Recently, I obtained a Motorola Moto G phone, and figured I might as well share my thoughts on it with you all. Before I got the Moto G, I was using two phones back and forth. The Nokia Lumia 521 (Windows Phone) and the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit (Android). Getting the Moto G, was like a step up to a powerhouse, even though the Moto G is an entry level style phone offered from Motorola. You can get the Moto G off contract for $179 for an 8GB model, or $199 for a 16 GB model. You can also receive an 8 GB model for around $99 on promotion from Boost Mobile, Aio Wireless, and Verizon Prepaid. However, I would recommend getting the 16 GB model, as there is no expansion slot to put a Micro SD card.
Before I really get started, I figure I should give you some basics on the phone. The phone comes with Android 4.3, but when it was unboxed, it was immediately upgraded to 4.4.2, so it is current on Android. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Processor with 1.2 GHz Quad-core. The display is 4.5 inches, and is 1280×720 with Gorilla Glass screen. The rear camera 5 MP, with 1.3 MP on the front. It is HSPA+ capable, but not LTE.
Now that I’ve gotten some basics out of the way, let me give you my impressions on the device. It’s quick as far as processing speed goes. Now I haven’t used a Galaxy S4, or a Nexus 5 personally, but compared to what I’ve used in the past, it’s quick. It’s faster than my old iPhone 4s for sure. It’s running an almost stock version on Android Kit Kat (4.4). Really with the exception of the Motorola migrate application and Motorola ID that came pre-installed, its stock.
As far as how fast the data service is, I’m on Metro PCS, which is an affiliate of T-Mobile, but doesn’t take priority on their network, so the speed is a little less than desirable. But since I’ve never had an LTE device, and only 3G for the most part, I’m not missing out on a whole lot.
I do like that it has a Gorilla Glass screen, as I have little ones that like to handle my phone, and sometimes when I put it in my jacket pocket, my keys happen to be in the same pocket and now I don’t have to worry about it.
The battery life on it is pretty decent. I’m on my phone constantly, and I can make it from about 5:30 in the morning until I go to bed around 9 or 10 at night without it dying. It has a built-in Lithium-ion 2070 mAH battery. Motorola’s site rates it for mixed usage up to 24 hours.
The Moto G is customizable just like the Moto X, giving you different colored backs in 3 varieties, a regular shell, grip shell (rubberized edges) and a flip cover (reminiscent of the Galaxy’s flip cover). You do get a standard black shell with it, or you can pay some extra if you order from Motorola’s site to have it shipped with a different color shell. You can also buy the other shells off their site, or other retailers online. The basic black shell is slippery and prone to fingerprints. If you aren’t ok with that, I would recommend getting a different shell. I tried out a Black grip shell, and the difference is amazing. The phone feels more comfortable in one hand, without fear of it slipping out, and doesn’t collect the oils from my hand nearly as easily.
Overall I’m pretty satisfied with the device. I haven’t been this satisfied with a device since my iPhone. Don’t get me wrong, I think iOS and Windows Phone 8 are still great operating systems, but they all have their ups and downs. Really, it all comes down to a personal preference for operating system, but as far as performance, I would strongly recommend the Moto G to anyone looking for an off contract device. Even with Verizon Edge, T-Mobile Jump, and ATT Next, you’ll be paying off a decent device over 2 years. If you have the money to put down, this is a strong device that you won’t have to pay off for 2 years, and can take advantage of the cheaper plans right away. The Moto G is available in a US GSM, World GSM and a CDMA version. To pick up yours today, visit www.motorola.com or visit a local Aio Wireless store, Verizon Wireless Store, or Boost Mobile store (or any of their online stores as well.
- Grip shell – http://cdn.gsmarena.com/pics/14/01/moto-g-shell-case/gsmarena_002.jpg
- Moto G – http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/img_9826.jpg