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Moto G Is The Best Budget Android Phone Your Money Can Buy

2013 was an amazing year for Android devices. We saw amazing devices like the Oppo N1 and Vivo 3s which pushed the boundaries for specs and innovation. We saw the new Android KitKat 4.4 and the dozen rooted firmwares already available for it.

While there are plenty of budget Android devices on the market, they all have one common problem. The lag like a bitch with their low specs and crappy built. This is a gap that Motorola set out to fill, and might I say, they’ve done a damn good job at doing so.

Specs

On the surface you’ll find a 4.5-inch capacitive touch screen, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Digging a little deeper you’ll find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU and 1GB RAM. I was quite surprised to find out the device actually has a Adreno 305 dedicated GPU.

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The budget Android phone lacks in the camera department. With only 5MP rear and 1.3MP front camera in leaves much to be desired, but as always, you get what you pay for. While the phone is no match for devices like Oppo N1, it will deliver an acceptable photo and video quality.

The phone’s dimensions are 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm and it weighs a total of 143g. It ships with a Non-removable Li-Ion 2070 mAh battery to power its not so impressive components.

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Software

Moto G runs on Google Android’s latest 4.4 KitKat and ditches all the annoying manufacturer customisations we’re used to seeing. This is alone a major contributing factor to the average specs on the inside. Android 4.4 is Google’s most successful attempt at a future proof mobile OS, and Motorola has decided use that to their advantage.

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Users will receive a stock Android experience and no manufacturer bloat-wares, which is responsible for slow devices majority of times.

Availability

Canada, Europe and parts of Asia get first dips on the Moto G, followed by US, Middle East and India, where the company is hoping to make most its money from. There are still no release dates available for Australia but we’re guessing March or May may be your lucky months (get the joke?).

The device is $179 US without a contract, and as reported by AndroidAuthority, users will be able to purchase the device for only $99 US on a two-year contract from the Best Buy

Final Thoughts

The Moto G doesn’t feel the need to bulk up on the specs but uses a combination of great software and decent hardware to deliver an amazing user experience. The GPU is perhaps the main factor responsible for those sleek animations and smooth game plays, making it the most vital piece of hardware among its substandard fellows.

At under $200 USD the phone of such quality is a steal and will make the perfect device for a first time smartphone owner or someone with less disposable income.

I’ll be updating this post once further availability informations are released. Make sure you follow me on @samatrouh or +sammatrouh to stay up to date with the latest news.