Motorola’s New Moto G 2nd Generation (Moto G2, 2014): Review

Budget devices till 2013 meant bulky, bad looking, poor specifications, out-dated operating system and a poor camera. But, the launch of Motorola’s Moto G changed people’s thoughts about a budget smartphone. Motorola’s Moto G looked great on the specifications sheet, gave user’s an excellent performance and yes, it costed no more than Rs. 13,999 for the 16GB version and Rs. 12,499 for the 8GB version. But this year, Motorola made a history by announcing one of the greatest budget phones, called the Moto G (2nd Generation), also popularly known as Moto G2. Here’s our word on the phone that’s made to create a history in the budget smartphone market.

Packaging

Apart from the main hardware device, what’s in the box and how’s everything packed together also makes a big deal to people. For the people who’ve seen the predecessor, Moto G’s packaging – they’ll find it quite similar to it. The box, dimensionally, is not that big – but holds a lot of things together. The box included the user guide (in both languages, Hindi and English), a travel charger, the Motorola’s standard earphones and yes, the Moto G (2nd Generation) device.

Moto G (2nd Generation) Box

Moto G (2nd Generation) Box

 

Design

Motorola’s new Moto G (2014) or Moto G2, looks pretty. Motorola seems to have done a good job with the build quality and the finishing. The rear side of the Moto G2 is slightly more curved, than the previous Moto G smartphone. The Moto G2 is slightly thick towards the center, and the thickness seems to reduce as we move towards to edges, which makes the devices easy to hold and use. The rubberized finishing on the back and the edges, adds to the grip of the device. On the rear side, we find the same camera, flash and the punched Motorola’s logo. But this time, you won’t be able to locate the speakers grill on the rear side, which has shifted to the front side on this new Moto G (2014).

Moto G (2nd Generation) Design

Moto G (2nd Generation) Design

What makes Motorola known is the button placement. Despite of the huge 5-inches screen, all the buttons are easy to reach and can be pressed without lifting our hand, or by making odd gestures. The major differences that we can notice includes the front camera position, which we will now find on the right hand side. The other difference which we can clearly make out are the two wide speaker grills (which is quite similar to that of the HTC One), but those speaker looks really weird, though the placement is quite apt.

We can locate the 3.5mm earphones jack on the upper edge of the phone, and the micro-USB port on the lower edge. The power button and the volume rocker could be located on the right edge of the phone.

Display

It’s a trend to use a smartphone with a huge screen, that’s what Motorola did to impress people with its new Moto G. Moto G2 comes with 5-inch LCD IPS display, which is accompanied by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. But one drawback which you won’t feel is the change in the pixel density – it has dropped down from 326ppi to 293ppi, that’s due to the increase in the screen size while keeping the resolution constant, i.e., 1280 x 720. The screen’s brightness and color reproduction was nearly perfect and we couldn’t find any flaw in display. The viewing angles were superb, so was the usage of the phone outdoors. The buttons on the screen remain the same, as that of the previous Moto G, three on-screen touch buttons and no dedicated hardware buttons.

Moto G (2nd Generation) 5-inch Display

Moto G (2nd Generation) 5-inch Display

Storage

The storage option offered by the new Moto G is quite decent at what price it is available for. Moto G2 comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB as internal storage (out of which 12GB is usuable and rest is occupied for system files). While users with lot of multimedia requirements can opt for a maximum of 32GB of external storage, via the MicroSD card. An additional plus point for users going for this device is the support of OTG cable, which enables user to connect their external USB drive.

Performance and Operating System

The lagfree performance and great graphics in the Moto G2, is powered by ARM Cortex A7, 1.9Ghz Snapdragon 400 Quad-core processor with Adreno 305 GPU. The combination seems to be great, for a budget smartphone and most of the poeple’s gaming and multimedia requirements can be taken care of easily. The phone score of 17,947 in the AnTuTu benchmarks, which seems to be great for a smartphone that costs Rs. 13,999. The operating system running on the Moto G (2014) is Android KitKat v4.4.4 right out of the box.

Camera

This is the only factor which the existing Moto G users could complain about. And yes, Motorola has taken it into account, the Moto G (2nd Generation) smartphone comes with an improved camera, capable of performing much better than its predecessor. The new model now comes with an 8MP camera, and even offers users an option to switch between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. However, the camera application remains the same, with the same set of features and options to offer. The front facing camera of the new Moto G is a 2MP camera, which gives user a pretty decent selfies.

Coming to the camera quality, the images clicked outside, in natural light looked much better and detailed when compared to the previous version of Moto G. The sharpness and the correct amount of light which the image reproduce is worth a thumbs up. Being a budget phone, we can say that Motorola has worked hard on the camera, and has come up with the best what they could offer the users.

Battery

The battery backup offered by the Moto G2 was remarkable. The 2070mAh battery offered more than 10 hours of extreme usage, with 3G/WiFi always switched on the smartphone. The usage included media playback, gaming, streaming videos online, surfing the internet. If you ask me, the power backup of Moto G is sufficient for a day of heavy usage, and you’ll still have ample of battery left with you. So, battery doesn’t seem to be any problem in the new Moto G. But the only disappointment is that the battery is non-replaceable.

Verdict

The phone performs great, is made up of good material and is made to survive tough conditions. It is a pretty good option for users who are willing to purchase a phone for their daily use. It is also a must buy for all the tech geeks out there who desperately wait to try out the latest updates in software. But incase you are an existing Moto G (1st Generation) user, it would not be a healthy deal for you – migrating from your existing phone to the successor, as there have not been any such drastic change, expect for a larger screen size and a better camera.

Karan Uppal

Karan Uppal is the Editor-in-Chief for Virtuaniz. He is currently a bachelor student of Computer Science at Bangalore and is working with a few start-ups. Karan is a keen learner and loves to travel. He loves reviewing gadgets and claims them to hold an important part in his life. Follow him at @freezethinker to get his updates.

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