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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106 Comments

7. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I think one of the biggest drawbacks of previous Motos was the average cameras. Now that the new Sony Exmor sensor has seemingly propelled the Moto X to a different status in mobile photography, I am almost agreeing that the new Motos are nearly the best Droids. However there is no perfect device for everyone and I'm still sticking with Sony as I cannot have anymore a mobile phone without active noise cancellation.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2541; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's really too early to say. We need quality reviews of the Style and Game before we can hand out that award. That being said, I'm more excited by their devices than any that have come out in a good while, and my feeling is that what they may lack in pure specs, they'll more than make up in user experience.

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Not "Game" it's Moto X Play :D

23. jellmoo

Posts: 2541; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Bah, that's what I get for commenting before I have my coffee.

53. Shocky unregistered

Why is it called Play? it has a weak GPU. It's comparable to Adreno 320, slower than last years flagship devices.

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I'd say they are one of best. They are just like iPhones, not best in any department but looking overall Moto X doesn't have weak points. I could easily say what annoys me in every Android phone and I would have hard time looking for any flaw in Moto. For me it would be size as I will never use anything above 5 inches comfortably.

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Past moto only had two problèmes.. No SD card on most latest model and crappy camera. Camera is solved but not SD. Still overall its feel like a great phone based on what we could seen up to now. Motorola is like HTC in the fact thats they has currently the lowest % of return for manufacturing defect. You sell 10 of them and maybe 1 will return in the first year. Samsung is more like 3 out of 10 will come back first year just like Apple phone. Thats where you see thats most ppl get sucked up by marketing and brand recognition over quality product. PS: dont come with your crappy SD810 propaganda there was not a SINGLE HTC M9 returned at Telus ( Canada ) of all the one we solve because of overheating or slowdown not a single freaking one lol.

25. jellmoo

Posts: 2541; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Not sure I get you, the ones just unveiled do have SD Card slots.

30. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Exactly and why is he mad at me? :D

104. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm not going to lie, your personal vendetta against Samsung and crusade against inanimate objects amuses me to no end. I mostly think your BS'ng, but it's amusing none the less.

22. Ray.S

Posts: 452; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Yeah, you have a point right there about the screen sizes... Why did they have to make both of the Moto X's with such huge screens? 5.7" and 5.5"... way too big for me. Though I wouldn't count that as a flaw, because I know a lot of people enjoy phablets.

31. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I surely count that as flaw, choice of compact phones sucks, it's really Z Compact vs iPhone, shame because I like those new X's very much but I want one hand usage without stuid ideas like reachability

19. xnga123

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

are moto g2 2014 and moto g 2015 going to receive android m?

24. Ray.S

Posts: 452; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Dunno, but my guess would be yes. For the G 2015, I'm like 99.9% certain, but am also an optimist for the Moto G 2014. That's also a key advantage of Motorola nowadays - extremely fast Android updates, due to almost stock Android experience. Even the oldest Moto G, from 2013, is now on Lollipop.

51. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's one thing I think they're trying to improve on with this Pure Edition model. They're selling straight to the customer so they're the ones pushing out the updates, not the service provider. And with only a single model with all LTE bands included, they only have one model of each phone to worry about updating, so they've learned from Apple in that regard. We should see a much faster adaption rate of new Android OS especially if Motorola reclaims market share. Even more so if other OEMs follow their example.

59. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I would say yes but because the Moto G 2GB model will be around $220 I personally would sale my old moto G for $100 to $120 and just upgrade. I would pay the difference for the extra ram, better camera and waterproof design.

26. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I think Motorola makes average phones, nowhere near the best. LG is way better. Motorola phones have generally had small batteries and no SD card, small screens, for my taste anyway. I just got the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 with a 4100 mAh battery and 6 inch screen, almost no bezels. A thing of beauty and long lasting battery. Nothing Motorola has to offer can compare with this phone.

61. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I disagree with you, There might be some hardware advantages with the Ascend Mate 7, but when it comes to software, Motorola has a near stock Android experience with faster updates and the Moto X specific software/features are really what make using the phone so enjoyable. They also give users more customization options/combinations for a single device than nearly the rest of the industry, which really makes the phone more personally suited to the user than any other phone in existence. And how can you say that LG is way better? The LG G4 and the Moto X Style both have the same processor, the same amount of RAM, both displays are LCD at 1440 resolution, both have the same size batteries (though the Moto X Style can charge its battery faster than any other device on the market), they have stellar cameras, SD card expansion. The LG G4 may have some features that Moto X lacks, but the same could be said the other way around. That being said, LG phones are NOT "way better".

27. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Making some good phones definitely. Hear good things about Sony too. Sort of like big foot. Never seen one in the wild. Samsungs top range is good but are totally over saturating the market with low end cap.

28. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Yes in terms of looks, but performance is questionable based on previous models.

29. mixedfish

Posts: 1547; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I'm not one to demand overly thin phones, but if Motorola thinks 11mm is fine than I will never consider them.

67. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Its 11 mm at the thickest point, it curves to 6.1 mm. I'd say it would not be nearly as bad as if the s6 with its flat design was 11mm thick.

32. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

It is hard to be objective about who makes the best phones. It's like asking a French person who makes the best wine. Some may say Chile or Australia or some other country, but most will say France. Up until the past 10 years it was hard to find many foreign wines in French supermarkets. Similarly, how objective can American's be in comparing Apple and Motorola to non-US OEM's? Of course some Americans will like other phones but I am guessing that there are far more American fans of Motorola and Apple than in other countries. I am a Canadian and, to me, Motorola is like HTC - just hanging in there making OK phones but in danger of becoming irrelevant.

75. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I suppose you do have a point here, though I would like to point out that Motorola gained 118% of market share over the previous year in their last report so there is progress while HTC is currently in a downward spiral. Have to keep optimistic and keep their user base coming back for more, and then some...

33. tokuzumi

Posts: 1843; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

They are making good phones, but they should make a Moto X with a smaller screen. But, if the new Moto X is as good as it sounds on paper, it's going to hurt S6/G4 sales. Quite possibly even Note 5/S6+ sales. Especially since Android M will most likely have multi window functionality. Nearly stock android + quicker updates than other manufacturers (usually) = win

39. Shocky unregistered

Stock Android and updates equals win? not in terms of sales it doesn't.

36. Shocky unregistered

No, I would rate them a step below LG, Sony and even OnePlus. Anyone remember the original Moto X? that was a good device and the reason was a good combination of performance, display resolution and screen size, as a result they received a lot of respect and reviewers and users alike. Now we have a 1440p display, a SN808 and a 5.7" display which is the complete opposite. They've lost the plot, there is a market for phablet's but there is an even bigger market for phones.

38. fancollo unregistered

S6, G4, One etc are very good phones. But i honestly doubt they are worth the money we pay for them. The S6 is switched off before i leave the office, the One takes ridiculously bad pictures. The G4s display can't be seen if you have polarized glasses. And all that for paying a premium? I take a Moto G and i can see the display at any time, it gets me through the day and takes pictures like the One. and i paid a forth of one of those. So thinking about price and quality, i think Motorola is unmatched. You may not get the best, but at least you're not paying too much and you're happy with that!

40. Shocky unregistered

Rubbish, Galaxy S6 32GB £375. Moto X Style 16GB £359 (Moto still rocking 16GB in 2015 on a high end device) Samsung have also just announced they will be dropping prices.

58. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

I presume when you refer to the "One", you're talking about the HTC One, and not the OnePlus One?
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