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Motorola Moto X 2014 vs Moto X 2013

Motorola Moto X 2014 vs Moto X 2013

Motorola Moto X 2014 vs Moto X 2013
Motorola Moto X 2014 vs Moto X 2013

Motorola surely established something in the smartphone industry that we haven’t seen in a grand scale when the Moto X arrived on the scene last year to much acclaim. Not only did it present us with a venerable Android smartphone that could be customized in several ways, from its case options to accent colors, but it also proved to many that simplicity and functionality are two things that go hand-in-hand in making a smartphone legendary. Well, the new Moto X, the 2014 version, receives all the evolutionary upgrades we’d expect with any successor, but how much better is it than its predecessor?


Obviously, the biggest design difference here is the new Moto X’s larger size, which depending on your taste, might be a good or bad thing. Indeed, it’s a size that’s more akin to a flagship, but we feel that the original Moto X’s size is perfect – as in, it’s more comfortable to hold with one hand. However, we really dig how the 2014 model is sporting a more aggressive and sophisticated design, aided by its aluminum frame and new leather casing options.

Motorola Moto X (2014)
5.54 x 2.85 x 0.39 inches
140.8 x 72.4 x 9.9 mm
5.08 oz (144 g)

Motorola Moto X (2014)

Motorola Moto X
5.09 x 2.57 x 0.41 inches
129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Motorola Moto X

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Yet again, the new Moto X reaps the benefits of being more of a flagship phone because of its larger and sharper looking 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 AMOLED panel – versus the smaller and lower resolution 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 AMOLED display of the original. From a normal distance, it’s almost tough to distinguish which of the two has the upper hand in the details department, but there’s no competition after a closer inspection.

Beyond the size and resolution, these two screens based on AMOLED technology exhibit the same qualities – like their over-saturated color reproduction, wide viewing angles, and tough visibility under direct sunlight.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 385
Motorola Moto X 218
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posted on 16 Sep 2014, 05:51 3

1. calim (Posts: 40; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

The 2013 Moto X added a lot of value to the market. It was a great compact flagship phone.
The 2014 version competes against so many other 5-5.5" flagships that I feel it doesn't add nearly as much. A great phone on it's own, but one among many very similar.

posted on 16 Sep 2014, 06:21 2

2. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

With the size of the new Moto X one would almost be better off buying an LG G2 in my opinion. Oh well here’s to hoping one of the unannounced new Droids better fits my wants. My dream phone this year: 4.5-4.7 inch (with my choice being closer to 4.5 than 4.7) 720p Amoled screen with minimum screen bezel, Snapdragon 801, Adrino 330, 2GB ram, front facing stereo speakers, vanilla Android with Motorola's software enhancements and a 3300 mAh battery. But Ill probably go another year wanting, oh well!

posted on 16 Sep 2014, 06:54 4

3. salaal (Posts: 109; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)

Xperia Z3 compact is the closest to your needs.

posted on 16 Sep 2014, 09:04

5. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

And I really would consider the Xperia Z3 Compact if it werent for the fact that I am on a legacy unlimited data plan on Verizon.

posted on 16 Sep 2014, 10:41

8. Scott93274 (Posts: 5396; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

... I gave mine up... broke my heart to do it. But now my bill is half of what it was a year ago and I don't have much of an impact as I'm always connected to wifi. Hold on to yours as long as you can!

posted on 16 Sep 2014, 11:45

10. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

And my sympathies to you for the loss of your unlimited, but I am not ready to let go of mine. If they push at me too much then I will leave Verizon all together, but at this time its my plan I pay for it therefor I will continue to use it.

posted on 16 Sep 2014, 07:18

4. Scott93274 (Posts: 5396; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

The Moto Voice, Moto Assist, quick launch camera, vanilla Android OS, timely updates, all put the Moto X way ahead of the LG G2. The G2 was a good phone when it came out, I nearly bought it in fact. But I held out and bought the phone with the more useful features. I have noted that you state that it was your opinion, but from my hands on experience with the 2013 Moto X, This phone (Even last year's model) holds up amazingly well with the current flagships from other OEMs. And $499 off contract or $99 with a 2 year contract is so much more affordable than other phones with similar hardware.

posted on 16 Sep 2014, 09:17

6. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

As far as price is concerned an LG G2 can be picked up at the same price or cheaper than the Moto X 2014. Screen size and pixel density are the same. As far as the Android OS is concerned yes you would not get extras that Motorola equipped the Moto X with but what you lose in those features you gain a lot more battery life with the G2. Right now the LG G2 can be had at Verizon for FREE with a 2 year contract or 499 outright. Also Right now the LG G2 is one of only 2 devices that can take advantage of Verizon's VoLTE.

