One of the best mid-rangers that rolled out last year was the Motorola Moto G, a very popular budget phone that rocked the market due to its small price and rich package of features. Well, it’s time for something fresh to take its place, so Motorola released back in September the new Moto G, a clear upgrade over its predecessor that brings an improved camera, a bigger display, a microSD card slot and even more. And all these for a puny amount of money that won’t be missed from your pocket once you get a hold of this friendly and capable fella.
In its retail box, the second Moto G comes along with only a wall charger, even though its predecessor came with a microUSB cable besides that. Keep in mind that this is a really cheap phone for what it has to offer, so the lack of any accessories in the retail package can be easily forgiven. You can buy them yourself, as there were plenty of them released at the same time with the phone itself.
The new Moto G follows the design of its predecessor, but uses it for a bigger body. It measures 141.5 x 70.7 x 11 mm and has a weight of 149 grams and is comfortable to manage, having a curved back, and slips easily into your pockets. The handset is very well put together and seems very solid too. It’s made from polycarbonate and has a matte finish on its back, thus rejecting fingerprints and offering a good hand grip.
The Moto G 2014 holds a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a pixel density of 294 ppi and features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The image quality delivered is very good, with pleasant colors, wonderful contrast, wide viewing angles and the sunlight legibility is pretty good too. This is really impressive for such a budget phone and I’m pretty sure that you don’t usually find something like this available for the same price.
When it comes to software support, the new Moto G comes loaded with the latest and greatest from Android, v.4.4.4 KitKat and offers a pure Android experience. If you’re not new to it, you’ll feel just like home within the friendly and smooth user interface that works like a charm when you browse through it.
In terms of hardware, the Moto G 2014 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage which can be bumped with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The handset is a very good performer and will offer a clean and pleasant user experience, without bothering you with any lag issues or stuff like that.
At the connectivity department, the new Moto G boosts support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n with the Hotspot functionality, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE and A2DP and microUSB 2.0 with USB Host.
For surfing the web, Google Chrome is the default browser and does a great job, as expected, having a minimalist interface that hides a lot of options and settings for improving the browsing experience. Which is great.
As I was previously saying, the Moto G 2014 comes with an improved camera of 8 megapixels which has a LED flash for improving low light performance. The camera application reveals support for HDR, panorama, face detection, touch focus and more. The image quality is good, with accurate colors, good contrast and a fair amount of resolved detail.
The video camera is also quite capable and delivers some smooth 720p videos @30 fps.
Also on board is a 2 MP front-facing camera for video calls.
The Moto G’s media players are also some very good performers, having Google Play Music for listening to audio files, which offers a lot of features, including an equalizer, and a good video player which knows everything about popular formats such as MPEG4, VP8, H.263 and more.
An FM Radio also joins the party. The new Moto G holds a pair of stereo speakers and provides a very good audio output, with or without a pair of headphones plugged in.
Some other things that may interest you are a GPS receiver, which has GLONASS and A-GPS support, Google Maps and Navigation for finding your way, the Quick Office for handling document files, Moto Assist for modifying the phone’s settings depending on where you are or what you’re doing (Sleeping, Home, Meeting or Driving) and more.
The Moto G 2014 holds a 2,070 mAh battery and will last almost two days under a moderate usage.