When less G is more...This is the phone that will have the biggest impact on transforming the consumer cell phone market. I can already hear the Techies/Geek squad in my office muttering how crazy I am.
But wait it's only 3G ?!
How important is 4G for traditional cell/smartphone user? I had an Apple iPhone 4s on 3G and never was wanting. Why? I don't know, I guess I like watching movies on a big TV with surround sound and not on my little phone screen - call me cooky.
Let's look at the specs:
4.5 inch screen HD 720P
Flash - Yes LED
Front facing- Yes 1.3 megapixel
Chipset: Qualcom Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1200 mhz
System memory: 1GB
Storage: 8Gb or 16Gb
Battery: 2070 mAh
OS: Android 4.3 Kit Kat
Price: $179 8GB or $209 16GB
You can't get a loaded phone like this anywhere near $200. All over the web, we see Moto G compared to the Nexus 5 (another fantastic value). In all comparisons, the Nexus 5 does a little better. All reviewers seem to forget that the Nexus 5 is $150 more. To put it another way, it's 84% MORE expensive!
The Moto G is for the 35orless consumer who wants all the latest functionality and speed to run the latest apps without forking over the price of a flat panel TV. Another big positive- Google owns Motorola so the Android OS will always be native to it- seamless like Apple with iPhone.
Now, back to why this is so incredible. Up until now, consumer had to fork over some serious $ to get a good phone. Phones that weren't considered top tier were still upwards of $450. Your high end phone cost $600-$700 without carrier subsidy. So consumer would bite the bullet get a phone for "Free" or an iPhone for $100-$200 and spend $70-$100 or more for service for the next 2 years.
Now some quick math let's use Verizon current pricing- (makes the math so simple)
iPhone 5c 16 GB $100 w/ 2 year agreement subsidy
line fee $40
shared 2GB plan $60
$100 x 24 + $90(phone cost)= $2,260 over 2 years
The 35orless alternative:
Moto G- with 16GB $209 no contract
35orless service month 1 $35
next month ???
Let's be conservative and just use $30 (we all hope it will go lower)
$209+35 (1st month service) + (30X23) = $934 over 2 years
Savings $1,326 !
Now, do you get it? This phone could single handedly put the final nails in the 2-year contract coffin.
That's some serious $ in your pocket, Welcome to 35orless
Best deal on Moto G is at the Motorola store. Make sure to get the USA GSM version