SuperMegaUltra

Is using a Moto G quite intuitive?

I was considering getting my mum a Moto G but not sure how complex it is compared to the likes of an iPhone which is quite straight forward.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 13, 2014 at 16:49

The Moto G is quite close to stock Android.
It doesn't have nonsense like Samsung's 'Touchwiz' ot HTC's Sense.
Personally, I would NOT recommend any Android device to a newbie...
I'm gonna get booed now, but hey.... Android - as on the G - is deceptively 'simple'.
But the sh*tload of background services, syncs etc makes it, imho, a total no-no.

I'm currently using a HTC One M8. Now, I can honestly claim I'm pretty familiar with all sorts of mobile OSs, but it took me hours to disable all the unnecessary, redundant and/or downright intrusive nonsense.

Mind you: WP, which is probably the most straightforward mobile OS on the surface, has its pitfalls and obscure settings and sub-settings, too - dito, iOS.

But Android is in a league of its own in that regard.

Having said that: if you or someone else can explain everything to her, and if she is the listening type, what could go wrong?

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 13, 2014 at 18:34

My Moto G ended up with my Mum, who'd never had a smartphone before. After an initial half an hour or so of guidance and explanation, I've only had one or two queries since then; none of which have been major or hard to explain.

Then again, my dear old mother has successfully mastered: two types of Amazon Kindle, an iPad and WIindows 98, Windows XP and Windows 7 (along with vast amounts of software and updates for all of the aforementioned gadgets), so she's not a total technophobe.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 13, 2014 at 18:41

My Moto G ended up with my Mum, who'd never had a smartphone before. After an initial half an hour or so of guidance and explanation, I've only had one or two queries since then; none of which have been major or hard to explain.

Then again, my dear old mother has successfully mastered: two types of Amazon Kindle, an iPad and WIindows 98, Windows XP and Windows 7 (along with vast amounts of software and updates for all of the aforementioned gadgets), so she's not a total technophobe.


Yeah, you see - that is the thing: new to smartphone doesn't mean they can't pick up something new very quickly.

Also: I have to admit, the past 7 years or so I have worked with some of the most ignorant
technophobes on earth. One of them has had iPhones for 4 years. She has no clue what a browser is (she's also run 3 businesses for 20 years. All 3 rely on PCs/Macs that she uses daily ***gulp***.
She's literally like people who kick the tires of a new car they're looking at... She shakes her laptop when it doesn't work.
She also managed to hoover the keys off of an Acer :D So, my judgement may be tainted. I realise loadsa 'moms' are on Twitter and FB - and anyone who understands FB ... well....

shuwaz  Jun. 14, 2014 at 11:40

I picked up a Nokia Lumia 925 cheap for my mum. She loves it and is having no trouble using it. We are also rolling out the Lumia 630 at work as well, with excellent feedback from staff so far.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 14, 2014 at 11:57

The 630 is pretty cool for its price. And the Lumia 925 at current discount rates is fantastic.

SuperMegaUltra  Jun. 14, 2014 at 12:29

I had thought of a Nokia Lumia too. Might look into those. It's not like my mum will want to play around with launchers and custom ROMs and all that jazz :D

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