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Moto G (2015) – Is It Worth Upgrading?

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The first Moto G handset, along with the Moto X flagship, brought Motorola back into business. The mid-range device was an excellent alternative to many phones because it was very cheap, but it didn’t had the best performance. The next model was more successful, but then Lenovo bought the company from Google and the changes started showing up. The third generation Moto G was launched in July and below we’ll tell you everything you need to know about it.

Design

The new phone is water resistant likewise the Moto X, its body shape is unchanged – the back is curved on the edges and has rounded corners, but the company placed a metal plate design vertically, containing the camera port, LED flash and the logo engraved inside the popular dimple. The standard colors for the shells are black and white, but they can be replaced with other options via the Moto Maker website. Also, the manufacturer allows you to change even the front panel or to add a custom greeting message and a homescreen wallpaper. In addition, instead of coming with the same simple matte plastic back, Motorola added a nice texture with diagonal lines running across the surface, for a better grip. The device is well-proportioned, neither heavy, nor light, as it weights 155grams, while it measures 142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm.

Display

The screen size is identical, so the Moto G 2015 uses the same 5-inch IPS LCD display with 720p HD resolution, which gives a pixel density of 294ppi – it’s lower compared to the previous model because the screen is larger. The screen has a nice contrast and brightness, but in some cases, the images appear pixilated.

Hardware

The 32bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz has been replaced by a 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.4GHz (it uses the new Cortex-A53 core architecture), which is slightly faster, especially if it’s paired with 2GB of RAM – the variant with 16GB of internal storage. The model with half its storage capacity has 1GB of RAM. As for the graphics, they were upgraded from Adreno 305 to Adreno 306 – not a huge step.

Currently, the phone runs on Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop), offering a Nexus-like experience, because there is no proprietary UI added on top of it. When navigating around the interface, you will see that the device will offer a slick experience, with no lags or whatsoever. Also, most of the games will run flawlessly.

Camera

The first Moto G had a 5MP primary camera, which was upgraded to 8MP and now it supports 13MP. Motorola equipped it with a dual-LED flash, auto-HDR, while the rest of the features are standard. As for the front camera, it’s 5MP and takes modest selfies.

The autofocus feature doesn’t work as it should, because you need to manually select the point of focus. The images have a reasonable quality, not the greatest, but ok, and you shouldn’t expect to obtain amazing imaging capabilities from a higher resolution, because the software does the entire job.

Battery

The previous Moto G had a battery of 2070 mAh and it was increased up to 2,470mAh. If you watch a movie with a length of over 160 minutes, with full brightness and Wi-Fi enabled, the battery will drop from 100% to 68%. This means that you can watch movies for approximately 5 hours.