With the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus arriving in the US on July 12, we now have them both in house for some review action. Motorola was kind enough to send over a couple of review units, so we’ll put them to good use and relay back our findings.
As a recap, the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are the newest members of Motorola’s highly successful G range. They are certainly budget-friendly, yet manage to pack in a lot of solid specs for the price. The regular Moto G4 starts at just $199 (or as low as $125 at Amazon), while the G4 Plus starts at $249. Both can be upgraded in storage and the Plus can also be upgraded in RAM. (more…)
This morning, Google officially unveiled the name of Android N as Android Nougat, but this afternoon, they put a number to it as well. The next version of Android is Android 7.0.
That new number shouldn’t really shock anyone, since Google basically told us last year to expect a new version each year. We knew that meant a new name, but was anyone sold on their being a full digit jump each year? I don’t know! Either way, Android Nougat is Android 7.0 whether we were ready for it or not. (more…)
The OnePlus 3 is a sweet phone, I can’t deny that. For $400, you are getting a very nice hardware package, but on top of that, OnePlus throws in software tweaks and other functionality to spruce up what’s already a pretty solid Android experience.
For fans of Nexus devices, you undoubtedly like stock Android, and for me, that’s where the OnePlus 3 software shines. Not only does it provide that stock feel and look like on a Nexus phone, but certain OxygenOS features, such as gesture commands and icon pack support, really help get the most out of the possibilities for Android. (more…)
Announced alongside the new smartphones from Moto and Lenovo, the Moto Mods are an attempt to bring modularity to the forefront of consumer smartphones. Featuring everything from a projector module, to Style Shells and JBL external speakers, Moto showcased an impressive number of Moto Mods that customers will be able to purchase with their Moto Z and Moto Z Force devices. (more…)
For those more interested in the DROID series of phones, don’t fret, Moto and Verizon did not forget about you. This morning, two new DROIDs were announced, the Moto Z DROID Edition and the Moto Z Force DROID Edition. Is this one of the more confusing naming strategies ever? Yes, it most certainly is.
We took the Moto Z Force DROID Edition for a spin in the hands-on video below, since there is technically not much difference between the Moto Z and Moto Z Force versus their DROID counterparts. To clarify this situation for anyone curious, the Force DROID Edition features the same 21MP rear-facing camera, larger 3,500mAh battery, and ShatterShield display technology as the standard Moto Z Force. The only real difference is the DROID branding and CDMA radios. (more…)
During Lenovo Tech World, we were able to go hands-on with all of the new products announced this morning. First, let’s go over the Moto Z, which is the standard flagship of the new lineup from Moto and Lenovo. You should already know the complete list of specs, but if you don’t, here’s a recap. The Moto Z features a 5.5″ QHD display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2,600mAh battery, USB Type-C fingerprint reader, and Android 6.0.1.
You will immediately notice that the phone is extremely thin. Measuring in at just 5.2mm, it’s one of the slimmest phones I have ever held in my hands. While it did make holding the device rather odd, I will say that the thinness was extremely attractive. While a bit bigger of a battery probably would have served users a bit better, there’s no denying that this is an intriguing smartphone. (more…)
During Google I/O last week, Google showed off Android Wear 2.0, the biggest update the platform has ever seen. They told us to expect it later this year on consumer devices, but did push out a developer preview to the Huawei Watch and LG Watch Urbane LTE for those interested in getting their apps ready ahead of time. It’s also available for those of us who live on the bleeding, buggy edge of all things Android. Yep, that means we flashed 2.0 to a Huawei Watch to take it for a spin. (more…)
For the better part of the last week, I have had the Huawei P9 in house for testing. That may sound odd, since we don’t typically give much coverage to phones that will never arrive in the US, but with Huawei seemingly on the verge of making a big splash here, we wanted to see what their non-Nexus flagships are like. We wanted to see if their Android skin is as bad as its reputation, if the hardware is as good (or better) than that of the 6P, and also begin to familiarize ourselves with the world’s new number 3 phone manufacturer.
The video below will walk you through all of this, but to summarize, I’ll just say this – the software is worse than expected, but the hardware might be the best I’ve held this year. (more…)