Interface and Functionality

What’s nice between these two smartphones is that they provide us with a very simple, intuitive stock Android experience. Naturally, the superficial visuals don’t differ a whole lot between them, seeing they present us with all of the personalization elements and base features of Android. At the same time, they’ve shown to us that they’ve followed the path of simplicity with its additional software features – as opposed to the “more is better” approach of other customized experiences.

Frankly, we like what the two have to offer, but being the newer product, the 2014 Moto X sees more enhanced features that slightly eclipses the stuff that last year’s model established. Touchless Control, which is rebranded to Moto Voice, has undergone some changes of its own. The premise, for the most part, remains unchanged with its always-on activation – where reciting the launch phrase gets us access to all of Google Now’s expansive functions. However, the new Moto X adds support to third party apps, like being able to post a status message of Facebook, the option to tell the phone to take a photo/selfie, and your own customized launch phrase.

Other areas within the new Moto X’s scope have been enhanced over its predecessor, like Moto Display and Moto Actions. Thanks to the IR sensors embedded into its façade, the new Moto X is able to recognize our hand moving over the display, to do things like silencing an incoming phone call or alarm. Additionally, Moto Assist’s functionality with the new Moto X brings along automatic reading of text messages while we’re driving.

Even though we’re obviously leaning towards the new Moto X, the original model’s experience is still pretty good. Heck, it might not have all of the new enhancements, but that doesn’t close the door on it getting them in some future software update down the road. At the moment, however, the new Moto X’s experience is undoubtedly the preferred one.

Processor and Memory

In the specs department, there’s no arguing that the newer model has the better goods – a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2GB of RAM versus the 2-generations older quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM in last year’s unit. On paper, most people are inclined to favor the newer product, but in all fairness, they produce the same responsive performances with basic operations. Unless you’re playing newer gaming titles, you will hardly notice the difference.

Storage-wise, the two are available in 16GB and 32GB capacities. You may think that Motorola would’ve added a microSD card slot with the new Moto X, but that’s not the case.

Quadrant Higher is better
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Motorola Moto X 8509
AnTuTu Higher is better
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Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Motorola Moto X (2014) 1530
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Internet and Connectivity

Separated only by their screen size and resolution, the web browsing experience is for the most part enjoyable with the two. Naturally, the higher resolution of the new Moto X’s display gives text a crisper look, but at the same time, its larger screen is ideal for the function – to lessen our need to kinetic scroll.

Besides the added cellular radio support with the 2014 Moto X, they both pack the same set of connectivity features – such as 4G LTE connectivity, aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and NFC.

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