I continue to be impressed by the front page editorials over on the XDA Forums. Their latest missive, posted last Friday, is all about Motorola, and how things seem to be taking a turn for the worse under their new owners. You might not think so looking at their current product portfolio; the only reason I don’t recommend the Moto X Play to friends is because it’s not available unlocked here in Canada.
I think XDA has done an excellent job of contrasting Moto’s successes as a Google company with their current predicament as a Lenovo joint. See if you agree…
Lean and Mean
Under Google these were the hallmarks of a Motorola smartphone:
- Near-stock Android;
- Low screen resolution;
- Small screen size;
- Low price.
This design philosophy can be seen in action on the 2013 and 2014 versions of the Moto G and X, and both iterations of the Moto E.
What about the Nexus 6?
We’ll never know for sure, but I maintain that Android Police has the most plausible explanation for the existence of this beast—that it was never intended to be a Nexus, and was instead built for the scrapped Android Silver program. At least you can get it for a reasonable price now.
Off The Rails
So here we are in 2015, re-examining Moto’s wares with XDA’s critical eye.
We have the Moto X Play with a great battery but not-so-great Snapdragon 615 processor. If you want proof of just how bad the performance is, check out this Google+ post by Android Central’s Alex Dobie. Also, the X Play has no gyroscope and no AMOLED screen.
Then we have the Moto X Pure, with a hi-res phablet-sized 5.7 inch QHD screen but a battery that, for some reason, is 20% smaller than the Play. And again, no AMOLED screen, so those Moto active display alerts will now be lighting up all available pixels for the sake of only a few of them.
Remember when the 2014 Moto X got the Android 5.0 update before the Nexus 5 did? Those days seem to be gone—on the USA’s two largest carriers, the original X is still on KitKat! Add in a massive lay-off of Moto’s workforce and you’ve got a recipe for trouble.
You can read XDA’s editoral in its entirety at the link directly below: