Solid value: Motorola's third-gen G reviewed
4.3Overall Score

Price (RRP): $369
Manufacturer: Motorola

Motorola’s G has always been a pretty solid middle ground for anyone looking for a phone that offers value, so can Motorola perfect the G on its third version?

Features

Motorola’s third generation G is here, and with it, a fair amount of new tech as well as some design differences, so let’s get stuck into what the company has in store for Australia’s buyers who don’t want to spend more than $400 for a handset.

First off, they’ll find a plastic body with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor inside, a quad-core chip clocked at 1.4GHz and set out to work with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, the latter of which can be upgraded with a microSD card slot.

Google’s Android 5.1 “Lollipop” runs natively on this phone out of the box, and the experience is said to be pure, with no overlays on top, as per what Motorola learned from Google those years ago.

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Cameras can be found here, and the upgrades look good on paper, with a 13 megapixel rear shooter with autofocus and flash, support Full HD 1080p video capture too, while the front-facing camera provides a 5 megapixel module for those selfie needs.

Connections are pretty standard, with 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 with support for Low Energy (LE), and GPS, though there is no support for Near-Field Communication (NFC) in this handset.

You’ll also find Category 4 4G LTE here, providing download speeds as fast as 150Mbps, network dependent, of course. And just to make things a little interesting, Motorola has support for two SIM cards in this handset, with the SIM card slots existing in the microSIM variant.

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All of this sits under a 5 inch 720p HD display, providing 1280×720 for the resolution, which in turn offers up roughly 294 pixels per inch of screen clarity. Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 sits on top of this display, and just to make the phone a little more rugged, Motorola equips the 2015 series G with an element of weather-proofing, certifying it for IPX7, which essentially means it can survive immersion for up to 30 minutes in one meter of freshwater.

As is the case with most smartphones, buttons and ports are few and far between, at least exposed ones, with a power button and volume rocker sitting on the right edge, with the ports existing only as a 3.5mm headset jack up top and a microUSB charge and data transfer port at the bottom.

Remaining buttons are all soft and virtual — on screen and digitally represented by Google Android for back, multitask, and home — while remaining ports for the Moto G (G3) can be found under the removable back, which will reveal two microSIM slots and a microSD expandable memory slot.

The battery in the Moto G 2015 edition handset is rated at 2470mAh and is not removable.

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Performance

These days, when you’re shopping for a phone, it is very easy to get tempted by the big expensive phones. After all, these represent the pinnacle of design and technology for that year, or at least for the few minutes you checked it out on the shelf of some store.