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1 week ago

Comparing the Moto X Style and the iPhone 6

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Every phone gets compared to the iPhone, and for good reason, so we're going to do that with the Moto X Style. Motorola's making the comparison, so why not? These two phones are about as different as they could be while still being smartphones, so let's get right to it.

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1 week ago

The Odyssey watchface makes sure finding the info you need isn't an epic journey

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Not everything requires an epic journey, and finding the right watch face for your smartwatch certainly shouldn't require gargantuan amounts of effort. If you've been searching for a face that blends a sharp, functional face, with a gorgeous image, then the Odyssey face might be what you've been looking for. With motes of stardust and a planet in the distance, overlaid with all the info you need, this face is worth more than just a glance. It offers the time, date, and a handful of options to make sure that things are set just the way you like them.

We've got the breakdown for you, just below.

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1 week ago

VSCO Cam's Collections let you share your favorite photos

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VSCO Cam for Android has been updated to add Collections, a new way of showing off your favorite photos and interacting with other photographers using VSCO Cam. Collections allow you to find and publish your favorite images for your followers to see.

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1 week ago

Here's where you can buy the Moto G 2015

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The Moto G 2015 is now official — and available — and here is where you can buy one. Motorola's latest budget phone packs quite a mean punch for an affordable price, and is likely to be something that will interest many. Featuring a 5-inch 1280x720 display, the phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, with 1GB or 2GB of RAM depending on which model you purchase.

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1 week ago

Hands-on with the new Moto X Style: video edition!

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Motorola surprised us today by introducing not two, but three new smartphones, with the Moto X Style standing as their new flagship. It's a big phone, physically and in aspiration. Where the previous generations of Moto X have been well-regarded but always offered a critical flaw, Motorola's pulling out all the stops with the Moto X Style.

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1 week ago

HTC One M9 Active Waterproof Case review

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An IP68 rated OEM solution to preventing water damage for the HTC One M9.

Some of us are milking the Uh-Oh protection that was promised with the purchase of our HTC One M9, but I'm all about testing the options when it comes to cases and covers. HTC has crafted their own Active Waterproof Case for the M9 featuring 2 polycarbonate pieces that snap around the phone, sealing it safely inside from water, dirt, and other debris. Although its design is somewhat rugged, it manages to stay slim compared to many other cases for the HTC One M9 we've had our hands on.

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1 week ago

From Moto X to Nexus 6 to Moto X Style

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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)

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1 week ago

Moto X Style, Moto X Play and Moto G 2015: Everything Motorola just announced

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 Everything Motorola announced today

Motorola held a much-anticipated event, and blew the doors off with some great announcements.Three new phones — the Moto X Style, Moto X Play and Moto G 2015 — made their debut, each bringing something interesting to the table, and Motorola even managed to release a couple accessories at the same time. Feel like you missed something? Don't worry, we have you covered right here.

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1 week ago

Moto X Style vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

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Motorola making a lot of noise about the Moto X Style being $200-$300 less expensive than comparable flagship smartphones, so we're going to compare it to one: The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.

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1 week ago

Moto G 2015 hands-on

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Moto G 2015

Moto's latest affordable wonder could be the phone to beat at the sub-$200 price point.

It's easy to think of the Moto X — or as it is now, the Moto X series — as the Motorola "flagship." In a lot of ways, though, the mid-priced Moto G is far more important to the company since its rebirth under Google's guidance in 2013. The Moto G continues to be Moto's biggest-selling model, thanks to aggressive pricing, high-quality user experience and the resulting massive success in emerging markets.

Simply put, the Moto G was one of the first cheap Android phones that was also a good Android phone. And successive models built on that, with 4G LTE connectivity and bigger screens.

A new year brings a new Moto G, and this time Motorola's bringing even more premium features to its most popular handset. Join us as we dig deeper into what could be the best Android phone you can buy for less than $200 — and a pretty capable handset by any standard.

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1 week ago

You can now send Whatsapp, WeChat, Viber, and other messages using 'OK Google'

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Using the simple 'OK Google' voice command, you can now send messages through Whatsapp, Viber, WeChat, and a variety of other apps. Sometimes, you just don't want to pick up the phone and type out a reply, and now you don't have to. You have been able to send Hangouts messages using your voice already, so the expansion is great to see.

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1 week ago

HipChat adds support for Android Wear, avatars, and GIFV files

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Following its recent Material Design update, the folks at HipChat are back with another big update for Android users. Included in this update is the addition of Android Wear and GIFV file support, along with rounded avatars to bring even more personalization to the app.

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1 week ago

The colors, leathers, and woods of the Moto X Style

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Moto X Style colors

Motorola's going all out with Moto Maker again for the new Moto X Style, offering a colorful range of grippy rubber silicone backs and a few selections of wood and leather.

The natural materials aren't anything new for Motorola — they offered wood backs on the first Moto X and leather for last year's but for the Style they're bringing a bit more texture across the board. The walnut has a bit more of a grip to it while the cherry and bamboo are slicker and closer to previous editions. The leather, which was an easily-marred semi-gloss finish last year now has a cross-hatched Saffiano leather that will wear much more gracefully. Both the wood and leather backs will run an extra $25 over the base $399 for the Moto X Style.

Notably, the standard backs aren't a soft-touch plastic anymore; they've been swapped out for a diagonally-striped silicone panel that adds a considerable amount of grip. The silicone backs come at no extra cost and in a wide range of colors, from including bright lime greens and teals to staid grays, white, and black.

Check them all out in the gallery below.

Moto X Style (Pure Edition)

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1 week ago

Moto X Style: Hands-on with the biggest and most customizable Moto X yet

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Moto X Style

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 giant is greatly mistaken. The Moto X is bigger. It's faster. It's got more options for customization. More options for storage. Better pricing.

And this time, Motorola promises, it's got a camera we won't be disappointed in.

In fact, we don't just have one Moto X this time around. We've got two. The Moto X Style, and the slightly lesser spec'd Moto X Play. The Style will be the one we get in the U.S. starting in September, and it'll hit Europe and Latin America as well. Plus, there will be a "Pure Edition" of the Style that's sold outside the carrier ecosystem in the U.S. (And that's actually what we're looking at today.) The Play launches in August in Europe, Latin America and Canada.

The Style (and Pure Edition) is the big one for our purposes so far, so let's take a look.

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1 week ago

In pictures: The Moto G 2015

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Moto G 2015

With the Moto G 2015 now officially official, we've got our hands on Moto's latest affordable handset, and we're starting to put it through its paces. We'll have full hands-on coverage for you soon; in the meantime check out our hands-on photo gallery for a look at this new, more stylish, more customizable Moto G.

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