Mobile Phone Review : Motorola Moto G – The best budget Google phone


Mobile Phone Review – Motorola Moto G : Motorola is now a Google-owned company and the Moto G comes at an extremely attractive price: just £135. For this you get a smartphone that eclipses every other budget handset. It’s not going to trouble flagship smartphones, but it does have a higher specification than you’d expect from a phone that costs this little.

The Moto G costs a tiny £135, yet it has a great specification. It’s almost too good to be true

The best budget Google phone : Motorola Moto G

For a start, there’s a nicely sized 4.5in display with a 720p resolution. The pixel density of 326ppi is the same as that of the iPhone 5s, and is nice and sharp.

A quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM makes the Moto G speedy, so there’s hardly any waiting around for web pages or apps to load and virtually no lag when scrolling or zooming.

Storage is one area where corners have been cut. Like other budget handsets, it has just 8GB of internal storage, of which 5GB is available. There’s a 16GB model for £159 – a better choice for most people since there’s no microSD card slot. You do, however, get 50GB of free Google Drive cloud storage. Add that to the 15GB Google gives you as standard and you have 65GB in which to store photos, music and documents.

The Moto G has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a Micro-USB port for charging and synching. You don’t get NFC, infrared or 4G LTE. If you’re not planning to pay extra for a 4G data plan, being limited to 3G won’t matter.

Pick up the Moto G and it feels reassuringly weighty. The removable back cover lets you accessorise the phone with a different colour ‘Moto Shell’ or fl ip cover. Silver power- and volume buttons sit on the side and the two ports – headphone and Micro-USB – are located at either end of the handset. A large, central lens on the back covers a 5Mp camera, and there’s a 1.3Mp cam at the front.

It doesn’t come with the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, but the Moto G will be upgraded this month, according to Motorola.

Motorola touts ‘all day’ battery life for the Moto G and this proved to be the case in our testing. If you tend to use your smartphone lightly, then you’ll probably get a couple of days’ use out of it.

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