Motorola Moto G (2nd generation) Unlocked Cellphone, 8GB, White
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|Memory Storage Capacity||8 GB|
|SIM card slot count||Single SIM|
|Display Size||5 inches 720p HD TFT|
About this item
- 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.
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The native Android experience has been amazingly good. Recommend you change to the Google Now launcher as it is a great upgrade. I'm surprised how good the integration is with T-Mobile, the voice mail, texting, gmail and exchange-email all seem to be working very well. Plus they have promised a Lollipop upgrade asap without having to worry about my carrier.
Bluetooth integration works well. I use a Roadster 2 in my car and a Logitech HT800 at work the integration is great. Plus with the Google now (Okay Google) and MotoSpeak app for hands free driving. The launcher seems to make the calls hand free most times with only occasionally having to repeat the command. It very nice to just ask it to play a song or artist and it just does it.
I'm using the US GSM version and with T-Mobile, I'm seeing LTE like speed with HSPA+. I've seen youtube videos saying you may get more bandwidth on T-Mobile with HSPA+ than an overloaded AT&T LTE network. Music streaming and app downloading has been great no delays. 20Mb apps from the play store seem to be downloading over HSPA+ in about 30 seconds.
The MicroSD slot was great. I took the 32GB card out of my old phone and put it directly into the new phone. It carried over all the photo's, music, audible books, podcasts etc.
Even though the body is plastic it has a nice shape that feels good in the hand. Once you put the phone in a case that plastic body becomes a non-issue. We ended up buying four Moto-G unlocked here and we are all really happy.
1) screen size - not that much bigger than Nexus' 4.7, but the more I use it, the more I like it. 5 Inches is good for using the phone as a GPS/ watch movies and at the same time it still fits in the pocket.
2) resolution - the colors are vibrant, even though the resolution is not that great. I set it to "Auto" and it is good enough to see both in the evening and during daytime.
3) Micro SD card slot - is a beautiful thing, easy to reach on this phone, I bought a Samsung micro SD card here on Amazon, pretty inexpensive.
4) sound - using T-Mobile, I did notice that I have to set the call volume high, but I can still hear the other person clearly. Alarms/music/movies sound good.
5) Internet speeds - On T-Mobile, I mostly get H, and sometimes H+ and 3G, and pages load faster than on Nexus 4.
6) Camera - MUCH better than on Nexus 4, makes good shots even in low light conditions. Images can be a little fuzzy, but the colors are true.
7) Battery - also MUCH better than on Nexus 4, easily lasts a day with moderate/heavy use; takes 1.5 hours to get a full charge.
8) Build quality - very good, does not look/feel cheap.
9) the only thing I noticed is a tiny lag when returning to the home screen, about 1 second that it takes widgets/apps on the home screen to load.
Bottom line - for the money, this is a very good unlocked phone and an excellent value. People even mistake it for a Samsung Galaxy phone sometimes, that's how good it looks!
Update - December 21
Im still very much impressed with the phone, just wanted to add a couple of things I noticed:
1) It now takes a little longer to charge from 0 to 100% - 2 hours versus 1.5 when new;
2) The battery doesnt last as long, as when I bought it, but still close to a full day with moderate/heavy use; pages load just a bit slower;
3) The camera is really very good. I had a chance to compare it with that of the new Moto X, and Moto G's camera is definitely better, colors are true and vibrant;
4) Motorola's support is great - lately my phone was not always charging, when connected to a charger, and sometimes a call would drop, and when I called Motorola, I was able to arrange for a free replacement, prepaid mailing label and all;
I would buy it again...And of course, the fact that the phone is water-resistant is an added bonus!
I would look down my nose at my friends with their fancy smartphones (although I have to admit I was impressed with those gorgeous display screens) and pity those poor souls with their pricey contracts.
I mean when ya got down to it I had all I needed for cheap personal communication (less than 10 bucks a month) cell phone (mainly for emergencies as I don't do a great deal of calling and occasional "where are you" queries) and wifi phone with very cheap minutes and free texting. 90% of my calls are via wifi anyway.
Yeah I had to haul around two devices...my candy bar dumbphone with its 2 inch display and that little ol Itouch (4th gen) the always impressive Swiss army knife of electronicdom.
Thus content in my old technology I swore I would never buy a smartphone.....Until...I stumbled upon review and after positive review of the Moto G 2nd Gen.
And ...I mean a pure Android experience with very little bloatware, a 5 inch screen, and a guaranteed move up to Lollipop, and an Amazon price tag of ....what??....only 179 bucks?
Did I order this thing immediately if not sooner.
I read user reviews till I was blue in the face....until...at last...convinced...I said to myself.... I'm in.
Amazon shipping was fast....the Moto G 2nd Gen arrived sooner than expected.
For some reason it didn't come with a sim card.
No problem as I took it to the TMobile kiosk at the mall and they installed the sim card (free) with my TMobile minutes in no time and my Moto G 2nd Gen was good to go.
Having been used to my dumbphones small screen I was taken aback by the vividly rich colors and sharpness of the 5 inch display on this puppy.
The Moto G feels well built and soiid and I can hold it very comfortably. And I can put in my jeans pocket and almost forget it's there.
I liked the 8 pixel camera after giving it a good work out and was pretty well pleased with the results.
I had read a lot of good things regarding the free Google Camera app so decided to download it.
I must say it turned what I would call a very nice camera into an even better one. I found the Google Camera app does better in low light than the stock camera and I really like the features including "camera blur".
As far as battery life: I have yet to get at least 24 hours with usually about 15% left. This after my routine, surfing, ebook reading, light camera use, email, gaming (Scrabble, Classic Word...not heavy duty gaming) youtube, IHeart and TuneIn radio, wifi calling and texting and vpn use at public wifi hotspots. Mostly I keep screen brightness at or below 50% and use battery saver.
I could go on and on about this smartphone but all I can say is that I like it very much and am glad I now continue with the my less than 10 bucks a month personal commuicatioon using TMobile prepaid minutes and wifi phone (Text Me app) in one, user friendly , efficient and sexy device with all the bells and whistles I need and then some at a bargain of a price.
The $179 Moto G 2nd gen is one heck of a deal.
One other thing: don't waste your money on screen protectors.
The Moto G 2nd gen comes with gorilla glass which takes an awful lot of effort to scratch. Check out the gorilla glass tests on youtube.
UPDATE: 5/11/15 After several months as an owner of this phone I am quite pleased.
Also didn't realize just how much I enjoy listening to the FM radio app that is included with the phone. Very good reception.
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I was concerned about storage because my previous phone had so much more. So far, I have installed several average-sized apps without any issues. I will not use this phone for games because they take up so much space. Instead, I have a tablet for those.
Very pleased with shipping time as well. Would recommend.
Sin embargo, me hubiera gustado que lo hubieran protegido mejor, sobre todo porque venía de importación y eso significa que en el transcurso se va aplastar, aventar, etc. Era la caja de motorola donde cabe justamente, por lo que el celualar no tenía daños, pero como solo venía en un empaque plastico, las esquinas y en general la caja se veía algo aplastada y maltratada.