Currently, all eyes are on the two versions of the Moto X 2014 (“Style” and “Play”) which will slowly make their way to the world, but we can’t ignore they newly released mid-range Moto G, which brought upgraded cameras, battery and processor. We’ll see if the new model will be as successful as its predecessors, but we’re pretty sure that nobody will complain about its price of 180 dollars.
The previous Moto G model felt chubbier than the Moto X flagship, but it seems that Motorola focused more on its design and made some changes to its design, especially to its back, although it’s still made of plastic. However, it looks less cheap thanks to the silver strip that runs down the back and contains the camera, flash and dimple with the M logo. There are two variants of colors for its back: black and white, but we agree that the black model looks better from all angles. However, if you prefer a different color for the back or face, then you can select one of the ten different options, which can be ordered via the Moto Maker website.
The phone has an interesting texture consisting of slim ridges running across it, but if you place the device on a dirty surface, crumbs will get caught between them. Luckily, you can “wash” the Moto G handset, because it’s IPX7 certified, so you can give it a bath, but you shouldn’t keep it under water for more than 30 minutes. After taking the phone out of the water, wait until the touchscreen will be dry, because you won’t be able to operate on it if it’s wet.
The Moto G 2015 is 0.6mm thicker than its predecessor, measuring now 11.6mm, but it’s also heavier at 155grams. The screen is the same, so no changes have been done to it, which means that it measures 5inches, it uses IPS LCD technology, and the resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels at 294 ppi. You can use it with one hand, but if you have small hands, you might find it hard to reach the upper corners. The lower pixel density is a small problem and the colors feel kind of muted, so when you’re watching a video, you have the impression that its colors should be more vibrant.
In addition to the 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage (expandable up to 32GB), Motorola added a variant with double internal memory capacity and RAM, but this one costs $40 more. The processor hasn’t been “too” upgraded, as now it’s a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 sitting on a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset along with Adreno 306 graphics, while its predecessor used a Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset that was powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7, which was paired with Adreno 305 graphics.
The new model has a problem with Chrome loading large images and it takes a long time for Instagram to apply filters. But, games such as Subway Surfers, Modern Warfare or Crossy Road can be played with any inconveniences. If you need more memory, you can add a microSD card and get a capacity of 32GB.
Both cameras have higher resolutions. The previous phone had a back shooter of 8MP, which was upgraded to 13MP, and the 2MP secondary camera was upgraded to 5MP. You can twist the device twice to open up the camera, so you won’t need to unlock the phone to take a picture. But the quality varies, depending on the lighting conditions, and without a doubt, if you’re outside, during the day, then your images will look more accurate, but it seems that Motorola used the same sensor as from the Nexus 6, and the quality isn’t as expected.
The older phone had a battery of 2070 mAh, which has been increased to 2470 mAh. If you’re downloading applications, playing games or surfing the web, during the day, the battery drops to 40 percent.