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Motorola Moto G review

A sub-£150 smartphone that beats many top-end handsets
Wed Nov 27 2013, 14:56

Product Motorola Moto G
Website Motorola
Specifications 4in 1280x720 display, quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB or 16GB internal storage, 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera, HSDPA support, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2,070mAh battery, microUSB port, headphone jack, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, 130x66x11.6mm, 143g
Price From £135 

INTERNET GIANT Google shook the technology industry in 2012 when it released its first Nexus 7 tablet. It offered punters top-end performance previously seen only in £500-plus devices, but it cost just £200.

The tactic proved a hit and since then every technology company, including Apple with its plastic iPhone 5C, has been working to make affordable high-power devices.

However few have gone quite so far as Motorola has with its latest Moto G smartphone. Despite costing just £135 the Moto G offers quad-core performance and a sizable 4.5in 720p display, outperforming on paper many of its more expensive rivals.

Design and build
Out of the box the Moto G has a fairly minimalist design. It's entirely black and has no front-facing physical buttons, and apart from the tiny Motorola logo etched into its back the Moto G has no branding or flashy design additions.

Luckily for those who prefer a more colourful handset, Motorola has created a selection of removable backplate options. As well as letting users change the colour of the Moto G from the out of the box black standard, the Moto G also has a flip cover option. The flip cover back adds a folding cover option that protects the Moto G screen.

Motorola Moto G back

Despite being slightly chunky, measuring 130x66x11.6mm and weighing 143g, the Moto G is very comfortable to hold. This is because it's backplate is slightly rounded, so it fits into the contours of your hand.

We were also fairly impressed with the Moto G's build quality. While its polycarbonate chassis does feel slightly cheap and is one of the only hints that it's an affordable phone, it still feels sturdy. Unlike the Galaxy S4, the Moto G's backplate didn't give when pressure was applied and is solidly connected to the phone. This combination of factors left us suitably reassured that the Moto G is tough enough to survive the odd accidental drop or bump.

Next: Display, operating system and software.


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