Motorola http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/videos en-GB Group test: the best cheap smartphone you can buy http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Looking for a sub-£150 smartphone? We&#039;ve tested every budget handset that matters UPDATE: 5in Moto G (2014) tested </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You could buy all these for 1.5 iPhones. But that would be silly" alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-cheap-smartphones-main-2.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The bad budget smartphone is dead.</p> <p>Never again should you put up with pixelly screens, sluggish web speeds and cameras so bad that an Etch-a-Sketch would be better, because you can now get an all-round reliable phone for less than &pound;150. So while there still are plenty of bad phones out there, you needn&#39;t concern yourself with them any more.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto G 4G (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 2013&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Moto G</a>&nbsp;is now ludicrously cheap, frequently dipping below &pound;100 - but 4G makes this new model ever better.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s sturdily built and fits snugly into one hand, while its use of swappable Motorola Shells give you the option to customise its look on a daily basis. The 4.5in, HD, 326ppi screen is the real selling point over its fuzzier-screened rivals; it matches the much pricier <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2</a>&nbsp;on this front. Next to most other phones in its class it looks pin-sharp, with vivid but natural colours and good contrast.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not without problems - the 5MP camera does still disappoint sometimes, especially in low light, and you only get 8GB of built-in storage. But the addition of a microSD card slot means you can now add up to 32GB of space, and in day-to-day use nothing comes close.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moto G 4G takes the top spot " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4000" height="3000" title="Both Moto Gs - with and without 4G - are worth considering " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g_0.JPG?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto G 4G tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 1280x720 (326ppi) with Gorilla Glass&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, 1.3MP 720p front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2070 mAh&nbsp;<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 32GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm/ 143g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Moto&rsquo;s also left the 4G with an almost-untouched version of Android KitKat, adding a few genuinely useful features but nothing more. That helps everything run smoothly and you can can expect speedy downloads, streaming and browsing over 4G. The best bit? Even with more pixels to push than most cheap phones, the Moto G still lasts a day between charges.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have specific criteria - for instance you&rsquo;re a n00b who likes the look of Windows Phone or taking pics is your priority - then other budget phones down this list might make more sense. But for most people, the Moto G 4G will do very nicely indeed.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><br />Fantastic and futureproof, this is as close to budget phone perfection as you can get in 2014</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto G 2013 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our go-to budget phone of 2013 is still on sale and cheaper than ever, at around &pound;100 for the 8GB model. Everything we love about the Moto G 4G applies here - if you can stick to 3G, this handset is the biggest bargain in tech.</p> <p>If 8GB of storage isn&rsquo;t enough you could always splash out &pound;150 on the non-expandable 16GB model - but of course we&rsquo;d recommend getting the expandable Moto G 4G instead. Either way, feel smug. The original Moto G is still a seriously clever choice.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">In-depth Moto G (2013) review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia M2 (£150) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Until the new 5in Kogan Agora 4G turns up, the Xperia M2 is the best way to get a big screen on a budget. It&rsquo;s just a shame that 4.8in screen isn&rsquo;t very sharp at 229ppi and suffers from poor viewing angles. Because otherwise you get a ton of Sony for your money here.</p> <p>Its blocky plastic design, available in purple, white and black, is based on the high-end <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature/1-sony-xperia-z2">Xperia Z2</a>. There&rsquo;s no waterproofing as you&#39;d find on that premium Xperia, but for &pound;150 PAYG, we&rsquo;re not complaining.</p> <p>Performance is much better than previous mid-range Sony phones we&rsquo;ve encountered thanks to a Snapdragon 400 processor which powers every handset on this test bar the Moto E and HTC Desire 301. Battery life is pretty good, too, matching the Moto G 4G. Plus Sony has thrown in extras you won&rsquo;t find on other budget blowers such as small apps, Stamina mode for the battery and a pulsing notification light to stretch to over a day of use.</p> <p>Its more than decent 8MP camera is the highlight, though. AF can be a little sluggish but it&rsquo;s easy to use, with Sony&rsquo;s quick Superior Auto mode plus lots of settings to dig into and reliably good 1080p video. It doesn&rsquo;t get close to the top smartphones for picture quality, but it&rsquo;s the best all-round snapper of all the cheap phones we&rsquo;ve tested.</p> <p>If Sony had stuck a higher res screen on the M2 and added support for 4G, this would be more of a rival for the Moto. As it is, it falls just short.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Fine features and the best choice for shutterbugs, only the screen lets the M2 down</p> <p><strong>UPDATE</strong>: Sony has just announced the M2 Aqua with identical specs to the M2 plus IP65/68 waterproofing and dustproofing, higher even than the Xperia Z2 and probably what we can expect from the Xperia Z3. There&#39;s no price yet but if it&#39;s &pound;150 and under, we&#39;ll add it to this budget phones group test.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The M2 gives you camera chops on a shoestring " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-m2-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Big screen, small money " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-m2-2.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony Xperia M2 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.8in 540x960 (229 ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/&nbsp;<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP 1080p rear, VGA front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2330 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 32GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 139.6 x 71.1 x 8.6mm/ 148g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 630 (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a sea of cheap Androids, the Lumia 630 stands out like an alien-goo-green buoy keeping Windows Phone fans safe from ridicule. Sure, Android has more games and the 630 is far from the highest specced device here, but this Nokia gets a lot right.</p> <p>The battery life is the best for the money - not by much, but the 630 will give you an extra hour or so over the rest. It&rsquo;s the lightest at 134g, comes with a decent, if low-res, screen and some excellent freebies including Nokia Drive.</p> <p>Windows Phone 8.1 is both friendlier than stock KitKat for beginners and now has useful Android-style features and settings, too. Even the 5MP camera has its moments - outdoor and macro shots look great and low-light images aren&#39;t the grainiest we&#39;ve ever encountered. It&rsquo;s a little slow in use next to the likes of the Moto G but it&#39;s easy to forgive that at this low, low price. If you can&rsquo;t live without 4G speeds, try the similar but more expensive Lumia 635.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Cheap, cheerful and reliable, the Lumia 630 is only outclassed by the best budget Androids</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630/review">In-depth Nokia Lumia 630 review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Representing Windows Phone - the unbelievably cheap 630 " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-630-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nokia Lumia 630 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 854x480 (221 ppi)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/512MB RAM&nbsp;<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, no front&nbsp;<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1830 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB (microSD up to 128GB)&nbsp;<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2mm/ 134g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto E (£90) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Does budget mean less than &pound;100 to you? Serving up tidy, reliable, loveable Android for the masses, the 4.3in Moto E is your best bet below a ton.</p> <p>A compact and sturdy build, slick performance and close-to-stock-Android OS impress, with only the quality of its 5MP camera, the miserly 4GB of storage and the lack of a front cam letting it down majorly.</p> <p>The 1980mAh battery isn&rsquo;t swappable and will conk out an hour before most here, but it still comfortably lasts a day of light use on one charge, and there are swappable Motorola Shell covers to keep things fresh on the desaign front. The screen, though lower-res than the Moto G, is still a cracker at this price, with apps, games and webpages all looking lovely on it. Motorola really has the monopoly on value brilliance and if your budget is truly tight you should look no further.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Moto does it again. This is the best smartphone you can buy under &pound;100</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-e/review">In-depth Moto E review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moto E is easy to love " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto&#039;s budget brilliance in 4.3in and 4.5in sizes " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-g-and-e-group.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto E tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.3in 540x960 (256 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 480p rear, no front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1980 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3mm/ 142g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto G (2014) (£145) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another Motorola! The 5in Moto G (2014) isn&#39;t a direct replacement for the 4G model or last year&#39;s handset (now priced at &pound;100). It&#39;s the Moto G for people who don&#39;t mind sacrificing a bit of battery life here, a splash of 4G there for a big screen and much better camera than the original 5MP snapper.</p> <p>So what&#39;s been improved? It performs just as fast as the first Moto G and Android is just as clutter-free. The main difference is the bigger build (it&#39;s the biggest here) - it&#39;s sturdy, though, and still sits nicely in the hand. It&#39;s sacrificed the old Moto G&#39;s neat, tidy look; there&#39;s just more plastic, so that couldn&#39;t be helped without impressive - and costly - engineering. But Moto has included some very decent (for the money) stereo speakers on the front. They don&#39;t match the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">One (M8)</a> but you won&#39;t be ashamed to use them in the back garden either.&nbsp;</p> <p>Battery life, again, isn&#39;t quite as great as the Moto G 4G. Streaming video on a commute, the bigger 5in screen sucks up 22% an hour versus the 4.5in phone&#39;s less worrying 16%. Still, it lasts the day so we&#39;re not complaining too much. Speaking of the screen, it&#39;s 720p and chances are you won&#39;t notice the slightly-less-sharp picture compared to the original. Colours are slightly more natural too.&nbsp;</p> <p>The real stars are the two new cameras, both welcome improvements. Images look a lot less blurry and smudgy than before with clear, in-focus shots and accurate colours. Video too is much more usable. The new 8MP cam on the back takes a while to focus at night but if you hold steady, you can get some impressive pics for a &pound;150 phone. All round, we&#39;d still recommend the 4G Moto G &ndash;&nbsp;but if phone photography is your thing, consider the 2014 model.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong><br />Moto has done it again - big screen, almost-stock Android and one of the best cameras for the money&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" title="It&#039;s the Moto G but not as you know it " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5121%20with%20Annotation.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto G (2014) tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 5in 720x1280 (294 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 8MP 720p rear, 2Mp front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2070 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 8/16GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 141.5 x 70.7 x 11mm/ 149g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4600" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/also-rans_0.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EE Kestrel (£100) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>4G is no longer a luxury. With the EE Kestrel available for &pound;99 outright, or &pound;14 a month, you might be tempted to choose this tweaked and rebranded 4.5in Huawei handset over the Moto G 4G.