Moto X Pure Edition Review

The Moto X Pure Edition has a lot to live up to around these parts. For two straight years, its predecessors have grabbed the “Phone of the Year” crown in our end of year top 5 list. That’s a pretty big deal when you consider all of the phones that come out each year. Obviously, we love the approach Motorola takes to Android phones and so if you have used any of the Moto X products, you probably aren’t surprised that they won even with a couple of troublesome areas (their cameras, for one) that certainly weren’t best-in-class. Motorola gets Android – that’s about the best way I can explain their phones.

So what about this year’s model? Can this phone 3-peat with its incredible combination of specs, price, and availability? Well, I’d be spoiling this whole review if I told you that now before we even get into this. What I will say is that we’ve spent a good week+ with a custom designed Moto X Pure Edition and have a ton of opinions to share about it.

This is our Moto X Pure Edition review.  (more…)

Video: Moto X Pure vs. Moto X (1st and 2nd Gen) vs. Nexus 6

Within the last week, you guys have made it clear to us that you want to know how the new Moto X Pure Edition (our unboxing) compares to the Moto X (1st gen), Moto X (2nd gen), and Nexus 6. I think it’s safe to say that many of you are in the Moto X family of phones and are considering staying there. And rightfully so, the Moto X line has been one of the best in recent years.

So, with that in mind, we put together this video, which shows you the new Moto X Pure versus the 1st and 2nd gen Moto X and the Nexus 6. This isn’t a performance battle or camera showdown, since those types of tests don’t work well on camera. Instead, this focuses on what most of you seem to be worried about – how does the size differ from one phone to the next. It also dives into a recap of specs from one year to the other.

You asked for it – here is the Moto X Pure vs. Motorola’s last handful of flagship phones.  (more…)

It’s Official: Verizon Approves Android 5.1 Lollipop for Moto X (1st Gen)

Over the weekend, Motorola began a soak test of Android 5.1 Lollipop for the Moto X (1st gen) on Verizon. At the time, we told you that it could begin rolling out to non-soak testers within the week, assuming it was successful. Well, Verizon must be pleased with the Lollipop build, as they have approved the update for rollout.

The update is arriving as software version 222.21.39, which is different than the version we saw hit soak testers’ phones.  (more…)

Moto X Leather: 1 Year In

The minute the Moto X (2nd gen) went on sale last year, with leather as an option, I bought one. I bought not only because I’m a fan of how Motorola creates a phone, but also because I was curious how leather would last and age on a smartphone. My hope was that it would age like wine, show character through daily wear and tear, and become as soft and beautiful as your favorite pair of leather boots or belt or jacket. If you are fan of quality leather goods, you know exactly what I mean.

So after buying a Moto X with a natural leather back on day one, I then spent the better part of three months using it as my go-to phone. I then presented it to you all after those three months to show you how well I thought it was aging. In fact, I called it nothing short of beautiful. But I’m a leather guy who likes the way leather ages. Not all of you loved it because you thought my phone looked dirty and wasn’t pristine. And that’s fine, we all have different tastes, even if yours are incorrect (Kidding!).

Now that the Moto X Pure Edition is available, with leather as an option, we have had a number of you ask for an update on my leather Moto X (2nd gen). You want to know if it held up over a year and if it’s still something I would consider.

Well, here you go. This is what it looked like on day one (phone on the left).  (more…)

Moto X Pure Edition Pre-Order Starts Tomorrow

As announced on Motorola’s social channels, pre-orders in the US for the Moto X Pure Edition will kick off tomorrow at 2pm CT (12pm PT, 3pm ET). According to a member of the Moto Makers group, orders will begin to ship on September 13.

Not only will the regular models be available to order, but customers can also start customizing the device on Moto Maker. Before it goes live, you can freshen up on all of the Moto Maker options right here(more…)