Get Closer: Moto X Play and Moto G

Let’s be honest… Who knows everything about you? Not your Mom or Pop. Definitely not your wife or boyfriend. It’s your smartphone.

You can’t live without it, and it knows more about you than you’re willing to admit.

Motorola's Moto X Play
Motorola’s Moto X Play

According to a recent survey, 84% of smartphone users say they cannot go a single day without using their phone. Sixty percent of those surveyed also said they go to bed every night with their one and only — phone.

Forty percent of the participants said they use their phones while using the toilet, and nearly 20% of you said you keep your phone close even when in the shower.

For all those reasons, Motorola decided to upgrade their X and G models according to your needs.

Let’s talk about the X first.

The look and feel of the new X Play is solid. And you know it’s a mid-to-high range phone when you get your hands on an X Play. It sits comfortably in your palm, and the superb navigation experience would remind you that Motorola was once in bed with Google. With interchangeable shell grips, you can choose what colour or pattern you desire for your X Play according to your mood or style.

The front is fitted with a 5.5-inch 1,080-pixel display with speaker cut-outs above and below it. There is a metallic-looking plastic running around the edges, giving this new Moto X that sleek look like some of the other top players in the same category.

Feature highlights for the X Play 

  • 21 megapixel camera with rapid focus and 5 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Battery life provides up to 2 days of power
  • Water-repellent design

The camera on the Moto X Play is great when capturing outdoor images with plenty of light exposure. But if you use auto focus, especially taking photos with low lights or indoors, images tend to be a little bit underexposed.

The water-resistant Moto G
The water-resistant Moto G

The new third-gen Moto G

If you think the Moto X Play is a bit out of your price range, we would recommend the Moto G (the 3rd generation) as your choice (on budget).

While this Moto doesn’t exactly stand out from the crowd in terms of looks, the design and feel would make you think that you have purchased an almost cutting-edge device. With so many fun colours to choose from as a flip-cover, the Moto G offers a secure grip and doesn’t look like a budget phone.

Like the Moto X Play, the latest G model is a water-proof smartphone. For those 20 percent who like to bring their phones into the shower or bath, this may be the perfect device for you.

The Moto X Play is available now through Bell, Telus, Koodo, Videotron and SaskTel, while the Moto G can be purchased through Telus, Koodo, Virgin, Staples, Videotron and Wind.