The Moto X that was released back in September of 2014 was one of the best phones of the year, full of customization and covered in beautiful leather, and it’s still a great smartphone. It was recently dropped in price to just $299, but even at that great low price, it’s still a phone users shouldn’t buy right now and below we’ll explain why.
Over the course of the past 10 months the 2014 Moto X has been a popular phone, along with the Moto G and Moto 360 smartwatch the company announced alongside it. However, there are multiple new smartphones coming in the next 30-45 days that should have all buyers on hold.
Right now buyers have a lot of choices and are weighing all the options. From the Galaxy S6, leather-clad LG G4, to even the just announced OnePlus 2. However, there are more than just a few reasons to hold off on the 2014 Moto X for now, but in the end many may end up buying it anyways, if the new phones coming soon don’t suite their needs. Read on for all the details.
On July 28th Motorola announced three excellent new smartphones. Only two are coming to the United States, so we won’t be talking about the Moto X play. It’s arguably the best one, but won’t be available in the U.S. sadly.
Instead, Motorola released a 2015 Moto G, which is available now and sold out in less than a week, and the 2015 Moto X “Pure Edition” will be released in early September. These two phones, along with the OnePlus 2 and the new Galaxy Note 5, are all reasons not to buy the currently available Moto X. At least not until we know everything about all these phones, and buyers can decide what’s right for them.
Moto X 2015 (Style or Pure Edition)
In 2015 Motorola’s flagship device is the Moto X Style, but stateside it will be sold as the Moto X Pure Edition. It’s all a bit confusing, but all you need to know is this is an impressive phone with a huge 5.7-inch screen, yet it will only cost $399. Personally it should just be called the Moto XL, but isn’t. That said, here’s what you’ll get from the 2015 Moto X starting at $399.
Moto X Style (Pure Edition) Specs
- 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
- 6-core Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM
- 16/32/64 GB of Storage with a Micro-SD slot for expandable storage
- 21 Megapixel F2.0 Rear and 5 Megapixel Front Camera (front and rear LED flash)
- 4k Video, HDR Video, Slo-Mo Video and more
- Pure stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- Dual Stereo Sound front speakers
- Aluminum Design
- 3,000 mAh battery with the world’s fastest “TurboPower” charging
- Unlocked with Universal 4G LTE (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.)
- Water-repellent coating
- Customization with Rubber, Wood, Leather, Metallic Accents & more)
Sounds impressive right. The only problem for potential buyers is the new Moto X in 2015 is quite large. Much bigger than the 5.2-inch model last year. So if you don’t want a big phone, don’t wait, and grab the 2014 Moto X which is on sale for $299, and enjoy it.
However, if you can manage a slightly bigger device you’ll get a huge increasein performance with a 6-core processor, more storage, way better battery life, and a great camera. Motorola actually claims it’ll be a top three smartphone camera.
For $100 more the new Moto X 2015 has much more to offer. However, all we know about the release date is it’s coming in September. That’s all Motorola has shared. It also won’t be sold by carriers, so there will be no bloatware, but also no on-contract pricing. This means buyers will need to spend the $399 outright.
Nexus 5 & 6 (2015)
Another device to consider instead of the aging Moto X from 2014 are the new Nexus smartphones rumored to be coming soon. From what we’re hearing Google has some excellent new phones in the works.
One being an LG Nexus 5 with a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display, excellent battery life, a fingerprint scanner for security, front facing speakers like Motorola, and a few other things all for under $400. If true, this will compete well against anything released this year, including the new Moto X, the old Moto X, and everything else.
There’s also rumors of a bigger 5.7-inch Nexus 6 for 2015 made by Huawei that will be a premium device for under $500. If accurate, that will be a great alternative to the new 5.7-inch Moto X Pure Edition that was announced next week. Buyers have a lot of choices coming up.
A relatively unknown brand also has a new phone that will compete with Motorola, and that’s the new OnePlus 2. It was announced the same week as the new Moto X, and is a perfect middle ground between the old Moto X and the new.
The OnePlus 2 has a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display, slightly better battery life, a great 16 megapixel camera, and five customizable backplates for similar customization as Motorola. It starts at $389 for the 64GB model, vs $399 for the 16GB Moto X 2015, so that’s another smartphone worth considering.
Galaxy Note 5
And finally, since the new Moto X has a massive screen, it will need to compete with the new Galaxy Note 5 that is set to be announced on August 13th, and rumored to be released stateside on the 21st of August.
If you’ve been eying the 2014 Moto X, consider getting something bigger, better, more powerful, and with a more premium design like Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 5. While there will always be something better or bigger coming soon, with so many devices hitting the market in the next 30-45 days, it’s hard to recommend the 2014 Moto X right now.
At the end of the day the 2014 Moto X is still an excellent smartphone. Aside from mediocre battery life it has all the makings for a great smartphone experience. Add in the recent price drop to only $299, and it’s hard to argue with. That being said, get a similar experience from the 2015 Moto G for $179, or wait for some of these other phones to hit the market before jumping on something that’s almost a year old.