Detailed in a recent report out of China, Lenovo will cease the use of its own branding on all future handsets. Instead, it will lean on its Moto brand, hopefully putting the 2014 acquisition to good use. This news follows a previous report from May, where Lenovo admitted that the purchase of Motorola has not been meeting expectations. (more…)
For those who may have purchased a Moto device through the Moto Credit program, or anyone thinking of purchasing a new device via this method, letters are going out to inform customers that this will no longer be an option moving forward.
In the letter, which was sent to one of our readers then forwarded to us, Comenity Capital Bank, the bank that issues the credit, states that the credit program with Motorola will cease on November 30, 2016. Furthermore, starting November 29, 2016, no purchases using existing Moto Credit can occur, permanently bringing an end to the program. (more…)
Last week, a report suggesting that LG was already abandoning modularity in phones caused some to worry about Motorola’s future in the niche. You asked us during our most recent Q&A if we thought Motorola would do the same and we responded by saying that it seemed more likely that they would continue on rather than give up. That’s because Motorola has a great implementation of modules with Moto Mods, but to succeed they need better Mods.
Today, Motorola announced a whole bunch of new initiatives to get creators and developers making the next great Mod. They’ll do so through funding at Indiegogo, Hackathons, and, investments by Lenovo Capital. (more…)
Been holding out on the Moto Z or Moto Z Force in anticipation of one of those mega-discounts from Motorola? You waited just the right amount of time. Starting this moment, you can cruise over to Motorola’s site and grab a $150-off promo code that can be used on any of three Moto Z products: Moto Z DROID, Moto Z Force DROID, and Moto Z (unlocked).
What kinds of prices are you looking at minus $150? The Moto Z DROID would drop in at $474, Moto Z Force DROID would drop to $570, and the unlocked Moto Z would be $549.99. Not bad? (more…)
For who knows how long via Best Buy’s website, select models of the Moto 360 (2nd Gen) can be purchased starting at $100 off. As for which models this deal applies to, it’s the Black with Black Leather, Black Stainless Steel, and Rose Gold with Blush Leather designs.
With the $100 off, the Black Leather option drops to just $199, the Stainless Steel option to $279 ($120 off), and the Rose Gold to $229 ($100 off). All of the watches are brand new, in boxes, and definitely not refurbished. (more…)
With no Galaxy Note 7 for you to spend money on coupled with the chance that our list of solid replacement choices might not be for everyone, we have another smartphone option for your consideration – the Moto Z DROID at Best Buy. Why? Because if you buy this modular wonder from Best Buy on a payment plan or contract, they will hand you a $250 gift card to be spent on whatever.
The Moto Z DROID, for those not familiar, is Moto’s newest flagship that is compatible with Moto Mods (our full review). Moto Mods are modules that can add functionality to or improve the experience of the Moto Z, like a projector, external speaker, and battery pack. It’s by no means a flawless device, but it’s a solid device that is of flagship quality. Is it better than the Galaxy S7? I don’t think so, but you may, especially if you find Moto Mods to be appealing.
Right now, the phone can be had for 24 monthly payments of $26 or with a 2-year contract and $201 up front.
Now that the Galaxy Note 7 is officially done for and not coming back, those of you (a cool million or so of you) who owned the phone are probably wondering which phone should be the replacement as you makes plans for a return. I have both good news and bad news on this subject. The good news is that there are quite a few really good phones out there (or that are coming in a couple of weeks). The bad news is that there are no phones like the Note 7. You will have to sacrifice a bit.
I know that may sound slightly depressing, but let’s run through some decent options and why they may be your best choice today or in a couple of weeks. (more…)