</p> <p>Before you do, bear in mind that it&rsquo;s not as easy to love. For starters, it lacks the lovely HD screen and smooth performance of the top Moto. It also has the most retro design of the bunch, both in terms of hardware and its Emotion UI software. Still, the battery life is brilliant, the expandable storage is handy and unlike some, it has both an OK front camera and a rear flash. It&rsquo;s silly-slim too, at 7.85mm thick. The fastest browsing and streaming this side of &pound;150 then, but not quite the full package.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭✭✩</strong><br />Still the cheapest way to get 4G, but there are better all-rounders for the money&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ee-kestrel/review">&nbsp;In-depth EE Kestrel review&nbsp;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Afforda-4G from EE " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ee-kestrel-review.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EE Kestrel tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 540x960 (245 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 720p rear, 1MP front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2000 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 131 x 65.3 x 7.85mm/ 145g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Desire 310 (£130) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Desire 310 is a&nbsp;smart looker both outside and in. Exterior attractiveness is conferred by a tidy, slightly curved plastic build, while on the interior HTC&rsquo;s Android skin Sense looks good and runs without a hiccup. Like the Sony Xperia M2, it also packs a few features you&rsquo;d be more likely to see on a &pound;500 phone. So the Desire 310 gets HTC&rsquo;s excellent BlinkFeed RSS reader (searchable and with offline reading), plus the ability to make short video montages with the nifty Zoe Video Highlights tool.</p> <p>But while colours look nice and natural on the 4.5in screen, it&rsquo;s just not got the pixels to show off Android games and HD movies. Plus, it always seems to look a bit grubby even with brightness on full whack, it can get a little warm when taxed, you might need to charge it up before bedtime and the 5MP camera isn&rsquo;t anything special. Maybe HTC should&#39;ve worried about getting the basics right rather than lavishing software treats on us?</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong><br />Nice looking and packed with features but the Desire 310 doesn&rsquo;t nail the essentials well enough&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s like a small One (M8) - if you squint " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-310-review.jpg?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HTC Desire 310 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 480x854 (218 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.3GHz quad core MediaTek/512MB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP 1080p rear, VGA front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 2000 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 131 x 65.3 x 7.85mm/ 140g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo (£135) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 4.5in Smart 4 Turbo doesn&rsquo;t live up to its tantalising promise: a quad-core, 4G, KitKat budget phone for less than &pound;150. While performance is generally good, the overall feeling with the &lsquo;Turb&rsquo; is frustration - with the low-res 480x854 screen that looks a bit 3D (in the bad way), with the very slow 5MP camera that takes fuzzy, mostly unusable shots, with the dark front camera and with the cheap-feeling (and looking) plastic build.</p> <p>Vodafone&rsquo;s tinkering with Android is lighter than EE&#39;s - you get just a handful of widgets, there&rsquo;s capacitive buttons to free up screen space and the battery does last a day. But anyone looking for afforda-4G should turn to the Moto or, as a cheaper option, the Kestrel.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says</strong>:&nbsp;<strong>✭✭✭</strong><strong>✩</strong><strong>✩</strong><br />A valiant effort but Vodafone has cut too many specs to keep up with the best budget phones</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones money can buy</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s smarter phones than the Smart 4 Turbo " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vodafone-smart-4-turbo-review.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The unusual suspects " alt="Best cheap smartphone 2014 test " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-cheap-smartphone-test-main.png?1410954150" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 4.5in 480x854 (218 ppi)<br /><strong>Power</strong>: 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400/1GB RAM<br /><strong>Camera</strong>: 5MP rear, VGA front<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 1880 mAh<br /><strong>Connectivity</strong>: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 134.5 x 67.5 x 10.4mm/ 138g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Budget smartphones tested </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Every sub-£150 handset that matters </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g/best-cheap-smartphone-you-can-buy/feature#comments Android HTC Moto G Motorola Nokia Smartphones Sony Windows Phone Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:54:11 +0000 Sophie Charara 1444737 at http://www.stuff.tv How to design a smartwatch - the Moto 360 prototypes that didn't make the cut http://www.stuff.tv/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff goes behind the scenes at Motorola&#039;s Chicago HQ to see the squares and squircles it threw out before building the gorgeous 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An exploded view of the Moto 360&#039;s components" alt="An exploded view of the Moto 360&#039;s components" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-proto-2.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Moto 360 isn&#39;t a smartwatch, the same way the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news">Moto Hint </a>- its sci-fi wireless earbud - isn&#39;t a Bluetooth headset. At least that&#39;s what Motorola keeps telling us as we take a tour of the labs, testing rooms and Model Shop of its new Chicago HQ.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Motorola began its hunt for the perfect smartwatch design with prototypes that look eerily similar to the first Android Wear devices we tested - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Samsung Gear Live</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</a>.</p> <p>With traditional square display technology, the only way to make the watches more approachable was to try to sculpt the sharp edges and corners of these designs. Working with wrist trees - to illustrate the size of the smallest to biggest female wrists and the smallest to biggest male wrists - the team realised that a square display and a form overmoulded with rubber created large gaps where the straps met the body. The fit was better with the straps on hinges &ndash;&nbsp;but still not perfect.</p> <p>With the Model Shop&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3d-printers-go-head-printhead/feature" target="_blank">MakerBot Replicator</a>, alongside higher res Objet printers, designers could make low fidelity models on their lunch breaks. But they didn&#39;t just 3D print these square form factors, they spent time and energy making working models that each ran early versions of the software. UI screens and watch faces were also tweaked on-screen then printed onto the back of glass and slotted in to the prototype housing for usability and readability tests.</p> <p>Ultimately, though, none made the cut.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;These all feel like a gadget. They look like a gadget. So we said - we need to reset, we need to take a step back,&quot; says Dickon Isaacs, Design Director. </p> <p>We&#39;re beginning to think Motorola just 100% hates gadgets, when he explains the allure of the circle.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Time has always been a circle,&quot; says Isaacs as he points to a whiteboard with sketches of square screens, fully circular screens and Motorola&#39;s final choice. &quot;Sundials. The first pocket watch. Wristwatches. Analogue watches. 80 per cent of all watches sold globally are round.&nbsp;There&#39;s a lot of strength inherent in the material, stainless steel, but also, the circle is an incredibly strong structure from an engineering perspective.&quot;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Draw a watch and you get a circle " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-4_0_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="See-through smartwatch! Not in production, sadly " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-1-1_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Look familiar? Moto rejected these square designs " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-3.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="The resident MakerBot 3D printer at Moto HQ&#039;s Model Shop " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-12.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A few reviewers have moaned about the black area that cuts off the bottom of the 360&#39;s 1.56in LCD and houses the display drivers and ambient light sensor. And in the last few months, rivals such as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review">LG&#39;s G Watch R</a>,&nbsp;with a truly round display, have popped up&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but sporting chunkier bezels. We think Motorola made the right choice.</p> <p>The round display, round form factor and slim bezels wouldn&#39;t have been possible without the &#39;slice&#39;, as Moto execs call it. &quot;We could have put the drivers outside, that would make a perfectly round display but definitely not a round watch,&quot; says Lior Ron, VP Product Management. &quot;There would be drivers and big bezels outside the display.&quot; </p> <p>Explaining why Motorola didn&#39;t go the G Watch R route, Isaacs adds: &quot;If you design with this component but try to keep a pure object, it isn&#39;t compelling, it doesn&#39;t feel modern. The proportions of the border aren&#39;t great. We wanted something that felt more elegant.&quot; </p> <p>It also passes the wrist tree test, helping with the overall fit of the watch. Wicks tells us that the placement of the display drivers means that the watchbands can be attached closer to the centre of your wrist and this gives a more versatile range of comfortable fit across different wrist sizes.&nbsp;</p> <p>To fully &quot;achieve round&quot;, Motorola engineers had to build the custom display from scratch and work hard to fit the battery, processor and sensors into the circular, 11.5mm high housing.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Once Moto had agreed on round, then the real challenge began " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-8_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Mike Yankey, our Moto tour guide, with an Objet printer and wearing Moto Hint" alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-13_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The moment has arrived. Our first hands on time with the Moto 360 in a dark chill-out area of the HQ, filled with props (from an amateur chef&#39;s station to a fixie bike) to show off its usefulness. The first thing Wicks wants us to focus on is the fit and feel, the quality of the locally sourced Horween leather for the bands, the smell and the texture. The message? Less stats, more craft.&nbsp;</p> <p>Isaacs nipped over to the famous watch show Baselworld in Switzerland to see what makes traditional watchmakers tick. The precision and attention to detail on these luxury objects left their mark.</p> <p>Everything on the 360 was rapid prototyped and refined, then rapid prototyped and refined again&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;down to the power button on the side which, like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a>, mimics regular analogue watch design. The black and grey leather bands weren&#39;t selected from the Horween tannery&#39;s existing palette. Instead the team worked with the leather craftsmen, using the Pantone system as a reference, to match the colour target of the stainless steel bodies ending up with &quot;a whole host of greys and a range of subtleties in the blacks.&quot;</p> <p>No wonder it was a bit late.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Round screen, round body " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5098_0.JPG?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Strapless 360 bodies " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-9_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The quality of the materials used on the Moto 360 is lovely compared to, say, rubber bands but while the Moto 360 is the first watch to really get compared to analogue designs, it&#39;s still &#39;only&#39; &pound;200. We know that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a> <em>starts</em> at $350 but Apple&#39;s keeping schtum on how much the 18-karat gold Watch Edition will cost. Will we see a &pound;13,000 Moto 360? Or a cheaper watch?&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;This is day zero for us,&quot; says Isaacs. &quot;If there&#39;s people crying out for more variety through the price tiers, we&#39;ll go for it. We feel confident we&#39;ve started in the right place. If you start lower, it&#39;s harder to go up strategically.