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Moto G2 to feature mostly the same innards, but will include an upgraded camera

The Motorola Moto G was introduced late last year as a low-cost (off-contract) smartphone. Offering up a 4.5” 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and 16GB of internal storage, the phone offered quite a bit of value for its $179 price tag. Motorola upped the ante in May by introducing an LTE version of the Moto G for $219.

Is this the new Moto G2?
Now, according to a new leak, the successor to the Moto G will be soon upon us. The so-called Moto G2 will reportedly retain its Snapdragon 400 processor and 720p screen resolution. However, the phone gains dual-SIM capabilities and an 8MP rear shooter (up from 5MP). It’s also possible that LTE functionality might be included at the $179 price point instead of the current $40 upsell.
In other Motorola news, the Moto X is currently be offering with up to $75 in instant discounts via the by using the code “MBXISMOT” on the Moto Maker website. The discount takes $50 off the price of 16GB model and $75 off 32GB and 64GB models. That means that the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB Moto X will now run you $299.99, $324.99, and $374.99 respectively.

The Moto X promotion expires on July 23.

Moto X

Sources: Phone Arena, Motorola Moto Maker

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Enjoying my Moto G
By Aloonatic on 7/21/2014 1:34:15 PM , Rating: 5
I have only just found out about this phone after I had to replace my Xperia Z with a cracked screen (that Sony refused to repair, even though they have a fault in them that causes these cracks) and it's great.

What I really like is that it's stock Android for once, and that it's not on a carrier. Motorola seem to be happy to keep their bundled apps light and there being no carrier nonsense is great too.

For the price, this phone is great. It is as good as my Xperial Z, baring the screen size I suppose, but that's about all I'd give my Xperia. My Moto G is faster, sleeker and easier to use and does all that I need it too with no slow down or major lagging.

Well done Motorola, I hope that other manufacturers take note and go this route too. No need for contract phones in the future perhaps, unless you want the latest bragging rights of course.

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By Brandon Hill on 7/21/2014 1:43:13 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I'm thinking about getting one for my wife. She dropped her iPhone 5 (she was using a full case) about 5 months ago and the screen broke. I paid $50 to get a new screen from eBay and and fixed it myself.

Two months later...

She dropped it again. So I paid another $40 (prices dropped thankfully) and replaced the screen again. Was working fine for a few weeks, now the screen acts wonky sometimes and repeats the "A" key when she hits it.

I'm tempted to just buy her a cheap Moto G or a Moto E, given her propensity for accidents.

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By hughlle on 7/21/2014 2:15:37 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe it was cheaper for a reason? let the fight inside your head commence.

Personally, i'd repair it or get her a new phone, but tell her that's it. My partner is of a kleptomaniacs dream, be it a zippo or an iphone, i had to put my foot down and say i'll help where i can but next ones on you. This is exactly why i have kept hold of my original HTC desire, emergency loan phone she knows she has to replace if lost (that and as old and obsolete as it is in the technology world, i love it)

History has rather taught me not to buy her expensive things of a pocketable size.

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By Samus on 7/21/2014 2:15:45 PM , Rating: 3
I think that's why the industry loves iPhones, because carriers know it's a phone that most likely won't survive the length of your contract, and vendors know they'll have the opportunity to fix it.

It's just ridiculous how fragile they are. I'm still using a 4S and haven't broken it, but I remember when I got a iPhone 4 and heard it snap as I sat down just a week into owning it. The screen cracked right in my pocket.

When I compare this to the abuse I put a Galaxy SIII through (multiple drops, especially while taking photo's) it makes the Galaxy look like a tank. But it was overall a pretty crappy phone lol.

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By MozeeToby on 7/21/2014 2:35:41 PM , Rating: 2
It's ironic that so many of the things that are universally perceived as high build quality increase the chance of damage in a fall. Light weight. Stiff frame. Monolithic construction. They all serve to transfer the force around the phone very efficiently.

The cheap, flexible plastic that the Galaxy phones have, on the other hand, flexes just a fraction of a millimeter. Enough to feel cheaper in the hand but also enough to cushion a blow just enough to keep the gorilla glass from shattering.

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By aliasfox on 7/21/2014 2:30:20 PM , Rating: 2
At that rate, I'd just stock up on something like a Nokia 520/521 for $59. Maybe AT&T/T-Mobile/MS will give you a discount if you order in bulk?

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By Reclaimer77 on 7/21/14, Rating: -1
RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By Vertigo2000 on 7/21/2014 4:55:17 PM , Rating: 2
lol... I bought my wife Nokia 520... one for myself too. The first brand new phones we ever bought. We just don't use our cells all that often, but still have a need for them on occassion. For the price I paid and for what we use them for, I think they're great.

