Moto G

Moto G Review

Moto G Review

The Moto G is a smartphone the whole tech community has wishing for and waiting on for ages. It's a low-cost smartphone with hardware and software to back up its ability to be a contender in many markets - but more than that, it's also got the backing it needs to succeed. With the power of brand recognition in Motorola and Android and the push for success on a global scale from the manufacturer's parent company Google.

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Moto G a profit pariah as Google sacrifices margins

Moto G a profit pariah as Google sacrifices margins

Google may make a profit on every Moto G it sells, but it's likely swallowing a considerably smaller margin on the budget Motorola than rivals would stomach, according to a new teardown analysis. The 16GB Moto G, which Motorola sells unlocked and SIM-free for $199, costs Google $123 in components alone, research firm TechInsights tells the WSJ, with a total likely operating profit margin perhaps a quarter of what other manufacturers would expect from a similarly-positioned Android phone.

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Moto G first-impressions

Moto G first-impressions

This week we've gotten the opportunity to work with the Moto G, the international off-contract hero phone for Motorola. This device was designed to attract users who no longer want to deal with the payment plans involved in on-contract smartphones both inside the United States and abroad, bringing a build that's well and above previous standards for low-cost Android handhelds. While each version of the Moto G is essentially the same save the radio connectivity, we're working with the USA-based off-contract model - the same revealed as ready to roll this month.

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Moto X Cyber Monday allotment drains immediately

Moto X Cyber Monday allotment drains immediately

It would appear that one of two things are happening with Motorola's current push for the Moto X after their Cyber Monday debacle. One possibility is that their re-up of supplies in their most recent apology for terrible server up-time this Monday have simply been drained in a matter of monutes. The second possibility is that they only had a small allotment set for this first of two days - we've asked Motorola to speak on this point and are awaiting comment.

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Moto G Shells arrive in colorful replaceable availability with US release

Moto G Shells arrive in colorful replaceable availability with US release

This week the folks at Motorola have unleashed their USA-bound Moto G, ready for the likes of off-contract competition with LG-made Google Nexus 5 and other low-priced unlocked machines. With them comes the arrival - right on time - of the accessory collection that makes the Moto G unique. These are the Moto G Shells and Flip Shells, both of them big parts of the full replaceable back cover collection for the Moto G smartphone.

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Moto G USA availability begins today: off-contract and GSM

Moto G USA availability begins today: off-contract and GSM

It's time already to see the Moto G hit the market in the USA despite previous suggestion that we'd have to wait until 2014. That is, if you're all about working with the GSM model of the device rather than the CDMA version, meaning you'll be working with the likes of AT&T and/or T-Mobile rather than Verizon. This single model works with a 4.5-inch display and a quad-core processor for $179 USD off-contract.

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Moto G available at retail stores 2-days after reveal

Moto G available at retail stores 2-days after reveal

Having just officially learned of the Moto G’s existence this Wednesday, we didn’t expect the device to literally be in stores quite so quick (today is Friday, if you did not know). What we’re seeing right off the bat is availability of this smartphone after Motorola announced it at locations like Phones4U in the UK. While orders in several parts of the world went live online yesterday, today we’re seeing the machine arrive in-stores for pickup.

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Moto G pre-orders go live in Germany, UK, Brazil, [UPDATE: Canada]

Moto G pre-orders go live in Germany, UK, Brazil, [UPDATE: Canada]

The Moto G has gone on pre-order today for select areas in Europe and the UK today, less than 24 hours after it was introduced to the world by Motorola at a special Brazil-based event. Sao Paulo is indeed one of the other areas where the Moto G, a budget-minded smartphone, is seeing pre-sales, while online outlets like Clove have shown the machine available for Euro-shipment starting Friday.

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Moto G hands-on

Moto G hands-on

How much of a phone does $179 get you? As of this morning, and the Moto G, the answer is "a surprising amount": the new Android handset doesn't rely on carrier subsidies to bring its sticker price down, instead putting the Moto X on a diet and paring back the specs to hit the ambitious number. Today's smartphone audience is an increasingly demanding group, however, and price isn't enough to make a device succeed, so can the Moto G deliver more than just affordability. Read on for some first-impressions.

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