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Review: Moto G (2nd Generation) / Moto G2

Sorry About the delay to review the Moto G, But it’s a long time that I got to use the Moto G 2nd Generation or the Moto G2

It seems it was yesterday that I saw first-generation Moto G, a fantastic Android smartphone. It was Motorola’s first major push into the entry-level market under the guidance of Google, and it was a successful one: the Moto G went on to become Motorola’s best-selling smartphone of all time…

Ten months out from the launch of the original Moto G, Motorola has unveiled a second-generation model Moto X and the Moto 360 smartwatch. Rather than calling this device the ‘Moto G2’, it’s simply known as the Moto G. Naturally this is quite confusing for people wanting to compare it to the previous model, so most of the time it’s being labeled as the second-generation Moto G or the Moto G2.

Motorola has kept the price at just Rs. 12,999. But this rather low-cost phone is quite a wonder in hand.

Overview

The new Moto G has a larger five-inch display compared to its 4.5-inch predecessor and the smartphone is largely built around it. It doesn’t have an edge-to-edge display and there is a small yet noticeable bezel around the edge of the display.

The device has a curved back— much like the Moto X— so although the phone is 11mm at its thickest point (curving off to 6mm on the sides) It hardly feels that it is 11mm at all— holding the smartphone feels extremely natural and comfortable. Interestingly enough, the device has the same Motorola indentation, camera and flash spacing on the back of the phone as the Moto X.

Two thick metallic rods appear to be embedded in gaps above and below the screen. These are actually speaker cutouts, though their design is unlike any we’ve seen before. There’s also a camera in one corner and a window for the proximity and light sensors above between the screen and the upper speaker. There isn’t much plastic around the screen, so all these things are quite cramped. The front face is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

For some unfathomable reason, the new Moto G’s charger has a fixed cable. You’ll need to use your own Micro-USB cable to plug it into a computer.

Feature and Specifications

Compared to the Moto G, the Moto G2 still has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, with four cores running at 1.2GHz and an integrated Adreno 305 GPU. There’s still 1GB RAM and 8GB or 16GB of storage space.

The screen also retains its 720×1280-pixel resolution despite the half-inch size increase. The only really significant change, and one we’re very happy about is the inclusion of a microSD card slot. This one little change fixes the most significant shortcoming of the original Moto G and puts Motorola right back in the running.
New Wi-Fi ac routers have been included since the latest standard is supported along with the usual b/g/n. There’s also Bluetooth 4, A-GPS and FM radio. The Moto G (Gen 2) can act as a USB OTG host and its spec sheet is rounded out with an accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyroscope and digital compass.
It comes with the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box
Camera
The Moto G2’s cameras get a jump up from a 5-megapixel shooter to an 8-megapixel one on the rear and from 1.3 to 2 megapixels on the front. Video recording resolution is still the same at 720p and all the software features are the same.
I was quite pleasantly surprised with the photos I was able to capture with the new Moto G. While not incredibly sharp or high quality, the photos had a warm, pleasant tone.Details are pretty impressive in close-ups, but taking pictures of landscapes is just the same. Low-light results were adequate, but the device takes a lot longer to lock focus.

 Performance

Performance-wise, I was quite happy with the Moto G (Gen 2) overall. There were minor lags now and then, but nothing severe. In some cases such as when opening and closing the app drawer, playing high graphic games the phone lagged a bit, but no other problems. Even while playing games like Asphalt 8,Frontline Commando: D- Day, the gameplay was smooth and the details were quite crisp.

The screen was a little hard to read in direct sunlight, but clarity and viewing angles were otherwise good. I was eager to test the new speakers, but it came away sorely disappointed. The sound is definitely more engaging when watching movies, but it just isn’t very loud and tends to tear at anything above the 50 percent volume mark. Movie dialogues were crisp, but the music was horribly tinny and compressed.
While not quite matching the raw performance of the Asus Zenfone 5, Motorola’s latest effort is still a contender thanks to its features and software. The 16GB versions of both phones are priced at Rs. 12,999, but there’s an 8GB Zenfone 5 option if you need to save a little money.
The Moto G (Gen 2) isn’t going to win any beauty contests but it’s a solid, utilitarian phone that doesn’t present too many confusing options and is free of pointless bloatware.
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Bhavish Shah

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