Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus Unboxing and Tour!

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…)

DEAL: Moto G4 (Yes, the New One) is Just $124.99 Today at Amazon

The Moto G4 went up for pre-order only yesterday and already, Amazon has it discounted to a ridiculously low price of $124.99. That’s a $75 discount in case you were curious. Now, let’s talk about why Amazon has this phone so cheap, because as you probably guessed, there is a bit of a catch here.

Amazon announced a new program today called Prime Exclusive Phones. This new program sells newly launched unlocked smartphones to Prime subscribers at up to 50% off in exchange for a lock screen with “offers and ads.” Oh, that’s…interesting.  (more…)

Verizon Pushed Updates to the Turbo 2, Note 4, and Galaxy S5 Within the Past Few Days

Just a quick note here, but we wanted to point out that owners of a DROID Turbo 2, Galaxy Note 4, or Galaxy S5 on Verizon should have seen a prompt for an update in recent days. No, none of the updates are anything exciting, but our inboxes and Twitter accounts have made it clear that a number of you are curious as to their details. So, here you go.  (more…)

Moto G4 and G4 Plus are Unlocked and Work on All Major US Carriers

The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus will arrive in the US on July 12 at a starting price of $199. The price and set of specs should be enough to get you interested in them on their own, but these two phones are also some of the few options out there that work across all of the major US carriers, including Verizon. At this point, not even the incoming flagship Moto Z line can say that, unless something changes last minute.  (more…)

Pre-Orders Open for Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in US, Starting at $199

The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, Motorola’s newest budget-friendly phones, are now up for pre-order here in the US with a starting price of just $199. Neither landing page for each says specifically, but if you add either to your cart, they show an expected delivery date of July 12.

UPDATE: Motorola has now announced the news and says that July 12 is indeed day 1 of availability at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, Car Toys, Fry’s, Microcenter, Sam’s Club, Walmart.com, and their own store. Each device will also hit Republic Wireless on July 28.

As a recap, the Moto G4 is the cheapest of the two, but by no means lacks decent specs for a $200 phone. The Moto G4 Plus is probably the phone you’ll want to splurge a bit for, though, if you were eying either. You can check out the full specs here, but each has a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 617 processor (octa-core), 5.5-inch Full HD display (1080p), 3000mAh battery, microSD card support, and can be customized through Moto Maker. The differences are in additional specs for the G4 Plus. The G4 Plus can be upgraded from 2GB to 4GB RAM and from 16GB storage to 64GB storage, it has a 16MP camera with laser and phase detect autofocus (regular G4 has just a 13MP camera with neither AF), and also a fingerprint reader.  (more…)

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…)