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25
Sep

PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist is a game about YouTube Let’s Players


The Canadian studio Outerminds has just released PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist on both Android and iOS. The game features none other than Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, an outrageously popular internet star with a distinctive way of speaking, as well as a slew of other YouTube “Let’s Play” entertainers including JackSepticEye, Cryaotic, Markiplier, CinnamonToastKen and Marzia.

PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist mixes several genres by blending platforming, side-scrolling action with bullet hell mechanics. It also boasts retro, 8-bit style graphics. The game can be found on Google Play or the App Store with a $5 price tag.

Let’s Players aren’t the only YouTube sensations taking their act to the gaming medium. Several other YouTube personalities are also working on their own games as well. For instance, Jordan Maron (Captain Sparklez) announced in July that he was working with Howard Marks of Activision on a multiplayer mobile game called Fortress Fury.

In addition to making waves in the mobile gaming arena, PewDiePie is currently filming a reality show in Los Angeles, and he’s expected to meet Stephen Colbert on the Late Show early next month. A polarizing figure, PewDiePie has a massive online following consisting primarily of young gamers. His exaggerated facial expressions and wacky vocal inflections amuse some viewers but leave others, like the creators of South Park, scratching their heads.

Download PewDiePie: Legend of Brofist from Google Play

25
Sep

10 best investment apps for Android


Best Investment Apps for Android

Investing is one of the best ways to make money. By being smart, taking a few risks, and by knowing the market, you can easily earn yourself a ton of money that you can use for all kinds of things, including the all-important goal of retirement. The pros pretty much know what they’re doing, but intermediate or beginner traders could always use a helping hand.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best investment apps for Android.


acorns Best Investment Apps for AndroidAcorns

[Price: Free]
Acorns is a unique business that allows you to investment money using little, tiny bits at a time. The premise is fairly simple. It takes the spare change from your everyday transactions and then invests them in various businesses and markets with the idea being to make you money. That means if you spend $15.50 on something, Acorns will grab up that other $0.50 and invest it. It’s a fun way to get into investing without having to take it too seriously.

Get it now on Google Play!


ceo ca Best Investment Apps for AndroidCEO.CA

[Price: Free]
CEO.CA is a newer application with a very unique premise. It’s a chat application that can put you in touch with investment pros and CEOs of up-and-coming companies in Canada. It’s a unique premise that can really help you inform yourself before making financial decisions. The interface is simple enough to understand and you can also find charts and graphics that depict various financial information. It’s a lot of fun to use and we hope we see this open up to more countries eventually!

Get it now on Google Play!
ceo ca Best Investment Apps for Android


feedly best investment apps for androidFeedly

[Price: Free]
Feedly is an RSS application that allows you to follow multiple news outlets at once. One of the more challenging aspects of finance is to remain educated on the goings on of the financial world and an application like Feedly can help. Using it, you can follow various blogs, news sites, and other sources of news. You can then read each source individually or have them all in a giant feed that you can scroll through. It’s a solid app that’s easy to use and it’s a great way to compile your news sources into one spot.
Get it now on Google Play!
feedly best investment apps for android


FRED Best Investment Apps for AndroidFRED Economic Data

[Price: Free]
As we previously stated, investing is all about knowing what to invest in and when. FRED Economic Data has that in spades. At a glance, the app has over 40,000 sets of economic data from 37 regional, national, and international sources. That’s a lot of information and you’re able to track pretty much whatever facet of the economic system that you want. It has a simple design that lets you quickly navigate the data and you can also create custom graphics, store data, and more.
Get it now on Google Play!
FRED Economic Data Best Investment Apps for Android


JStock Best Investment Apps for AndroidJStock

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
JStock is a long time favorite of investors as it provides plenty of stock market information. It supports 27 different stock markets, features to analyze your stocks, and even a charted history dating back 10 years so you can see how good or bad something has done historically. If you go premium, you’ll get cloud storage integration, unlocked features, and unlimited amounts of some features from the free version. It’s definitely worth a shot.
Get it now on Google Play!


