Last month I blogged about a template I made for my thesis at the Eindhoven University of Technology. It so happens that the TU/e actually has a \latex house style template for reports. It can not be found threw any public channels, such as the corporate identity webpage of the TU/e. You will have to connect to the network drive \\winstorage\MikTex\MiKTeX29\. Which is accessible from the TU/e network or threw a VPN connection. An example of the package output can be downloaded here. If you want to have the source please contact me.

For now I will just stick with my own template. The TU/e template namely generates some warnings and errors. Furthermore, it is also limited in its capabilities. Of course I can expand it, however, I do not feel the need to do that at this time.

Motorola Moto G

Recently my Samsung Galaxy SII passed away. So I started looking for a new mobile. I was always very pleased with the capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy SII and did not see the need to obtain a mobile with more capabilities. In my search I came across the LG Nexus 5 (320 euro) and the Motorola Moto G (207 euro) as a replacement. Here is a specification list of my old phone and the two candidate replacements.

Samsung Galaxy SII Motorola Moto G LG Nexus 5
Operating system
Mobile operating system Android Android Android
Version 4.1 4.4 4.4
Diagonal 4,27″ 4,5″ 4,95″
Resolution 800×480 1280×720 (HD Ready 720p) 1920×1080 (Full HD 1080p)
Input method Touchscreen Touchscreen Touchscreen
Display type Super Amoled Plus LCD LCD
Multitouch Yes Yes Yes
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive Capacitive
System-on-a-chip Samsung Exynos Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
Number of cores Dual Core Quad Core Quad Core
Clock speed 1,2 GHz 1,2 GHz 2,26 GHz
Internal memory 1 GB 1 GB 2 GB
Storage memory 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB
Memory card (mobile) microSD, microSDHC  –  –
Sim card Standard Micro Micro
Resolution back 8 MP 5 MP 8 MP
Resolution front 2 MP 1,3 MP 1,3 MP
Autofocus Yes Yes Yes
Flash Single led Single led Single led
Resolutie camcorder 1920×1080 (Full HD 1080p) 1280×720 (HD Ready 720p) 1920×1080 (Full HD 1080p)
Stabilization Digital stabilization  – Optical stabilization
Mobile networks edge, gprs, hsdpa, hspa, hspa+, hsupa, lte, umts edge, gprs, hsdpa, hspa, hsupa, umts edge, gprs, hsdpa, hspa, hspa+, lte, umts
Frequency range (mobile) 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz , 1900MHz , 2100MHz 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz , 1900MHz , 2100MHz 800MHz, 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz , 1900MHz , 2100MHz , 2600MHz
Connection (wlan) 802.11 (onb. type), 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Bluetooth-version 3.0 4.0 4.0
Other wireless communication Near Field Communication (NFC)  – Near Field Communication (NFC)
Mobile connector 3.5 mm, micro-USB, digital TV-out 3.5 mm, micro-USB 3.5 mm, micro-USB
GPS Yes Yes Yes
Talk time 8 h  No data 17 h
Stand-by time 610 h  No data 300 h
Capacity 1.650 mAh 2.070 mAh 2.300 mAh
Type Li-Ion Li-Ion Li-Ion
Physical characteristics
Model Bar Bar Bar
Housing (water/shockproof)  – Splashproof  –
Weight 116 g 143 g 130 g
Length 125 mm 130 mm 137,8 mm
Width 66 mm 66 mm 69,2 mm
Depth 8 mm 11,6 mm 8,6 mm
Color Black Black Black

After reading several reviews about the Nexus 5 and the Moto G on the Dutch technology site Tweakers, I decided to choose for the Moto G. The Moto G had come out pretty well out of the reviews and it has about the same technical specifications as the Samsung Galaxy SII as can be seen from the list above. Of course the Nexus 5 has better specifications but, as I mentioned, I was always satisfied about the Galaxy SII and did not deem the difference in price, 113 euro, worth it. My main priority was that all the apps that I use run seemingly smoothly.

Now that I have the Moto G in my possession for a while I can say that for now I think it is a really good replacement of my Galaxy SII. Both the speed and display are good in my opinion. One of the things I really like, compared to my old mobile, is that it — almost — runs stock android. Hence there is very less bloatware compared to the Galaxy SII — because of this I actually installed the custom rom CyanogenMod, but this maybe of importance in case you do not want to install a custom rom on your mobile because of warranty issues. Furthermore, I like the rubber mat back cover, it is really simple and feels sturdy.  Something what I do not like are the buttons, power and volume. To me they do not look very sturdy. This is mainly caused by the fact that they can be wiggled a lot, from my impression, in the housing. We will see if they cause some problems in the future. For now I am really glad that I did buy this mobile.  Below are some pictures of the Moto G when I received it.

Along with the Moto G I bought six screen protectors and an Orzly wallet case, see pictures below. While I am satisfied with the screen protectors, the Orzly wallet case turned out to be a pig in a poke. Firstly the the it seems to be too thin. The back and the front are made of one piece of leather. When the case is closed there is miss alignment with the begin and end. When we lay down the case on top of the table, it does not close by itself. It hovers with a certain angle, also indicating it is too thin. This is even shown more when you have two cards in it. The two card stocks inside the case are also matter of concern. It is hard to get a card in the card stock. You really need to apply pressure to put a card in. When it is used more frequently this might improve. However, I think that the binding of the leather from the card stocks will not hold very long when they are used on a daily basis. Luckily I did not throw my real wallet away yet but I will restart my search for a better casing.

— Update, 2014-06-24 —

I found out that the Orzly Wallet Case was positively reviewed in a video on youtube. I then decided to create, in my opinion, a more fairer video review. I try to point out the positive sides of the case but also to the negative ones. This is the first video review I created.