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The Moto X's 2014 follow-up retains the name, but apparently not the specs. It passes the 5-inch mark (5.2 inches) and now has a FullHD 1080p display resolution (423ppi). It also conceals a 13-megapixel 4K rear camera with a choice between 25 different back covers -- including Horween-made leather and patterned wooden designs. The 2014 Moto X's processor is a Snapdragon 801 clocked in at 2.5GHz, running on four CPU cores. Other high-end features include a 1080p-capable 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Crystal Talk audio technology and LTE connectivity.
At roughly the same price point, Motorola's second Moto G model comes with key improvements over the 2013 model. This includes a 5-inch screen, an 8-megapixel rear camera as well as memory expansion support this time around. It runs on the same processing speed as the 1st-gen Moto G, clocked in at 1.2GHz on four CPU cores. This 2014 re-release of the Moto G branding also mimics the 2nd-gen Moto X with differently-colored interchangeable shells -- leave the Moto X's leather option. Its non-removable battery is rated at 2070mAh, with RAM standing at a mid-range 1GB.
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Running the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, the Moto E joins the series upon its 2014 release. Its formula might have been intended for process-hungry apps, with the combination of an Adreno 302 GPU and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. And they backed it up with a 1980mAh batter, promising a 24-hour lifespan at one charge. It also sports a Corning Gorilla glass panel and a splash guard, adding a touch of durability to what is otherwise a typical mid-spec smartphone: 5-megapixel camera, 4GB storage, 1GB RAM, and so on...
Shortly after releasing the flagship Nexus 6 model, Motorola updates their Droid series with the 5.2-inch Droid Turbo, fitted with a 4K 21-megapixel camera at the back side. It operates on the brand's proprietary Mobile Computing System, composed of an Adreno 420 GPU (600MHz), a 3GB RAM, and a 2.7GHz 64-bit quad-core processor. Its pretty high 3900mAh battery capacity is accompanied by Motorola's Turbo Charger, promising to add 8 hours of mixed usage time in just 15 minutes of charging. The Droid Turbo's internal memory stands at 32GB, though the Ballistic Nylon version is reported to have 64GB of storage.
Sporting a 1.56-inch backlit LCD circular stainless steel case very similar to mechanical watches, Motorola attempts to retain a classic feel while squeezing various smartwatch specs in the Moto 360. Just like most of its rivals, it acts as a personal fitness tracker with the Moto Body app suite that includes an inbuilt pedometer and heart rate monitor (PPG).
The Moto 360 also features wireless charging with a dedicated charging dock included in the package. Its TI OMAP 3 CPU chip and 512MB RAM support the Android Wear platform alongside preintegrated voice commands for hands-free usage. IP67-certified water-resistance and an anti-scratch Gorilla Glass 3 panel wrap up this flagship wearable from Motorola.
Mix-and-match options include leather or metal bands, as well as light, dark, and golden case finishes.
Running Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, this 2015 edition of Motorola's entry-level Moto E slaps on a Gorilla Glass 3 frame as well as a smudge-resistant coating to its 4.5-inch qHD display. Unlike the 3G variant, the Moto E 2nd Gen 4G uses a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor and an Adreno 306 graphics chip tuned to 1.2GHz and 600MHz respectively. Users have the option to house its specs inside Motorola's Grip Shell accessory, or personalize its case with the optional Color Band. The Moto E 2nd Gen sports 5- and 0.3-megapixel cameras.
This 2015 return of the Moto E sports a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display shielded by an anti-scratch Gorilla Glass 3 panel as well as an anti-smudge finish. Its hardware, consisting of a Snapdragon 200 quad-core 1.2GHz processor, an Adreno 302 400MHz GPU, and a 1GB RAM, shies slightly of the 4G LTE version's. It has the same 2390mAh battery capacity, though.
It sports a 5-megapixel (front) and a VGA camera (back) on either side of its water-resistant shell. The Moto E 2nd Gen is available in Black or White, with optional complementary color bands and grip shells available, too.
For little money, the Motorola Moto G offers reasonably attractive specs: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (quad core, 1.2GHz), the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (may be upgraded to Kitkat 4.4 in 2014), and a 4.5-inch high-resolution display (720p HD with a fineness of 329 ppi). There is also the camera that has 5 megapixels and records high-definition videos (720p HD at 30 fps), 1GB RAM, and a 2070mAh battery. However, the Moto G is not 4G-enabled, and its 8GB memory cannot be expanded (but there is a 16GB version, and a promise of free 50GB storage on Google Drive for two years). Is Google going the Apple way with fixed memory setups?
Google starts applying its imprint on Motorola by describing the Moto X as the first truly personalizable phone by letting you pick the front, the back and the accents. Other improvements over today's run-of-the-mill Android devices are that quick-capture 10-megapixel camera with Clear Pixel low-light technology and a quad-core Andreo 320 graphical processing unit. There is also a low-power notification system to save battery life.
Google's Android Lollipop (after KitKat) OS makes a preinstalled debut with the 6-inch Motorola Nexus 6. This QuadHD (2160p) smartphone runs on a quad-core processor clocked in at a pretty high 2.7GHz, with an Adreno 420 graphics engine to boot. Its battery capacity is also among the highest at 3220mAh, and is also equipped with Qi standard wireless charging as well as Motorola's turbo charger. Its 13-megapixel rear camera records 4K UHD videos, matching its display. A 32GB or 64GB memory with 3GB worth of RAM finish off this 2014 follow up to the Nexus series.
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