Moto X Pure Edition (2015) First Impressions and Tour!

What does Motorola do to try and upstage the madness that was OnePlus’ unveiling of the OnePlus 2, yesterday? They gave us three phones! Or four. Or…we’re all confused. One thing is for sure, Motorola is releasing a US flagship phone called the Moto X Pure Edition, which is known everywhere else in the world as the Moto X Style (see, confusing!).  (more…)

Such Confusion. Moto X Pure Edition is the Moto X for the US, Style and Play are Not

Motorola is done with their big 2015 product launch event, but I can tell that there is some confusion surrounding all of the products, particularly those that are coming to the US. Let’s see if we can’t help explain the situation here.

As a recap, Motorola announced the Moto X Style, Moto X Play, and Moto G (3rd gen). They also at the same time announced the Moto X Pure Edition, but part of that conversation happened off-air, directly to press and not to you, our dear reader.  (more…)

Motorola 2015 Event Live Blog!

With OnePlus now less than 24 hours behind us, it’s Motorola’s turn to take the stage and give us what’s next for 2015. We know a Moto G (3rd gen) is coming, thanks to Motorola India outing the entire device this morning a bit early, but will we also see a new Moto X (3rd gen) and Moto 360? Maybe two Moto X phones? I hope the answer is “yes” to all of that.

Motorola is hosting press events in New York City, London, and Sau Paulo this morning at 9AM Eastern (6AM Pacific). We aren’t sure just yet if they are going to live stream it (Update: Live stream added!), but should they decide to provide us with a link, we’ll be sure to add it here. Otherwise, I’m here, in NYC, ready to liveblog it out for all of you.

Any last guesses or predictions? (more…)

OnePlus 2: Software Tour!

We’re continuing on here with this massive barrage of OnePlus 2 posts by taking a look at the phone’s software. As we mentioned in our hardware tour video, the OnePlus 2 runs OnePlus’ new OxygenOS 2.0, which has all sorts of upgrades over the 1.0 version that came on the OnePlus One. We actually joked a bit about v1.0 not really being much of a skin, but this 2.0 has plenty of goodies to help it stand out.

Think of the way Motorola does Android and you will have a pretty good idea of how OnePlus approached Android with this phone and v2.0. The skin comes off as almost pure stock Android, but OnePlus added in gestures, all sorts of controls over the phone’s navigation buttons (like long presses and double taps), icon pack support, a dark theme, a home page called Shelf (with recently used apps and contacts), and more.

Give the video a quick look and then let us know if you like this approach to Android better or Motorola’s.  (more…)

OnePlus 2 vs. OnePlus One: Quick Comparison

This day wouldn’t be complete without a quick comparison of the OnePlus 2 to the original OnePlus One, would it? We have that for you below.

In this short video, we didn’t spend time running through benchmarks or showing you the major software differences (we’ll save that for our review) from one phone to the next. Instead, we really just wanted to show you a side-by-side hardware and design comparison to get the ball rolling.

You can see that these phones still look very similar, but the OnePlus 2 has been given the premium treatment with a metal frame, some added weight, an upgraded camera, and a fingerprint scanner that doubles as a home button. Next to each other, the untrained eye may not be able to tell the difference, but there are indeed plenty of changes for this year’s OnePlus phone.

OnePlus One owners, is this enough of an upgrade?  (more…)

OnePlus 2 Specs (Official)

For those obsessed with the little details about new phones, like the OnePlus 2, we have the full specifications list for you below.

These are the exact details given to us directly from OnePlus, so there shouldn’t be any errors here. You’ll find the dimensions, all supported wireless bands, specifics on the cameras, supported video and audio types, pixel density in the display, weight of the phone, and the goodies you’ll get in the retail box when your phone arrives.

Yep, these are the official OnePlus 2 specs.  (more…)