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Moto G: Hands-on the World's Best Smartphone at $179

By , Jane McEntegart - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments
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The Moto G isn't the fastest phone in the world, but its price gives it an edge few others can even come close to.

Motorola today announced the Moto G, which quickly and easily claimed the title of being the world's best smartphone at under $200. The entry-level 8 GB model is just $179 while the 16 GB model is $199. These prices are for off-contract, unlocked phones sold through Motorola; carriers will have their own pricing according to plans and markets.

Today at Google Toronto, we got to go hands-on with Motorola's Moto G phone. The Moto G will actually be launching in Canada this month, ahead of the U.S. release in January 2014. In Canada, Telus and its flanker brand Koodo will be selling the 8 GB model for $200 with no contract commitment required.

Check out our hands-on videos below:

Moto G Hardware

Moto G Hardware Hands-on

[UPDATE: due to a miscommunication, the battery capacity of the Moto G is a more down-to-earth 2070 mAh.]

Moto G Android 4.3 Software

Moto G Software Hands-on

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    LordConrad , November 13, 2013 10:11 AM
    Please stop encoding your videos in Adobe Flash, most phones and tablets no longer support it.
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    LordConrad , November 13, 2013 10:11 AM
    Please stop encoding your videos in Adobe Flash, most phones and tablets no longer support it.
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    clonazepam , November 13, 2013 10:24 AM
    Good job, Jane. If I had one criticism though, it'd be to avoid using the word "cheap" and try something like "inexpensive". For some, cheap comes across as negative. Cheers
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    Marcus Yam , November 13, 2013 10:32 AM
    For the Flash challenged, here are the same videos from our YouTube channel:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzrl83IHqDA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjZCIXv01Ik
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    JD88 , November 13, 2013 10:56 AM
    Makes you wonder why the Moto X does not have a removable back cover that can be changed out.

    Very nice phone.
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    frillybob101 , November 13, 2013 11:17 AM
    Smart phones use non ionizing radiation your fine guys...
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    nitrium , November 13, 2013 11:33 AM
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    Please stop encoding your videos in Adobe Flash, most phones and tablets no longer support it.

    By "most" I guess you really meant to say "Apple"?.
    For those using Android just DL and install the .apk from Adobe's website: http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html
    Flash video working fine on my Nexus 7 (2013) running Firefox.
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    Innocent_Bystander , November 13, 2013 11:38 AM
    " "smartphones" are prone to cancer"... uh-oh... I think my Lumia is up for her yearly checkup....
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    schultzter , November 13, 2013 12:25 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Please stop encoding your videos in Adobe Flash, most phones and tablets no longer support it.

    ... install the .apk from Adobe's website...


    You forgot the lengthy explanation of how to enable installation of 3rd party APK's. Flash on mobile is dead and on the desktop it's dying, HTML5 is the new king!
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    _Cosmin_ , November 13, 2013 12:28 PM
    Oh Jane! With all those ugly dots it is hard to focus on the phone... and audio is really "underground". Get an mic and hide it between those dots (so we can really hear you not the crowd around!
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    JMcEntegart , November 13, 2013 5:41 PM
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    Oh Jane! With all those ugly dots it is hard to focus on the phone... and audio is really "underground". Get an mic and hide it between those dots (so we can really hear you not the crowd around!


    Sorry about the noise! We didn't anticipate it being so noisy at the Google offices and they wouldn't let us leave the room to find a quiet spot to shoot the video.

    Also, don't rag on the dots! I happen to like this dress!
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    homs tardware , November 13, 2013 6:30 PM
    That audio was so terribe. C'mon as a professional blog you always should be prepared. The quality of video and audio is going downhill, seems no one cares about production value and the viewer's retention. Always come prepared. Noisy office? no excuse. Really looked to hear about this product, but cut the video off after 40 seconds. Tighten up!
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    JD88 , November 13, 2013 7:07 PM
    Not sure why all the hate on this one. Tom's was actually as fast as anyone with this story and had very good coverage. Lots of "first look" tech videos are shot in noisy rooms with lots of people around. I didn't think the quality was that bad.

    This is much better reporting than the paraphrased, 2 day old CNET articles we get from Kevin and others that write here.

    Attacking someone subjectively on what they are wearing is low also, so I say stop trolling and give credit when it's earned.

    Nice work to Jane and Marcus.
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    BranFlake5 , November 13, 2013 7:33 PM
    Only 20 Dollars for 8GB more storage, finally trending below the typical 50.
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    nuvon , November 13, 2013 9:03 PM
    Don't worry, if cell phone can cause cancer, I am sure those teenagers (girls especially) would get it first.
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    agnickolov , November 15, 2013 1:28 AM
    Hmm, Nokia's entry level Lumia 520/521 smartphones are quite cheaper than that. MSRP of $150 and you can find them on sale sometimes for as low as $70, typically around $100.
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    JD88 , November 15, 2013 7:02 AM
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    Hmm, Nokia's entry level Lumia 520/521 smartphones are quite cheaper than that. MSRP of $150 and you can find them on sale sometimes for as low as $70, typically around $100.


    The specs aren't even in the same league as the G though. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent budget phone, but this is a mid range phone for a budget price.
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    _Cosmin_ , November 16, 2013 2:13 PM
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    Sorry about the noise! We didn't anticipate it being so noisy at the Google offices and they wouldn't let us leave the room to find a quiet spot to shoot the video.

    Also, don't rag on the dots! I happen to like this dress!


    Well cut out all dots and we will like it too... as for the sound (you can always do a "studio" recording and re-aply it on video.