mystocks best investor apps for androidMyStocks

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
MyStocks is a more recent stock market application that provides information about various stock markets, but does so with a bit more flair. The app has complete Material Design which gives it an intuitive and good looking interface along with a laundry list of features. You can get analyst ratings, quotes, alerts, and historical data if you need it. The app also comes with Android Wear support, DashClock extensions, backup and restore to both Google Drive and external SD card, and more.
Get it now on Google Play!


netdania Best Investment Apps for AndroidNetDania Forex & Stocks

[Price: Free]
NetDania Forex & Stocks is among the highest rated and most popular investment apps on this list. With 12,000 ratings, it sports a very respectable 4.6 out of 5 rating in the Play Store. The app provides information on 10,000 stocks, 2,000 currency pairs, and 20,000 financial instruments overall. With this app, you can also set alerts, see country-specific economic news, and save information on the stuff in your portfolio. It’s also cleanly designed and efficient.
Get it now on Google Play!
NetDania Best Investment Apps for Android


SigFig Best Investment Apps for AndroidSigFig Investment Optimizer

[Price: Free]
SigFig is kind of a mix between Acorns and MyStocks. You can use the application to check up on stock prices and track your investments or you can simply invest with SigFig and let them manage your portfolio. They charge a 0.25% per year fee with no trading fees will seem lucrative to some people. The app itself is cleanly designed and manages to push a lot of information very efficiently without compromising good looks.
Get it now on Google Play!
sigfig Best Investment Apps for Android


stocks forex futures and news Best Investment Apps for AndroidStocks, Forex, Futures & News

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Stocks, Forex, Futures & News does essentially what the title says it does. The name isn’t overly creative but don’t let that fool you because this is a powerful application. It boasts to give real-time information on over 40,000 financial instruments traded in over 70 global stock markets. There is also live charts you can follow, news you can read, analysis by experts, and information on emerging markets. This is a great way to get some information quickly and effectively.
Get it now on Google Play!


yahoo finance Best Investment Apps for AndroidYahoo Finance

[Price: Free]
Last and certainly not least on our list is Yahoo Finance. This focuses more on the news and analysis side of things but it still provides you with stock market numbers and the ability to add stocks to a watchlist for future viewing. It’s a bit more simple compared to some of these others which makes it a great entrance app for beginner investors. You can also keep track of your portfolio if you create a Yahoo account.
Get it now on Google Play!
yahoo finance Best Investment Apps for Android


Wrap up

If we missed any awesome investment apps, tell us all about them in the comments!

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!

25
Sep

Tell us how you really feel about iOS 9


Sure, new iPhones are being released today, but plenty of you have already made the jump to iOS 9. And, while we loved its refinements enough to call it “a must-have update,” we’d like to know how it’s faring out in the wild with our readers. Head on over to the Engadget database page to let us know what you think of all the improvements, including smarter Siri features, Slide Over multitasking and the Apple News app. Then, we’ll feature some of your more eloquent and astute comments in a future post.

Comments have been turned off for this post; please go to the iOS 9 page to write a review. If you don’t have a database account, sign up here!

25
Sep

Twitch learned a lot from YouTube Gaming


When YouTube announced its new gaming-focused livestreaming program, YouTube Gaming, Twitch SVP of Marketing Matthew DiPietro released a statement reminding everyone that his company did it first. “The opportunity in gaming video is enormous, and others have clearly taken notice,” he said. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in the last four years, but our eyes are on the future.” DiPietro said that Twitch was listening to its users’ requests and it had a lot of changes in store. And, following YouTube Gaming’s robust, feature-laden launch, Twitch needed a serious update. Now, as announced at the first-ever TwitchCon keynote address, it’s getting exactly that.

