As the bargain version of the due to be released Moto X, the Moto G is smaller and cheaper than the coming device from Motorola. At first glance the smartphone has a similar look to the budget smartphones you’ll find out there (read: cheap plastic). This shouldn’t be a deterrent when you consider the price of $130 because it has a very good price /performance ratio.
The device weighs in at 143g and has a 4.5″ TFT display with a 1280 by 720 HD resolution. With 339 ppi it’s a little higher than even the iPhone 5s. The display is pretty sharp, colors are vivid and the it is easy on the eyes. For it’s device class, brightness, depth and contrast are all pretty good.
It features the more than adequate Qualcomm Snapdragon quadcore 400 chipset, but unfortunately only has 1 GB of on board RAM. It’s pretty smooth even if it doesn’t have the sharpest experience when running multiple apps. Internal storage comes in either 8 or 16GB and while other devices offer more you do get 50GB of Google cloud storage at no extra cost.
The Moto G ships with Android 4.4.2 which has a fresh look and notification bars, fullscreen apps, updated Google Hangouts and also features wireles printing. The UI hasn’t undergone dramatic changes and their aren’t any Android dissolving overlays. There are just a few apps like a personal assistant, another app for transferring data across phones, and a live technical support app. If you need to work while on the go, Quickoffice comes standard and is interwoven with Google Drive which makes depositing documents a cinch.
The camera is fairly unimpressive on the whole but it gets the job done. It has 5 MP and has the bespoke interface. Some of the features are HDR, flash and widescreen, control focus and exposure, slow motion, pan and geo-tagging. There is also a gallery app but at the same time are no advanced settings like ISO or exposure.
It connects just as well as anything else with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G. There is no LTE or NFC (which isn’t an issue since Bluetooth is present). The big downside here is that there is no LTE capability.
The battery is said to be able to run the device for the whole day with 2070mAh. With even resource demanding use, it has a robust life and will definitely get you through the day on a single charge.
Ultimately this phone packs quite a punch for it’s device class, however for the price one would hope to get a little more. Still it runs the latest Android iteration. As mentioned there is no LTE and the microSD support is lacking. The camera is average to below average and the memory onboard makes for an overall average experience with some spikes and omissions to justify the price.