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Motorola officially unloads the Moto G: a cheap phone for everyone

Loie Favre

Motorola presented the Moto G today, and in doing so, brings an amended version of the Moto X to countries around the world where the first Motorola-Google firstborn device wasn’t available. Now the Moto G, with its low-end hardware, even lower price, yet still performing software and quality user experience will ensure that more people around the world can get their hands on a smartphone and make use of this indispensible tool.

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© Motorola


In terms of looks, it's evidently super similar to the Moto X. The Moto G follows the same design line as its bigger brother: the back side is made of textured polycarbonate and has retained its many color options. Ultimately, they are following the same strategy as they did with the Moto X in providing the option to customize the phone to your liking.


Here you won’t find any high-end hardware, which doesn’t mean however that the smartphone is bad. What’s key is ensuring that the hardware making up the Moto G works well with its software and for the low price at which the device is available, the Moto G will be a good phone for every day usage. Motorola's goal was to make a cheap smartphone that would still provide users with all the essentials. They also claim that the device can go for 24 hours straight on average usage.

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The same design line as the Moto X with basic features and a low price. © Motorola


In creating the Moto G, Motorola’s intention was to get back to basics and optimize the rudimentary things that people use with their smartphones and by doing so getting rid of any unnecessary baggage. With Google Services like Hangouts, YouTube and Chrome, the user will still be able to take advantage of the essentials that people most use on their handsets. They’ve also done some tweaking to certain elements of the Moto G, like the camera for example, where they’ve removed the onscreen shutter button, instead allowing the user to tap anywhere on the screen to snap a shot. Also, while recording a video, tapping the screen will also take a picture mid-video. Moto G will come with FM radio and free mobile music for on the go as well as 50 GB of free storage on Google Drive for two years.

It’s Motorola's opinion that Moto G, because of the manufacturer's laborious attention to only the basics, like touch sensitivity, storage, battery and so on, outperforms higher-end devices like the Galaxy S4. I’m certain that many will try to challenge this theory by putting it to the test.

The Moto G will arrive out of the box with Android 4.3, while during the presentation the announcers said that the new device would be receiving Android 4.4 KitKat by January 2014.

Tech Specs

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-Core, 1.2 GHz
Display 4.5-inch, HD, 1,280 x 720 pixels, 329 ppi
Internal Memory 8/16 GB (50 GB free storage on Google Drive for 2 years)
Dimensions 129.99 x 65.9 x 6.0 -11.6 mm (curved back side)
Weight 143 grams
Battery 2,070 mAh
Camera 5 MP (rear), 1.3 MP (front)
Connectivity Micro USB, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi
Android Version Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Price 179 US dollars (8GB) / 199 US dollars (16 GB)

Price and Availability

Moto G will go on sale today in Brazil and in a few weeks Canadians and Europeans will be able to order the device as well. The release date for the USA is planned for early January 2014. The 8 GB Moto G with no contract or SIM lock will be available for $179 US, while the 16 GB version will cost $199. 

In presenting their new lower-end device, Motorola made the Moto G out to be the ''people's phone'' as they show citizens from around the world in every economical situation being able to profit from mobile internet thanks to the smartphone.

What do you think of the Moto G? If it does the trick and gets the essentials right, would you consider buying it?

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  • Barry Padgett Nov 13, 2013 Link

    I have two teens with T-Mobile MyTouch 4G's. They're looking to upgrade this year, and The Moto G just made the short list.

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    Henrique Rocha Nov 13, 2013 Link

    I'll try to buy two for my parents. I'm sure they'll like it. :-)

  • Thamsanqa Mvayo Nov 13, 2013 Link

    I like the idea and the specs are pretty good for a properly optimized device.

  • David H. Nov 14, 2013 Link

    The specs are actually pretty good, comparable to high end devices from earlier this year.

  • Guy Deridet Nov 14, 2013 Link

    This smartphone is a very good one for everyone. Exactly the contrary of IPhone, which is only for happy few. The result ? 80% of the world market is already for Android, aka Google. And that's just the beginning of the story.

  • grant young Nov 14, 2013 Link

    It's on my wishlist not enough motos available in the UK