Android One phones in the U.S. are an opportunity for everyone to have a Good Phone™.
Step into the Wayback Machine with me for a minute, as we head back to the Autumn of 2013. Amidst all the hype and furious pace of Android phone releases, one phone was unexpectedly great: the original Moto G.
The 2013 Moto G only had to do one thing: not suck. It succeeded.
The first generation Moto G was, at around $150, fairly inexpensive. It didn’t have the fastest and bestest processor or ungodly amounts of memory (it actually had 1GB of RAM, if you can believe it). It even had a mediocre 4.5-inch LCD display. If you placed it beside a phone like the Galaxy S4 it was clearly outclassed in almost every way. The thing that made the OG Moto G special is that it did not suck. Prior to 2013, you weren’t going to find a cheap phone that didn’t suck. The 2013 Moto G became the bar all cheap phones are measured against, even today.
And you know what? There are a lot of people who want a cheap phone that doesn’t suck. That’s where Android One and the Moto X4 come into play.
The Moto X4 will be the first Android One phone you can buy in the U.S. without importing it and wondering whether it will work on your network. We (that means you if you’re reading this on a Saturday) might buy phones that ship from other countries, might not work, and have no warranty, but most people don’t. Those (smart) people go to Verizon or Best Buy and pick something that they can see and touch. Even if they’re “only” spending $200 on a phone, they want things like warranties and compatibility. That’s smart.
At $400, the Project Fi-powered Moto X4 isn’t