Onstage today, Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear (pictured above) introduced some new Twitch features by saying, “I want to bring to you a bunch of little, but important, things that we think will make your Twitch experience just that little bit more fun.” And it’s true, Twitch’s announcements may seem like granular changes, but they should have a big impact on the way people consume the site’s content. The major (minor) updates are as follows:

  • Playlists: Streamers can now create custom playlists of past broadcasts to run while their pages are offline, coming “soon.”
  • Video uploads: Throw a prepared video directly onto Twitch, starting in early 2016.
  • HTML5 rollout: Twitch is ditching Flash players and controls for HTML5, due in Q2 2016.
  • Whispers 2.0: Twitch’s private-message system will now pop out personal conversations so users don’t miss them, coming in October.

These changes in particular feel like a direct reply to YouTube Gaming. One of the biggest gripes with Twitch is also a huge reason it attained rapid success — it emphasizes live content, rather than archived videos. In this sense, Twitch is almost a throwback to the days before DVR and streaming video. Content is available when it’s live, and it could disappear or be difficult to track down afterward. It’s like the days when you had to be home at 8PM every Sunday to watch The Simpsons, or else you’d have nothing to talk about around the water cooler the next day. Now, you can set the DVR and watch when you have the time. This formula of modern convenience is at the heart of Twitch’s — and YouTube Gaming’s — new vision.

Video game streamer HikePlays has 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube and he helped the company set up its new Gaming section. We spoke with him just before the site’s launch and he laid out the numbers behind his attraction to YouTube over Twitch: Just 10 to 20 percent of his views stemmed from live shows. The majority of his audience tuned into archived streams, so it was beneficial to have all of his recorded videos front-and-center, rather than second-tier. YouTube Gaming allows streamers to showcase playlists of past videos and reams of archived content. Now, Twitch will, too.

Twitch’s new Playlist and video-on-demand options attempt to close the gap between its live and archived content, highlighting previous broadcasts as well as live shows. Video uploads allow streamers to plan more organized segments with higher production values, just like YouTube has for years. Switching to HTML5 should modernize Twitch’s video quality and its embed options, an essential part of YouTube’s own success. Whisper is the icing on the cake: Popping out private messages directly in the Twitch app and site is a fancy little feature that YouTube Gaming simply doesn’t have yet.

Twitch is aiming to become a hub for gaming videos, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. After all, very few people in the 1980s turned on the TV to watch stations sign off. Now, instead of finding a Twitch streamer’s page and seeing an “offline” notification, viewers will get playlists of curated content and uploaded videos. YouTube Gaming clearly learned a ton from Twitch’s experiments in video game streaming, and this time around, Twitch is taking some lessons from YouTube.

25
Sep

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’ nixes campaign on last-gen consoles


If you’re still rockin’ a PS3 or Xbox 360 and are looking forward to the next Call of Duty release, Treyarch dropped a bit of bad news. The studio announced that Black Ops 3 won’t feature a campaign mode on those last-gen consoles. Why? “The ambitious scope of the 1-4 player co-op Campaign design of the PS4, Xbox One and PC versions could not be faithfully recreated on old generation hardware,” the company explains. Due to the fact that the game will only offer multiplayer and Zombie modes, Treyarch is setting the price at $50. As you might expect, other features that take advantage of the power of the Xbox One, PS4 and PC — like eSports tools and the Weapons Paint Shop — won’t be available either. The game arrives on November 6th, and if you were really looking forward to that co-op campaign, there’s the 1TB PS4 bundle.

Via: Kotaku

Source: Treyarch

25
Sep

Now anybody can be a blogger using Facebook Notes


Facebook announced a host of changes to its Notes feature on Friday. Notes originally appeared on the site as a means for users to write extended entries (not unlike Engadget’s own Public Access) though it never really caught on with the user base. However, the update transforms Notes into a tiny CMS within the Facebook ecosystem. Changes include the ability to add cover art, caption images, resize inline photos and format text.

