Does Moto’s new mid-ranger have enough wow factor?
The Moto X Play was a surprise announcement in this year’s Motorola line-up, a brand-new handset sandwiched between the top-end Moto X Style and third generation of the popular budget buy Moto G. However, the Moto X Play is more than just a mid-range option for those that want a better screen and faster performance than the Moto G offers, but can’t afford the Moto X Style (or Pure Edition, as its known in the US).
The Moto X Play houses a gigantic 3,630mAh battery that Motorola says will last two days, which is much larger than the Style’s own 3,000mAh power cell. It also boasts a 21MP rear camera, double the size of the camera housed on the new iPhone and, more importantly, it helps distinguish it from other reasonably priced phones like the OnePlus 2, Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 and Honor 6 Plus.
The Moto G offers a flagship camera for a third of the usual price and a design you can customise before you buy
The Moto G has been given a big upgrade. The third-generation model still holds true to the principle that made its predecessors so popular: it offers a high-quality phone for a third of the price of most flagships. But with more and more budget phones claiming they offer ‘high specs, low price,’ has the Moto G (2015) upped the ante enough to distinguish itself from the competition?
Judging it solely on its looks, the Moto G (2015) might disappoint you. While other phones this year have placed an emphasis on a slender metal chasses, from the front the all-plastic Moto G (2015) looks more like the Samsung Galaxy S4 rather than the Galaxy S6. It’s also a chunky monkey with a 72.4mm width and curved back that ranges from 6.1-11.6mm.
However, its 5.5-inch display is bright and crisp with wide viewing angles, even if its pixel density of 294ppi (pixels-per-inch) is only a single pixel higher than its predecessor. It also has dual front-facing speakers that provide a booming loudspeaker during calls, though we did find them a little tinny for music playback.
Motorola’s new flagship phone with a two-day battery life is launching everywhere but the United States
The Moto X Play was a surprise announcement at yesterday’s Motorola launch event, which also saw the launch of the Moto X Style and the third generation of the popular Moto G. The Moto X Play is cheaper than the Style, but still offers impressive specs including 48-hours of battery life, a 21MP camera and pre-purchase customisation using Moto Maker. However, while the Moto X Play will be launching across the world in August, it has been confirmed the budget device is not coming to the United States.
“Moto X Play will be available starting in August in various countries across Europe, Latin America and Canada,” Motorola’s press spokesperson told Little Green Robot, adding “sorry, it won’t be available in the US, but we’ll have more choices in the US later this year.”
The Moto X Style and Moto G will both be avaialble in the US as well as the wider world, though the Style will be called the Moto X Pure Edition in America . The Style/Pure Edition will launch in September and the Moto G (2015) is available to buy today. The Moto G (2015) costs £179/$179 SIM-free from Motorola (though you can get it for just £159.99 if you shop around) and is available O2 in the UK from £14.50 a month, while the Moto X Style/ Pure Edition will retail at £359/$399.99 SIM-free. The Moto X Play happily sits in the middle with a price point between both these devices, available next month for £279 SIM-free.
If you want a Motorola device or Xiaomi accessories then now is the time as both are running flash sales over 18 and 19 May.
The Moto X 16GB will be £299 until midnight on 19 May while the 32GB version will cost just £339, down from £435.
The 32GB and 64GB Nexus 6 phones will be available at £449 and £519 respectively, down from £479 and £549.
Finally, Motorola is also slashing £50 off the price of the Moto 360 by putting it on sale for just £149.
Can Google’s new flagship phablet justify the £500 price tag?
The formula for making a Nexus device used to be simple. Grab the latest and greatest bits (except for the camera), put them in a nice bland case and sell the resulting product as cheap as chips. The new Nexus 6 doesn’t really fit that mould. Yes, it has top end specs (although surprisingly the processor doesn’t support 64-bit, unlike that of the Nexus 9) but it’s all packed into a body that actually has had some sort of design applied to it – there’s no mistaking that this is a Motorola device, not least because of the huge Moto ‘dimple’ on the back. The phone isn’t cheap either. It’s not overpriced (coming in at around the same cost as other flagships), but the days of cut price Nexus’ are certainly behind us. Most surprising of all? The camera on the Nexus 6 isn’t bad!
The formula for making a Nexus device used to be simple. Grab the latest and greatest bits (except for the camera), put them in a nice bland case and sell the resulting product as cheap as chips. The new Nexus 6 doesn’t really fit that mould. Yes, it has top end specs (although surprisingly the processor doesn’t support 64-bit, unlike that of the Nexus 9 tablet) but it’s all packed into a body that actually has had some sort of design applied to it. More dramatic still, unlike previous Nexus iterations, the phone isn’t cheap either. Priced at £500 it costs cost around the as other flagships, but the days of cut price Nexus’ are certainly behind us. Most surprising of all? The camera on the Nexus 6 isn’t bad!
Something that may not be obvious in the press images, the Nexus 6 is big. Huge. Gargantuan. It’s noticeably bigger than the substantial OnePlus One and is even fractionally larger (and quite a bit thicker) than the iPhone 6 Plus. The reason for this size is of course the screen – the Nexus 6 is equipped with a 5.96” QHD 1440 x 2560 AMOLED panel. The bezels on the phone are impressively slim, so it really is all about that display. In our experience the sheer size of the phone is polarising – some people love using it, others just can’t imagine being able to cope with the changes such a big phone necessitates – it’s a squeeze in most pockets and you can forget about one-handed use.
Google has revealed the latest additions to its stock Android range, including the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and an Apple TV killer called the Nexus Player
Google has revealed the latest additions to its stock Android range, including the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet, and an Apple TV killer called the Nexus Player.
The Nexus 6 is the largest smartphone Google has released yet, with a 5.9-inch screen making it a larger phablet than either the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the LG G3. A 2.7 HZ Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor and choose between 32 or 64GB storage make the Nexus 6 a top device for enjoying media and games on the go. Built by Motorola, it looks like a super-sized Moto X (2014) with front-facing speakers and a metal flash ring surrounding the 13-megapixel rear camera and a dimpled Motorola logo on the back.
Amazingly, Google has said the new Turbo Charger for the Nexus 6 will give the phone up to six hours of use from just a 15 minute charge.