You can't spend a better $200 on a smartphone, period.
The quick take
The third-generation Moto G is the best thus far, with most of the features you want, and a price that's almost impossible to beat.
If you've at all been paying attention around here, you know that we're very impressed by the new Moto G. There's a lot there packed into a $200 Android smartphone.
But one of the big questions has to do with the camera. Motorola hasn't really impressed us on that front the past couple of years with its high-end phones. So what should we expect from its mid-ranger? Well, we've been pleasantly...
We're getting into the fall smartphone release cycle, and that means retailers are gearing up for new — and in some cases still-unannounced — smartphones. We've been tipped on what Costco's prepping — and that includes the already well-leaked Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+.
We've got one new arrival, though. And while it's not wholly unexpected, it's not yet had much mention.
If you've been waiting for an invite to Google's Project Fi, now might be a good time to check your inbox. We've gotten invites. And a number of you have let us know what you're getting invites.
Now for the tougher question — do you take the plunge for Fi? (And, for that matter, what the hell is Project Fi?)
Fortunately for you, we've been using Project Fi for a number of weeks now, and we...
Those of us who have either the HTC One M8 or this year's M9 overnight were greeted by a slightly odd notification — an apparent advertisement for the upcoming "Fantastic Four" movie. When expanded, the notification appears at first to just be an advertisement. And on one hand it very much is. Look a little closer, though, and it's clearly labeled "Fantastic Four Theme." If you missed that (and...
It's 2015, and you can actually get through life without ever physically connecting your phone to a computer. (We've done it. It's great. You should try it sometime.) But for some folks it's still the way to go. They just have to plug in every now and then. Others of us? We're all cloud, baby.
So this one's for you syncers out there. Following are the ways we'd recommend moving your files from...
In addition to some updated specs, the 2015 Moto G has a bit of a new look to it. If you were a bit bored by last year's matte black finish (and ignored the fact that there were other shells you could purchase), well, things are looking up this time around.
Both phones keep the same shape, of course. A slab is a slab is a slab, especially if you're talking about a $200 slab. But the band...
In hindsight, it's not all that surprising that the new Moto G is as good at it is. Motorola's gotten really good at the mid-range phone. Better than anyone else, I'd argue. And it's not surprising because Motorola told us a long time ago what its game plan would be.
Actually, it was Larry Page who told us.
It doesn't matter what you call it — Moto X Style, Moto X Pure Edition ... whatever — this is the new hotness for 2015 from Motorola.
You've read our preview. You've watched the video.
On this fine Saturday morning, let's just enjoy this upcoming phone — we've got to wait until September before it's released — in pictures.
This is the Windows 10 Phone Companion app. It's what you'll see when you plug your phone into a Windows 10 box. And it's half-useful, half-plea to get you to install some of Microsoft's apps on your phone. (And these days, there's a decent chance that those apps will be on there in the first place.)
How much can we cram into one 60-minute podcast? How about some serious Android security scares — we'll tell you exactly how much you need to worry about this Stagefright thing. And how about our first look at the new OnePlus 2 — spoiler: You'll have to settle a little. And we've got our hands on the new Moto G, and we've taken a look at the Moto X Style (Pure Edition) — it's big!
Plus we answer...
We tend to pride ourselves on using the latest and greatest phones. Better specs. Faster processors. (More heat!) More megapixels. Pick your poison. But there's absolutely something to be said for the mid-range these days, that category of phone that tries to balance style and performance with a price that doesn't break your wallet.
And there are all sorts of options out there. Motorola...
A quick heads up from our Making Things Easier Department: We've tweaked our header a tad to make things faster, better, and faster. (And also better.) One side-effect of this is that we've moved our log-in button behind the hamburger menu, which has itself moved to the left-hand side of the site. (Where all good hamburgers spend their days.)
If you need it — and I do recommend signing up and...
Google today announced two new methods of beta testing that will give developers even more options for testing apps before production release. Here's the deal:
Open beta testing basically just removes the requirement that a user join a Google+ Community or Google Group. One click on the opt-in link and a user will be able to use the beta track. Developers can limit the number of users in the...
Sometimes things are as clear as mud when a smartphone launches. And a couple of the more important points surrounding the new Moto X — aka the Moto X Style or Pure Edition, depending on where you live — was the victim of a bit of this confusion.
So let's clear things up. As it stands, this is where you'll be able able to buy the new Moto X, whatever its called.
What a difference two years makes. That's the 2013 4.7-inch Moto X on the left. Then last year's 5.2-inch Moto X. And today's new 5.7-inch Moto X Style/Pure Edition. And, finally, the 5.96-inch Nexus 6. Motorola devices, all.
Hope you weren't hoping for anything small.
More: Hands-on with the new Moto X Style!
Moto X Style (Pure Edition)
Our comprehensive review
Moto X Pure Edition...
So you're Motorola. You've made a couple of beloved (if imperfect) Android smartphones over the past two years, part of a major rebirth of the company itself. Meanwhile, you've been sold to Chinese manufacturer Lenovo, and still have to contend with two major players in Samsung and LG.
Anyone who thought Motorola would disappear into the Lenovo portfolio after being acquired by the Chinese...
We're coming at you live this morning from New York City and London, where Motorola's about to thrust its new smartphone lineup (and maybe more!) upon us! That's right, it's another dual-continent liveblog, as only we can do.
We're expecting at least a new Moto X — maybe more than one — and Moto G. And it wouldn't surprise us to see something surprising from Motorola in addition to all that....