The second-generation Moto X and the Moto 360 are now available for pre-order, selling for $500 and $250, respectively.
There seems to be a never-ending love for the iPhone, and Apple’s latest is no less entertaining for iOS users who’ve been waiting for their chance to upgrade.
Fortunately, Motorola’s got some excellent news of its own for Android users looking for the pure vanilla Android experience. Motorola announced its second-generation Moto X earlier this month, along with its second-generation Moto X that retains many of the same specs of the first model, with some slight changes that maintained the same price tag. One slight change pertained to the Moto G’s display size increase.
Motorola’s second-generation Moto X is a departure from the company’s first Moto X model that had its fair and honest share of criticism when it was released in 2013. For one, the Moto X had a 2013 price tag of $599.99 off-contract but featured 2012 specs such as a dual-core processor, 8MP camera, 720p viewing experience, and a 4.7-inch display. Many of these features are present in the entry-level iPhone 6 experience, but these specs meet 2012 standards for many Android users who now have quad-core Snapdragon 801/805 processors, 13MP or 16MP cameras, and so on. Motorola said at the time that its dual-core processor and additional language and contextual processors were “an industry-first.”
This year’s Moto X (2014) shows that Motorola’s awakened to the fact that Android consumers, unlike some consumers who shall remain nameless, won’t settle for 2012 specs in a 2014 smartphone. This explains why the Moto X (2014) comes with a 5.2-inch display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, a 13MP back camera and 2MP front camera, along with the near-vanilla Android experience that so many Google enthusiasts prefer. Motorola’s also offering its Moto X in various leather, bamboo, and wood options, and intends to sell the Moto X (2014) for $499.99 off-contract. You can now pre-order the Moto X if you’ve decided to finally give the Moto X a try this year.
Motorola’s also got its Moto 360 smartwatch available. It’s been called one of the premium smartwatches available on Google’s Android Wear platform, although LG’s soon-to-be-released plastic OLED (or P-OLED) G Watch R may prove a disruption in the good looks department. The Moto 360 will cost $249.99 and will be available at Motorola’s website. The Moto 360 runs Android Wear (only) but is IP67 water and dust-resistant.
The second-generation Moto G maintains its $180-$200 price tag and features a microSD card slot – which should prove to be a joy for those who can never get enough of expanding memory storage. The Moto Hint, announced earlier this month, allows you to ask questions of your device with an earpiece that’s designed to prevent you from touching your device to find out information you need immediately. The Moto Hint will cost $149.99.
The Moto X (2014), Moto 360 smartwatch, second-generation Moto G, and the Moto Hint are all available for pre-order now. Many are calling the Moto devices some of the most popular in the Android world at the moment. Regardless of what others are saying, it all comes down to you, the user: what do you think?