You can see the difference between the two iterations in the image above. Instead of the standard wall of plaintext that longform Facebook posts have traditionally eschewed, the additional formatting makes the entries much easier to read and digest. And though the editing feature is exclusively web-based, the new Notes do appear on mobile as well.

[Image Credit: Facebook]

Source: Facebook

25
Sep

Aaron Sorkin Blasts Tim Cook for Calling Steve Jobs Films ‘Opportunistic’


Earlier this month, Tim Cook sat down for an interview with Stephen Colbert, where discussion turned to Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming “Steve Jobs” film and Alex Gibney’s “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” documentary.

Though Cook has not seen either film, he called Jobs an “amazing human being” and suggested he hated the movies being made about Jobs. “I think a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic and I hate this,” he said. “It’s not a great part of our world.”


Aaron Sorkin gave a scathing response to Tim Cook’s comment in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter calling out Apple’s Chinese factories and telling the interviewer that he and other top executives on the project had taken pay cuts to get the film made.

“Nobody did this movie to get rich,” he said. “Secondly, Tim Cook should really see the movie before he decides what it is.”

“Third, if you’ve got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour you’ve got a lot of nerve calling someone else opportunistic.”

Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs film, which stars Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, is set to premiere next month. It’s already been screened at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, where it received rave reviews and led to buzz about a possible Oscar nomination for Fassbender’s performance.

The movie is based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography and follows Jobs at three product launches, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the way Steve Jobs interacted with friends, colleagues, and family, including his daughter Lisa. In the past, Tim Cook has said the biography was a “tremendous disservice” to the Steve that he knew because it focused on “small parts of his personality.” “The person I read about there is somebody I would never have wanted to work with over all this time,” he said.


25
Sep

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Bolt Briefcase From WaterField Designs


For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with WaterField Designs to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Bolt Briefcase for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. For those unfamiliar with WaterField Designs, it’s a small San Francisco-based company that specializes in high-quality bags and sleeves for Apple devices.

The Bolt Briefcase comes in Small, Medium, and Large, to fit up to a 17-inch laptop, and it comes in six different color combinations in either ballistic nylon or waxed canvas, both of which feature leather accents and splash-proof zippers. Ballistic is more professional and lighter in weight, while the waxed canvas is more casual and will become better looking as it ages.

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The Briefcase has a padded laptop compartment to keep a notebook safe from drops and damage, along with two deep interior pockets for holding things like hard drives and power supplies, and a bunch of exterior pockets.

There are two quick access pockets at the front for things that are used frequently, like a smartphone or earphones. Above that, there’s a zippered iPad-sized pocket that can hold a tablet or paper documents, and at the back, there’s a pocket to allow it to fit over a suitcase handle and another to hold newspapers or magazines.

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WaterField’s Bolt Briefcase can be purchased from the company’s website for $249 for the Small (13-inch laptops), $259 for the Medium (15-inch laptops), and $279 for the Large (17-inch laptops).

We’re giving one of the Bolt Briefcases designed for the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro to one lucky reader, with the winner picking the color and material. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize.

a Rafflecopter giveawayhttp://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.jsYou can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

The contest will run from today (September 25) at 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time through 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time on October 2. The winner will be chosen randomly on October 2 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before a new winner is chosen. The prize will be shipped to the winner for free.


25
Sep

Share your favorite TV and movie clips with Clippit (App Review)


We always are trying to share the best pictures, gifs, or video clips with our friends and family. When in a group chat amongst friends, there are times where you try to post the best comment. However, there are also times where you are thinking about a clip from a tv show or movie, but have no way to share that. Well, it turns out that there is actually a way to do so. Enter Clippit.

Clippit is an app that allows users to take clips from their favorite shows, and post or share them to Facebook or Twitter. Clippit pulls from various TV networks like ESPN, ABC, NBC, and more, and allow you clip portions from those shows or movies.

