Summary: If you want a brag worthy, cool-features-to-show-off toting, slim, sexy, water resistant, bad-ass, MOTHER FUCKING PORSCHE of a phone, get this one. And get an extra charger.
I don’t usually rave about things I have; I’m the quiet consumer who researches my purchases and keeps my opinions about my stuff to myself until someone asks me about it. I keep a silent pride in my belongings so as not to brag about them. Recently, my phone changed that.
BECAUSE IT IS FUCKING AMAZING.
I do not work for Motorola, nor have I ever. I am not being paid by them in any way shape or form (but if anyone at Motorola is reading this and wants to send me a 360 watch, I will unashamedly rock it). What I am, is a tech enthusiast. And by enthusiast, I mean I wrote my first C program at the age of 7 (and currently speak C++, Java and PHP), I’ve built and re-built COUNTLESS machines, rooted phones before it was popular, and routinely modify programs to make them work better for me. So I kinda know what I’m talking about when it comes to anything with a processor.
The reason I don’t write any reviews is because I don’t think the average person is as obsessive and nit-picky about electronics as I am. I like the little “cool” features, and having products and abilities that other people don’t. It’s not arrogance; I just want to be different. Because of this, any review I write can be a little lengthy.
If you don’t care about the cool little things this phone can do, or just want to know if the front facing camera is good enough for Instagram, I’ll save you some time: It is. Now move along.
For all of those that are curious about what features this phone has that others don’t, like the shit you can BRAG about, AND you’re sick of the generalized reviews that don’t really tell you anything about OWNING it, then read on my friends.
I’ll start with the cool stuff and then get to the basic shit.
1.The COOL stuff:
- IR sensors on the front that detect your proximity and illuminate the face for you. This also allows you to wave to silent calls
- “Moto” personal digital assistant gives you the BAD-ASS-ness of “Cortana” on Windows phone, but with the even MORE BAD-ASS-ness of using it with Google. (more on this later)
- “Moto Connect” lets you connect the phone to your computer via internet to send/receive texts, get alerts, locate your phone, etc. all from your computer. It also shows battery status and signal strength
- Built in facial recognition for unlocking the phone. You can also use your voice through the Moto assistant to speak your pin and unlock. Both of these are less secure than a pattern, but still BADASS.
- The facial recognition feature will also keep the screen “Alive” while you are looking at it, so it doesn’t shut off while you are reading something or looking at a video.
- The phone detects when you’re driving and will read texts, announce calls, etc, via Moto. It will also automatically silence calls during meetings and while you sleep. (you can adjust this feature and turn it off)
- I can remotely find, lock, change the PIN, wipe, and put a little message on my phone’s screen by using Motorola’s website. Here is a pic of that:
So my biggest bragging point about this phone is the “Moto” personal assistant. If you’re like me, when you first saw the “Cortana” feature on the Windows phone, you were like, “Hey…. I want that..” Well Windows ALMOST had me (and I’m a Windows fan-boy) with that single feature. It does things that neither Google Now nor Siri does; like set location based reminders and other trivial shit. I spent a couple of months hyping myself up enough to get over Windows phones pitfalls, and then I found the wonders of Moto. The list of what I can do with it is long and vulgar, so get ready:
This bitch can:
- Set reminders
- Read my messages to me while I’m at home and too damn lazy to reach for my phone
- Read and reply to emails
- Post to my social media accounts
- Tell me to get off my ass and be ready to leave in X-amount of minutes if I want to get to my appointment on time
- Announce and answer/reject calls with even fucking TOUCHING the phone
- Drunk text friends and family
- Silence or place my phone on vibrate when I pass out (after I drunk text folks) so I can sleep undisturbed (unless my boyfriend calls me –he’s on a list that my phone lets through like a FUCKING BOUNCER)
- Silence or place the phone on vibrate when I’m in a meeting so my “Booty Wurk” ringtone doesn’t embarrass me
Basically, Moto is like Google Now’s sexy secretary; Google does a lot of the work, but Google won’t listen to you if the door is shut, IE, the screen is off. Moto kicks that bitch in and passes along any instruction she can’t do herself. Yes. This phone will light up like a FUCKING RAINBOW whenever you call it by a SPECIAL NAME YOU GIVE IT. You can be boring and say “Ok Moto/Google/phone” or you can be BAD-ASS and say “WAKE UP MUTHA-FUCKA!” Samuel Jackson style, and your phone will wake up and wait for your instruction. Take THAT Siri! Anything that Moto can’t do on her own, like tell you where you last parked your car, will get sent straight to Google Now to figure out, after which she’ll tell you.
