This morning I fired up a pre-production, locked-to-Rogers, LTE-powered Moto G. Here in Canada it will be exclusive to Rogers and Fido at launch, retailing for $225 to $275 outright or $0 on a contract.
Let’s see what’s new!
Just like the last Moto G I tested, this new LTE version has a back cover that’s every bit as difficult to pry off. Maybe it’s just my short fingernails… Anyway, this new G has the same non-removable battery and huge speaker as the original, plus a few changes: a micro SD slot is now where the SIM slot used to be; the spring-loaded micro SIM slot is now on the opposite side below the power and volume buttons.
So if Google tracking your every move wasn’t enough, Motorola wants some of that action too. Fortunately, you can opt out of it.
Moto’s migration utility, for anyone who needs it…
And here’s your home screen. A single folder sparsely populated with Rogers bloat is hiding one screen to the right.
Despite running the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat there’s no Google Now Launcher on the Moto G, nor can it be installed after the fact. And curiously, Hangouts isn’t the default for SMS by default.
What a difference LTE makes! According to Howard the new G supports LTE Bands 4/7/8/17—here’s a cheat sheet from Wikipedia for the equivalent frequencies.
Benchmark results from AnTuTu—take that, Xiaomi Redmi…
Aside from the pre-installed apps Rogers doesn’t really get in the way of using the Moto G; Motorola, however, definitely makes its presence known. At some point you’ll be prompted to sign up for their free phone protection service.
So there’s a first look at the new LTE Moto G. If you’ve any additional questions about it, ask away…