DEAL: Moto X Pure Edition Drops to as Low as $239, Free SD Cards Included

As we inch closer to the summer launch of the Moto Z brand, it only makes sense that Motorola and its retail partners try and clear out any remaining Moto X Pure Edition inventory. Today, they should be able to do that in a hurry with the crazy low prices they are currently offering the phone for with 16GB or 64GB of storage.

Most retailers who carry the phone are selling the 16GB Moto X Pure Edition for just $239.00, which is a $110 discount. If you want all the storage, you can grab the 64GB version for just $319.00, a $130 discount. B&H Photo, Best Buy, and Amazon all have each phone for that low price.  (more…)

DEAL: Buy a Moto X Pure Edition 64GB, Get a Free Moto 360 Sport

Now until June 28, anyone who purchases a Moto X Pure Edition directly from Motorola, so long as its a 64GB model, will receive a free Moto 360 Sport smartwatch. The price of a 64GB Pure Edition starts at $399, the same price as a new OnePlus 3.

Naturally, if you upgrade your Pure Edition to leather, you are looking at an extra $25 in cost. On the bright side, the Moto X Pure Edition is currently $100 off its original pricing, so not only are you saving on the phone, but you are getting the free Android Wear smartwatch, too.  (more…)

Jim Wicks is the Latest Exec to Leave Motorola

That guy, right there, is Jim Wicks. You may not know him by name, but you certainly will know him by his work. This was the man at Motorola responsible for leading the company’s design, which means the RAZR and Moto 360 were all created under his watch (Ooh, pun!). He also led the charge through a number of DROID devices and more than likely, the Moto X line. Jim Wicks was a big deal at Motorola and in the consumer electronics industry.

I say “was” because he’s out at Motorola. Wicks was one of the last remaining big names at Moto(rola) since the company was sold by Google to Lenovo. In fact, I don’t know who is left any longer. Ashton Kutcher, I guess? Either way, losing Wicks, like Rich Osterloh who went back to Google to head up a new hardware team, is a tough one for Moto.  (more…)

Tale of Two Launches: OnePlus 3 the Good, Moto Z the Terrible

Last Thursday, I started a 6-day vacation to Victoria, BC that was booked months in advance, partly because the trip involved being on hand to cheer on a family member during her Iron Man, but also because no one launches phones in June and it was thought to be a safe bet to be away. Silly Kellen. Moto(rola) and Lenovo announced the Moto Z and Moto Z Force on Thursday, while OnePlus took some time yesterday to unwrap the OnePlus 3. Yes, my trip managed to not only overlap two major phone announcements, but WWDC was packed in there too, for good measure.

Since I was away for most of the fun and Tim took on all tasks, I was able to watch from a distance and form some opinions on how these two phone launches went. I’ll just say this – there are two blueprints here for launching a phone and only one of them is even close to being right, while the other is about as bad as it gets.  (more…)

Four Different Motorola-Branded Verve Earbud Sets Launch Tomorrow

Detailed on Amazon, as well as on a specially outfitted website, a lineup of Motorolabranded earbuds will launch tomorrow, ranging in price from $79 to $249. To be clear, while these products are branded as Motorola, it must be noted that in late 2015, Binatone acquired exclusive licensing rights to design, develop, and market certain Motorola accessory products. So, while Motorola’s “M” logo will appear on packaging, this isn’t Motorola developing and releasing the products. With that out of the way, let’s go over what is being launched tomorrow.  (more…)

Moto 360 (1st Gen) and LG G Watch Won’t See Android Wear 2.0 Update

According to Motorola and LG’s support accounts on Twitter, the Moto 360 (1st Gen) and G Watch will not be receiving the Android Wear 2.0 update that was previewed at this year’s Google I/O. This news should not exactly surprise anyone, but if you were holding off on upgrading your smartwatch, now seems like a good time to buy a new one, as support for these two devices seems to have ended entirely.  (more…)

Select Moto Mods Pricing Revealed, Spoiler Alert, They’re Expensive

Listed inside of the My Verizon app, pricing for select (not all) Moto Mods has apparently been listed. As mentioned in the headline of this piece, you will need to prepare your wallet, as a couple of the Moto Mods are priced quite high, unsurprisingly.

According to the listings, the Insta-Share Projector will be priced at $299, which is quite the expense. The JBL SoundBoost Moto Mod, the one we demoed last week, is priced at $79, seeming a bit more realistic. The TUMI battery packs are also priced, with the wireless charging Power Pack listed at $99 and the standard Power Pack listed at $89. For those interested, the Kate Spade Style Shell is priced at $79. At this time, pricing of other shells is not known. (more…)