1. Scott7217's Avatar
    So, what will the Moto G be competing against in the marketplace?

    I would cite the Samsung Galaxy Express as a contender. Amazon has it on sale for $199.99. It has LTE, microSD for expandable storage, and a removable battery. On the downside, it has a lower resolution screen (480 x 800), a dual-core processor, and the display does not have Gorilla Glass. (Some people may not like the TouchWiz software on it, either.) It's also locked to AT&T, which doesn't help people who want to bring it to T-Mobile in the US.

    Can you name another contender to the Moto G?
    12-11-2013 05:21 PM
  2. BuffOrange's Avatar
    Honestly I think the Nokia 521 is about the only thing that is close for the price. At least that's what I would've gone with for my parents if the G didn't come out. Don't really see much else for Android.
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    12-12-2013 08:35 AM
  3. Ry's Avatar
    Competition on the big four will come from pre-paid phones like the LG Optimus F3, Nokia 520, Nokia 521, Nokia Lumia 710, Samsung Galaxy Express, Samsung Galaxy Legend, and the carrier-branded devices OEMs like ZTE and Huawei make.

    It gets interesting when you compare the Moto G to the ~$200 phones on the prepaid carriers like Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, and Cricket - if Motorola takes their CDMA variant beyond Verizon.

    Virgin Mobile: HTC Desire, Samsung Galaxy Victory
    Boost Mobile: LG Optimus L7, Boost Warp 4G, LG Mach
    Cricket: Samsung Galaxy Admire 2, HTC One SV, ZTE Source
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    12-12-2013 11:13 AM
  4. Scott7217's Avatar
    Honestly I think the Nokia 521 is about the only thing that is close for the price. At least that's what I would've gone with for my parents if the G didn't come out. Don't really see much else for Android.
    I did a quick search on Amazon, and it looks like they're selling the Nokia 521 on T-Mobile USA for around $80 right now. At that price, the Nokia 521 is easily an impulse buy. It wasn't too long ago that you could only get a feature phone (and not a full smartphone) at that price.
    12-15-2013 07:38 PM
  5. Scott7217's Avatar
    Competition on the big four will come from pre-paid phones like the LG Optimus F3, Nokia 520, Nokia 521, Nokia Lumia 710, Samsung Galaxy Express, Samsung Galaxy Legend, and the carrier-branded devices OEMs like ZTE and Huawei make.

    It gets interesting when you compare the Moto G to the ~$200 phones on the prepaid carriers like Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, and Cricket - if Motorola takes their CDMA variant beyond Verizon.
    Thanks for the list! That was very comprehensive! I have a feeling that Motorola could put the Moto G on every carrier in the US, and that will get regular people (not just tech fans) used to seeing the Motorola name again. We'll probably have a lot of people getting a Moto G as their first smartphone. If they like the experience, there will be a greater chance that they will choose another Motorola smartphone when they upgrade in the future.

    Also, I've been thinking that parents could give the Moto G to their children as an alternative to the iPod Touch for playing games. You could probably operate the Moto G strictly on wifi, and a $200 Moto G is very competitive with a 16 GB iPod Touch in terms of price.
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    12-15-2013 07:51 PM
  6. doomtuba's Avatar
    Honestly there really isn't good competition in the Android world. The biggest competition is coming from Nokia like others have said. Even though the 520's screen is only 800x480, like you said, it is almost half the cost and includes MicroSD, which is important to a lot of people. I'm interested to see how Nokia refreshes their 520/620/720 Lumias when WP8.1 comes out. I have a Moto G and a Lumia 1020 so I like to see both of them do well
    12-15-2013 11:37 PM
  7. mrsmumbles's Avatar
    There's the latest HTC Desire on Virgin Mobile. It looks very good but I have no experience of it.

    Sent from my LG870 via Tapatalk 2
    12-16-2013 12:10 AM
  8. Ry's Avatar
    Thanks for the list! That was very comprehensive! I have a feeling that Motorola could put the Moto G on every carrier in the US, and that will get regular people (not just tech fans) used to seeing the Motorola name again. We'll probably have a lot of people getting a Moto G as their first smartphone. If they like the experience, there will be a greater chance that they will choose another Motorola smartphone when they upgrade in the future.
    I doubt Motorola would put this on as a post-paid option for the big guys. It would have to automatically have to be the free phone. And the ETF would start at $350?! Ouch. It doesn't have LTE so that rules out Verizon post-paid.

    Would love to see Best Buy and Fry's stock the US GSM model of this phone.

