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#ThrowbackThursday with the Moto G 2013: The phone I'll never forget

I've always been faithful to my smartphones. My HTC Desire HD – with its Gingerbread OS – stayed with me for more years than it had any right to. But with the original Moto G, I had an explosive, six-month love affair. An affair I'll never forget.

The start of something special

In November 2013, Motorola brought the first generation of Moto G to the market. Among its many highlights was an irresistible price tag and a software interface that deviated only slightly from the stock Android experience. With a 4.5-inch display, the Moto G was also part of a smartphone era where handsets weren't trying to directly compete with IMAX cinema screens for size and resolution. It was small and dainty; holding it was like holding hands with a lover.

I first set eyes on the Moto G while working at AndroidPIT when a test unit arrived for review. I used the device for a week while writing my analysis, but it was all 'strictly business'.

What I mean is, I was able to keep the Moto G at a safe distance where there was little risk of becoming emotionally attachedTest the phone, write about it, send it back. That was how this was all supposed to happen. 

But then I unlocked the bootloader.

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Three years ago, the Moto G was my everything. / © AndroidPIT

A software spot

At the time, the Moto G had captured the hearts of many in my home country (Brazil) and the Android community was booming. There were hundreds of forum posts and topics dedicated to exploring the possibilities of the device once it had been rooted. Thanks to Moto G fans in our own AndroidPIT forum, I was able to, for the first time, begin flashing ROMS. I was in love.

The Moto G's slim and light software afforded something else I had never experienced before: fast updates. Indeed, the speed at which Motorola delivered the update from Android Jelly Bean to Android KitKat was almost unbelievable, especially for a mid-range phone in 2013. Samsung's flagship of that time, the Galaxy S4, took months to receive the same update.

But what really impressed me about this relatively inexpensive handset was its talent for swimming. After 30 minutes underwater, the Moto G still worked. It worked even without any water resistance certification like the phones of today include – phones which I honestly wouldn't trust for 30 seconds in the rain.

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Reunited: my Moto G and me. / © AndroidPIT

An affair to remember

Once I'd finished the review, I held onto the Moto G for another six, blissful months. A time when every weekend was better than the last and each moment was a vacation. And then, as suddenly as it came into my life, the Moto G was gone...

I lost it at a party.

However, my story with the Moto G was not over. I bought a replacement model the same week (as I was obliged to – it was still on loan from Motorola) and continued to test the limits of what Motorola's mid-range handset could do, eventually subjecting it to drop tests and even replacing its screen (the two previous videos are in Portuguese, my native language).

Sadly, after losing it once, I began to realize that the feeling I first had was gone and I slowly moved onto something new. But the Moto G still holds a place in my heart and probably always will.

Setting trends 

I believe the Moto G was a watershed moment in the mobile market, especially in Brazil where cheap smartphones were often bundled with outdated Android versions and unnecessary, uninteresting applications. Today we have the opportunity to buy feature-packed smartphones, beautiful looking machines, without breaking the bank. And I think this is, in part, thanks to the buzz generated by the first generation of the Moto G. 

Which smartphone do you have fond memories of? Let us know in the comments. 

This article was translated from an original article by Camila Rinaldi of AndroidPIT Brazil.

Every Thursday night we publish articles for #ThrowbackThursday. In this series, we look back at feature phones, smartphones and other gadgets that hold a place in our hearts. Last week, the Galaxy Nexus had its moment. What will come next week?


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  • somthing appreciatable again from u scott....u r the best writer in android pit team.....if u visit india i will love to meet u.....i m ur jabra fan

  • I'm still using my Motorola Moto G 2013 its the best phone I've ever had. I know it won't get the marshmallow update but I don't care as long as I got my Moto G I'm good.

  • my 2013 Moto G was my first Android device, immediately compared it to a friend's iPhone 5 and really couldn't tell a difference when viewing same photos side by side, amazing little device...
    that has survived being handed down to daughter then granddaughter, dropped down the toilet twice! in the bath and left outside in the rain...and still going strong.... and it was effectively free on a very cheap deal ee deal ...
    best value for money Android UX I'm ever gonna get..

  • Harshith 3 months ago Link to comment

    moto g2

  • Very off topic: But I'm a little confused about what's going on in this article. It says that you posted this, Scott... However in the pictures alongside the article I believe that's Camila Rinaldi with her Moto G in the pictures above?

    One more thing is that, in the article it's stayted that your hometown is Brazil, which many of us from AndroidPit knows is Camila's hometown, whilst yours is England.

    I'm sorry if this comment is... well, weird. But I'm just confused honestly. Haha...

    • We have been discussing this quite a lot at the office recently, Vincius!

      What happens right now is that, if an editor writes an article in another language that we wish to translate for the english language site, we would use the translators name (in this case, that's me).

      So at the bottom of the article it says: This article was translated from an original article by Camila Rinaldi of AndroidPIT Brazil.

      If we use Camila's face, we thought it might not work because 1) she can't directly communicate with readers in comments or on social media and 2) the article above wasn't written by her. I wrote it. I wrote it with her help and approval, of course, but I still need to be responsible for what it says.

      That's the situation right now but I understand your confusion and we're working on a better system. Just because I'm curious, what do you think would work better? Maybe if we use Camila's face, but say it was translated by me, and I answer the comments still?

      We're working on it. Thanks for the comment as always :)

      • Ah okay. I think I got some clarity now. But honestly Scott, I'm not sure what would work best. I haven't been in this community for that long, so I'm a fairly new user here. Maybe the hardcore users here know a better answer to give?

        Regardless I think all of you are doing a great job, and I'm sure with the changes going on as of right now, the future of AndroidPit will look brighter and brighter!

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