Motorola may have taken the Twitter and other social networks by storm with its April Fool’s Day prank involving customized selfie sticks being available for purchase on Moto Maker, but it’s 24 hour sale is what most smartphone buyers should be losing their heads over.
Motorola announced its April Fool’s Day savings in a email campaign earlier today. Ads containing the terms and details of the deal were sent directly to users who’ve already made purchases from Motorola’s website or have signed up for the company’s mailing list.
All told, there’s $140 in savings to be had for anyone who purchases a Moto X 2014 without a contract. The Moto X 2014 is the company’s newest flagship iPhone 6 alternative. Normally, the device would cost a whopping $499 without a contract. With today’s savings users stand to get the Moto X 2014 Pure Edition for just $359. Users can purchase carrier versions of the Moto X 2014 and get the savings too, as long as they plan on paying up front.
In addition to slashing $140 off the price of the Moto X 2014, Motorola is also temporarily lowering the prices of some accessories. Accessories for the devices it sells online are marked down by 30% each. Provided that shoppers make their accessory purchase at the same time as they are ordering their Moto X. Motorola has also chopped the price of the Moto 360 smartwatch that it sells to just $199 ahead of the Apple Watch debut later this month.
The Moto 360 connects to different devices running Android and allows people to see the current time, their notifications and more without having to pull out their smartphone. To be clear, users still need their smartphone nearby for the device to work properly since it draws on its internet connection.
Like most deals, there are some specific restrictions. Because Motorola is limiting the $140 in savings to those who buy a device off-contract, buyers will need to either pay for their device in full at checkout or sign up for one of Motorola’s revolving credit accounts. Those who use a revolving credit account get to pay off the balance of their device in installments instead of immediately at checkout. To be fair, purchasing a Moto X 2014 Pure Edition means users can take their device to any compatible carrier they want to in the United States.
It’s also worth noting that $499 is the price of the Moto X 2014 off-contract with just 16GB of storage. Purchasing an off-contract Moto X 2014 with 32GB of storage costs an extra $50, leaving you to pay $409 up front or in installments. 64GB of storage for the Moto X 2014 will cost users $459.
The Moto X 2014 launched just as Apple prepared to release the iPhone 6. Its predecessor, the original Moto X, was criticized for not having a powerful enough processor, a cheap feel, bad camera optics and a small screen. The Moto X 2014 doesn’t have any of those problems.
Inside the Moto X 2014 is a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor backed up by 2GB of RAM. Dominating the front of the device is a 5.2-inch AMOLED high-definition touchscreen display and a front-facing speaker. The Moto X 2014 ditches the full plastic body of its predecessor for an aluminum edge that also acts as its antenna. Through the Moto Maker Store shoppers can choose a different colored front or rear case. Besides the basic colors, Motorola also offers leather and wood backs for a more high-end feel.
Of all the different Android devices available today, the Moto X 2014 is one of the best you can get with or without a two-year contract. GottaBeMobile took another look at the Moto X 2014 in a review earlier this year.