• Our Motorola Moto G Second Gen review: Better the second time around

    Body:



    The finishes and soft touch back are unchanged from last yearís Moto G so if youíre not paying attention, you might get them confused. The curved back also sticks around.



    The Gen 2 is quite a bit larger, the jump from 4.5 to 5Ē doesnít sound big but itís actually a lot more noticeable than youíd think.

    The speaker has relocated to the front, plus now you get 2, one at the top and one at the bottom which gives the front a pleasant symmetrical look.

    One thing that hasnít changed is that the Moto G is still a solid feeling phone.



    Behind the back cover are the MicroSD and MicroSIM slots.



    Notice the spot where the second SIM would normally go - oh you tease!

    Like the previous generation, the battery isnít removable.


    MicroUSB


    Headphone jack


    Volume and power buttons


    Nothing to see on the left

    Display:

    While the display resolution hasnít changed, the size has grown from 4.5Ē to 5.0Ē. Iíve found that over the past year, 5Ē phones have become very common so the increase from 5 inches isnít just a good thing, itís necessary for the Moto G to stay competitive.

    The display sharpness has dropped slightly from 326PPI to 293. Practically speaking, the difference isnít that noticeable unless you really look for it.

    I find that the 2nd gen displayís colour is a bit warmer than the original which is a tad cool. Maximum brightness is similar on both but I think the first gen is slightly brighter.

    The viewing angles are decent, albeit some loss of brightness. Overall, itís an excellent display for the price point.

    Camera:

    Another feature which has received a bump is the camera which goes from 5 megapixels to 8.

    Like before, thereís an LED flash and autofocus. The Moto G has tap to focus but itís not turned on by default because you just have to tap the screen to take a picture. If Iím honest, Iím not a fan of the Moto Gís camera software but itís not so bad that you canít get used to it.

    Image quality is a noticeable improvement over the first gen. The fogginess that sometimes shows up in the first gen is now gone. Thereís more detail, slightly less noise and colour is slightly more accurate.

    Sometimes pictures turn out really soft but when that happens, they do hold up to light sharpening nicely.

    Video is captured at 720P, image quality is good for a phone the Gís price range. The microphone is decent but it does pick up handling noise.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Our Motorola Moto G Second Gen review: Better the second time around started by howard View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Great review!

      For anyone considering any flavour of Moto G with expandable storage, remember that Android 5.0 will have much better SD card support than KitKat.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Great review, Howard

      You did forget to add one player to the fray for a challenger here...and you yourself did a review on it. China phones are getting better and better(especially in the last 6-8 months or so), and the iNew V8, at only $200.00 or a bit less, is a prime candidate for your dollars, both here in the US and in Canada. I just finished a video review to compliment your review---and have just had this same conversation with a viewer on my site, no joke. Allow me to cut n paste part of my response on the differences to him below(I added a bit more here):

      The differences:
      1. The V8 has NFC(might be useful to many or none, up to you) and Dual Band Wi-Fi(Don't know if the G has this one).
      2. Bigger 5.5" screen(and it looks better too, Motorola always over saturates their HD screens, too garish to my eyes), both 720p.
      3. Better, newer processor. The MediaTek Hexa Core in the V8 is newer, has a faster GPU and is much more energy efficient than the older Snapdragon 400 in the G. Plus you can brag you've got a six core...I know, just sayin'
      4. 2GB of ram and 16GB of storage for the V8, literally half that for the G. Both have sd slots. That first one is the biggie, 2GB is really the minimum for smooth playback of the latest games IMHO.
      5. The G wins on the OS front, it will most definitely get L, no guarantee's the V8 will. If you want L just to run ART, then be assured it does run great on the V8. I've been running it since I got it with zero problems.
      6. No comparison at all on the camera(s), the V8's 13mp rotatable one is better than the G again IMHO.
      7. Antutu scores: G= around 18000, V8= 25500, big difference.

