The best budget business phone just got better. Motorola announced it is updating its low-cost Moto G smartphone with a variety of productivity-boosting features, including support for faster data speeds and a memory card slot. The downside is that the device costs $20 more than the original device.
In most other respects, the new Moto G is identical to the old one. The upgraded Android device packs the same relatively zippy quad-core processor, bright 4.5-inch display, and sleek curves as its predecessor, and it's set to hit store shelves sometime in the next few weeks. Here are three features that make it good for business.
Perhaps the biggest drawback of the original Moto G was the lack of 4G support; that meant users were forced to deal with slower 3G speeds when using apps, browsing the Web and downloading files. Motorola's upgraded device comes with 4G support, so users can expect smoother multitasking and speedier overall performance during daily use.
MicroSD card support
The original Moto G came with either 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage, and lacked the ability to add additional storage space. The upgraded version, however, features a microSD card slot, so users can add up to 64GB of additional storage. That's a boon for business users who use their phone to download and store large files.
Motorola tacked an extra $20 onto the price of the upgraded Moto X, but it's still very much a budget-priced device. You can pick the phone up for $219 off-contract; that means you can get the new Moto G for around the same price as a flagship phone such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 or iPhone 5s, but without committing to an expensive two-year contract. That's a big plus for budget-minded small business users who still want a capable smartphone.