If you are a fan of Motorola smartphones then you may be interested to know that the popular Moto G handset has been updated and you can now get its replacement which has been similarly named as the New Moto G and you can find out more in our New Moto G review.
New Moto G design
The New Moto G design is actually pretty well thought out with front facing dual speakers for maximum media enjoyment and the water resistant coating makes it splash proof and whilst this won’t protect the phone if it is submerged it will protect it against rain and the odd spill.
The black or white colour options will suit most people but if individuality is your goal then you can purchase colourful shells to make a statement. The curved body is ergonomic and begins at 6mm thick at the sides and swells to 11mm thick in the centre.
The 5” high definition display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels is perfectly acceptable and durability is ensured with the inclusion of Coring Gorilla Glass protection.
Inside we find a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB RAM, an 8GB internal memory and a card slot for expanding the memory up to 32GB.
New Moto G features
The Android KitKat v4.4 operating system powers the New Moto G so you get a decent set of pre-installed Google apps and access to Google Play for downloading more.
Several Motorola apps have also been added and these include the Motorola Migrate app which automatically transfers your contacts, messages and calender events from your old Android or Apple device.
The Assist app silences the phone automatically when you enter a meeting or are going to sleep while the Alert app lets friends know where you are and can be used to send an emergency notification to predetermined contacts should you feel that your safety is threatened.
True multitasking allows you to switch between apps so you can have your music playing whilst writing an email or browsing the internet. If you want to really get the beat going then you could invest in a set of JBL Micro Wireless Speakers.
The 2070mAh battery will provide all day power under a typical mixed usage scenario so this affordable phone does perform well.
New Moto G camera
A high-end 8MP camera has been installed and the natural usability is heightened with the option to tap anywhere on the screen or use the volume keys to activate the shutter.
The portfolio of camera features include a LED flash, 4x digital zoom, autofocus, auto HDR, burst mode, tap to focus and panorama mode. Sharing has also been made easy and it takes only three clicks to share your latest photo.
On the front there is a 2MP camera for making video calls or taking a selfie. Video recording is possible at 720p high definition quality and there is slow motion playback built in.
New Moto G verdict
The New Moto G hasn’t been designed to compete with those expensive flagship smartphones but it performs extremely well next to other low to mid-range smartphones. The camera is particularly good for its class and Android v4.4 delivers an experience that is right up to date.
Written by: Michael Brown