Moto G (2014) or Moto G2, if you will, was released earlier this month and it would have been perfect, if there wasn’t one very significant flaw – it doesn’t support 4G.
Specs and Hardware
Motorola kept most of the original components that were featured in the last year’s model. Moto G2 (as we will refer to it) comes with a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and the Adreno 305 GPU including 1GB of RAM. While it may not house the state-of-the-art technology, it will run more than okay unless you clog it with more resource-demanding apps or games that are available on the market. In that case, you might experience stuttering and lag that you might have noticed before if you used the older model. Moto G2 is available in two versions, one with 8GB internal memory and the other one with 16GB. Both versions support Dual-SIM connectivity and a microSD card memory expansion (up to 32GB), but unfortunately, 4G isn’t supported in either version; so going back to 3G might be frustrating to more demanding users. Other features include all the other basic things that you would expect, in any other phone, like, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, so we won’t pay much attention to those details in our review.
Design – Slightly Bigger Than the Original Moto G
Motorola listened to their customers and addressed their last year’s concerns in terms of features that the users felt were lacking. Moto G2 has a larger screen, louder speakers and Dual-SIM slots. In terms of design, it’s almost identical to its predecessor. The phone is almost entirely made out of plastic and its design is nothing special; but that’s expected, considering it’s a device that can brag about its low price. The plastic back is removable and offers an array of different colored backs (Raspberry, Violet, Royal Blue, Spearmint, and Lemon lime are all offered by Motorola), as well as flip covers that can add a bit of customization to the device. It features a 5” screen (over the original’s 4.5”), with a silver speaker located at the bottom part. One of the few differences with the original model is that Moto G2 doesn’t have a rear facing speaker. Moto G2 is 11mm slim and weighs 149 grams, so it won’t feel heavy when it comes to one handed operation.
Battery Capacity and Life with Good Optimization
Battery is a little better than on Moto X 2014 model and is capable of holding its own for quite some time before demanding a recharge. With light use (an hour of internet surfing, some YouTube and a few calls) it can last over 2 days before you’ll need to recharge it and with heavy use, it will last through the entire day, with often getting into the next. It’s capacity is only 2070 mAh; but it isn’t very power consuming (despite the fact that it has a larger screen) thanks to good optimization and the lack of some sensors (touchless control being one) that were featured on the last year’s model.
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