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Moto G Hands-On – Great Price for Emerging Markets

by Todd Haselton | November 13, 2013November 13, 2013 3:30 pm PDT

We just met up with Motorola Mobility to check out the brand new Moto G, which was announced during a press event in Brazil this morning. The device is incredibly affordable for what you get: a 4.5-inch 720p display, the promise of all day battery life, a quad-core Snapdragon 400, 8GB or 16GB of storage, for $179 and $199 respectively, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera and more.

We really like that it felt and resembled the more premium Moto X, and it didn’t seem like Google cut any corners here. You’ll miss a few features, like active notifications and voice commands, in addition to LTE, but if you want that kind of functionality you can choose the Moto X or the unlocked and still affordable Nexus 5. While the Moto G will launch in the United States, it’s intended to be a big seller in Europe, Latin America and other markets where Motorola can compete with Nokia’s Asha devices, Samsung’s low-end phones and even BlackBerry.

Look, power users in the United States probably won’t buy the Moto G, though we still think it would make an extra on-hand smartphone should you lose yours, or as a great alternative for an unlocked phone to bring with you when you travel.

We applaud the company for adding great software, promising Android 4.4 KitKat, and delivering an experience that otherwise isn’t available at that price point. Oh, and for those wondering: I asked Motorola if it’s still turning a profit on these phones, especially since they’re so affordable, and the answer is yes. We imagine margins are slim, but that’s quite impressive.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...