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  Reply # 966534 14-Jan-2014 05:55
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stevenz..........can you please post a link to your phone on amazon..........I can't get it to that price.
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  Reply # 966537 14-Jan-2014 06:57
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Coming from the note3 I think you may find the look and feel slightly lacking. It's a great budget phone, but it's still a budget phone. To me the large bezel isn't very attractive, and I'd really miss the hardware button on the front.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 966539 14-Jan-2014 07:01
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kandjc: stevenz..........can you please post a link to your phone on amazon..........I can't get it to that price.
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http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-Moto-Global-Unlocked-16GB/dp/B00GWR373M

Standard Amazon listing for the device.





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  Reply # 966540 14-Jan-2014 07:12
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timmmay: Coming from the note3 I think you may find the look and feel slightly lacking. It's a great budget phone, but it's still a budget phone. To me the large bezel isn't very attractive, and I'd really miss the hardware button on the front.


Interesting you say you'd miss the hardware button. The hardware button is the reason I haven't upgraded my old tablet to one of Samsungs newer models. However for a tablet I think there's more against the hardware than on a phone.

In saying that I haven't missed hardware on my last two nexus phones either.



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  Reply # 966544 14-Jan-2014 07:27
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I don't think I'd want a hardware button on a tablet. I tend to turn it on and use it for a while, reading in front of TV, watching a movie, etc. My phone I pick up dozens of times a day, to set or view reminders, check my email, make calls, etc, etc, etc. The front button is a much easier way to wake up the phone when it's on a desk than having to pick it up every time.

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  Reply # 966573 14-Jan-2014 08:47
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stevenz: Total cost of a 16GB Moto G from Amazon.com via YouShop = NZ$268.

Price for the same on TradeMe = ~$400.

I've got 2 on the way via separate shipments, one for the fiancee, and if I like it, then my Note 3 goes on TradeMe and I keep the other one, if not, then I sell the MotoG.

Ordered the replacement back from elsewhere as it was cheaper, they seem to be either sold out or being almost scalped.


Just out of interest what network  is your fiancée on and how has she handled a pure Android device??  I want to buy one for the wife the wife who is used to Samsung Galaxy range  which is fairly user friendly.  I have a Nexus 4 and  there were a couple of issues that i had to use a 3rd party apps for..




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  Reply # 966577 14-Jan-2014 08:50
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I know you didn't ask me, but I'll chime in. My fiance went from a Nokia feature phone to the Moto G. She loves it. It took her a few days to get comfortable with it, and it will probably be customised over the months to get it how she wants it, but she really likes it.

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  Reply # 966578 14-Jan-2014 08:51
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My wife is on Telecom with her Moto G.
She's fine with stock Android - previously had SonyEriccson Android and Galaxy S2 - so no major.

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  Reply # 966583 14-Jan-2014 09:01
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wasabi2k: My wife is on Telecom with her Moto G.
She's fine with stock Android - previously had SonyEriccson Android and Galaxy S2 - so no major.


Does MMS work bothways  especially if it has been updated to Android 4.4.2  ??  We mostly use WhatsApp for SMS ans MMS  but I found with the Nexus on Telecom/Skinny  that  you could send MMS OK but not receive them.  I had to install GO SMS Pro to get it to work. There is a thread somewhere on GZ about this issue on the Nexus devices....




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  Reply # 966599 14-Jan-2014 09:29
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timmmay: I don't think I'd want a hardware button on a tablet. I tend to turn it on and use it for a while, reading in front of TV, watching a movie, etc. My phone I pick up dozens of times a day, to set or view reminders, check my email, make calls, etc, etc, etc. The front button is a much easier way to wake up the phone when it's on a desk than having to pick it up every time.


Using the Motorola flip cover the screen comes on whenever you open it, so that's one way around it. Perhaps the double tap feature will become more common.

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  Reply # 966668 14-Jan-2014 10:49
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@timmay and @nzbeagle

there are already ways to wake up android phones without using the HW menu/power button. i use an app called 'auto screen on', which uses the proximity sensor to turn the phone on. people have asked how i turn it on just by brushing the sensor area twice and they have found it awesome

downside is slightly more battery use. i haven't found it intrusive, however there are additional options that allow you to turn the app off if you truly want to stretch it out. things like <% battery level it is disabled, sleep period etc.



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  Reply # 966671 14-Jan-2014 10:53
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Interesting workaround. However to me a hardware button makes more sense, so when I replace the S4 that'll be a key feature I look for. If none have it then I'll try an app like that, thanks.

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  Reply # 966684 14-Jan-2014 11:20

timmmay: I don't think I'd want a hardware button on a tablet. I tend to turn it on and use it for a while, reading in front of TV, watching a movie, etc. My phone I pick up dozens of times a day, to set or view reminders, check my email, make calls, etc, etc, etc. The front button is a much easier way to wake up the phone when it's on a desk than having to pick it up every time.


Completely agree. Unsure why major tech sites haven't picked up that the ability to wake the phone from the front is one of the chief reasons both Samsung & Apple persist with physical home keys. I find I regularly press it when sliding the phone from my pocket, & don't have to rearrange my hands or the device to wake it up as I've had to when using HTC's silly top-mounted power buttons.

Have you tried any devices with a double-tap to wake feature, though? Killer on the Lumia 920 Mum got for her birthday last year, would imagine LG's KnockOn similarly excellent - definitely a compromise I'm happy with, that.

On a more Moto G-centric tangent, has anyone tried the flip cover? Is the magnet in it any good? Don't like flip covers so much myself, but they're interesting when done well.




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  Reply # 966700 14-Jan-2014 11:31
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I'd never heard of double tap to wake before today. Can it work with the Moto G?

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  Reply # 966725 14-Jan-2014 11:43

timmmay: I'd never heard of double tap to wake before today. Can it work with the Moto G?


Nope, it's a hardware & kernel feature. Third party options may be available, but without being an OEM feature, I'd wager they will always have a serious impact on battery life.

LG is currently the only Android OEM to implement it, although they're reported to be backporting it to some of their existing devices, so that may provide the documentation necessary for third party devs to do their thing with other vendors' hardware.




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