This Moto G 2015 review uncovers Motorola’s latest budget smartphone, also known as the Moto G (3rd Gen.). This latest reinvention of the Moto G sees a broad upgrade in every area with many elements looking more premium than budget.
Moto G 2015 design
The Moto G 2015 has a new look, which to the eye seems to have more appeal. The design presents a new level of minimalism through reduced size speaker grills and the camera lens and flash have been moved to sit neatly next to these.
In the hand, the fingers get to caress a softly textured rear that is only broken by a central island into which the Moto logo and main camera lens have been placed. The shells are interchangeable with Motorola Shells and Flip Shells, which are all sold separately.
The front is faced with a large 5-inch high definition display (720 x 1280 pixels) and this is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. IPX7 certified, this waterproof Moto phone weighs in at a fairly light 155 grams and has a curved form that is 6.1mm thick at the edges and 11.6mm thick at the peak of the arc.
The Moto G 2015 has a quad core processor (1.4GHz) with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM, sequentially paired with either the 8GB or 16GB models. No matter which memory is chosen, a microSD card slot is available to hold a 32GB memory card, once again sold separately.
Moto G 0215 camera
The Moto G 2015 camera is to be celebrated as a glorious swathe of colours are collected at a resolution of 13 megapixels. Those of us who aren’t afraid of a little vanity will also enjoy the 5 megapixel selfie camera.
The Moto G is gesture responsive, so a quick double twist of the wrist opens the camera app, while a second double twist switches the camera between main and selfie shooting modes.
Both cameras have access to the same features which includes burst mode, panorama mode, a timer, HDR, slow motion video recording and 4x digital zoom. The main camera employs a dual tone flash to capture a palette of natural looking colours while the selfie camera uses the display for flash photography.
Moto G 2015 features
The Moto G 2015 is blessed with having the Android Lollipop v5.1.1 operating system installed right out of the box. This provides the user with a basket full of goodies including Google Maps, Google Search, YouTube, Hangouts, Google Play and a whole lot more.
The internet is readily available through 4G or Wi-Fi and navigation services are provided via GPS. But, the feature that will be new to most who buy the Moto G is Moto Assist. This is Motorola’s version of a digital assistant, whom also pre-empts the users actions, through behavioural learning to, for example, switch the phone into silent mode when entering a meeting or only allowing high priority calls through when you are asleep.
Written by: Michael Brown