Upcoming Android Phones – Moto X+1 and LG G3

LG G3I have to say I’m getting pretty excited seeing the details around the new Android handsets like the Moto X+1 and LG G3.  I’ve only had my phone for like 6 months, but I’m already thinking about what to get next, especially since my Moto X is off-contract.  I’m definitely a fan of the Moto line of phones thanks to the Moto X and the mostly stock Android experience.  In fact, the added Moto apps were actually a nice addition with the low-energy notifications while the screen is off and the passive voice controls.  So Moto has a good reputation with me right now and I also like the G3 thanks to the Nexus 5.  I probably would have gotten a Nexus 5 if it actually worked on Verizon.  Well, on to the new phones… first we have the G3 which has:

  • 5.5″ QHD IPS screen
  • Snapdragon 801 chipset
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 13MP back facing camera
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 3,000 mAh battery

Pretty nice specs right?  I definitely like the 5.5″ screen.  And with a release date of May 27, that’s just around the corner so I can’t wait to see one of these in-person and I really hope there will be support for Verizon and hopefully a stock Android experience.  Moving over to the X+1, we have:

  • 5.2-inch 1080p display
  • Quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage

So the obvious differences are the smaller screen, less RAM and slower processor.  But there is something to be said about a smaller screen that will actually fit in my pocket.  And if the price off-contract is more reasonable than the G3, this definitely could be a great phone.  Of course, we won’t know how Lenovo’s purchase of Motorola will affect the X+1, so we’ll have to wait and see.  I know they’re speculating the Moto 360 will be launched at Google I/O in June, so I’m hoping they’ll also release the X+1 at the same time.  It would be a nice package to get the X+1 and 360.  And of course, there’s also the HTC One M8 but that’s obviously going to be saddled with HTC Sense UI and I really just want a stock Android experience.  I’m hoping the Android Silver program will help standardize phones amongst the manufacturers and get a nice stock experience.  Who knows, I might even be able to recommend Android Silver phones to family members instead of telling them to get an iPhone.  I am definitely happy that I switched back to Android from an iPhone and I hope others will to.