Fuck Motorola

and their piece of shit moto-g phone.

In the time that I’ve had it, it has gotten progressively slower. No, I haven’t loaded it down with apps. Yahoo mail sometimes takes as much as a full minute from the time I click on the notification icon until it will display an email. But that’s minor, really. Annoying as shit, but most of my important email comes to a different address. And the normal email app works reasonably well. So far.

I almost snapped the fucking thing in half tonight. I needed to make a payment. The company that I needed to pay has an automated phone system to process payments. It took five attempts to complete the process.

I placed the call and activated the keypad, as normal. As I started through the phone tree, the display kept blinking on and off. This caused me to miss numbers, mis-enter numbers and select the wrong option, or delay things long enough for the system to time out.

And it’s not time based, either. The display went blank and came back on several times within a ten second span. I swear, it was watching me and when my finger got two millimeters from touching the screen to enter the next number in the sequence, it went blank. Then it came back on almost immediately after I touched the screen. Just to go back out when I reached for the next number.

It’s not exclusive to the dialer app either. It did the same fucking thing when I tried to go through the process using Skype.

Obviously, I’m looking for a new phone.

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8 Responses to Fuck Motorola

  1. This is potentially a setting for the display somewhere. My newest phone did this to me too and it made me nuts but when I was poking around the settings I found a “smart screen” option. With that turned on, the screen comes/stays on when it detects your face (supposedly) so that the keypad doesn’t blink off when you try to enter stuff during a call. I am not at all familiar with your phone to know if it has a similar feature but thought I would throw it out there just in case. xoxo

  2. Jin Chiang says:

    Try booting in safe mode. Is it any faster? If so, you’ll want to isolate the offending third party application.

    Were you using the mobile in a dark or dim place? Does the blinking persist if you use your hand on the side away from the proximity sensor? How about when you shine a flashlight on the sensor itself?

    Are you using a screen protector? You could try a diagnostic application like the Zausan Z-DeviceTest to determine the exact sensor readings. I think there also was a KitKat 4.4.2 proximity sensor bug fix in the latest Moto G update.

    • alaskan454 says:

      The latest update to yahoo mail seems to have fixed the slowdown problem.

      Normal lighting. No screen protector. Same problem when the phone is sitting on a table and only being touched on the screen. The base software hasn’t prompted for an update in a while, and I haven’t looked manually recently. I’ll check that, and look into a diagnostic app as soon as I get a chance.

      I would expect to see the problem more than just dialer usage if it were a sensor problem, but I shall find out. Thank you.

  3. Oldawg says:

    I have pretty good luck using my phone for phone calls and my computer for the other stuff.

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