08:02 4

53. Scott93274 (Posts: 4115; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I couldn't help but notice that it still scores better than iPhones though.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:07

59. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11342; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You're using the iPhone as a copout.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:15 3

61. Scott93274 (Posts: 4115; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Nope. I'm simply pointing out your hypocrisy as you think Apple products are the best, and yet you're always ragging on Motorola products.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 13:38

73. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11342; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


This article isn't about apple, your ridiculous exaggeration aside.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 21:05

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


dont tell what people should talk about....if it was reversed you wouldnt say a word.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 08:07 1

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


Should have been, sure. I would have loved it if they hadn't put such a small upgrade in BL in the new phone. However, it's such an excellent device otherwise that I'd still take it with the relatively small BL bump.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:06

58. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11342; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I wouldn't. It just screams poor decision making from Motorola. There's no excuse when they have a phone like the Droid Maxx.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:11

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


The Maxx has a completely different physical design.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 13:36

71. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11342; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Excuses excuses. You are missing the point.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 14:05

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


It's not an excuse. I really doubt that they could have fit a 3500 mah battery into the Moto D's chassis. Besides, pretty much every review out there says that the battery life is adequate to get through a day, with some noting an improvement over the original Moto X. Android Headlines even wrote a full-on rebuttal of this specific article.

It would be nice to have a much bigger battery in the phone, but it seems like Motorola has done a decent job with the relatively small ticker they put into it.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 09:17

63. Scott93274 (Posts: 4115; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I will however agree with you here. If they really honestly want phones to sell well, then they'll release flagship phones with batteries like last year's Droid Maxx 3500 mAh battery. If the new Moto X had that type of battery, I would have just bought the damn phone off contract.... but no, they didn't.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 13:37

72. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11342; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Exactly my point. Motorola never seems to learn from their mistakes.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 08:01

52. Scott93274 (Posts: 4115; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Same here, but when ever other aspect of the phone's hardware gets a relatively large scale update, it's very disappointing that the battery capacity was nearly unchanged from last years models. It's even more frustrating when you think about the batteries in Motorola's Droid phones from last year, that actually went up to 3500 mHa. It's not a bad thing to want more.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:24 1

4. Bjray (Posts: 177; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Nexus 5 battery life is that bad? Hope the Nexus X will have an appropriate size.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 13:40

74. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 474; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Doubt it.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:31 7

5. DeDex (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Too bad the ones with the worst battery life are also the ones that don't try to clutter the OS with useless bloatware and ugly skins :'(

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 05:09

26. tech2 (Posts: 3349; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Amen +1

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 16:01

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


Which is why you take these benchmarks with a grain of salt and watch for real world data from users with screenshots of up-time and on-screen time.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:34

6. boosook (Posts: 1419; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Not so bad, better than N5 with the same battery, and btw the N5 battery life is not that bad if you're a normal user.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:46 5

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


"Normal user"=40 year old mom. phone, email & once a week gps/pictures/internet.

Lenovo, YOU FAILED.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:57 2

16. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3781; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


He's talking about the Nexus 5, which isn't Lenovo owned. And Lenovo doesn't own Motorola yet either, the acquisition still has to clear the regulators.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 07:45

46. troutsy (Posts: 310; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


You shouldn't reply to every one of his posts. Account was created on Aug 14th, he hasn't been around long enough to warrant any serious consideration.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 05:47 1

27. Johnnokia (Posts: 1061; Member since: 27 May 2012)


I have Nexus 5. It is so perfect phone, Except for the battery.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:37

7. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Whoops :/

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 03:41 2

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


This looking bad for the Nexus X... :(((((

Like i give a fudge about superior radio antenna efficiency if i cant use a smartphone for anything besides calls/text

#1 interest for consumers when buying a smartphone is battery life. And every stupid ass company tries to save a few bucks by equiping a small battery... and lose millions from bad reviews of poor battery life.

Aim for 2days/heavy users, u retardes OEMs. Everyone i know has to recharge twice a day already.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 04:00 4

18. DefinitiveKid (Posts: 215; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Exactly, how the hell haven't they figured it out yet? And it's not as if the Moto X was crazy thin or anything. Some OEMs manage to put 3000+ mAh juicers in extremely compact phones, and yet Motorola couldn't do more than 2300 in the new 5.2 screened Moto X? They're always talking about user experience, well this is what I call epic fail.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 07:58 1

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


The Nexus X probably has a far bigger battery.

posted on 11 Sep 2014, 13:50

75. Bedz81 (Posts: 83; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)


Well it better, well at least the Moto S version (SD included too)

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