Kindly sent in by Vodafone U.K for and honest and un-biased review, we have the Motorola Moto G (2015 AKA 3rd Gen).

Back in 2013 Motorola introduced its answer to the perfect budget friendly smartphone, The Moto G (1st gen), this was to be their first entry into the Moto G family and the first Moto series phone since the Google buyout of Motorola (and before the eventual sale to Lenovo) to set foot inside the U.K territory. This phone promised to deliver specifications better than any of the current smartphones in its price bracket, as well as great performance thanks to a combination of decent specifications (For the price) and practically untouched Android. Since the Moto G (1st Gen) , there has been  a 2nd and now a 3rd gen and today I am going to be looking at the third generation model. I was fortunate enough to have owned the first model and I am now keen to see how this one does.

Technical Specifications:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quadcore 1.4 GHz
  • Adreno 306 GPU
  • 1 GB Ram (8 GB model) 2 GB Ram (16 GB Ram)
  • Two models available, one with 8 GB (1 GB Ram) and one with 16 GB (2 GB Ram)
  • Compatibility with MicroSD cards upto 32 GB
  • 2470 mAh Li-ion built-in battery
  • Connectivity: 4G,3G,2G,NFC,Bluetooth 4.o and WiFi
  • 13 Mega-pixel rear facing camera with dual LED flash
  • 5 Mega-pixel front facing camera
  • 5.o” IPS LCD Capacitive touch-screen (720 X 1280 with 294 PPI)
  • Near Stock Android 5.1.1 (At time of review)

Design:

If you have ever picked up an original Moto G or even a Moto X at any point and used it, then the design of the Moto G (3rd gen) will be familiar to you, although there are a few differences, which you’ll probably notice as you read this.

The front of the phone is home to a 5 Mega-Pixel camera, two front facing speakers and sensors. The back cover of the phone is detachable and much like the first and second generation of Moto G, this version can be customised with shells and covers available in a variety of different colours and if you fancy buying the phone unlocked from Motorola you can even have it built to your specifications (Colours and accents etc…) using Moto Maker, which was originally launched in America with the Moto X (1st Gen) and first made its way to the U.K with the introduction of the Moto X (2nd Gen). The standard back cover that is included with the Vodafone version is a black textured plastic that feels good in hand. Taking off the rear cover reveals pretty much nothing, other than a MicroSD slot and a Micro Sim card slot. Present around the back of the phone is the 13 Mega-Pixel camera with a dual LED flash as-well as the Moto dimple that was introduced back in the original Moto X days and just like those days the only purpose the dimple provides is a nice little holding for your finger. The camera, flash and dimple are all joined by a rounded of strip.

The top of the phone is home to a 3.5 MM audio jack, whilst the bottom is home to the Micro USB port. This has been pretty much the same with the original phones of the Moto series as-well as the rounded edges and curved back, which are also featured in this generation of Moto G.

The right hand side of the phone is home to the power button and volume rocker, the power button is above the volume rocker and has a textured feeling so that you know which button you are pressing. These buttons feel quite sturdy and give a little click noise off to show that the press was successful. The left hand side of the phone remains bare.

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Screen:

2 years later and the Moto G is still using a 720p screen, not a major problem for some, but considering there are phones in this phones price bracket , that are rocking at least 1080p screens, its a bit of let down in the resolution department. Of course it not just the resolution that can make you love a phone display, but also the technology behind the display and I must admit the LCD display of this Moto G does an amazing job, considering the low price. Icons and text are clean and free of any ruggedness, whilst colours are bright and overall well produced.

Software:

One of my favourite things about Motorola’s current device line-up is the software. The OS software is Android 5.1.1 for my review unit and as usual since the original Moto X, it remains as a very near stock Android experience with a few little tweaks including shaking the device to activate the LED torch and twisting it to activate the camera. Other than those few tweaks, this is pretty much stock Android and I love that. The U.I feels clean and runs smoothly and doesn’t have that overwhelming feeling to it like OEM skins do on top of Android, pretty much everything is kept clean and you don’t feel that the phone is loaded with useless gimmicks you might never use. My review unit also came free of any bloat-ware which is great. I have always loved Motorola’s 2012 onwards approach to the Android operating system and in my opinion, this makes them one of the best Android OEM’s.

 

Performance:

In use as a daily driver for the past week, the Moto G has served me well in terms of performance. Navigating through the User interface is smooth thanks to the combination of specification and Stock Android. Multitasking was good, but because of the 8 GB versions 1 GB Ram, it can struggle a tiny bit if you over do it, the 16 GB version would be better for multitasking thanks to its 2 GB Ram.

Playing games with the Moto G is great. It can handle most games thrown at it with ease and reliability.  I tested its full game playing capabilities using GTA: San Andreas and the PlayStation 2 Era graphics were no problem for the phones Adreno 306 GPU, colours are well presented and the game was smooth to play with no jumps or pauses. Lag was non-existent and overall the game felt as smooth as it does when I play it on my Moto X from 2013.

Battery:

In my tests involving casual use of the phone for apps, games, music and movies the phone managed to do quite well and lasted from 8 a.m at full charge until 11 p.m with 0% left, which is quite good considering I literally used the phone all day long. In standby the battery is exceptional and can last a long time, I left the phone on standby, not used for a full 24 hours from a full charge and upon picking it up 24 hours later, the battery was still well above 90%, which suggest top me that background activity has been kept to a low whilst the phone is in standby.

Camera:

 

The camera of the Moto G is not going to wow you, but it will get the job done sometimes. I say ‘sometimes’ because much like the Moto X 2013 model I own the focus from the camera can be temperamental. I often found it struggling to focus on whites or text and therefore creating a blurred finished to a photo, which of course is not the result I was after. When the camera did manage to focus correctly the photos were of a decent quality for a phone in this price bracket, both in low light situations and day light situations.

The front facing camera produces some great selfies and is perfect for Skype Calls.

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Overall:

For a phone that only costs £99 on pay as you go from Vodafone, this phone is truly an amazing device. For that price you get a great looking phone that doesn’t feel cheap, performs great thanks to it combination of specifications and Stock Android and is overall one of the best cheap phones you can buy. It has its let downs such as the camera and the measly 1 GB Ram found in the 8 GB model as well as a screen that should be 1080p by now. For only £99 though you really can’t wrong and this is a perfect present for under this tree this year.

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