&quot;</p> <p>It&#39;s also worth noting that this is no <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble</a> in terms of its customisability. Alternative watchbands can be used with the 360 but it&#39;s not exactly being encouraged. It&#39;s a spring pin, a watch industry mechanism, so swapping between Motorola straps is easy enough. Straps will be sold separately in the US for US$29 for leather and US$99 for light and dark stainless steel - no UK prices for now.&nbsp;</p> <p>But Motorola won&#39;t guarantee performance, particularly with other metal straps. Its own straps have a plastic space to isolate the band and optimise the 360&#39;s antennas.&nbsp;</p> <p>The body comes in light grey or black steel and two leather band colours, black and grey, are available at launch. The first two stainless steel straps are coming soon and more colours and materials are promised. For now, Motorola doesn&#39;t want to overwhelm us and is instead sticking to this &quot;classical&quot; and &quot;timeless&quot; range. Then again, this is the company that created Moto Maker&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;which lets you customise your Moto X with almost any accent colour or material known to man.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="3D printed strap and the final stainless steel versions " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-5_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As for the next-gen Moto 360, that&#39;s hiding behind the paper covering one of Motorola&#39;s nine CNC machines as we conclude our tour.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&#39;re doing what a lot of tech blogs advise and sensibly waiting for &#39;Version 2&#39;, you won&#39;t be waiting too long. Moto execs won&#39;t be pressed on the next 360 release date but Isaacs hints that a year would be too long to wait for its second gen watch.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We don&#39;t rest, so on to the next one!&quot; he grins. &quot;But not too soon. I don&#39;t want to comment on other people&#39;s strategy [we&#39;ve just asked about LG] but we want to create products that are enduring and have a sense of universal appeal that can make them last.</p> <p>Sometimes people style an object too much. We don&#39;t approach design that way, it&#39;s not a style exercise. It&#39;s about a blend of form and function to get to something that someone hopefully keeps for a long period of time.&quot;</p> <p>Seven days and counting for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Moto 360 </a>strapped to our wrists.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">Stuff&#39;s ten best wearables, fitness trackers and smartwatches</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Where Moto watchfaces are born " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-10_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1199" height="900" title="Next-gen Moto watches in the CNC machine " alt="Moto 360 prototypes" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-11_0.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Making the Moto 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola tells us how to design a smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-proto-caro.jpg?1410542684" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature#comments Android Wear Google Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatches Watch Wearable tech Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:49:03 +0000 Sophie Charara 1447084 at http://www.stuff.tv Motorola Moto 360 http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The beginning of the end for bad smartwatch design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Now that is a smartwatch" alt="Moto 360 hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN5098.JPG?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&#39;re not going back to ugly smartwatches.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s not to say the Moto 360, the first real Android Wear icon, is perfect - nothing was going to live up to the hyping and hoping of the past six months. But it&#39;s the first smartwatch you&#39;ll want to show off rather than hide under a sleeve. &nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £200.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iconic, head-turning design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Wireless charging beats faffy cradles </div> <div class="field-item odd"> The most comfortable Android Wear watch yet </div> <div class="field-item even"> Auto brightness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Needs charging at least once a day </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some disappointing performance blips </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Not all apps optimised for that round screen </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oh This? This is my sexy, round, early adopter smartwatch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When a device is as sleek, futuristic and eye-catching as the Moto 360 you can do one of two things. Wear one under a shirt and suit so that you can easily peep at the circular smartwatch as and when you need to. This how the Motorola execs do it - we didn&#39;t even notice many of them had the 360 on at first glance.&nbsp;</p> <p>The second thing you can do is slyly turn your wrist to check the time every five minutes or pretend there&#39;s an itch on your arm to get more attention.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s what we&#39;ve been doing.&nbsp;</p> <p>It takes up about the same amount of space on your wrist as a regular analogue watch, or for that matter the square <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">LG G Watch</a> (which looks even more uninspired in design now we&#39;ve sat it next to the Moto atop our wrist). It is chunky, though, at 11.5mm high so it does sort of declare its presence even if you don&#39;t want it to.</p> <p>At least, then, it&#39;s light. We don&#39;t know the weight of the steel model yet but the 360 with a black leather strap, the unit we&#39;ve been given to review, weighs just 49g. That&#39;s heavy enough so you know it&#39;s there but light enough to avoid feeling like you have a tiny computer strapped to your arm. Compared to the rubber band-like strap on a Samsung smartwatch, the leather strap feels lovely. Once you start putting the 360 next to real watch straps, it&#39;s obvious this isn&#39;t as luxurious as it could be. But remember this is the first smartwatch we&#39;ve even thought to compare to a premium wristwatch. This is what Moto is putting itself up against.&nbsp;</p> <p>The steel body feels sturdy, with a perfectly smooth circular edge, very slim bezels around the screen and a single power button on the right-hand side. We tried winding it - nothing happened, but still, it&#39;s a nice borrowing from watch design school. If you select the watchface with a ticking hand and two timezone dials then squint, it could be an IWC. &nbsp;</p> <p>The plastic inside can get a bit grubby and some people will moan about the strip that cuts off the bottom of the circular screen. But Moto showed us what it considers to be the alternative in its Model Shop. A fully round screen, with no room for the display drivers, would have meant much bigger bezels. In fact, the prototype Motorola threw out looks a little like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch-r/review">LG&#39;s G Watch R</a>. We think Moto made the right choice, although if someone can solve that particular conundrum we&#39;ll be mighty happy about it.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review" target="_blank">LG G Watch review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s hip to be round " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2378.jpg?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The clasp of the stainless steel strap " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2362.jpg?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="360 could-a-beens " alt="Moto 360 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-lg-proto.jpg?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto 360 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Screen</strong>: 1.56in 320x290 205ppi&nbsp;<br /><strong>OS</strong>: Android Wear<br /><strong>Processor</strong>: TI OMAP 3<br /><strong>RAM</strong>: 512MB&nbsp;<br /><strong>Storage</strong>: 4GB<br /><strong>Bluetooth</strong>: 4.0<br /><strong>Water and dust resistance</strong>: IP67<br /><strong>Battery</strong>: 320mAh<br /><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 46mm diameter, 11.5mm high&nbsp;<br /><strong>Weight</strong>: 49g&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Glanceable, Pretty Sharp </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;ve established the screen is round, but is it any good?&nbsp;</p> <p>Well it&#39;s certainly easily glanceable. At 1.56in it&#39;s nice and big and while colours don&#39;t pop off the display in a fit of vibrancy, they look appealing and fit in with the 360&#39;s understated aesthetic. At 205ppi, the 360&#39;s resolution might not match the Gear Live&#39;s, but it is about as sharp as smartwatches get at this point. That means text looks fairly crisp at typical viewing distance, only getting a bit murkier if you get really close and personal.</p> <p>There&#39;s also a little distortion around the very edge as the Gorilla Glass 3 raises the screen so it&#39;s not flush with the steel body.&nbsp;But it&#39;s nothing that gets in the way and we&#39;d rather the protection from scratches and bumps that, together with the IP67 waterproofing (resistant up to 1m for 30 minutes), makes for a surprisingly robust little smartwatch. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The display&#39;s not a power-sipping OLED as the rumours suggested, but a backlit LCD. One nice feature to help counteract this is auto brightness, something we haven&#39;t seen on the LG or Samsung - the 360 has an ambient light sensor that adjusts as you move from bright environments to dark ones and vice versa. It will need to be cranked up for outdoors as the 360 gets quite reflecty. Generally it&#39;s easy to read both the watchface screen and notifications, even in strong sunlight. As usual, placing your hand over the screen reverts to the low power screen with a little haptic feedback for confirmation.&nbsp;</p> <p>One more point on the screen - as with the others you&#39;ll find yourself staring at fingerprint smudges for a big chucnk of the day. This is your new pride and joy so show it some love by giving it a wipe now and again.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Auto brightness is a neat feature " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5103.JPG?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why the round face? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Moto, as expected, has the best Android Wear watchfaces so far. From an animated ticking clockface with timezone dials to a stylish rotating set of circles, they show off the form factor superbly. The square watchfaces designed for the G Watch and Gear Live won&#39;t work on the Moto 360, which means there are only seven to get started with.</p> <p>With Moto holding competitions for watchface designs, we don&#39;t think it will stick at seven for long. And once you&#39;ve downloaded the free Motorola Connect app you can customise them by choosing between black and white faces, colours for accents, number styles and timezones. As with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Gear Live</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a>, you can set the watchface to always on, or &#39;ambient&#39;, as Motorola calls it - the 360 warns that this decreases battery life but hey, a watch is for telling the time so we think it&#39;s worth the hit.&nbsp;</p> <p>In action, when you get a notification on your phone, the 360 vibrates and a card pops up on the watchface. If Google Now thinks weather, directions, transport or calendar info will be contextually useful, another card appears.</p> <p>Everything else about Android Wear - the menu list, pulling down to mute and see the battery, swipeable info cards - is exactly as it is on the Wear watches we&#39;ve tested so far. Now cards have a bit more room to breathe, thanks to the round screen, but each one only requires a short flick to the right to get rid of.&nbsp;</p> <p>Motorola tells us that plenty of Android Wear apps are, or will be, optimised for the round display - notifications certainly are and we&#39;ve seen some examples, such as recipes from Allthecooks, making full use of the screen. With the Moto 360 going on sale this week in the US, developers aren&#39;t likely to waste any time tweaking Wear apps, but right now there are a few niggles - some apps we&#39;ve tried don&#39;t work on the 360 whereas some built-in functions such as the turn-by-turn navigations have cut-off text, having been designed for squarer screens. We&#39;re not too worried right now but if the situation doesn&#39;t improve in a few months, this could turn into a bit of a dealbreaker.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/android-wear/review" target="_blank">Android Wear review</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Now would beat us at Scrabble - it&#039;s THAT smart " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2377.jpg?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Yes, master " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2392.jpg?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slightly bumpy start </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We have a soft spot for the Moto so we&#39;re really rooting for it. But that doesn&#39;t mean we&#39;re blind to its flaws.