Back in December of 2013 I reviewed the then-new Moto G (see the review on my web page at http://arcxsites.myvnc.com/Motorola%20Moto%20G.htm). It was targeted at the low end of the Android market with a price to match, but it was a shockingly good phone. Motorola had created something that could even impress a far more demanding buyer than was typical of its target audience.
The only thing that was missing from it was support for LTE. This was mostly because the phone had been originally designed to sell only in markets where LTE hadn’t yet made an appearance. However, word spread quickly about this wonderful little phone and demand in first-world markets was inevitable.
Motorola wasn’t about to miss the boat, and so they developed a version of the Moto G that included LTE. Here in Canada this version of the phone will be sold by Rogers and Fido at a price of just $225 outright. This makes is the least expensive LTE phone from any provider in Canada.
The important thing about above figure that IT IS NOT A SUBSIDIZED contract price. Compare this with the outright price of a high-end phone, which easily falls in the $700 to $850 range. The Moto G was an impressive performer for its price without LTE (approximately $150 to $180), but now that it has it, the phone is one heck of a great device for one heck of a great price. If you’re willing to go with a contract however, both providers will give you the phone free-of-charge.
do you get for $225? For starters you get a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, an Adreno 305 GPU, a 4.5-inch display with an impressive (for a low-end phone) 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. The phone comes with KitKat and based on my review back in December it runs with exceptional smoothness. It may not be a speed demon, but it handily puts many other phones in or around this price class completely to shame. Its benchmarks aren’t going to set any records, but they fall surprisingly close to a Samsung Galaxy S3. You also get blazing-fast LTE speeds that cover all the bands Rogers presently offers, or will offer. It handles bands 4, 7, and 17, among others.
Sadly it has only 8 GB of internal storage, but unlike the original HSPA Moto G is comes with a MicroSD slot, which allows you to expand the amount of memory in the phone to make for some of that shortcoming.
For those of you who haven’t yet realized the importance of LTE as a mobile technology, there isn’t much I can say to impress upon you the incredible bang-for-the-buck this device represents. For those of you who have been won over by LTE, but who don’t have the money to pay for a high-end model (or the desire to get locked into a contract to afford one), the LTE Moto G might just be the ticket for you. You may have paid a low-end price, but you certainly won’t feel as though you’ve been saddled with a low-end phone.