Motorola is now owned by Google. Before the acquisition, the company was in a decline, and products were unattractive despite the fact that they featured advanced technology. There was simply something that made Motorola products unconvincing.
Enter Google. The first product from the new Motorola was the Moto X, a top Android device that was manufactured (or assembled) in the US and featured a changeable back cover. The device also showcased new Android features, showing manufacturers in the process how Android is supposed to work. While the Moto X is a great device, it isn’t that cheap. It was initially priced at $199 on contract, although it has since fallen to about $99 on contract.
Now Motorola has a better option if you find the Moto X rather expensive. Based on the same design philosophy as the Moto X, Motorola came up with the Moto G. This is a cheap device as it is priced at only $179 off-contract. In the Philippines, the equivalent of that price is about Php7,500. This pricing usually gets you a poorly-made phone from local brands like Cherry Mobile. If you want “branded” devices, this price will only get you an under-performing and a very limited Android phone. The Moto G changes things. It comes from a known brand and is in fact made under the control of Google.
What do you get with the $179 price of the Moto G? Here are the main specs of the device.
Motorola Moto G Specs
- 4.5-inch display (720 x 1280 resolution, 329ppi)
- 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU
- Adreno 305
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB, 16GB internal memory
- FM Radio
- 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
- 720p HD video
- 1.3MP front-facing camera
- Android 4.3 Jellybean (Android 4,4 KitKat upgrade promised)
- 2,070mAh battery
If you are going to look at the specs and features of the Moto G, you’d find that it is a great device for the price $179 price. It almost matches the specs of flagship devices and the only things that are lacking are NFC and LTE connectivity. The Moto G and also offers a changeable back cover like the Moto X although the color options are limited.
The 8GB variant of the Moto G is priced at $179 while the 16GB variant is priced at $199. The Moto G will be available in the Philippines although the official date of launch here is still unknown at this point. When it finally arrives, the Moto G will be bad news for locally branded Android phones. Early reviews here, here and here show that the phone is a great device, especially when you consider the price.
Meanwhile, watch this promo video for the Moto G.