</p> <p>We&#39;ve had a couple of teething problems with the 360 already. It&#39;s compatible with any Android running 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher, and while pairing to our phone went smoothly, soon after the Bluetooth connection decided to drop out. Now, every single smartwatch we&#39;ve tested has done this once or twice - even the ever reliable <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review">Pebble Steel</a> - so we can forgive this but this is a problem both Google and smartwatch manufacturers need to devote some energy to.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;ve also noticed a bit of lag with Google Now cards coming through. A few were stuttery as they popped up or were swiped away. And one card was blank until we tapped on it. Again, Moto&#39;s own heart activity app and Google functions such as voice search and navigation aren&#39;t quite as smooth as we&#39;d like.&nbsp;</p> <p>We might not have paid much attention if it weren&#39;t for the fact that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-g-watch/review">G Watch</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Gear Live</a> we&#39;ve been wearing for the past month or so both performed much better. After the initial flurry of helpful Chicago based updates - local buses, baseball scores and the time at home in London - the 360 calmed down a little. But this isn&#39;t a solitary blip. It&#39;s not enough to make you want to chuck the Moto across the room (as you might with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">Sony SmartWatch 2</a>) but if you&#39;ve used other Android Wear watches you&#39;ll spot the difference.&nbsp;</p> <p>The good news? The heart rate monitor works, though as with Samsung we&#39;d stick to sports accessories for medical readings. Both the red and white-hued reader and the circular graphic showing weekly activity goals look very pretty too - like someone kidnapped the iOS designers in charge of the clock and compass details and forced them to create a heart rate app. You can also enter age, gender, height and weight details in the Wellness section of Motorola&#39;s Connect app to get better goals - although for now, there&#39;s nothing to track progress via Moto on your smartphone.&nbsp;</p> <p>The wrist flicking gesture to turn the screen on, or from &#39;ambient&#39; to on, works well enough, too, almost every time, and voice search and commands are just as excellent, if not better, as its Android Wear rivals. That&#39;s Google doing a great job and Moto&#39;s audio geeks working their magic with two in-built microphones on the 360. Of course, if you&#39;re trying to draw attention to yourself on the street - as we are when wearing the 360 - talking to your watch is still a pretty surefire way to do that.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear Fit review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Best Android Wear watchfaces so far - but only a few " alt="Moto 360 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2414.jpg?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="A cheeky heart rate monitor on the back " alt="Moto 360 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2372.jpg?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="What can we say, wearables get us all in a tizz" alt="Moto 360 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2425.jpg?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A battery that (sometimes) lasts a day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A day is the absolute minimum for a smartwatch battery. And sadly the 360 doesn&#39;t always reach that.&nbsp;</p> <p>It all depends on whether you want an always on watchface. With the ambient screen on, in an average day of us grabbing the 360 from its charging dock just before work, the battery gets us home from the office - but just about. And if you&#39;re heading out after work, be prepared to walk around with a blank screen on your wrist. And&nbsp;the first day the Stuff team got their mitts on it to have a first play, the 360 conked out at eight and a half hours after we undocked it.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the next few days, we wore it with the ambient screen turned off. That means that unless you tilt your wrist or tap the screen, it&#39;s a blank face. This lasted a full day without fail.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s a 320mAh unit, less than the G Watch and the upcoming G Watch R and while both the LG and Samsung sometimes made it into Day 2, that&#39;s not really possible with the 360 unless you turn the ambient screen off. Ideally, we&#39;d want a day&#39;s battery with the always on watchface.&nbsp;</p> <p>Motorola has at least made charging a nice experience. You heard us. The Moto 360 charges wirelessly, via the free bundled dock, and from dead to 100% only takes about an hour and a half. When docked, the 360 displays the time horizontally and the battery percentage in a night mode. Chances are you&#39;ll stick the charger by your bed and dock the watch once a day, during the week at least.</p> <p>It&#39;s an elegant solution, the dock is big enough that it won&#39;t get lost (unlike the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-gear-live/review">Gear Live&#39;s cradle</a>, for instance) and it means the designers didn&#39;t have to ruin the build with a microUSB port. So if it lasted all day, we&#39;d have no problem with nightly charges. As it is, we&#39;d suggest buying an extra wireless dock from Moto when these go on sale or making do with a regular Qi mat as your back-up as we&#39;ve been doing.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Docktastic " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5096.JPG?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The wireless charger comes in the box " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMAG2330.jpg?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto 360 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re suckers for a pretty face and the Moto 360 sure does have one.&nbsp;</p> <p>When you see it in person, this stylish and supremely wearable smartwatch doesn&#39;t disappoint. The watchfaces are classy, Android Wear is as clever as ever and you won&#39;t want to take it off.&nbsp;</p> <p>Anyone who is thinking of buying a smartwatch but doesn&#39;t want to look stupid should consider it. But do so knowing that the battery life might make you anxious and it&#39;s in need of a performance boost. And we&#39;ll probably have to wait for the second gen 360 for these improvements.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is by far our favourite Android Wear watch so far and with a sell-out run in the US already, it could still be the watch that makes Google&#39;s bold OS.&nbsp;Two things could spoil Motorola&#39;s fun - rivals such as LG outpacing it over the coming months and the threat of an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review">Apple Watch</a>&nbsp;launching in early 2015. There are many hands yet to be played in the smartwatch face-off.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The best smartwatches, fitness bands and wearables you can buy&nbsp;</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/iwatch/how-not-design-smartwatch-moto-360-prototypes-didnt-make-cut/feature?utm_content=bufferafa09&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=brand+awareness">Making the Moto 360 - the inside story of how Motorola built the first good-looking smartwatch</a></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Spot the watch " alt="Moto 360 review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-360-review-with-real-watch.png?1410520861" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first wearable you&#39;ll want to wear - the Moto 360 is just a few specs short of brilliance</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto 360 review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> &quot;The first wearable you&#039;ll want to wear&quot; </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review#comments IFA 2014 Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatches Wearable tech Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:17:59 +0000 Sophie Charara 1444260 at http://www.stuff.tv Moto Hint is a tiny voice controlled earbud from the future http://www.stuff.tv/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola has done the impossible and made Bluetooth headsets cool </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-hint.jpg?1410406594" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The 2013 film Her pointed to a future of ubiquitous digital assistants &ndash; and now Motorola&#39;s bringing it to life with the Moto Hint.</p> <p>The trouble with current voice-controlled devices like Siri or Google Now is that using them is a bit of a faff.</p> <p>If you&#39;re not wearing headphones and a mic, you have to take your phone out of your pocket and hold it up to your mouth to talk into it &ndash; and by that point, you might as well just unlock the screen and tap away.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Good morning, Hint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Moto Hint is designed first and foremost with the new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Moto X</a>&rsquo;s customised voice commands in mind.</p> <p>Say &lsquo;Good morning&rsquo; when you first pop it in, and it&#39;ll serve up the details of the day&#39;s first meeting; say &lsquo;Goodnight&rsquo; and it&#39;ll switch your smartphone to sleep mode.</p> <p>But you don&rsquo;t need a Motorola to get an invite to the party. Other Android phones can be used with the standard Google Now command phrase. The Hint can even work with Siri on iPhones although this isn&rsquo;t completely touchless. There&rsquo;s a small capacitive touch area on the Hint that iPhone users will have to tap to activate the iPhone&rsquo;s voice assistant.</p> <p>The battery life isn&rsquo;t great - 3.3 hours for the Hint itself with an extra two charges in the neat charging case that Motorola is launching alongside the accessory. Plus IR sensors provide extra cleverness to extend the battery life as it turns itself on and off. The sensors can detect when you push the Moto Hint into your ear (which requires a bit of twisting to get it snug) or take it out.</p> <p>We tried sticking a Moto Hint in our ear at the Chicago launch event - it was too big for our tiny ears but there&rsquo;s three different sizes of buds. But we weren&rsquo;t able to test it out ourselves just yet &ndash; check back for our hands-on impressions as soon as we can prise one from Motorola&#39;s hands. We said Moto Hint is from the future &ndash; and we weren&rsquo;t joking.</p> <p>There are no concrete details on when it will come to the UK and Europe but Motorola has put the timeframe as &lsquo;in the coming months&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">Motorola Moto X (2014) hands on</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CLEF-Rq39D4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-hint-01.jpg?1410406594" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto Hint" alt="Moto Hint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-hint-02.jpg?1410406594" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-hint/ifa-2014/moto-hint-tiny-voice-controlled-earbud-future/news#comments IFA 2014 Moto Hint Motorola Wearable tech Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:20:57 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446717 at http://www.stuff.tv Motorola Moto X (2014) hands on http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We get our hands on the second gen Moto X&#039;s aluminium and glass and leather and wood and.. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto X (2014) hands on review " alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/DSCN5087%202.JPG?1410185432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Moto X won&#39;t win any spec wars. No world firsts or gimmicks either.&nbsp;</p> <p>But Motorola&#39;s new flagship smartphone will wiggle its way into your shortlist anyway.&nbsp;How? Almost pure Android. A gorgeous new 5.2in Full HD display. 13MP camera with a ring flash. And - how could we forget - more customisation than last year&#39;s X.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £420.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default"> stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Idiot-proof DIY Design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Even a total dummy couldn&#39;t spoil the Moto X&#39;s good looks and sturdy build.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like the first Moto X, it feel well made, is splash-resistant and with a small curve sits in the hand nicely even though the 2014 edition is bigger in both dimensions. It&#39;s both taller and wider than its predecessor to accomodate the new 5.2in display so it&#39;s no longer the snug option. And while it&#39;s not really &quot;edge to edge&quot;, with bezels that skinny we&#39;re not complaining. It doesn&#39;t get the new stereo speakers on the 2014 Moto G, which is a shame.&nbsp;</p> <p>From the front it looks a bit like an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a> - another smartphone that&#39;s serious about not wasting space. The G3&#39;s screen is bigger, at 5.5in, but the Moto X does come in both slightly smaller and lighter at 145g. And as Moto is keen to point out, it&#39;s the same width as the Galaxy S5 with more screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>Speaking of the front, this bit is still only available in black and white. There&#39;s a new aluminium frame (lighter on the white model and a darker titanium on the black model) and a couple of aluminium accents too to bump up the Moto X&#39;s premium credentials. Everything else is down to you - choosing from 25 different materials for the rear including real leather and woods, ten choices of accent colours and the option to engrave a name or message on the back. &nbsp;</p> <p>Even the Moto Xs with matte plastic backs feel solid and expensive to the touch when fondled. And with more photo realistic renders on Moto&#39;s improved Moto Maker site, it&#39;s easier to see what the finished product will look like when you&#39;re done.