moto g thumb

Motorola surprised us earlier this week with an early launch of the US version of their impressive Moto G budget phone. If you ordered one and want a little protection and/or flair for your new gadget, the accessories section of Motorola's official store has been expanded with shells (backplates) and flip shells for the Moto G. Like the phone itself, they'll ship out on December 2nd.

moto g shells

The shells pop on and off of the back of the Moto G, not unlike the faceplates that were sold for old Nokia candybar phones. They'll run you $14.99 a piece in Chalk, Violet, Royal Blue, Turquoise, Lemon Lime, and Cherry colors. The flip covers replace the back cover and add a flipping protective screen flap, similar to the first-party covers sold by Samsung. They cost the same and are offered in the same colors, but come with a fetching texturized finish. Integrated magnets will keep the cover closed and activate a screen on/off function, just like a tablet smart cover. A tougher "grip shell" with impact-absorbing side panels should be ready in January.

flip cover

Other cases from the likes of Otterbox and Case-Mate have listings on the Motorola site, but are marked as either "out of stock" or "coming soon." So while Moto might be your only choice for a case at launch, it looks like you'll have plenty of options shortly thereafter. It's also good to see that Motorola is keeping the price low on these official accessories (in keeping with the budget market position for the Moto G), which is more than I can say for Google's Nexus accessories on the Play Store.

Source: Motorola Store

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Lyrrad0

    To clarify, the flip covers appear to cost $29.99 each. You don't see this price until you add it to your cart.

    • Derail Doax

      Yeah.... I found that out the hard way. $200 for the phone and $30 for the flip cover? That's 15% of the original price of the phone for a flip cover. NO THANKS! I'll buy something off eBay.

      • ArberBeq

        Or you could support motorola for making a mid ranged phone for $200.

        • Sean Royce

          So much this. Motorola needs to get back in the game. I am definitely considering them as my next phone.

  • RamitSuri

    Waiting for G to hit India. I'm going to get my parents these.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    This is why I don't buy any "official" case since its just a rip off. I rather get a case thats half the price and offers the exact same protection.