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

41. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Definitely up there.

48. WoodyH

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

All this chatter about the 808. The thing you have to remember is that Moto has their own computing system. The 808 is just one piece. It will have to do less work in a Moto phone than other OEMs. The OG X had an S4, for crying out loud. I traded a GS4 in for the OG X, and I am here to tell ya, the X was faster and snappier. I have no doubt that the X Pure will be the fastest, snappiest phone out there for real world use.

50. Shocky unregistered

That's a little unfair, touchwiz on the Galaxy S4 was rubbish for a long time and even now is far from perfect. Now if you compare to a Galaxy S4 Google Edition then I bet you won't be able to tell the difference or would even find the Galaxy S4 faster.

55. WoodyH

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Maybe, but my point is, with Moto's computing system, 808 will be lightning fast. I really think Moto hit a home run.

71. Shocky unregistered

Computing system? they have two addition cores for Natural Language and Contextual Computing. Do you understand what they do? For actual performance, how fast your apps/games run they won't make any difference.

78. WoodyH

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

No need to be a douce, questioning what I understand. It is not known exactly what extra cores will be used in the X Pure. However, previously there were also two additional cores for application processing, in addition to contextual services. At any rate, when in real world use, Moto's performance is better than any of the other phones mentioned, with maybe the exception of the Nexus 6. Partially due to the computing system, and partially due to near vanilla Android. Put an x side by side with a competitor, and you too will see. It's not all about specs.

98. Shocky unregistered

I flash roms almost weekly and change phones 2-3 times a year. Stock android is overrated, even on stock devices I use a launcher as stock doesn't feel smooth to me.

52. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yes, why I think the moto may be a good buy in the USA due to all the network problems, in the the UK the 32gb s6 doa all other phone for the price, just over £300, why buy any of the moto phones in the UK when you can easy get the s6 for less than £400, beat phone of the year and the fastest even more so as the unlocked s6 as the fastest firmware at this time

56. Awalker

Posts: 1967; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

If they had a smaller flagship device I would say yes.

60. ssanders2k7

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

So much better than Samsung crap, I much prefer Pure Android to something like TouchWiz. I just hope they release a new Verizon model :(

65. mike2959

Posts: 693; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

The title of the article say's "best". That's very subjective. To me, value is not a "best" metric. Look at PA own ratings, ie. battery, display, etc.. Check other tech sites. Read user reviews on the carrier site's. If Motorola would optimize battery, & upgrade display, they could compete with Sammy & Apple even LG.

79. SuperSonicX

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Here's why Motorola is making the best phones right now: stock Android and value. For $400, you're not getting a cheap Chinese phone, but a quality handset all around. Build quality, display (QHD is super crisp and bright, according to early reviewers), camera (Sony IMX230), sound (dual front facing speakers!) and software are top notch. Ever since I ditched my iPhone 5 for the original Moto X, I refuse to use an Android phone with an OEM skin and bloatware. I'm using the second gen Moto X at the moment and am still surprised at how quick the software is. For example, a while ago I compared my second gen Moto X with a friend's Note 4 on Antutu, and I had the higher score (the difference was a bit over 5,000 points). This is a no-brainer for me: my next phone is the Moto X Style.

110. Zylam

Posts: 1811; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Fully agree with all of your points.

81. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

For me, the Moto X Style is the best phone on the market, or will be on the market once it's released. Why? Because it meets my expectations in what I want in a smartphone more than any other phone. This is why "best" is very subjective, I would like a large display, with 1440 resolution, a fast processor, lots of RAM, near stock Android, sizable battery, fast charging, fast updates, and at a reasonable price. Motorola hits all those points. There's almost certainly a phone that is better in one or more of the areas that matter to me, but it'll end up falling short elsewhere. Is there a faster phone with more RAM? yes, but it'll fall short with the stock Android user interface, fast charging, and affordability. There's lots of other bonuses that are icing on the cake, expandable storage, high end camera (allegedly), customization, Motorola custom software features that really do add up that make it the best for me, but best overall for everyone is incredibly subjective.

91. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

They only make phablets now, not phones. So no.

97. smoothiii

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 25, 2013

All those phones are great and those companies are having to make choices to keep cost down. Each company is making a different bet on what is important and will work for the consumer. All the current phones are fast enough. Choose your poison and what works for you. This is exactly what google wanted, which is why the nexus phone was cheaper and why they came out with the tablet. TO ENCOURAGE THE OTHER OEM'S TO GET OFF THEIR REAR END AND START PRODUCING SOME EXCITING PHONES AND TABLETS. Great job by Moto, Oneplus 2, etc. I am very seriously thinking about not getting the note 5 or edge plus and just getting a Moto Style X. I will wait for 4 more months and let the dust settle and we will get more truth on how well these phones perform over time.
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