1. someguy01234's Avatar
    I've been using the Moto X 2014 for about a month. For three days, I switched back to the Moto X 2013 as my daily driver to see how much of a difference it would feel (spoiler: not much). Here is my comparison between the two phones.

    Build and feel:

    I have to say the 2014's X feel more premium, I actually like heavier weight, it let you know you're holding a quality device. At the same time, it is very pleasant to hold the small and lighter 2013's X. The smaller size of the 2013's X make it feel more chubby in a good way. Due to the lack of the metal frame, it feel grippier and more comfortable overall.

    Reachability/One hand usage: My hand is quite small, but my thumb can reach across the screen of the 2013 version and with some effort, able to pull down the notification with one hand. Neither of this is possible using one hand with 2014's. (see attached photo) However, the 2014's X have it's own benefits. I like the fact the power button is textured. Also the dimple this time is much larger and actually useful, it's easy for my index finger to detect and rest on. I find the 2013's dimple to be pretty useless aside from look honestly.

    Pocketability: The 2013's X wins, no problem whatsoever. You will always know the 2014's is in your pocket, and for people with smaller jean pockets, it might get in the way a little when you try to bend. However, it's not bad either, I don't have an issue with it. Only when the phone become 5.5" in size or larger is when it become an interference for me.

    Software and performance:
    The Moto X 2014 is one of the fastest phone of 2014, it is extremely smooth with zero lag. The 2013 holds up very well especially using ART mode, it will feel slightly slower if you have both phones, but overall it handle everything smoothly aside from heavy gaming. The one time the 2013 version do slowdown significantly is when it is utilizing the flash memory, such as installing apps, transferring or downloading files. The 2014's X do not slow down even when installing apps.

    Screen:

    The Moto X 2014's screen is an improvement. AMOLED viewing angle by itself are good, but the 2014 version is better, it does not shift to a blue tint on extreme angles. It is ever slightly brighter. If you don't care about the larger screen size and higher resolution, they both are equally sharp and vibrant.

    A major improvement of the 2014's screen is the larger keyboard, it's much more pleasant to type on and you'll be making less mistakes.

    Battery:
    The 2013's X simply have better battery life, by about 30minutes more screen on time, this is largely due to the smaller screen. While I can manage 3.5 to 4hours of screen on time with the Moto X 2014. For the 2013's X, I remember getting 4 to 4.5 hours screen on time.

    Camera:
    I find both camera equality sucks in low light condition. In term of daylight shots, 2014's X camera will give you sharper details from a distant. When it come to nearfield and macroshots, there isn't a big difference. The color reproduction for the 2014's X is also better, the 2013's is a bit washed out. I personally find the improvement noticeable enough to matter, since I want to be able to zoom in on the 13MP photos of the 2014's X and see more details in the background. That might not matter so much for some people. It is an improvement, but not enough of a breakthrough to compete with the other flagship devices like from iPhone and Samsung.

    Speaker:

    Comparison between Moto X 2013 and 2014 speakers:


    Despite 2013's X having rear speaker, the treble is more detailed and the overall sound is more open and clearer. The 2014's front speaker have a smoother low end, but the treble isn't as clean and the overall sound have a slight muffled characteristic in comparison. I believe this is partly due to the fact the 2014's front grill is small so there is less opening in comparison to the 2013's larger rear grill. Both speakers are about the same level of loudness. Overall, for the average person there is actually very little difference. I prefer the sound from the 2013 speaker, but it only make a difference if you flip the phone on it's back, this is why the 2014's front speaker is probably better for most people.

    WiFi:
    I have owned multiple Moto X 2013, while I do laud the signal and call quality, I have to admit the WiFi signal is average. This is much improved with the 2014 version. Even though my test shows both phones get about the same signal quality from my router, the 2013 version sometimes cut out and have slower speed. This is forcing me to use 2.4GHz WiFi for my 2013's X instead of 5GHz to get better range. The WiFi for 2014's X is simply excellent, good connection and extremely fast.

