A bump in screen size and a memory card slot ups the price. So is the new Moto G still the best budget Android around?
Last year Motorola destroyed the low-end Android market. Cheap smartphones had been available before but usually at a huge trade off; poor processing power, a lack of updates and support, plus questionable build quality were just a few thorns in the sides of those just wanting something modern and affordable.
So the original Moto G was the handset to answer the call of thousands of consumers. Under the watchful eye of Google’s ownership, Motorola crafted a solid, well-designed and bang up-to-date smartphone that ticked almost every box. It also provided a sense of familiarity and trust from a brand synonymous with mobile technology and reliability. It’s of no surprise to this reviewer that the original Moto G was the least-returned, high-selling handset at Clove last year.
So here we are 10 months later – what’s changed and is it for the better?
Well for a start Motorola’s range has a notch lower to entry-level with the dual-core Moto E. This little cracker comes in at below £100 and took some of the market the original G captured. They then decided to improve upon the G by adding 4G capabilities. The Moto G 4G is still about the cheapest way to get hold of LTE capabilities in an affordable phone.
So why the need for this new 5-inch 3G only model? Especially since it comes with the same name and risks muddying the brand somewhat?
There’s no denying this new 2014 edition Moto G is an excellent phone
It’s a difficult question to answer, although there’s no denying this new 2014 edition Moto G is an excellent phone (SPOILER – it’s still the best phone at this price point). In the smartphone world bigger is certainly better at the moment and bridging the gap to a 5-inch screen allows the new Moto G 2nd Gen to sit more comfortably on the shelf next to more powerful phones whose price it scoffs at. It’s also a shout out to other manufacturers – as long as Sony, HTC, Samsung et al. all fail to release a quality handset that matches the Moto’s specs and price, Motorola continue to be the king of this particular castle.
You might not need that 5-inch screen. However you should be finding it hard not to marvel at how you can have it for under £150. Read on for the full review.