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They’re often big, shiny, with sexy screens, great cameras, loud speakers, and high prices.

That last part can be a bit of a problem, however, and not everyone is interested in paying a high price for a phone, and when you factor in how quickly phones get replaced, you can understand why.

We are living in a nearly disposable device society, where we replace phones at a rate of a new one ever year or two, sometimes sooner depending on your cash flow or if an accident has occurred. Telcos have joined in on the action with “new phone feelings” to let you replace annually if a monthly fee is added, and some people just have to have the latest and greatest thing.


As such, you can kind of expect that we’ll all soon have a lot of spare gadgets, that is if we’re not passing them down to others — parents, kids — or selling them on eBay.

So we’re buying phones, and we’re doing this a lot, but not everyone wants to sit in the upper echelon or the high price bracket for mobile spending, and why should they? These days, you can get a perfectly great little device for under $500, as smartphone makers work to capitalise on the mid-range market, an area that isn’t new but is gaining ground quickly due to the realisation that not everyone has dollars to throw at devices.

One of the oldest mobile companies in the world — Motorola — has been doing good business in the middle of the market, too, with its G series being the biggest product the company has ever had in smartphones. We’re not sure how it ranks in the grand scheme of things — is it enough to beat either the StarTAC or RAZR phones? (there are more people using phones these days, so it’s highly possible it is) — but Motorola has said that the G is a big deal for the company.

So in its third iteration, what is the company doing to make it stand out, to hold your hand and say “if it’s time for an upgrade or for your very first phone, you should pick me”?


Pick up the 2015 Moto G and you’ll find a relatively comfortable device, with the five inch size giving a little extra height in comparison to devices like the iPhone 6, with more width and thickness, too.

Plastic is the name of the game here, hardly a surprise given where the G fits in the market, though at least it’s not a plastic that manages to feel grubby in your hands.

Indeed, Motorola has even made the back have texture so that the device is easy to grip and you always know which side you’re holding. If it feels slick and slippery, it’s the glas front, and if not with a ridged texture, guess what, you are holding the back.

All up, it is comfortable and there’s a slight curve in the back design that makes it feel like it conforms ever so slightly to the palm of your hand, allowing you to cradle it easily.

Start using the Moto G third gen and you’ll find a star in the making, with Motorola appearing to fine tune that Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 to hum along nicely, working well with the 2GB RAM Australians are lucky to receive.

Why are we lucky?