By Stephen Schenck | October 16, 2013 4:40 PM
Everyone looks for different things in a smartphone. Maybe you care about high-speed data, while your friend might be more concerned with the availability of certain key apps. That makes it difficult to give one-size-fits-all opinions on phones, but we sure endeavor to do our best, particularly through our Scored for Me matrix. But even with all these differences of opinion, we still expect certain trends to show through: no one’s going to argue that the LG Optimus F5 is the superior phone to the G2, for instance. That’s why Consumer Reports is getting a lot of attention this week, after asserting that the latest Motorola Droid phones are better choices than the iPhone.
Consumer Reports prides itself on its unbiased assessments and rigorous testing, and while it covers a whole lot of products beyond smartphones, its opinion on handsets still carries a lot of weight; remember all the controversy when it couldn’t recommend the iPhone 4 due to its antenna issues?
The magazine take a very practical approach to evaluating phones – it’s less than swayed by bloat, unneeded features, and window dressing, and instead looks to what will actually matter for real-world, non-fanboy usage. In this case, it found the Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra, and Droid Mini to be superior alternatives to the iPhone 5S and 5C, mainly due to better battery life and larger displays.
That may be oversimplifying it, but we imagine quite a few people could be second-guessing that new iPhone purchase now, and instead taking a second look at these Motorola offerings at Verizon.