The Moto G line of mobile phones has gained a reputation for providing well-designed handsets for the budget conscious consumer. The latest model, the Moto G 2015, was released in the UK on 28 July 2015, along with the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play. The new Moto G has increased the quality of its hardware along with its robust design options, while only slightly elevating the price tag. While it may no longer be a true budget friendly mobile, fans of the Moto G will want to check out the new offering, as it could easily be worth the upgrade.
The Moto G 2015 ships with the 1.4 GHz quad-core 64 bit Snapdragon 410 processor, and 1 or 2GB of RAM, allowing it to switch between apps with ease. It comes with a 2470 mAh battery, and Motorola promises your mobile will stay charged for 24 hours with common usage, which will thrill users who cannot set their phones down. It comes with the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system, and does not have a lot of additional factory add-ins, giving the user a smooth experience.
The 5in display is slightly under par at 720×1280, but an upgrade to 1080×1920 would likely have driven up the phone’s price. It is still clear enough for all but the most discerning users. The Moto G2015 weighs in at 157g and 11.6 mm thick, giving this model a slight heftiness that signifies quality craftsmanship. 4G LTE connectivity is provided, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, and GPS. The notable exception is the lack of NFC, which will prevent shoppers from taking advantage of contactless payment systems such as the upcoming Android Pay.
One of the Moto G 2015’s more delightful features is the various design options brought to customers by the Moto Maker. You can personalise the casing, with ten colours of trim, ten colours for the back, and either a black or white front, and even more designs with the various shells available for purchase. The bright and cheerful colour options make this phone very attractive and eye-catching. Make the phone even more distinctly yours with name engraving, and phone wallpaper selections. If you want to coordinate your mobile with your accessories, the Moto G 2015 is the way to do it.
In an unusual move for most inexpensive mobile phones, Motorola chose to make the Moto G 2015 water resistant, meeting the IPX7 certification standard for up to one meter in depth for up to thirty minutes. It does not even require that the ports be covered with a flap, as other phones do. You should not have a problem if you accidently drop your phone in a puddle or a sink full of water, which provides additional reassurance.
The Moto G 2015 also comes with outstanding camera options for a phone in its price range. It has a 13 megapixel rear camera equipped with dual LED flash. The front-facing camera is a sharp 5 megapixel model, making your self-portraits more clear than ever. You can also shoot videos with 1080p at 30fps, to capture all of your special moments. Launch the camera by twisting your wrist, and try out the variety of photography modes available, such as burst mode and panoramic scenes. Store your photos on either 8GB or 16GB of built-in memory, though you will quickly want to add a micro SD card of up to 32GB.
At a price point of £179 for the 8GB model and £209 for the 16GB version, the Moto G 2015 is still a fairly affordable option for most Android users. Motorola has gone out of its way to make this phone a strong competitor in the cluttered mobile market. If you like to have fun with your phone, and make the experience uniquely yours, the Moto G 2015 could be a wise investment. Underneath the colourful surface, it has enough power to run all of your favourite apps with a clean, user-friendly interface.