Smartphones are powerful technological tools for the modern world but they aren’t exactly cheap.
For roughly 200 USd, (+a bit more for the 4G LTE version) you can get a solid unlocked smartphone that comes very close to the performance to be expected from phones costing three times more. The display is 4.5 HD scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 A7 1.2GHz quad-core processor with built-in 4G LTE, 2070 mAh battery and it runs Android 4.4 (KitKat). Front and back camera and LED flash (which can work as a flashlight) Built-in FM radio and GPS (with GLONASS support).
The 4G LTE model not only has the faster connection, it also has a slot for expanding memory up to 32GB with a micro SD card.
The phone also has a water repelling internal coating, so a bit of rain or a quick dunk wont kill your phone.
Combining the Moto G with a 6.99 USD case makes for a surprisingly nice setup.
Urban Survival Application
Comms alone make a phone a must have, but smartphones are more like small personal computers these days.
Staying updated on current local and world events so as to stay ahead of the crowd, checking the price of precious metals and other currencies, using the GPS and maps to navigate around the city. Using the phone, texting, emailing or otherwise scrounging WIFI to communicate with people or using the built-in FM radio to listen to the news if everything else fails. Storing important data, booking last minute flights, online banking and making transfers, checking the weather, using the LED light or using the camera to record events and evidence if ever needed for insurance or other legal purposes. These are just some of the many possible uses for a smart phone, and the Moto G also happens to be pretty water resistant as well. Adding a case makes it impact resistance, making it even more resilient during emergencies.