      There are more things to be sure, but my point was that the V8 is a better phone all around than the 2nd Gen G at the same price in Canada(after import duties, I think it will probably even out price wise) and a few bucks more in the US. Just my 2 cents on this one

      Here's the link to Howards review:
      http://www.howardforums.com/content.php/2013

      And my review, we agree on almost everything,lol:
    1. pfoneguy's Avatar
      pfoneguy -
      Any rumor on a 2nd Gen LTE version?
    1. TelecomZombie's Avatar
      TelecomZombie -
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      Display
      5" 720p HD

      Dimensions
      L x W x D: 140.8 mm ◊ 72.4 mm ◊ 6.0-11.0mm (curve)
      Weight: 144 grams

      Memory
      RAM: 1GB
      ROM: 8GB
      MicroSD Card Slot

      Battery Performance
      2070 mAh

      Camera/Video
      Rear camera: 8 MP AF
      Front Camera: 2 MP

      Other
      Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
      Micro Size (3FF) SIM Card
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      Great review, Howard

      You did forget to add one player to the fray for a challenger here...and you yourself did a review on it. China phones are getting better and better(especially in the last 6-8 months or so), and the iNew V8, at only $200.00 or a bit less, is a prime candidate for your dollars, both here in the US and in Canada. I just finished a video review to compliment your review---and have just had this same conversation with a viewer on my site, no joke. Allow me to cut n paste part of my response on the differences to him below(I added a bit more here):

      The differences:
      1. The V8 has NFC(might be useful to many or none, up to you) and Dual Band Wi-Fi(Don't know if the G has this one).
      2. Bigger 5.5" screen(and it looks better too, Motorola always over saturates their HD screens, too garish to my eyes), both 720p.
      3. Better, newer processor. The MediaTek Hexa Core in the V8 is newer, has a faster GPU and is much more energy efficient than the older Snapdragon 400 in the G. Plus you can brag you've got a six core...I know, just sayin'
      4. 2GB of ram and 16GB of storage for the V8, literally half that for the G. Both have sd slots. That first one is the biggie, 2GB is really the minimum for smooth playback of the latest games IMHO.
      5. The G wins on the OS front, it will most definitely get L, no guarantee's the V8 will. If you want L just to run ART, then be assured it does run great on the V8. I've been running it since I got it with zero problems.
      6. No comparison at all on the camera(s), the V8's 13mp rotatable one is better than the G again IMHO.
      7. Antutu scores: G= around 18000, V8= 25500, big difference.

      There are more things to be sure, but my point was that the V8 is a better phone all around than the 2nd Gen G at the same price in Canada(after import duties, I think it will probably even out price wise) and a few bucks more in the US. Just my 2 cents on this one

      Here's the link to Howards review:
      http://www.howardforums.com/content.php/2013

      And my review, we agree on almost everything,lol:
      I would say if china phones had LTE they would be a much better choice. I know the Moto G doesn't either yet.
      But there are other considerations such as warranty which is pretty much non existent and resale value.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      ^Good points. But there are some China phones that now have LTE(see my review of the Landvo L200G, for instance, elsewhere on this site). I do have to say, however, that folks don't usually buy an under $200.00 phone based on resale value, they do it to save cash and hope to get a decent phone out of it. Both phones offer that with the V8 offering even more.
    1. Frankie500's Avatar
      Frankie500 -
      @Howard

      Any issues with light from the display leaking out around the bevel of the new Moto G while using it in dark room? That seems to be an issue quite a few people are having, though it seems mostly with the white phone. Also, I've read that the fit and finish is lacking compared with the first gen Moto G, that it's put together differently, has gaps and creaks and such. Your take?
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      ^Good points. But there are some China phones that now have LTE(see my review of the Landvo L200G, for instance, elsewhere on this site). I do have to say, however, that folks don't usually buy an under $200.00 phone based on resale value, they do it to save cash and hope to get a decent phone out of it. Both phones offer that with the V8 offering even more.
      The LTE isn't for North America.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      The LTE isn't for North America.
      Just the US, Canada works just fine
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      Just the US, Canada works just fine
      intersting, which Canadian company has FDD LTE?
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      intersting, which Canadian company has FDD LTE?
      I read it both here:
      http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...ame-as-FDD-LTE

      And here:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks

      That last one really clears up which LTE bands and networks work where. It's a mess, really, lol.
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