&nbsp;</p> <p>So Moto outclasses both Samsung and LG in the design department. But can it compete on components?&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3 review&nbsp;&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto X (2014) hands on review " alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5078.JPG?1410185432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto X (2014) hands on review " alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5081.JPG?1410185432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto X (2014) hands on review " alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5039.JPG?1410185432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto X (2014) hands on review " alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5055.JPG?1410185432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bigger, sharper screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On paper, Motorola is playing catch up with the Moto X&#39;s bigger, sharper display. But up close, it doesn&#39;t feel like a second-class screen.&nbsp;</p> <p>As we said earlier, it&#39;s almost all screen on front so that certainly helps the first impression. It won&#39;t dazzle you into submission like the bright, vibrant Galaxy S5 screen or Sony&#39;s eye-caressing Z3 screen.&nbsp;But it is big, at 5.2in versus the original&#39;s 4.7in, and it is sharp thanks to the new Full HD 423ppi resolution.&nbsp;</p> <p>With AMOLED tech used in the display, everything looks nice and punchy. It looks bright enough to be readable outdoors - though we haven&#39;t had a chance to test this properly - and it&#39;s been treated to Gorilla Glass for extra protection. Our only concern at this stage is that whites don&#39;t look as pure as we&#39;d like. This was a slight issue on the first Moto X - far from a dealbreaker but also not the very best.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another tiny moan - Motorola seems to think you can use this 5.2in screen with one hand but we struggled to reach around the whole thing with our thumb. It&#39;s no slight to Moto&#39;s efforts though. A big screen is a big screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5073.JPG?1410185432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Seriously clever camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More megapixels. Ring flash. 4K video. The second-gen Moto X pulls out all the stops with its new camera and we&#39;re excited to see if it can match the superphones.&nbsp;</p> <p>There&#39;s a new 13MP sensor with an f/2.25 lens which should improve on the first Moto X&#39;s decent but not jawdropping images. Round the front a 2MP camera that takes 1080p video and be commanded by voice to &#39;Take a selfie&#39; completes the set-up.&nbsp;The ring flash around the main camera is another addition, designed to provide softer light - we didn&#39;t get a chance to try this out during our morning at Moto&#39;s nicely lit Chicago HQ but we&#39;d bet your friends&#39; faces will thank you.&nbsp;</p> <p>The camera app itself doesn&#39;t look too different. It&#39;s simple enough to tap the screen and shoot (if you wish) but with more options to choose from when you swipe from the left of the viewfinder. We preferred to use tap to focus when testing the first Moto X and the Moto G and we&#39;re glad this is still an option. Neither tactic quite has the magic of a Galaxy S5 shooting spot-on rapid fire pics though and real photo enthusiasts will want more controls to muck about with.&nbsp;</p> <p>Adding to the (hit and miss) wrist-twisting Quick Capture feature from last year, Motorola&#39;s continuing its mission to make sure we get the right snap everytime with a new feature. The clever camera detects both faces and people/objects in motion - two subjects that tend to mess up photos if you&#39;re a second too early or late. It then automagically takes more than one shot when you start snapping. By tapping on an icon in the bottom left, you can then see what the Moto X thinks is the best possible shot - in focus, no blinking etc - and choose to save one, both or neither.&nbsp;</p> <p>The last feature that Motorola showed us on the Moto X is Highlight Reel. Essentially exactly the same feature as HTC launched on the One and One (M8) it groups together stills and footage into soundtracked montages that you can share. You can tweak the length, the images it includes and the music. It might not be Motorola&#39;s idea but trust us, if you get the Moto X you&#39;ll end up using it.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8) - with Video Highlights - tested&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5063.JPG?1410185432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5072.JPG?1410185432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5092.JPG?1410185432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The phone that knows when you&#039;re home </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new Moto X is packed full of the kind of handy features that don&#39;t make sexy adverts but do make smartphone users very happy.&nbsp;</p> <p>Everything we liked on the original has been refined and improved. Moto&#39;s added the ability to completely customise the touchless voice control command from sleep. So you can say &quot;OK Google&quot; or &quot;Hey Moto X&quot; if you&#39;re imagination-deprived or well, anything from &quot;What&#39;s up, doc?&quot; to &quot;Show me the money&quot;.</p> <p>Google&#39;s voice recognition is getting better and better and the Moto X adds support for posting to Facebook, sending WhatsApp messages or playing a YouTube video via touchless voice control. It works pretty seamlessly with no swiping and prodding whatsoever and the accuracy is partly down to the four mics dotted around the Moto X which reduce background noise.&nbsp;</p> <p>New IR sensors - one combined with the front facing camera - give us Moto Actions. Gestures include moving your hand above the screen to see up to three recent notifications in sleek monochrome bubbles, via Moto Display, and waving a hand over to silence alarms or incoming phone calls.&nbsp;</p> <p>Then there&#39;s Moto Assist. This has been around for a while but it&#39;s getting smarter. We saw demos of the Moto X going into sleep mode at a &#39;Good Night&#39; command and switching itself into a home mode, via geofencing tech, that reads out text messages automatically. If GPS is on, it can even tell when you&#39;re driving based on speed and background noise picked up by those mics. Simple, useful and squeezing maximum functionality out of Google&#39;s tech, we can&#39;t wait to test everything out in real life.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto X (2014) hands on review" alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5075.JPG?1410185432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just enough power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In terms of specs, it&#39;s another case of Motorola doing well to keep up with the Samsungs and LGs while maintaining a slightly lower price point. A respectable spec sheet of a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM means the Moto X is nice and powerful and for the past year, Motorola handsets have consistently performed better than devices running on similar silicon.&nbsp;</p> <p>That&#39;s because of its &quot;Pure Android&quot; approach. It&#39;s not 100% stock - Moto has added voice and contextual bits and bobs here and there, as detailed above. But it&#39;s as close as you&#39;ll get on a non-Nexus and we predict that in day-to-day use this will shine. We had a brief play on Asphalt 8, which performed without a stutter, but we&#39;ll be testing it properly when we get our hands on a review unit.&nbsp;</p> <p>The same can&#39;t be said for the battery. It&#39;s a bit bigger this time around, at 2300mAh, but with Moto quoting a day&#39;s use, we&#39;re not expecting it to compete with the 3000mAh+ units in the likes of the LG G3 and the Sony Xperia Z3. Perhaps our favourite battery-related tidbit from the launch, though, was a brief glimpse at its Turbo wall charger. It&#39;s an optional accessory that Motorola claims will top your Moto X up with up to eight hours of battery after just 15 minutes. So if you don&#39;t fancy carrying battery packs around, you can dash in and out of your house and not sit around waiting for your phone to charge.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="Moto X (2014) hands on review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSCN5090.JPG?1410185432" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Initial Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It might not be a smartphone to jump up and down about but the new Moto X could be the always on, always helpful handset we never knew we needed.&nbsp;</p> <p>It feels lovely, it competes with the best on specs and raw power and you can&#39;t get this level of customisation anywhere else.&nbsp;</p> <p>Chances are we&#39;ll hope for a longer battery life when we get a review unit to test. And the camera, too, could prove to be outsnapped. But with a relatively affordable &pound;420 pricetag, Motorola&#39;s launched a voicetastic, sensorific smartphone that could ensnare Android purists looking for a device with a few advantages over a Nexus 5. Stay put for a Stuff.tv review before the end of September release date in the UK.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto X: The most customisable phone in the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Metal? Wood? Leather? The choice is yours – we go hands-on </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review#comments Android Moto X Motorola Smartphones Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:05:21 +0000 Sophie Charara 1446612 at http://www.stuff.tv IFA 2014: Moto 360 is £200 and coming to the UK in October http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/moto-360-200-and-coming-uk-october/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola finally reveals all the Moto 360&#039;s specs and full details of when you can get your hands on its smartwatch stunner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Moto 360 price, specs and release date revealed " alt="Moto 360 price, specs and release date revealed " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-360-worn_0.jpg?1410170897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Building the first truly beautiful smartwatch takes time. As one Motorola exec jokes to us, &quot;it&#39;s like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole&quot;. But finally the Moto 360 is ready.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No spec surprises </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Moto 360 looks to match up to its Samsung and LG rivals with 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM and an unspecified Texas Instruments OMAP 3 processor.&nbsp;There&#39;s a 320mAh battery under the hood, which Moto says will last a day of &#39;mixed use&#39;. There&#39;s no microUSB or magnetic charging cradle - the 360 charges wirelessly, with the dock coming as part of the bundle.&nbsp;</p> <p>That glorious round screen is a 1.56in backlit LCD and has a decent resolution of 320x290 with a pixel density of 205ppi; that&#39;s almost as sharp as the Samsung Gear Live. It&#39;s covered in Gorilla Glass 3, too, and the whole device is waterproof and dustproof up to IP67 certification.</p> <p>On the inside you&#39;ll find an optical heart-rate monitor which tracks your BPM throughout the day and on command with a built-in pedometer for step counting.&nbsp;As with the other Android Wear watches we&#39;ve seen, it&#39;s compatible with smartphones running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or higher, with Bluetooth 4.0 LE taking care of the connection.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now for some vital stats. It&#39;s reasonably chunky at 11.5mm high and with a diameter of 46mm - in other words, it takes up the same amount of wrist space as a regular watch. The leather band model weighs in at a light 49g, with no weight confirmed yet for the stainless steel edition.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still wavering? Our full review of the Moto 360 is winging its way on to Stuff.tv very soon. For now, read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">hands on first impressions</a> with photos of both leather and steel straps.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola 360 hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Moto 360 price, specs and release date revealed " alt="Moto 360 price, specs and release date revealed " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-360-bar_1_0.jpg?1410170897" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/moto-360-200-and-coming-uk-october/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/moto-360-200-and-coming-uk-october/news#comments Android Wear Moto 360 Motorola Smartwatches Wearable tech Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:03:34 +0000 Sophie Charara 1446633 at http://www.stuff.tv IFA 2014: New Moto G gives you more bang (and boom) for your buck http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g-2014/new-moto-g-gives-you-even-more-bang-your-buck/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola&#039;s latest budget smartphone is bigger, louder – and still costs pennies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="IFA 2014: New Moto G gives you more bang (and boom) for your buck" alt="IFA 2014: New Moto G gives you more bang (and boom) for your buck" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/motorola-moto-g-01_0.jpg?1409896981" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You can never have too much of a good thing, and Motorola&#39;s new Moto G is set to give you even more for your money.