Once again, we're putting two budget priced Android phones — the Moto G 2015 and the ASUS ZenFone 2 — against each other to see who comes out on top.
We have four major criteria a smartphone needs to get right before we can recommend them to anyone: Performance, Display quality, Battery Life and Camera. We chose these categories based on the results of a recent poll where we asked everyone what they thought was most important, and I think it's a great mix.
See how these two phones matchup, and which one gets crowned the winner.
At the beginning of August, Nextbit stated it would announce its smartphone on September 1, and here we are, the day before. Nextbit will not only officially announce the phone, but also begin accepting orders for it as well.
The most affordable Moto X yet aims to dominate the competitive new mid-range market — but falls short in an important area ...
The quick take
Launching around the £270 mark, the Moto X Play delivers a great deal for the money — a great screen, a decent camera and solid battery life, not to mention Moto's excellent software experience. But nagging performance and multitasking issues hamper what might otherwise have been the perfect Android mid-ranger.
Fantastic display and impressive speaker
Solid construction and ergonomic design
Pure Android UI with Moto software goodness
Capable camera — at least in most conditions
Low-light camera performance is patchy
Stuttery animations and frequent performance hiccups
16GB base storage doesn't leave much breathing room
5.83 in 148mm2.95 in 75mm0.43 in 10.9mm
5.5-inch Full HD
1920x1080 resolution (400ppi)
21MP, ƒ/2.0 lens
5MP front-facing camera
Quick Charge 2.0
Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor
4x1.6GHz A53 cores + 4x1.1GHz A53 cores
16GB internal storage
Moto X Play Full Review
The second half of 2015 is a great time to be buying a smartphone. You've never been able to get so much phone for your money, especially in the new mid-range space, which has brought forth really capable devices like the Zenfone 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. Motorola has a strong history of targeting key price points with laser accuracy through its Moto G series, so it was no surprise to see a mid-range Moto X — the Moto X Play — emerging alongside the higher-end Style-slash-Pure-Edition.
On paper the Moto X Play is a tantalizing proposition — for £270 SIM-free, you get a handset with a great display, an enormous battery and the prospect of the first really good Moto camera. In reality, the Play delivers on a many of those promises, but falls short in other areas. And in the past week of using the phone as a daily driver, we've been more surprised by what it's bad at than what it's good at.
Read on to find out all one of 2015's most intriguing mid-range phones.
Ahead of the official unveil of the Xperia Z5 later this week at the IFA, a three-minute video showcasing the device — along with the Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium — has made its way onto the internet. The video in question is from French tech publication Clubic, and while it is likely that the video was meant to go live after the launch of the handsets, the leak gives us a n early look at what's to come this Wednesday.
The Moto X Play, is finally upon us — in Europe at least. And while we finish up our full review of the phone, be sure to check out our brand new video walkthrough of Motorola's most affordable Moto X yet. You'll find it right after the break.
The Huawei-built Honor 7 is now available in Europe, bringing impressive specs, a capable camera and fingerprint scanning technology to the table, along with a host of new software features. We've got all the details you could want in our Honor 7 review, but if you're more of a visual learner, we've also got the whole thing summed up in three and a half minutes.
It's time to pit two smartphones we love against each other. We've picked out four categories — things we think every phone (Android or otherwise) needs to get right before we can recommend them — and squared off the Alcatel Idol 3 against the Moto G 2015.
This is a tough one. Both are great phones, and neither one is the wrong choice. But it's human nature to find the "best" and we're going to dive in and make that hard decision.
If you can take two notable losses in stride, you'll be happy with this switch.
The time comes each year when the phone you have is thoroughly supplanted by a newer version. In the case of the Note 4, just shy of a year on we have ourselves a new Note 5 to look at — and of course the next step is questioning whether you should upgrade or not. The Note 5 isn't all that exciting to anyone who has a Galaxy S6 right now, but if you're sitting with a last-generation Note 4 you're likely looking to see if the grass is greener.
Two new variants of the LG G4 have launched in India, sporting back covers with a brushed metal finish. Dubbed Titanium Black and Gold, the phones feature a similar back pattern as that of the ceramic models, and are also made out of plastic.
Sony has teased a smartphone with "greater focus" earlier this week, and it looks like the handset may turn out to be the Xperia Z5. A series of promotional photos of the phone were inadvertently published on Sony's social media channels, with the folks at Xperia Blog managing to get a hold of them before they were taken down.
Today at an event in London, Huawei's Honor brand has officially launches its latest handset, the Honor 7 for the UK. The phone, which steps up from the Honor 6 with a faster processor and bigger screen, along with a new metal chassis and fingerprint scanner, will become broadly available in September.
We have seen some pretty unique designs on Android phones in the past, but the Turing Phone is likely the craziest in recent memory. Turing Robotic Industries, the company behind the Turing Phone, has announced that Foxconn will be the exclusive manufacturer of the smartphone, and shipments will begin on December 18. That date sound familiar to you? That's because it's Star Wars day, and the company is huge fans.
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