The new Moto X is a worthy successor to the original.
At the end of last year's Moto X review, we concluded that it wasn't a perfect phone. Still, we wanted to see where Motorola would be in a year and, about 13 months later, it's safe to say it's been a busy year for the company.
For starters, Motorola has made an aggressive play for the midrange, low-end, and emerging smartphone markets in the form of the Moto G and the Moto E. Both phones make compromises to hit their sub-$200-unlocked prices, but they largely identify the most important smartphone stuff and give you enough to get by. The original Moto X launched at a $579 unlocked ($199 on-contract) price point that was frankly too much to pay for what it offered, but it dropped to a more suitable $399 by the beginning of the year. The phone has spent most of its time since hovering between $300 and $400, give or take a sale.
Things have been no less lively on the business side. The US-based phone factory that factored so prominently into early Moto X advertising is being shuttered. The division has continued to lose money for Google, but its sales are finally on an uptick, and reviews of each Moto phone have typically been positive. Most importantly, Google is selling Motorola to Lenovo, a company that isn't doing so badly in the smartphone market itself (the deal isn't actually scheduled to close until sometime next year, but Motorola has already quietly stripped "a Google company" from its branding on everything from its homepage to its phones' boot screens).