VZW website:


PA comparison LG G2 vs Motox (2014) vs Moto X:


I still stand by my comment. Again just my opinion though.

posted on 16 Sep 2014, 10:39

7. Scott93274 (Posts: 5396; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Well, with project Volta on Android L, you can expect to see an increase of 30% battery life on the Moto X which already lasts through a full day of moderate use at the moment thanks to hardware optimization. In my experience Motorola's pushes out updates for their phones maybe a month after the nexus lineup gets them. So I would expect the battery life after the update to be relatively close to that of the LG G2. How long will LG make its users wait before they get Android L?

posted on 16 Sep 2014, 11:42

9. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

If everything posted on different tech sites (on which much may still be seen as speculation) and Google is making a push for OEMs to keep devices updated with the latest iteration of Android with in a certain time frame in order to continue use Google services then I would assume that the LG G2 will see LMP in the future. As for the time frame I could not say. One thing that I can comment on is the fact that the G2 is on 4.4.2 at the moment; Given the fact that 4.4.3 had a major security flaw (which is why the Nexus devices spent less than a week on 4.4.3 and went to 4.4.4) I understand why LG has, what I assume at this point, decided not to update to 4.4.3 and given that we are only about a month and a half from LMP then it would be totally senseless to put in the work for an incremental upgrade to 4.4.4 when the next update is most likely going to jump Android to version 5.0.
The LG G2 will not be past Google's required 18 month old update time frame, so I assume that LG will update.

Believe me, I am all for Motorola and what they did with the OG Moto X and the last iteration of the droid series. I believe that what they have done by not participating in the specs race speaks volumes of what Google has done with them. The issue I have is it would seem that they have given up on that philosophy of the perfect sized phone with in a year and decided to compete with "Phablets" only to skimp on the battery life. A jump from a 4.7 inch screen with a ppi density of 316 to 5.2 inch screen with a ppi density of 424 but just a small upgrade to the battey from 2200 mAh to 2300 mAh just makes no sense to me. Given the dimensions differences between the OG and the 2014 X surly they could have fit in a larger battery than just adding 100 mAh.

Like I said MAYBE one of the new unannounced Droid line models will better fit my needs but the Moto X (2014) is not something I am interested in with its mediocre battey.


posted on 16 Sep 2014, 13:06

12. Scott93274 (Posts: 5396; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

You do actually have a valid argument with 4.4.3 having issues. But I've been on 4.4.4 since late July. And as far as you can tell, there's no concrete information as to when the G2 will get it's next update or what update that will even be. If the battery was 3000 mAh then I would have easily updated form the Moto X 2013 model to the new one, but, because it's near the same as what I have with my 2013 model I couldn't justify the upgrade. But for those who do not have the 2013 model, I wouldn't let the battery life deter me from a purchase because it can last a full day of use.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 02:13

14. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

Really the Android OS version is much less of an issue today than what it has been in the past. Even if the LG G2 never officially receives the LMP update it will still receive it in some form or fashion unofficially through the dev/mod community. So to say that it is not a good buy based on software alone makes the argument moot.

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 09:42

16. lebigmac506 (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 17 Sep 2014)

Hardly moot, official L is better than no official L, whether unofficial versions exist or not.

posted on 16 Sep 2014, 12:20 1

11. Utopian (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

Just flash cm11 on lg g2 and it solves most of the issues you mentioned.

posted on 16 Sep 2014, 15:49

13. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

Much better one-handed usage on the 2013. That's a deal breaker for me...

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 09:40

15. lebigmac506 (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 17 Sep 2014)

"Storage-wise, the two are available in 16GB and 32GB capacities."

Moto X 2013 is available in 16, 32 and 64Gb capacities.

When I know more about a phone than a reviewer.....

posted on 17 Sep 2014, 13:11 1

17. ThePython (Posts: 901; Member since: 08 May 2013)

Screen brightness 218 nits for the Moto X 2013? That can't be right... That is -definitely- wrong.

posted on 19 Sep 2014, 10:39

18. Firedogee (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)

This was wrong. The brightness on the 2013 model was 318nits per the review on Anandtech's website. I believe this falls into the "average " category on PA the same as the 2014 model

posted on 11 Oct 2014, 20:53

19. etron (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)

I read the g2 will get updated to the new g3 ui and later it will get android l and since the g3 ui is a lighter and simpler ui it should improve how the phone operates

posted on 23 Feb 2015, 11:02

20. Dmega (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)

Love my motor x 2nd generation can't wait for new update

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