Wednesday, 10 December 2014



#Motorola #MotoX2014 #MotorolaLenovo #Lenovo #AndroidLollipop #Android #Google

Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers. How’s it going? I hope is well with you and yours! I also hope that you are making the most of your tech!

Are you thinking of getting a new handset for Christmas? Read on...


WOW! That’s my reaction when I took the Motorola Moto X 2014 out of the box! The handset is sleek and beautifully put together. It’s a bigger and refined Moto G 2014 featuring a 5.2” HD screen and a 13MP main camera. Holding it felt sublime... ...there is no doubt that the Moto X (2014) is a premium handset! I have to stress that to iPhone extremists! Hahaha! Seriously, when I look at the latest iPhone models it’s as though it was made by Chad Valley or something... The beautiful front-facing speakers look so futuristic it is unreal! Oh, be aware that it’s not a stereo deal with the speakers... The receiver does not double up to form a stereo experience like the Moto G 2014 – that handset is LOUD! However, the Moto X (2014) is loud enough; the sound is nice and clear but not quite as tone rich as the latest Moto G!

MOTO X 2014, 16GB. PRICE: £419.99
The Moto X 2014 is comparable to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as they both feature a nice metal trim around the edges. Despite being 5.2” the handset appears smaller; it is only when compared directly to the iPhone 6 you notice how comfortably big it is. The 1080p 5.2” screen of 424 ppi pixel density just laughs at the iPhone 6 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels, 4.7 inches (326 ppi pixel density) screen! Watching video, playing games and working with the Office equivalent is just a lovely experience. Not to upset iPhone users too much but since the advent of the larger screen us Androids can go for days without using the PC and working with the Moto X (2014) is no exception!

I must say that I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked with the Moto X (2014); there is simply not enough time in the world as a reviewer with a handset of this calibre. Anyway, in use I found the Moto X (2014) to be indispensible: the size is perfect in my hands (although a little slippery) and the voice operation features are outstanding!

I also enjoyed using music making apps such as G-Stomper Studio as the sound coming from it is very pleasing compared to that of the ASUS Fonepad 7 ME372CL model that I reviewed a little while ago!

One downside is that you cannot expand the storage via a microSD slot because there isn’t one! I do think that by now 32GB ought to be the minimal standard for premium handsets. That’s just me!

You’d expect the 13MP camera to produce results comparable to that of handsets in its league: iPhone 6, Galaxy S5 and the G3, etc. No. The Moto X (2014) 13MP camera produces average photos and videos can go in and out of focus due to ambient light changes i.e. moving objects, clouds and shimmering sunlight. I would say that the 8MP camera on the Moto G (2014) takes better pictures and video. It records 4K video too!

The key to the Moto X (2014) camera is lots of light! Indoor photography is hit and miss which is a shame as the quality of the photos can make all the difference to a serious handset connoisseur.

I think the Moto X (2104) is a great handset that is let down by the average camera and no microSD card slot! For me this would make for a third handset to my Galaxy S4 (which will likely become an S6 come 2015) and my Galaxy Note 4!

At the moment I have yet to see the Moto X (2014) available on any UK network and therefore you can, as far as I am aware, buy it direct from the Motorola website. If you are looking for a solid handset with an all round multimedia performance and reasonable battery life (it lasted a day from heavy Facebook checking, web surfing and video watching) and you aren’t so much into mobile phone photography then this handset could be for you! You can also customize it which will no doubt raise the price of the handset but then you can have a leather back, for example, but the front is limited to black or white and you can even have it engraved (at the back) and more besides!

I was hoping for the Android 5 Lollipop upgrade but it didn’t Materialize (get it?); I would have loved to have tested the Moto X (2014) with Android 5 as I reckon it could have improved upon the battery life! Never mind!

As you would expect the Moto X (2014) supports 4G LTE for rapid Internet speeds which makes watching YouTube and catch-up TV apps such as BBC iPlayer, 4OD, etc. Yes, it is a healthy Gold score! If you prefer to buy your handsets outright then this is definitely one to consider.

I do LOVE the design and feel but there are little odd things that prevents the Moto X (2014) from having the perfect Platinum score:-

No microSD card slot.
Average camera.
Non-removable battery.
The front-facing speakers are not stereo.

I guess that most people don’t mind the above niggles – especially if they are used to the iPhone. I don’t think too many out there are perfectionist with regards to mobile phone photography if all that’s done on it is to update social network accounts.

Operating system
Android 4.4.4, KitKat®
System Architecture / Processor
Motorola Mobile Computing System including 2.5GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 with quad-core CPU (MSM 8974-AC), Adreno 330 @ 578 MHz GPU, Natural Language Processor, Contextual Computing Processor
Memory (RAM)
Storage (ROM)
16GB & 32GB
Height: 140.8mm (5.54 inches)
Width: 72.4mm (2.85 inches)
Curve: 3.8-9.9mm (0.15- 0.39 inches)
Weight: 144 grams (5.08 ounces)
5.2" AMOLED1080p FULL HD
423 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

2300 mAh
Mixed usage up to 24 hours*
Water Resistant

Bands: GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G LTE (1, 3, 7, 8, 20)
Rear Camera
13 MP
f/ 2.25 aperture
Quick Capture
Tap anywhere to capture
Ring flash with dual LEDs
4K UHD video capture
1080p HD video (30 fps)
4X digital zoom
Slow motion video
Burst mode
Auto HDR
Tap to focus
Front Camera
2 MP
SIM Card
Nano SIM
Micro USB, 3.5mm headset jack
Bluetooth® Technology
Bluetooth version 4.0 LE
Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual band capable)
Video Capture
1080p HD and 2160p Ultra HD Video, 30fps (MPEG4, H.264)
Location Services: GPS

Base Models**
Black with Black Leather
White with Bamboo
Choose from 25 different backs (17 colours, 4 woods, 4 leathers).
Choose from 10 accent colours on the back and now the front too.


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