HTC Desire EYE versus Motorola Moto X (2014): first look

Motorola surely made some refinements to its new Moto X smartphone, to the point that it now feels more like a formidable, high-end smartphone that meets its rivals on the same level in terms of specs. Meanwhile, HTC is trying to do something a little bit different with its upcoming HTC Desire EYE – a device that’s focusing its attention mainly on taking selfies. Already, the new Moto X has garnered a lot of acclaim, so we’re curious to see if the same can be done by the Desire EYE.

Giving consumers control in how a smartphone is designed, the personalized approach to the Moto X's design stands head-above-water over the Desire EYE. It’s not to say that HTC’s offering can’t win purely on looks, especially when it boasts a useful water resistance property, but we’re most astounded by how compact the Moto X is in comparison to the Desire EYE. Needless to say, it becomes especially apparent holding the two in the hand – more so when they both are packing along 5.2-inch 1080p displays. The size disparity is so profound!

Motorola has done a swell job on placing emphasis to a few really useful software features with the mostly stock Android 4.4 KitKat experience of the Moto X, one that proves to be quite versatile indeed. In contrast, Sense 6.0 running in the HTC Desire EYE continues to bear a more modern design language that we prefer – as well as focusing on a few selective features that aren’t too redundant. Even though the Moto X received a higher count 13-megapixel camera, the results produced by it were underwhelming to say the least. And we can certainly say the same thing about its battery life too!

HTC, on the other hand, is blessing the Desire EYE with a formidable set of cameras – 13-megapixel front and rear cameras to be exact. Of course, there’s a huge focus with the front facing one, as they’ve also tweaked the camera app to heavily center around taking selfies. Who knows at this point if having a 13-megapixel camera in the front will actually make selfies look good, but at least we have a company that’s looking to cater to the trend.

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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



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Um... HTC when are you gonna do that thingy with Bose to make boomsound slimmer because this is just a big ass phone....

2. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

That screen looks super washed out. No, not all lcds look like this crap.

7. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

wow man you are blind , it is not washout but amoled is too vivid.


Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

moto x looks stunning!

4. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

So much wasted space with those bezels and silly logo. HTC actually made the phone bigger just so they could fit their logo on the screen. Time to fire your design team.

5. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I'm just not impressed. I don't take memerable pictures so this phone is not for me. I wish they announced a HTC Max 2 with snapdragon 805, quadHD, sd card slot, huge battery, this camera and boom sound. Seeing how Apple is selling their iPhone 5.5" like hotcakes HTC had a prime opportunity to battle Apple and Samsung.

8. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

how do you know it does not take memorable pictures? lol you fangirls are funny .

6. tkk76

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

HTC has bezels on their bezels...

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