I still love her and she still loves me. I think. No, she does. Definitely. Maybe. I'll look into it and get back to you.

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By Reclaimer77 on 7/22/14, Rating: 0
RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By quiksilvr on 7/21/2014 5:24:32 PM , Rating: 2
Might I suggest getting her one of these to protect her phone from more drops:

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By JDHammer on 7/22/2014 12:46:28 PM , Rating: 2
hehe, i have a GS3 and a hard shell cover on the back and i've dropped it more than 10 times in the 2 year span i've had the phone and not one scratch on the screen. The hard shell cover is starting to dry rot and crack, other than that, the phone still looks new.

I wonder if Samsung used a different kind of glass than apple did?

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By CrystalBay on 7/21/2014 2:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
I love my MOTO X and all of it functions !

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By Omega215D on 7/21/2014 7:06:40 PM , Rating: 2
I've had a Moto X as a backup phone to my HTC One M8 for a while but before that it was my primary phone with my Droid Razr M acting as a backup. Those Motorola phones have a nice solid build to them, even the budget models. I've dropped my Razr M a couple of times and very little damage was done to the casing and none to the screen. The signal and voice quality is top notch as well, and while not the greatest the camera is pretty high quality especially after the update (though 4.4.2 did cause my Razr M to act weird).

I would love to get my hands on the next gen Moto X or Moto G especially if it has dual front speakers (I don't like plugging in headphones just to watch youtube videos while lying on the couch or on my bed). Sure I have my One M8 but when that's on the charger the Moto can be used aside from should anything unfortunate happen to the M8...

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By Mumrik on 7/21/2014 11:32:13 PM , Rating: 2
The G seems to have quality issues though. Mine sure does and my internet research seemed to indicate that they were surprisingly common problems:

1) A touchscreen that at times loses touch functionality. Mostly until you turn the display off and on again, other times for several minutes.

2) I let my phone run dry because I wasn't near a charger. It appears Motorola designed a phone that actually can't take that. It took me more than a week to get it back to life repeating complex recovery rituals (no, not just holding the power button for a few minutes) over and over again and trying differently rated chargers. Again, simply because the phone was allowed to run out of charge. They said they were going to fix this common battery issue with a software patch at some point. No idea if they did.

My experience makes me not want to get another Motorola phone.

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By siberus on 7/22/2014 1:10:01 AM , Rating: 2
I know what you mean, before getting my nexus 5 i was stuck with a Canadian droid 3. 3ish months+/- after coming to Canada droid 4 comes out. droid 4 gets ics droid 3 gets stuck on ginger bread. When you buy a product and literally get 0 support it leaves a pretty nasty taste in your mouth. Also the Canadian variant of the droid 3 had slightly different internals from the American one so the community wasn't able to get working builds of ics or jellybean once they moved to kessex style roms.
The phone itself was built pretty sturdy dropped it a million times and worst it got were scuff marks. My keyboard didn't fair as well though, keys begun to not register which severely slowed down typing and forced me to embrace swype style software keyboards. I understand that Motorola has gotten better with support but at this point I'll never reward them with my money again. Learned my lesson.

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By Reclaimer77 on 7/22/2014 9:49:07 AM , Rating: 3
Learned my lesson.

So you moved out of Canada? Cool!

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By bug77 on 7/22/2014 4:14:17 AM , Rating: 2
My G has't lost touch sensitivity (yet). The only gripe I have, is the side buttons are protruding a tad too much and are a bit flimsy.
That aside, the grilles on the G2 should have been black. They used the same ones on the Moto E and they just don't fit in.

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By themaster08 on 7/22/2014 6:10:42 AM , Rating: 2
I also have a Moto G, and have never experienced the touch sensitivity issue either.

I purchased the phone as a spur of the moment thing when the screen on my main phone at the time broke. To be perfectly honest I've been very impressed with the device so far and will be my main phone for the forseeable.

As much as it pains me to say this, as I do prefer Windows Phone over Android, the Moto G offers better value than its Nokia counterparts at the same price point in terms of specs and features. The lack of a camera flash on the low-end Nokia devices really annoys me.

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By bug77 on 7/22/2014 7:02:44 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, the mere fact that I bought one (two actually) means it offered the most value. To me at least.
When I find something that this little thing won't run, but a G3 will, I may change my mind. Until then, I'm good.

RE: Enjoying my Moto G
By rpierce on 7/22/2014 1:52:14 PM , Rating: 2
I bought 4 Moto G phones 7 months ago. All 4 have worked great. The phone is responsive and I have never had a smartphone with better battery life.

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