Buttered toast tends to land butter-side down when you drop it. This piece of wisdom is not just another one of Murphy’s adages. It’s a fact, proven mathematically by Robert Matthews, a physicist and professor at UK’s Aston University.
Now Professor Matthews applied his prodigious physics knowledge to solve another age-old mystery (or, at least, decade-old): why smartphones tend to land screen down when we drop them.
Starting from some basics measurements and some observations about the design of smartphones (many of them are slippery, all of them are primarily held loosely in one hand), Professor Matthews came up with this little formula that approximates the rate at which your phone pivots around your buttery fingers:
Looks like Greek to you? No worries, you’re not alone. The gist of it is that yes, smartphones do typically land face down when they slip from our hands, putting those fragile displays in mortal danger. Damn you, physics!
Now, guess which major OEM sent out a press release highlighting this groundbreaking (or just screen-breaking) discovery? If you said Motorola, you’re right on the money, though it’s not a hard guess, considering that Moto has been making a huge deal out of the “shatterproof” screen of the Moto X Force and its American cousin, the Droid Turbo 2.
Motorola UK begins its Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, offers savings up to 50% on popular devices
After revealing some not-so-impressive deals in the US, Motorola UK has begun its Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale, bringing some sweet deals on many popular devices. Motorola says UK residents can save up to 50% on new smartphones.
One of the more major deals Motorola UK is running this holiday season is some fairly hefty discounts on the Moto X Play and last year’s Nexus 6, which is still a nice handset. Those interested will be able to get the Moto X Play in 16GB or 32GB variations for £219 and £259, respectively. That’s savings of £60 on either device.
For those that are more interested in fast updates and the slickest interface available with Android, the Nexus 6 is available in 32GB and 64GB variants for £250 and £310, respectively. That’s savings of £229 on either device. It’s definitely a steal, and is the perfect gift to throw under the Christmas tree for a loved one this year.
Motorola UK is running deals on plenty of other devices, so be sure to hit the source link below to get the full scoop on all of the crazy deals. Motorola UK says they’ll be running these until 11:59pm (GMT) on November 30.
source: Motorola UK
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You can pre-order the 32GB Moto X Pure Edition with a Jonathan Adler design for just $475, shipping starts December 15
You can customize your Moto X Pure Edition smartphone to your heart’s content via Moto Maker, but if you prefer, you can also pre-order one of three Limited Edition designs created by the iconic Jonathan Adler. In case you are wondering who Jonathan Adler is (I know I was), according to Google, he is a potter, designer, and author who seems to be big in ceramics and home furnishings.
The three designs consist of a blue and white honeycomb pattern which titled Honeycomb, a Half-Circle style featuring, appropriately enough, two half circles in different colors, and finally the Bridget style pattern consisting of some diagonal red lines in an almost mirrored chevron like effect.
Each design will set you back $474.99, with shipping scheduled to begin from December 15th instead of the previously announced date of December 3rd. It should be noted that this is the 32GB version of the Moto X Pure Edition sporting these iconic designs. Are you buying one?
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Next Monday, Motorola is rolling out a slew of savings just in time to get your holiday shopping done early. The sale begins on Cyber Monday (November 30th) at 11AM CT and will last until midnight the following Monday, December 7th.
What exactly can you expect to see in this week-long deal fest? For starters, the 64GB version of the Moto X (2nd Gen) is getting a full quarter of its price tag slashed. That gorgeous AMOLED screen and all the boons of Moto Assist can be yours for only $299.99. Normally you could expect to fork over $400 dollars for this device.
It looks like that sale will last all week long, but some of these will flicker right by if you aren’t paying attention. The Moto G (2nd Gen), for instance, is dropping from its usual $179.99 to a cool $99.99. However, to take advantage of this offer, you have to jump on it quick. This sale only lasts the twenty-four hours spanning Monday, November 30th at 11:00AM to Tuesday, December 1 at 10:59 AM.
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Had your eye on a Moto 360 (1st Gen) smartwatch for a while, but just weren’t quite ready to pay $300 for it? All week long, these sleek, stylish devices will be going for half price. $149.99 is a pretty incredible deal for a smartwatch with this much aesthetic sensibility and technical innovation.
