MOTOROLA MOTO G (2ND GENERATION) REVIEW
Having not used the 1st generation of the Motorola Moto G I was unaware of what to expect. The first thing that stood out to me was the large 5” HD screen which packs a punch, colours are bright and sharp. Perfect for web browsing, using Twitter and other social media platforms. Excellent for watching movies and watching Youtube content. It’s also great for gamers with the large screen and quad-core processor (more on that later) although you may want to plug in headphones (3.5mm headset jack on top) as the front speakers are quite disappointing especially when at near full volume. It weighs in at 149 grams and feels light in the hand.
If your used to the Android experience then you’ll love this device. Setting up is easy whether you have a Google account or not (you can create a Google account if you don’t). It runs the current version of Android which is KitKat 4.4.4 although with the recent Google announcement of the next version of Android, Lollipop 5.0 according to a recent Motorola blog post (http://goo.gl/w9uSD3) they have confirmed it will be available for the Moto G (1st and 2nd Generation). Their is no official line on when this is likely to be but I expect it to be November or December. KitKat 4.4.4 runs extremely well on the Moto G with 1GB Memory and with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU its no surprise it is very fast! I experienced no lag when switching screens, opening/closing apps, browsing the web and watching video’s etc. The Moto G has 8 GB storage which will be taken up by the Android operating system BUT their is a microSD card slot giving the option of a further (up to) 32 GB storage should you feel you need it.
Connection to the internet is pretty much covered on this using GSM/GPRS/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+ (in simple terms its 3G compatible). A note on the Wi-Fi is that anything will connect to this and the speed is very good (depending on your connection of course) but it would have been nice to have seen this have dual frequency 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz rather than just 2.4 GHz on its own. I have a dual frequency wireless router. A good selling point for the Moto G is that it is a dual SIM device meaning you can use 2 micro-SIM’s in this (accessed under the back cover). This works really well, one SIM is chosen for data but both can receive calls and texts. When calling people you are given the option to choose which SIM card to use. If your calling a particular number on say SIM 1 quite often then you can set it so when calling this number in future it calls using SIM 1 without prompting you to choose which SIM. In my opinion having a dual SIM device is great for when travelling abroad. No need to mess around taking out SIM’s and putting them back in.
The battery on the Moto G is very good. You will get near a full day using this. In a test using the Moto G from 11:00am for web browsing, posting tweets, taking images, sending texts and making calls etc with the screen set on Auto and using both 3G and Wi-Fi the battery only hit red at around 7:00pm. The Moto G has a feature when the battery is low a battery saving mode kicks in further saving battery. Giving you enough time to get in to plug it in for a charge for the next day. Considering some tablet devices have battery times of between 8-11 hours, its pretty good for the Moto G. Charging is via a Micro USB cable with the connection on the bottom of the device.
The camera on this is really good and on the correct setting will take awesome 8 MP images on the rear camera. On the front is a 2 MP camera which is good enough for Skype etc. The rear camera features auto focus, 4x digital zoom, slow motion video, burst mode, auto HDR, panorama with tap anywhere to capture and tap to focus as well as a LED flash. A word on the auto HDR, in my opinion I would turn off this feature unless you really want it on. For videos on the rear camera you’ll be able to record 720 HD videos.
The Moto G can be personalised to your taste with Motorola Shells (interchangeable backs) in a variety of colours.
For under £150 (latest prices) the Moto G (2nd Generation) is worth every penny for what is packed inside. For first time Android users or regular Android users it for me is the perfect device on a budget.
Thanks to Motorola for allowing me to review the device.