Over the last couple of years the Moto G has been the most impressive device in Motorola’s range, not the most decked out in terms of specs, but just a stunning blend of hardware and price. A handset that got most things right, and it’s no different with the 3rd generation model that dropped yesterday. However, while the new Moto G is still very good, it is not alone as a budget marvel these days, so has Motorola done enough to keep its affordable smartphone on top?
There is no doubt that the 2015 Moto G is still an interesting choice if you only have a couple of hundred bucks to spend, or indeed if you just want value for money. It is true that Motorola has only incrementally updated the device once more, but that is testament to how the company hit a home run with the original Moto G two years ago. The budget market has come on leaps and bounds since 2013, but even now the G stands out, although there are admittedly numerous other compelling options available these days. Not least last year’s Moto G, which is not that far away from the 2015 edition, although there are notable improvements with the new device.
The 2015 Moto G 2015 features a 5-inch 720p resolution screen with a pixel density of 294ppi, no improvement there but still standard for the class. This is the first Moto G to get 64-bit processing, with Motorola drafting in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 to serve chip duties. The company has two variants of the 2015 G for you to consider, an 8GB storage option with 1GB of RAM, and a 16GB variant with 2GB of RAM. Needless to say the latter of those two options is the most intriguing and in fact is a bargain, while we would only advise the lesser model if cost cutting is your number one priority.
Either way, if you think those storage options are too small, Motorola has included micro SD card support up to an additional 128GB. Other hardware includes a near stock version of Android 5.1 which should see the 2015 Moto G get Android M quickly after its launch. Motorola has bumped the primary camera from 8MP to 13MP, and while megapixels aren’t everything it is nice to see more regardless. The snapper also boasts dual tone LED flash. Around the front there is a 5 megapixel lens which is more or less what was expected.
Cost has always defined the Moto G and it is no different here with Motorola managing to upgrade the smartphone and maintain affordability. The 8GB version comes in at $180, while the 16GB/2GB of RAM version weighs in at $220, still a very reasonable price in the circumstances.