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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.

Terms:
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… 

Apple Keeps Behind The Times

It’s time once again for the whole world to freak out over the newest reveals from Apple with their iPhone 7…while us Android users take a look at it and shrug off another year of Apple playing catch up.

What’s that? You are an Apple user and want to argue with me? Okay, how about I just look at a few of the new things unveiled yesterday, and compare it to Android devices…some of which have been around for a while already.

Camera
The new iPhone offers a 12 Megapixel camera, which is highly respectable and takes some very good pictures. But it’s not really a step into the market, that features phones of 16 or 21 Megapixels.

Size, Weight and Screen Quality
4.7″ screen will satisfy a lot of people that don’t want humongous, like the 5.5″ of the new Moto Z…but the screen quality is just sub-par compared to other phones. The iPhone has 326ppi (points per inch) while the Moto Z  offers 535ppi….and despite being a larger screen the Z is thinning (by 2mm and lighter by .1 oz).

Headphone Jack
I don’t like the lack of a headphone jack, and that’s becoming a problem on a lot of recent phones. I spoke recently about having to look for new Bluetooth headphone, but those no Buds are going to get lost easily…and it’s only a short amount of time before people realize they have another item that they need to keep charged.

Water Resistant
Old news. The Samsung S7 (and it’s famous exploding battery) can be submerged to put out that fire, and even the lower-end Moto G (mentioned in my unlocked phone breakdown) offers the water resistance.

Expandable Storage
Some companies are flopping back and forth on whether expandable storage is necessary, but Apple has been strong and steady…on the wrong side of the fight, and still refuses to add an SD slot.

Cost
Moto Z, base model of 32GB = $624
Apple iPhone 7, base model of 32GB = $649
Samsung Galaxy S7, base model of 32GB = $669

The Future of Cell Phones

Last year I discussed how Motorola, and their cheaper phones were the way of the future, due to no more “Two year contract free phones”.

I can go ahead and write about how their phones are still cheaper and better than any other phone out there, but those comparisons are unnecessary, because people don’t like to listen to proven logic.
Just looking at the new Moto G4 and Moto G4+ gives me hope for the future of cheap phones.

But on the note of the future, let’s take an early look at the Moto Z, and it’s exciting Mods, which will be coming out on Verizon this summer, and unlocked by the Fall.

The Moto Z is the first of the new lines of phones to use Mods to help enhance your phone.
These mods simply attach to the back of your phone, using pin connectors and magnets to hold it in place.
The Moto Z itself has a 40-hour battery life, and a 21MP camera. And then you add on the connectors.

For starters there are four types of Mods, that will obviously expand as time goes on.

  • Speaker – JBL boombox style speaker, with a 10 hours of battery life
  • Projector – Up to a 70″ projection
  • Power Pack – 22 more hours of battery life, and some editions will have wireless charging in them
  • Shells – Wood and leather backs for your phone, that can easily be swapped in and out.

Moto Z and Mods

Prices on all of these are still unknown, but knowing Motorola like I do, I have to assume they will all be reasonably priced, and a great look into what the future holds.

Speaking of which: We should talk about Ara at some point.

Google Messenger

For years I’ve been using Motorola’s default text messaging app:

but recently I’ve been using more Gifs in my threads, and it’s gotten annoying to have to “open” each one.

So I went to the obvious source for my Android needs: Google, and Google Messenger:

I don’t know why I’d never tried Google Messenger before, but so far in use it’s very good.

From Gifs and voice messages embedded into the threads, not having to open up a separate screen to see them is great.

It’s also a lot more colorful then what the flat, plain, Motorola Messaging had been offering.

Google Messenger can be downloaded here.

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?

Motorola Replaces – A Year Later

I’ve had my Moto X (2014) since late October of 2014, and it’s one of the best phones I’ve ever had.

In recent weeks the battery has started to die quicker — meaning when I’d hit 11% it would just suddenly drop to 1% and then die.
Taking their suggestion I performed a factory reset, and the battery seemed to be fixed.

That is until the next day when the Bluetooth would randomly start falling out. I’d be connected to my 360, my car, my Automatic, etc. and suddenly the phone would start pinging “____ requests to connect to Bluetooth”.
And no matter how often I reconnected them, they’d keep dropping off.

Motorola to the rescue though. They sent me a brand new phone (EXACTLY like my current one, with proper bamboo backplate and my name emblazoned on it) at no charge to me, and I sent them back my phone.

Talk about going above and beyond and keeping my life simple!

moto-logo-200px

PS. Thanks to Android backups, the new phone was out of the box and fully operational (to how my old phone had been…apps and all) within an hour.

The Predicted Rise of @Motorola

Today is the day that Motorola starts to make a lot more sales…at least for the next four weeks (if not, hopefully, longer).

The reason is quite simple. Verizon, the largest carrier in America, has stopped offering free phones. And if it isn’t free, are people going to lay out big $$ ?

For starters the cheaper model, the new Moto G, sells for $180-$220 and features a water-resistant phone, 13MP camera, and is customizable using Moto Maker.

As for the more expensive model, the Moto X, which comes out with a new version next month, the pricing is cheap compared to its competitors:

  • Moto G (2015) – $180 – 13MP – 5.0″ screen/S2B 67.0% – YES SD Slot – 2470mAh Battery
  • Moto X (2014) – $300 – 13MP camera – 5.2″ screen/S2B 73.1% – No SD Slot – 2300mAh Battery
  • Moto X Pure (2015) – $400 – 21MP camera5.7″ screen/Unknown – YES SD Slot 3000mAh Battery
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – $672 – 16MP camera – 5.1″ screen/S2B 71.7% – No SD Slot – 2600mAh Battery
  • Apple iPhone 6 – $650 – 8MP camera – 4.7″ screen/S2B 65.8% – No SD Slot – 1810mAh Battery
  • LG G4 – $552 – 16MP camera – 5.5″screen/S2B 72.5% – YES SD Slot – 3000mAh Battery

S2B = Screen to Body Ratio

Why people would buy the iPhone under these circumstances I will never understand…