Motorola Moto G - Global GSM - Unlocked - 16GB (Black)
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|Voice / Text||2G Data||3G Data||4G LTE Data|
- 2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
- 4.5-inch IPS LCD Capacitive Multi-Touchscreen w/ Protective Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Android v4.3 JellyBean (upgradable), Quad-Core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 Processor, Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 4, Adreno 305 Graphics
- 5 Megapixel Camera (2592 x 1940 pixels) w/ Autofocus & LED Flash + Front-Facing 1.3 Megapixel Camera
- Internal Memory: 16GB, 1GB RAM
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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.
Motorola Moto G (1st Generation) - Black - 16GB - Global GSM Unlocked Phone
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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!
Let me start with the Pros:
- I'm a heavy gamer (Candy Crush, Simpsons Tapped Out, Flintstones Bring Back Bedrock etc.) I have about 45 game apps, runs smoothly multi-tasking.
- Mediocre camera; takes a while to snap a picture and save it. Make sure you hold still for 3-5 seconds before moving.
- Disabled a lot of their bloatware to save space. With about 100 apps installed, I still have roughly 7gb of free space left.
- Have not experienced any problem with phone calls. It's clear. The speaker/volume are great.
- The keyboard for texting, most of the time it will load up perfectly when it detect I need to type. On rare occasions the keyboard wouldn't pop-up automatically, but it's ok, I just close the app and do it again.
- Before I bought the wall charger I thought the phone 'died' when the battery drained out and wouldn't charge up again when I charge through the USB that came with the phone. Learned that I need a higher volt power output to get it working. Fixed that.
- After a year and a half, things start falling apart. It soft-bricked on me 3x. Searched the solution, tried to fix it. It worked again, but the problem continued to occur.
- Until yesterday it died again. This time it's not soft-bricked, so I can't just factory reset it using the power & volume button. Usually when the battery drained and you press the power button the LED light would flash 3x to let you know it's out of battery. Now I only get 1 flash when I plug it in the wall charger. It's a sign telling me it detected that it is plugged in the USB. I let it sit for a while, but noticed nothing happened. It doesn't charge anymore. Found a video online, about removing the mounted battery and charging the device, but I have yet to try the method. For now, I don't have the equipment to unscrew the battery cover. Will update when I try this method.
- If you are going to buy this, just make sure you never let the battery drain. It usually goes down to 14% and give a warning. I assume there are still 14% left, but it really means it will die in 1-5 minutes depending on what app I'm using.
I know it had been through a lot. Having used it for over 1.5 years, maybe it's time for me to get a new one, but I won't purchase Motorola again. The phone is great if you use it for simple things and not a heavy gamer.