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Motorola Moto G (1st Generation) - Black - 16GB - Global GSM Unlocked Phone
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- US Compatibility: All GSM Networks including AT&T and (2G) T-Mobile
- Optimized to work with 3G (UMTS/HSPA+) networks when roaming outside the US. Only supports 2G coverage on T-Mobile.
- 4.5 inch 720p HD TFT display, 5MP rear camera, plus front facing camera
- Quad-core 1.2GHz processor with 450MHz graphics processor
- This product ships with a USB charger only (no wall adapter included).)
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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.
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|Camera Description||Primary: 5 MP, 2592 ? 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Features: Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama, Video: 720p@30fps, stereo sound rec., HDR|Secondary: 1.3 MP||8.0||5 MP||5 MP||8 MP||5 MP|
|Screen Size||11.43 cm||5 in||4.5 in||4.5 in||5 in||4 in|
|Item Dimensions||0.46 x 5.11 x 2.59 in||2.83 x 5.69 x 0.35 in||2.59 x 5.11 x 0.46 in||0.46 x 2.6 x 5.1 in||2.78 x 3.23 x 5.57 in||3.25 x 5 x 2 in|
|Item Weight||5.04 ounces||4.83 ounces||5.08 ounces||5 ounces||5.26 ounces||0.65 lb|
|Operating System||Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.4 (KitKat)||android 6.0||Android||Android||Android||Android|
Motorola Moto G (1st Generation) - Black - 16GB - Global GSM Unlocked Phone
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great speed using apps
great battery usage time
99% pure andoid experience
$200 price tag
TMobile installed a new sim for free - it took 2 minutes.
7 mbps 3G versus 21 mbps LTE *yawn* - this could be slower (2G) in some TMo markets
2.4 GHz wifi only - no 5GHz *yawn*
note: buy a decent case - the plastic back needs love in case of a drop. It upgraded to KitKat 4.4.2 within minutes of turning it on.
First, it is a completely clean Android phone. No extra shells, no goofy interfaces, just plain Android. The Google Play store has apps for everything I need, or want. And every app I have tried works. (Disclaimer -- I don't use/buy/have a ton of apps, but have yet to find one that did not work.) I like the flexibility of the Android OS, compared to Apple iOS (my previous phone was an iPhone 4s, which served me well.)
Second, the phone is totally "factory" unlocked. This allows me to choose the carrier that I want, without contract, and change when I want. In the US, I use ATT; since the phone is unlocked, there is no contract required. And it is global -- I recently took it with me to Europe (Netherlands, Italy, and Austria.) In Austria, for example, I stopped at a small bookstore. For 10 euros ($14) I could buy a SIM card with 1GB data, 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, good for 30 days. After installing the SIM and activating it online, the phone came up and worked perfectly. This flexibility is great, and saves a lot of money compared to using a US carrier's global services.
Physically, it is nice and solid. I like the size -- fits in most pockets, but the display is significantly bigger than the iPhone 4s. The display is very, very sharp. I can read it in sunlight when needed -- and the colors are true and bright. The case is smooth, almost slick, so I added a plastic/rubber case after a week. The buttons are small, but nicely placed. Battery life is as good as the iPhone 4s was. I have no complaints about the camera, but I do carry a small digital camera when I know I will be taking a lot of pictures.
The only downside is that there is nothing quite like iTunes available for Android, and it took a lot for me to adapt.
Thanks for reading! Again, I really like this phone!
One big attraction for this model was the 16GB internal storage. Many of these low budget smartphone makers are paring it down to 8GB which leaves only 5GB available after the space taken by the OS. Some of them further handicapp you by splitting that 5GB into phone storage and internal storage of which only 1 or 2 GB is actually available to put apps, music, photos, data etc. Yes, some of these phones have an SD card slot but newer versions of Android block you from putting many of these on the card. The phone makers appear to be clueless about this. The 16GB in this phone should be enough for more basic users who are the most likely buyers of this kind of budget device. Overall, we are pretty pleased.
Compared it to a Moto X for a few days. It's not exactly a fair comparison given the large price difference, but thought it might be helpful to some. The Moto X is a bit faster when browsing and scrolling--it's noticeable. What is more noticeable is that the Moto X's display has better contrast--whites are much whiter and blacks are blacker. That said, the Moto G's display is sharp and doesn't look bad, except when compared to a top-end phone. I found the Moto G easier to use one-handed b/c of the slightly smaller screen, and more comfortable to hold, because of slightly greater thickness around the edges. Returned the Moto X and kept the Moto G.
I had a curious problem after the Kit Kat update: the icon for answering calls didn't display when a call came in, making it impossible to answer calls! Called Motorola Customer Care, who tried everything. In the end, a factory reset did the trick. Apparently, some part of Kit Kat did not install properly the first time around.
All in all, I am very happy with the phone.