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BLOG: A good, cheap smartphone: Mobile's final frontier

Galen Gruman | Nov. 21, 2013
The Moto G and Galaxy S III Mini set out to prove you don't have to be rich to have a modern smartphone

Do the Moto G and Galaxy S III Mini deliver on their promise of providing a competent experience for a budget price? I can't say — neither Motorola nor Samsung has let me test their devices to see how they work in the real world. The reviews on consumer sites of the Galaxy S III Mini have cautioned that it's sluggish, and it has lower display and phone quality compared to American buyers' standards, and I expect the Moto G will feel the same way. After all, they use less-capable parts to get their cost savings.

That's not a bad thing — reviewers tend to want more speeds and feeds than the typical person uses. As someone who's still using an iPhone 4 — a three-generations-old device — I can tell you that today's fastest versions aren't so much speedier that I resent using my old device. Although I can make an iPhone 5s outrun my iPhone 4, in my routine usage the performance difference is much smaller — and the iPhone 4 performs quite acceptably.



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