HOA Weekly Wrap: Moto X Pure, Nexus News, and iPhones


The past week the Android News slowed down quite a bit compared to the crazy week of IFA in Berlin. Thankfully we had Apple’s media event to give us a good laugh, and the arrival of the Moto X Pure to keep things fresh. Apple’s iPhone 6S and 6S+ turned out to be mostly the same as last year’s model, save a few improvements like 3D Touch, 2GB of RAM, and 4K recording capability. My Moto X Pure Edition arrived this past Wednesday and I spent most of my week balancing my job at the university with providing great coverage of the phone. The response to my videos on the pure has been overwhelming and I appreciate that, you can find my video coverage on the Moto X in this roundup from Friday. We also took a look at several cases for the Galaxy Note 5, including some of the official options from Samsung. The video edition of the weekly wrap was a hit last week, so I’m going to continue that trend by listing some of our biggest videos of the week. I’ll hit you with a few more thoughts after the break:

A lot of exciting wearable devices coming up soon. The Huawei Watch will be available at the end of this week, definitely looking forward to reviewing that device. The Moto 360 will not be far behind, it should be fun to compare these two and see which comes out on top of the round Android Wear Battle. In addition to watches we have new Nexus devices expected at the end of September, as well as the iPhone release on 9/25. Blu also announced a big 6″ phone with flagship specs for $350 this week, they call it the Pure XL. The device will be sold through Amazon later this month. I’m considering picking this phone up to see how it compares to the Nexus 6. With all the Moto X coverage I’ve also been a bit behind on my Note 5/Edge+ and OnePlus 2 full reviews…those are still coming soon! At this point I think the Moto X Pure is by far the best option in Android at the $400 price range. If you have any questions on the Moto X Pure, or anything else tech related, hit me up on Twitter. I wish everyone an excellent week, and remember to stay High on Android!

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"