New Moto G 2014
A great smartphone shouldn’t be a privilege
The catchline for the New Moto G 2014 smartphone really does ring true and at just £149 off-contract or with crazy cheap line rentals there should be little to hold you back if your budget is tight. In my New Moto G 2014 review we discover a sturdy set of features that have few, if any, chinks in its armour.
Supplied in either black or white the New Moto G 2014 smartphone has a classic look that can be spiced up with colourful interchangeable shells sold separately. The design on the front is framed at the top and bottom with stereo speakers and whilst the 2nd generation Moto G isn’t waterproof it does have a water resistant coating to protect it against minor spills and splashes.
In the hand the 149 gram body feels comfortable and the curved design sees the Moto G expand from 6mm at its edges to 11mm in the centre. Corning Gorilla Glass protects the 5” 720p HD display which has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels at 294 pixels per inch and this seems very reasonable for a sub £200 smartphone.
A quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB RAM powers the New Moto G and the 8GB internal memory can be expanded with a 32GB microSD card for those who download tons of apps or save loads of photos and videos.
Phone Set Up
The Android KitKat v4.4 operating system offers an easy to get to grips with experience. Your phone set up should include a visit to the Google Play app store to download your favourites such as WhatsApp and Instagram.
To ease the pain of setting up your new smartphone Motorola have pre-installed the Motorola Migrate app. This pulls off personal data including contacts, calendar events and messages from old Android, iPhone and feature phones. This basically means that you will be up and running in no time at all without any fuss!
With true multitasking the New Moto G 2014 is a pleasure to use and you can upload pictures whilst listening to music or switch quickly from game play to sending a text. Promoting their accessory range seems to be a high priority for Motorola, maybe because of the Moto G’s low pricing, so if you want to expand the experience you could purchase the JBL Micro Wireless Speaker or wired headphones that enable the use of the Moto G FM radio.
A few Motorola features accompany those provided by the Android OS and these include the Assist app which silences the phone when it knows you are in a meeting or sleeping. There is also a location based Alert app that lets friends know where you are or if you feel in danger your can send a notification to preset contacts you have chosen.
Camera & Video
The inclusion of an 8MP camera really makes this smartphone superb value for money. The interface is particularly attractive with the option to tap anywhere on the screen or use the volume up or down buttons to activate the shutter.
The camera is pretty feature rich with an LED flash, autofocus, 4x digital zoom, burst mode, auto HDR (for taking images that have both light and dark extremes), tap to focus and a panorama mode. It only takes 3 clicks to share your results and there is a 2MP camera on the front for selfies or making video calls.
HD video can be captured at a quality of 720p at 30 frames per second and the slow motion video feature offers a little fun.
The 2,070mAh battery is perfectly adequate and even though the screen is bigger on the New Moto G compared to that on the first generation Moto G, tests show that the standby time is almost the same. A battery that last all day seems absolutely possible based on a mixed usage scenario so this rounds off nicely what I think is a cracking smartphone at an incredible price, well done Motorola!
Written by: Michael Brown