News by Luke Jones on Wednesday July 29, 2015.
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Motorola launched three new smartphones yesterday, the amazing Moto X Style and Moto X Play and the third generation Moto G. We were fully expecting to be calling the 2015 Moto G amazing too, but we simply cannot as it is a mere incremental update over the previous models. That led to a debate in the office, has Motorola done enough with the new Moto G to ensure it remains one of the best budget devices on the market?The 2015 Moto G is certainly a compelling smartphone again, although there are plenty of new smartphone that fit into the same price band of the Moto G. Motorola has arguably done enough to maintain its position as the budget smartphone of choice, with enough new hardware to keep consumers interested. Before discussing the specs directly, it is worth noting that the counter to that argument is that the still basic design and lack of big leaps in hardware could mean that some consumers do not feel the need to upgrade to the latest version of the Moto G. The second generation is close enough to still be a compelling option in its own right. The Moto G 2015 comes with a 5-inch screen with 720p resolution and a pixel density of 294ppi, solid enough for the device class. This third generation handset is the first Moto G to provide 64-bit processing, with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 handling processing duties. Motorola has two variants of its new handset, a 8GB storage version with 1GB of RAM and a 16GB version with 2GB of RAM, both with micro SD card slot for expanding the storage space. The 16GB with 2GB RAM version is a very good offering for this price point, although we are not sure why someone would opt for the 1GB version unless budget was really a concern. Other specs include Android 5.1 out of the box and a major bump in camera tech. The rear lens is a 13 megapixel affair, which is spiffing considering the more expensive OnePlus 2 landed with the same pixel count, and has a dual tone LED flash. The front facing lens is a 5 megapixel snapper, which is becoming a standard resolution up front these days. The thing that defined the Moto G from the start was its affordability mixed with those solid specs, so does the third generation hold up? In a nutshell, yes it does, with a price of $180 for the 8GB version and $220 for the 16GB version, both rather enticing. However, much has changed since the first Moto G landed and for the next model we think Motorola will have to take the series on another step. For 2015 though, the Moto G remains 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.