Should You Buy a $179 Moto G?

The Moto G has hit the U.S. market early and many industry watchers are buzzing about it. The device first made headlines when Motorola started hyping it up two weeks ago. Unlocked, the device sells for $179 stateside.

The Moto G went on sale in Brazil and parts of Europe last week and wasnEUt supposed to come to U.S. consumers until January. But it looks like the Google-owned company is hoping to tap into some holiday shopping sales.

In announcing the Moto G, the company noted that people all around the world want to be part of the mobile Internet so they can access information, share, and connect with the things that matter to them. But the smartphone industry, Motorola charged, has relegated hundreds of millions of smartphone buyers to second-class status, preventing them from experiencing the mobile Internet at its best.

Two Bad Options

That, the company said, is because price-conscious consumers who donEUt want to pay $600 or more for high-end smartphones have been left with two bad options. The first is to buy cheap, new smartphones made with second-rate technology that donEUt do justice to modern apps and experiences like navigation, video chat and games. The second, the company added, is to buy EUlow costEU versions of premium products that were released two or three years ago and are already obsolete.

EUWe think there should be a better option. Everybody deserves to be on the mobile Internet, and price shouldnEUt stand in the way of anyone having a truly good smartphone to get them there,EU Motorola said. The Moto G is a smartphone that promises a premium experience for a third of the price of current high-end phones.

The device offers a 4.5-inch HD display that goes edge-to-edge for multimedia. On the inside, it totes the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor featuring a...

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