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Moto G 2015 – A Budget Phone Which Will Impress You

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Motorola knows what to do to draw everyone’s attention. Its products are not necessarily the greatest, because they’re not intended to compete with flagships, but because of their low prices, many consumers preferred to buy them. The new Moto G (third generation) is prettier, faster and has many improvements, so we’ll write a short review about it, to get to know it better.

Remember that Motorola is now owned by Lenovo, after this company bought it from Google in 2014. Lenovo’s strategy was to not allow Motorola to be influenced by Google anymore, and we’ve noticed a small evolution, right after the change of ownership. The phones that have been released last year pleased many fans, but their successors are even better, in all aspects.

Design

The Moto G third generation is more visual appealing, featuring a back panel which similar to that of the Moto X Style, which is made of hard plastic with diagonal lines running across its surface. Motorola used a faux metal plate around the camera and logo and made the body resistant to water. The standard colors of the backing are white and black, but thanks to the Moto Maker program, you can select other color (there are 10 options, in total), but not the material, as this privilege is offered only to the owners of the Moto X flagship. But, you will like the idea to customize the back of your phone with your name (it will be engraved to the plastic), to select a different homescreen wallpaper or to use a custom greeting message. The front panel is available in white and black, so you’ll need to think twice what color to choose for the back, to match it. The physical dimensions of the device are 142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm, resulting in a total weight of 155 grams.

Display

In order to keep its price very low, Motorola didn’t improve the screen of its new Moto G, which uses the same 5-inch IPS LCD touch panel with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels with 294 ppi. You will notice a slight pixilation, but it’s not too serious, while the contrast and the brightness are reasonable. The colors seem a bit washed out, but overall, you shouldn’t have high expectations from a phone that costs 180 dollars.

Hardware

Motorola replaced the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 engine with a slightly faster Snapdragon 410 processor, which is based on the 64bit architecture and contains ARM’s new Cortex-A53 CPU with a clock speed of 1.4GHz. The Adreno 305 GPU was upgraded to Adreno 306, but this isn’t a big step. However, the variant with 8GB of storage is paired with 1GB of RAM, while the other variant has double storage and RAM.

OS

The Moto G 2015 runs on Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop). It uses stock Android software, which means that it has a clean Material Design and it runs pretty fast, supporting intensive tasks, but not 3D games, because of the weak graphics.

Cameras

The 13MP rear camera takes photos with an average quality because it doesn’t have an advanced software to process the images, so they look washed out and have an annoying graininess. As for the front camera, its resolution has been increased to 5MP, being very useful for selfies.

Battery

The previous Moto G was powered by a battery of 2070, which had a mediocre life. Motorola increased its capacity to 2470mAh and now it manages to make it a day and a half of normal use.