Motorola is offering to let you finance any of these deals with Motorola credit, which allow you to checkout without paying a dime for your device. Pay it in-full within 6 months, and you won’t even be paying any interest. Truly, if you’ve been wanting to experience what all the Moto buzz is about, next week will be your chance to dive in.
If you’ve been eyeing a Moto device, your time to pounce may be fast approaching. Motorola has just revealed that its site will be holding a sale for Cyber Monday, starting at 11:00am CT on Nov. 30th. The deals will run through Dec. 7th until 11:59pm CT.
Specifically, you’ll be able to get the 2nd Gen. Moto X for 25% off ($299 instead of $399) and the 1st Gen. Moto 360 for 50% off ($149 instead of $299).
Additionally, there will be a one-day sale on the 2nd Gen. Moto G on Cyber Monday only (Nov. 30th from 11:00am CT until Dec. 1st at 10:59am CT), at 40% from $179 to $99.
If you were planning to pick one of these devices soon hopefully Motorola has just saved you some hassle.
Earlier today, Motorola sent out its first batch of invitations to an exclusive press event it’s holding in New Delhi on Tuesday, December 1. Unfortunately, the Lenovo-owned company hasn’t disclosed what exactly it’s planning to unveil at the conference, but there are some hints being subtly dropped by the firm that suggest we could see the release of the second-generation Moto 360 in India.
We don’t have any information with regards to what price tag the device will carry in the region, but in the US it’s priced between $299.99 to $429.99, depending on configuration, which leads us to believe that we could see it hit the shelves for around INR19, 900 to INR28,500.
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Motorola seems to be clearing out its stock of old hardware for Cyber Monday this year. The company is discounting last year’s Moto X, Moto G, and Moto 360 models rather than the updated versions. But, know knows, Motorola could always surprise consumers with flash deals on this year’s round of phones and smartwatches. And we sure hope they do. Very few people will be inclined to get last year’s Moto X when they could just spend $100 more to get the Moto X Pure Edition. The same thing goes for Motorola’s smartwatch. All of Motorola’s Cyber Monday deals aren’t that big of a savings when you look at the current models’ prices.
- Moto X (2014) 64GB for $299 (25% off)
- Moto G (2014) for $99 (40% off)
- Moto 360 (2014) for $149 (50% off)
Each of these deals will be live on Monday, November 30, at 12:00PM ET.
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On paper, Motorola’s Droid Turbo 2 looks like an upgraded version of the Moto X Pure Edition, which was already one of our favorite Android phones. In particular, the Turbo 2 brings more powerful components, a big battery and a shatterproof screen. In reality, though, the Turbo 2 suffers from a slightly dim screen, mediocre camera and loads of Verizon bloatware. The battery life, while pretty decent, is not quite as long as advertised. Also, at $624, it’s expensive for what it is, and it’s not likely to receive software updates as quickly as the Moto X. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a decent phone, but given the choice, you’d still be better off with the bog-standard Pure Edition. That’s the gist, as you’ll see in our mini review video, and if you have time for a longer read, check out our full review here.
With Black Friday breathing down your neck and the holiday shopping season in full swing, now is the time that a lot of people are considering a smartphone upgrade. Buying a new device can be a fun endeavor. But, for some folks, the idea of picking out a new handset may be a little more difficult.
Which is the newest phone? What is the best phone? Which is the one that’s going to give me exactly what I need? We’re here to help you dig through the clutter.
We’ve put together a list of the top 10 Android smartphones you should consider for Verizon this November. Here, in no particular order, are ten Android handsets that you should consider for Verizon if you’re currently shopping around.
Droid Turbo 2
As the first phone to feature a shatterproof display, much can be said about the new Droid Turbo 2. Not only does this one give you peace of mind in knowing that it can fall out of your pocket or desk without shattering, the phone also features some pretty impressive hardware.
Powered by Android 5.1 Lollipop, the Turbo 2 features a 5.4-inch display at 2560×1440 resolution and a 21-megapixel camera. Quick charging ensures that the phone never runs low on juice; moreover, the 3760mAh battery gets you two days of use. In other words it’s built to be used and somewhat abused.
In a first for the Droid series, buyers can head to the Moto Maker tool to design their own unique version of the phone. There are more than 1,000 combinations of colors and materials to choose from.
