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(Pocket-lint) - Motorola has released its budget Moto G handset in the US, following a launch in the UK and other regions earlier in November. The handset won't be available from US carriers initially. Instead, the Google-owned company is taking a Google Play-like approach, offering an unlocked version of the Moto G on its website.

The Moto G won't be expensive, either. A fair share of $179 will net you the 8GB version of the Moto G and $199 will up the storage to 16GB. No, that's not the phone on contract even if it sounds that way. The sub-$200 price is like you're purchasing a tablet. It's yours to keep and insert any GSM SIM card your unlocked heart desires.

Introduced on stage by Dennis Woodside, CEO of Motorola, in November, the Moto G looks to solve a problem that Motorola's Woodside says affects hundreds of millions of people globally. The Moto G is pitched at those looking for something affordable, without having to sacrifice the experience that it offers.

The design of the Moto G brings design elements seen in the Moto X, such as an edge-to-edge display, nice curved back, and a nano-coating designed repel water. Essentially, it's a cheaper version of the Moto X unveiled in August without higher specifications and customisation. 

In our hands-on time after the Motorola event, we found the handset to be quite speedy, having a powerful display, and having an overall great build.

The Moto G will be available in the US through carriers in January, which will be helpful to customers who want the CDMA version.

Writing by Jake Smith. Originally published on 26 November 2013.