17 December 2013
Motorola's absence from the mobile market may not have been a disappointment for too many people, but the Moto G is definitely a triumphant return and one worth noting for fans of smartphones which offer good value for money. Motorola is, of course, now owned by Google, so the price of the Moto G has been kept as low as possible, following a similar tactic that the search giant takes with its own-brand Nexus range of handsets and tablets. So for around £135 for the base 8GB model and £159 for the 16GB edition, what do you actually get for your money?
The exterior of the Moto G is fashioned from rugged plastic that is pleasingly curved and feels durable enough to withstand the rigours of everyday use, which is not always the case for other cut-price devices. The back of the phone has a rubber-like texture to it which can repel water and also prevent fingerprint marks from piling up, so keeping it spic and span will not be difficult. Be aware that, unlike Sony's flagship Xperia devices, this is not a waterproof model, so avoid dropping it in liquid if you can. You can specify a number of different colours for the Moto G, and the custom phone cases buyers can pick from are diverse enough to suit different tastes.
The front of the phone features a 4.5 inch 720p HD display, which has a pixel density equivalent to that of the iPhone 5S but covers a larger area. On the inside a quad-core 1.2GHz processor is combined with 1GB of RAM to make the Moto G a formidable performer, particularly in comparison with the single and dual-core devices that it competes with at the affordable end of the market. There is a five-megapixel camera with an LED flash on the back, as well as basic front-facing camera which you can use for taking a selfie or two, or to call your friends and family via video. The photography capabilities are not the best around, but for the price it is difficult to complain.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is installed on the Moto G and with Google at the helm of Motorola there are no secondary adornments to this software, which is arguably a very good thing. Android's standard interface is flexible, customisable and runs smoothly on this phone. You can expect to see Android 4.4 KitKat turning up on the Moto G before almost any other device as well, with a spring 2014 release on the cards, which is good for those who want to experience the latest software that Google has to offer. With more than a million apps available to download from the Google Play store, the Motorola Moto G is a bargain of a smartphone that avoids the usual pitfalls associated with low-price handsets.
What do you think of the Moto G? For reviews on its android siblings, take a look at our blog!
Kimberley Rogers on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 · Leave a Comment