The Moto G from Motorola

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The Moto G from Motorola is a budget phone but it certainly doesn’t look, or perform, that way. Ringing in at only $180, the Moto G gives you the fully-loaded 4G LTE capabilities and customizable options of any $500+ smartphone. If you’re looking for a smartphone for your child or simply don’t want to dish out hundreds of dollars on the latest flagship phone, look no further than the Moto G. Here’s what makes it so impressive:

It’s waterproof. You read that correctly. A smartphone that is completely waterproof without a case. In fact, you can submerge the Moto G in water for up to 30 minutes. Why more smartphones aren’t waterproof is beyond us.

It’s sleek and sturdy. Most cheap (i.e. affordable) phones are sparse on design (read: ugly). Not so with the Moto G. It not only has substantial weight in the hand, but its plastic case, metal accent and curved design make it decidedly cool-looking. Plus, the back cover comes in a plethora of bright colors should basic black bore you.

High-res screen, high power. With a 5-inch, 720p touchscreen, the Moto G has a brilliantly sharp resolution. Running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 processor (a quad-core 64-bit chip running at 1.4GHz), it’s surprisingly fast for a budget phone. It’s all supported by a 2470mAh battery that lasts all day and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Amazing camera. Let’s face it: most people buy smartphones for the camera. The Moto G does not disappoint with its 13 megapixel camera, the best camera on a budget phone. You can find the exact same camera on a lot of flagship phones, like the Nexus 6, but at a fraction of the cost. In fact, the 5 megapixel selfie camera has a higher resolution than a front-facing iPhone camera.

The Moto G comes in two different versions, depending on how much storage you need. You can purchase the 2GB RAM and 16GB version or the 1GB RAM and 8GB storage version. Whichever you decide upon, the MicroSD card slot allows you to expand the memory significantly. All this for under $200? The Moto G from Motorola is hard to beat in terms of affordability and cool.