Step back, LG G5. There's a funky new modular smartphone on sale in Australia, and it's also — in its standard, straight-out-of-the-box guise — the world's thinnest. Motorola's Moto Z measures just 5.2mm from front to back, but still has the latest in high-tech hardware under the hood. Where LG's top Android phone ejects its modular components like a pistol's magazine, though, the Moto Z snaps them onto its rear case to add extra battery power, a high-res camera or a more powerful speaker.
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Motorola is back in Australia. With a vengeance. With its integration into Lenovo finally completed, the smartphone maker has a new smartphone and a new smartwatch coming out in Australia next week. The Moto G4 Plus aims to be the best phone in its sub-$450 price bracket, and Android Wear geeks around the country have been waiting months for the second-generation Moto 360 smartwatch to land down under. Motorola will sell both to you on a new online store, too.
Motorola just announced its new Moto G4 lineup, with the G4, G4 Plus and the G4 Play.
All models run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, are water repellent and feature a 5MP front camera — but there are some big differences in terms of power, camera quality and customisation. To make it easier to compare, we've put together a handy chart.
The funny thing about buying a smartphone in 2016 is that it's hard to go wrong. Not too long ago, even great phones could have terrible battery life, be bogged down by gobs of unwanted software, have an awful camera, or be missing a crucial feature or two. Now, we find almost every major handset will last till bedtime, take decent photos, display them on an excellent screen, blaze through apps with a speedy processor, and browse the web with fast 4G/LTE connectivity.
We are in the midst of reviewing the recently announced Motorola Droid Turbo 2, and one of the most interesting features of the phone is its supposedly shatterproof display. Any phone can survive one or two errant drops. But what about seventy?
Opinion: I get the privilege of trying out a lot of different phones, and they're almost always very good. None of them, though, has as yet proved good enough to keep me interested for more than a couple of months at a time. The problem I'm faced with is that of all the dozen different flagship smartphone releases of 2015, each does a couple of things well but also gets a couple of things wrong. There are a few small improvements that could be made across the board. I don't think I'm asking for too much.
When smartwatches became a real thing you could buy, and not just a 80s fantasy dreamed up by Casio and Seiko, they looked unmistakably like technology on your wrist. Tech companies were mired in making a wristputer, rather than a wristputer you actually want to wear. But this year, that's all changed.
When it comes to experiencing Android the way Google intended, you have surprisingly few options. Two, really. Google's own Nexus smartphone — made by a parade of different hardware partners — and Motorola. The new Moto X Style is the new unspoiled Android champion. It can do Android even better than Google.
The Moto 360 was one of the first wearables that got us thinking, "Yeah, this whole smartwatch thing just might work". It had some flaws, sure, but it was a functioning computer on your wrist and it wasn't completely terrible. Now, Motorola is taking another stab at with the new Moto 360 — cleaning up the design but leaving behind a few problems.
Every time a new shiny phone is released, the typical claims of how great its camera is are barfed from the mouths of marketing professionals. It's no different with the new Moto X, whose previous incarnation took disappointing shots. But the new 2015 edition might just deserve a seat alongside other smartphone heavy-hitters.
The Moto X Style is in every way a successor to last year's Moto X. It's got all the requisite upgrades you'd expect: the better quad HD display, the better 21 megapixel rear camera with a front-facing selfie flash, and just an all around better look and feel. And somehow, it only costs $US400 across the pond (no word on local pricing yet).
Motorola just released a hardware Kraken the likes of which we've never seen. The new Moto X Style! The battery-conscious Moto X Play! And then there's the Moto G. Only a few years ago, no one would care about the lesser budget sibling alongside these two powerhouses — but the Moto G is Motorola's real smartphone champion.