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Technology moves quickly, but when it comes to smartwatches, things seem to be moving more rapidly than usual. We published our Moto 360 review early last year and here we are merely half a year later testing the second generation of that device. In many ways, the original Moto 360 felt like the hero device for Android Wear. Google still hasn't created a watch of its own, nor has it partnered with a manufacturer to ship a "Nexus" branded Android Wear device. So, the Moto 360 continues to carry the torch. But much has changed since the 360 was ushered onto the scene. LG, Huawei, and Samsung have all shipped at least one smartwatch, and the round face -- which was the original Moto 360's unique... Read more...
Apple and Samsung have already launched their latest flagship devices for 2015, and now, Motorola is taking its turn. For the third year in a row, a new Moto X has arrived that's built upon the successes of the original. There's no mistaking the design -- visual cues that created the silhouette of the original still remain on the Moto X Pure Edition, but it's clear that the company is evolving its flagship phone based on market demands. For instance, the 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display would've been viewed as monstrous in 2013, but today, it feels wholly natural. Moto has also included a few useful extras like TurboPower (which injects 10 hours of life into the phone after just 15 minutes... Read more...
With the success of both the first- and second-generation Moto G, it's seemed certain that the series would be continuing on for a while. Today, we get our first proof that a third-generation model is in production. The reveal comes via YouTube user Antonio Inuso, who gained access to a prototype model. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait for some additional high-quality images, as the video makes it really hard to appreciate the device's design. The third-gen Moto G, or at least this prototype, has a different face than the previous two models, and it looks sharp overall. As the previous two Moto Gs had faces devoid of writing, I'd guess the writing on the front, including the logo, are special... Read more...
Not long ago, the battle for consumer dollars occurred on a field littered with ultralight notebooks. A few years later, that transitioned to smartphones and tablets. Today, the next major tussle is occurring on one’s wrist, in the red-hot "wearables" market in general. Motorola’s Moto 360 made waves by being the first major smartwatch to actually look like a watch - a real timepiece, not just a gadget. Most of its primary rivals are more akin to something Dick Tracy would wear, but Moto zigged when everyone else zagged. Instead of selling a computer with a band, the 360 is a timepiece that just so happens to run Android Wear. Despite being on the market for a few months now, the Moto 360 is... Read more...
When Motorola introduced the Moto X last year, the company was owned by Google. In our hands-on review of the first-generation Moto X, we pointed out that the collaboration between Motorola and Android engineers led to an incredibly sleek device and a good user experience. Although the first-generation Moto X didn’t have quite as impressive hardware specifications as its high-end competitors at the time, the phone still performed very well. What’s more, the Moto X also included a number of unique extras, like touchless controls that worked exceptionally well. Fast forward to today, and a lot has changed on the mobile front. Google is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo and closing... Read more...
Update 9/30/2015: Motorola just launched the Moto X Pure Edition, a larger flagship device with a 5.7-inch display, a faster processor, more RAM and the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS, along with an enhanced camera and some interesting new hands-free voice-activated features. The second gen Moto X you see here is still a great midrange phone but Motorola has just release a new flagship, so we'd highly suggest you check that out as well. When Motorola introduced the Moto X last year, the company was owned by Google. In our hands-on review of the first-generation Moto X, we pointed out that the collaboration between Motorola and Android engineers led to an incredibly sleek device and a good... Read more...
Here's one that practically no one saw coming: Motorola Mobility has a new owner. Yes, the company that Google picked up just a couple of years ago for upwards of $12 billion is now under a new umbrella. Lenovo, the world's largest PC vendor, has just picked up one of the most well-known names in mobile. Motorola Mobility was purchased in 2012 largely for the patent portfolio that came along with it. If you'll recall, patent wars were reaching insane heights during those days, and Google wanted to ward off future legal paralysis. As it turns out, the handset business was a drag for Google, costing it hundreds of millions of dollars each quarter. Even the well-received Moto X and low-cost Moto... Read more...
