Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen)

8.2/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Motorola Moto G (2nd Gen)'s screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2070mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2070 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 16.7 days standby time, 780 minutes (2G), 709 minutes (3G).



The new Moto G doesn’t change much, but still a steal at $179.

- Andrew Cunningham , Ars Technica 


It isn't without its rivals, but if you're specifically looking for a budget dual-SIM Android phone, it's a good choice.

- Jim Martin , Tech Advisor 

Reviews summary

8.2/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 56 reviews

What's good

  • Improved photo quality
  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance during everyday tasks
  • Good overall screen sharpness

What's bad

  • Internal storage limited to 8GB
  • Processor cannot handle graphics-intensive games
  • Tinny sounding speakers

The Moto G 2014 is Motorola's follow-up to their highly successful budget smartphone – the Moto G. Despite sharing the same name, the Moto G 2014 comes with some new upgrades, most noticeably a larger screen. The 5-inch display retains the same 720p resolution, which drops the pixel density to 294ppi. Although not up to par with retina displays, reviewers were satisfied with its overall sharpness though they add that they display doesn't have the best viewing angles and contrast. Still, Ars Technica notes, "The screen is great for the price…"

Besides the larger screen, the Moto G 2014's design doesn't differ too much from its predecessor. It retains the same plastic chassis, interchangeable shells and slightly arched back cover. While slightly wider and taller, the Moto G 2014 offers the same 0.4 inch thickness as the original and is a tad heavier at 149 grams. The speakers, however, have moved from the back of the phone to the front. When reviewers compare the speakers to the previous version, they notice a jump in volume but describe the sound quality as "tinny." PC Advisors adds, "They're not great for music, but when playing games and watching videos…you'll appreciate both the stereo separation and decent quality."

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The new Moto G sports a fairly basic spec sheet: a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 2070 mAh battery. It isn't going to win any performance awards, but critics found it suitable enough for everyday tasks like browsing the web, playing casual games and checking emails. They do warn that it isn't capable of handling graphics or processor intensive games or apps. Due in part to the lower less powerful processor, reviewers note that the 2070 mAh battery can provide a solid one day's worth of juice during moderate usage. Internal storage is limited to 8GB though the phone does come with a microSD slot.

Besides the screen, the other big upgrade for the Moto G 2014 is the camera. Instead of a 5MP snapper, Motorola has increased the camera's resolution to 8MP. In comparison to the previous version, critics note huge improvements with color reproduction, low and indoor images and details.

Although Motorola doesn't really stray too far from the original formula, critics still recommend it as an excellent budget phone choice. Phone Arena states, "The handset screams value from every face." ZDNet adds, "As far as the new Moto G is concerned…we see no reason why it shouldn't continue the success of its predecessor."


Reviews (8.2/10 Avg. rating)


Reviewed

Middle-of-the-road performance at an affordable price

from Reviewed

You don’t have to search long to uncover the Moto G’s shortcomings, but if you meet them in the middle, it’s easier to embrace the phone for what it is. It’s not the market-changer like its 2014 predecessor, but that’s only because it’s upholding its predecessor’s tradition. The Moto G is a smartphone for consumers who find value in simplicity rather than bells and whistles. Its lack of bloatware, its comfortable design, and its outstanding battery life add up to a phone that's here to please the crowd rather than dazzle the competition...

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You don’t have to search long to uncover the Moto G’s shortcomings, but if you meet them in the middle, it’s easier to embrace the phone for what it is. It’s not the market-changer like its 2014 predecessor, but that’s only because it’s upholding its predecessor’s tradition. The Moto G is a smartphone for consumers who find value in simplicity rather than bells and whistles. Its lack of bloatware, its comfortable design, and its outstanding battery life add up to a phone that's here to please the crowd rather than dazzle the competition.

Make no mistake: This is not the type of bargain that will leave you feeling high in dry in a few months' time. Motorola has produced a practical device that cuts corners in a very measured way. If you're hoping to do more than basic point-and-shoot photography, you might want to explore other options—the absence of a decent camera is sure to have shutterbugs shying away from it. If solid performance and the price to match is what's important to you, you could certainly do much worse than the Moto G. 

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AndroidPIT

Slight improvement to a proven formula

from AndroidPIT

Two years ago, the Moto G was the best budget handset around, offering a good screen size and a quad-core Snapdragon 410 chipset that were ahead of its time for the price. Six months ago, the Moto G (2014) kept the same internals, while increasing the screen size to still feel like a great budget option. With this latest variant, the glacially-changing Moto G line is finally starting to show its age, particularly in light of growing competition from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and Xiaomi...

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Two years ago, the Moto G was the best budget handset around, offering a good screen size and a quad-core Snapdragon 410 chipset that were ahead of its time for the price. Six months ago, the Moto G (2014) kept the same internals, while increasing the screen size to still feel like a great budget option. With this latest variant, the glacially-changing Moto G line is finally starting to show its age, particularly in light of growing competition from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and Xiaomi.

