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Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G hands-on: The pure Android phones you’ve been waiting for

Moto X Pure Edition Hands-On

Google’s Nexus program is great. It sets the stage for Android and gives hardcore Android fans a selection of great pure devices that are free of vendor tweaks and carrier bloat. If pure Android is what you’re looking for, however, there’s a new smartphone duo that just rocketed to the top of your list.

Motorola on Tuesday unveiled the brand new Moto X Pure Edition and Moto G, and we just spent some time with both new smartphones.

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Beginning with the flagship model, the Moto X Pure Edition is the U.S. version of the “Moto X Style.” Neither name really rolls off of the tongue, but that obviously doesn’t take anything away from what Motorola has accomplished here.

The 2015 Moto X sports a beautiful full HD display that measures 5.7 inches diagonally. It can’t quite touch the new 2K screens on Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but then again, nothing else on the market can. The new X’s display is big and bright, though colors do seem a touch washed out unless you crank the brightness up.

As was the case with last year’s Moto X, the custom case backs are fantastic on this year’s model. The new woods, new leathers, soft-touch rubbers and refined metal accents are terrific, and the overall styling retains the same design identity as last year’s model.

The Moto X Pure Edition is easily one of the sleekest and most stylish Android phones on the planet.

Unfortunately, the biggest news beyond the look of the phone and the pure Android software pertains to things that I cannot test quite yet. Outstanding battery life, ridiculously fast quick-charging technology and a dramatically improved camera were all touted on stage by Motorola on Tuesday — we’ll see how those claims hold up in our review, which will run ahead of the phone’s launch this coming September.

At $399 off contract, I can’t stress how impressive the value is with Motorola’s new Moto X Pure Edition.

Head to this post for the Moto X Pure Edition’s full specs.

Next up is the Moto G, which has received a significant update for 2015.

The G is Motorola’s best-selling smartphone line of all time, and for good reason: The shockingly low price of $179.99 gets you a surprisingly capable smartphone with specs and style that compete with much pricier handsets.

Motorola’s 2015 Moto G adds an improved camera, updated hardware, a slightly refined design and a killer battery… all while maintaining the same $179.99 price tag. The phone has also been added to Motorola’s Moto Maker website, so buyers can customize their phones with a variety of color options during the buying process.

It’s beyond impressive.

While the Moto G doesn’t have the power and flash of a flagship phone, it will undoubtedly retain its position as Motorola’s best-selling handset thanks to its killer value and solid performance.

Head to this post for the 2015 Moto G’s full specs.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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