Product Motorola Moto G (2015)
Specifications 5in 720x1280 294ppi IPS LCD display, quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, IPX7 certification, 8GB storage/1GB RAM or 16GB storage/2GB RAM, microSD up to 32GB, 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera, GSM/3G/4G, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 5.1 Lollipop, 2,470mAh battery, 142x72x11.6mm, 155g
Price From £159
THE MOTO G 2015 is the third in Motorola's G series of affordable smartphones that look to woo buyers away from more expensive big-name competitors.
The Moto G is available to pick up now from just £159, and Motorola is looking to prove that you don't need to spend upwards of £500 to get a phone with high-end features.
For example, the new Moto G, despite its low price, has a 5in HD screen, quad-core processor, Android 5.1 Lollipop, a 13MP rear-facing camera and a decent battery life - a feature missing from many of its top-end rivals.
The Moto G is the first in the series to be available with Moto Maker support, meaning it's no longer available in just black and white, but with different colour backs and accents. Unlike the Moto X Style, however, you can't equip it with a leather or wooden-clad backplate.
We've been reviewing a Moto G with a blue rear shell and lemon lime accents, a model that won't be to everybody's taste, ours included. Still, it feels much more premium than you'd expect for a phone with a £159 price tag.
Build quality feels better than last year's model, the textured rear giving the new Moto G more grip and a more rugged feel. There's also now a coloured piece of metal around the rear camera lens, which can be customised using the Moto Maker tool.
The best thing about the Moto G's design, however, is that it has IPX7 certification.
This means the handset can withstand being dunked into 1m of water for up to 30 minutes. We put this to the test in a sink, and under a high-pressure shower, and the Moto G showed no signs of struggling.
The Moto G comes with a 5in 720x1280 HD display, the same found on Motorola's second-gen model. However, this means that it has a lower pixel density than the original Moto G, which offered 326ppi compared with 294ppi.
Still, while it's by no means the best smartphone screen we've seen recently, it's impressive for a phone below £200.
Vibrancy is good when the settings are cranked to full brightness, and everything's crisp and clear enough, although obviously not as sharp as you'd find on a 1080p HD screen. Viewing angles are reasonable too, but you'll struggle to use the Moto G under bright sunlight.
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