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Comparing Phones – 2017 Edition

Two summers ago I talked about the predicted rise of Motorola, and I did a comparison of the top phones of the time.

Well, I figured it was time to take a peek under the hood again and see how today’s phones stack up.
To note, I myself have switched over to the Samsung Galaxy S8, but I still recommend the Motorola’s, especially the Moto-G line, to anyone looking for less expensive smartphones.

S2B – Screen-To-Body ratio (Percentage of front of the phone that the screen takes up…more = better)
MP – Megapixel
PPI – Pixels Per Inch (Higher Number means sharper screen quality)

  • Moto Z2 – $500 (Estimate, phone due in July) – 12MP camera – 5.5″ screen/S2B 70.1% – 401 PPI – SD Slot – 3000mAh battery
  • Moto G5+ – $229 – 12MP camera – 5.2″ screen/S2B 67.1% – 424 PPI – SD Slot – 3000mAh battery
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 – $624 – 12MP camera – 5.8″ screen/S2B 83.6% 570 PPI – SD Slot – 3000mAh battery
  • Apple iPhone 7 – $649 – 12MP camera – 4.7″/S2B 65.6% – 326 PPI – NO SD Slot – 1960mAh battery
  • LG G6 – $699 –  13MP camera – 5.7″/S2B 78.6% – 564 PPI – SD slot – 3300mAh battery

I’m going to stick with my conclusion from last time…why would anyone get an iPhone? Among the most expensive options, and lowest on the totem pole in every stat among other leaders… 

Moto Surround Review

Moto Surround is one of Motorola’s BlueTooth headphones. The Surround ($55) are earbuds, while the Pulse ($30) is the old fashioned ear cushions.

With more phones heading towards no headphones jacks, I figured it was time to start trying bluetooth headphones.
If you aren’t familiar, more phones (such as the next iPhone and the Moto Z) are looking at a single USB-C port, to be used for charging or headphones. So you will need special USB-C headphones and won’t be able to charge while listening to music/watching movies.
Unless you go with Bluetooth.

The “base” sits comfortably around the neck, and the buds sit very nicely in the ears.

The Moto Surround, is easy to connect, on both Android and iOS. The music quality is really good, but sound quality takes a hit on phone calls.
The reason is that it feeds your microphone audio back into your ears, and you hear the background noise in real time and echoed in the buds.

This issue is likely a “bluetooth issue” and not a “Surround issue”, but now is when I discovered it.
When using them on Android, the device takes bluetooth audio delays into account and syncs it nicely, so the lip movement is in line.
But when using it on iOS (the latest version) my Hulu shows were off by 2+ seconds on lip flap, making it very hard to watch.

A decent bluetooth headphone, really great considering its price range, this pair of headphones gets a 7.5 out of 10.

photo from PhoneArena.com

Photo from PhoneArena.com

Messenging Services

Motorola announced recently that when their phones upgrade to Android Marshmallow they will be getting rid of some of their unique features, as it now overlaps Google products.

This includes Assist, Migrate, and Connect.

Assist is being replaced by “Do Not Disturb”, Migrate is being replaced with enhanced support for backups, and Connect is going away because…people are going to other messengers?

Motorola Connect gave users the option to access their phone calls and texts online using extensions in Chrome.
The reason they are getting rid of it is because Motorola says more and more people are leaving the stock messaging apps, and going to Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger.

But are people really going to all digital messaging systems, fully data driven, instead of text based messaging, which is available via a phone number and even the weakest signal?

Are you ready to give up having a phone number in exchange for everything being done online?

My Moto Family

For those that aren’t aware, I am a big Motorola user.


I use their products because quite simply: They work.

Each function of their devices may not be better then a competitors, but as an overall product Motorola always comes out on top.

My Moto Family keeps growing as I try each technological advancement that Motorola puts out there.

Here is a brief rundown of my recent Motorola devices…so it doesn’t count the original Moto Razr, the Moto Razr HD, Bluetooth, etc.:

  • Moto X (1st Gen) – I got this through Moto Maker, but kept it simple with a black front and a black textured back, with orange trimmings…what a mistake. If you are going to design your own phone, don’t go simple like I did on this one!
  • Moto X (2nd Gen) – I didn’t make the same mistake twice! The black front is obvious (as it gives the “larger screen” effect), and a bamboo back (absolutely gorgeous) with olive green trim. One of the best phones I’ve owned!
  • Moto Skip – A simple NFC unlock device that can be clipped to belts/collars/etc. It also comes with “stickers” to put on car dashboards/desks/etc. for convenient unlocking in common places.
  • Moto 360 – The watch that I’ve talked about many times before on this blog.
  • Moto Hint – Tiny Bluetooth earpiece, with a small case that acts as a portable charger as well. There may be a fuller review on this some point soon…
  • Power Pack Micro – Small pocket charger. Adds a powerful 80% charge to most phones, and is smaller then a pack of tic-tacs, so it’s easy to carry around.
  • Power Pack 4000 – Another portable charger. This one holds 2-2 1/2 charges in it, and is smaller/lighter then most phones.