Good deal: Moto G with LTE for $219 now available

Announced last month, Motorola is now selling the Moto G handset in an LTE edition for $219 off-contract as noted by Android Authority. The phone is essentially the same as the original $179 Moto G, adding support for faster LTE networks. At this price, the Moto G provides perhaps the best bang for buck if you’re looking for a capable Android(s goog) phone.

I’m basing that statement on my usage of the Moto G as we called it the best budget phone money can buy in our January review. No, apps on the Moto G won’t run quite as fast as those on a new Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3 or HTC One M8. But those phones all cost nearly three times as much. You can have a very capable Android smartphone experience for much less as evidenced by the Moto G. And it runs the latest version of Android, which is 4.4.3; few phones can currently say the same.

Moto G Android

Providing that experience is a mid-range 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm(s qcom) Snapdragon 400 processor and 1 GB of RAM. The 4.5-inch display may sound disappointing at 720p resolution, but that works out to 329 pixels per inch, a smidge higher than the iPhone 5s in the pixel density department. The 5 megapixel camera isn’t superb but it’s passable for a phone at this price.

If you opt for the LTE version, which costs $40 more than the HSPA edition, you’ll only get 8 GB of internal storage. The non-LTE model is available in both an 8- and 16 GB version. You can add up to 32 GB of additional storage through a microSD card, however. Also of note: You won’t get the 50 GB of free Google Drive storage that comes with the older model.

There are plenty of low-cost online storage options available however, so I’d trade up to the faster mobile broadband service. The Moto G with LTE can be ordered in either black or white directly through Motorola and works on AT&T(s t) and T-Mobile’s(s tmus) networks in the U.S.