</p> <p>The new &pound;145 incarnation of Motorola&#39;s budget phone goes on sale on Amazon today, 5 September with Motorola Shells following in October.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Design-wise, Motorola has played it safe; the Moto G&#39;s curvy shell looks very similar to the previous model.&nbsp;It&#39;s still a fairly chunky beast, too; 11mm thick at the widest pint, and weighing in at 149g &ndash; 6g heavier than the outgoing model. It&#39;s durable, though, sporting a water-resistant coating and Gorilla Glass screen protection.&nbsp;</p> <p>Motorola&#39;s also reaffirmed its commitment to reviving the 1990s trend of swappable backs on smartphones; you&#39;ll be able to pop off the Moto G&#39;s polycarbonate shell and swap it out for an array of eye-catching colours. No word on whether it&#39;ll come pre-loaded with Snake, mind.&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;re putting the new Moto G through its paces right now so look out for an in-depth review very soon.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-new-motorola-moto-x-flagship-phone-you-design-yourself/news">New Motorola Moto X is the flagship phone you design yourself</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Motorola Moto G can be customised with replaceable back covers" alt="Motorola Moto G" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-g-02.jpg?1409896981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Unskinned Android 4.4.4 – and a guaranteed upgrade to Android L" alt="Motorola Moto G" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-g-03.jpg?1409896981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moto G is still pretty hefty in the hand " alt="Motorola Moto G" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-g-04.jpg?1409896981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g-2014/new-moto-g-gives-you-even-more-bang-your-buck/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-g-2014/new-moto-g-gives-you-even-more-bang-your-buck/news#comments IFA 2014 Moto G (2014) Motorola Smartphones Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:38:32 +0000 Stephen Graves 1446599 at http://www.stuff.tv IFA 2014: New Motorola Moto X is the flagship phone you design yourself http://www.stuff.tv/android/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-new-motorola-moto-x-flagship-phone-you-design-yourself/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Metal and glass? So 2013. You can kit out this 5.2in full HD Android with a wooden or leather back... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That&#039;s the teak finish on the left, in case you&#039;re wondering" alt="Motorola Moto X 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/motorola-moto-x-2014-main.jpg?1410185337" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forget the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-4/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 4</a>&#39;s faux-leather back - the new Motorola Moto X has a real one.</p> <p>The 2014 version of Moto&#39;s flagship smartphone takes the Moto Maker concept pioneered on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-x/review">last year&#39;s model</a> and raises it to the next level.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SPEC HAPPY MOTO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Make no mistake, the Moto X 2014 is a premium, powerful device that on specs alone looks fit to sit at the top table with the Samsungs and Sonys.</p> <p>It has a 5.2in 1080p full HD screen with a pixels-per-inch count of 423. That&#39;s a major upgrade over last year&#39;s model, which had a 4.7in display and 720p resolution, although it still lags behind the 2K <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review">LG G3</a> and Note 4 on the resolution front.</p> <p>It&#39;s powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5Ghz - which puts it on a par with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> and LG G3 - and has 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>It has a 13MP rear camera capable of shooting 4K video footage - up from 10MP last year - and 2MP front camera that can be activated by saying &quot;Take a selfie&quot; via the Moto Voice app. In fact innovative control is at the heart of the new Moto X, with the rear camera activated by twisting your wrist twice, and a host of other gestures also on hand, such as the ability to silence calls or alarms with a wave.</p> <p>Android 4.4 Kitkit will be on the device from launch, and because the X runs an almost vanilla version of Android future updates should arrive on the device swiftly.</p> <p>Battery life could be a worry - the cell inside the Moto X is a mere 2300mAh affair, whereas the LG G3&#39;s is 3000mAh and the HTC One (M8)&#39;s is 2600mAh. Offsetting that, though, is the fact that by adding the optional Turbo Charger you can give it 8hrs&#39; worth of juice in just 15 minutes.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/desire-820/ifa-2014/htc-desire-820-packs-64-bit-processor-and-8mp-selfie-snapper/news">HTC Desire 820 packs a 64-bit processor and 8MP selfie snapper</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Hello, Moto" alt="Motorola Moto X 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-x-2014-front-hero.jpg?1410185337" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So how much will it cost? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Motorola Moto X 2014 will be available in the UK from the end of September, with prices starting at &pound;420 for the 16GB versions. We&#39;ll have a full review nearer the release date, but for now you should probably check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">extensive Moto X hands-on review</a> to see what we think of it so far.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Moto X hands-on review</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="What do you mean it doesn&#039;t have your favourite colour?" alt="Motorola Moto X 2014" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/motorola-moto-x-2014-maker-palette.jpg?1410185337" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto X: The most customisable phone in the world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The flagship phone you design yourself </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-new-motorola-moto-x-flagship-phone-you-design-yourself/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/ifa-2014/ifa-2014-new-motorola-moto-x-flagship-phone-you-design-yourself/news#comments Android IFA 2014 Moto X Motorola Smartphones Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:31:03 +0000 Marc McLaren 1446608 at http://www.stuff.tv Here’s the first official pic of the Motorola Moto X+1 http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/here-s-first-official-pic-motorola-moto-x1/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Retiring tipster extraordinaire @evleaks hands out one last &quot;gift&quot; before he quits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Here’s the first official pic of the Motorola Moto X+1" alt="Here’s the first official pic of the Motorola Moto X+1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/evleaks-moto-xplus1.jpg?1408778446" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wondering what the Motorola Moto X&rsquo;s successor, the Moto X+1, is going to look like? Well, wonder no more, because serial smartphone-outer @evleaks has posted what appears to be an official press shot of the upcoming handset.</p> <p>The Moto X was a phone we liked very much (read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-x/review" target="_blank">full Moto X review</a> to find out precisely why) and we&rsquo;re hoping its replacement builds on that, but so far we don&rsquo;t know a whole lot about it.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wood you believe it? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rumours point to a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-x1-52in-1080p-screen-and-12mp-camera-could-be-way/news">5.2in screen 1080p screen, a 12MP camera and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor</a> &ndash; and while the new images don&rsquo;t confirm or deny any of that, they do confirm that the wooden finish option will still be available. Wood fans around the world, you can rest easy.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll likely know everything about the phone on 4th September, when Motorola seems set to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-event-4th-september-moto-360-and-new-smartphones-expected/news">officially unveil it</a> alongside its Moto 360 smartwatch and Moto G budget smartphone replacement. So make sure you check back then for a big old mobile news explosion.</p> <p>A quick postscript to all this: @evleaks is about to stop being a leaker. Evan Blass, the man behind the account, framed the Moto X+1 image as a &ldquo;retirement gift&rdquo; &ndash; one last leak before he goes. Blass suffers from MS, and has found that running @evleaks full-time doesn&rsquo;t generate enough income to cover his medical bills. An <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/evleaks-fund" target="_blank">Indiegogo campaign</a> to help Blass has been set up in the last few weeks, but as of now one of the most reliable leakers in tech is hanging up his hat.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/502570558295638016" target="_blank">@evleaks</a>]</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Motorola Smartphones Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:59:05 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445608 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Moto 360 price and details leak, Pokémon game coming to iPad, and Nike’s amazing LED basketball court http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/fully-charged-moto-360-price-and-details-leak-retailer-pokemon-game-coming-ipad-and-nike-s- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kick off Monday by catching up on the news you missed this weekend </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto 360" alt="Moto 360" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-360-worn.jpg?1408343581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moto 360 price and details leak via Best Buy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Motorola previously listed an RRP of US$250 for the Motorola 360 smartwatch in the terms and conditions of a giveaway, and now American retailer Best Buy has seemingly confirmed that price target by prematurely posting a listing for the Android Wear device.</p> <p>The listing claims that the Moto 360 will indeed be priced at US$249.99, which converts to about &pound;150 as of this posting. However, expect a higher actual UK price point, as the Samsung Galaxy Live sells for $199 in the States and &pound;169 here, while the LG G Watch is $229 in the U.S. and &pound;159 here. That doesn&rsquo;t provide the most consistent lead on estimated UK pricing, but we imagine it&rsquo;ll be &pound;10-20 more than its rivals.</p> <p>Additionally, the listing offers some notable specs on the device, such as a 320x290 resolution for the 1.5in screen, running at 205 ppi with Gorilla Glass 3 keeping the face protected. It has a built-in heart-rate monitor and pedometer, plus it&rsquo;s waterproof up to 1.1 metres for 30 minutes.</p> <p>We should get confirmation on the UK pricing and availability pretty soon, as Motorola has <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-event-4th-september-moto-360-and-new-smartphones-expected/news">an event planned for 4 September</a> that may launch the Moto 360 alongside a couple of new phones (and maybe a headset).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.droid-life.com/2014/08/17/moto-360-shows-up-at-best-buy-for-249-outs-list-of-features/">Droid-Life</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pokémon Trading Card Game coming to iPad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For some time, Nintendo has refused fans&rsquo; and analysts&rsquo; suggestions that it bring its beloved properties to mobile and tablet devices. Still, the Nintendo-owned Pokémon Company will break that decree later this year with the release of <em>Pokémon Trading Card Game Online</em> for iPad.</p> <p>Currently available on PC and Mac, <em>Pokémon Trading Card Game Online</em> delivers a digital approximation of the real-life card-battling experience. The Pokémon Company confirmed the news to VentureBeat after the game was spotted at an event over the weekend, with the release planned by the end of 2014. It may not be a core <em>Pokémon</em> title, but that&rsquo;s still a huge step for the ailing Nintendo.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://venturebeat.com/2014/08/15/nintendo-confirms-pokemon-trading-card-game-online-comes-to-ipad/">VentureBeat</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tragic-future-nintendo-iphone-ipad-and-android/feature">The tragic future of Nintendo on iPhone, iPad and Android</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="721" title="Pokémon Trading Card Game Online" alt="Pokémon Trading Card Game Online" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pokemon-tcgo.jpg?1408343581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Check out Nike’s reactive LED basketball court </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As part of its Rise campaign to spread the appeal of the game throughout China, Nike constructed this basketball court with a full LED floor that reacts to players&rsquo; movements. It certainly has flash, as evidenced by Los Angeles Lakers star and Nike pitchman Kobe Bryant serenaded with a glowing marker with every step he takes.