Motorola Moto G review
- Brilliant 4.5-inch HD display
- Google App suite is excellent
- Stylish, sturdy build quality
- Lack of LTE
- Small memory
The Moto G may have all the hallmarks of being a smartphone made by Motorola but from the start it’s clear that underneath this is a phone that has been almost entirely influenced by the company that owns it, Google.
Materialising in the form of a simple question that will no doubt be haunting Samsung, Sony and its competitors for some time, the Motor G asks just how far can you push the boundaries of what is classed as a ‘budget’ phone.
Motorola Moto G: Size and build
From the outset it’s clear that the Moto G is all about perfectly executed compromises and the dimensions are where it’s most apparent. A curved back sidesteps the issue of bulk measuring in at an impressive 6mm at its thinnest point and 11.6mm at its thickest. What this means is that combined with the matt back cover it’s an incredibly easy phone to hold, despite its 143g weight.
It’s a reminder of just how convenient it is to have a phone you can hold and use with just one hand, something that’s increasingly forgotten as smartphones get larger and larger.
Despite being mostly plastic, the build quality is such that it feels like a phone that’s incredibly well put together while still being able to take the odd tumble. It certainly trumps the Galaxy S4 Mini and even gives the HTC One Mini a run for its money. The back cover is interchangeable offering some small taster of the treatment Moto X customers get in the US. The colours range from the subtle to the eye-wincingly trendy and all are reassuringly impossible to get off once attached.
Motorola Moto G: Features
When first turned on you’ll be met with the uncensored view of Google’s Android 4.3 and if we’re honest it’s a welcome sight. Google’s collection of services is now wide-ranging enough that it can run the risk of feeling crowded when a separate UI is added. Another rather handy advantage is speed, without an additional UI, the Moto G flies through the operating system with not even a hint of lag. Of course you’re not totally left off the hook as Motorola does include two apps, Motorola
Migrate - which helps you swap your content from one phone to another, and Assist a subtle contextual app which changes notifications and alerts depending on time of day, appointments in your calendar and more. Outside of the phone, Motorola’s added another subtle feature which is that the outside has been covered in a water-repellent coating. It sounds small but if you get caught in the reliable British weather it could be life-saving to the phone.