Motorola Moto G (2nd generation) Unlocked Cellphone, 8GB, White
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- Front ported stereo speakers
- All-day 2,070 mAh battery
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Optimized to work with 3G (UMTS/HSPA+) networks when roaming outside the US. Only supports 2G coverage on T-Mobile
- This device is shipped with a wall charger.
- Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers). Unlocked cell phones will not work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.
- 5-inch 720p HD display
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What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
Choose a brilliant display, stereo sound, all-day battery, Single-SIM support, and latest Android OS. Your choice: the MOTO G 2nd Generation.
Top customer reviews
Pros: lovely 5" screen, quick and responsive touch, perfect size screen, Gorilla Glass! micro-usb charging (common), stock Android Kit Kat, upgradeable to Android L when released, MicroSD card slot, front stereo speakers, great call quality, great reception, price, unlocked (great for travel), no contract! Blutooth and Wifi work fine. No issues connecting to our home network and my wifes work wifi.
Cons: No 4GLTE, Non Removable battery, No included headset/ear buds, LIMITED accessories so far(cases)
Build Quality: Nothing to complain about. Perfect weight, feels solid, very tight, does NOT feel flimsy. The back phone cover is easily swappable. The black color is a deep matte black. Not slippery hard plastic, but a more rubberized feel.
Battery life is very good. Not stellar, but easily lasts a complete day for my wife who is a average smartphone user. I just wish the battery was replaceable to increase longevity of the phone.
This phone is perfect for the non-power user, average user, someone new to android, or is replacing their phone off contract. The specs are slightly above average for a phone in this price category! It is an amazing phone for under $200 off contract. 4G LTE would have been greatly appreciated, but it is not necessary because my wife's iphone 4 never had it either (and she is almost always connected to wifi anyways).
I personally use the flagship LG G3 on AT&T (another AMAZING phone). so I set everything up for my wife (iphone4 user). I imported her contacts from her iphone which was simple after watching a few youtube videos on how to do it. Just search on youtube "iPhone to Android Contact list". The entire process after watching the video took 2 minutes lol. Of course this phone cannot compare to my LG G3, BUT, I was very impressed with this MotoG 2nd Gen.
Contents: Box, Manuals, phone, and charging cable with plug. It is a wall plug with long microusb cable attached to the plug itself. Basically the wall plug adapter and the microusb cable cannot be separated. It is built as one single unit.
NOTE* If you live in the UNITED STATES, buy the US GSM version. The Global version will work fine.... BUT the US GSM version is better suited for US cellular signals. I can confirm this phone works perfectly with AT&T and should work perfectly with T-mobile.
I would order this phone again in a heartbeat for my wife. She loves it. I hope this review helps!
This phone continues to impress me. The screen is very bright and the colors are vivid and punchy. The screen resolution is more than adequate, it is very similar to the iphone 4 retina display. If you look closely, you can barely see pixels. Don't worry, the screen is very sharp and small text can be read with ease.
After playing with the phone for over 12 hours, installing apps, configuring the phone, browsing the web, facebook, spotify, etc.. I still show 30% battery remaining from a full charge this morning! This was an intensive day of usage setting everything up. I easily downloaded 20+ apps, and probably 100 songs on spotify.
Do not be concerned about the lack of "dual sim". Unless you are a frequent traveler going overseas this is not an important feature. Dual sim is used so that when traveling, you can buy a foreign sim card and insert it into your phone without needing to remove your primary sim card (hence, dual sim). With this single sim US GSM model, just remove your sim and swap it out for the foreign sim card, no big deal. Just don't lose your primary sim card lol.
Also, here is a useful link to information about SD card usage in android: https://forums.motorola.com/posts/7e59cc7baf
Edit 9/21/14: Yesterday I used my phone indoors with standard usage. The screen brightness was manually set between around 20-40% the entire day. When I plugged in the phone when going to bed, I had 14h and 45 min of battery time, and 5 hours of screen on time. I still had 20% battery left. The battery is as awesome as before!
(Note: Because this global version is the same as the US version, and only differs by having different 3G bands, I've copied my review from the US version.)
The Moto G was a huge hit for Motorola in 2013, as it provided many people with a fast, new smartphone at an extremely affordable price. Now in 2014, Motorola has updated the Moto G with its second iteration. There are many similarities with the first generation, and a few important changes/improvements.
-Same screen resolution, 1280x720
-Same CPU, Snapdragon 400 (1.2ghz quad core)
-Same, 3G only connectivity (no LTE in this model)
-Same 2070mah battery
-Screen size changed from 4.5" to 5"
-Front camera upgraded from 1.3MP to 2MP
-Rear camera upgraded from 5MP to 8MP
-Speaker upgraded from mono rear speaker to front stereo speakers
-MicroSD card slot
Disadvantages compared to first generation:
-Some dislike the bigger screen
-Slightly worse battery life due to bigger screen size with same battery size
-Pixel density dropped from 326ppi to 294ppi
While this second generation Moto G has slightly worse battery life and pixel density than the first generation, these are minute differences that will most likely go unnoticed. What does matter, though, is that the second generation Moto G builds on the successes of the first Moto G, and adds multiple improvements to make this a truly excellent low budget phone. My main complaints about the first gen Moto G focused on the poor camera performance and lack of SD card slot. Now, this and more has been improved with the second generation. Rather than an revolution, this is an evolution of the previous Moto G, making it better than ever.
The first thing you notice when picking up the second generation Moto G is that it's bigger. I'll admit it, it's harder to hold this phone with one hand when compared to the first generation. However, the big beautiful screen makes up for it. While I no longer own the first gen for side to side comparison, the screen feels like it's brighter and more color accurate. The front facing speakers are a huge plus if you watch videos or your phone, as you no longer have to cup your hand around the back of the phone to "reflect" the sound towards your face. Probably as a result of them facing you all the time, the speakers also seem to be louder. This also brings around an advantage if you use the speakers to play music, since you no longer have to put the phone face down for the sound to remain unmuffled.
The cameras are also a HUGE improvement. As a a college student, I use the front camera quite a lot to communicate with friends. The previous front facing camera (FFC) was very splotchy and muddy. The new FFC honestly feels like it's better than the rear facing camera on the first gen. Although I didn't use the rear camera on the first gen very often, the one in this phone seems to have better color reproduction and dynamic range. To put the camera upgrade into perspective, it's roughly like going from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5.
All these improvements are available for the same MSRP ($179.99) as before, which is an excellent deal; especially considering the fact that the phone now has a Micro SD card slot, the 8GB onboard memory poses less of an issue. I will keep this review updated if I face anything that changes my opinion of this phone; but for now, it deserves a 5/5.
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