Call Quality

Outdoing itself, Motorola has incorporated 4 microphones into the new Moto X, which as a result, delivers an astounding call quality experience. Previously, last year’s model disappointed us with the distorted voices through the earpiece – so it didn’t necessarily woo us with its quality.


In contrast to their respective rivals, these two Moto X smartphones were never really long-lasting with their batteries. Instead, they provided us with nothing more than average results. Checking out our battery benchmark test, though, reveals that the 2013 Moto X inches past its successor – a strange occurrence indeed, but considering that the new one houses a larger screen, it kind of makes sense.

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
Motorola Moto X (2014)
5h 45 min (Poor)
Motorola Moto X
5h 50 min (Poor)

minutes Lower is better
Motorola Moto X (2014)
Motorola Moto X


Almost everything about the new Moto X is improved over its predecessor, not solely for its specs, but for its overall performance. From call quality, design, and its camera performance, the new Moto X bears all of the incremental improvements to earn the rigid qualities of a true successor. The only thing that most people will face when deciding between the two is their size – where we feel that the old Moto X has the perfect one for comfort and usability.

Now, if you currently own the original Moto X and you’re contemplating on making the switch, it’s a tough call because they have several superficial qualities that are similar. Unless you prefer a larger sized smartphone, it might not be all that logical to ditch the old for the new. Nevertheless, you can’t go wrong picking up the new phone either because it’s priced affordably at $99.99 on contract. If you’re not up for an upgrade, it’s best to sit still with the original Moto X, though.

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