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Brian Magsipoc
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Google fan, Gamer, 2A supporter and Guitarist.
Google fan, Gamer, 2A supporter and Guitarist.

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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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Crowded makes a very good point near the end of this video. He talks about people on the right generally want to be left alone and just go about their lives. But that leads to an echo chamber where we only talk to each other, agree with each other, and don't really share it with others we might meet in everyday life. I know I'm guilty of it. If we want to spread the message we need to actually talk to people from all walks of life.

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Another pretty 1911 👍

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Those shooting stars are no joke.
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Those shooting stars are no joke.
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I feel like I need this shirt.
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Anyone try one of those magsafe style magnetic breakaway cables for USB type C? And if so do they support quick charge?

Anyone try one of those magsafe style magnetic breakaway cables for USB type C? And if so do they support quick charge?

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Dig it 👍

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One of those pics that makes me chuckle and shake my head. The suppressor kinda negates the point of a pocket gun plus it's kinda pointless on a revolver. 
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