    Overall:
    I'd say the Moto X 2013 still hold up and does a pretty good job, there isn't much of change in user experience between the two phones aside from difference in sizes. It feel like the Moto X 2013 is a smaller and slightly less powerful version of the 2014, but you retain pretty much all the unique Moto X features shared by both phones. Aside from being forced to be a little patient during downloading and installing apps, I am just as happy with the performance even if it's not as snappy. On the other hand, Moto X 2014 is extremely smooth and you never see slowdown

    I feel that people who are comfortable enough with the 4.7" screen of the Moto X 2013 do not need to upgrade to the 2014 version. At the same time, if you are someone who use the web often and other productivity apps, and type a lot, the Moto X 2014 will be a more productive phone.

    So you have to ask if the price difference between two phones will justify the upgrade, my opinion is no. The Moto X 2014 definitely does not seem twice better than the original X. This doesn't mean it is a bad phone, I think it's one of the best phone I've used (being a Motorola fan and all). Comparing to the specs of the Nexus 6, Motorola could have added a few more hardware features to make it more formidable and a clearer upgrade from the 2013 version, such as; image stabilization for the camera, a big enough battery to keep 5hours screen on time, stereo speakers and wireless charging. I'm even willing to pay $650 for all those features. It is a still a good upgrade if you are coming from a non-Motorola phone imo. For current Moto X 2013 owners, probably $100 cheaper (from $500 - $550) would make the 2014's X a more justified purchase.
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    huntnyc and cellomj like this.
    10-26-2014 09:20 PM
  2. mrones's Avatar
    Thank you for taking the time..excellent review..I am happy with my 2013 and even happier once I downloaded the app for the new material design messaging app which is world's better the the stock moto messenger..

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    10-26-2014 10:49 PM
  3. delrey1900's Avatar
    Nice review. I agree with most. The one thing I disagree with is the speakers. The '14 speakers are a lot clearer and I think the '13 X speakers had too much treble and was missing any mid range that the new X has. However, that is subjective and everyone's hearing is different including their needs. At first I felt the new X in my pocket (I never felt the OG X). But now after only a weeks worth of use, I no longer feel the phone in my pocket. Motorola managed to get this larger phone to feel not as large. The only time I notice the extra size is in landscape mode while texting. Signal quality is better as well as call quality. I'm no longer cutting in and out in troubled areas. Battery life is about the same as the OG X. Again, nice review and it should help OG owners with deciding on the upgrade or not. I know I had trouble deciding.
    10-27-2014 07:09 AM
  4. oldDummy's Avatar
    Good Job!
    I also have tried both; have reached the same basic conclusion.
    While no denying the XT1095 was "faster", smoother with a bigger screen that helps my old eyes see it better;
    I came back to the XT1053.
    The XT1095 is an excellent phone, no way around that.
    Bottom line, I couldn't justify a $570 upgrade. Which doesn't include a wallet or any other add-on you desire.
    My XT1053 was a major breakthrough while the XT1095 is an upgrade.
    Also taken into consideration is the size: IMO the XT1053 is a close to perfect size while the XT1095 is not.
    This is my opinion of course. In reality one would not go wrong with either phone.
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    10-27-2014 03:55 PM
  5. benhaube's Avatar
    Great comparison. Thank you. I always appreciate other people's perspective when planning to buy a new phone.
    10-27-2014 05:47 PM
  6. bujin's Avatar
    Thanks - lately I've been lusting for the new Moto X or the Nexus 6 (mostly due to my elderly eyes), but I'm thinking I'll stick with my older Moto for a bit longer.
    10-27-2014 05:55 PM
  7. benhaube's Avatar
    Thank you for taking the time..excellent review..I am happy with my 2013 and even happier once I downloaded the app for the new material design messaging app which is world's better the the stock moto messenger..

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    Actually, the stock messaging app on the Moto X is technically AOSP. The new material design messaging app is also AOSP. I have also downloaded the new material design messaging app, and it definitely gives my current app ( hangouts) a run for its money. It will be interesting to see what other, if any, updated AOSP apps come to the Moto X's when they are updated to Lollipop. All I know is I can't wait. Lollipop looks amazing. It will make my 2013 Moto X a new phone again. It's the only reason I haven't bought the 2014 model yet.
    10-27-2014 06:21 PM
  8. vor's Avatar
    Nice comparison, for the most part I am still pretty happy with my '13 but I'm beginning to think my battery is buggered. It drops to 90% now within a short period of being off the charger and the final 15-20% can go within minutes.

