New podcast available – the Moto X4 and LG V30 reviews are up!

The extended audio from our video reviews are now available for your listening enjoyment on your favorite podcast platform – Sean P talks about the pros and cons of each device in our seperate reviews.  Links for the podcast are below.

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You can of course still watch the video reviews (and we hope that you do, or did) – you can find all of our video content at youtube.com/c/silicontheory – leave any questions you might have in the comments here or on the videos – and as always, thanks for listening or watching!

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New video – Moto X4 review

All new awesome video is now on our channel for your viewing pleasure – Sean P reviews the X4 from Motorola.  A big thanks to Motorola and their marketing affiliates for their consideration in using this review device.  Check out the video below and leave any questions you have about the Moto X4 in the comments here, or on the video. Thanks for watching!

Moto X4 – First Impressions

Now that Sean P has had some quality hands on time with this device, here are a few of his first impressions…

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Things I like:

  • Build quality.  It feels more expensive than it is, although it’s slippery without a case due to the glass back.
  • Fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate.  It’s not quite OnePlus 5 fast, but it’s definitely quicker than my Note8.
  • Battery life is excellent.  This applies to daily usage and standby. 
  • Stock-ish Android.  The phone is fast and fluid in use.  It’s not quite as quick as the S835 powered flagships I’ve used this year, but it’s generally pretty damn close. 

Things I don’t like:

  • Button layout.  The power and volume buttons are both on the right side of the phone and they’re too close together.  The power button does have a texture to it, but I end up hitting the down volume button by accident a fair amount of the time.
  • Low light camera performance.  Pictures are really, really noisy…it’s not great…

More details coming soon in our full review – stay tuned!

Moto X4 official announcement

For those of you looking for the next thing from Motorola, it was announced at IFA 2017 – the new Motox X4.  We’ve linked the offical press announcement here and have included a few of the official press pics below as well.  This new phone features some nice updates from the Z2 Play, including a 3,000mah battery, a Snapdragon 630 processor, and IP68 water and dust resistance.  It should be available here in the US later on this fall for about $400, making it a nice mid-range choice.

Let us know in the comments below what you think about this latest offering from Moto!

Moto Z2 Play Review

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Now that Sean P is back from vacation and has spent some time with the Z2 Play, we are ready to give you our thoughts on this mid tier offering from Lenovo & Motorola.  The most recent episode of the Silicon Theory podcast will also be our review, so if you’d rather hear our thoughts than read them, check that out instead.  And we want to take the time to thank Motorola and their marketing affiliates for getting us the device and the Moto Mods to review.  Our review of the mods will follow soon, but without further ado, let’s dive into the phone review.

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Motorola announces the Z2 Force

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The latest flagship from Motorola is coming, with high end specs and with different configurations and colors available.  The device resembles in design the Z2 Play (which we’ve featured and are reviewing) in order to be able to fully support the Moto Mods ecosystem.  The new phone will also support bands for each of the 4 major carriers, and full details on the new device are after the break.

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Fingerprint scanner test – Moto Z2 Play

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We’ve just uploaded a short video covering the speed of the fingerprint scanner on the Moto Z2 Play – head on over to this link and check it out – its just a few minutes and I think it will give you a really good idea of what a quality job Motorola has done with this biometric feature that most smartphones share these days.  If you have any others questions about the device, send them on over to silicontheory@gmail.com!

Motorola event set for July 25th

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Motorola has sent out invites for an announcement in New York City scheduled for Tuesday, July 25th.  Presumably, this will be to announce their two new flagship level devices, the Moto X (perhaps called the Moto X4) and the Moto Z Force (which should be coming to at least AT&T) – and perhaps even more we don’t yet know about.

We will have full coverage of the event that day, but in the meantime, you can check out our on-going coverage of the Moto Z2 Play device on our Anchor station, as well as the Instagram and Twitter feeds.  Links for all that can be found in the “Connect with us” tab at the top of the page.