Setup

Before being able to send your various clips to friends, you must sign up for an account. Currently, the only two options are for Facebook or Twitter, so when you select one of the two, you will be directed to sign in with your appropriate account. Then you will be prompted to create a username for Clippit, and you’re off to the races. Once you’ve signed up, you can choose from six different entertainment genres, such as Drama or Sports. From there, you will be presented your main feed.

Interface

Your main feed shows off some of the most popular, and most recent clips that have been created and posted. With each individual clip, there’s a share option, upvote or downvote, and a bar at the bottom with some information about the clip. Unlike videos on Facebook or Twitter, the clips within Clippit won’t automatically start playing, so you don’t have to worry about eating up all of your data unless you choose to. You’ll be able to scroll along the timeline until you find something you want to see.

Now if you want to create your own clip, head over to the Scissors tab at the top of Clippit. Once you’re in this tab, there are a bunch of different shows that you have to choose from. These are all shows that are playing live on television right now. So you can’t really pick and choose shows that are not currently being televised, to get clips from.

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So let’s say you’re trying to find the perfect clip, but aren’t having any luck. Turns out, there’s a search function that allows you to search for previously created clips from whatever show or movie you want. A simple search for ‘Happy Gilmore’ pulls up a whole list of different clips that have been tagged or recognized as from that movie.

 

Regardless of that, there is a nice little feature that allows you to go back and view previously made clips. The Timeline tab at the top, will take you to a section that has a few different options. The Top Clips section has the following options:

  • All-Time Greatest
  • Best of What You Following
  • Trending Up
  • Newest Clips

Now, you can view these clips to your heart’s content, so if you’re trying to find a specific clip, keep scrolling along until you find the perfect one. The next section has different genre’s for you to look through when finding the best clip. Clippit really has a lot of options available, if this sort of thing floats your boat.

What We Like

  • Easy to use interface
  • Finding clips is easier than it looks
  • Timeline can be a time-waster

And not so much…..

  • Not able to share the clips to anything but Facebook or Twitter
  • No mention of being able to search for clips specifically

Clippit is a great option for finding those hilarious clips, or just killing some time. When you combine that with the fact that it’s 100% free with no ads, you have a real winner. Let us know what you think about this, and whether you think Clippit has the ability to come in handy. Hit the Play Store widget below, and try Clippit out for free, today.

The post Share your favorite TV and movie clips with Clippit (App Review) appeared first on AndroidGuys.

25
Sep

Moto X Pure Edition review


As hard as it is to believe, we’re at that time of year where we’re playing with another new flagship smartphone from Motorola. For 2015 we’re looking at the Moto X Pure Edition, or the company’s most powerful Android to date.

Before heading into the review I figured it’s worth talking about the Moto X and where it fits in the world of Android. Although Motorola offers most of its handsets via carriers in standard color options, the Moto X can be built to order. Indeed, the Moto X Pure Edition, and some of its predecessors are sold direct to consumer and without a contract.

Like Google does with the Nexus, the Moto X Pure Edition is an unlocked smartphone which means it can be paired with most wireless providers. Also, like the Nexus family, this one is sold at a price that is a few hundred dollars less than its competitors. Prices for the Moto X Pure Edition start at $400; most top-tier phones are around $650 at launch.

For the second year in a row, Motorola offers the device via its Moto Maker tool, which allows for seemingly endless customization. Present again are the (four, textured) leather and (four) wood backs as well as a refreshed color palette of soft-grip backs. Choosing a premium material results in a slight price bump of $25.

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The Moto X has grown each year.

Toss in customized metal accents and a choice of black or white around front and you have a phone that is uniquely yours. In other words, there’s a very low chance that you’ll ever run into someone in person who has the same configuration.

