Moto G: Why the New Smartphone May Be Motorola's $179 Homerun

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-11-15

Motorola has introduced the Moto G, a smartphone that might be called its iPhone 5C. The Moto G is a less-expensive alternative to the flagship Moto X. And while many have complained that Apple's lower-cost iPhone wasn't priced low enough—it's $99 with a two-year contract, but the 16GB model starts at $549 without a contract—the 8GB Moto G will have a starting price, unlocked, of $179. A 16GB version will sell for $199. "Price-conscious consumers who don't want to pay $600 or more for high-end smartphones have been left with two bad options," Motorola said in a Nov. 13 statement. "The first is to buy cheap, new smartphones made with second-rate technology that don't do justice to modern apps and experiences like navigation, video chat and games. The second is to buy 'low cost' versions of premium products that were released two or three years ago and are already obsolete." The Moto G is quicker than the Samsung Galaxy S 4, says Motorola, and has a better display than the Apple iPhone 5S and a price that's less than a third of that of either device. While not as customizable as the Moto X, users can snap on different backs, called Shells. Here's why the Moto G just may be a winner for Motorola.


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