The Moto G 4G (2015) remains a good budget phone, but we hope that the next Moto G - which we're expecting to see later in the year - takes a big step forward in terms of hardware so it can keep up with its rivals. 

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Notebookcheck

Bright, very color accurate screen but middling performance

from Notebookcheck

The same verdict applies to Motorola's Moto G 2nd Gen G4 as for the Moto G2 UMTS model. The significant modifications are LTE, the brighter but overall only marginally better screen (production deviation?), and the storage's considerably faster transfer rate that is barely reflected in the overall scores of the other benchmarks. Unexpectedly, and in the opinion of the tester, the significantly classier Lollipop now in Material Design and its many improvements over KitKat, does not give the new model a speed advantage despite identical core components. Although that is disappointing, the new model only costs approximately 20 Euros (~$22) more than the Moto G2....

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The same verdict applies to Motorola's Moto G 2nd Gen G4 as for the Moto G2 UMTS model. The significant modifications are LTE, the brighter but overall only marginally better screen (production deviation?), and the storage's considerably faster transfer rate that is barely reflected in the overall scores of the other benchmarks. Unexpectedly, and in the opinion of the tester, the significantly classier Lollipop now in Material Design and its many improvements over KitKat, does not give the new model a speed advantage despite identical core components. Although that is disappointing, the new model only costs approximately 20 Euros (~$22) more than the Moto G2.

Anyone who finds the second generation Moto G appealing and can live without a dual-SIM but not without high-speed LTE data transmission does not have to think twice and can grab it. 

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Coolsmartphone

Seriously impressive in its own right

from Coolsmartphone

The Moto G 4G 2015 edition it is a great device, at a decent price, with a great display, a Micro SD and some front facing speakers and a pretty decent rear camera. Yes it would be an amazing device with just a little bit more internal memory, but that would cost more. The spec difference between...More

The Moto G 4G 2015 edition it is a great device, at a decent price, with a great display, a Micro SD and some front facing speakers and a pretty decent rear camera. Yes it would be an amazing device with just a little bit more internal memory, but that would cost more. The spec difference between this and the new Moto E is confusing as the Moto E seems to have a better processor. But I feel that this model is seriously impressive in its own right and that’s probably just down to Lollipop and decent 4G.

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Tech Advisor

Poor successor to the best budget phone on the market and no match for the cheaper Moto E

from Tech Advisor

If you're looking for a cheap 4G smartphone then the Moto E 4G is the best deal on the market right now. If you would rather have a cheap dual-SIM phone with 3G connectivity then the mark 3 Moto G is your best bet. But the new Moto G 4G for 2015 is not the best phone for either customer, and its...More

If you're looking for a cheap 4G smartphone then the Moto E 4G is the best deal on the market right now. If you would rather have a cheap dual-SIM phone with 3G connectivity then the mark 3 Moto G is your best bet. But the new Moto G 4G for 2015 is not the best phone for either customer, and its larger, higher-resolution screen, marginally improved photography credentials and stereo sound are not enough for us to turn a blind eye to its £60 higher price, slower hardware and missing software features.

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Pocket-lint

An accomplished budget smartphone

from Pocket-lint

Motorola truly impressed us with the original Moto G, a budget smartphone that, at launch, was untouchable. But its larger-scale and slightly more expensive follow-up was a little less impressive due to a bulkier design and lack of 4G.

Which is where, in part, the Moto G 2015 comes in...More

Motorola truly impressed us with the original Moto G, a budget smartphone that, at launch, was untouchable. But its larger-scale and slightly more expensive follow-up was a little less impressive due to a bulkier design and lack of 4G.

Which is where, in part, the Moto G 2015 comes in to rectify things. Although it's still large and isn't the cheapest route to buying a 4G handset, it's an altogether affordable offering that delivers on its speedy connectivity promise. Add the latest Android Lollipop operating system, a few added software bonuses from Motorola, solid battery life and it's a solid all-round performer. 

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AndroidPIT

The slightest of improvements

from AndroidPIT

Two years ago, the Moto G was the best budget handset around, offering a good screen size and a quad-core Snapdragon 410 chipset that were ahead of its time for the price. Six months ago, the Moto G (2014) kept the same internals, while increasing the screen size to still feel like a great budget option. With this latest variant, the glacially-changing Moto G line is finally starting to show its age, particularly in light of growing competition from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and Xiaomi...

More

Two years ago, the Moto G was the best budget handset around, offering a good screen size and a quad-core Snapdragon 410 chipset that were ahead of its time for the price. Six months ago, the Moto G (2014) kept the same internals, while increasing the screen size to still feel like a great budget option. With this latest variant, the glacially-changing Moto G line is finally starting to show its age, particularly in light of growing competition from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and Xiaomi.

The Moto G 4G (2015) remains a good budget phone, but we hope that the next Moto G - which we're expecting to see later in the year - takes a big step forward in terms of hardware so it can keep up with its rivals. 

