Forget iPhone and iPad killers, the latest mobile trend is for Android device manufacturers that aren’t Motorola to release uber-affordable, low to mid-end phones aimed squarely at Motorola’s Moto G budget champion.
Consciously or subliminally, we can’t help but compare every new entry-level contender to the G, available on prepaid plans for as little as $50, in unlocked flavors starting at $175 or so, and with LTE support and expandable storage added in the mix at $220.
Inevitably, most Moto G killer candidates end up performing a ritual seppuku and bow out of the fight sooner or later, although we’ve started seeing stronger and stronger and, most importantly, cheaper and cheaper challengers.
Like the newest addition to Boost Mobile’s ever-expanding prepaid lineup, the LG Realm. $20 more affordable than the Moto G on Sprint’s subsidiary, the Realm matches its fierce adversary in most departments, offering plenty of bang for the 80 bucks charged.
Of course, Realm’s copy of pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat isn’t as smooth and untainted as Moto G’s, but it’s KitKat nevertheless. And besides, add-ons such as Knock Code or QuickMemo don’t exactly “taint” the stock Android experience.
Then you have all the matching features teased above, including a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1 GB RAM and 5 megapixel camera, and even an ever so slightly beefier 2,100 mAh battery. Plus, microSD support. Too bad the 1.2 GHz processor is merely a dual-core, and the internal storage space is too cramped to accommodate the needs of tech hoarders nowadays, at 4 gigs. Still, $80 feels like a bargain, doesn’t it?
Via [Boost Mobile]