The Moto X (2nd Generation or 2014) was, and still is a great smartphone even when compared to the newer Motorola devices. While the new Moto X Play has a larger battery and better camera, the Moto X second generation has a Snapdragon 801, is upgraded to Android 5.1, is smaller, has a high quality aluminum frame, curved back and is more comfortable to hold – in other words, it still has a lot of mileage left on it. Recognizing this, Motorola decided to generate more sales in the unlocked market now that the new generation Moto X Play has hit the market. Staples is selling the device, unlocked, for the lowest price Canada has seen for the Moto X – $399.63 – in-stock online, free shipping within one business day. A great price for a great smartphone that may see more updates.
Just to refresh your memory – the second generation Moto X was released in September 2014 and finally made the Moto X 2014 a true flagship. It has a 5.2-inch display that everybody considers a real ‘sweet spot.’ It uses the AMOLED technology and a Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a respectable 423 pixels-per-inch (PPI). Motorola included the best processor available at the time…a 32-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core clocked at 2.5GHz. It packed 2GB of RAM and originally had options for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB with no means to expand, although the Staples edition is 16GB only.
Motorola smartphones never placed much emphasis on their smartphone cameras, but with the Moto X 2014 they finally started to show a little concern by using a very good 13MP sensor, autofocus and a dual-LED flash ring that encircles the lens…they still did not include OIS. Motorola included a 2MP front-facing camera (FFC), which is fine for social media selfies and video chatting. It is powered by a non-removable 2300mAh battery and can use Motorola’s Turbo Charger for a quick battery charge.
Motorola even include four microphones for excellent noise cancellation and voice reproduction on phone calls and Dynamic Tuning that automatically adjusts the antenna for the best reception. As you can see, it is quite a lot of smartphone for the amount of money it will cost you…especially an unlocked version.