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Moto G 2015 – A Budget Phone With Top Specs

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The third generation Moto G was released in July and its price starts from $179. You might tend to think that a cheap phone has a disappointing performance, but the Moto G 2015 will convince you that it’s a high quality mid-range device with a good-looking design.

Design

There are many similarities between the Moto G 2015 and its predecessor, as the phone has a curved body made of plastic, but instead of featuring a matte effect, it has a ribbed texture. Through the Moto Maker website, the customers can order a back plate with a different color, but this isn’t the only piece that can be customized. The faux aluminum strip from the back, placed on the vertical, can be changed as well, as there are ten variants of metallic colors. Also, there are ten variants of Moto G Shells, but they cost $14.99 each. The device has these physical dimensions: 142.1×72.4×11.6mm and it weights 155grams. Likewise the Moto X, it’s water resistant.

Display

Many fans were hoping to see an increased resolution on the 5-inch IPS LCD screen, but Motorola decided to stick to 720 x 1280 pixels. However, the screen seems brighter, the colors are more vibrant and the viewing angles are slightly improved, even if the pixel density is stuck at 294ppi. You will enjoy playing games and browsing the web, since the screen has a generous surface.

Hardware

There are two variants of the Moto G 2015, but they have only different storage and RAM options, but the processor is the same: quad core Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 clocked at 1.4GHz, which is coupled with Adreno 306 graphics. The first model houses an internal memory of 8GB, which pairs with 1GB of RAM, while the other model has double storage and RAM. Luckily, the device supports a microSD card, so you can get up to 64GB, even if Motorola claims that the Moto G can use only 32GB.

The phone came with Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box and has a custom skin on top of it. Motorola added its own features such as the Moto app that contains Moto Assist, Moto Actions and Moto Display.

Camera

The previous Moto G had an 8Mp camera on the back and 2MP camera on the front. Motorola increased their resolutions to 13MP and 5MP, obtaining better results, but the photos are not as good as the ones taken with an iPhone 6. The phone has dual-LED flash, but lacks OIS and can’t focus as it should.

Battery Life

The battery has been upgraded from 2070 mAh to 2470 mAh and it lasts more than a day under light usage. It has a Quick Charge mode which allows you to charge the device up to 50 percent within 30 minutes.