Flagship Killer

Moto G orders are beginning to arrive, and I just got mine. Of course I stopped everything and opened up the box to get it all in order, and I'm already pleased.

I liked the 2014 version of the Moto G, so I'm a little biased. And that's OK — people who blog about phones on the Internet are allowed to like things. I just want to say it up front. Anyhoo, I've been listening to all the gushing from the guys and gals who went to see the announcement live and walked out with a Moto G of their own, and have had high expectations. It's like neckbeard Christmas up in my office.

After dropping in my AT&T SIM card and a 64GB SD card (no issues, regardless of Motorola's 32GB maximum on the spec sheet — and Phil's got a 128GBer in his) and setting things up with my Google account, I'm sitting here scrolling through the app drawer, opening all the settings and touching all the things and I see why everyone who has one of these things loves it.

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It's fast and fluid. More so than those phones that cost $500 more. It's not doing a bunch of stuff, so I get why it's faster, but still — it's nice to see something this responsive. That might change when I load it up with apps, and maybe then it'll be a more fair comparison. But out of the box, it's a better experience than just about any phone you can buy from your carrier.

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I'm in love with the app drawer. Specifically, that it's only two pages and not chock full of shit like you see from others. No AT&T family navigator. No Sprint Zone. No T-Mobile TV. No Verizon Whatever. Even better, no unnecessary junk like multiple note-taking apps or extra browsers or other apps nobody wants or uses. I've got an FM radio app, an app to help migrate settings and media from another phone, and the Moto app to adjust settings for things like Moto Assist and Moto Display. And every one of them can be disabled and out of my sight if I so choose. Of course Google Play is a tap away if I want to add anything I feel is missing. The only "bloat" here are the Google apps that many of us will never use, and they too can be disabled.

The screen's a little small coming from the Nexus 6, but I'm not complaining. It was hard to get used to the gianticness of the Nexus 6, and I already love the way the Moto G feels in my hand and in my pocket. Will 720p bother me when I need to waste some time with a game or watching a video or two? Maybe. It's been awhile since I've used any phone with a lower resolution for that sort of thing. I can say that it looks great for $200. I wasn't expecting a screen as good as Samsung's latest, so I'm not disappointed.

I'm going to carry my little green Moto G as my daily driver. Jerry's personal phone, if you will. I'm pretty sure I'll find things about it that I don't like. Nothing's perfect. We're going to use and abuse the Moto G here at AC, and we'll tell you the bad things as we come across them. For now, I'm just happy to have a little Moto in my pocket again.