In 2013, Motorola changed the dynamics of the entry-level smartphone market forever with the Moto G. Almost two years and two versions later, the Moto G isn’t just an entry-level phone anymore, it is a respectable mid-range offering with the price of a starter model.
This year’s Moto G puts its weight behind its design more than any other aspect. For the first time, Motorola’s famed and rather limited customization Moto Maker service is coming to the Moto G. Though, despite plans of expansion, it won’t be available everywhere. Still, it is something unheard of for a budget phone and adds a bit of personal touch.
As usual, the display is quite the same at the front: 5” with 720p HD resolution with protection from Gorilla Glass 3. More notably, there is LTE support as default now, as well as dual-SIM in some markets.
Water-protection has also made its way, with the phone now submersible underwater for up to 30 minutes at a meter’s depth, thanks to IPX7 certification. The camera is another improvement. You have a 13 megapixel sensor on the back now, with a dual-tone LED Flash, coupled with a 5 megapixel shooter upfront.
Under the hood, the processor has been upgraded to a 1.4 Ghz 64-bit Snapdragon 410 unit, with either a 2 GB/16 GB or a 1 GB/8 GB RAM-storage combination. There will be a microSD card slot for expansion by 32 GB.
As was expected, the phone runs on near-stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on the software side, with a few apps such as Motorola Camera, Connect and Assist from the manufacturer’s side. Hence, the phone remains one of the cheapest phones to provide near-Nexus experience.
Connectivity options are all the usual: LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Battery capacity has been upped to 2,470 mAh. As for the price, the phone will cost $179.99 for the 1 GB/ 8 GB variant, or $219.99 for the better 2 GB/16 GB version. The upside remains that fact that either way you can’t go wrong.