The newest phone of the bunch, this LG features two displays. Indeed, there is the 5.7-inch quad HD screen which looks gorgeous on its own. However, up at the top you will find a small secondary display which offers quick access to favourite contacts, apps, media player buttons , or an at-a-glance view of your schedule.
But, as if that were not enough, you will also find 64 gigabytes of internal storage with a microSD card that allows for another 200GB of space. The removable 3,000mAh battery is more than enough to get you a day or two of life. The rear offers up a 16-megapixel camera while the front houses a pair of 5-megapixel shooters. One works for close-ups while the other has a wide angle lens for group shots.
Motorola Droid Maxx 2
Another relative newbie, this Motorola packs a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display, 21-megapixel rear camera, and 16GB internal storage. Toss in the 3630mAh battery with Turbo Charging and you’ve got a device that should never run low on power. Other specifications include Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, microSD expansion card slot for more storage, and a water-repellent coating.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The fifth generation of Samsung’s plus-sized smartphone experience boasts a gorgeous metal and glass design. The S Pen digital stylus is smarter than ever and works without even powering on the display. Up from previous models, storage options are now 32GB and 64GB. The battery, which comes in at a commendable 3000mAh capacity, allows for fast charging, wireless charging, and even fast wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S6
Announced in the spring, it’s hard to beat the annual Samsung flagship smartphone. The 5.1-inch Quad HD screen is a stunner and feels oh-so-right in our hands and the premium design includes glass and metal. It’s the first Galaxy S model we’ve wanted to coddle and protect in a long time. It doesn’t hurt that it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop (with an expected 6.0 update), comes with at least 32GB storage, and has 3GB RAM to boost performance.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
An almost identical sibling to the aforementioned Galaxy Note 5, this one trades out the stylus for the dual curved display. If you don’t need to jot down notes or mark up documents, consider grabbing the more sexy counterpart.
LG continues to impress with a steady stream of flagship models that demand attention. We long ago fell in love with the rear button layout and this year’s version has one of the best camera experiences we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. The specs are top-notch and the screen is a real looker.
Google Nexus 6
Running an untouched version of Android Lollipop, the Nexus 6 is among the first to receive an update to the 6.0 Marshmallow build. The 6-inch screen might be a little bigger than you’re familiar with but the reviews and feedback have been solid. Internal storage is tapped at 32GB with no microSD expansion card slot but it should be enough for those who live in the cloud.
HTC One M9
The lone HTC model here is also one of the oldest flagship models to make this list. Don’t let that concern you, though, it’s still a kick-ass phone with a great build. The 5-inch screen looks great and fits well in the hand while the 20-megapixel camera snaps excellent photos. The microSD card keeps media lovers content with room for up to 200GB of external storage.
Motorola Moto X (2nd Generation)
As an ancestor to the Droid Turbo 2 and Droid Maxx 2, the Moto X (2nd Generation) doesn’t have a ton of Verizon customization. In other words, it’s closer to a stock Android experience than most other phones with only a few added touches. We love what Motorola adds to the user interface: twist to open camera, chop to activate flashlight, and voice actions. Pick yours up in Black, White Bamboo, or Football Leather.
If you are in the market for a new smartphone, or perhaps thinking of giving one as a present to a loved one (it is getting to that time of year, you know), choosing the right phone at the right price can be somewhat taxing. But what would you say if I told you that the black Moto X Play can be found for just £199 from Amazon UK today, saving £70 on the usual price?
The Moto X Play is known for having great battery life, but let’s take a look at what else it brings to the table:
- Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- 5.5-Inch Full HD display, 403ppi, Corning’ Gorilla Glass 3
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core @ 1.7GHz
- Adreno 405 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB Internal storage
- MicroSD card support (up to 128GB)
- 21MP Rear camera
- 5MP front camera
- Battery: 3,630mAh
- Dimensions: 148 x 75 x 8.9 (10.9 at thickest point)
- Weight: 169 grams
At its normal price of £269, the Moto X Play offers good value for money, but at £199? It’s a bargain. Sadly, to paraphrase Henry Ford’s saying –“you can have the Moto X Play for £199, in any colour, so long as it’s black”. All you have to do to take advantage of the offer is click the link below, and Bob’s your uncle. One thing to remember is that this is a one-day-only deal, so there isn’t too much time to ponder.
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