Despite the decent offering, you may notice the odd bit of pixelation here and there, part and parcel with the fact that you’re viewing roughly 294 pixels per inch, approximately 30 lower than the original recommendation for Apple’s “Retina” grade panels.
It needs to be said that it’s not a huge amount lower that it’ll cause problems at all, and for the price, this isn’t a bad screen either, with decent viewing angles while the sides wash out slightly. Rather, it’s that you might see a little pixelation on numbers and letters every so often, though only slightly.
Over in the battery life department, the 2015 Motorola G is an absolute star, besting every flagship from 2015 thus far without a problem and scoring two days of battery life.
That’s not “two days provided you charge a little at lunch” or “two days but you should get home quick because in the evening the battery life will turn to dust”.
No, this is “two days” full stop, with two days worth of listening to music, making and taking phone calls, sending messages, reading emails, browsing the web, watching the occasional YouTube cat video, and using the camera.
That is very impressive, as is the inclusion of a Category 4 modem inside.
Mobile data download speeds are, as such, fairly high, and while the price tag on the phone might appear low, the performance of it on a network is certainly anything but.
Tests of the 2015 Moto G in Sydney on Telstra’s 4GX network yields speeds ranging from 40Mbps all the way up to 100Mbps, making that Category 4 limit of 150Mbps well within reach.
While it may not have the edge like some of the Category 6 (300Mbps) and Category 9 (450Mbps) devices out there, if you have a problem with these speeds, you’re investing in the wrong section of the market, as the Moto G is doing bloody well, offering super fast speeds while you’re out and about.
At home, the WiFi isn’t the best it can be, though it should be fine for most people. For us, randomly, the WiFi would work and then drop out, despite being switched on. Indeed, we would see the exclamation mark of doom that you occasionally see on WiFi symbols, denoting that something just isn’t getting through.
That’s on top of this phone only supporting 2.4GHz 802.11n networks, which isn’t a total shock given the mid-range status, though our occasional WiFi dilemma may end up causing the odd headache for some people.
Hopefully you won’t have such problems, because while our 802.11ac network struggled at home, the 802.11n network at work appeared to be fine.
If all else fails, turn the WiFi on and off, as that appears to fix it, at least for a few minutes.