Deal: New Moto X on Verizon is $49.99 for a Limited Time

Today through October 20, Motorola is hosting a deal on the Moto X (2nd gen) for Verizon that will save you $50 on a new 2-year contract. At $49.99, you can custom make the new Moto X cheaper than any other model. Full Moto Maker customizations are available as well at no charge, outside of the Natural and Leather backs that each carry a $25 premium. Still, this is the lowest price you will likely find unless you buy it through Amazon, but then you wouldn’t be able to customize it.

If you haven’t, be sure to read our Moto X (2nd gen) review.

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Video: Testing the Motorola Turbo Charger With a Moto X (Updated)

Motorola’s Turbo Charger is finally shipping after pre-orders first went live back in October. As you would expect, we picked up a couple to test out the supposed 8 hours of juice in 15 minutes claim that Motorola told us during the new Moto X (2nd gen) unveiling.

For those not familiar, the Turbo Charger takes advantage of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which allows a depleted battery to grab a substantial amount of battery power within a few minutes. As you can imagine, being able to charge your device to a decent percentage in a few minutes could really come in handy, especially at the end of a long work day that is about to get longer.  (more…)

Comparison: Nexus 6 vs. iPhone 6 (and Plus), Moto X, Galaxy Note 4, and More

Yesterday, during the madness that was Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Lollipop day, we put together a quick comparison of the new Google phone to its predecessors. The point was to show how far we have come over the years, both in terms of specs, price, and size. But what about the rest of the smartphone world? How does the Nexus 6 stack up to the new iPhones (6 and 6 Plus), Galaxy Note 4, Moto X, LG G3, Galaxy S5, and HTC One (M8)? Well, we have that info for you below in one of our classic charts.  (more…)

Android 5.0 Coming to Moto X (Both Models), Moto G, Moto E, and Last Year’s DROIDs

Motorola may have had a hand in crafting one of the first devices to run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, but that thankfully doesn’t mean the manufacturer isn’t committed to its existing product lineup.

In a blog post today, Motorola confirmed both the older and newer Moto X and Moto G, Moto G with LTE, Moto E, and all three current-generation Droid smartphones – the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini – will receive an upgrade to Lollipop.  (more…)

Moto Camera Update Introduces Remote Shutter From Android Wear Devices

Motorola issued an update to its Motorola Camera app this afternoon, bringing with it a remote shutter control through Android Wear devices. Yes, you can now prop your phone up, step away from it, and snap photos after a short 3-second countdown on your Moto X (2nd gen), Moto X, or DROID phone.

The update also introduces improvements and bug fixes, while making it compatible with Kit Kat. Wait, what?

The update is live – go grab it!  (more…)

Moto X (2nd Gen): 25+ Tips and Tricks

Sorry this took so long to make, but our Moto X (2nd gen) 25+ tips and tricks video is ready!

For those new to the 25+ Tips and Tricks series, just know that this is our way of showing you how to get the most from your brand new flagship smartphone. We rattle off at least 25 tips and tricks that involve anything from the quickest way to launch the camera of your phone to fully controlling it with your voice. In the case of the Moto X (2nd gen), there is a lot of voice involved.

Beyond the voice actions, we give you a full set of tricks for Moto Display, how to set up a Trusted Device, a way to let your display stay awake as you look at it, and more.

Anything else you would like to see from this year’s Moto X?  (more…)

Deal: Unlocked GSM Moto X (1st Gen) for $249 Through eBay, Galaxy S4 Active for $299

At $249.99, today’s deal on last year’s Moto X is a steal. Sure, the device may be over a year old, but take a look at what AT&T announced this morning – last year’s Moto G LTE for $199 at full retail. This original Moto X still tops the Moto G in every single category and is arguably better than a lot of 2014’s phones. It has a better display than the Moto G, better camera, better overall design, and was at one time, a flagship phone that we dubbed the best Android phone of 2013.

In today’s deal over at eBay, you can grab the GSM unlocked version (XT1053) in brand new condition, with no carrier branding, in either black or white for $249. The device supports both T-Mobile and AT&T bands of GSM and LTE, so you should have no trouble connecting it. The deal also includes free shipping.

On a related note, the Galaxy S4 Active can also be picked up for as little as $299. Another great deal.

eBay Link (Moto X) | eBay Link (Galaxy S4 Active)

Deal: Moto X (2nd Gen) Available at Amazon for $49.99 in Black, $69.99 in Leather or Bamboo

If you are looking for the best deal on the Verizon or AT&T Moto X (2nd gen) and are willing to sign a 2-year contract, Amazon is your place. The black resin version is available for either carrier at $49.99 on-contract, which is $50 less than you would pay directly. If you want Bamboo, the Verizon unit is currently $79.99, a $20 discount. If you want Leather or Bamboo on AT&T, Amazon has them listed for $69.99, which is a $50 discount.  (more…)