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Tech Advisor

A poor successor to the best budget phone on the market

from Tech Advisor

If you're looking for a cheap 4G smartphone then the Moto E 4G is the best deal on the market right now. If you would rather have a cheap dual-SIM phone with 3G connectivity then the mark 3 Moto G is your best bet. But the new Moto G 4G for 2015 is not the best phone for either customer, and its...More

If you're looking for a cheap 4G smartphone then the Moto E 4G is the best deal on the market right now. If you would rather have a cheap dual-SIM phone with 3G connectivity then the mark 3 Moto G is your best bet. But the new Moto G 4G for 2015 is not the best phone for either customer, and its larger, higher-resolution screen, marginally improved photography credentials and stereo sound are not enough for us to turn a blind eye to its £60 higher price, slower hardware and missing software features.

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APC

Premium feel, affordable price

from APC

The Moto G definitely feels more expensive than it is though — and not only physically, but from both a performance and OS usability standpoint too.

Despite the lower-end hardware, it’s generally fast unlock the phone, fire up the camera or launch apps and games, with only a little bit of lag here and there (most notably when returning back to the Home screen, where the icons can often take half a second the reappear)...

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The Moto G definitely feels more expensive than it is though — and not only physically, but from both a performance and OS usability standpoint too.

Despite the lower-end hardware, it’s generally fast unlock the phone, fire up the camera or launch apps and games, with only a little bit of lag here and there (most notably when returning back to the Home screen, where the icons can often take half a second the reappear).

It isn’t perfect, then, and Motorola’s also deliberately held some software features back (like the ability to customise the quick settings buttons in the notifications area, or Active Display which shows notifications on the screen) for its higher-end Moto X.

In short, though it may be priced like a featherweight, the new Moto G’s got a punch that can take down opponents at twice its price. Definitely a contender.

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Notebookcheck

An inexpensive smartphone and a real competitor for mainstream smartphones

from Notebookcheck

Motorola continues its strategy with the Moto G2 and once again builds a simple smartphone with original Android and replaceable covers. The Moto G2 is not a device that is going to be very exciting, it is more of a loyal companion that hardly disappoints you.

It is nice that Motorola really improved the second generation of the Moto G: The front facing speakers are still not excellent, but at least decent. The cameras are significantly better too, but there is still room for improvement, for example the video resolution. The Moto G2 supports two SIM cards ex-works, which is a nice feature. The system performance is not outstanding since Motorola still uses the SoC from the predecessor, but the gaming performance is still decent...

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Motorola continues its strategy with the Moto G2 and once again builds a simple smartphone with original Android and replaceable covers. The Moto G2 is not a device that is going to be very exciting, it is more of a loyal companion that hardly disappoints you.

It is nice that Motorola really improved the second generation of the Moto G: The front facing speakers are still not excellent, but at least decent. The cameras are significantly better too, but there is still room for improvement, for example the video resolution. The Moto G2 supports two SIM cards ex-works, which is a nice feature. The system performance is not outstanding since Motorola still uses the SoC from the predecessor, but the gaming performance is still decent.

Real points of criticism are the missing power adaptor, the pressure-sensitive chassis, and the slow GPS module. You might also wonder about the firm replaceable back cover, and why the battery capacity is not larger than before.

Overall, the second generation of the Motorola Moto G is a very successful update, which is nothing special in terms of design, but it will be a reliable companion. The Motorola Moto G2 is a good choice if you prefer a simple and functional smartphone. 

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Bashya Rajan A

It's an awesome product...

Squadleader

It works

It has everything you want at a decent price.Motorola still has some stuff.

Excellent Phone

Quite fast and pure android interface and average battery performance. Camera is really good like low light sensors.

Excellent mid ranger with poor battery life!

Slowed down significantly after lollipop update!

As promised, Motorola upgraded the OS to Android 5.0

I bought this phone a few months ago, partly because Motorola said on their website that they would be upgrading the phone's Android to Lollipop, and I just got the upgrade! Thanks for following through Motorola. My previous phone, from LG, was supposed to be upgradeable to Android 2.3, but I never got the upgrade in the 3.5 years I had that phone.
I bought this phone a few months ago, partly because Motorola said on their website that they would be upgrading the phone's Android to Lollipop, and I just got the upgrade! Thanks for following through Motorola. My previous phone, from LG, was supposed to be upgradeable to Android 2.3, but I never got the upgrade in the 3.5 years I had that phone. Less

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT !

Classic Phone at a mind blowing price. I was using samsung S3 for last 2 years but i feel now that Moto G2 is way better than S3. If any one is thinking to buy this phone so ............... don't think just get it.

My first smartphone

Phone works well with less weight . but the temperature goes beyond 43 degree Celsius and took more time for charging .


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 5, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.52 W/kg
Body: 0.894 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2070 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 365 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 432 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 780 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 709 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 16.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.2 x 7.1 x 1.1 cm (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 149 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Burst shot, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, QCP, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola Moto G (2014), Moto G2

Variants

- Dual-SIM model with 8/16 GB of storage.

- Dual-SIM model with Digital TV with 16 GB of storage
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