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Motorola’s assault on the budget-friendly Android phone market continues: The Moto G with LTE is now available for $219 off-contract, providing a capable experience at one-third the price of a flagship handset.

Moto G

Announced last month, Motorola is now selling the Moto G handset in an LTE edition for $219 off-contract as noted by Android Authority. The phone is essentially the same as the original $179 Moto G, adding support for faster LTE networks. At this price, the Moto G provides perhaps the best bang for buck if you’re looking for a capable Android phone.

I’m basing that statement on my usage of the Moto G as we called it the best budget phone money can buy in our January review. No, apps on the Moto G won’t run quite as fast as those on a new Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 or HTC One M8. But those phones all cost nearly three times as much. You can have a very capable Android smartphone experience for much less as evidenced by the Moto G. And it runs the latest version of Android, which is 4.4.3; few phones can currently say the same.

Moto G Android

Providing that experience is a mid-range 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1 GB of RAM. The 4.5-inch display may sound disappointing at 720p resolution, but that works out to 329 pixels per inch, a smidge higher than the iPhone 5s in the pixel density department. The 5 megapixel camera isn’t superb but it’s passable for a phone at this price.

If you opt for the LTE version, which costs $40 more than the HSPA edition, you’ll only get 8 GB of internal storage. The non-LTE model is available in both an 8- and 16 GB version. You can add up to 32 GB of additional storage through a microSD card, however. Also of note: You won’t get the 50 GB of free Google Drive storage that comes with the older model.

There are plenty of low-cost online storage options available however, so I’d trade up to the faster mobile broadband service. The Moto G with LTE can be ordered in either black or white directly through Motorola and works on AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks in the U.S.

  1. anything like this (budget concious) available for Verizon LTE?

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  2. Actually, i bought an Alacatel 4G LTE fone from T-Mobile for less than that. Had to add a card to get storage but …. . It is only on 4.2.2 so it is not the cheapest on the most current. I don’t car. It is a fone. I have tablets when i wanna use apps. or read.

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  3. I got one of these Moto G LTE phones on June 7 after preordering from Amazon in May. I only have 1 complaint about it: the lower bezel area (below the display area) has plenty enough area for the 3 navigation buttons (back/home/menu), but they are ABSENT on this model. HUGE design “miss” by Motorola. Instead, they are virtual software keys that take up the lower part of the already smallish (less than 5 inch) display area. But other than that, I still recommend this phone, for those who use T-Mobile prepaid like me, and need to upgrade to a decent Android smartphone. Buttery smooth Kitkat, micro USB in center of bottom edge, and micro SD slot more than make up for the aforementioned design shortcoming.

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    1. Could anybody, who has bought US LTE version of moto G, try to set up connection of LTE in another countries? i need to know – will this phone work in band 7 LTE (wich is popular in other countries).
      you can answer to my twi.

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      1. Vlad, I don’t have the phone to try it but the official Moto product page shows LTE support as such: 4G LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 17 (1900, 1700, 850, 700 MHz). No band 7 according to that.

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