Here is a Moto X Pure Edition Running on Project Fi (Updated)

The Moto X Pure Edition is a lot like Google’s Nexus 6 in that it not only is made by Motorola, but it’s an unlocked device that works on every major US carrier in the US. This is about as universal as it gets for an Android phone in terms of connectivity. With that in mind, you all know that the Nexus 6 is Google’s only officially support Project Fi device, right? Well, in theory, shouldn’t the Moto X Pure Edition, with its awesome network compatibility that is very similar to the Nexus 6’s, technically be able to work with Google’s Project Fi too? See where I’m going here?  (more…)

Moto X Pure Edition Unboxing and Tour!

The Moto X Pure Edition is here! The excitement is needed because this is the 3rd generation of a phone that we called the phone of the year in both 2013 and 2014. Or maybe better put, this pone has some big shoes to fill.

With a Moto Maker designed Moto X Pure Edition (MXPE) in house, we thought we would kick off our coverage as we always do, with a quick unboxing. In this quick video, you’ll see some initial reactions, even though this is the 3rd time I’ve had the phone in hand, the fact that Motorola tossed in a Turbo Charger and free bumper case, both of which do not seem to be affecting the still-rock-bottom price, and another run-through of specs. (more…)

Specs Comparison: iPhone 6s and 6s Plus vs. the Best of Android

How does the newly announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus stack up to the best of the moment from Android? Well, in the table below, you can see, at least on paper. We have assembled the newest from Samsung, Motorola, and LG in a spec showdown of sorts. It’s a simple paper comparison, but it almost always gets the job done.

Like in past years where Apple unveils an “S” model, they kept the same frame of a phone, but upgraded the internals. We have a new A9 64-bit processor, upgraded 12MP camera, new 3D Touch display technology, and, well, I think that’s it. They may have upgraded RAM and the battery as well, though Apple doesn’t exactly like to be upfront with that info. As we have it, we’ll be sure to add it to the table below.

Here you go.  (more…)

Video: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Tips & Tricks

In case you did not check out our complete Galaxy Note 5 review, you should at least know that the device features a ton of built-in features, going way beyond what stock Android software currently offers consumers. Some people love this, others do not.

For every major flagship device, we like to point out these features — sometimes hidden — in a tips & tricks video. This video should help any potential or existing Galaxy Note 5 owner in getting the most out of their investment. Besides, who has time to go through the million options inside of a TouchWiz settings menu, right?

Check out what the Galaxy Note 5 has to offer in the video below.  (more…)

Moto X Leather: 1 Year In

The minute the Moto X (2nd gen) went on sale last year, with leather as an option, I bought one. I bought not only because I’m a fan of how Motorola creates a phone, but also because I was curious how leather would last and age on a smartphone. My hope was that it would age like wine, show character through daily wear and tear, and become as soft and beautiful as your favorite pair of leather boots or belt or jacket. If you are fan of quality leather goods, you know exactly what I mean.

So after buying a Moto X with a natural leather back on day one, I then spent the better part of three months using it as my go-to phone. I then presented it to you all after those three months to show you how well I thought it was aging. In fact, I called it nothing short of beautiful. But I’m a leather guy who likes the way leather ages. Not all of you loved it because you thought my phone looked dirty and wasn’t pristine. And that’s fine, we all have different tastes, even if yours are incorrect (Kidding!).

Now that the Moto X Pure Edition is available, with leather as an option, we have had a number of you ask for an update on my leather Moto X (2nd gen). You want to know if it held up over a year and if it’s still something I would consider.

Well, here you go. This is what it looked like on day one (phone on the left).  (more…)

Moto 360 (2nd Gen) Quick Overview and Tour!

You have a super difficult decision to make over the next few days, assuming you are at all interested in buying a smartwatch. The Huawei Watch is looking all sorts of promising, even with its massive price tag, but now you also have the new Moto 360 (2nd gen) to consider. Not only that, but there are multiple Moto 360 sizes to choose from, along with up to 400 combinations of bands, colors, and other options through Moto Maker. Seriously, this is a tough call.

To hopefully help get you on the right path, we spent some time with the new Moto 360 (2nd gen) and captured our first impressions on video. Below, you will see each size, a couple of the configurations, and also a whole bunch of images of the device on wrist and with different finishes that are new to Moto Maker.

Here are the full specs as well.

Let’s go!  (more…)

Video: Moto 360 (2nd Gen) vs. Original Moto 360

We’ll have much more time for full comparisons later, but since we spent some time with the new Moto 360 (2nd gen), we thought we should at least show you how it compares to last year’s original Moto 360.

There aren’t a ton of differences, but Motorola did upgrade this new watch in a number of ways over the original release. For one, the watch body now has lugs. Whether you like the look of them or not, Motorola says that this allowed them to increase battery size and also make it easier to switch watch bands. And that’s true, the battery has increased from 310mAh to 400mAh in the 46mm model. They also added a new quickrelease switch to watch bands, making them much easier to swap out.  (more…)