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Moto X OTA update Announced for Verizon Wireless

Breaking news from Motorola just came in today, conveniently after posting our review on the AT&T and Verizon versions of the  Moto X. The much anticipated Moto X OTA update for Verizon Wireless is currently rolling out with improvements to the camera software, Touchless Control, Moto Migrate, Moto Care, and call quality. The enhancements made a major difference in quality of camera shots and usability of the smartphone during our review of the AT&T model, so early adopters of the Moto X on Verizon Wireless should be pleasantly surprised to finally receive the update. AT&T and other carriers such as T-Mobile and Sprint had already had updates move forward. For the full run down, check out Motorola’s press release  below.

Review: The Moto X is the Sexiest Android Device to Date

Update: After this review, Motorola made numerous price drops to the Moto X in order to compete with the Google Nexus 5. For $399, you can currently buy the Moto X without a contract. However, this February, Motorola is also offering a Valentine’s Day deal for the 16GB model on Moto Maker for only $329.99. Otherwise, it’s $49.99 with a 2-year agreement with any of the four carriers including: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Let the price gouging continue…

Puns in this headline are fitting, because if there was an Android phone that encompassed all of the beautiful features I’m looking for in phone, the Moto X would be my bride. This smartphone is the sexiest Android device I’ve had the pleasure to review. And this says something, especially when you consider how many devices come up short due to manufacturer bloatware, customization limitations, and simply lackluster performance. Android phones have come a long way since their beginning, and the Moto X is a testament to the future of high quality smartphones to come.

More mobile devices activated on Christmas than any day in history

We just wanted to get a quick note about a new report that came out yesterday from Flurry Analytics which states that Christmas 2012 was a record day for mobile device activations. In fact, more iOS and Android devices were activated on December 25 than any other day in history.

LG Spectrum II (VZW) Review: Just The Right Size

As our readers well know, I have recently had the opportunity to review the Lucid and Intuition by LG. Both devices are functional, but are clearly designed for different audiences.

The LG Lucid is a powerful little device. With comparable specs to its cousins, all that lacks is a little bit of size. But that didn’t stop David, Muggsy Bogues or General Tom Thumb. Selling for free on contract, the Lucid makes the perfect entry device for someone who is just starting out with Android or smartphones in general. You probably won’t be watching too many full-length movies on this device, but you can email and surf the web with the best of them.

Review: Motorola DROID RAZR M (VZW)

The Motorola DROID RAZR M, or “DRM” from here on, is a very curious device. At $99 with a two-year contract, Motorola and Verizon have brought a very powerful and versatile device to consumers who don’t wish to spend the $200+ for a smartphone. Usually, “mid-range” Android devices that sell at the $100 price point are mediocre in build quality and specs.

The DRM is packed with the latest and greatest specs including: a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Advanced qHD display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 8 GB internal storage (expandable to 32GB) and NFC. You get all of this, in a nice tight package. The size of this device is comparable to the iPhone 5. Not as light or thin, but definitely not the oversized exterior offered by the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X or the DRM’s bigger brothers (RAZR HD and RAZR Maxx HD). A lot of people I speak with about these superphones is that the phones are just too big. The DRM maintains a 4.3″ display, but thanks to the edge-to-edge display, remains extremely portable. Users who like to operate their mobile device with one hand will be stoked.

Those are the specs. As for build quality, the device feels like a premium device. The device has an aircraft-grade aluminum frame and is protected with a water-repellent nanocoating. The rear of the device is made with KEVLAR® fiber. The crisp edge-to-edge display has scratch-resistant Gorilla glass by Corning. The DRM weighs 126 grams which also adds to the “premium” feel. The iPhone 5, weighing in at 112 grams, feels almost too light.

Android 4.0.4 (ICS) comes preloaded on the DRM with Motorola’s “enhancements”. Apparently, Motorola prefers stock Android (as they should being owned by Google and all), but Verizon and other carriers prefer the customized user interface. I too prefer stock Android, but feel that Motorola’s changes are not too invasive and provide a great user experience.

Smart Actions are extremely useful. I love how the device will automatically switch to vibrate and cancel alerts during a meeting, or enter power-save mode when the battery is low. At night, the phone turns off all sounds and screen brightness so I can sleep sound.

Swipe left from the home screen and you have quick access to many settings, including silencing your phone ringtone, managing Wi-Fi, bluetooth, GPS, mobile data, airplane mode or access the complete settings menu. This is very useful for those who are constantly changing these settings.

Overall, the DRM is a great device. It has pretty much everything you could ask for in a $100 device and more. I wouldn’t be surprised if this device sells more than its siblings as it is clearly aimed for a larger audience. Not everyone wants a huge phone with all of the bells and whistles. This device has everything you need to communicate and entertain yourself on the go, without weighing you down. Those who love Android, a lightweight, yet durable phone and getting a good deal will absolutely love the DRM.

The DRM is currently available from Verizon Wireless in black or white. And if you are upgrading from a Motorola smartphone, you may be eligible for a $100 rebate when you trade in your used phone for a new DROID RAZR M. Keeping it in the family. Gotta love it!

The LG Intuition review: Does size really matter?

“Is that the Holy Bible in your pants or are you just happy to see me?”

“Are you still playing the Game Boy®?”

“Have you quit your career to become a traveling book salesman?” 

These are all questions that you receive while storing the LG Intuition in your pants pocket. That is, if you can fit it in your pants pocket.  The Intuition is a clear response to the Galaxy Note by Samsung (Read my thoughts on the Note here). Bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a tablet, these devices are known by many as a “phablet”. While strikingly unoriginal, there really isn’t a more suitable classification for a device such as this. It is a hybrid of sorts. An alien.

The problem with these devices is that they are just too big for a smartphone and too small to be a tablet. I am not sure if a smartphone could ever replace a tablet and vice versa.

With that said, let’s dive a little deeper in to the madness that is: the LG Intuition.