Moto G2 first impressions
It’s no secret the Moto G has been a huge hit, especially in developing countries; it is the company’s best-selling smartphone to date. The combination of dirt-cheap and decent performance has pulled Motorola back from the brink of irrelevance in the Apple and Samsung dominated mobile war. The Moto G2 officially called Moto G (2nd gen) still takes very much after the Moto G, but it’s still not quite as svelte as the Moto X. On the front of the smartphone are two stereo speakers, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The back is a matte polycarbonate plastic that resembles last year’s Moto X more closely.
The internal hardware didn’t change at all. It has the same entry-level 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 450MHz GPU, and 1GB of RAM, which is enough to run Android 4.4.4 fluidly. Motorola says it will be one of the first devices “guaranteed” to updated to Android L when that arrives. It will be interesting to see how last year’s processing power handles Android L.
The Moto G (2nd gen)’s display now sits at 5-inches, up from the 4.5-inch display on the Moto G. The larger display doesn’t mean a higher resolution. The Moto G (2nd gen) retains the same 1280 x 720 resolution as its predecessor, which is a bummer because while the new screen is sharp, the 5-inch size is a natural fit for Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. The Moto G (2nd gen) has a new 8-megapixel camera and slightly better 2-megapixel front camera. The new Moto X (2nd gen) has front-facing stereo speakers.
The Moto G (2nd gen) also comes with a dual sim. The addition of a microSD card slot to the Moto G (2nd gen) is very welcome for those who want to start small, but add more storage later for cheap (seriously, microSD cards are ridiculously cheap nowadays). But don’t run out and buy a 128GB microSD card. The Moto G (2nd gen) only supports up to 32GB microSD cards.
The Moto G (2nd gen) has the same removable rear covers aka Moto Shells. Black-colored devices come with black covers and white with white covers. A Flip Shell with a built-in magnetic cover that protects the screen will also be available in numerous colors. Motorola is selling the Moto G (2nd gen) as an unlocked and no-contract device today in the U.S. on Motorola.com for $179.99 (same price as the 1st gen Moto G). In India 16 GB varient is available for a price of 12999 INR at e-commerce site Flipkart