Moto Z and Moto Z Force: What do You Want to Know?

As you know from our two most recent videos, we have the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID in hand in preparation for our reviews. It’ll be a bit before we get those reviews all put together, but that doesn’t mean we can’t sit here and answer some questions you may have.

Are you wondering about the missing headphone jack? Curious if the chin is as big as it looks on video? Is the regular Moto Z too thin or pretty great in hand? Are the Moto Mods actually cool and worth their previously reported high price tags? Is the camera any good on either phone? I may have some answers to stuff like that.  (more…)

Moto Z DROID Software Tour!

With the unboxing now out of the way (watch it here), we can start getting into the important stuff – whether or not the Moto Z DROID (and Moto Z Force DROID) are worth considering as your next phone. One place we love to look to see if a phone is any good, especially with Motorola phones, is in the software. As you all know, Motorola has stuck with a “pure” Android experience for years that has a suite of Moto features added to improve the experience without getting in the way.

With the Moto Z DROID, that’s again the situation. Motorola has given each phone Android 6.0.1 with behind-the-scenes Moto Mod magic, the Moto suite (actions, voice, and display), and a couple of Verizon apps and widgets. Overall, it’s very much what we have come to expect from a Moto phone.

In the short video below, you’ll see a tour of the experience, along with a couple of the new Moto options. Enjoy!  (more…)

Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID Unboxing!

You may have heard, but there was indeed a media gathering in New York today, hosted by Motorola and Verizon, that allowed the press to get a second look at the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID (those are the official names now, by the way). Maybe even more importantly, it was a chance for us to all get review units as we approach launch day. And get review units did we ever.

We have them both – in hand! So, we unboxed! Of course we did.

I know that you have all watched Tim’s initial hands-on videos from the Lenovo Tech World unveiling, but this is a chance to see final units, in boxes, and to see what comes in those boxes.

We’ll have a lot more over the next few days, so stick with us!

UPDATE: Software tour now posted as well(more…)

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…)