Top critical review
Lacking common sense
December 4, 2018
This phone is fast, and I haven't had any lagging or freezing issues so far (2 months in). It has a useful amount of storage space, supports all the bands for Freedom Mobile, and is waterproof. Those were all requirements for me, and there wasn't much else that fit the bill at a "lower" price point (I notice that midrange phone prices have rocketed up in the past few years - the A5 pushed my budget). The screen is beautiful.
There - that is the good stuff out of the way - I really don't like this phone.
The camera is inferior to my less expensive, older Moto 3G (that I reluctantly replaced when it developed signal issues), the grip is inferior, and it is heavier. The curved screen edge leaves the front glass completely vulnerable to corner drops, and the phone is slippery and needs a case more than most.
The headphone jack is constantly triggering Google voice search if you have something plugged into it... and if you disable it (which will also disable voice typing) you still end up with other music controls being accidentally triggered - this is with normal headphones with no built in mic or buttons.
The curved screen edges are a nightmare. A normal grip on the phone often brushes against the back button, so you lose your page, things close or stop playing. If you hold the phone to watch videos, it is very easy to trigger fast forward without even realizing you were touching the screen. I never had issues like this on any other device. It is infuriating.
Additionally the speaker is placed along the side of the phone, where your finger rests, I am always having to change my grip so it is uncovered.
There are a few useful features built in - voice trigger for the camera shutter for example, but they don't make up for the everyday frustrations and bad design.