moto x 2014 first impressions (9 of 18)

The next Moto X is likely just a few months away, but that doesn’t mean the Moto X (2nd gen) isn’t still worth picking up. This is even more the case right now, as Best Buy is offering the 16GB model off-contract for just $299 for AT&T and Verizon customers.

While there continues to be an increasing number of solid mid-rangers in the sub-$300 price segment, and even the flagship-level OnePlus One, the Moto X is a hell of a handset for those that want a near-stock Android experience and would rather stick to a more recognized OEM like Motorola. The only bad news here is that buyers of the Moto X aren’t getting Moto Maker customization, as the phone is only being offered at this price in black.

For those that need a refresher, the Moto X (2014) features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 13MP main cam, 2MP front cam, a 2300 mAh battery, and is fully upgradeable to Android Lollipop. For more details on the Moto X (2014), be sure to check out our full review.

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What do you think, is the Moto X (2nd gen) worth picking up at this price? Or would you rather pick up a budget-friendly offering like the OnePlus One, Asus Zenfone 2, Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, or the Huawei P8 Lite? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.