Like Mary Poppins this phone has proved to be practically perfect in every way. So I was glad to say "Bye bye Sony, Hello Moto".
Originally had planned to buy Nexus 5 but was tempted to buy this.
Positives:- 1) The screen colours and brightness. Showed this phone to one of my Samsung friends. He took one look and said "wow what phone's that". Really vibrant colours, lovely deep blacks. Text is beautifully crisp. Only realised a couple of days after I bought this that the screen brightness was only at 51%. So am able to turn it down a bit further and still find it satisfactorily bright (a positive when you consider battery life).
2) Size and Ergonomics. Perfect for me. Wanted 5 inches but in terms of screen size 4.5 inches is actually more than adequate and the payback is in terms of having a phone that I can easily and quickly using swype text and write documents with. I haven't got very big hands but have found this extremely comfortable to hold and text with. The little Motorolla dimple on the back is ergonomically placed just right for my index finger and the phone feels wonderfully balanced enabling me to text/use 1 handed. Now think I would have found the Nexus 5 a bit of a behemoth.
3) Connectivity and wifi. Advertised as HDSPA 21 but you never quite know what that will mean in practice. I'm with Virgin media and I have found the performance much better than my old Sony. No stutters so far whether using 3g mobile network or home and office wifi. Connects quickly. Works fine with BBC iPlayer/Media Player. I feel I have a bit of a bargain here. NB Changed my Virgin contract to Sim only and I get 240 any network minutes, unlimited Virgin to Virgin, unlimited texts and unlimited data (NB Virgin also allow reasonable usage on the contract using as a wifi hotspot for a tablet 3 do not). All for £8 per month. So if you take into account the cost of the phone (16GB model £159) and a 2 year life span I'm paying less than £15 on average a month for more than I would ever use. Bargain
4) Battery life. So far more than aduequate to get me through the day with browser, iplayer usage. In any case although it is a non removable battery it is USB chargeable so I can plug it in to my PC at work to charge during the day or if I was really desperate I could buy one of the many extender batteries if I thought I was going to be away from a power source for any length of time
5) Storage. Went for the 16GB variant. Had been a little worried about this but as the phone has OTG On The Go connectivity I just attached the cable and a USB stick and was able to retrieve and use spreadsheets, movies etc. So actually the lack of space is no big deal. USB keys are cheap as chips so I actually think if I'm running low I'll just load all my movies up onto a large USB key and just make sure I've go that with me if I'm away. Things are so much easier now you don't really need to lug a great big laptop around with you to be able to work or play.
6) Camera. Had been excited by the Nexus 5 offering which was 8 MP with Optical Image Stabilisation and far better than the old Nexus 4. But the 5MP have been fine for Facebook etc. I like the ergonomics of the Motorola app installed but it doesn't give many options. I found that all I needed to do was to download a 3rd party Camera app from the Playstore and so have been able to use that. In good light shots are more than adequate for Facebook. In poorer light the camera app has been slower to focus and there has been some blur due to shutter speeds not being fast enough but with the other free camera app you can just set the flashlight to continous torch and plus or minus exposure to get what you want. I didn't actually buy this for the camera though. Using the app DSLR dashboard I can link wirelessly to my DSLR and use this app with that. i.e. controlling the camera and uploading to Facebook and the internet
So am very happy :)
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