News by Luke Jones on Friday September 05, 2014.
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Motorola struck gold when it launched the Moto G back in 2013, the company delivered a smartphone that was affordable but wouldn't completely embarrass itself in Flagship Company. The original G brought very solid specs and a neat if uninspired design to the masses, the budget phone par excellence. Motorola has now launched the new Moto G, deciding not to change the name at all, but this is the 2014 Moto G, so what's new?It would be foolish to think that lightening could strike twice. Motorola basically set down a budget phone blueprint that other companies have scrambled to follow since, but none have quite managed to achieve. Motorola doing that again just a year later and redefining the budget niche was never likely to happen, and so it proves with the new Moto G. Instead, the company has refined what is still the quintessential affordable smartphone, making it better than it was before. It easy to fall into the trap of thinking the Moto G is all about price, and luckily that affordability is evident again as the handset will cost just $179.99 (£144.99) unlocked. However, there has to be substance behind the price tag and the new Moto G delivers that depth in almost every sense. For a start, it is better looking than the admittedly dull original model, bearing Moto E style front facing speakers (highlighted with a metal strip). Sure, this will not be a design reference point in the future, but the new Moto G is much more balanced and just looks better. Motorola has not done a lot in terms of changing the specs, but it could be argued that the company did not need to. The new Moto G gets the same 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 401 with 1GB of RAM as the original model, while there is a camera bump from 5 megapixels to 8 megapixels on the rear. The front facer has been raised to a 2MP lens and other specs include 16GB of on board storage (an 8GB version is also available), a microSD card slot, and a 2,070mAh battery. The new Moto G is noticeably bigger than its predecessor and that is because the screen is now a 5-inch 720p panel, a 0.5-inch hike over the original. Motorola is running Android 4.4 as stock on the Moto G, meaning no fiddly skins and an experience as Google intended. The device does get a few native apps though, such as Migrate (a features to transfer contacts from one device to another), and Assist, a voice activated mode for when driving. As with the first G, you can swap the rear cover and there are hundreds of choices from Motorola and third party manufacturers, so go wild. The new Moto G will arrive today in US, India, France, UK, Brazil, Spain and Germany at the bargain price of $179.99 (£144.99). Still the budget device to beat.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.