Motorola had its moment at IFA last week. It released its much anticipated Moto360 smartwatch, the successor to the Moto X, the Moto Hint bluetooth accessory and, probably its most important device – a new and updated Moto G.
The Moto G was a great success in the emerging markets. At under $200 off-contract, it is unlike any other “mid-range” phone, and does not have much competition, considering that other midrange devices from Samsung, HTC and Apple still cost $400 without a contract. The Moto G has also been getting prompt updates to its stock Android system, which is a big bonus since it does not have to wait for carriers or manufacturers to “optimize” every new version with its own skin and bloatware.
Not wanting to rest on its laurels, the new Moto G has even more features to tout. The biggest change is its form factor, the Moto G now comes with a 5-inch 720p screen, 0.5 inches larger than its predecessor. It carries the same resolution, which means a slightly lower pixel density, but there is hardly any difference to the naked eye.
The 2nd-gen Moto G also offers expandable storage with a addition of a microSD slot. This was one of the most criticised points of the original Moto G and Motorola seems to have taken its feedback seriously, although Motorola recommends not to use cards larger than 32GB at the moment – that said, we hope this can change with a software update in the future.
Its other features include an improved 8MP rear camera, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU and 1 GB ram. It still comes with a removable, customizable backplate that is avaliable in 6 colors. The front of the phone can be had in either black or white. The Moto G now comes with front facing dual speakers, which is much better than the single rear-facing speaker that came with the original.
It comes in 8 and 16GB variants and starts at the same $179 mark. For all we can tell, the original Moto G was one of the best phones for budget conscious phones, the second gen is even better and is a no-brainer if you are looking for a mid-tier phone off contract.