</p> <p>But there&rsquo;s real benefit to the LED floor when it comes to training, as the young players can see where they need to go to take optimum shots, and learn about strategy when they&rsquo;re not in the thick of a game. The Rise promotion continues on further into August with a Chinese reality show; you can see more of the court in this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA1pRUzSQO0">episode of the series</a> (with English subtitles, thankfully).</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2YhDQtncK8">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/15/nikes-led-basketball-court/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/past-and-future/movie-classics/25-best-sports-movies-ever">25 best sports movies ever</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/u2YhDQtncK8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/fully-charged-moto-360-price-and-details-leak-retailer-pokemon-game-coming-ipad-and-nike-s-#comments iOS games Moto 360 Motorola Nike Nintendo Sport Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445141 at http://www.stuff.tv Motorola event on 4th September: Moto 360 and new smartphones expected http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-event-4th-september-moto-360-and-new-smartphones-expected/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s official: the company has sent out invitations to a press launch in Chicago </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="Motorola event on 4th September: Moto 360 and new smartphones expected" alt="Motorola event on 4th September: Moto 360 and new smartphones expected" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-360.jpg?1408052343" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Motorola has invited members of the tech press to an event in Chicago on 4th September, and the invite hints that the devices unveiled will be the Moto 360 smartwatch and successors to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-x/review">Moto X</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Moto G</a> smartphones.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Motorola Moto G review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> And a headset too? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="537" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/OffensiveNaughtyHorsefly" width="604"></iframe></p> <p>The emailed, animated invitation consists of a piece of folded paper that opens out to reveal four icons: a watch; a phone with &ldquo;X&rdquo; on its screen; a phone with &ldquo;G&rdquo; on its screen; and a Bluetooth headset.</p> <p>The clear suggestion is that we&rsquo;ll be seeing four new devices come 4th September. With the IFA show in Germany kicking off that week, it&rsquo;s promising to be something of a bumper time for gadget releases. Time to start counting the days, tech fans.</p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/14/6002149/motorola-sends-invites-to-a-launch-event-for-phones-headsets-and-the" target="_blank">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 preview</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Moto 360 Motorola Smartphones Wearable tech Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:10:05 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1444856 at http://www.stuff.tv Tap wrist to unlock: This temporary NFC tattoo unlocks your phone, so you don't have to http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x/temporarily-ink-yourselves-and-have-it-connect-your-motorola-smartphone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Too lazy to tap out a pin code? Scared of needles? This could be the ideal solution </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Temporarily ink yourselves, and have it connect to your Motorola smartphone " alt="Temporarily ink yourselves, and have it connect to your Motorola smartphone " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tatt.jpg?1404204610" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tattoos and smartphones tend no to go hand in hand, although we&#39;d bet there are a few particularly dedicated gadgeteers who have their smartphone timeline inked on their back.</p> <p>Still, they&#39;re (hopefully) few and far between, and the worlds of ink-saturated needles and quad-core processeors have remained noticably seperate. Until now.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Digital Tattoo itself is not currently customisable and the only available design is a vortex pattern, which in some of the press shots, we have to admit, looks more like a cigarette lighter burn.</p> <p>Each sticker should last for five days under regular conditions and uses medical-grade adhesive to survive showers and workouts while preventing irritation. Setup is a simple case of turning on NFC, and tapping it against the tattoo.</p> <p>US$10 will nab you a packet of <a href="http://www.vivalnk.com/purchase/" target="_blank">ten stickers</a>, though you might want to hold out for a newer design and wider compatibility before pulling the trigger.</p> <p>Or you could just take things a step further and embed an NFC tag beneath your skin, tattooing a design of your choice over the top. It&#39;s your call.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/google/google-nexus-5-vs-motorola-moto-x/feature">Google Nexus 5 vs Motorola Moto X&nbsp;</a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://androidcommunity.com/you-can-now-unlock-your-moto-x-with-a-1-temporary-tattoo-20140627/" target="_blank">Android Community</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Temporarily ink yourselves, and have it connect to your Motorola smartphone " alt="Temporarily ink yourselves, and have it connect to your Motorola smartphone " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tattoo.jpg?1404204610" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x/temporarily-ink-yourselves-and-have-it-connect-your-motorola-smartphone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x/temporarily-ink-yourselves-and-have-it-connect-your-motorola-smartphone/news#comments Moto X Motorola Wearable tech Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:45:51 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440513 at http://www.stuff.tv Android Wear watches available within weeks, can be pre-ordered today http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-wear-watches-available-within-weeks-can-be-pre-ordered-today/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The LG G Watch debuts on 2 July, while Samsung’s Gear Live follows on 7 July </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="LG G Watch" alt="LG G Watch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lg-g-watch.jpg?1403747129" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-io-2014/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-l/news">Android L</a> may have been the biggest focus of tonight&rsquo;s I/O keynote address, but we were excited to hear some hard details about Android Wear and the first devices&mdash;and Google didn&#39;t disappoint.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In addition to talking about the initial hardware, Google gave a lengthy demonstration of all that the watches are able to do. Essentially, Android Wear devices are designed to show you the information you need at the moments you need it, delivering contextual cards with notifications from apps on a paired device running Android 4.3 or higher.</p> <p>The watch screen stays on at all times in a black and white mode, and then to full color when lifted or tapped. You can just speak commands into the phone (starting with &ldquo;OK Google&rdquo;) to search, pull up apps, answer text messages, and more. Swiping up and down scrolls you through the cards, and you can go left and right as needed when an app allows multiple displays.</p> <p>Android Wear devices also have fitness functionality, as expected, with apps able to use a built-in sensor to read your heart rate, plus they&rsquo;ll log your steps throughout the day. When an Android Wear watch is synced to a device, it&rsquo;ll automatically install the Wear portion of any downloaded apps and keep them up to date.</p> <p>All told, the UI seems strongly focused on simplicity and being a good companion to your phone, rather than try to duplicate all functionality.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="799" title="Samsung Gear Live" alt="Samsung Gear Live" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gearlive.jpg?1403747129" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The full Android Wear SDK is available today for third-party app makers, and the keynote offered a look at some of the possibilities. For example, food-delivery app Eat24 will offer contextual alerts around the time you usually order meals, and then allow you to quickly reorder past selections within mere seconds. And private car company Lyft can get you a ride by saying little more than &ldquo;OK Google, call me a car.&rdquo;</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll surely see a much wider array of exciting implementations in the coming weeks as Android Wear devices begin launching early next month.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-io-2014/google-io-keynote-live-blog/news">Google I/O keynote live blog and live stream: new Android, Nexus tablet, and more</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="653" title="Eat24" alt="Eat24" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/androidwear-eat24.png?1403747129" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-wear-watches-available-within-weeks-can-be-pre-ordered-today/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-wear-watches-available-within-weeks-can-be-pre-ordered-today/news#comments Android Android Wear Google Google I/O 2014 LG Motorola Samsung Wearable tech Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:30:59 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440120 at http://www.stuff.tv Motorola Moto E http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-e/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On a £100 budget for your next smartphone? The search is over - meet the Moto E </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A truly brilliant budget blower " alt="Moto E review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-e-review-homescreen-1.png?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s nothing like a &pound;90 Motorola smartphone to make your full-price flagship seem less than essential.</p> <p>The 4.3in Moto E does for sub-&pound;100 smartphones exactly what last year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Moto G</a> did for sub-&pound;150 smartphones. Namely, raising the bar, shaming under-powered budget rivals and worrying devices that cost three times as much.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £90.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheap </div> <div class="field-item even"> microSD storage (but limited to 32GB) </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Reliable performance </div> <div class="field-item even"> Compact, sturdy build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disappointing main camera </div> <div class="field-item even"> Screen’s great but not HD </div> <div class="field-item odd"> No 4G </div> <div class="field-item even"> No front camera </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This Screen Doesn’t Do Things By Quarters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Moto E&rsquo;s got a 4.3in qHD screen - that&rsquo;s a little q, not a big one as in the LG G3&rsquo;s QHD screen. But at &pound;90 even a little q is seriously respectable.</p> <p>It means a resolution of 540x960, which equates to a pixel density of 221ppi - higher than that of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630/review">Lumia 630</a> and the slightly bigger<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ee-kestrel-cheapest-4g-smartphone-around/news"> EE Kestrel</a>. Overall it&rsquo;s a lovely screen, a touch smaller than some of its rivals but arriving with a bonus coating of Gorilla Glass 3 to protect it from drops - a luxury on a budget phone.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s responsive, too, and that&rsquo;s something else that&rsquo;s not always guaranteed when you&rsquo;re spending less than &pound;100. Colours are nice and punchy, it&rsquo;s easily readable outdoors and if you jack up the brightness, whites look clean.</p> <p>The Kestrel does have slightly better contrast though and the Moto E&rsquo;s relatively low resolution makes reading longform articles and ebooks a bit of a chore, as text looks pixelated. That&rsquo;s right, you&rsquo;ll see pixels. It&rsquo;s also a bit of a fingerprint magnet, but that&rsquo;s hardly critical.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d always recommend trying to stretch your budget to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">720p Moto G</a>, but if that&rsquo;s not an option, the Moto E&rsquo;s screen is as good as you&rsquo;ll find at this price.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review">Moto G review - still the most bang for your buck smartphone on the planet&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pixelated sex and love tips " alt="Moto E review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review-screen-text.png?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Vivid but accurate colours but contrast could be slightly better " alt="Moto E review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review-screen.png?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance to get giddy over </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ah, the Moto E&rsquo;s performance. It may not make for the most exciting headline, but it&rsquo;s probably our favourite thing about this budget Motorola.