Motorola Comes Out Swinging with Unlocked Moto G for $179 Off-Contract

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legionera

Apple and Google are not innovating anymore. Shame... Improving the pixels and processors, is not innovation. It is the same soup with different spices. They are just sitting ducks now for someone to bring something more exciting and basically destroy them. Just like Apple did with its touch screen years ago by stabbing Nokia, Motorola, and a bunch of other companies.

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legionera

Nice ad, but I am not buying it.

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vrmlbasic

It's cheap-ish, sure, but no 4G or SD card is a failure, especially when it only has 16 GB of internal storage. Does it have the touted durability of other Motorola phones?

My motorola phone has a 3300 mAh battery. Perhaps this new phone can last longer with less than 66% of that capacity but I still don't feel that making this backward leap in battery capacity is something that I can do.

I hate software buttons and am not pleased with Google for working to force them on us.

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kixofmyg0t

Dude, it's less than $200 OFF CONTRACT. Give it some slack. It's perfect for prepaid plans or for people who don't care about LTE. Hell apparently whenever I talk about how much data I use in a month(over 30GB usually, no tethering no torrents) I get questioned on why I don't use Wifi all day like everyone else.

You have a MAXX, good. But the MAXX models are geared for someone who wants battery life at the expense of thickness and price. Just because they release a smaller phone with a smaller battery doesn't mean it's a step backwards. the two products are geared for different people.

Why on earth do you hate software buttons?!!? That's how the Nexus devices have been for years....that's how Android is SUPPOSED to be. Motorola is the only OEM thats following Google's vision of what Android should be. If you don't like them you can always go buy a Samsung device. They're forking from Android and making their own OS anyway.

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Paper Jam

I think you missed the point of this phone. It is $179-$199 off-contract for what is a decent device. No, it doesn't have top tier specs, but no one should expect it to. Pair this phone with a cheap prepaid plan and you have a pretty great deal.

As for on-screen keys, I personally like them better than physical and capacitive buttons. But that's one of the great things about Android. There's enough variety in makers and builds to find the features you want.

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vrmlbasic

Google has gimped its first-party apps to all but ignore hardware buttons. Maps, Play Store, etc... Gmail is one of the few apps which still has a fair bit of hardware button UI interaction in its latest version, though I still have to click the top-left corner of the screen (worst position possible for me) to switch between inboxes.

If this phone had either 4G LTE or a MicroSD card (one of the biggest advantages of Google over Apple) then I probably would cut it some slack.

A bigger battery should be a standard at this point. It's old-hat tech, and it would still make the phone thinner than the iPhone with its requisite otterbox.

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NotYetRated

Ya, it is also missing the IR functions, is not waterproof, has no can opener, does not fold my laundry, and still carries the high price tag of $179. It is highway robbery to offer such a lackluster device at such an incredibly high price!

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vrmlbasic

It is missing features that are, frankly, expected in this day and age. It's like a car with no power locks, mirrors, seats or AC. A car that also cannot go over 30 MPH.

Lacking a SD card is a slap in the face, it is the #1 hardware advantage of Android over iPhone. That Google itself is keeping the SD card out of phones now is disturbing. Following Apple's successful, but consumer-hating non-expandable storage paradigm sounds pretty evil to me.

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VoodooChicken

Motorola's been on a tear lately, I don't think things have been looking up for them like this since the 90s

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Gikero

What about the Moto RAZR in...06-07?

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Granite

MPC's sister site, TechRadar, says this phone...while not having a microSD slot...comes with 50GB of Google cloud storage in addition to the standard 15GB you normally get.

I don't use cloud storage often, but that does sound like a good deal.

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Gikero

I don't personally like the idea of relying on cloud storage for my phone. My data cap is too low, connection is inconsistent and speed is lower than local storage.

It is a nice option. But I don't see it as 66GBs of storage. I see it as 16GBs local + 50GB cloud.

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vrmlbasic

Cloud storage with only 3G data speeds (and my low-capacity data plan) is useless IMO.

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jason2393

I spend the majority of my day within range of wifi, so neither of those issues would bother me much.

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Peanut Fox

Not that I've every thought they were worth it, but this phone pretty much makes insurance on a phone pointless. It'd make a nice little replacement until your contracts up if you prefer subsidized devices.

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jason2393

If it's Verizon compatible, I'm getting it.

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Paper Jam

Verizon said they will offer it through their prepaid program. I doubt it comes to their contract lineup, since they have stopped offering any phones that I know of without 4G, with the exception of the iPhone 4S. Verizon has stated that they will start implementation of VoLTE at some point. I don't remember if they put a date on that.

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jason2393

I just need it to work with Page Plus, and that's a lot easier when there's not a 4G radio in the phone. Typically, Verizon phones are compatible, but branded Verizon prepaid phones typically aren't...

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Gikero

Love it! A great price for a phone. Only complaint is no MicroSD card.

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kixofmyg0t

Battery size is a typo. It's really 2070mAh not 2700mAh.

This is a great little device. $180 plus $30 a month t-Mobile prepaid Unlimited text/data is gonna be a real winner.

Good job Motorola.