Deal: Grab a brand new and unlocked Moto X (2014) for just $199

Deal: Grab a brand new and unlocked Moto X (2014) for just $199
The irrepressible regularity new smartphone releases is a double-edged sword for consumers. Sure, it's great that tech evolves on a near monthly basis, and it's always interesting to see how each and every new effort purports to outdo the last. But this also leaves us embroiled in a constant game of catch-up when, in reality, handsets of yesteryear still more than suffice for most people's needs. The Motorola Moto X (2014) might well be considered something of a relic, but if you look past its age, you'll notice that it remains a capable effort from a reliable brand. With this in mind, the new $199 price tag may prove very tempting, especially given its promised Android Marshmallow update in the near future. 

Black Friday may be quite a way off, but being the biggest online retailer, Amazon has decided to jump the gun. The precursor to a weekend that usually sparks mayhem at stores across the world, Black Friday isn't scheduled until later this month. But a deal's a deal, and if you're wanting a cheap smartphone with relatively high-end specs, then last year's Moto flagship should cover most bases. 

Released in 2014, the 2nd-gen Moto X offers a full-HD AMOLED display over a 5.2-inch canvas and a Snapdragon 801 SoC under the hood. As a word of caution, the 2300 mAh battery may seem sufficient, but in our testing, scored very averagely indeed. So if you are planning on biting, consider that the lights mightn't stay on for as long as you had anticipated. Still, with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and with a slick, metallic-trim design, it's an unquestionable steal for $199. 

As noted above, it doesn't run the latest Android 6.x Marshmallow out of the box. The Moto X (2014) runs Android 5.1 Lollipop off the bat, but owners can expect a dose of Google's latest flavor to arrive eventually.

The unlocked handset is available for a limited time, while stocks last. Given the popularity of the Moto X line in general, Amazon's inventory is likely to disappear quite rapidly. So if a $199 Moto X does take your fancy, be sure to hit up the source link sooner rather than later. 

source: Amazon

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Moto X (2014)
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh

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22 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Pretty solid deal.

2. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

STOP SELLING THE 16GB!!!! This is a good deal but with front speakers, do you expect us to stream everything??? My standard music fills up 10GB for 1,100 songs. Then pictures and videos eat up that 16GB. If it was 32GB or 64GB, then we are talking.

3. tallbob

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 01, 2015

This is why USB OTGs exist. It'll free up a lot of space.

5. middlehead

Posts: 456; Member since: May 12, 2014

Requiring a physical addition to hang off the device is not a legitimate solution.

7. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Yes it is. It is absolutely a legitimate solution to a 16GB phone. How is it not?

8. middlehead

Posts: 456; Member since: May 12, 2014

They said "standard music," suggesting that it's material they keep on the phone at all times. Requiring a dongle for that is not okay.

15. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I don't know who "they" is and I don't see anything about "standard music". You can move the music over to OTG easily. This is android not Apple.

18. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

"My standard music fills up 10GB" ... "videos eat up that 16GB" implying these stay on the device. I'm the same way. I do not want to have to keep a USB dongle attached to my phone just because I like higher quality music and don't pay for a lot of data.

19. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Ahh. I see now. You could have just said the commentor's name. You can put all that music and video on an OTG. So still dude.....if you have a 16gb phone an OTG is a compeltely legitimate solution to the problem. If not just don't get the phone. If you want higher quality music you can do so in the setting. If you don't wanna pay a lot for data change carriers or make more money to pay for that data.

20. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Very true, but I think his original statement was that this would be a steal for him personally if it was anything but the 16GB version. It'll be interesting to see how OEMs respond to Google's more open approach to external storage options with new models. I still feel more trusting with my ol' microSD card than some $10 flash drive and a $2 cable.

6. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

My wife claims the ridiculous Apple upcharge for her 128 GB iPhone subsidizes the 16 GB model. Um, no, because the 16 GB model is a goddamn ripoff and shouldn't even exist. If Apple kills it, Motorola and Google will follow suit.

10. phonefan68

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 02, 2013

Music can be backed up on Play Music and that saves that space, and pictures and videos are all saved into Photos. All three of your concerns are easily dealt with with built-in apps.

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Some of us still prefer offline use of all photos, videos, and music. Given how dirt-cheap solid state storage is these days, the cloud is not an excuse.

9. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Oh heII no. The other day I was even thinking that spending $300 now for this phone isn't bad at all, and now it's $200 brand new? How can I turn down such a deal? XD

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not a good deal.

14. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

You must be joking. In comparison, the 2015 Moto G which is inferior in every way is $220! Amazon is selling the 2013 Moto X on Black Friday for $200! This is a helluva deal!

16. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

He's right. It's not a good deal. It's a great deal.

13. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

UGH and I just bought my 2014 Moto X a month ago.

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I'd rather get the Oneplus X for 30 bucks more.

21. vladimir86

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 15, 2011

On eBay new is 129 so ....

22. dazed1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

No one should invest in outdated cpu's no matter if they are more then good enough.

23. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Like the snapdragon 810 is a solid option...

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