    I'll probably end up with a '14 but I'm tempted by the OneplusOne battery. I'll probably wait till 5.0 hits the '13 and see how it responds.
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    10-28-2014 10:21 AM
  9. someguy01234's Avatar
    Nice comparison, for the most part I am still pretty happy with my '13 but I'm beginning to think my battery is buggered. It drops to 90% now within a short period of being off the charger and the final 15-20% can go within minutes.

    I'll probably end up with a '14 but I'm tempted by the OneplusOne battery. I'll probably wait till 5.0 hits the '13 and see how it responds.
    It look like your battery need replacing.

    I also had the OnePlus and reaching 5 hours screen on time is easy with it, this will not be possible with the Moto X 2014. But the OnePlus, while on paper isn't that much bigger than the Moto X 2014, it is actually bigger when you feel it in the hand, it's a little less comfortable to hold to me and harder to use. It was the main reason why I sold it. If you are fine with the OnePlus size, you should also consider the Nexus 6.
    vor likes this.
    10-28-2014 10:52 AM
  10. vor's Avatar
    Thanks for your input on the OnePlus!

    I'm thinking the Nexus 6 is going to be too big, if there's a GSM version of the Droid Turbo it might be what I want. I'm trying to decide if I want to open this sucker up and do the battery myself, it's only $12 on ebay, but takes some time and finesse.
    10-28-2014 11:08 AM
  11. someguy01234's Avatar
    Thanks for your input on the OnePlus!

    I'm thinking the Nexus 6 is going to be too big, if there's a GSM version of the Droid Turbo it might be what I want. I'm trying to decide if I want to open this sucker up and do the battery myself, it's only $12 on ebay, but takes some time and finesse.
    You probably need a heatgun and when you pry it open be careful because the back plate is connected to the phone, probably have nfc antenna on it. BTW, I'm very skeptical of buying batteries on eBay, you usually get one that doesn't last long or already used, just make sure it is new and authentic.
    10-28-2014 11:24 AM
  12. chenalex's Avatar
    What's the material design messaging app?
    10-28-2014 11:43 AM
  13. someguy01234's Avatar
    What's the material design messaging app?
    Actually it's just the built in Lollipop icon theme for Nova Launcher. I use Hangouts mainly now.
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    10-28-2014 07:19 PM
  14. Snake Griffin's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience. If only the 2014 had a larger battery then I'd upgrade, other than that there just isn't enough to pull me away from the 2013.

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    10-30-2014 01:48 AM
  15. benhaube's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience. If only the 2014 had a larger battery then I'd upgrade, other than that there just isn't enough to pull me away from the 2013.

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    I'm kind of thinking I'll be going with the Nexus 6 because of the battery. I need to get both in my hands to know for sure.

    However, I do agree that the 2013 is amazing and with 5.0 coming it is hard to justify an upgrade. I'm looking forward to getting the update on my moto x. I'm just hoping Moto can get it out quickly.
    11-02-2014 12:34 AM
  16. Snake Griffin's Avatar
    I've thought about the Nexus 6 as well but would like to hold it, play with it and see how it feels in hand before making that decision. If the N6 isn't compelling me after a hands-on and the OG Moto X is still smooth and fast after Lollipop (which it should be) then I'll just wait for the next Moto X with a larger battery.
    11-05-2014 02:26 PM
  17. someguy01234's Avatar
    I've thought about the Nexus 6 as well but would like to hold it, play with it and see how it feels in hand before making that decision. If the N6 isn't compelling me after a hands-on and the OG Moto X is still smooth and fast after Lollipop (which it should be) then I'll just wait for the next Moto X with a larger battery.
    Moto X 2015. 5.5" display, 2400mAh.
    11-06-2014 08:58 AM
  18. Snake Griffin's Avatar
    ~~Shudders~~

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    11-06-2014 11:20 AM
  19. delrey1900's Avatar
    Moto X 2015. 5.5" display, 2400mAh.
    QHD? Takes a blood sample? Reads your mind/thoughts?
    11-06-2014 12:49 PM

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