Since Google purchased Motorola a while back, the world has been waiting to see what devices would emerge from the company post-integration. With one eye on Nokia’s success in the budget smartphone market with the Lumia 520 (which we reviewed back in the summer), the new Motorola Moto G will provide serious competition for value-conscious consumers.
Shipping at just £134.95 SIM free in the UK and Ireleand with 8GB of storage and from £159 SIM free for 16GB, the Moto G is being positioned by Motorola as the device that will bring equality for smartphone users at the wrong end of the “digital divide” that separates the ‘haves” from the “have nots”.
Launching the device this week, Motorola accuse the smartphone industry of relegating “hundreds of millions of smartphone buyers to second-class status, preventing them from experiencing the mobile Internet at its best.”
The company goes on to say: “We think there should be a better option. Everybody deserves to be on the mobile Internet, and price shouldn’t stand in the way of anyone having a truly good smartphone to get them there.”
Motorola’s answer is the Moto G, a 4.5-inch HD display smartphone powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz. At launch, it runs stock Android 4.3 Jellybean, with an updated to KitKat promised in early 2014. That display offers the highest resolution within its class, according to Motorola, at 1280 x 720p with 329 ppi – ensuring that text is crisp and images and videos really pop.
As you’d expect, the on-board cameras won’t stack up against the more expensive smartphones out there, but they’ll do a job on the move with a 1.3 MP front facing camera and a 5MP snapper on the back (in 3:4 configuration – 16:9 shots drop to 3.8 MP. Video capture is high definition, rated at 720p 30fps.
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 support will keep you hooked into the networks and devices you need but as we saw with Google’s Nexus 5, storage is limited to the on board 8 or 16GB RAM – there’s no option for MicroSD card expansion, unfortunately.
At launch, you can expect to be cross-sold a range of accessories, including a host of interchangeable Motorola Shells, Flip Shells and Grip Shells presented for your delectation in seven colours.
So, if you’re looking for a well featured Android Smartphone that isn’t going to break the bank, or a decent device for kids and grandparents during the holiday season then you should check out the Motorola Moto G for sure. If I hadn’t just picked up a Nexus 5, I’d be doing the same!