My first Android phone, in fact, my first smartphone, was the HTC Incredible in 2010.
My next one was the 2013 version of the Moto X. It just got a lot of things right, in spite of not having the cutting edge specs of the day. One of the things it did very right was keep the resolution at 720p. First off, I think when you’re talking 5-inch-ish screens, 720p is the most you really need in pixel density, anything higher is imperceptible. Second, lower resolutions are easier on battery life.
My current one is last year’s Motorola Droid Turbo. Its resolution is 1440p, but its battery is way bigger, which means battery life is the same, in fact, a bit better. Its specs are very good, and the one thing that it does way better than the 2013 Moto X, which was the X’s only real foible, is camera and photo/video quality. Through its whole history, Motorola never did cameras or photography, so it’s not a surprise that its in house developed cameras for their phones have been less than stellar. I have heard, but have been unable to confirm, that the reason why Motorola’s phone camera game improved in 2014 is that it cried uncle to Sony.
Now, the Droid Turbo 2 drops later this week. The specs aren’t that much better, from what I hear, the camera is not that much better, and the battery is about the same. Its only big improvement is the shatterproof glass (“–“), and supposedly, a MicroSD card slot, which the first Droid Turbo does not have.
All three Motorola models I mentioned above give you almost stock Android. Another plus.
It doesn’t seem like enough of an improvement to get me to upgrade. However, I will say that Motorola’s phones are sorta being overlooked in the context of the universe of top tier or near top tier phones. Everyone drools over Samsung Samsung Samsung, but I’ve always found even their flagship phones to be overrated, and that’s not even counting all the crapware they add on to Android.
Oh, and one more thing? Muh sail foam.