Motorola has made some of the best budget and mid-range phones for years. But Moto’s previous lineup of inexpensive devices was a bit confusing, as its offerings were split between the Moto G6 and G6 Play, and the even less expensive E5 Plus and E5 Play. In 2019, Moto is trimming down its G7 portfolio down to just three phones while also giving each model a slightly different twist to suit your needs.
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Apple and Samsung would have you believe quality smartphones should cost the many hundreds of dollars you must sacrifice to obtain their rarefied devices. But in recent years, the march of time has made that notion obsolete. In 2012, a $300 device was nearly unusable. But now? Sharp screens are cheap, and fast processors are even cheaper. Inexpensive smartphones have been pretty good for years! And so, the $399 Motorola G6 is the latest in the company's line of devices serving as a harbinger of the inevitable: Pretty good might be good enough for everyone. Sure, it's missing a few niceties, and looks like a generic slab of plastic, but those faults are easy to ignore for under $400. Did I mention it has a headphone jack?
It feels like the window of opportunity for modular smartphones has come and gone. Google's Project Ara is dead, and LG gave up almost immediately after the release of the G5. But then, off in its own little corner and now three generations deep, Motorola and the new Moto Z3 Play haven't given up yet.
For years, Motorola has been the leader in making cheap phones feel like quality products, instead of gadgets designed only to hit a certain price point. And while the next generation of Moto's low cost handsets don't seem super exciting, from what I've seen so far, they should continue Motorola's legacy of making, simple, but solid smartphones for under $US250.
Halfway between Brooklyn and Montauk, a steel cupola propped up on wooden legs once looked out over the Long Island Sound and beyond the horizon. Built in the first years of the 20th century, Wardenclyffe Tower served as the centrepiece of a real-life mad scientist's laboratory. Lever pulling, lightning bolts, maniacal laughter - this is where that sort of thing was supposed to happen. And it almost did.
Hi Gizmodo! I have a question for you, would love to get your expert advice. My Nexus 5x is still alive, but need to make an upgrade due to storage (16GB just doesn’t cut it these days…). Having been with a cheaper mid-range, I’m interested in what is the best out there at the moment?
I’m kind of leaning towards picking up a cheap Google Pixel seeing that prices are tumbling now the Pixel 2 is nearly here. What would you suggest?
Motorola's mod-friendly smartphone, the Moto Z, is back. It's back in Z2 Play form, refining the original idea a little and bringing one of 2016's most interesting -- if not exactly compelling -- phones into late 2017. The base hardware is better, and Motorola is to be applauded for that, but the Moto Mods themselves have changed little.
Every once and while you run across a gadget that would be perfect if only it wasn't missing one tiny feature. That sucks, and often there's nothing you can do about it because there's no way for multi-billion dollar companies to anticipate your need for a cattle prod or tiny projector that attaches to your phone. But what if there was? What if you could just switch out modules on a phone with a snap and always have the perfect device for the perfect occasion. That's supposed to be the new Moto Z2 Force's promise.
Motorola stands alone. Last year LG and Google both killed their respective modular phones. So the new Moto Z2 Force, with its small array of magnetic attachments, is the closest thing we have to a smartphone with customisable modular hardware. No one actually wants this, but that's not stopping Motorola from doubling down and insisting that the modular phone's time has arrived.
Unsurprisingly, the latest AI advancement in body camera technology comes no closer to increasing police accountability or officer transparency. As the public's push for body cameras has died down, tech companies are now making their own appeal for body cameras to the police departments that buy them: Offering sharper, smarter surveillance.
Motorola's Moto Z was an impressive phone that added some much-needed innovation to an increasingly stagnating smartphone market, with a series of mods that added funky features like a portable projector or a 10x optical zoom camera. Now there's a new Moto Z2, that's thinner and lighter and faster. Here's what it is, how much it costs and when you can get one.
It's a busy overnighter for us here -- Motorola is about to take the stage at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona to introduce its latest phones and gadgets. What will we see? Well, almost certainly the new Moto G5 and G5 Plus.
Are you going to splash out and spoil yourself with a new smartphone this year? We'd say Google's Pixel is the Android phone to buy right now, but if you're planning on holding off for a couple of months, it's going to have some tough competition. With Mobile World Congress 2017 just around the corner, we thought it was a good time to remind you of all the good stuff we know (and think) is on the way.
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.
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.