When Google acquired the ailing Motorola, many believed it would just be absorbed into the big company and help it produce their own brand of Nexus phones. However, Google kept Motorola a separate entity, only adding its name to the papers, and allowed Motorola to do what they do best: make great phones. Now, the company have three mobile devices spanning the range of Low-end, mid-range and top-end in both specs and price. Last year, we got our first look at the mid-range phone. This year, we get to look at its successor, the Moto G (2014).
Moto G (2014) review:
First off, we need to make something clear. We are only adding the (2014) to differentiate between this year’s model and last years model. Officially, it’s just called the Moto G. Additionally, this review model is the Dual-SIM model of the device range. There is also a single SIM model and all hardware and software cited here are exactly the same in either single or Dual-SIM devices.
In an effort to keep costs down and sales high, Motorola have done the smart thing in only tweaking the design and specifications of the Moto G (2014) rather than giving it a complete overhaul. Last year’s model was a great little phone in its price range, and Motorola have clearly listened to user feedback when making this years model.
Design & Display:
The design of the Moto G (2014) hasn’t changed much from last year. The dimensions have changed, but that’s only to accommodate the larger 5′ screen. The downside is, the resolution of the screen is the same as last year’s 4.5′ screen (720×1280), meaning you lose pixel density (down from 326ppi to 294ppi). That’s a loss of just over 9% which isn’t massive, but is sure to get up some people’s noses. The extra screen space does make the phone more standard however. It’s hard to find a phone under 5′ now days. Heck, even Android’s biggest competitor, Apple, have finally reached 5′ screen size. And it wasn’t all that long ago we were calling phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note a massive “Phablet”.
The design of the phone hasn’t changed much either, retaining its minimalistic style and smooth plastic casing. The phone comes in either white or black, which can be purchased from Motorola directly this year. You also have the option of buying different coloured back covers for the phone, as well as some other accessories direct from the Motorola Shop.
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