Motorola has been offering a number of great deals on its Moto X since its launch last summer (be sure to check out our review), and it appears that the company has no intention of slowing things down. Earlier this week, the company cut $100 off of the smartphone's going price for one hour. Understandably slow, many who were interested missed out, either due to sleeping, eating, or heck, simply living life without the Internet for a couple of hours. To help make it up to those who missed-out on the flash-sale, and heavily inspired by Valentine's Day, Motorola is offering a new "Sweet Deal" that lasts until February 14th. This time, we're talking $70 lobbed-off a contract-free Moto X, putting... Read more...
Most of how we felt towards the Moto X at the time of our review still stands: it's an incredible solid, capable Android phone, and it just hits all of the right notes for the masses. It's, to date, Google's best shot at convincing laypeople who have sided with iOS due to its ease of use to come over and give Android a whirl. That said, one of the unfortunate launch quirks was that the Moto X customization program was exclusively available to AT&T users. This meant that those buying a Moto X for use on AT&T's network had access to a litany of color and accent options, with the phone assembled in Fort Worth, Texas and shipped directly to the end-user. Now, however, Motorola Mobility is... Read more...
Sprint may not be the lead dog in the carrier pack any longer, but it still holds an ace in its sleeve: unlimited data for life, for those who want it. While every other major rival postpaid carrier has switched over to tiered data plans, Sprint's offering the Moto X with unlimited talk, text and data for $80/month. The device itself will be priced at $199.99 on a 2-year contract, and if you haven't heard, we're pretty big fans of the phone. For a limited time only, new customers who switch their phone number to Sprint from another carrier will receive an additional $100 instant credit, reducing the price of Moto X to $99.99. In the coming months, Sprint will also add the ability to customize... Read more...
Now owned by Google, Motorola Mobility is conjoined with one of the world's most innovative companies. And, as it happens, it's the company that makes the world's most prolific mobile operating system: Android. Google promised long ago to not play favorites with Motorola, and the Moto X is proof of that. It's not exactly a Nexus phone, but it's one of the most bloatware-free OEM models to ship without the Nexus logo. In other words, fans of the stock Android experience will find plenty to enjoy here. The raw specifications of the Moto X leave a little bit to be desired. A lot of the pre-launch hype pegged the Moto X as a true iPhone killer -- a phone with cutting-edge internals, a host of new... Read more...
If not for Apple's impending launch of the next-generation iPhone, the Moto X would be one of the year's most notable smartphone launches. And honestly, that's saying something. 2013 has also been a year where the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 came to light, but no Android phone has captured as many eyes as Motorola's simply-titled "X." The reality is that Motorola has not been a force in the mobile arena since the days of the original RAZR. Believe it or not, that iconic flip-phone was released nearly a decade ago, and it goes without saying that a whole lot has changed in the years since -- not just in the smartphone arena, but in terms of Motorola itself. Now owned by Google, Motorola Mobility... Read more...
Designed and assembled here in the good ol' USA, Google's Motorola Mobility division definitely made headlines with the introduction of the Moto X smartphone.  This device is the fruits of the first joint effort between the two companies since Google snapped up the division last year in an effort to drive a deeper stake securing a foothold in the smartphone hardware market.  On the surface, the Moto X's somewhat bland spec list consisting of a only a 720p display and dual-core processor may be uninspiring to some.  However, what Motorola baked into the Moto X were additional compute engines, features and functionality that you won't find in any other smartphone on the market currently. ... Read more...
While the Moto X has largely been praised, there's one thing that almost every critic has nitpicked: the price. Sure, $200 on contract for a sleek, Android-powered smartphone isn't terrible, but it's not exactly brimming with high-end internals. That said, it is built in the United States, which certainly adds to the price premium. Still, that price niggle will soon be a moot point according to EVLeaks, who has reported that a 50% off sale will hit in Q4. That's right: the Moto X will soon be available for $100 on contract. That'll make it a serious player even on the pricing front, and during the all-important holiday shopping season no less. Plus, those wooden backs that weren't available at... Read more...
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