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Well, overseas, there are actually two variants, with one sitting pretty with 8GB storage and 1GB RAM, and the other sitting prettier with 16GB storage and 2GB RAM.

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Perhaps with a view to expecting someone to complain about how the first one just doesn’t sound good enough for a mid-range phone — does that sound like us? — Motorola has picked only one to be released locally, and fortunately, it’s the good one, offering more storage and more RAM.

As such, this combination of parts, as well as Motorola’s expert understanding of Android — because it was owned by Google for a bit there, wasn’t it? — helps to make the third generation Motorola G just purr, with little to no lag as you jump across apps, load new ones, and generally use the phone.

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Motorola’s insistence that Android stays the way Google envisioned it is also along for the ride, and as a result, this is the cleanest experience you can have on an Android phone short of buying one with the “Nexus” name stamped on it which have been made by Google as flagship phones for the Android operating system.

That means there’s no extra interpretation from Motorola as to how Android should perform, none of the quirks overlays like TouchWiz provide, and no chance that this will get confused with an iOS device like you might get with either Huawei’s EmotionUI or Oppo’s ColorOS.

This is Android and only Android, and you get the several widgetised home screens, the app menu, and a Google Now virtual assistant that looks through your day and tries to help you along with neato cards every step of the way

Yes, this is the Google Android we like most, and it’s delightful on a mid-range device like the Moto G.

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We’ve already touched on the performance, and it hums nicely despite it not being a top end phone, so you’ll find most apps will have no problem on this device, though if you run something a little more graphically heavy, say a game or something big, there may be a bit of lag, as is to be expected from a device where benchmarks don’t exactly reign supreme.

Furthermore, the addition of a microSD card slot is a nice inclusion, though it’s something the G series of devices has become known for.

Because, you know, upgrading phone memory is nice, even as some companies move away from it.

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The display isn’t bad either, with 720p HD staring back at you on a screen size of 5 inches, making it a fairly meaty phone for the $369 price point where this one sits.