    Also, I've been thinking that parents could give the Moto G to their children as an alternative to the iPod Touch for playing games. You could probably operate the Moto G strictly on wifi, and a $200 Moto G is very competitive with a 16 GB iPod Touch in terms of price.
    I never understood taking a cellular device and using it as a Wi-Fi-only, iPod touch like device though. If games was my primary reason for a handheld device, I would have an iPod touch.
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    12-16-2013 10:55 AM
  9. ZingyTheRobot's Avatar
    Clearly none of the posters here own a Moto G because none of the phones listed as potential competition to the Moto G come close in terms of spec vs price. To get this spec vs price on any other phone, you would have to pay much more, FACT!

    BR

    Zingy
    12-16-2013 04:02 PM
  10. Ry's Avatar
    Clearly none of the posters here own a Moto G because none of the phones listed as potential competition to the Moto G come close in terms of spec vs price. To get this spec vs price on any other phone, you would have to pay much more, FACT!

    BR

    Zingy
    Uh. That's the point of listing those phones. People in this market are likely going to shop on price first. Everything from $50 to $250 off-contract/full-retail needs to be compared to the $180/$200 Moto G.
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    12-16-2013 04:10 PM
  11. thatguy97's Avatar
    I think the omisiion of LTE isn't that big of a deal anyway unless you require 1080p video everywhere you go

    Sent from my Nexus 7 2013
    12-16-2013 05:33 PM
  12. UJ95x's Avatar
    I think the omisiion of LTE isn't that big of a deal anyway unless you require 1080p video everywhere you go

    Sent from my Nexus 7 2013
    It doesn't have a 1080p display, so that's not why...

    Posted via Android Central App
    12-16-2013 05:39 PM
  13. thatguy97's Avatar
    Well you get the point 3G is still moderaltly fast depending on your area

    Sent from my Nexus 7 2013
    12-16-2013 05:50 PM
  14. UJ95x's Avatar
    Well you get the point 3G is still moderaltly fast depending on your area

    Sent from my Nexus 7 2013
    I thought it still had HSPA+

    Posted via Android Central App
    12-16-2013 06:08 PM
  15. Connervt's Avatar
    HSPA+ is 3G.
    12-16-2013 06:44 PM
  16. UJ95x's Avatar
    HSPA+ is 3G.
    HSPA is 3G, HSPA+ is 4G

    Posted via Android Central App
    12-16-2013 07:25 PM
  17. Ry's Avatar
    Depends on AT&T and T-Mobile's definitions.

    Posted via Android Central App
    12-16-2013 07:30 PM
  18. Connervt's Avatar
    HSPA is 3G, HSPA+ is 4G

    Posted via Android Central App
    Sorry, but HSPA+ is a 3GPP technical standard. It is definitely 3G, regardless of how AT&T marketed it.

    LTE wasn't even a fully 4G standard, until 3GPP decided to include it into 4G, being almost fast enough (and for it taking to long to reach the speeds they defined for 4G).

    For those on Straight Talk/Net 10, we've just seen a carrier release 15.7, which the only change was to accurately display "3G" instead of "4G" on iPhones when in HSPA+. AT&T was overriding the 3G icon, so people wouldn't be upset seeing 3G on their phone.

    HSPA+ Wiki
    LTE Wiki
    ST/Net10 Carrier Release 15.7 discussion
    12-17-2013 08:23 PM
  19. UJ95x's Avatar
    Sorry, but HSPA+ is a 3GPP technical standard. It is definitely 3G, regardless of how AT&T marketed it.

    LTE wasn't even a fully 4G standard, until 3GPP decided to include it into 4G, being almost fast enough (and for it taking to long to reach the speeds they defined for 4G).

    For those on Straight Talk/Net 10, we've just seen a carrier release 15.7, which the only change was to accurately display "3G" instead of "4G" on iPhones when in HSPA+. AT&T was overriding the 3G icon, so people wouldn't be upset seeing 3G on their phone.

    HSPA+ Wiki
    LTE Wiki
    ST/Net10 Carrier Release 15.7 discussion
    I'm not going by what the official definition is, I'm going by what the carriers market it as. HSPA+ is faster than HSPA either way

    Posted via Android Central App
    12-17-2013 08:58 PM
  20. Scott7217's Avatar
    Uh. That's the point of listing those phones. People in this market are likely going to shop on price first. Everything from $50 to $250 off-contract/full-retail needs to be compared to the $180/$200 Moto G.
    I would agree. We're talking about potential customers where even $20 makes a difference, so that's why Motorola is releasing a cheaper model at $180.
    12-17-2013 09:59 PM
  21. nessinhaw's Avatar
    it doesent have 4G because this phone is aimed at markets like my country (Brazil) where 4G is a dream and 3G is crap...also pplz here has a lot of need for dual-sim, fm radio and a good/cheap phone!

    Motorola delivered just that!

    here, this phone is considered rly rly awesome and is selling a lot lol

    well, Moto G lauch was here in Brazil, so i guess you can figure XD

    sent from my Moto G <3
    mrsmumbles and Ry like this.
    12-17-2013 11:16 PM

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