Contract Free: Moto G And Republic Wireless Review - HotHardware

Contract Free: Moto G And Republic Wireless Review

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When we last checked in with Republic Wireless, we found that the service itself was as advertised (inexpensive and very good), but the asterisk was the handset--the Motorola Defy XT, a decidedly midrange smartphone that was the only handset you could use with the service. Worse, the price tag was a mite steep at $249.

Subsequently, however, Republic Wireless added two handsets to the lineup that changed the game with the Motorola Moto X and Moto G. Although neither are considered particularly high-end smartphones, we found the Moto X to be a well-made device with substantial performance capabilities, and when it landed at Republic Wireless for $299, the MVNO started looking more legitimate.

Still, $299 is a lot of scratch to drop up front, so Republic Wireless brought the significantly less expensive Moto G to the family, too. The Moto G costs you just $149; that’s $100 less than the Defy XT, and it’s a price point that can entice even the cheapest of skates to give the service a go.

The question we’re asking today is whether or not the Moto G’s performance can equal or exceed its value, particularly within Republic Wireless’ service, because a bargain is only a bargain if you’re getting something good out of it.



Motorola Moto G
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4.5 inches (1280x720)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1.2GHz, quad-core)
Android 4.4 KitKat
5MP rear, 1.3MP front
720p HD @ 30fps
AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3,
   PCM, FLAC, MIDI, QCELP, EVRC, OGG/Vorbis
LED flash
4X digital zoom
Slow motion video
Burst mode
Auto HDR
Panorama
Tap to Focus
Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings,
   Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand,
   Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Micro USB
3.5 mm headset jack
RAM: 1GB
Internal: 8GB
129.9 x 65.9 x 6-11.6mm (HxWxD)
143g
2070 mAh
$149 (as configured), Find It At Amazon



The Moto G runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and is just slightly smaller (4.5 inches) than its big brother the Moto X (4.7 inches), but it actually weighs a bit more as well. The Corning Gorilla Glass display offers a 1280x720 resolution, and there’s a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1.2GHz) processor inside.

Our unit has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage, although other Moto G models have up to 16GB. There’s no microSD slot for more storage if you run low, although you do get 50GB of free Google Drive storage for two years. (The 4G LTE version of the device does offer a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB.)

There’s a front 1.3MP camera for selfies and video chatting, and the 5MP rear camera offers LED flash, 4x digital zoom, slow-motion video, burst mode, HDR, panorama, and tap to focus. Both cameras can handle 720p HD video capture and playback at 30 fps.

Ports include only the 3.5mm headphone jack and the requisite micro USB port, and there’s 802.11b/g/n WiFi with Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS and GLONASS.

One selling point of the Moto G is its all-day 2070 mAh battery, which Motorola promises can last for 24 hours under mixed usage.

Our Moto G came with a simple black shell, but you can order a more colorful one if you like, including yellow, red, fuchsia, and a couple of different shades of blue.

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$149 and no contract... not too shabby at all.

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Moto X is an excellent phone in all respects. I use an UNLIMITED, NO CONTRACT cell, text and data service on the Moto X for $25 a month and that is only available from Republic Wireless. They also offer a unlimited cell and text plan for $10 a month. They use Sprint cell with Verizon roaming, and use WIFI connections where neither is available. That makes it extremely accessible. It is revolutionary, and it saves a fortune. I have been using Republic for over a year and a half now I recommend them to everyone I know. They sell the Moto X for $299 or the Moto G for $149.

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That's a nice phone in that price range but being limited to 3G might be a deal-breaker for some, including me. Right now the 3G Moto G is available prepaid no-contract at Best Buy for only $49.99 and at Verizon for $79.99. I believe these are Father's Day sales and normally the phone is $99.99.

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"the cheapest of skates?"

Lord, you got me,.........I'm cheap! LOL!

This seems like a good phone for the money.

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I have had Republic Wireless for over a year now and currently have a Moto X through them.

I love the low prices while still having a top tier smartphone.

I recently got the Moto G for my mom for mothers day. It's her first smartphone and she loves it!

If you're around wifi all the time then I definitely recommend getting a phone from Republic Wireless and only paying $10 a month for unlimited talk and text.

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I use the Moto X with Republic Wireless and it's a good phone for a decent price at $299. The price is a lot better than elsewhere for over $500. Republic also has access to Sprint's roaming partners so the coverage is much better than other MVNOs from Sprint. All in all, great service at an awesome price.

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Republic Wireless service has been great. You will save $20 off your new service by using this referral link: http://rwshar.es/3NIT

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