I’m an Apple guy. Everyone who knows me is aware of that. I am an iPhone, iPad, and MacBook user in addition to a lot of other Apple gizmos on my everyday life. I’m more than satisfied with everything. Almost zero reasons to look away for other platforms. So what could possibly make me try something different? A well thought price!
This is not the first time for me to attempt such an experiment. I have tried not just one! Lots of times! But every time that I bought an Android phone, after a week or two (max) I ended up selling it just to roll back to my beloved iOS. I even tried taking an Android as a secondary phone, without ditching my iPhone. But it felt bad having a €600 phone lying on my desk without an everyday use. I do use a second phone but not as much in order to justify the purchase of a high end device. For a long time, my good old iPhone 3G had me covered. But all good things come to an end and once again I was scoping the market for an inexpensive device.
My options were a) get a used device, b) get a super low end crappy Android or c) pay the extra premium and get a low end (but not crappy) device. I never liked the first option. There is always a risk of not knowing EXACTLY what you are buying and I wasn’t willing to take that risk. The second option was off the table as well because I would prefer to get a used one rather that getting a complete crap one with new stickers on the box. So it soon became obvious that the third option was the best choice.
After looking at quite a few mid ranged devices, I was convinced that I was going to get either a Samsung S3 or S4 clone! I held a couple of those in my hands and considering their price I was impressed. The price for a device like this was in the range of €150 to €250. Even though it was a non-branded device, I thought the price was reasonable considering the specifications of the phone. But right when I was ready to place my order, I noticed the Moto G!
Moto G isn’t available in Greece (yet), but in our century that’s not really a problem. Amazon UK has solved similar problems in the past and this time it was no exemption. In my case though, I already had planned a trip to London so the Moto G became just another entry to my long to-do list. In the meantime, I’ve spent many hours reading reviews and watching videos of the Moto G being compared to pretty much every high end smartphone currently out there. What got me confused at first was that everyone appeared to be comparing a low level phone such as the Moto G with flagship devices like the iPhone 5, Nexus 5, Galaxy S4 and even the Moto X! And pretty much everyone came to the exact same conclusion: The Moto G can’t be compared to the flagships in terms of numbers and benchmarks but if you consider the price tag on this device and what it delivers, then yes, you can compare it with anything!
The Moto G comes in two versions: 8GB and 16GB and costs £129 and £159 accordingly. It features an HD screen of 4.5”, a quad core CPU, 1GB of RAM and runs the latest Android version: KitKat 4.4.2. No matter how long I searched, I couldn’t find any other branded Android device with similar specs in the same price range. Besides it’s price though, the Moto G definitely doest feel like a cheap phone. It feels great in the hand, materials are good and it doesn’t seem to lack any power when it comes to heavy duty apps and games. The battery consumption is truly amazing and this comes from an iPhone 5 user who charges it twice a day! To be more specific: on a busy day with heavy usage, when I take the phone off the charger at 7am, its battery will be around 32% at 11pm. And at times that I didn’t use it as much, it lasted up to 3 days!
Another great thing is that even though it doesn’t run stock Android, it’s as close to it as possible. Zero crappy software and super fast updates! When I powered up the phone for the first time, it had Jelly Bean 4.3 and I immediately got an update reminder for 4.4.2.
Like I said at the beginning this is my secondary phone, but I find my self using it quite a lot. The price along with the specs were the main reasons that made me bought it and I definitely don’t regret it. In fact, I am thinking about giving a go on the Moto X as well! Android as a mobile operating system has come a long way since I last used it on my every day schedule and if it wasn’t for the Moto G, I might never choose to try it. The whole pricing philosophy behind the Moto G will definitely bring success to both Motorola and Google, and after using this phone for two weeks I’m beginning to wonder: Was it that hard for Apple to do something similar with the iPhone 5C?