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Consumer Reports recommends the Motorola DROIDs over the iPhone 5s/5c

Consumer Reports recommends the Motorola DROIDs over the iPhone 5s/5c
As far as Consumer Reports is concerned, DROID Does. Or at least, DROID does more than the new iPhones. Consumer Reports gave out its grades for new mobile devices and is recommending the Motorola DROID smartphones over Apple's iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, although the Samsung Galaxy S4 is still the device with the best marks of all this year.

To be fair, Consumer Reports wasn't as harsh on the new iPhones as some other publications have been. CR really likes the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and lauded the iPhone 5s camera as being top notch. iOS 7 got high marks for the Control Center and the improvements to Siri. And, the iPhone 5c even got some love, being called a "compelling offering for budget-minded buyers".

But, that wasn't enough to recommend Apple's new handsets over the likes of the Motorola DROIDs. The DROIDs got the recommendation over the iPhones because of battery life and bigger screen sizes, as well as software features like Google Now, and Active Notifications. Oddly, it didn't seem that Consumer Reports took into consideration that the iPhone is on all major carriers, while the DROIDs are locked to Verizon. Although, if that were taken into account, maybe CR would have recommended the Moto X. 

source: Consumer Reports via BGR

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posted on 17 Oct 2013, 00:56 8

1. Reality_Check (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


It doesn't take a genius... Just Kidding !! :P

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 01:38 6

5. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 430; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


bet ray and vic are butt hurt

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 01:09

2. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Wow! I'm really surprised to see that Samsung devices weren't compared to Apple's latest iPhones. Motorola devices wouldn't even rank among my top 10 smartphones.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 08:00 3

15. blazee (Posts: 270; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Bc you're a spec slave

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 08:01 1

16. blazee (Posts: 270; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Paper spec*

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 01:15 7

3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Not surprising that they rate higher than the 5c. That is an overhyped, overpriced and underpowered piece of junk.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 03:28

10. deewinc (Posts: 156; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


piece of plastic

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 07:52 2

14. Finalflash (Posts: 1720; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


unapologetic piece of plastic

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 01:16 2

4. shadow25 (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


motorola is developing fast...

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 01:54 15

6. Sniggly (Posts: 6978; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Some of you forget that the original Droid was Time's Gadget of the Year for 2009, and the Moto X ranked pretty highly with tech sites when it came out too. The Atrix was lauded for the processing power and lapdock (which I'm still convinced was ahead of its time) and the Razr Maxx did really well too.

In other words, in terms of design and innovation, Motorola's never really been that far gone. They simply failed to provide devices that had *everything* customers wanted; their 2012 lineup was fairly unremarkable to the average consumer except for the Maxx HD's battery life and the Razr M's compact size for the screen it packed.

Motorola just didn't do enough to set itself apart in the minds of consumers after the Droid and Droid X. However, that's changed now with the new Droids and the Moto X. Motorola is doing some truly unique things and working hard to revamp its support image post sale, and even Verizon's customary bullcrap update delays weren't as bad as they normally are as a result.

I've seen some positive buzz building about the Moto X and definite excitement about Motomaker. I don't think the Moto X will be a runaway hit, but it's definitely gaining traction as more people become aware of what it offers.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 02:15 1

7. ScottSchneider (Posts: 316; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Thumbs Up to you...

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 04:26 2

11. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Yup. Now i wonder where are those ifans who brag about customer satisfaction ratings for the iphone are at now?

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 08:01

17. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Assuming you had read the actual Consumer Reports article -- it stated larger screens and batteries were the major reasons CR recommended Droids over the 5S/5C.

You have to wonder about the Droid Mini -- while it does have a 4.3" screen, the onscreen soft keys reduce the amount of real estate meaning the 5S/5C has more display area when it comes to web surfing.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 08:06

18. adrialk (Posts: 20; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Droid Mini does not have onscreen soft keys. Moto X does, but that is a 4.7" screen.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 08:22 2

19. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


The guy doesn't know what he's talking about. And he had the nerve to say i didn't read the article. Which i admit i didn't. The point is the customer satisfaction is bs half the time. Especially when so many people are switching to android. Customers must not be all that happy with apple as it seems.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 08:41

21. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


We knew you didn't read the article and that part was self-evident.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 08:39

20. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I stand corrected. I was thinking of Droid M.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 08:43 3

22. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


So it took you 2 comments to realize the droid mini doesn't have on screen keys?

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 08:49

23. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


DukeX, unlike you I MAN UP when I made a mistake.

In your cause, you like worm around the issue. You didn't read the CR report because had you read the summary provided in the link, you would have known WHY CR made their recommendations.

What you did was unctuous, and hence deserving of the self-evident comment.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 10:41 8

27. Sniggly (Posts: 6978; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


"Unlike you, I man up when I make a mistake."

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-cutting-down-iPhone-5c-production-on-slow-demand-compensates-with-more-iPhone-5s-orders_id48343

No you don't, ardent.

In the comments section you lambasted me and in the course of doing so made a couple of very stupid errors. I pointed out those errors AND refortified my position on the matter in such a way that it would take a special kind of stupid to keep insisting I'm wrong.

You have yet to "man up" and apologize for being wrong over there.

In fact, I'd say that 70 percent of my problem with you is that you're too damn arrogant to admit you're wrong most of the time. This is the very first time I've seen you admit to being wrong ever.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 15:55 1

29. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


I already MANED up when i said i didnt read the article. But you on the other hand need to just GIVE UP.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 09:50

26. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1352; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Those on screen buttons aren't there all the time. During video playback and some other instances, they disappear giving you the full amount of screen real estate.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 07:02

12. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Agreed on all points. Only thing I'd like to see from Motorola is for them to start becoming more of a presence in all the carriers instead of being weighted towards Verizon the most. Other than that, I'm liking what Google is doing with the company.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 17:02

31. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Spoken like a true fellow Motorola fan. Unbiased too.

Moto has and will be my fav phone manufacture for the near future.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 02:25

8. Taters (Posts: 2923; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Not surprising really. Everyone offers more value than Apple, literally. Except maybe HTC, they might suck even more.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 02:28 7

9. Sniggly (Posts: 6978; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Nah, HTC offers more storage for the price, bigger/sharper screen, and some kickass speakers (though Motorola's speakers this year are tremendous. Seriously, I can FEEL the output from my Mini at full volume.)

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 09:37

25. noles22 (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Agreed, In many ways better than the S4 and Iphone.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 09:51

30. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


The speaker on the Mini is pretty amazing, isn't it. I was playing a song that had some ambient noise. I could hear the ambiant noise reflecting across the room.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 07:27

13. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


thanks for the recommendation, but sales say something different. people pick what they want based on how you advertise it to them.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 08:50

24. theedge75 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Oct 2013)


Not me. Charging ports on my droid razr and earphone jack has not worked after about 3 months of use. I'm done with Motorola.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 15:27

28. BattleBrat (Posts: 1070; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Hmm, I'll take another look at the ultra. I've decided on the Sony z1 for Tmobile

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