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Review: Moto G (2014, G2)
3.7Overall Score

Price (RRP): $269
Manufacturer: Motorola

Big phones are in, and to go with that trend, Motorola is upgrading one of its entry-level handsets, increasing the screen size of its G series phone to make it a sub-$300 5 inch handset, but is the G2 better or just a bigger version of the same?

Features

It’s time for a new Moto G, with Motorola applying a new size to the last Moto G, which can still be found on the market.

In the new edition, you’ll find a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 paired with 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, and working alongside the Adreno 305 graphics set. The storage can be upgraded with a microSD card, with the slot found underneath the plastic casing of the back.

Google’s Android operating system runs here, with version 4.4 provided out of the box, also known as “KitKat.”

Connection options are fairly basic, with Motorola including support for 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS, while mobile broadband is handled by a 3G modem, and wired dealt with via the microUSB port found at the very bottom of the handset.

Cameras are included as well, with an 8 megapixel camera with flash on the back, while the front-facing camera is rated at 2 megapixels.

This technology sits under a 5 inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) display, protecting by Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 and running the 720p resolution of 1280×720.

No soft buttons can be found printed on the unit, with these included as part of the software, changing based on what you’re doing.

That said, you’ll find two physical buttons on the Moto G 2014 handset, with both the power button and volume rocker found on the right edge, with the power button sitting above the volume.

Ports equal the buttons in number, with a 3.5mm headset jack found at the very top and centre of the phone, while the microUSB charge and data port sits at the bottom centre.

The Moto G 2014 edition arrives with two microSIM slots in Australia, making it possible to run two services at once, both of which can be found by removing the back of the phone. The microSD slot can also be found when the back cover is removed.

The battery is not removable in the Moto G and is rated at 2070mAh.

Performance

It doesn’t seem like the Moto G 4G version has been out in Australia all that long — a few months, barely — but here we are with a totally new model, and just in case you weren’t confused yet, it even carries the same name as its predecessor.

Yes, it’s the Moto G, but you can call it the Moto G second-generation, or Moto G2 like other people. Or, you can call it the Moto G, because that’s what it says on the box, not really discerning itself all that much from the still-available 2013 Moto G out there in the world.