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If you were to ask a fellow techie their top 10 picks for best smartphones of the year, I can almost guarantee you that the Samsung Galaxy S4 would be on the list. Even though Samsung have an early yearly release cycle, their flagship often set a bar which manufacturers strive to meet in the following months. With this being said, after unboxing Moto G and playing around it, it struck me just how good it’s performance actually is for a sub-$200 smartphone.
Even though I doubt many people will be in the situation where they are deciding whether to purchase the Moto G, or the Samsung Galaxy S4, comparing the two provides a useful performance benchmark to illustrate just how impressive the Moto G actually is. Spoilers aside, you’ll want to watch the comparison video below.
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We’re in the thick of the Christmas season, so we’ll probably be discussing gift guides, unless you really want to talk about iOS 7 adoption rates (almost as crazy as holiday shopping), or perhaps iBeacons (possibly crazier than holiday shopping).
ZeptoLab has announced that the sequel to its popular physics-based gaming title Cut the Rope will be coming to iOS on December 19th.
Cut the Rope 2 will launch first on iOS, with a new experience and game mechanics, but will preserve the “foundation” of the original game.
The game will still have Om Nom as the protagonist, and you’ll still have cut ropes to feed him, but there’ll be helper characters, and a more dynamic game play.
Microsoft’s Xbox One is the console that the company hopes will carry it through to 2020 and beyond, but while all the talk is often about how powerful these new game consoles are and whether they will usher in a new era of hyper-realistic games or not, often one of the important aspects of a new console is overlooked — how does the thing look?
While new games and franchises that make the mouth water are all very exciting and certainly likely to sell hardware in the long run, we spend more time looking at the hardware that powers everything than we do actually playing games. After all, the Xbox One is going to be sat under your television 24/7, even when you’re not playing games on it. You don’t want it to be ugly, do you?
Earlier on in the year, Google made a move which some people deemed clever, some foolish. With the expertise that comes with being one of the world’s largest software companies, Google doesn’t have the best credentials when it comes to hardware production. The answer? Purchase an already existing, well thought of, manufacturer. In this case, Google purchased the then-struggling Motorola Mobility to head their mobile device production.
A few months after this purchase went through, we got a look at the first smartphone to come out of the new collaboration between the two companies in the form of the Moto X. Widely considered to be within the top 10 best smartphones of the year, the Moto X seemed to be Motorola’s answer to a smartphone that just works for consumers. Now, nearly 6 months since Google’s acquisition of Motorola, we’re seeing a slightly more active production line. This time presented in their newest budget smartphone, the Moto G. Coming in at just $179 for an 8GB unlocked handset, the Moto G is bordering on impulse-purchase territory. That wouldn’t be so impressive, until you hear that under it’s hood, the Moto G packs a 1.2GHz quad-core processor alongside of 1GB of RAM.