With the introduction of the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play we're now three generations into the Moto X family, which has brought some of the most simple yet solid smartphones to the Android ecosystem. Here's a breakdown of how each of the four phones compare — from the first generation in 2013 to the most recently announced models.
Moto X 2013Moto X 2014Moto X StyleMoto X Play
4.7-inch 720p AMOLED
5.2-inch 1080p AMOLED
5.7-inch Quad HD
5.5-inch 1080p HD
Snapdragon S4 Pro
65.3 x 129.3 x 5.6-10.4mm
72.4 x 140.8 x 3.8-9.9mm
153.9 x 76.2 x 6.1-11.06mm
148.0 x 75.0 x 8.9-10.9mm
Android smartphones are judged on a huge number of variables, and depending on who you ask all of them have significance in weighting the purchase of a new phone. This is one of the struggles faced by OnePlus right now. Its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 2, has a lot of great things going for it. To call it the "2016 Flagship Killer" is probably a stretch, even if all the company is referencing is a dollar for dollar value in hardware quality and user experience.
We don't need to wait for 2016 to test this theory, however. With an LG G4 sitting right here on the desk, we can just put the two side by side and see what shakes out.
Truth be told, if you've held a G4 you've already go the basic shape and size of the OnePlus 2. LG's design is a little more curved, but the two phones are of nearly identical thickness and you have the same basic concerns with reaching the top of the screen with a single hand. Sitting side by side, you notice the OnePlus 2 is taller than the G4, but in actually using the two phones it doesn't make a noticeable difference. What does make a big difference is the more durable feel to the OnePlus 2, thanks to the aluminum frame that wraps around the phone. Despite both phones having removable backplates, the G4 with a plastic cover feels a lot more flimsy than the OnePlus 2. Leather backplates are another story, but in some cases that adds to the cost of the device.
The Alert Slider on the OnePlus 2 is by far the most elegant way to address Google's new notification system.
The Snapdragon 810 and 4GB of RAM in the OnePlus 2 should in theory outperform the Snapdragon 808 and 3GB of RAM in the LG G4, but for day to day tasks these two phones perform remarkably similar. OnePlus clocked the 810 lower for this release, and 4GB of RAM is only going to matter when you've been using the phone for a few days and a ton of information is cached between multiple apps. It's nice to have, but not really something you're going to need anytime soon.
The implementation of all the buttons is where things get different. LG's Rear Key design puts all of your buttons in your index finger, but the impressive fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 2 make securing and unlocking your phone much easier. The Alert Slider on the OnePlus 2 is particularly unique, and by far the most elegant way to address Google's new notification system. Both setups are fairly unique in the Android ecosystem, and neither is necessarily better than the other. It's all about person preference here.
Ultimately this compare comes down to pricing and extras, unless you absolutely can't stand either LG's version of Android or OxygenOS. The $600 G4 comes with 32GB of onboard storage with a microSD slot, removable battery, Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, NFC, and an option to add wireless charging for extra cash. The $389 OnePlus 2 comes with 64GB of onboard storage, no expansion or battery replacements, no Quick Charge capabilities, and no NFC or wireless charging.
Financially speaking the OnePlus 2 is a no-brainer if you're buying these phones outright, but if you're able to get the phone subsidized that may not apply here. There's no doubting the G4 offers more in the way of features, but it's up to you to decide if those features are worth the extra $200+.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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