New Moto G: Motorola’s most successful smartphone gets better
The first-generation Moto G has been the most successful smartphone in Motorola’s history. So, how do you improve something that is so loved by the consumers without messing it up? This was the biggest question in front of Motorola as it developed the second-generation Moto G over the past several months.
According to the company executives, it focussed on the basic issues and listened to its consumers. Despite being very popular, the original Moto G was not a perfect phone, it had its fair share of issues but none of them impossible to fix. So, what Motorola has done with the new Moto G, is attempted to fix some of the most talked-about problems with its predecessor without compromising on good aspects of the phone.
During the India launch event of the Motorola’s new devices, I spent some time with Moto G (2nd Gen.) to find out whether the company has been successful in making the new Moto G better than the original.
The most important changes in the new Moto G are the display and speakers. Not only the company has increased the display size but it has also included front-facing stereo speakers on the phone, something which was not present in the last-generation. The display resolution is still 720p HD but I believe that despite the increased display size, the screen still looks quite good. The IPS technology makes sure the consumers get great viewing angles and the Gorilla Glass 3 makes it scratch-resistant.Another aspect about which the buyers of the original Moto G had been most vocal about is the microSD card slot. The lack of expendable storage in the first-generation Moto G was a big issue for the 8GB variant buyers and a deal-breaker for a number of consumers. Motorola has fixed the problem by providing a microSD card slot in the new smartphone, which can be accessed by removing the back cover. Although the expansion slot only supports 32GB of storage, it is still better than nothing. Especially in India, where Motorola is only selling the 16GB storage variant, the consumers will be satisfied with up to 32GB of extra storage.
Motorola has also upgraded the resolution of both front and rear cameras in the Moto G (2nd Gen.). The consumers will now get 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front shooter. This brings the Moto G cameras in-line with other similarly priced smartphones from most popular smartphone makers. The image quality of the cameras remain to be tested and I will cover it in the full review.
This is pretty much what is new in the new Moto G, apart from these features, the smartphone keeps the sturdy and solid body of the last-generation with some design changes. There is splash-resistant nano-coating as well as for basic protection against water.The Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor makes sure the consumers get a snappy performance without any lag or hiccups. During my brief usage, the phone provided a smooth experience with no sign of any issues.
You will also find FM Radio, 3G support, as well as stock Android 4.4.4 (the latest available version of Android). Motorola is promising that it will provide Android L for the new Moto G and given the company’s past track of software updates, you shouldn’t worry about them. I have heard some concerns about the presence of just 1GB of RAM and whether it will impact the performance of the smartphone after the Android L update. Thanks to Google’s efforts to make Android play nice with low-end hardware, I believe that 1GB of RAM will be more than enough to provide a good experience even with the upcoming iteration of Android.
So overall, Yes, Motorola has successfully improved on a tried and tested smartphone. Despite the increasing competition, the Moto G (2nd Gen.) once again brings Motorola on the front of budget smartphone makers.