Design

moto_x_pure_rear_angleAs it did for last year’s model, Motorola has opted to increase the size of its top-tier handset. What started out in 2013 as a very pocketable 4.7-inch display has grown to a 5.7-inch experience that plays on the same field as the Galaxy Note 5. And, whereas the first generation was a pleasure to use with one hand, this year’s model is rather cumbersome to operate in that manner.

For our customized Moto X Pure we went with White and Silver for the front with Lime on the back. The accent color we selected was Metallic Royal Blue. You’ll find the accent color around the rear camera lens on the speakers.

Suffice it say, we did suffer from some decision paralysis when it came to picking our combination. There were just too many designs to choose from and each looked classier or cooler than the next. Taking ours out of the box we were immediately impressed with the phone and found our color configuration mirrored that of the website. The green and blue colors were very accurate.

The first thing we noticed was simply how big the Moto X Pure Edition felt in hand. The general dimensions are in line with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 but the curved back gives it some extra thickness. Exact measurements will tell you this isn’t the case but it feels about twice as thick as the Samsung phone. Does it feel chubby or thick? No, but it’s just enough to make the one-hand operation more of a task than a convenience.

The soft-grip back is a nice touch and the texture adds a bit of character to the phone. But, do note that it also makes the Moto X Pure Edition a little more “slick” or slippery in hand. moto_x_pure_shellMotorola does include one of their protective bumpers in the box (ours was clear) however it adds a smidge of width to the experience. The bumper does protect the edges of the phone while, at the same time, letting you show off the color and character of your custom design.

As much as I enjoy the blue accent, I feel like Motorola could have included a little more. The volume rocker and power button would look great and really pop on the outer edge. Nevertheless, the speaker grille stands out nicely and the back simply looks cool. I wager to guess that just about any accent color would complement your front and back designs.

The Moto X Pure Edition is also considered a water-repellent phone. While it won’t allow for dips in the pool the nano-coating protects you from life’s splashes. Rain and accidental spills aren’t going to present a problem with this phone like they might for another brand.

Other items worth pointing out are the inclusion of front-facing stereo speakers and a microSD expansion card slot. New to the family this year, we’re stoked Motorola added both features.

Display

Coming it at 5.7-inches, the screen resolution for the Moto X Pure Edition is 2560 x 1440 pixels, or 520 pixels per inch. It keeps pace with other flagship models of the day and is up from last year’s 1920 x 1080 pixel (5.2-inch) screen. Motorola opted to switch from AMOLED to LCD for this model but most users won’t know the difference in the technologies. You’ll still get your Moto Display feature (see below) and the picture is as crisp as other models which offer the same resolution.

x_pure_outsideWe didn’t notice it right away but the screen isn’t as dark black when you get your notifications. When we compared it to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ we saw that the black was more in line with a really dark grey. On its own, however, it doesn’t have this effect. The general, day-to-day stuff didn’t bother us, especially when we spend most of our time with the phone in daylight conditions.

Along these lines we noticed what felt like an ever-so-slight washed out appearance to colors – but only when we held it up to another phone. And, really, discussing it makes it sound worse than it really is.

The photo you see here is the phone on its highest brightness in a full sunny sky. You can definitely use it outdoors and without too much hassle.

Camera

One of the things I love most about the cameras in Moto X models is its intention. Specifically, I really appreciate that no matter what I am doing, I can twist the phone twice to open the camera. Moreover, I like the simple approach to snapping pictures and moving right along. The problem I ran into in the past, is that the software was more impressive in theory than in practice.

No matter how innovative or effective the camera app was, I didn’t always love the photos. It didn’t help that the simple “tap anywhere on the screen” to capture resulted in a lot of blurry or unwanted images. Ultimately, I resorted to third party apps for the camera in the previous two Moto X models. That has not been the case for this year’s device.

The Moto X Pure Edition lets users take photos in either 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios with resolution up to 21-megapixels. Yes, the same mechanics are at play here so I am getting the occasional picture of the inside of my hand.

There’s just something really cool and convenient about waving your hand over the display for notifications.

