Motorola Moto X (2014)
The second generation of Motorola’s flagship device improves upon an already fantastic piece of hardware. It boasts a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and a 1080p screen, just like its competitors. But what really sets the device apart are the endless customization possibilities with the phone’s interchangeable backplates.
Also the curved back of the phone sits nicely in your palm, and despite having a 5.2″ screen, the phone is a manageable size in the hand.
The Moto X runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and leaves it nearly stock. Unlike many other manufacturers that try to tinker with the base Android experience and add their own apps, Motorola eschews all of that for simplicity. The phone is still saddled with bloatware from the carriers, however (which you can avoid by purchasing the phone directly from Motorola).
And when it comes to the bottom line, the price can be appreciated, too. Motorola has priced their phone competitively, and at the time of this writing it’s available for free with contract from both AT&T and Verizon, and just under $500 unlocked on Amazon without a contract.
Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen)