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Going small: how I learned to stop worrying and love the Moto E

A couple of weeks ago my beloved Nexus 6 died. It was a perplexing situation as it had been running relatively smoothly up to that point. I was browsing that other social network which shall not be named when poof! The screen shut off and nothing would bring it back. Tried various methods of restarting, factory reset, all to no avail. As I'd purchased it through Verizon and was still within the one year manufacturer warranty, I took it in and had them file a claim for me. The sales rep claimed the replacement would come in the next day, but the next day being Friday I was a little dubious. Friday came and went, no phone. Not wanting to spend the rest of the weekend with no phone, I went and purchased a Moto E.

Going from a nearly 6 inch screen to a 4.5 screen was a bit of a shock at first. It felt almost as though I was using my very first smartphone (an HTC Hero) again. But after a couple of hours spent downloading apps and setting up I grew to appreciate something I'd grown used to going without: one-handed use. It was truly amazing to hold the device in one hand and still be able touch all four corners of the screen with my thumb with little shift in grip. Also the build quality was better than I'd expected. I'd read that Motorola had done a great job but I guess I still expected it to feel like a 50 dollar phone. Nope. The second gen Moto E feels like a first gen Moto X that shrunk in the wash. All the ergonomics are familiar, from the curved soft touch composite back to the solid click of the volume rocker and power button to the signature Moto dimple. I was actually fooled for a minute into thinking the sides were aluminum, until I had to remove it to access the sim and storage cards. And unlike many smartphones in the sub-$100 segment, there was absolutely no flex or creak to the frame. This thing is built like a tank.

The software is everything we've come to expect from Motorola: pure Android plus a few additions on top. It's quick and mostly smooth all around. It starts to lag when running more intensive tasks like downloading multiple apps at once or loading multiple chrome tabs. But otherwise it performs well and even handles light gaming with ease. I loaded up Shadow Strike and noticed no sluggishness or dropped frames.

But what really surprised me was the battery life. Granted, I didn't use it anywhere near as much as my Nexus 6. The Nexus gets treated like a tablet: tons of media consumption, web browsing and gaming every day, enough that I usually end up having to plug up by mid afternoon. I cut my usage habits by about half when using the Moto E and still managed to make it to the end of the day with 50% or more. A combination of a sub-720p screen, a decent sized battery for the form factor, and my lower usage probably helped a lot. But Motorola really seems to have optimized their software to work with the hardware and it shows.

The Nexus 6 replacement finally came in last Monday and I've been back to my old usage habits. But if something befalls this one as well, I at least know I have a solid backup device. I've learned to stop worrying and love the Moto E.

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+Benchamas Resnik if you're in the US they can be bought at most local stores. Wal-Mart has them for $50.
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Disney has plans to reboot its 1991 cult classic The Rocketeer — but with a modern twist. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the studio is develop...
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We need more men like this out there willing to stand up for what's right.
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Finally!
 
Google Play Family sharing FINALLY goes live today!
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And the fall of Motorola continues. And to think, once upon a time they were the Android fan's OEM of choice. Smh...
Motorola has decided to leave everyone scratching their heads as the company has announced it will not be committing to the Android monthly security updates provided by Google.
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An Uber For Dog Poop
File this one under First World Problems. The Pooper app will supposedly let you order someone to come pick up your dog's droppigs.
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I've officially lost hope In humanity, we deserve what's coming.
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This is why backing everything up to the cloud is the way to go.
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First they bring illegal immigrants on stage, now the mothers of young men involved in criminal activity. Meanwhile, at the RNC there were decorated soldiers on stage. Just...wow.
"What Hillary Clinton and the Democrats are doing, quite honestly, is scandalous and it's shameful," he said.
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It's what legal gun owners have been saying all along. Most guns used to commit crimes have been obtained illegally.
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But it'll happen, sooner or later.
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I've been wanting to get a nest thermostat for my own home. But it seems like every couple of months something like this pops up and I decide to hold off on it.
Nest's app has run into some sort of problem today that's causing it to lose control of some thermostats and smoke detectors. The error is causing ...
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My nest app still offline more than 12 hours. Today no actual information at all. Son saying it's working, but any changes in schedule and/or control are possible from thermostat, but not from your thermostat app.
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Great place. Staff is always friendly and helpful and there's a decent selection of firearms for rental. The facility is one of the biggest I've been to, there are two separate sides with lanes for approximately 20+ total lanes. And the attached deli serves fantastic sandwiches and potato salad. One of their ongoing deals is a date night special: 2 boxes of ammo, 2 targets, 2 meals and a lane for $50 which is pretty good considering the price of certain types of ammo. Not only is it a shooting range; they also offer a variety of classes from ranging from introduction to firearms to advanced gunfighting. All in all, one of the best ranges in the mid south.
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Great hole in the wall place. It's tiny and I mean it seats maybe 20 people max. It's literally a renovated 2 bedroom house with a restaurant kitchen added in the back. Don't let that put you off however. Food is very good, if a little bland at times. Great for any vegans, vegetarians or anyone just wanting healthy food that actually tastes good. Their Memphis bbq sandwich platter is quite tasty.
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Food and service were both top notch. Moussaka and chicken shawarma were amazing and the falafel and hummus were good as well.
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