Motorola announced its third-generation Moto G at a press event on Tuesday and the company’s budget-friendly handset has come a long way. We got a chance to spend some hands-on time with the device and came away impressed by what may be the best cheap smartphone out there.
The Moto G (2015) looks like a flagship phone. It boasts a metal design and tons of customization options thanks to Moto Maker support—though you still get more options with the flagship Moto X Pure Edition. The new Moto G is also waterproof. You can submerge it at up to one meter for 30 minutes, giving the phone a nice advantage over more expensive alternatives.
For as little as $179.99 you get all that along with some pretty solid specs. The new Moto G packs a 5-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 410 processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. It also comes with either 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage or 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, along with microSD support for both models.
When Motorola unveiled the first Moto G back in 2013 it stood out in a market full of expensive flagships and cheap plastic handsets. By now the company’s 2015 model has some real competition, though Motorola seems confident it can still offer the best overall package at this price.
The Moto G (2015) is available now around the world, and we’ll have more coverage of the new phone soon.