Motorola G2: The Blockbuster Budget Smartphone

Motorola’s X may have been its first hit in the resurgence that it has seen in the past couple of years. A great looking, aggressively priced midrange phone with an almost stock version of Android. This, plus snappy performance from a fast processor, was a winning combination and the Moto X flew off shelves.

The truly great move from Motorola though, was to make a similar version of the Moto X at an even lower price point. The Motorola G was an even bigger hit as it had all the basic elements of the Moto X but at a truly midrange price that was affordable to smartphone buyers around the world, not just in the USA. The Moto G was a worldwide success that put Motorola back on the map in many countries where they had not sold a smartphone of note in a few years.

A year later, when time came to update the Moto G, Motorola knew better than to mess with a great success. They gave the Moto G2 a slightly larger screen, a sorely missed Micro SD card slot, better speakers and updated cameras front and back but they left the internals unchanged. Consumers could still buy a Moto G2 in white or black and then replace the back with an original Moto G2 cover in a wide range of colours. Motorola also offered flip cases for people who wanted slightly more protection for the Gorilla Glass screen on their Moto G’s.

However, at least in India, Motorola’s own replacement back covers and flip-cases for the Moto G2 are extremely expensive and nowhere near as great value as the phones themselves are. Online retailers’ pages are filled with comments from irate owners complaining about how overpriced the cases are. The prevailing consensus is that Motorola is selling the phones at rock bottom margins but is then trying to claw back some profits by selling overpriced first party accessories for them. This has led many G2 owners to look elsewhere when it comes to buying cases and covers for their smartphones.

Luckily for G2 owners, the success of the Moto G2 has also meant that most case makers now offer cases and covers for it and if you are in the market for a Moto G2 case, your options are almost limitless. From barely there silicone cases to bulky two piece cases with rubber bumpers and integrated, collapsible stands. From plain black or white covers to hundreds of designer cases, everything is available for the popular midrange smartphone from Motorola.

Even though many Moto G2 owners would be loathe to spoil the svelte silhouette and the wonderfully curved back of their Motorola G2 with a case, most people realise that the additional protection from bumps, knocks and scratches is probably worth the extra size and weight of case in their pocket. With thin and lightweight TPU material, there isn’t even that much more weight added to many Moto G2 cases, even for a hard shell case that covers the back and provides a protective lip around the front of the case.

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