2014 is expected to be the year of the low-cost smartphone which doesn’t compromise on quality, a trend started by the Nexus lineup of devices, and furthered by devices like the Moto X and Moto G. The Moto G is a great example of a smartphone that features everything people need, without putting a strain on the wallet. You won’t see dazzling specifications that compete with the latest high-end devices, but that’s not something all consumers look for, and the very affordable price tag more than makes up for any shortcomings.
To help you get the most out of your smartphone, be it for protection or convenience, we’ll be roundup up some of the best accessories for the Motorola Moto G. Let’s get started!
While the customization available with the Moto G aren’t as extensive as what is available with the Moto X, in the case of the smaller smartphone, you have the option of numerous replaceable back covers in varying colors, and different features, that are called Shells. The purpose of these back covers isn’t protection, so if you’re worried about dropping your phone often, you’re better off picking up a protective case (see below). If you’re hoping to stand out in a crowd, Shells are definitely what you’re looking for. Here’s a list of the type of shells available for the Moto G.
As explained above, Shells are replaceable back covers for the Moto G, and Color Shells are exactly what the names suggests, back covers that are available in different colors. Color options include chalk, violet, royal blue, turquoise, lemon lime, and cherry (vivid red). Available from Amazon and directly from Motorola for $14.99.
Unlike the Color Shells, Flip Shells feature a flip cover that helps to protect the display of the smartphone. The strong and thick textured cover includes magnets that turn the screen off when it is closed, and on when open, and also features a cutout for the earpiece, allowing you to talk on the phone while the cover is closed. The Flip Shells are available in numerous color options as well, with the additional choice of black, along with all the colors that are available with Color Shells. Available from Amazon and directly from Motorola for $29.99.
The Grip Shell, as the name suggests, features a rubberized material that makes it easy to grip, and all covers the sides and the back the smartphone, including a slightly raised bezel around the front, to provide protection against accidental bumps and spills. It is definitely bulkier than the Flip Shell, but provides better overall device protection as well. Color options include chalk, black, lemon lime, royal blue, and cherry. Grip Shells are available from Motorola for $19.99.
Otterbox Commuter Case
Otterbox is well known for its ultra-protective cases for smartphones. Unlike the heavy duty Defender cases, the Commuter series offers the perfect compromise between protection and form factor. The case features dual layer protection, silicone plugs to cover all ports, and easy access to to all buttons. If you’re worried about dropping your device often, the Otterbox Commuter will provide more than enough protection. Multiple color options include black/black, white/gunmetal grey, sun yellow/black (pictured above), ocean/admiral, and powder grey/blaze pink. Buy now on Amazon for $33.48.
Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit Case
The Cruzerlite Bugdroid Circuit cases are made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, and adds practically no bulk to the device. A raised bezel around the front of the phone protects the screen while face down. Precise cutouts allow easy access to all ports, while the buttons are covered, but still easy to press. The Bugdroid Circuit is available in numerous color options, including black, blue, orange, pink, and purple to name a few. Buy now on Amazon for $12.90.
The iLLumiShield screen protectors offer crystal clear visibility without sacrificing protection. These protectors are designed from high quality PET film that is a treated, hard coated surface which is scratch and damage resistant. Installing the screen protector is quick and easy and the non-sticky adhesive will not leave residue when removed. iLLumiShield protectors also come lifetime replacements. Also included with the pack is an installation squeegee and a lint-free cloth. These screen protectors also come with lifetime replacements. Buy now on Amazon for $3.95.
The Skinomi Techskin screen protector is made from clear thermoplastic urethane film, the same film that is used to protect military aircrafts and NASA space shuttles. It has the ability to resist high levels of abrasion, making it the ultimate protector for your device. The screen guard is easy to apply, and peels off easily as well, without leaving any residue. The Skinomi Techskin screen protector also comes with lifetime replacements. Buy now on Amazon for $6.95.
iTalkonline Super Cube Universal Desk and Car Mount
The Cube all-in-one holder/stand is suitable as both a desk cradle and a car mount, and can be adjusted to hold your device at virtually any angle, whether fixed to your windscreen, dashboard or desk surface. Simply twist the cube along the split line down the middle of the holder, with the smooth twisting mechanism allowing for easy adjustment. Comes with an additional adhesive pad for use as a car mount, so that the holder can easily be removed. Any dust and dirt the adhesive pads pick up, that may affect the adhesive quality, can easily be removed by washing the holder. Buy now on Amazon for $15.11.
The FLOUREON external battery pack uses reliable Samsung battery cells (4×2600 mAh) that ensures quality, and promises more than 500 charge cycles during the course of its life. The battery pack features a torch for outside use, and LED indicators to show how much charge the pack has left. With dual USB ports, you can charge two devices simultaneously. This is also one of the cheapest battery extension packs available with a similar capacity. Buy now on Amazon for $28.99.
Limeade Blast 15,600 mAh
Limeade Blast is one of the best battery extension packs available, considering that it provides a whopping 15,600 mAh capacity. The Limeade battery pack can be used to charge two devices simultaneously, and holds more than enough juice to charge the battery of your smartphone multiple times. Also includes a built-in safety flashlight, and 4 LED indicators to show level of charge. Buy now on Amazon for $49.99.
This accessory isn’t specific to the Moto G, but is applicable for anyone who uses earphones with their smartphones. The Nest is an earbud case/earphone holder and winder that protects your earbud-style headphones from tangling and damage. It features a high-quality silicone construction, that makes it soft, flexible, durable, and is compact and can fit in your pocket. This holder keeps earpieces, mics, and cables (up to 48-inches long) protected, and the earphones can be removed instantly and tangle free with just one pull. This is definitely a very useful accessory to have. Available in multiple color options, including green, blue, and pink. Buy now on Amazon for $9.99.