Motorola Moto G (2014) Review
The original Moto G was a phenomenal hit in the budget market, it was enhanced to produce Moto G 4G which was also good now it has been further refined to produce Moto G (2014). Does it have the essential characteristics of its predecessor to be the leading budget handset? Read the overview to know the answer.
The description of Motorola Moto G 2014 includes:
- quad-core Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor
- Android 4.4.4 operating system
- 1GB RAM, 8GB storage and an expansion slot for external memory
- 5mm length; 70.7mm width and 11mm thickness
- A display of 0 inch and 720 x 1280 pixels display resolution
- It weighs 149g
- Price of £149.99/$179.99
- The design of Moto G 2014 is exactly like the original Moto G except that it is a little larger than the original.
- The build of the handset feels robust; the physical material is sturdy and durable.
- Weighing 149g, it feels rather heavy.
- Measuring 11mm it is less chunky than the original Moto G.
- The front facia has no buttons.
- There is a volume rocker button and power button on the right edge.
- The backplate is rubberised which has a good grip.
- The handset can be personalised by using coloured back covers.
- The back covers are attached by removing the backplate.
- To provide extra protection, back covers are fitted around the back of the handset.
- The back cases come in a range of bright colours.
- Moto G 2014 has two front facing speakers which give excellent sound clarity.
- The battery is non-removable.
- There is an expansion slot for micro SD card beneath the backplate.
- The screen has been enhanced from 4.5 inches to 5.0 inches.
- The 720 x 1280 pixels of resolution gives stunning display.
- The pixel density has increased to 326ppi.
- The colours are bright and vibrant.
- Text clarity is also good.
- The display screen is protected by Corning Gorilla glass 3.
- The viewing angles are also impressive.
- Video and image viewing are great.
- The display almost matches to some of the high end devices.
- The handset comes with 2GHz quad core processor which is accompanied by 1 GB RAM.
- The processing is smooth but the processor struggles with some of the heavy apps and high end games. Multi-tasking also puts a strain on the processor.
- The back camera has been upgraded to 8 megapixels.
- The front camera has been upgraded to 2 megapixels.
- Videos can also be recorded at 720p.
- The snapshot quality is great, colours are clean and vibrant.
- The camera has a number of shooting and editing tools.
Memory & Battery
- The original Moto G came with 8 GB of built in storage but it did not have an expansion slot. The current version of Moto G has 8GB of built in storage which can be increased by inserting a 32GB supported microSD card.
- The 2070mAh battery will easily get you through a day but considering the large display a more powerful battery would have been nice.
- The Moto G 4G runs Android 4.4.4 operating system.
- There is also a tool for migrating your data from an old handset.
- The handset is dual-SIM supported.
- The handset does not support 4G.
- There is a very handy app called Assist, which turns the phone to silent mode at the set time, it even accesses your Calendar to know when the phone needs to be set to silent mode.
- There is also the feature of FM Radio.
Almost all the elements of Moto G have been upgraded or enhanced; display size has been increased, camera has been upgraded, operating system has been improved to Android 4.4.4 and the addition of sound speakers makes the handset one hell of a noisemaker. More powerful processor and battery could have been added but this will do. The absence of 4G does not make it a must have device but it is still a winner of many hearts.
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