Like its predecessor, the Moto X can be customized by users with different colors and materials. But this sequel has a faster processor, a sharper screen, and a better camera. In the US, it's available for $99.99 with a carrier contract and $499.99 without.
Compared to the original, the device looks a whole lot sexier than before. Its trimmings have been upgraded from plastic to metal, and the display curves smoothly over the edges (which is reminiscent of the Google Nexus 4).
As an AT&T handset,
you will get some preloaded apps from the carrier. There's AT&T Live, a usage manager so you can look over your
battery and data consumption, 5GB of free cloud storage through AT&T
Locker, and more.
Verizon users will receive My Verizon Mobile, which
lets you check your data use and minutes, as well as its storage cloud
and caller ID services.
Motorola also tacked on another front-facing speaker grille at the bottom of the display, and textured the power button (which sits on the right edge) with ridges to make it easier to discern by touch.
The phone has a bevy of convenient software tricks. Moto Display shows any missed notifications you have, even while the phone’s sleeping. Just wave your hand over the screen's front sensors, see what pops up, and if you want more information on a specific notification, tap the individual app icon.
One of our review units had a black leather backing, which looked sophisticated
and austere. But while the material is unique and staves off
fingerprints, it does accumulate small indentations here and there from
daily use that you can visibly see.