Is Motorola making the best Android phones these days?

As the dust from the announcement of Moto's new phones has started to settle, a strange and unexpected thought suddenly hit me today. Motorola, I thought, is making the best Android phones at the moment... It's a revelation of mine, which I'm far from assuming everyone's going to agree with, but still, even if we say that what the company unveiled a couple of days ago aren't necessarily the best Androids money can buy so far in 2015, I guess we'd at least agree that Moto's offerings deserve a place up there at the top, right next to the Galaxies and the Ones and the Gs of the world...
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103. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

No, I get the Moto Display argument, and I agree with you there, I'm just as confused as any why they went with LCD display, but the image quality of the screen has gotten lots of very positive feedback and they say it produces a beautiful image so I wonder how that's a fail. Apparently the display tech has grown up and advanced a bit since the old Palm devices. Click on the link below and skip to the 2 minute mark in the video, what they're showing is bright vivid details with sharp contrast. Maybe a display with 750 resolution is more to your liking?

73. DurTeeDee

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

but but but you can add SD card slot

80. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Motorola is just holding back a little bit because they don't want to fully destroy the mobile world just yet.. Just relax, you'll see

95. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You should consider standup.

102. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You should consider becoming a mime.

2. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1157; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

No they are not making the best, but they are making very good phones.

74. DroidMystic

Posts: 91; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Who is making the best? They must be the best and Motorola is the best.

105. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Someone that offers a flagship under 5 inches.


Posts: 441; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Very good phones but they're not future proof

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7043; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What phone is future proof? New and better hardware is coming down the pipes all the time. So no device is future proof. Well unless you are talking project Ara.

16. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'd argue the opposite: what phone ISN'T future proof? My Nexus 5 with two year old specs still doesn't skip a beat. My only complaint is that the camera is subpar, but it always has been anyways, even compared to other phones from its time. It seems to me like phone hardware has outstripped software development to the point where even mid rangers these days will hold their own for some time.

90. sgodsell

Posts: 7043; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How is a Nexus 5 future proof. Especially when it is using a SD 800 32 bit CPU. Granted it was and still is a great device for its price. I know I still have my Nexus 5. How ever it is using a 32 bit chip when all new chips are going 64 bit. Not to mention the latest lollipop is 64 bit. So in no way is the Nexus 5 future proof. The Android OS however is future proof, and everyone is now trying to copy Androids success. Look at Apple with its Swift, and Microsoft with its Universal apps. The problem with both of those platforms is that they have to build up a device agnostic ecosystem. Where is Android is already there, and has been device agnostic since day one.

15. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

My Sony Xperia Z1 is futur proof eh.. using a SD 800. Its still running all the best game with no lag or slow down. Camera still taking great picture ( using Camera FV-5 its take as good pic as an S6 yeah its may be a bit slower for auto focus but thats all ) For work i use a Sonim XP7 with a SD 400 and its can still run about all the app and game whitout major slow down. Nothing currently on the market ( game and app wise ) can really use current phone hardware.

69. Shocky unregistered

A lot of demending games are not even available for SD400 devices, some are even cutting out SD600 from compatibility.

4. mike2959

Posts: 693; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

The article didn't say anything about value. So no not even close. The last 2 flagships Nexus 6, droid turbo had some serious flaws. For one, the display's are inaccurate, very dim... Battery life for the MAH size is horrible.

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2546; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'd counter that with the following: What does that even really mean when it comes to the mobile world? Which handsets out now are actually "future proof"? Also, is that even true? Look at the Nexus 5. Almost two years old now, and what exactly can't it do at this point? It's still a smoother experience than almost every other device available.

10. Ray.S

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Nexus 5 has almost zero lag. Definitely not so with the Galaxy S6...

18. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Try an HTC One M9 its feel like a Nexus 5 on steroid. No lag , open app faster , better battery life and camera. We tested in store the M9 vs the S6 and LG G4 and the M9 was more fluid at UI navigation and opened app faster than the G4 ( about same speed or a tad slower than S6 but only when first opening the app when you reopen it its beat all other handset we have at Telus Canada )

45. Shocky unregistered

I did my own tests and they prove marorun is liar.

47. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Best to find an s6 with the eh ram fixed, like my s6, it makes all other phones look slow

96. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That M9 is awesome. Fry an egg and listen to music on it. I suspect HTC will make a killing this winter. They work better than heaters.

44. Shocky unregistered

No lag on my Galaxy S6, lots of users and reviews agree with that.

46. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

There is no lag on the s6 when the ram problem been fixed, I.e. With the new software, it's all about getting there skin right and they save done that now

5. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Just no.

6. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

If the Moto X Pure and S6 price is the same I would pick the S6 all day long. But at $400 for a pure unlocked phone that works on all carriers I would go with the Moto X. I think the only thing I would miss would be the IR blaster which I use daily. My only other issue is that if the phone does not qualify for the $25 Verizon month to month discount you will end up paying a whole lot more; more than a fully decked out 128GB S6 Edge after 2 years on Edge. We really need confirmation if Verizon customers get the discount (not applicable to unlimited data users, you guys don't qualify).

11. downbeat4

Posts: 94; Member since: Dec 03, 2010

If you were on a 6GB or higher plan and out of contract or on a "device payment" agreement, why wouldn't you?

21. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

If you did not purchase the phone from Verizon the IMEI does not appear in their system. The phone is considered a non-Verizon device. It needs to be "white listed" in order to get the discount. The phone will still work if you swap a active sim but I'm more concerned with receiving the $25 month to month. Defeats the purpose of buying a $400 phone in the first place. This first happened with the Nexus 6 but then Verizon fixed the problem. But there is no guarantee that Verizon will do the same with the Moto X Pure edition because Motorola is not working with carriers this time around. No one at this point can claim that Verizon will white list these phones. Once we start seeing Verizon compatible phones become even cheaper than the Moto X will Verizon really do us a favor by giving us the discount? They could easily say that if the phone was not obtained from Verizon no discount.

35. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Now they cost almost same actually. Moto x pure 32 gb version will be $450 + tax and S6 is now on sale on ebay for $500. Till moto x drops they would be approx equal, even S6 might be cheaper.

57. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Actually I got my S6 2 weeks from Bestbuy with a $200 gift card (opened new line while closing old) so I've already hit the $400 mark. I really don't see them doing similar deals on the Moto X . Due to these Edge and Next plans these stores are starting to throw gift cards at you because they can't discount the phone directly. I've seen some people get up to $400.

89. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I want to do same but sadly my phone is cracked and I don't have any other device to trade in.
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