This phone is slim, sexy, and feels substantial in your hand. Not cheap and plastic-y like Samsung, (no offense) and not hollow and soul-less like the iPhone. It has a perfect balance of light weight and pleasant density that gives it a luxurious feel. It also has a very slight tapering curve to it on the backside that feels more natural in your hand, instead of feeling like a plank. The screen is amazing, but with phone screens nowadays, they all look the same unless they are REALLY shitty. Any difference you see between this phone’s screen, an iPhone, and a Samsung is either psychosomatic or due to the viewing environment. Or maybe you have electron microscopes for eyes?
Battery life is one of only two things I will bitch about with this phone; lasting me only around 14 hours. Granted, that is 14 hours of texting, video recording, taking random pictures of dumb shit, Huff-posting, Buzz-feeding, Vine-ing, streaming music, and using my GPS like I’m stranded at the fucking South Pole.
I use my phone like it’s an extension of my being, so it should last a solid day. It should get up, stay up, and recharge when I do. At 3am for around 45 minutes..
Call quality on this phone is epic. I called my boyfriend inside the car with the stereo blasting LOULDY (trying to be funny) and he couldn’t hear SHIT but for my voice. I was astonished. I kept asking, “You REALLY can’t hear ANY of that?!?!” to the point where I annoyed him. Sound out of the phone itself is pretty loud and bass-y as well. It doesn’t get as loud as Beats audio on the HTC M8, but it gets pretty damn close.
The camera is good. I say that as I tilt my head from side to side because the camera shoots some pretty good pictures, but that is one area where the iPhone and Samsung produce slightly better results. And I say slightly, because they have trade-offs as well, like color and white balance, lag between taking shots, etc. It’s all about lighting no matter what phone you use, and unless you’re trying to broadcast live to CNN, or win a Pulitzer for photography, this camera will be fine for you. Its fast, allows rapid fire, shoots slo-mo, ultra 4k HD, and has a flash that triple fires for a more natural lighting. You can edit videos to select certain parts for slo-mo, and take pictures while recording video. If you need to take phenomenal photos, then bring a real fucking camera.
2. Basic shit:
- 13mp rear camera that can shoot 4k ULTRA FUCKING HD videos, along with slo-mo in 1080p (Apple and Samsung only 720p in slo-mo) 2mp front facing camera
- Water resistant –This lady practically fucking BATHED hers (http://youtu.be/6lyOIMH9LEY?t=9m14s)
- Metal chasis with plastic, wood, or leather back, along with customizable grill colors
- 2” AMOLED Gorilla Glass screen. (That shit is invincible. I accidentally dropped my keys on it without even the tiniest scratch.)
- Light and thin
- About 14 hours of battery life with HARD use. (more on that later)
- NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, Tap-to-pay, and all that other wireless connectivity shit every other phone has.
It’s not ALL glitter and unicorns though. Aside from not-so-brag-worthy battery life, my only other quip with this phone is its lack of an expansion slot for a micro SD card. Especially more painful when I found out that Motorola rolled out a 64gb version of my phone 3 weeks after I bought mine. The only redeeming factor is that all of my music and files/photos are stored in the cloud via Google and Microsoft.
Also of note, that is either love or hate, is the fact that this phone does not have a notification light, like the little red/blue/green flashing thing that other phones have as an extra notification. The screen itself will fade in and out every 3 seconds with any new notification, in a very low power, limited pixel state that won’t drain battery. It will only do this if it is out of your pocket, thus sensing when you may ACTUALLY see that its trying to tell you something. Also, Motorola’s customer service is TOP NOTCH, right up there with Google (and they have the BEST customer service of any company I’ve EVER dealt with, so that’s saying something). They actually get shit done and keep in contact with you every step of the way. Motorola has clearly made a fan of me.
I hope this review was helpful, and as always, if you have any questions, just put them in the comment section and I will answer them within a couple of days or so!