</p> <p>We could bore you with the mediocre benchmarks - 12,766 on AnTuTu, 1571.3ms on SunSpider - but they don&rsquo;t tell the full story. On numbers alone, the Moto E trails old-timers such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-s3/review">Samsung Galaxy S3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one/review">HTC One</a>.</p> <p>In use, though, we got on famously with it. Sure, if you tax it with an intensive game, the E might stumble - it only runs on a dual-core Snapdragon 200 after all. It gets a little warm at times, too, and you&rsquo;ll need to invest in a microSD card sharpish, as there&rsquo;s only 4GB of onboard storage to play with. &nbsp;</p> <p>But 99% of the time, the Moto E is as smooth and fast as any &ldquo;mid-range&rdquo; handset and even gives the greater Galaxys a run for their money. So whether you&rsquo;re switching between apps, browsing the web, downloading media files or playing future classics like<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-monument-valley/review"> Monument Valley</a>, it&rsquo;ll do a grand job.</p> <p>How? It&rsquo;s all down to the almost-stock version of Android it&rsquo;s running...</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-mini-2-hands/review">HTC One Mini 2 review&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Below par on AnTuTu but zippy in real life " alt="Moto E review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review-apps.png?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto E Tech Specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Screen: 4.3in 540 x 960, 256ppi (Gorilla Glass 3)</p> <p>Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200</p> <p>RAM: 1GBOS: Android 4.4 KitKat</p> <p>Camera: 5MP, 480p video @30fps</p> <p>Storage: 4GB (microSD up to 32GB)</p> <p>Battery: 1980mAh</p> <p>Connectivity: Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G</p> <p>Dimensions: 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3mm</p> <p>Weight: 142g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vanilla Android With A Splash Of Moto </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is as close to pure Android as anyone needs, a clean and uncluttered user experience that both helps speedy performance and makes it easy to customise - if you want to.</p> <p>The Moto E even bests the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review"> Nexus 5</a> by refraining from shoving your text messages into Google&rsquo;s Hangouts messaging app by default. And Motorola promises the latest updates sooner than most - the Moto E has just joined the Moto G and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-x/review">Moto X</a> in getting the latest version of KitKat, 4.4.3, as an OTA software update.</p> <p>There are a couple of app additions, but they&rsquo;re all incredibly useful. Assist is a Do Not Disturb on steroids which enables the Moto E to pull in appointments from your calendar and auto-set your phone to silent at the correct times. It also lets you designate VIP callers who can get through to you at bedtime.</p> <p>Alert works as both an emergency SMS-sender to key contacts and a quick way to tell your mates when you&rsquo;re down the pub by setting up auto &ldquo;meet me&rdquo; notifications at regular locations. And apart from a phone protection app, in case of theft, and an optional Kid Mode via third-party app Zoodles, that really is it. Even local music files are handled through Google Play Music.</p> <p>One niggle: there&rsquo;s no compass/magnetometer, one of the only real compromises we&rsquo;ve come across on the Moto E and an odd thing to leave out. There&rsquo;s still GPS for maps though.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus 5 review - pure Google in an affordable phone&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This is how you design a budget phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;re absolute suckers for chamfered aluminium and subtle design details. But we&rsquo;re not above waxing lyrical about the charms of a neat, solidly built, and nicely curvy all-plastic smartphone either.</p> <p>The Moto E is exactly that. It&rsquo;s comfortable and easy to hold, fitting snugly even in small hands. And though it&rsquo;s chunky at 12.3mm thick and the 140g weight isn&rsquo;t the lightest, it feels just right. Sure, the large bezels on the front are a little retro and the faux-metal buttons and speaker grilles look a bit cheap. But the weight is reassuring, as is the fact that it won&rsquo;t flex even if you really push. This is no creaky toy phone.</p> <p>That front-facing speaker isn&rsquo;t awful either. It&rsquo;s not going to be troubling the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review">HTC One (M8)</a> anytime soon and it can be a little tinny, but it&rsquo;s louder than expected and sounds just good enough that you&rsquo;ll end up annoying people in the park. Call quality is decent too.</p> <p>To return to the design, a lot of how premium it looks and feels will be down to which of the swappable, colourful Motorola Shells you choose. Our smooth, matte black case is inoffensive enough and we even found ourselves absent-mindedly picking it up for no reason, the sign of spot-on smartphone design.</p> <p>Whatever you choose just remember, you&rsquo;re not buying a Moto E to show it off. You&rsquo;re buying it to feel smug at how much functionality and performance you&rsquo;re getting for so few pennies.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/exclusive-htc-shows-us-how-one-m8-could-have-looked/feature">How the HTC One (M8) could have looked - in pictures&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Supremely grabbable " alt="Moto E review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review-camera-1.png?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Chunky but comfy " alt="Moto E review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review-buttons.png?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Motorola from above " alt="Moto E review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review-top-edge.png?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery Life - No Spares But No Need </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The bad news? The Moto E&rsquo;s 1980mAh battery isn&rsquo;t swappable even though you can tear off the rear cover and look at it. The good news? You&rsquo;ll probably have no reason to even consider carrying a spare because the battery life is another big tick in the &lsquo;yes&rsquo; column.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not going to exaggerate and pretend it&rsquo;s hugely better than rivals, but the Moto E charges quickly, has good standby performance and easily lasts a day on mid-brightness.</p> <p>Of course, it&rsquo;s tricky to be universal with battery-life predictions but even gaming on full brightness it only dropped 10% or so an hour, so the E will survive your commute home no problem.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review">The battery-sipping LG G2 reviewed&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto E (left) and Moto G (right) uncased " alt="Moto E review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-hands-on-review-cases_0.JPG?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Daily charges are all you&#039;ll need for this Moto " alt="Moto E review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review-bottom-edge.png?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Moto E Deserves A Better Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We hope you haven&rsquo;t already hit the &lsquo;order&rsquo; button.</p> <p>Because the Moto E&rsquo;s camera is the only thing stopping us wholeheartedly recommending it to any gadgeteer on a budget. Phone photography on the E just isn&rsquo;t fun. Zooming (up to 4x digital) is a slow, annoying swipe up or down, it&rsquo;s fixed focus and there&rsquo;s no flash.</p> <p>Images can be a bit smudgy indoors and it&rsquo;s out-macro&rsquo;d by the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630/review"> Lumia 630</a> too. Video maxes out at 480p and is disappointingly blocky and juddery, and there&rsquo;s no front camera - not too much of a surprise at this price point but it could be one niggle too far.</p> <p>But if phone photography isn&rsquo;t a big deal for you, it&rsquo;ll probably suffice. Outdoors, in good light, pics are perfectly passable for social media with bright, vivid colours and decent contrast. Google&rsquo;s handy suite of editing, cropping and filter tools can help improve so-so snaps before sharing too.</p> <p>And ultimately, the small advantage that smartphones such as the Lumia 630 hold in the camera department aren&rsquo;t enough to sway us from our love for the Moto E.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/nokia-lumia-630/review">Nokia Lumia 630 review - Windows Phone on a budget&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Moto&#039;s camera is ready for its close up " alt="Moto E review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review-camera-3.png?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Fixed focus woes " alt="Moto E review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review-camera-2.png?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll want to use the editing tools in the Gallery to spruce up snaps " alt="Moto E review " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-review-gallery.png?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto E Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If a &pound;90 <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review">Nexus</a> existed, it would look a lot like the Moto E. This isn&rsquo;t just Android for the masses, it&rsquo;s tidy, reliable, loveable Android for the masses.</p> <p>No, it isn&rsquo;t perfect. But considering we&rsquo;re yet to meet a mobile device that is, this Moto is &pound;90 (&pound;80 on O2) well spent. Its main flaw is its camera, but until you get to around the &pound;200 mark, almost every handset disappoints in this department - including Motorola&rsquo;s own Moto G.</p> <p>If you want 4G, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ee-kestrel-cheapest-4g-smartphone-around/news">EE Kestrel</a> comes in at just &pound;10 more. If a HD screen is a must, the original<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/motorola-moto-g/review"> Moto G</a> is now selling just above the &pound;100 mark too, if you&rsquo;re lucky. Bigger screen? The 5.5in <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oneplus-one-smartphone-image-leaked/news">OnePlus One</a> will do just nicely.</p> <p>But if price is the be-all and end-all of your smartphone decision, forget all those other smartphones and just buy a Moto E. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten"> </a></strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">The ten best smartphones on the planet according to Stuff&nbsp;</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Two phones to be smug about - the Moto E and Moto G " alt="Moto E review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moto-e-hands-on-review-screen_0.JPG?1402505056" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More budget brilliance from Motorola, the Moto E is the best smartphone you can buy for less than &pound;100</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Motorola Moto E review: &quot;Budget brilliance&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best smartphone you can buy for less than £100 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-e/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/motorola-moto-e/review#comments Android Motorola Smartphones Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:29:04 +0000 Sophie Charara 1438609 at http://www.stuff.tv Motorola's Moto Stream easily adds Bluetooth connectivity to speakers and stereos http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/moto-stream-adds-bluetooth-connectivity-speakers-and-stereos/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smartphone and tablet accessory also allows multiple users to battle for sonic superiority </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moto Stream" alt="Moto Stream" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/moto-stream.jpg?1401935091" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What&rsquo;s the latest gadget to come out of Motorola? If you guessed a colorful Bluetooth adaptor that connects to nearly any stereo and includes social features, then&hellip; well, you&rsquo;re oddly prescient.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Moreover, the Moto Stream features a so-called &ldquo;Heist Mode,&rdquo; which allows up to five simultaneous devices to stay connected and choose tracks for everyone to hear. Don&rsquo;t like your mate&rsquo;s song choice? Dump it and steal the spotlight&mdash;or just be respectful and wait your turn. Your call.</p> <p>The Moto Stream is available now <a href="http://www.motorola.com/us/accessories-headphones-speakers/Moto-Stream/moto-stream.html">from Motorola&rsquo;s website</a> for US$49.99, and will be sold at Radio Shack locations starting this Friday.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://motorola-blog.blogspot.com/2014/06/set-your-music-free-with-moto-stream.html">Official Motorola Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2013/lenny-bluetooth-speaker-elipson-and-habitat-most-beautiful-thing-weve-seen-all-ifa/news">Lenny, a Bluetooth speaker from Elipson and Habitat, is the most beautiful thing we&rsquo;ve seen all IFA</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OZgHGDGCBfc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/moto-stream-adds-bluetooth-connectivity-speakers-and-stereos/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/motorola/moto-stream-adds-bluetooth-connectivity-speakers-and-stereos/news#comments Motorola Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:19:59 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438484 at http://www.stuff.tv