Review : Motorola Moto G (Gen 2)
Latest Android with a promised update
Exclusively available through Flipkart
Available in single and dual sim variants (Only dual SIM variant in India)
8GB and 16GB variants (Only 16GB variant available in India)
Available in Black And White colors
5inch 720 X 1080p display
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Qualcomm quad-core 1.2Ghz processor
Adreno 305 graphic processor
Great battery life
Pure Android and no bloatware
Latest android version with promised update to android L
Good Camera with Motorola's own app
Better alternatives are available (Xioami Mi3 and Asus Zenfone 5)
Everyone may not like Pure android
Plastic back panel
Welcome back guys, today we will review the next generation of Motorola’s Moto G aka Moto G ( gen 2) or Moto G 2014 edition, call it the way you want. Motorola’s Moto G 2013 was one of the best budget flagship devices from the company, having said that, it was a huge hit not only in India but also in foreign markets too. Because of its unique design, the best in class specifications and the then latest acquisition by Google made the device a popular choice for most of the people round the globe. Motorola’s bet on Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart as an exclusive retailer for all the Moto’s in India proved to be the key driving force behind its success. Now, Motorola has come up with an iteration for their device, to lure the market. But does it have what it takes to be the next trendsetter ? Lets find it out..
Though Motorola’s Moto G was appreciated by most of the techies, it was not a complete device in the sense that it lacked a few things, for example expandable storage via SD card and so on. Motorola itself has accepted the shortcomings and all of them are taken care of in the Moto G 2014 edition (gen 2). The question still remains whether it is enough to be a market leader.
The box is minimalist and has the side view of the phone at the front side as far as graphics are concerned. While we opened the box, the first thing was the handset itself and down the line inside the box was the charge with fixed Micro-USB cable, headphones. There are few manuals and the warranty card include (in Hindi as well as English separate manuals).
List of In-The-Box
- Wall charger
- Warranty Card
It is quite obvious that Motorola has decided to include only required accessories for certain reasons the keep the cost low. It is surprising that Motorola has not included the USB cable, and one has to buy or at least have to borrow someone’s USB-to-Micro-USB cable to share the data between PC and Phone.
For those who have used the Moto G 2013 edition may not find anything new, considering the design aesthetics and the build quality. The next generation Moto G derives its looks from its predecessor, except the screen size which is now 5 inches as compared to earlier 4.7 inch.
The phone packs a Quad Core Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1.2Ghz with Adreno 305 graphics processor. The phone contains 1GB of RAM with 16GB of internal storage which can be furthermore expanded to 32GB via external SD card, this is one of the features, which the next generation Moto G excels compared to its predecessor. Same as its previous version the next generation Moto G supports Dual Micro-SIM.
The new Moto G has a bigger screen with the same 720 X 1080p resolution which gives the pixel density of about 294dpi slightly lesser than its predecessor.
About, the sensors, Motorola has kept it simple, the only addition is the Gyroscope. Moto G includes
Design And Aesthetics
While reviewing the next generation Moto G, we felt the same build quality and design as the earlier one. The power button and the volume rockers are on the left of the phone while the right edge is plain. The power button and the volume rockers could have been raised a bit, as they are not handy enough to be pressed quickly at times.
The back is curved a bit to give the extra grip and has a plastic matte finish panel. The 13MP camera is centrally located and the flash is just below, followed by the Motorola’s “M”.
The improvement in the second generation Moto G is the speaker placement, which is moved from back to the front on the phone. While this improves the sound quality when the phone is not in the hands, we found that the speaker was often covered by the hands while playing games or while using the phone in the landscape mode, thus degrading the sound quality.
While the second generation Moto G ships with a 5 inch display as compared to earlier version with 4.7 inch screen size, the screen resolution remains the same. Pixel density calculates out to be roughly 294dpi. This is a slight change and the decrease in density cannot be clearly differentiated by the human eye. The viewing angles are good and the screen is sharp and crisp for almost 180 degree view.
Moto G 2014 edition runs on android 4.4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box with a promised update to Android L. The user interface is simple as it is mostly “Pure Android” with minor optimizations from Motorola. Moto G comes with some “generic” apps from Motorola like the Moto Migrate, Moto Assist and Moto Alert especially for women to send alerts to the people in the neighborhood. Other apps that come pre-installed are the default apps from Google.
There are few tweaks from Motorola in the camera app, similar to that of Moto G. Left swipe in the camera app gets access to quick camera settings. The shutter speed was fast and the images were also sharp and detailed.
Motorola Moto G has no conventional capacitive touch buttons, only the on screen buttons supported from android 4.3 Jelly bean.
Moto G 2 gen, has 8MP rare camera which is capable of shooting in 720p with 30 frames per second. The front camera is 2MP for selfies. Moto G runs on Motorola’s own camera app atop the original android camera app which is very similar to the app on the pervious version.
The quality of the images were quite pleasing outdoor and indoor too. By default HDR mode is active at the time of starting camera app. The 8MP camera does well and the video quality is also decent. The Motorola app helps to take the photos by touching any part of the screen which makes super easy to capture images.
Though the back cover can be swapped, the battery is not accessible and remains sealed into the device. The 2070mAh battery performance is great even when both the SIMs are in place.
After the success of Motorola’s Moto G 2013 edition, it seems that Motorola has ably handled the higher expectations and rolled out a new benchmark device. Motorola’s Moto G is certainly a device to go for those who love the “pure android” interface accompanied with advanced hardware at the right price bracket.
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