Moto G Review: What Do You Have to Give Up to Make Such an Inexpensive Smartphone?
Even with Google’s strategy of forgoing profit on hardware in order to boost Android market share, there’s no such thing as a free ride — even with the best budget smartphone money can buy. To get the Moto G price tag all the way down to $179, Motorola had to make some compromises. Fortunately, they’re in areas where most people won’t notice, but there are some areas where this cheap smartphone cuts corners that could impact power users. Among them:
- The Snapdragon 400 CPU is not as powerful as alternatives such as the Snapdragon 800.
- There is no LTE.
- The primary camera is a 5MP model (8 to 12MP is more common on flagship devices).
- Storage is just 8GB and there’s no SD card expansion.
- The HD display is 720p resolution (instead of 1080p).