It’s hard to argue with the quality of the photos taken with the Moto X Pure Edition, particularly when you consider the price. You get plenty of detail in the pictures and colors are accurate. Low-light is sometimes a crap shoot with varying results, but it’s a more impressive camera than in previous models.

As for video, the phone provides up to 4K video but you’ll want to add a microSD card and steady the camera on something. But, even the 1080p stuff looks sharp when we played back on a TV. Sound could definitely be better, but it’s not outright terrible. We’ll still use this for social media videos and for times where we don’t have a proper camera with us.

Software

One of the key selling points in the Moto X line is that it’s a nearly stock Android software experience. What this means to customers is that it’s not loaded with a bunch of apps and services that you’re likely to ignore. And, perhaps more importantly, it means timely software updates to pick up the latest from Google. It’s as close to a Nexus phone as you’ll get.

This is not to say Motorola doesn’t put its own touch on the phone. Indeed, there are a couple of apps designed to enhance the user experience. Do they? You bet! On the other hand, there are a few Google apps that were left off for this year’s model: Google+, Google Play Books, Games, Newsstand, and Keep are among those that didn’t make the cut.

Whenever we switch from using a Moto X to another brand the first thing we miss is the Moto Display. It’s one of our favorite innovations in smartphones and is something we’d love to see employed elsewhere. But, for now, it helps to make Motorola’s flagship device all the more appealing.

If you’re not familiar with Moto Display, it’s the feature that lets users simply wave a hand over the screen to see notifications. Maybe you just wanna glance at the time and aren’t wearing a watch. Same thing. Swipe the hand a few inches over the phone and it pops right up.

Other software features present include Moto Assist which lets you customize actions based on location or activities. Chop twice for flashlight does just that – chop your  phone like you would on an invisible cutting board and the phone vibrates twice and turns on the flashlight. Do it again to turn off. Also present is the twist twice for camera launching and Moto Gallery.

Battery

At 3000mAh, the battery promises “all-day” usage with some left over. Is that the case? For us, in the first few weeks, yes.

We tend to hit the phones with a lot in the first few days as we add our apps, change settings, and generally explore the device. Over time things settle a bit, but the early days are more demanding. So far we have been impressed with the battery.

While a lot of people complain about capacities and length of use, on aspect is often overlooked. How long does it take to charge the phone or get it to where we have breathing room for the rest of the night? The Moto X Pure Edition has TurboPower charging which promises 10 hours of battery life in only 15 minutes of charging.

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Even if you do find the battery dropping down toward the end of the work day, the commute home should be all it takes to get you back on track. Juice it up while you eat dinner and you’re ready for a full night on the town.

Conclusion

The Moto X Pure is a solid device any way you slice it. The specs are as impressive as you fill in most of 2015’s top smartphones, but at a fraction of the price. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB RAM are more than enough for average users.

Heavy users expect to be blown away by every new smartphone release. If it were up to some, there would be no entry-level or mid-range device. Sadly, the mentality is all too often, “If you’re not pushing the envelope on all fronts then you’re doing it wrong.”

If you’re the type to scoff at a phone because it doesn’t employ the most cutting-edge processor, you should look elsewhere. But, if you’re the type who cares about having a powerful phone that handles anything you’ll throw at it for the next year or two, you would be wise to start here.

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Motorola continues to impress us with its X line of phones. We love the idea of customization picking a phone that speaks directly to us. We love the $400 price tag. We love the stripped-down Android software experience.

Is this a flawless phone? No. We do find it a tad bigger than we’d like for a daily driver. The soft-grip is more slippery than we expected. The screen is sharp, but when compared to other models, isn’t quite as vibrant. And, if you’re looking for wireless charging, you won’t find it here. However, in trying to find negatives, some of them are personal preference and not design flaws or actual shortcomings.

While you might find other upstart and hungry companies treading into the $400 flagship space, you’re not going to beat Motorola at this game.

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