Motorola Moto-X 2nd Generation with Bamboo Back

Most of my phones that I’ve owned made mostly of plastic – From the Nokia 910 to the Razr, iPhone and even the Nexus 5 I currently own. If I ever wanted another texture, I would buy the case. But a phone with a wood back – Better yet, a back? What a change in experience THAT is…

I am taking a look at the 2nd Generation in Bamboo, which is now available on the Verizon network. This is one of three backing plates for the device. Also in leather and plastic, along with a soon-to-be released teak, walnut and ebony models, the not only doesn’t need a case, it IS its own case.

The best part is how well it feels in your hand. In the last year I’ve held onto some small, medium and big phones with metal and plastic encasements. Some of them felt like they were going to slip right out of my hand. One actually did…

The Moto X wont do that easily. The curved back and bamboo gives a nice grip area, making it feel like you don’t need a case for it.

About the Moto-X Bamboo

This is one of the first phones on the Verizon XLTE network, doubling the LTE bandwidth of most carriers.

The Moto X also has a 5.2 inch AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass. The 13 MP camera can take stills or video at 1080p. There is also a slo-motion option, but its not a 120 fps video. You can get a photo at 4128×3096 though.

The internal battery is 2300mAH. You can get 240 hours of standby and 24 hours. The phone comes with a fast charging option – 60% in 30 minutes.

The CPU is Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core at 2.5 GHz. The GPU is an Adreno 330.

Pros and Cons – Moto-X Bamboo

The phone is a lot better than its predecessor. An easy to hold device that does what you expect a smartphone to do nowadays. Whether playing Candy Crush or working on emails or other documents, you can get a lot done here.

Reception and quality of a call scores high. The button schematic allows for a lefty or right handed person to use the buttons without issue. The speakers are in the front and also work as expected.

The camera is the disappointment. Yes, you can take some nice pictures in outdoor settings. Indoor lighting is a little trickier.

You can also shake to initiate the camera, but I try not to violently shake my electronics too much.

The video is 30 fps. The slow motion feature doesn’t record at 120fps, instead it uses some sort of stretching process which ultimately makes the video look choppy. Its not a feature to get this phone for.

By the way, there is a video Easter Egg with “Windy Day” where a mouse chases a hat. Its fun to watch because it uses the gyroscope so you can move around the scene. However, it shows up when you want to take a picture, which I would guess could get in the way.

One other feature I want to talk about is the sensors on the face. If you wave your hand over it the device will show the lock screen. I am personally not a big fan of this option – I would rather push the button. I have seen this screen pop up simply by a flicker of light.

The Moto X Bamboo is available for $99 on a 2-year contract through Verizon. In all, if you are looking for a phone to run apps and answer calls, the Moto X 2nd gen is worlds above it’s predecessor.

As for photos and battery time – its not the most powerful thing out there.


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